A brief round-up of results from the last few days as we dry off from the latest hailstone (yes hailstones!) shower.
1st XI vs Terenure at the Park Division 2
The match report for this fixture is almost ready so we’ll just provide a short summary of this fixture.
Terenure set the home team was 181 to win and despite excellent batting from Masood and Adam Chester and a strange decision by the umpires to give Rory Anders out “obstructing the field” Phoenix finished 9 runs short at the end. There was some economical bowling from Terenure but in truth we should have been able to chase 180. Time to get the season going with a re-fix 40 over game on Saturday vs YMCA 2’s!
Masud Ahmed 57 Adam Chester 44
5th XI vs Dundrum away Division 13
Phoenix V played their first league match of the season against Dundrum III who won the toss and elected to bat. Akarsh and James McDonough bowled superbly and provided an ideal start with wickets in the 1st 2nd and 4th overs. Dundrum somewhat stabilised themselves with a 47 run 4th wicket partnership. Zaheer and Graham Mooney took control of the bowling attack followed by James Maginnis. Dundrum were all out in 33rd over for 163 runs (including 20 extras). G Mooney took 3 for 35 in 7 , Akarsh 2 for 23 in 7.5, J. McDonough 2 for 22 in 5 and Zaheer 2 for 41 in 7.4 overs.J. Maginnis added 1 for 37 in 6 overs.There was some nice catches held by James Maginnis ,Louis and Mick.McDonough but there were some easy drops too! To contain a good side for 163 & have them all out in 33 overs was a good start for Phoenix. The openers for Phoenix were A.Chester and S.Ahmad. The going was very slow and cautious against a really good bowling attack, first to go was the Doc (run out by the Admiral) in the 9th over. The Admiral battled until the 15th over but scoring rate remained very slow. Things worsened when he received possibly the best delivery of the match and was cleaned out at 6. (a 90 mph delivery that swung in and seamed away-honest!) There wasn’t any noticeable batting performances and in reality the wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Phoenix were all out for 56 in 29th over. 15 extras were the only runs in “double figures” . Deepu took 1 for 2 in five overs with 4 maiden, Sibi took 4 for 12 in 5 & Sajesh their captain took 2 for 16 in 6.4 overs. It was a comfortable win for Dundrum. For the Phoenix 5th XI there’s a chance to get things going with a midweek 20-20 fixture against Mullingar in the Park. A lot to improve but they’ll be giving 100%- no doubt!
4th XI away to Adamstown
We await official notification from Sir William on any pertinent details but all we know is that the “unofficial” umpire called a halt to the game as the rain worsened! While the performances wont count it is worth mentioning The Dismore Express who has started the season very strongly this time Dev featured with the bat scoring 81 not out! The 4th XI are looking for power hitting and Dev is looking the most likely candidate!
2nd XI home to North Kildare Division 3.
Adam Chester’s men faced North Kildare on the Park on Sunday in a keenly awaited Division 3 fixture. North Kildare won the toss and decided to bat first.This Phoenix unit pride themselves on doing everything well and the bowling and fielding was as usual 100% committed. Mosh got 1-33, Chris got 2-22, Thomas Anders on his return to the 2nd XI bowled very well and took a stunning catch along with 1-32. Fordy and Vish got 1 each but the pick of the bowlers was Gordy Millar who spun his way to 3-35 off 10 overs-good effort Gordy! North Kildare posted 196 of 46.5 overs- a good effort that Adam felt Phoenix could chase.
What Adam didn’t reckon on was darkening skies and a bad day for a couple of our consistent performers with the bat! 12 for 1 became 43 for 5 with rain starting to fall. Ian Anders and Adam Chester were at the crease knowing they were on the wrong side of Duckworth Lewis. It didnt stop them trying to get us closer as the onlookers produced all sorts of apps on their phones to say that the rain was imminent! Adam hit 2 sixes and 4 fours in a breezy 33 not out but the umpires were already looking skyward with Phoenix about 25 runs short on D/L. The rain never stopped and despite Adam best efforts the umpires had little choice but to wrap things up- it was a good effort but we lost too many wickets early on- had the game gone further we might have closed the gap but North Kildare deservedly edged the game!
Phoenix 6th XI away to Rush
Niall Black brought his men to Rush on Sunday and it was noteworthy in lots of ways. The “Prez” opened the batting and Stan Mitchell also lined up for Phoenix alongside some of our younger generation. It was a great day although “bloody” cold! Phoenix fell to 46-7 despite some battling efforts from Michael and Evan Chester but the Rush bowling attack was relentless. However Stan with a dashing (cough!) 25 and Emmet Staunton with 33 not out batting at 9 got Phoenix to 120 off their 40 overs. Adam Gibson McKenna and Harry Fay were excellent at the end of the innings and helped Phoenix post a score- given the rough start I think this was a spirited effort and bodes well for the season.
Rush got off to a flyer and were 48-1 after 8 overs and well on course for victory but again Phoenix boys never give up! A smart run out in the first over with Evan and Mick McD combining was our only early reward. But once Rush got past 100 wickets starting to fall. In the end Rush got over the line with 4 wickets remaining but again their noses were bloodied getting there! Skipper Black was smiling as he could plainly see that a year on the boys were starting to grow up and this could be a fun season ahead!
2nd XI 20-20 Tillain Cup away to The Hills
This summary will be held for later as the rain meant that the game will have to be finished another day- The Hills posted 130 off their 20 overs – a good effort again from Thomas 3-26 and a wicket for Vish and Adam. Phoenix finished needing 35 off 5 overs with 7 wickets remaining when darkness fell. There’s no D/L in this competition which means another trip to North County Dublin in due course!