1st XI Match Report (a) -v- Merrion – Division 2

by Conor Dillon

Phoenix travelled to Anglesea Road on the August bank holiday looking for revenge for a home defeat in which the Phoenix chase fell 6 runs short of a target of 289. The Merrion scorer Maureen Joyce bemoaned the fixture congestion which meant that Merrion 1sts, Merrion2nds and Merrion 3rds all had fixtures on the same day. Richie Lawrence was the Phoenix captain and he won the toss and inserted the home team. The Phoenix eleven who took the field were Captain/Coach Richie Lawrence, Head Coach Matt Lunson, Coach Emmanuel Peterson, wicket keeper Eoin Cleere, David Ford, Jeffrey Dudgeon, Thomas Anders, Rory Anders, M D Masud Ahmed, Adam Chester, Benjamin White.

The Anders brothers were entrusted with the new ball and although neither took a wicket their figures were very economical as Beasley and Blakeney made slow progress. After Blakeney was dismissed Isobel Joyce hit two nice boundaries off Peterson but was outwitted by a straight ball from Lunson. Beasley’s long vigil was ended when he was bowled by White for 24 and the rest of the wickets fell at short intervals although there was a little confusion in the score box as to the identities of the batsmen with White ending on 3 wickets and Lawrence on 4. The scorers agreed on a score of 91 all out.

It was too early to break for tea and so Peterson and Masud Ahmed began the chase. Peterson faced up to Joyce again and she bowled a maiden. Peterson was on 1 and Masud was on 14 when the Australian lost his wicket to Ensor but the bowling attack was unable to find a chink in Masud’s armour and with Lawrence holding the other end up the only disappointment was that Phoenix were not chasing 120 or 125 and Masud might have got a century. Phoenix won by 9 wickets.

Bowling A good team effort by the bowling attack
Batting Masud Ahmed 82 not out