1st XI Match Report (a) -v- Balbriggan – LSC

by Conor Dillon

After the win over Brigade Phoenix’s next fixture was in the 60 overs per side Leinster Senior Cup. Phoenix do not have a good record in this competition in the past decade either struggling to bat 60 overs or sometimes conceding too many runs when fielding first. Jonathan Wardell was unavailable for this game and so Eoin Cleere would deputise behind the stumps.Again Phoenix had youth on their side and after winning the toss Captain Ford chose to bat first in the following order: M D Masud Ahmed, Rory Anders, Coach Richie Lawrence, Coach Emmanuel “Lucky” Peterson, Captain David Ford, Thomas Anders, Syed Ali, Eoin Cleere, Adam Chester, Ben White, Sim Singh.

Phoenix got off to a bad start when Masud was bowled by the third delivery from former North County star Duane Harper. Lawrence and Peterson fared not too much better than this with 5 and 2 respectively as Esham Ahmed removed Lawrence lbw and Duane Harper saw off Peterson as Ahmed took a good catch. Rory Anders found Captain Ford a more adhesive partner and this stand added 45 until a misunderstanding saw Anders run out with his father’s cries of “Fordy!” “Fordy!” as much in sorrow as in anger as the big opener had dealt well with the bowling he had faced up to that point and looked capable of a big score but this time he would have to settle for 39. Ford was soon out for 7 but Thomas Anders and Syed Ali put on 46 with the teenager out for 19 and Ali making a contribution of 28. Eoin Cleere held up an end for a while to make 9 and Adam Chester played a few good shots in his innings of 28. Ben White survived the one delivery he faced with Sim Singh the last man out for 3 from 10 balls. Anwar was the leading wicket taker for the home team as Phoenix were all out for 162 in 49.5 overs.

Duane Harper and G Russell took on the new ball pairing of Thomas Anders and Ben White. Harper was starting to look dangerous with two good boundaries and then Anders caught and bowled him for 10. Soon White removed Russell for 0 with Chester taking a good catch. Farokh got to 6 before being bowled by Anders and Anders b aged another scalp when he caught and bowled A D Harper for 5. Esham Ahmed made 5 and then Singh caught him for 5 to give Anders a fourth wicket. At 26 for 5 the home batting collapse looked even more serious than the earlier Phoenix effort but they began to fight back with Anwar’s 20 coming off 6 scoring shots from 34 balls faced. Peterson removed Anwar but Roger Kear would not give in and he had the longest innings of the day with 48 runs from 81 balls in 87 minutes . The third Harper made 5 and McMahon made 0 but the last wicket kept going until the first ball of Anders’ final ovder. Choudhry hit a drive straight back to Anders and a diving parry knocked off the bails at the bowler’s end to run out Faheen backing up.

Man of the Match : A good team effort by Phoenix with contributors with bat and ball with Thomas Anders probably shading it over the rest with 19 runs, 4 wickets for 28 and the vital run out.