1st XI v The Hills (home) – 28/5/2016

Phoenix do not have a good record against The Hills in recent seasons but confidence must have been boosted ahead of this home league fixture by a midweek 20/20 success. Eoin Cleere and Ian Anders had featured in the previous Saturday’s washout against Terenure but now they  dropped out of the side with Adam Chester and Matt Scott coming back in. Sam Anderson won the  toss and elected to bat.  The batting order was  Rheinhardt Strydom, Nicolass Pretorius, M D Masud Ahmed, Sam Anderson, Adam Chester, Richie Lawrence, Rory Anders, Ben White, Matt Scott, Thomas Anders, Alessandro Morris.

Strydom and Pretorius began aggressively against Shah and Shoukat  with the visting new ball pair struggling to give their  side a foothold in the match. It was Van der Merwe who broke the opening stand at 60 when he dismissed Strydom lbw for 40. Masud batted from 1.30 to 3.06 with home scorer Helen Caird suggesting that maybe someone had asked him to rein in his swashbuckling style and try to accumulate runs over a longer period at the crease. He made 18 from his first 47 balls faced and 44 from his last 40 balls faced. Pretorius got close to a century but fell on 87 with Anderson making 23.  It was Chester who was the hero of the second part of the innings hitting 82 of the 130 runs scored after he came in with Scott and Thomas Anders undefeated at the end of the innings and Morris able to concentrate on the day job.

Klokker and former Phoenix man Manu Kumar set out towards a target of 341. Thomas and Rory Anders shared the new ball  with Rory having Klokker caught by Pretorius in the fourth over. Kumar lasted a little longer and hit two boundaries before the same combination saw him off after making 16. Shah batted patiently for 26 and Van der Merwe proved a difficult man to bowl to but the rest of the order proved to be all human and none of the others could pass Shah’s score. Van der Merwe ended undefeated on 109 with Rory Anders taking 3-35, Ben White 3-69 and Morris 2-50. Phoenix won by 92 runs.

A good team effort by Phoenix.

Conor Dillon