by Conor Dillon
After the victory at Balbriggan Jonathan Wardell returned to the side to keep wicket with Alam Morshed making thejourney from Kerry. Alam played an important role in the 4th xi cup run in 2011. The journey on the motorway was a relatively speedy one with a stop to dine at Watergrass Hill. Then the visitors were met by diversions to facilitate the Cork city marathon with one keen jogger suggesting to your correspondent that he walk on the footpath to facilitate the runners. After the toss Phoenix were to bat first in the following order: Rory Anders, M D Masud Ahmed, Richie Lawrence, Emmanuel “Lucky” Peterson, David Ford, Alam Morshed, Eoin Cleere, Adam Chester, Jonathan Wardell, Ben White, Sim Singh.
Morne Bauer was a key component of the Phoenix bowling attack in the 2010 Division 2 campaign and he was part of the new ball pairing with J Amin at the other end. The first setback for Phoenix saw Rory Anders bowled by Amin for 2. Masud had reached 4 when Bauer had him caught behind by Ian Coleman. Lawrence struggled to get goling but fortune seemed to favour Phoenix when Bauer pulled up injured after the first ball of his sixth over with O’Reilly called into the attack a little prematurely with Lawrence hitting two boundaries and running three. Lawrence was caught Grobler bowled Sadique for 16 and now the batsmen began to struggle for runs. Ford made 1, Morshed made 7, Cleere made 3 and Chester made 1. The extent to which Peterson had become becalmed on 7 was illustrated by the fact that the relatively pedestrian Wardell scored all 8 runs in their stand. Former England captain Mike Brearley once admitted after a particularly long and slow innings that he had become obsessed with the concept of the purity inherent in being not out and one wonders if this syndrome affected Peterson. In any event his departure for 7 and Wardell’s exit on 15 left Phoenix on 73 for 9 but White attacked the bowling with great enthusiasm and with support from Singh the Last wicket added 62 with White the last man out for 48 and Singh ending undefeated on 11.
Ben White and Sim Singh took the new ball for Phoenix with Singh withdrawn after just two overs and Captain Ford rotated his spinners in an effort to achieve a breakthrough. Masud bowled a tidy two overs for 6 runs , Peterson got two overs, Lawrence got three, Morshed got two, Chester got two and the skipper himself got four full overs with the winning runs coming from the first ball of his fifth over. Phoenix did take three wickets while the home team were en route to the target. Grobler fell for 15 to White to make it 29 for 1 but the home team got to 107 before Morshed got Stewart lbw and 119 when Ford had Duggan caught by Chester. Phoenix lost by 7 wickets.
Phoenix batting Ben White 48
Phoenix bowling Alam Morshed 1-10