by Conor Dillon
Vish Vaidyanathan and the departing Tyler Balogh dropped out of the side that defeated Clontarf with the Anders brothers- Thomas and Rory- coming back in. With Helen Caird on duty for Rush Jean Louis Laubret finshed work early and offered to drive both scorers out to the match. After the match President Brown dropped your correspondent back at D’Olier Street. Captain Conor Kelly won the toss and elected to bat. The batting order was M D Masud Ahmed, Syed Ali, Duminsany Magala, Corie Dickeson, Conor Kelly, Thomas Anders, Rory Anders, Andrew Leonard, Sadaf Raza, Branem Adams, Steve Davis.
Amir Iqbal bowled the first four overs unchanged from one end while at the other end Rush made early changes. Masud fell first for 14 which included two fours while Ali went second for 9 to make it 24 for 2. Magala struck one six but Phoenix began to prosper when Dickeson and Kelly came together and added 28 for the 4th wicket at 2 runs a minute. Thomas Anders was next in and he ended as the top scorer for Phoenix with 41. He and Conor Kelly took the score to 111 and his stand with his brother brought Phoenix to 142. Phoenix added 3 more runs to set Rush a target of 146.
Magala and Adams shared the new ball for Phoenix. Jansen matched Masud’s 14 but P Sheridan was bowled by Adams for 1. Conway came in at number three and managed to anchor the early part of the chase. Shahid Iqbal was caught by Rory Anders off Adams for 2 and Alan Butterly was caught by Rory Anders off Leonard for 4. Monks was out for 3 as Conor Kelly took a good catch off Davis and Donnelly was out for 1 caught Dickeson bowled Leonard to leave Rush the underdogs on 75 for 7. Mullen and J M Sheridan made a good recovery effort until Mullen was out for 22 caught Raza bowled Davis. Rush went for their shots against Thomas Anders and needed 20 off the last 2 overs with 2 wickets in hand. Davis seemed to have enticed a batting error from J M but Ali failed to get underneath the chance and with a few big hits it was all over and Phoenix had been beaten with an over to spare.
Man of the Match J M Sheridan 38 not out
Phoenix performers Thomas Anders 41, Andrew Leonard 3-21