Paul and Ali opened the bowling, the latter after demonstrating his run-up once and impressing more than Dallas's gentler action. Paul was gifted a wicket by the capricious pitch, a short and wide one jagged back and squatted but after that Jones and Hahn looked like taking the game away from The Exiles. A couple of generous lbw decisions to Robin and Steve Du Preez opened up the game. Steve threw off his hangover to bowl with real control and made the crucial breakthroughs as the pressure began to tell. A direct hit run out by Roric from point lifted hopes, then Paul came back with three quick wickets in his second spell and the game was suddenly hanging by a thread. Eddie was also hungover and a six off his penultimate over brought Nuxley almost level and capped a day for the Kiwi who had just learnt that the Black Caps had lost the third test. Some clerical error almost robbed Paul of his seventh over but the last wicket pair held on. A top edged sweep off Eddie flew high to Ali at short fine leg but the drama was too much and he made a hash of it. The next ball was swept to the boundary, all over.
Next week a road trip to darkest Bedfordshire to meet Caddington CC.