5th XI v Dublin University – 7/5/2018
- Team: Emmett Staunton ©, Wamiq Siddiqui*, Masroor Abbas, Vignesh Kannan, Monjur Ahmad, Abdullah Tariq, Usama Dar, Junaid Iqbal, Matt Wilson, Travis Stringer, Alan Maginnis
- Location: Home – Phoenix
- Conditions: Hot & Sunny – Artificial Wicket
- Batting First: Phoenix
Capt. Staunton’s men approached the challenge with Trinity with sober expectation rather than the loose delirium that flowed from an easy victory the previous week.
Another Phoenix debutant joined the squad, Travis Stringer – our debutants have been outstanding so far; how would Travis fare?
A glorious day at Phoenix – the Trinity team give us the honour of batting first – gratefully acknowledged. Not as fluid as the first match, progress of the top 3 was gradual, Dar (5) and Abbas (1) were out with only 26 on the board. The bowling was erratic: excellent deliveries mixed in with more challenging bowling requiring good use of the feet. Our debutant Travis (68) came to the crease with the score on 26 and with Maginnis (48) proceeded to build a 104 run partnership taking the rate close to run-a-ball. Travis hits the ball cleanly and ‘through the line’, but gorged himself on some high full tosses to show ‘flat-batting’ at its best. Maginnis fell short of his 50 in the first over after drinks. Keeper Wamiq (12) looked to keep the momentum, however, Travis was dismissed a few runs later. A great knock.
Matt Wilson (11) entered the fray – the short 15 run partnership was tense – missed calls and missed runs, led inevitably to a confused run out. Matt, not to blame, looked in the same excellent shape as the previous week. Wamiq departed shortly afterwards. The mighty Iqbal (76 ret’d hurt) delivered another punishing batting display. The Trinity bowlers were doing their best in the intense heat but tiredness ensured too many deliveries were dragged down short. Junaid capitalised and then accelerated the scoring. Monjur (3) missed out this week but Captain Emmet (13*) supported Junaid who perhaps surprisingly given his subcontinental background retired hurt with heat exhaustion. The young Abdullah Tariq (1*) faced the last over. 270 runs from last week was surpassed with 271 for 7 off 40 overs this week.
Trinity replied to their challenge with great gusto. Bats were being flailed, edges found and a number of boundaries quickly got Trinity to 30 for 1 after 2 overs for the loss of 1 wicket. Our opening bowling Abbas and Tariq perhaps too variable and a pace that facilitated the bowl to fly to boundaries too easily. Capt. Emmet remained cool and alternated the bowling attack, arresting the run rate and ensuring the steady loss of wickets. Matt – seam (2 for 28 off 7), Usama – seam (2 for 23 off 8), and Vignesh – spin (2 for 34 off 7) were backed up well by an excellent fielding display. Matt Wilson taking 2 superb catches involving a chase to get under the high ball – excellent.
The run rate escalated and the Trinity guys battled well to reach the 39th over. Capt. Emmet finished their innings with a tidy catch at extra cover off Monjur.
Phoenix win by 83 runs.