The weekend started early as I headed out to Skerries on the train on Thursday evening accompanied by Lord Ensor for the first of 4 days of Phoenix action.
This first T20 game was as well made and creamy as the delicious pavlova my fellow scorer offered me at the interval. The Hills batted first and our accurate bowling kept them pinned down. Great to see the youngest Anders opening the bowling as we held them to 127 for 6. There were 2 wickets apiece for Rory, Sam and Reinhardt. We lost Nic early but Reinhardt (the meringue base so to speak) batted through scoring 46 and Adam Chester provided the fresh strawberries by scoring a sweet 45 at a run a ball. We ended winning by 7 wickets with 8 balls to spare – fresh cream all round.
Friday evening was a trip on the 16 bus to the mat in Terenure. The mighty threes played a match much like a jam doughnut; it wasn’t pretty, a bit stodgy but most satisfying when you reach the jam of victory. Terenure batted first and struggled to 95 in their 20 overs. Notable bowling was Gordy Millar with 5 overs for a miserly 14 and 2 wickets for AJ. The Phoenix chase went smoothly – most unlike their usual roller coaster types of innings – with Phil Tomlinson top scoring and Evan Chester adding the sugar sprinkles to win the match comfortably by 6 wickets.
This was a performance to impress Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry and maybe even Lord Ensor. One of those spectacular cakes with edible orchids and kumquat and coriander crème patissiere. Phoenix piled on an impressive 340 for 8 with 87 off 66 balls for Nic, 82 off 58 balls for Adam and 62 off 88 balls for Masud. The bowling also reached the heights of a wedding cake with Rory bagging 3 for 35 and Ben 3 for 69. The fondant swan on the top of the cake had to be Sam’s running, diving catch to dismiss Max (eye candy) Sorensen. The Hills ended on 248 for 8 still 92 runs short.
I declined the victorious trip to Cork due to the early start in favour of the 2’s cup game in the Park Anyway if you want to take a port city by storm the best thing to do is send your Admiral.
This match was like a chocolate fondant souffle; full of promise, tricky to get just right and prone to disaster. Phoenix bowled first and with the opposition 9 down for only 132 (G. Morris 4 for 23) all was going to plan. Sadly the Railway number 11 (A. Berwal) was rather better than even Railway had expected and he smashed 33 off 21 balls to bring the total to 181 for 9 in their 40 overs. The Phoenix chase was a real roller coaster. At the half way stage 101 for 4 looked on track, at 131 for 5 after 30 things still looked in control. When Said (top score of 73) went in the 31st over there was a slump to 157 for 9 and the cake looked ruined. Vish almost rescued the day as himself and the skipper took it to 3 runs to win from the last over. First ball of the last over Vish’s big shot went way up into the air and was well taken by the fielder. The match was lost by 2 runs, the souffle had sunk and burned.
Captain Morris still has the goal of a third league win in three years so keep going the 2’s.