by Conor Dillon
After the disappointment of not defending 259 against Leinster Phoenix had a weekend off to regroup before resuming the league campaign at Rush. The aim had to be at a minimum to hold onto seventh position in the table and so facilitate the 2nd xi in their pursuit of promotion from Division 4 to Division 3. With Captain Ford still on holiday Emmanuel Peterson stood In as skipper and the rest of the eleven were wicket keeper Jonathan Wardell, M D Masud Ahmed, Richie Lawrence, Rory Anders, Thomas Anders, Adam Chester, Kaleem Sheikh, Ben White, Mike Godwin (on his 1st xi debut), Matt Lunson. Rush won the toss and inserted the visitors.
Peterson faced the opening ball from Eoin Conway with Masud at the non-striker’s end. This was Peterson’s first game at Kenure and he took full advantage of the short straight boundary at both ends and to the wall at the far side. It was the fourth bowler used who ended the stand at 85 with Masud out on 43 but Lawrence carried on where Masud had left off and there was a stand of 71 before Peterson fell for 68. Lawrence passed 50 before he got out and after a stand of 28 by the Anders brothers Adam Chester joined Thomas at the crease and clobbered the bowling around as if the Phoenix innings had taken a breather and then got a second wind. Chester was top scorer for Phoenix with 76 while Thomas Anders reached 50. There was time for one scoring shot each for Sheikh and White as the innings closed on 327 for 6 with the Duckworth Lewis adjustment setting Rush a target of 331 from their allocation of 46 overs.
Thomas Anders got first use of the new ball and bowled a tidy maiden over to start and Rory Anders started at the far end with two dot balls and the wicket of Doheny from the third. Rush now began to get after the Phoenix bowling and although Phoenix had begun the match with seamers and also gave Sheikh two overs Peterson put most of his faith into his spinners with Lunson ending on 2-45 from 10 overs and Lawrence taking 3-22 from 9 overs. The batting side of this coin was that the second wicket stand for Rush of 111 meant that the chase was on but they suddenly collapsed to 115 for 5 and were unable to get back into contention. Peterson was involved in the run out of Conway and then Ben White was brought on to mop up the tail which he did with 3-17.
Man of the Match A good team effort with 4 batsmen reaching 50 and the wickets also shared around.