1st XI Match report from Conor Dillon- ist XI vs Rush 11th July 2015

Phoenix at Rush   11/07/15

The latest league assignment for Phoenix was to take on Rush at Kenure. The average height of the team increased with first eleven spots for Chris Cavanagh and Matt Gregg although your correspondent was fortunate that there was no minimum height for scorers. It was an overcast day and not particularly warm for July but luckily the rain held off and the game was played to its conclusion. Richie Lawrence won the toss and chose to bat first. The batting order was Alister Taylor, M D Masud Ahmed, Sam Anderson, Richie Lawrence, Adam Chester, Matt Scott, Thomas Anders, Matt Gregg, Ian Anders, Gordon Millar, Chris Cavanagh.

The erstwhile Phoenix man Sadat Gull opened the bowling from one end with the erstwhile Pembroke man Alan Eastwood sharing the new ball. Masud continued his recent worrying run of low scores and Phoenix were 33 for 2 when Taylor got out but Lawrence and Anderson put on 42 and with a brief 27 runs from 26 balls Chester injected a bit of momentum into the progress of the innings. Anderson was scoring at a quick pace and Scott also was in good touch. Anderson was caught by Maguire bowled Iqbal to end on 120 from 84 balls and Scott got a valuable 72 from 96 balls. Thomas Anders made a useful 29 and Gregg was run out for 6 with Ian Anders and Millar ending undefeated and the big Scot did not get an innings.

Defending 321 for 8 Lawrence gave the new ball to Cavanagh and Thomas Anders and the Scot returned admirably economic figures of 0-12 from 5 overs. Anders could not match that but he broke the opening stand at 27 by having Jansen caught by Taylor. Later he came back on and removed the dangerous Iqbal for 64. In the meantime Lawrence got rid of the other opener for 22 and Scott dismissed Conway for 23. At drinks the home scorer commented that Rush were only 6 runs behind Phoenix’s position at that stage but this was as good as it got for the home team. Gull was unable to put up much resistance against his old club and only Sheridan of the middle order and tail enders got into double figures. Rush were all out for 205 to lose by 116 runs.

Batting                  Sam Anderson 120 runs               Matt Scott          72 runs

Bowling                                A good effort by all of the bowling attack