by Conor Dillon
Phoenix v Trinity 19/05/12
Corie Dickeson was away and Adam Chester and Rory Anders dropped out of the side with Luke Savage, Kaleem Sheikh and Coach Lunson coming into the vacant positions. Phoenix had chased down a target of 264 in Trinity’s last visit to the Phoenix Park but after losing the toss one wonders what was Captain Conor Kelly’s view of Trinity’s decision to insert the home team. The batting order was Joe McKay, M D Masud Ahmed, Syed Ali, Conor Kelly, Thomas Anders, Jan Hendrik Steenkamp, Luke Savage, Sadaf Raza, Chris Cavanagh, Kaleem Sheikh, Matt Lunson.
Masud Ahmed struggled for support early on as the Phoenix batting line up made the wicket look difficult. McKay was bowled by Anwar, Ali lasted only three deliveries, Conor Kelly made 6 but was eventually taken out by Dennington who followed up with a third wicket as he got Anders in the same over. Steenkamp and Masud made a partial recovery but when they were out to consecutive deliveries Phoenix were still below 50. Savage took on the task of recovery and his partnerships with Raza (31), Cavanagh (18) and Sheikh (26) took the bare look off the scoreboard for Phoenix. Sheikh tried to bat for as long as he could and when he was out for 26 he had overtaken Savage’s 25 but not Masud’s 28. Coach Lunson was undefeated on 6 as the innings closed on 143. Dennington took 3 wickets, Hoey and Kapoor took 2 each and Anwar, Conway and Niall Delany took 1 each.
After a 10 minute turn around Pike and Richard Forrest faced up to Steenkamp and Cavanagh. The normally adhesive Forrest survived only two deliveries from Cavanagh before being caught by Raza and after two dot balls Cavanagh had Dennington caught by Captain Kelly. Trinity were 18 for 2 from 6 overs at tea. Eoin Delany battled hard but he lost Pike to Cavanagh as Savage held the catch and Steenkamp got in on the act in his seventh over with an lbw verdict removing Conway. Kapoor and Bouch both fell to Thomas Anders for 2 and 3 respectively and Niall Delany did not get a lot of the strike in a stand of 25. He went for 3 lbw to Raza and Trinity were 82 for 8 when Anders got his third wicket as he had Eoin Delany caught by Sheikh. Anwar and Minch put on a solid 21 for the ninth wicket as Trinity passed 100 and when Coach Lunson’s first over went for 9 runs Phoenix supporters may have been reaching a state of high anxiety. However, the spoils went to Phoenix after Captain Kelly took a catch with Raza claming the final wicket of the innings as Anwar hit out. Hoey was undefeated on 10 as Phoenix won by 22 runs.
Phoenix Bowling: C Cavanagh 3 wickets, T Anders 3 wickets
Phoenix Batting: M D Masud Ahmed 28, K Sheikh 26, L Savage 25