After bonding with a trip to Belfast and a home win over Railway the previous weekend it was now down to the serious business for Phoenix. Mike Godwin and Matt Scott were left out with Robin Kelly coming in for his Phoenix debut and Reinhardt Strydom back in the side. With Masud Ahmed and Morris having left the club Eoin Cleere seems to be the only other option not pursued by the selectors so far this season. Phoenix lined out with the full team as selected during the week. Nicolaas Pretorius won the toss and elected to bowl first. The Phoenix team who took the field was Captain and wicket keeper Pretorius, Strydom, Kelly, ThomasAnders, Rory Anders, Ian Anders, Ari Karvelas, Ben White, Richie Lawrence, Andy Brawders, Adam Chester.
Altaf and Coghlan added 2 extras before Karvelas took his first wicket for Phoenix with Altaf given out lbw. Coghlan proved a handful for Rory Anders but after a stand of 30 Gallagher fell to Karvelas with White taking the catch. There was a bit of “jug avoidance” by Coghlan as he was bowled by White to exit on 47. John Mooney showed his patience by batting over two hours for 73 before White had him caught by Lawrence. White also dismissed “Bobbo” Forrest for 20 and Joe Morrissey for 0 while Karvelas removed Asmat for 26. Strydom was unlucky to concede consecutive boundaries in his first over with the fielders apparently in line with the ball proving unable to execute the long barrier correctly. Rory Anders had Vincent caught by Pretorius for 7 and Kelly effected a run out to remove Khan for 0. The innings closed on 250 after Thomas Anders had Sameer Dutt caught by Karvelas for 10. The last man, Islam, finished undefeated on 14. The batsmen had scored 201 runs and Phoenix had conceded 49 extras. One wonders would it be possible for a bowler to take more control of his line or would it be a pyrrhic victory.
Strydom and Kelly began the reply for Phoenix. Morrissey and Islam took the new ball for the visitors with the Dubliner bowling without a break until he had completed his ten overs and could leave to attend to a pressing domestic matter. Morrissey dismissed Strydom for 19, Pretorius for 5 and Lawrence for 5 before he left. Kelly fell to Mooney for 16, Rory Anders also fell to Mooney for 23 and Chester fell to Mooney for 4. When Karvelas came to the crease Phoenix were 177 runs short of victory with only 5 wickets in hand. Karvelas and Thomas Anders worked hard together and a stand of 61 in 53 minutes was an improvement for Phoenix. White made 13 while Karvelas began to accelerate at the other end and an adhesive 6 from Ian Anders brought Phoenix to within 32 runs of victory. Karvelas reached his century and umpire Andrews felt that taking a single from the next ball was too early in the over and unfortunately Brawders fell to Khan on the next ball. Karvelas finished undefeated on 104 as Phoenix lost by 22 runs.
Batting A Karvelas 104 not out
Bowling B White 4-40 A Karvelas 3-48