1st XI Match Report (h) -v- Leinster – Division 2 – Saturday July 21st

by Conor Dillon

Phoenix did not have long to digest the lesson from Sydney University before returning to action against Leinster 2nds. Some regulars returned to the side but this time Jonty Wardell deputised as wicket keeper for Syed Ali and Rory Anders earned a league recall. Having scored a century against this opposition in the Senior 2 cup Vish Vaidyanathan was also included. Corie Dickeson continued as captain in place of the vacationing Conor Kelly. The visitors won the toss and inserted Phoenix who batted in the following order: Joe McKay, David Ford, Vish Vaidyanathan, Jan Hendrik Steenkamp, Corie Dickeson, Thomas Anders, M D Masud Ahmed, Jonathan Wardell, Sadaf Raza, Rory Anders, Chris Cavanagh.

Rob Kenealy opened the bowling from the magazine fort end with Bilal Azhar starting from the end variously known as the Chesterfield Avenue end, the Zoological Gardens end or the Kop end. McKay was in aggressive from and was rewarded with two boundaries but he was the first man out in the 5th over as Asif Hussein claimed the catch. What Ford saw in the next few minutes must have left him scratching his head as Azhar removed Vaidyanathan and Steenkamp within four deliveries.
Dickeson proved a slightly more durable partner as he survived more than one lbw appeal before exiting by that method to make the score 43 for 4. Thomas Anders made 7 before falling to Gareth Delany and Masud Ahmed had an off day to leave Phoenix on 76 for 6. Wardell gave Ford some serious support before the Donabate resident was finally out for 56. Raza and Cavanagh both made 1 but in between Rory Anders proved a solid contributor for Phoenix as he made a vital 13. The innings closed on 137 with Wardell undefeated on 23.

Forrest was bowled by Steenkamp in the third over and Leinster reached 30 for 1 before Lucas was caught by McKay to give the South African a second victim. After tea some serious carnage befell the Leinster innings as the introduction of Thomas Anders in place of the injured Chris Cavanagh at the top end saw him take the wickets of Gilmore and Azhar in his third over. Steenkamp bowled Hussein and had O’Donnell caught by Wardell and Leinster 2nds were 44 for 6. A period of recovery for the visitors followed as Nagle and Delany put on 28 in 44 minutes while the other side of the coin was Masud only conceding 8 runs in his first 5 overs. It was Raza who ended the stand when he caught and bowled Delany for 17. Nagle and Mehta then added 38 runs in 36 minutes and Phoenix looked to be on the brink of defeat. However, a good catch by Wardell off Steenkamp saw Mehta go with 28 runs still needed. Kenealy hit a quick 14 but then Rory Anders managed to bowl the hitherto adhesive Nagle with the visitors still 11 short. After a wide and a single Steenkamp got an lbw verdict against last man Rob O’Connor to give Phoenix victory by 8 runs.

Batting: D Ford 56 J Wardell 23 not out

Bowling: J Steenkamp 6-39