5th XI v Terenure – 29/4/2018
- Team: Emmett Staunton ©, Wamiq Siddiqui*, Tom Walker, Masroor Abbas, Vignesh Kannan, Monjur Ahmad, William Clarke, John Anders, Junaid Iqbal, Matt Wilson, Alan Maginnis
- Opposition: Terenure
- Location: Home – Phoenix
- Conditions: Fresh & Clear on a Grass Wicket – (Collie advises we’re not to get used to it!)
- Batting First: Phoenix
The first outing for the 5ths. Emmett Staunton has taken on the role of Captain for the 2nd season in a row, and for the Club’s benefit, with its immense gratitude, the role of Membership Secretary. The goal for this season – to bounce back to Div 12 and continue to be a developing ground for youth.
The fruits of his labours as Membership Secretary resulted in welcoming 2 debutants to Phoenix and to the 5th XI, Masroor Abbas and Matt Wilson. And what a start to their Phoenix cricketing career, more later.
Terenure fielded a largely youth dominated squad whereas Phoenix had none! Very unusual for the 5th XI – that will change considerably as the season progresses. We were honoured to have official umpires and a pristine Phoenix grass wicket.
Batting first Phoenix established an extraordinary total – 270 for loss of 7 wickets. From the start the batsmen maintained a positive approach exploiting any bad balls available. After 10 overs the team was scoring run-a-ball – 62 for 2. Walker (7) and Maginnis (24) taking an early rest.
Masroor Abbas (40) – No 3 in his first match started aggressively – declining easy singles for large scale hitting. The short boundary particularly magnetic. Brief anxiety after the early losses of Captain Emmet (4) and Keeper Wamiq (1), coming in at 4 and 5 respectively were soon forgotten with the arrival of Matt Wilson (39) and then Junaid Iqbal (75). This pair added 95 for the 6th wicket. An excellent illustration of punishing loose bowling – power and controlled aggression; the pugnacious Iqbal outstanding. Monjur Ahmad (33*) and Vignesh Kannan (9*) continued to score with freedom when their opportunity came. After 40 overs and the loss of 7 wickets, the 270 total was imposing.
The Terenure team attempted to reply positively, but the weight of runs was too heavy and the skill of our veteran bowlers too penetrating. William Clarke (8 wkts) and John Anders (2 wkts) despatched Terenure in 13 overs for 29 runs.
Social media was buzzing soon after the match with the news of Clarke’s successes. A truly magnificent performance of gentle away swing bowling pitched on the right line and length every delivery. Anders for his part came late to the wicket taking party but he bowled excellently with serious ‘wheels’ one might not have anticipated from the veteran.
A one-sided match for sure, but the season is now under way. Phoenix win by 241 runs.