1st XI v Terenure – 5/6/2016

Terenure had caused a few batting difficulties for Phoenix on May 21st before the weather got the better of both teams. Since then Phoenix had gone on a winning run which included The Hills (league), Cork County (Irish Senior Cup), The Hills (20/20) and YMCA (league) with the latter three all achieved away from home as far as your correspondent was aware. Terenure were probably a little low on confidence as they were on a losing streak since that match. Phoenix won the toss and elected to bat.  The batting order was Rheinhardt Strydom, Nicolass Pretorius, M D Masud Ahmed, Sam Anderson, Adam Chester, Matt Scott, Eoin Cleere, Thomas Anders, Richie Lawrence, Ian Anders, Alessandro Morris.

It was a tough start for the new ball pair of Arsham and Smith against the Phoenix openers with the first two overs yielding 31 runs for Phoenix. The visitors had a little to celebrate when Pretorius fell for 15 in the third over.  Masud hit three early fours but was generally content to hold an end up while Strydom prospered at the other end and out of the stand of 71 the Bangladeshi hit 19 and the former international 50. Strydom seemed to be on course for centuries in consecutive innings but tried one big hit too many and after Chester went for 14 Matt Scott was asked to be the lunch watchman. Scott worked hard to support Anderson who was picking up where he had left off  after his 85 the previous day and while at 156 for 4 Terenure were still in the game the fifth wicket stand between the two New Zealanders  steadily brought the game out of the visitors’ reach. The stand ended at 211 with Anderson contributing 142 of his total of 171 and there was no time to count Scott’s contribution.  Scott ended undefeated on 62 and Cleere also ended undefeated on 13 after 11 minutes.  The innings closed on 394 for 5.

Mullan had anchored the visitors’ innings on May 21st so Thomas Anders must have been pleased to bowl him for 1. Ian Anders took the new ball from the other end and watched his big brother start with three consecutive maiden overs with Arsham falling for 1 as Morris took the catch to give Thomas figures of 3-3-0-2. Richie Lawrence was given a spell of 4 overs and then  Morris began an unbroken spell of 12 and he ended on 1-44. Scott and Masud were given 2 overs each but it was Thomas Anders and Strydom who did most of the damage to the visitors’ batting line up with Thomas ending on 9-4-16-4 and Strydom on 11.1-7-13-4. The Phoenix attack has not produced such Roy of the overs statistics since Ben White’s 5-13 at Malahide in 2013 and one has to go back to 2009 to recall Downton’s 4-7 at Rush and Langford-Smith’s 6-26 against Terenure. The visitors were all out for 130.

A good team effort by Phoenix.

Conor Dillon