by Conor Dillon
Your correspondent made his way to this match on public transport in the absence of the vacationing Michael Fanagan and was grateful to Kevin Conliffe of Railway Union for a lift home. Corie Dickeson was an injury doubt for this clash at Sandymount with Coach Lunson on standby but eventually the slightly younger of these two Aussies passed himself fit to play. Rory Anders returned to the side. Conor Kelly won the toss and elected to bat. The batting order was Andrew Leonard, M D Masud Ahmed, Dumisani Magala, Syed Ali, Captain Conor Kelly, Corie Dickeson, Thomas Anders, Rory Anders, Branem Adams, Colonel Sadaf Raza, Steve Davis.
Leonard and Masud Ahmed added a promising 13 from 17 balls but then both fell to consecutive deliveries from Ireland star Kevin O’Brien and the veteran Greg Lambert. Ali soon followed lbw to Lambert for 1 but Conor Kelly and Dumisani Magala put a better look on the scoreboard for Phoenix as the attacking Dubliner was complemented by the adhesive South African. The stand added 76 in 50 minutes and it was 94 for 4 when Kelly fell to Townend (former destroyer of the hopes of Phoenix 2nd xi). Magala was next out for 21 but with one six and four fours Dickeson made a useful 28 for Phoenix. The Anders brothers did not achieve much with the bat but there was a very enterprising stand between Raza and Adams with the Colonel ending as second highest scorer for Phoenix with 38 while Adams ended undefeated on 28 as Davis was the last man out for 2. Townend was the leading wicket taker for the home team with 3 as Phoenix set them a target of 221.
Phoenix opened with the spin of Raza and Adams and although the South African was rested after 2 overs the Colonel bowled his full allocation in an unbroken spell which ended in figures of 10-0-46-0. There was success for Phoenix after 14 minutes when Adams managed to run out Uddin. However, Railway Union managed to cope comfortably with the best efforts of Leonard, Magala, the Anders brothers, Captain Conor Kelly, Steve Davis and the returning Branem Adams. None of the bowlers had a particularly bad analysis but no one managed to take a wicket with the only doubt over whether either Collins or Carroll or indeed both would make a century. In the end it was the Aussie who was undefeated on 102 while the Dubliner was undefeated on 98. Phoenix lost by 9 wickets.
Man of the Match P Collins 102 not out