Second X1 v Railway Union (home) – 29/5/2016

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.

Helen Caird

2nd X1 v The Hills (away) – 1/5/16

This was more of a symphony, the Germanic type with lots of low notes slow movements and worrying bangs and crashes but which unexpectedly ends in a rousing crescendo.  Phoenix bowled first and were not very tuneful. Vish had somewhat flattering figures of 4 for 41 but the 32 wides which were shared among all 6 bowlers were poor and the fielding was not as sharp as it should have been.  The Hills finished on 245 for 8. Phoenix started the run chase very slowly and had only reached 23 after 10 overs but no wickets had been lost.  Wickets fell steadily after that however and at 110 for 5 things were looking bleak. E. Cleere then played a brilliant innings full of poise and maturity but at 172 for 7 he was running out of partners.  Vish came in at number 9 and he and Eoin calmly took the game away from the Hills and we reached the target in the last over with 4 balls to spare.  Eoin finished on 74 not out off 66 balls and Vish 37 not out off 40 balls.

Helen Caird