1st XI v Instonians – 17/7/2016

Having recorded several useful results from early May to mid June Phoenix had taken a few defeats in recent weeks. They were unable to cope with the top two in Division 1 and the day before this Irish Senior Cup refix they were unable to prevail over the intensity brought by a Railway side fighting against the prospect of relegation.  On a lovely day for cricket – much appreciated by the visitors – Phoenix won the toss and inserted Instonians. The Phoenix team  which took the field included  Rheinhardt Strydom, Nicolass Pretorius, M D Masud Ahmed, Sam Anderson, Thomas Anders,  Adam Chester, Matt Scott, Rory Anders, Ben White, Alessandro Morris,  James Maginnis.

Russell  charged Thomas Anders for a 6 in the first over and Rory Anders for a 4 in the second over but he was bowled by Thomas  to finish with 23 from 20 balls. The approach adopted by the other opener, Nicolai Smith and the former Irish international , Andrew White was a little more measured and they slowly put Instonians in the driving seat. After a stand of 145 runs in 98 minutes Thomas picked up his second wicket getting an lbw verdict and White departed with 70 to his name. As the visitors chased quick runs in the later stages of the innings the bowlers took 5 wickets in the last 15 overs and the fielders effected  three run outs. Shannon made a useful 45 and Nicolai Smith fell on 94 and the innings closed on 290 for 9.  Anderson took 3 wickets and Strydom got 1.

Strydom fell for 1 in the third over. Masud fared a little better with 9 but after Sam Anderson perished on 22  Pretorius must have wondered if anyone would help by staying for a long innings at the other end. Thomas Anders managed just 1 but Pretorius may have felt that the cavalry had arrived with adhesive efforts by Chester and Scott. Chester fell on 28 and Pretorius on 97 and that seemed to end Phoenix’s prospects.  Scott ended on 27, Rory Anders made 9, White made 13, Morris got 5 and Maginnis ended undefeated on 1.  Phoenix lost by 63 runs.