5th XI Match Report (a) -v- Civil Service – May 23rd – LCU 20/20 Group B

It seems the cricket gods in Ireland favour the shift towards the shortest format of the game, perhaps due to Ireland’s continued exclusion from the top table of the game, as at last the sun broke out from behind the clouds and delivered a glorious day on sunshine and high temperatures as the inaugural LCU 20/20 competition got into full swing.

The 5th XI made the short hop across the pond to take on Civil Service in a local clash. The weather saw Phoenix players, fans and parents out in full force to support the team. Before we go on to the match report we’d like to say a sincere thanks to all those who turned out. There were players from every other grade at the club, the coaching staff, the executive committee the youth section and many more beside. The list of people is far to long to name check suffice to say that coming out to support your own is always appreciated and the 5th XI will be looking to reciprocate the favour in the coming weeks.

Now on to matters on the field. The pitch looked quite nice to the eye and was indeed firm to the touch. However a couple of days of sunshine could not wash away the sin of the previous six weeks weather and the wicket was quite tacky and likely cause the ball to stop in the pitch. Phoenix won the toss and, wisely it transpires, elected to field.

Not only is the LCU 20/20 the first competition of it’s kind at the 5th XI level it also involves the full set of ODI rules when it comes to wides so Phoenix faced a big challenge in discipline.

The 5th XI opted to start with the spin of Marc Gibson-McKenna at one end and the pace of Ian Anders from the other. The youngsters started well and held the hosts in check. It wasn’t long until the breakthrough came as Gibson-McKenna cleaned up Kilroy in the third over. He was straight back in on the act in his next over too as he bamboozled Jeffrey (3) with the arm ball.

This left Civil Service 19 for 2 but White and Tilbury shored things up well for a while and started to slowly tick the scoreboard over. O’Donnell was introduced to replace Ian Anders but couldn’t find a breakthrough. At the other end Gibson-McKenna couldn’t find a wicket but that was mainly because the Civil Service batsmen dare not play a shot to him.

If the bowling was good at this stage the fielding matched it. The standard in all facets of fielding was absolutely superb. Concentration, diving, chasing, sliding, throwing, backing up. All these aspects were done to the highest level by all the Phoenix fieldsmen. There were diving saves on the boundary from Khan, Gibson-McKenna and Nicholson that turned boundary 4’s into singles. It was this intensity of effort that kept the home side in check.

John Anders kept up the family name at Phoenix with another fine display

Phoenix had put the breaks on but needed to take wickets again so John Anders was introduced. Old Golden Arm worked his magic again taking a wicket first ball cleaning up Tilbury (2) on his way to a wicket maiden. At the other end Marc Gibson-McKenna finished up with figures of 5-1-7-2. His spell was an object lesson in using the conditions and hitting the correct areas but his evening was far from over.

Spin was clearly working from the Chesterfield Avenue end so Craig Nicholson was introduced to twirl down his leg breaks. He made a very good start to his first over but his last delivery was wayward down leg. White (12) tried to heave the ball to Deep Square Leg but only succeeded in spooning a catch up to Nicolaas Leeuwenberg behind the sticks. It was to be Nicholson’s only wicket of the evening, despite a top notch bowling display, and, as is the way in cricket sometimes, came with his worst delivery of the match.

That left Civil Service 43 for 3 and that became 45 for 5 very soon afterward. Nicholson may have been restricted to one wicket when bowling but he couldn’t be held in check in the field as he ran out the dangerous Ossie De Souza (3) with a yard to spare on a direct hit from the deep.

Craig Nicholson backed up a superb spell of bowling with some incredible fielding including a direct hit run out

That propelled Phoenix forward and both the O’Hara’s fell to Anders in one over as the away side started to put the squeeze on. Going into the final over Civil Service were 69 for 7. With three wickets in hand they would have been hopeful of totting up a few runs. It was not to be, though, as Michael Fahy entered the fray.

