Apologies if this message is very early on a Monday morning when some of us might be still trying to fall out of bed after a weekends cricket but when the president sends an early email asking for something to be put on the website we aren’t allowed delay! Especially when it’s a Monday morning good news story unrelated to the crisis in Greece!
The weekend just gone by has been a very successful one at Phoenix and its hard to know where to start.
The 1st XI had a big win in Rush on Saturday with Sam Anderson scoring his second 100 in consecutive weekends. Scoring over 300 in Rush is never a sure thing but Skipper Lawrence’s side fielded and bowled well with Masood picking up 4 wickets in a tough ground to be spinner!
(Editors note Sam score in his last 7 innings are 65, 62,63,26,130,66,120)
The team are now 3rd in Div 2, a few points behind Terenure who have played one more match.
The 3rd X1 continued their winning start to the season in Div 5 with a 5th straight win. In a close contest it was good to see 4 wickets for Sim Singh who is getting back into the swing of things after his exams.which is great to see.Naeem Shazad scored a long awaited 51 runs which proved crucial in a low scoring game. 15 year old Evan Chester made his debut in Division 5 for the 3rds scoring 12 runs.
On Sunday the 4th XI just came up short in a high scoring game in North County with James McDonough (pictured below) scoring 55, his maiden 50 in Div 9. There was also a good innings from another youngster Calum Gillespie who too is also getting back into the swing of things after very little cricket in the last two seasons.
Performance of the weekend must go to the 6th XI who chased down 180 against a good Merrion side in the Park. Youngster Tom Stephens (pictured below) scored 105 to help the side win comfortably. A century is a terrific score in 40 over league cricket.Thomas too is getting back to cricket after finishing his Junior Certificate at the end of June.
(Editors note-Well done to Thomas’s Dad Martin too who was seen giving Thomas endless throw downs a couple of days before- I’ll be in touch soon Martin to see if you can get my game in better shape!)
At youth level the girls U-11’s won their cup semi-final against Pembroke on Saturday and will be playing YMCA in the final in Phoenix on Thursday 23rd July. On Sunday the boys U-13 won their cup semi-final v Merrion by 8 wickets and play Rush in the final on Friday July 24th – venue to be confirmed.
At International level Rory Anders and Ben White are leading wicket takers for Ireland U-19 at the ICC tournament in Jersey. Ben has 5 wickets after 2 matches and Rory 4 and Ireland won both games. Well done to both.
Oh yes – and the Taverners won on Friday night to continue their successful campaign.
So well done to everyone, coaches, team managers and most importantly the players themselves. More please!