1st XI v Leinster – 11/6/2016

After a spell of six seasons without a win in the Leinster Senior Cup  Phoenix were now playing their third quarter final in six seasons – the last semi final having been contested in 2003. Phoenix had lost their most recent game in the 20:20 competition against Clontarf  but had suffered only one defeat in four league matches and had ruthlessly demolished Terenure in the previous round of the cup. Leinster won the toss and inserted Phoenix. The batting order was Rheinhardt Strydom, Nicolass Pretorius, M D Masud Ahmed, Sam Anderson, Adam Chester, Matt Scott, Thomas Anders, Nitin Naik, Eoin Cleere, Alessandro Morris and Ian Anders.

Strydom worked hard to hold up an end and to put the bad ball away but it was not a day when the rest of the top order were able to impose themselves on the bowlers. Pretorius hit one boundary in an innings of 6 and Masud only managed a single. Anderson fared a little better and got to 14 before he exited after falling lbw to Dockrell. Chester reached 21 before he fell and the effect of the rain on the Phoenix innings could be measured by the fact  that Strydom’s  innings lasted 118 minutes between 10.59 and 6.08 when he was run out for 75 and Chester batted for 41 minutes from 12.30 to 3.26. Scott ended undefeated on 13 with Thomas  Anders not required to face a ball. The rain reduced the match to 33 overs each with Phoenix making 148 for 5.

The Duckworth-Lewis calculation gave Phoenix a dig out with a target of 187 for Leinster.  Mallon and Coad were not intimidated by this target and soon settled down and scored runs against all the Phoenix bowlers. The stand had passed 100 when Masud had Mallon caught by Anderson for 32. Coad fell on 70 and the visitors still needed 71 but a big stand of 67 between Dockrell and Delany sealed it for Leinster. McDonnell was required to face one ball and then the visitors passed the target with ten balls to spare.

A disappointing day for Phoenix.

Conor Dillon