First XI Match Report (a) -v- Merrion – Division 1

by Conor Dillon

Having lost their opening two home league fixtures Phoenix were badly in need of a win at Anglesea Road. Captain Conor Kelly won the toss and elected to bat. The batting order was: Thomas Anders, M DMasud Ahmed, Syed Ali, Riaan Jeggels, Conor Kelly, Rory Anders, Adam Chester, Mark Wells, Sadaf Raza, Steve Davis, Tyler Balogh.

Anders looked more fluent than Masud early on but aided by a generous helping of extras from the home team the pair progressed to 40 after 10 overs. Masud began to figure in the runs a little more from this point and the stand reached 55 before Anders was bowled by Kane for 28. Masud cashed in on some wayward deliveries from Joyce and the all Asian stand with Ali brought Phoenix to 117 for 1 before Masud fell to Anderson but at least he had a half century to celebrate. From this point on the Merrion bowlers put their stamp on proceedings. Ali made 16 and Jeggels 12 but no one else got into double figures for Phoenix and had the hosts not given away 48 extras the Phoenix total could have looked very poor.

Ackland and Thompson set off chasing a target of 173 and there was no sign of a breakthrough for Phoenix. Conor Kelly tried all the bowlers except Adam Chester and probably fared best himself with an economy rate of 3.5 runs per over. It was just not Phoenix’s day with Thomas Anders unlucky to be called for a no ball on the seventh delivery of his second over. Phoenix gave away only 6 extras but with both batsmen finishing in the eighties the result was a defeat by 10 wickets on the first ball after the drinks break.