Having had a pin put in their balloon the previous weekend at Pembroke Phoenix returned to their home ground to take on the ever competitive men from Balrothery. Rain overnight caused a damp patch to appear and the umpires and teams had to wait until 3.00pm to start. This was the second attempt to play this fixture so all involved had to try harder to beat the weather. After agreeing to reduce the match to 39 overs each North County won the toss and inserted Phoenix. The batting order was Rheinhardt Strydom, Nicolass Pretorius, Richie Lawrence, Sam Anderson, Adam Chester, M D Masud Ahmed, Ben White, Matt Scott, Rory Anders, Thomas Anders, Ian Anders.
In 1992 when your correspondent suffered one of his several dismissals by run out a team mate penned a jocular line that “Conor tried to beat Ralph back to Ralph’s end”. It would be flippant to describe Pretorius’s early exit in the same terms but it was an unfortunate way for this potentially “dangerous” partnership to end. Strydom and Lawrence worked hard together and put on a stand of 28. Phoenix looked to be at their peak while Lawrence and Anderson batted together and took the score to 94 for 2. Chester, Scott and Rory Anders struggled for runs but Masud had a useful innings of 39 with White making 10 and Thomas Anders making a busy 17 from 14 balls and Ian Anders ending undefeated on 2.
The North County openers added just 1 before they were separated which was a bigger stand than the Phoenix openers had. Thomas and Rory Anders took the new ball with Thomas bowling 7 consecutive overs taking 1-11. Thomas did not come back to the attack after this. Rory bowled 7 overs in 3 spells of 4,2 and 1 and a good innings by Eddie Richardson of 51 ( just 1 more than Lawrence got for Phoenix ) kept the visitors in the game. However, after Andrews was bowled by Strydom to exit on 18 Phoenix had opened an end up and the North County tail enders were unable to make Phoenix fret. Anderson, White, Strydom and Rory Anders all took 2 wickets while Thomas Anders took 1 wicket and was the fielder responsible for effecting a run out. Phoenix won by 64 runs.
A good team effort by Phoenix