1st XI Match Report (h) – Pembroke – Division 2

After a comprehensive win at Rush Phoenix probably felt a bit more confident of the prospect of avoiding relegation. Eoin Cleere was recalled to the 1st xi with Kaleem Sheikh dropping out. Emmanuel Peterson stood in as captain with David Ford still on holiday. Peterson won the toss and chose to bat first. The Phoenix batting order was Emmanuel Peterson, M D Masud Ahmed, Richie Lawrence, Rory Anders, Thomas Anders, Adam Chester, Eoin Cleere, Jonathan Wardell, Ben White, Mike Godwin, Matt Lunson.

Phoenix suffered a setback when Kahn had Peterson caught by Robin Kelly for 0 but Masud and Lawrence struck up a good understanding to bring the score to 116 before Emmet Whaley had Masud caught by Kahn for 50. Rory Anders may have felt he had played himself in when he reached 19 not out but then he was caught by the wicket keeper Byers to make it 144 for 3. Byers stumped Lawrence 7 runs later and Phoenix now needed the tail to contribute much more than there had been time for at Rush. Thomas Anders made 16 and Chester made 13 and there was a stand of 21 between Cleere and Wardell but the last three batsmen were unable to produce a scoring shot and Cleere finished on 7 not out with Phoenix all out for 204.

Rory Anders and Richie Lawrence took the new ball for Phoenix and there was an early success when Lawrence had Baugh caught by Chester for 1. The second wicket stand between Carl and Fiachra Tucker fared a little beter and they took the score to 32 before Carl was bowled by Lunson for 12. That was probably as good as it was going to get for Phoenix as Tucker and Kelly took on all the bowlers used and brought the acore to 142 for 2 before the third wicket fell. Balbirnie made just 1 and Mays had to graft for his 8 with Byers finishing undefeated on 4 but it was Tucker’s 108 not out which proved decisive for the home team.