by Conor Dillon
Your correspondent was unable to add to his 214 matches scored for Phoenix on this occasion and found himself in the role of Ipad trainee. Helen Caird added to her 120+ games for Phoenix with the Phoenix Ipad and Rush scorer Siobhan McBennett generously lent her second Ipad so that your correspondent could get some hands on practice. This lasted until halfway through the second innings when the response to fingertips suddenly began to react like the ice queen Jadis in the Chronicles of Narnia.
Supervised by umpires Sum Wijesundera and Arthur Shortt of Merrion Captain Ford won the toss of the coin and inserted Rush. The Phoenix xi was M D Masud Ahmed, Captain David Ford, wicket keeper Jonathan Wardell, Richie Lawrence, Emmanuel “Lucky” Peterson, Syed Ali, Eoin Cleere, Thomas Anders, Rory Anders, T Hashmi, Ben White. Did Gollum Rahman fall into the path of the selectorial axe despite his two adhesive innings of 17 and 50 in the friendly matches or was he unavailable for this match? The Rush xi was A Butterly, E Conway, S Doheny, S Iqbal, N Mullen, E Branagan, N Donnelly, S Gull, C Burke and two others who neither batted nor bowled.
Butterly and Conway got the visitors off to a steady start but the players were soon off the field due to rain. The Rush innings suffered three rain interruptions in total and an opening stand of 52 was broken by Ben White who had Richie Lawrence to thank for holding the catch. Peterson was now operating from the other end and he had Doheny caught by Rory Anders for 22 and then Conway fell lbw for 1. Shahid Iqbal was bowled by Thomas Anders for 4.
Sadat Gull was busy holding an end up and saw Branagan bowled by Thomas Anders for 6 and Donnelly bowled by Ben White for 7. The umpires declared the Rush innings closed at 104 for 7 and the Duckworth Lewis system set Phoenix a target of 115.
Masud Ahmed and Captain Ford opened the innings for Phoenix but their friendly form deserted them as they fell to Gull and Burke respectively while still on single figures. Lawrence made a useful 20 batting at Number 3 but there was a setback for Phoenix when Peterson was out lbw for 0.
Syed Ali made 16 before being bowled by Conway and Cleere made almost a run a ball before being caught and bowled by Iqbal for 23. The Anders brothers were now together at the crease and Rory survived three lbw appeals to end undefeated on 7 with Thomas also undefeated on 23. Phoenix won by 4 wickets.
Man of the Match: Thomas Anders 3-18; 23 not out