by Conor Dillon
After a 4 wicket defeat at Railway the next assignment for the 2nd xi was to complete the double over the men from The Maws.Rory Anders and Stephen Neill returned to the side with Charlie Wanniarachchi and Simi Singh dropping out. The visitors won the toss and inserted Phoenix. The batting order was Thomas Anders, David Ford, Eoin Cleere, Rory Anders, Jonathan Wardell, Nitin Naik, Adam Chester, Stephen Neiil, Kaleem Sheikh, Graham Morris, Mark Gibson-McKenna.
Ford and Thomas Anders got off to a steady start with the teenager continuing his good form from the previous weekend.The stand had added 89 when Ford was the first to go as he was out to a Singh for the second consecutive match with Neavyn completing the stumping. Cleere had a short stay at the crease but the Anders brothers added 39 in 32 minutes before Thomas had to go as he was given out lbw to Ali for 60 after just over 2 hours at the crease. Wardell was in unusually fluent form by his standards and he made 34 in a stand of 46. Rory Anders managed to outlast Wardell and Naik but Chester and Neill brought Phoenix past 200 with Sheikh getting a handy 2 not out to boost his batting average while the Kiwi hit 4 scoring shots in the last over to end undefeated on 21. Hussein was the leading wicket taker for the visitors with 3-52 while Singh had an economical analysis of 10-2-19-1. The innings closed on 227 for 7.
Thomas Anders and Ford took on the task of opening the bowling which got off to an economical start but as with the Phoenix innings the crowd had to wait a long time for the first wicket to fall. It was Morris who broke the opening stand at 57 in the 17th over and there was a bit more hitting to be seen as Singh and Shokeenda both fell to Neill while Satchwell upped his scoring rate also before being given lbw to Thomas Anders for 77 before the number 5 – the veteran Ian Walshe – had faced at the other end. At 131 for 4 Phoenix were still in the match But a battling effort by Walshe and the teenager Dalton took to the visitors to within 39 of victory before Ford had Dalton caught by Gibson-McKenna. The fortunes of the sides now waxed and waned as the Phoenix bowling got a grip on the lower batting order. Walshe survived but had to watch as Ali was out for 8 to Gibson-McKenna, Vorster was stumped by Wardell off the same bowler, Hussein was bowled by Thomas Anders for 7 and Gilmore was lbw to Sheikh for 3. At 218 the visitors still needed 10 to win from the last pair. However, Walshe was able to get enough of the strike to hit 8 and run a leg bye to level the scores with 4 balls to come. After one more dot ball Horn pulled Gibson-McKenna just past the square leg fielder for a boundary to win the match by 1 wicket.
Phoenix batting: T Anders 60
North Kildare batting: T Satchwell 77 I Walshe 50 not out