by Conor Dillon
There was one change to the Phoenix side for this fixture with Corie Dickeson slotting back in at the top of the order as David Ford dropped out to skipper the 2nd xi the next day. Conor Kelly lost the toss and the visitors chose to bat first. Both sides needed a win after beginning with defeats the previous Saturday. The eleven who took the field for Phoenix were: Captain Conor Kelly, wicket keeper Syed Ali, Corie Dickeson, MD Masud Ahmed, Thomas Anders, Rory Anders, Riaan Jeggels, Steve Savies, Sadaf Raza, Tyler Balogh, Andrew Leonard.
Collins and Uddin were aggressive from the start against the bowling initially of Davies and Rory Anders although the latter’s economy rate was an improvement on the previous week. After 4 overs from each Kelly introduced himself and Balogh but Tyler was not the dominant force he can be in the death overs and the skipper was mean but wicketless. Leonard, Raza, Masud and Thomas anders were all given a chance to break the partnership but it reached 178 when Rory Anders finally had Uddin caught by Raza.
None of the batsmen to come could approach the openers’ duration at the crease but they just went for their shots until the innings closed on 272 for 7. Rory picked up a further two wickets while his brother bagged a brace and Davies and Leonard got one each. So it was not as bad as it could have got for Phoenix but bearing in mind the team’s batting the previous week it was still an imposing target.
Masud was off the mark from the second ball but it was a bad day at the office for Dickeson who was bowled by Ullah in the third over. Masud and Thomas Anders took Phoenix to 44 for 1 and then the Bangladeshi was bowled by Ullah for 27. Jeggels again got off to a good start but his contribution of 21 from 20 balls left the rest of the order with a lot to do. Syed Ali batted positively first with Anders and then with Captain Kelly but Phoenix always looked to be behind in the game. Rory Anders batted gamely with four partners and Steve Davies ended undefeated on 16 but the final margin was 72 runs as Phoenix came second again.
Man of the Match Patrick Collins 102 runs ; 7 wickets