Bowling in the final over of a 20/20 innings is never easy at the best of times but all the more so when you’ve not bowled previously in the innings. That mattered little to Fahy who castled Livsey (14) with his first ball. There was some frantic running off the next couple of balls before Cousins tried to run a quick single off a ball that squirmed behind the wicket. The run looked to be on as Leeuwenberg took a second to locate the ball but he collected, spun and threw down the stumps at the far end with a direct hit despite having his keeping glove on.

That left it 74 for 9 with one ball remaining. That became 74 all out as Fahy again homed in on middle stump and brought the innings to a conclusion in emphatic fashion. His solitary over saw him concede only three runs and yield two wickets.

Michael Fahy produced an ice cool final over with the ball picking up 2 wickets for 3 runs.

Phoenix got some water onboard in the swift innings break as the heat had taken its toll after 20 overs of hard work in the field.

There wasn’t much time to waste, though, with the light a possible factor and the chase began in earnest. Alan Maginnis was his usual free swinging self and didn’t think twice about taking on the experienced opening bowlers, De Souza and Brady, for Civil Service. However his hard hitting was his downfall. After ploughing a full toss over the leg side fence for 6 the ball was lost and took a few minutes to retrieve. Maginnis (15) hadn’t properly tuned back in when the game restarted and was given out LBW two balls later.

The home side were back in the hunt when Fahy (0) was dreadfully unlucky to be bowled by a ball from Brady that bounced all of half an inch when it hit the track and shot through underneath his bat. While there was luck involved in that dismissal it must be said the Civil Service bowling and fielding kept up the pressure on Phoenix as they defended their small total manfully.

Hashmi Khan (5) had steadied the ship before he fell, this time to De Souza, with a fine catch from Jeffrey. Belying his years Jeffrey stooped to conquer as the juggled and flicked the ball a few times in a frantic couple of seconds before coming to rest with the ball in his grasp. The hosts’ dander was up and they kept pressing hard. Vince had looked good upon his return to Phoenix after a couple of year’s hiatus. He looked technically sound and was playing a calming role as the pressure started to rise. He was very unlucky to be given out LBW to Brady after inside edging onto his pads but the home side were fighting hard and Phoenix were now 35 for 4.

That became 35 for 5 soon after as things really started to heat up. Ian Anders (4) checked his drive and on the surface in question that was never going to end well. De Souza snapped up the caught and bowled chance and it really was game on. The Civil Service openers finished up with great figures, Brady 5-1-23-3 and De Souza 5-2-12-2, and really gave their team a good chance of winning the game despite the low total.

It looked to have swung completely in their favour when second change bowler and skipper, Paul O’Hara, took the scalp of Hamish O’Donnell with only his second delivery to leave Phoenix reeling at 43 for 6.

Marc Gibson-McKenna flourished with bat and ball again steering his side to victory and himself to the Man of the Match award.

20/20 is a game of ups and downs, though, and Phoenix were well aware of this. Despite being in a tight spot there was no need for any panic and, to their credit, there were no signs of it from any of the players. With two quality batsmen in the middle in the shape of Marc Gibson-McKenna and Nicolaas Leeuwenberg the game was most definitely there for the taking.

The pair batted well in tandem and ran nicely between the wickets. The got their calling right early on and started to tick the board along quite nicely. Eventually slightly more aggressive shots were forthcoming but the slow outfield rob both batsmen of boundaries on more than one occasion.

They both settled in well and once they got going the writing was on the wall for the home side. The big Dutchman was the first to tee of and Leeuwenberg crunched a beautiful off drive all along the deck for 4 to start to pick up the pace. Leeuwenberg smashed another boundary off Darnell in his next over as well as things started to click for Phoenix.

A rare block from Nicolaas Leeuwenberg. The Dutchman got his eye in before unleashing some mighty hits and finishing the game with a massive six.

Gibson-McKenna wanted in on the act now too as the target started to come closer into reach. He took O’Hara for a boundary off the first ball of the 16th over to leave Phoenix just four from victory. While he did his best to finish the game in the next five deliveries he couldn’t manage it but he did add two more and took himself on to 19 which he would finish on unbeaten.

That was perhaps a good thing, though, as it set the stage for a spectacular finish to the game. Leeuwenberg decided enough was enough and proceeded to demolish the first, and last, Livsey delivery of the game for a massive straight six to wrap things up. It was an emphatic way to finish the game and completed a fine Phoenix win. From middle order crisis to comfortable win and all thanks to cool heads and composed batting.

