by Conor Dillon
Phoenix v Lurgan 12/04/14
Phoenix’s new 1st xi captain, David Ford, scored 60 against Lurgan in July 2006 but not too many of his team mates from that match survived for this latest fixture. His father agreed to umpire the entire match from the bowler’s end and although your correspondent was not sure whether a formal toss of the coin took place it was announced that Phoenix would bat first. Masud and his fellow Bangladeshi gave your correspondent a bum steer as to who would face first but these things happen to scorers every now and again.
The full order was Golum Rahman, M D Masud Ahmed, Captain David Ford, Lucky Peterson, Richie Lawrence, Thomas Anders, Eoin Cleere, Adam Chester, Simmi Singh, Jonathan Wardell, Coach Matt Lunson. Rahman, Peterson and Lawrence were all making their Phoenix debuts.
Masud is a swashbuckling opener who believes that attack is the best form of defence while Rahman progressed steadily at the other end and the pair ran a good number of singles to take the score to 64 for 0 after 10 overs. Rahman was the first to fall in the 11th over when he was bowled by Lynass for 17.
Masud fell 3 runs short of his 50 when he was bowled by Hunter. Peterson was solid and he and Captain Ford took Phoenix to 130 before he was caught by Anderson to give Hunter a second victim. Lawrence may have been a little disappointed with his innings of 5 while Thomas Anders made a busy 19 not out from 13 balls with Cleere making 12 before sacrificing his average on the last ball of the innings. Phoenix were fractionally under a run a ball in setting the visitors a target of 176.
Thomas Anders and Coach Lunson were the new ball pairing and there was joy for Phoenix when Lunson bowled Clarke for 6 in the 4th over. Anderson was out caught Peterson bowled Anders also for 6 and Anders and Lunson were rested after 5 overs each although your correspondent did not spot Lawrence replacing Lunson.
Masud bowled 4 overs for 16 runs but Lawrence was a little less economical and although the visitors were not quite up with the Phoenix scoring rate they still had wickets in hand. Chester, Singh, Rahman and Peterson all had a go but they all proved unable to tie the batsmen down with Peterson emerging with the best figures of 3-18 while Chester also bagged a scalp. Lurgan reached 176 for 6 with one ball to spare.
Phoenix batting : Masud Ahmed 47, D Ford 35, L Peterson 29
Phoenix bowling L Peterson 3-18