First XI Match Report (a) -v- Clontarf – Irish Senior Cup

by Conor Dillon

After the surprise success at Balrothery could Phoenix turn the tables on Clontarf after the previous Saturday’s mauling or was the Clontarf hunger for victory strong enough to repeat the dose? Conor Kelly, Syed Ali, Tyler Balogh, Mark Wells and Sadaf Raza dropped out of the side for various reasons and there was an unfortunately makeshift or experimental tinge to the final eleven. Corie Dickeson won the toss and elected to bat. The batting order was : Corie Dickeson, M D Masud Ahmed, Thomas Anders, Riaan Jeggels, Vish Vaidyanathan, Amit Battan, Adam Chester, Andrew Leonard, Matt Lunson, Steve Davis, Graham Morris.

Dickeson struck two boundaries in Morrissey’s first over but shortly after he had to depart after being caught by Bobbo Forrest. Anders fell to the same bowler as Botha took a catch and after Jeggels had reached double figures he was out lbw to Morrissey. Having seen a lot from the non-striker’s end Masud then fell to Van der Merwe for 9. Vaidyanathan and Battan held their ends up for a while but with both out for 10 to Anwar and Poynter respectively Phoenix were sinking fast. Chester made 1 but Leonard and Lunson did enough to lengthen the Clontarf innings. Leonard ended as top scorer with 28 while Extras was next on 26. Davis made 5 and Morris was undefeated on 3 as Phoenix set the home team a target of 121.

The opening stand realised only 11 before Bobbo Forrest was caught by Lunson off the bowling of Davis. Coghlan and Cusack pressed serenely on against Anders, Davis and Masud Ahmed until at 72 for 1 Cusack was caught by a fielder assumed to be Lunson but who turned out be Graham Morris who was not exactly gruntled with the bespectacled scorer’s powers of observation. Mea culpa. There were no real alarms for Coghlan and Poynter who reached the target in the twentieth over.