by Conor Dillon
Having suffered three defeats in three different competitions since the win at Leinster Phoenix badly needed a win against fellow relegation candidates Pembroke 2nds. Having played against Colonel sadaf Raza the previous weekend they now found themselves up against Andrew Leonard who had returned to his old club. The weather early on the match day was not favourable but it turned dry and sunny to allow the match start on time. Bill Whaley won the toss and elected to bat. The eleven who took the field for Phoenix were Captain David Ford, Head Coach Matt Lunson, Coach Richie Lawrence, Coach Emmanuel Peterson, Jeffrey Dudgeon, Rory Anders, Thomas Anders, M D Masud Ahmed, Kaleem Sheikh, wicket keeper Jonathan Wardell, Ben White.
Paddy Gallagher played a convincing shol to Thomas Anders’ third delivery but the teenager got his revenge two balls later with Gallagher playing down the wrong line. Thomas’s next over saw him take out the two McDonnells with both being bowled for 0. Number 5 A Mays gave some useful and much needed support to his skipper and he got to 12 before being bowled by Emmanuel Peterson. Dunleavy made just 1 before being caught by Peterson to give Lawrence a wicket. Coach Lunson proved difficult for the batsmen to handle as he got rid of Carr lbw for 0, ended Captain Bill Whaley’s long innings at 30 and got the second highest scorer O.Neill for 16 with Masud Ahmed holding the catch. The veteran Emmet Whaley ended undefeated on 13 with the last man Khan lbw to Rory Anders for 0. Phoenix gave away 27 runs in extras which was exactly a quarter of the score leaving the home team needing 109 to win.
Jeffrey Dudgeon and Emmanuel Peterson was the latest opening pair to be given a chance and they looked solid enough early on against Khan and Captain Whaley. The stand had reached 42 in 40 minutes with Dudgeon on 12 and Peterson on 23 and then Khan had Dudgeon caught by Gallagher. Peterson was joined at the crease by Rory Anders and there were no real alarms as Peterson finished undefeated on 59 which was his highest score since the North Kildare match and Anders also boosted his average with an undefeated 22.
Bowling: Coach Lunson 3-8, Thomas Anders 3-17
Batting: Emmanuel Peterson 59 not out, Rory Anders 22 not out