Third X1 v Terenure (away) – 27/5/2016
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.
3rd X1 v Clontarf (away) – 2/5/16
The mighty threes were starting the defense of their league title with a canny Scots man replacing a cunning English man as skipper. I love the threes because they are never dull and today was no different as they treated us to an opera of a cricket match. Phoenix batted first and M. Gregg opened with a strong aria before we lost 3 wickets for 3 runs which included A. Samad falling on his sword (out hit wicket). In strode M. Godwin and, possibly disguised as someone else, he ground out a slow period of dots and sensible singles which kept us in the game. Thanks to Mike’s unbeaten 56 and some strong hitting at the end by S. Tomlinson, we ended the innings on 182 for 8. Clontarf set about their chase with vigour and were well ahead of the rate when G. Millar came on and took 4 quick wickets. Hope was rekindled, but a well known C. Darcy was making short work of knocking the runs off and with lots of overs in hand and just 13 to win with 3 wickets in hand all looked lost. In some moments of high drama Phoenix held their nerve and their catches and removed numbers 9, 10 and 11 leaving Darcy stranded at the non strikers end and Clontarf a tantalising 8 runs short at 174 all out.