A round up of results from the last few days…

The mixed weather last week has given way to sunshine for the last few days so it might be safe to briefly update you on results as they have been sent in.

Girls U11 First Game of the season

Firstly, we have an update from Alison Todd and a brief match report from the Girls U11 first game of the season.

The U11 girls first game of the season was against Pembroke last Sunday 10th May at Phoenix. This match was a replay of last years cup final and was closely contested in windy conditions. We bowled and fielded well and got two good early wickets but Pembroke’s last batting pair proved too strong and some last minute boundaries sealed the game for them, 10 runs ahead in the end.

1st XI National Cup vs Derriaghy

The mixed weather meant a very delayed start for the 1st XI in this fixture which was reduced to a 30 over game. Deriaghy posted 158 all out in 29.3 overs (30 over innings). Phoenix never got going and we were 99 all out in 23.2 overs (26 over innings). Duckworth Lewis were the winners on the day but it was a tough loss that Skipper Lawrence will be looking to make amends for this coming weekend as we return to Division 2 league action against Terenure.

3rd XI Division 5 away to Terenure

This match report comes from Conrad Jones who had time while behind the stumps to update us with this summary of the match- the best keepers just look to have so much time!

Sunday 10th May saw Phoenix 3rds take on Terenure at Terenure in our first outing in Division 5. Recent history favoured the hosts but Phoenix were keen to get the season off to a winning start.

The team was G.Morris S.Shah I.Anders N.Naik M.Gregg N.Shazad S.Tomlinson P.Tomlinson A.Joseph C.Jones G.Millar.

The plan was to win the toss and bat, especially on the magic carpet, however Graham lost the toss but regardless Terenure opted to field. Our plan was to get as close to 250 as possible, Sayed and Ian opened the batting and against the opening bowling pair looked very comfortable with both batsmen finding the boundary and turning over the strike.Phoenix reached the 13th over before losing their first wicket with Ian(16) being bowled with the score just over 50. Naik Nitin came in at three and more or less immediately set about the Terenure bowlers with a combination of raw power and sweetly timed shots including a couple of reverse sweeps, Sayed Shah was struggling with his timing but with Nitin at the other end there was no real worries. Nitin beat Sayed to 50 with a sweet 6 but was eventually out for 71. Shortly after Sayed had reached his 50 Matt Gregg entered the frey with 150 on the board and picked up where Nitin left off smacking a couple of maximums! Sayed’s luck eventually ran out and he fell for a scratchy 56 but the important thing was he had stuck around and did the hard yards, Naeem Shahzad came in at 5 and he and Matt Gregg started putting Terenure to the sword. Matt fell for 29 with the score around 225, Naeem carried on scoring with the tail but wickets fell on a regular basis and Phoenix where eventually all out for 253-just over our target but probably a little short of what we could have got.

So Terenure needed 254 to win –Aaron Joseph took the first over at the tennis court end against two left handers, with Ian Anders taking the new ball from the other end, both bowled with great discipline both taking wickets Aaron (1 for 16 off 6) took the first wicket (well caught by Philip Tomlinson) and Ian (1 for 8 off 6) took the second (Nitin catching well at second slip).Terenure were on the back foot with 2 wickets down off 12 overs and only 25 on the board.

Graham Morris replaced Aaron and took up where he left off last season having the number 4 batsman stumped by yours truly and the number three batsman caught by me also!

Next batsman came in and went courtesy of a catch by Ian off the bowling of Graham. Sean Tomlinson in the mean time had replaced Ian and got in in the act bowling the number 5 batsman after he had hit a couple of mighty blows off Sean’s bowling. Graham continued to take wickets (another catch by Phil Tomlinson), a run out combination of Phil Tomlinson and Gordy Millar accounted for the number 8 and Graham (5 for 16) completed his 5 for with an lbw and with the number 11 unable to bat it wrapped up a very good win and start to the season with a comprehensive 141 run win.

A good all round performance by the threes roll on Pembroke in a couple of weeks

4th XI home to North County

On a cold blustery day at Phoenix the 4ths got their Division 9 campaign off to rivals North County. There were plenty of updates on twitter with the blow by blow details but the match was best summarised as follows- North County were all out for 211- probably 50 or 60 too many. The bowling up front was good (Sir William should have had a hatful!) but the middle and late overs were a bit expensive with most bowlers going for 6 or 7 an over. A special mention to the Dismore Express who bowled fast downwind and with some good support in the field claimed 5 for 20 of 5.3 overs to probably keep County to a reachable score of 211. In light of the next match report it is worth mentioning that while there were some good moments in the field there were plenty of “not so good” moments too! Willie also asked me to mention that there were 32 extras (22 wides!)- when I checked the book there was only 1 wide against his bowling – maybe that’s why he wants it mentioned!!

The batting never got going and Phoenix were really struggling as wickets fell cheaply on the day- 9 for 3 became 45 for 4 and then 56 for 7 as the batsmen just couldnt cope with the County attack. Dev had a handy day with the bat and stuck around for a while getting 15 and Denis Kearney and Louis MacDonagh put on 38 for the 9th wicket to ensure that Phoenix batted the overs.

A tough loss on a tough day but again plenty of positives and lots to work on!

4th XI home to Swords in the 20-20 Whelan Cup

While some of us were in the nets (cough!) , the 4ths got back on the horse quickly and faced Swords in a 20-20 last night in the Park. There will be more details to come but in light of the disappointment against North County on Sunday it is worth mentioning the highlights from the game.

Naeem and others got Phoenix to a respectable 130 off their 20 overs- a good score no question with some strong hitting!

Phoenix in the field never let Swords into the game- the fielding was inspired and the bowling was razor sharp- its amazing what a couple of days can do- Sir Willie took 6 for 9 off his 5 overs and was backed up by cat like reflex catches particularly from Raj and Mike Godwin- these guys caught colds on Sunday but were fantastic last night and combined with the rest of the bowling attack Phoenix ran out comfortable winners!!

The President was in attendance and was feeling better that the cup runs have started!!!! Well done John and co!