Exiles v The Old Antelopians, Honor Oak, 25 August 2002.

Unbeaten run comes to an end in Hare and Tortoise thriller.

A funny old game! The Exiles were out of the blocks like a whippet, 39-0 after 5, 64-0 after 10. Kevin Hobley and Doug Macintyre, dealing mostly in boundaries, tore the Antelopian attack apart. But when Tiss and Heien took over the bowling the mood changed. Suddenly both openers fell with the score on 86 in the thirteenth and fourteenth overs, after that apart from a brief rally by Pete Watts the innings was in free fall. Tiss picked up four wickets with his left arm spin including two caught and bowled, Doug somewhere towards long on and poor Guy Hatton at short mid off, first ball. His love of the game must be sorely tested after three matches, two ducks, and one broken finger. When quick left-armer Griffin was brought out of five years' mothballs you might have expected a bit of rustiness but that wasn't to be and he mopped up the tail with minimum fuss, three overs and one ball, four wickets for 5 runs. finishing Rob Anderson off with a full toss. Exiles all out in the 27th over for a paltry 141.

Exiles Innings:

 Batsman How Out Bowler Runs
K Hobley Bowled Heien 21
D Macintyre Caught Tiss 49
S Dupreez Caught Heien 1
S Parsons Bowled Tiss 2
T Brook Bowled Tiss 4
P Watts Bowled Griffin 29
G Hatton Ct & Bowled Tiss 0
R Coleman Caught Griffin 5
V Brooks lbw Griffin 0
R Anderson Bowled Griffin 0
P Shorrock Not Out 2
. . Extras 25
 Total 26.1 Overs all out 141

Old Antelopians bowling figures:

 Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Angus 6 0 23 0
Gilmore 4 0 38 0
Tiss 8 1 37 4
Heien 5 0 32 2
Griffin 3.1 1 5 4
Owens 3 0 28 0

Early wickets were the only thing that would save The Exiles on what was by and large a good batting wicket. Captain Rob duly obliged, removing both openers in his first and second overs. Paul Shorrock was economical but failed to get to a caught and bowled chance and had a slip catch shelved by Pete Watts of all people. Pete made amends by bowling Mark and at 26 for 3 in the 13th over you would have to say the game was balanced. That was the high-water mark as far as the Exiles were concerned. No further wickets fell, although there were some confident shouts for caught behind. Steve Dupreez bowled a tight spell and kept the pressure up and all the bowlers stuck to their task. However some of the outfielding was as bad as I've seen by an Exiles team and in a low scoring game that can be fatal. Laycock and Gloag saw the Antelopians home with two and a half overs to spare. The first bitter taste of defeat for The Exiles this season, a first loss to The Antelopians but I suspect not the last.


Old Antelopians Innings

 Batsman How Out Bowler Runs
Mason Ct D Macintyre R Anderson 4
Gilmore Bowled R Anderson 2
Mark Bowled P Watts 7
Laycock Not Out 62
Gloag Not Out 48
Tiss , , ,
Heien , , ,
Griffin , , ,
Porter , , ,
Aitkenhead , , ,
, . . .
. . Extras 20
 Total 37.3 3 wickets 143

Exiles bowling figures:

 Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
 P Shorrock 8 1 23 0
R Anderson 1 27 2 0
P Watts 8 1 27 1
S Dupreez 6 1 13 0
S Parsons 3 0 17 0
D Macintyre 5 0 29 0

Will the Exiles turn it around in time to beat The Occasionals next Sunday?

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