by Conor Dillon
In their promotion seasons of 2010 and 2012 Phoenix had successfully chased a target of 265 and in a much lower scoring game restricted the college side to 122 all out and winning by 22 runs. But now with up to 50 league points at stake could Phoenix win away from home in College Park? There were several selectorial changes to the eleven that had travelled to Derry the previous weekend. The Phoenix team was Captain David Ford, M D Masud Ahmed, Richie Lawrence, Emmanuel “Lucky” Peterson, Thomas Anders, Rory Anders, wicket keeper Jonathan Wardell, Adam Chester, Syed Ali, Coach Matt Lunson, Sim Singh. Captain Ford won the toss and inserted the home team.
Thomas Anders and Sim Singh were the new ball pairing who took on Richard Forrest and H Pike but once again it needed Peterson’s knack of taking wickets to end the stand at 56. Lawrence bowled his 10 overs for 45 runs but was unable to take a wicket and Coach Lunson was punished somewhat as his 4 overs cost 41. Masud took over from Lawrence and equalled his economy rate but also managed to take 2 wickets. Thomas Anders took 1 wicket and his economy rate was below 3 runs an over and there was some confusion with both umpires sure that Peterson had bowled his full allocation of 10 overs and both scorers happy that he had bowled only 9. However, the circumstances permitted Singh to bowl the 50th over and he ended the innings when his first ball bowled Attwood. Peterson was the leading wicket taker with 4-30 as the home team set Phoenix a target of 223.
Will Vohn Boer opened the bowling with Glenn at the other end. Masud and Ford’s opening stand produced 2 singles for the Bangladeshi before he was bowled by Vohn Boer. Ford and Lawrence took Phoenix to 13 for 1 before the same bowler bowled Ford for 2. Glenn was rested after 5 overs in favour of Kapoor and Peterson and Lawrence exited in consecutive overs with the score on 33. Vohn Boer ended his unbroken spell with figures of 10-3-10-3. Thomas Anders was soon out to Kapoor but Rory proved a match for all the bowlers he came up against. There were contributions from the rest of the order but it would have needed someone to stay with Rory and bat out the full allocation of overs to overcome the hosts and the totals of 11 from Ali, 16 from Chester, 10 from Wardell, 8 from Lunson and 1 from Singh only served to reduce the margin of defeat to 54 runs.
Phoenix bowling: E Peterson 4-30 Trinity bowling: W Vohn Boer 3-10
Phoenix batting: R Anders 69 not out
Trinity batting: J Tasman Jones 76, H Pike 72