A pleasant 20 degree day greeted our ex Whitchurch players the exiles. Whitchurch batted first and a fine 56 by Jimbo Shananigans, Wcc’s opener in his first game of the season got us off to a good start. He was supported by Nick Hill who got 71 and Sid 44 who once Jimbo got out stepped on the gas to get us to 223 from our 35 overs- special mention to oppo bowler Robbie Povey who bowled some of the best leg spin and googlies I’ve ever see in club cricket.
Exiles in their reply lost an early wicket with Mike Scanlon getting a good ball from Frankie. Exiles consolidated with Nick Leadbeater and Neil Houldey but Whitchurch’s middle overs were tight forcing exiles into taking more risks to up the run rate. Sid took a great catch and Nick L went onto get 92 - enter R Povey who’s quick fire 51 meant that the final 2 overs were close - squeaky bum time! However, Exiles fell 10 runs short with Whitchurch retaining the Anna Scanlon cup which was presented to Whitchurch by the exiles captain Robin Cotgreave after the game. We had a great BBQ and drinks after and thanks to Mike Scanlon for providing the food.
We look forward to seeing our friends The Exiles again next season.