It was a strong team effort and Phoenix performed all three disciplines well. The other intangible disciplines were just as important on the night. Composure, match awareness and team spirit came into play just as much, though, and it augurs well for the season ahead.

That is only half the job done, though, as the 5th XI must now see off the challenge of Adamstown at home next week to secure passage from Group B and into the Quarter Final. Should they come up short then they will have to wait until Adamstown face off against Civil Service in the final group game to see who progresses.

With another team performance, and a good home crowd to back them up, it might not come to that.

And finally a massive thanks from all the 5th XI to our scorer supreme, Conor Dillon, for keeping the book for us. His expertise being lent to us is much appreciated by all.


Civil
Service 4th XI Vs Phoenix 5th XI

1-Innings
Match Played At Civil Service, 23-May-2012, LCU 20/20


Phoenix 5th
XI Win by 4 wkts

Toss won by

Phoenix 5th XI

Scorers

Conor Dillon (Phoenix) & Conor
McElhinney (CSCC)

Player / Match

PCC:Gibson-McKenna, Marc

 


Civil
Service 4th XI 1st Innings 74/10 All Out (Overs 20
)

Batsman

Fieldsman

Bowler

Runs

Bls

4s

6s

M Kilroy

 

b M Gibson-McKenna

6

13

1

0

J Jeffrey

 

b M Gibson-McKenna

3

8

0

0

R White

c N Leeuwenberg

b C Nicholson

12

27

0

0

T Tilbury

 

b J Anders

2

11

0

0

O De Souza

run out C Nicholson

 

3

12

0

0

P O’Hara*

 

b J Anders

5

12

0

0

S Livesey

 

b M Fahy

14

19

2

0

A O’Hara

 

b J Anders

0

2

0

0

A Darnell

 

b M Fahy

3

15

0

0

D Cousins+

run out N Leeuwenberg

 

1

4

0

0

J Brady

not out

 

0

0

0

0

extras

 

(b1 lb4 w16 nb4)

25

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

10 wickets for

74

 

 

 

 

FOW

1-12(M Kilroy) 2-19(J Jeffrey)
3-39(T Tilbury) 4-43(R White) 5-45(O De Souza)

6-57(P O’Hara) 7-57(A O’Hara)
8-69(S Livesey) 9-74(D Cousins) 10-74(A Darnell)

 

Bowler

O

M

R

W

wd

nb

M Gibson-McKenna

5

1

7

2

3

I Anders

2

0

14

0

2

2

H O’Donnell

2

0

16

0

7

J Anders

5

1

15

3

3

C Nicholson

5

0

14

1

1

M Fahy

1

0

3

2

1

 


Phoenix 5th
XI 1st Innings 79/6 Closed (Overs 16.1)

Batsman

Fieldsman

Bowler

Runs

Bls

4s

6s

A Maginnis

lbw

b J Brady

15

11

2

1

M Fahy

 

b J Brady

0

7

0

0

H Khan

c J Jeffrey

b O De Souza

5

10

0

0

P Vince

lbw

b J Brady

4

12

0

0

I Anders

 

c&b O De Souza

4

13

0

0

M Gibson-McKenna

not out

 

19

26

2

0

H O’Donnell

 

b P O’Hara

0

3

0

0

N Leeuwenberg+

not out

 

20

15

2

1

S Moore*

dnb

 

 

 

 

J Anders

dnb

 

 

 

 

C Nicholson

dnb

 

 

 

 

extras

 

(b0 lb0 w12 nb0)

12

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

6 wickets for

79

 

 

 

 

FOW

1-16(A Maginnis) 2-19(M Fahy)
3-30(H Khan) 4-35(P Vince) 5-35(I Anders)

6-43(H O’Donnell)

 

Bowler

O

M

R

W

wd

nb

O De Souza

5

2

12

2

2

J Brady

5

1

23

3

5

A Darnell

3

0

22

0

5

P O’Hara

3

0

16

1

1

S Livesey

.1

0

6

0