1st XI Match Report (a) -v- Malahide – Division 2 – July 28th

by Conor Dillon

Conor Kelly and Syed Ali resumed as captain and wicket keeper respectively for this league clash which had been postponed in May. Ford, Vaidyanathan and Rory Anders dropped out of the side with Matt Lunson also returning to 1st xi action and Chris Cavanagh remaining in despite his early finish due to injury the previous Saturday. The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first in the following order: Joe McKay, M D Masud Ahmed, Syed Ali, Jan Hendrik Steenkamp, Conor Kelly, Corie Dickeson, Jonathan Wardell, Thomas Anders, Sadaf Raza, Chris Cavanagh, Matt Lunson.

McKay and Masud batted with patience early on against the bowling of Saville and Kamal and the partnership was only broken by a run out after 38 runs and 47 minutes. However, Masud soon followed McKay back to the sidelines and the arrival of Steenkamp to the crease saw an increase in the scoring rate. Ali fell to Boyne for 11 after a stand of 26 and after a second rain interruption the match was reduced to 47 overs per side. Conor Kelly was his usual aggressive self and his stand with Steenkamp added 47 in 32 minutes before the South African was bowled by former Phoenix player Ryan Gallagher. Gallagher was given a full allocation of 10 overs by his skipper and ended on 1-39. Kelly and Dickeson added 49 runs in 46 minutes before the skipper was out on 53 to Riches. Riches also bagged Dickeson for 29 and Wardell for 2. Raza managed to get 14 not out from 8 balls and Anders also ended undefeated as the innings closed on 188 for 7.

After further rain during the tea interval the Malahide innings was reduced by a further 8 overs to 39 with the target dropping 14 to 175. There was early success for Phoenix when Anders ran out Ellison for 0 but Pryor and Turner looked comfortable enough in bringing Malahide to 64 until both fell to Kelly with Lunson and Anders taking the catches. Then the heaviest shower of the day brought an end to proceedings in the 15th over and Phoenix stay in second place for the moment.