2nd XI Match Report (a) -v- YMCA – Senior 2 Cup – Saturday 23rd June

by Conor Dillon

After playing a useful cameo role in the 1st xi victory over Pembroke Captain Ford returned to his 2nd xi charges for the Senior 2 cup quarter final. Jason McNelis, Matt Gregg, Aaron Joseph, Thomas Anders and Chris Cavanagh were all out of the side for various reasons and in came Eoin Cleere, Adam Chester, Nitin Naik, Graham Morris and Michael Fahy. YMCA won the toss and inserted the visitors. The batting order was Eoin Cleere, David Ford, Vish Vaidyanathan, Jonathan Wardell, Deepak Kumar, Stephen Neill, Adam Chester, Nitin Naik, Graham Morris, Michael Fahy, Rory Anders.

There was an immediate setback for Phoenix when Cleere was beaten by the first delivery from Jehangir but Ford and Vaidyanathan then prospered sufficiently to take the score to 80 for 1 after 20 overs. Vaidyanathan fell to McAuley in the 21st over to bring Wardell in and the Galwayman was to remain at the crease for the rest of the innings. However, once Ford went with the score on 88 Wardell struggled to get a partnership going with the middle and lower order. Naik’s 13 looked a useful contribution at least until Anders drew admiring comments from the home support as his undefeated 19 outscored Wardell in the last wicket stand. Phoenix were all out for 166.

Rain stopped play for some time between the innings and the Duckworth Lewis target for the home team was 143 from 38 overs. Hosford played steadily for the home team against the bowling initially of Anders and Ford and later Neill, Chester and Morris. Ford took the first wicket for Phoenix when he had Tector caught by Wardell but Mcauley looked solid enough and then hit 10 in one over from Neill. Chester bowled with an impressive economy rate and took two wickets as he removed McAuley and Home with Morris getting Hosford out at the other end but the home team held their nerve enough to get home by 5 wickets with 2.3 overs to spare.

Man of the Match: A spirited team effort by what Captain Ford said afterwards was an understrength side.