by Conor Dillon
North Kildare have held their own and won some close matches against Phoenix 2nd xi in recent seasons but it would be a surprise for them to overcome Phoenix 1st xi. Once again Captain Ford did not reveal the result of the toss and once again Phoenix were to bat first with Ford Senior umpiring from the bowler’s end. Thomas Anders and Jonathan Wardell dropped out of the side with Eoin Cleere now a wicket keeper batsman and spinners Mark Gibson McKenna and Ben White were brought in by the selectors. The match was to be 40 overs per side with a maximum of 8 per bowler.
The full eleven was Golum Rahman, M D Masud Ahmed, Captain David Ford, Lucky Peterson, Richie Lawrence, Eoin Cleere, Adam Chester, Coach Matt Lunson, Mark Gibson McKenna, Simmi Singh, Ben White.
Rahman was more successful than last week and he batted on long after the opening bowlers, Satchwell and Amit had gone out of the attack. Satchwell bowled his allocation in one unbroken spell and ended with 1-34. The victim was Masud who was caught behind by Captain Neavyn for 32. Ford and Rahman ploughed on and recorded a stand of 88 in 59 minutes with Rahman out on the first ball after reaching 50 and Ford ending on 47 after 62 balls.
Lawrence did not last long but Peterson and Cleere struck up a good understanding and with Peterson being dropped on about 20 he went on to club the North Kildare attack to all parts of the ground and beyond. Wasif Ali ended with 1-73 from 7 overs, Ul Haq with 0—41 from 2 overs, Chase with 0-31 from 1 over as Peterson hit 11 sixes and 14 fours to end on 139 not out from 54 balls while Cleere proved an adhesive partner who also ended undefeated on 31 from 33 balls.
Neavyn and M Singh started towards a target of 329 with Ben White and Simmi Singh entrusted with the new ball. Neither bowler took a wicket but Phoenix managed to break the stand by running out Neavyn for 27. Vorster made 8 before being caught by Gibson McKenna bowled Peterson. M Singh was starting to look difficult to remove but he also fell to Peterson caught Rahman and Ul Haq only made 2 before being bowled by Peterson.
Walshe (who has always served his club very well) was given out lbw to Chester for 7 and almost any time the Division 3 side threatened some resistance Phoenix were able to take a wicket. Coach Lunson took 1 -13 from 3 overs and it was Mark Gibson McKenna who demolished the tail with 4-13 in 2.4 overs. Phoenix won by 167 runs.
Man of the Match: Lucky Peterson 139 not out & 3-21
Other Phoenix batting: G Rahman 50, D Ford 47, Masud Ahmed 32, E Cleere 31 not out
Other Phoenix bowling M Gibson McKenna 4-13