by Conor Dillon
After the disappointment at Trinity Phoenix were back on home ground for the refixed Irish Senior cup clash with Brigade. Rory Anders’ patient and defiant innings in the city centre earned him a spot at the top of the order with Masud and Ford having struggled a bit to put on a good opening stand. Kaleem Sheikh earned a first eleven recall and he would play an important role as the game progressed. Captain Ford won the toss and chose to bat first. The batting order was M D Masud Ahmed, Rory Anders, Richie Lawrence, Emmanuel “Lucky” Peterson, Captain David Ford, Thomas Anders, wicket keeper Jonathan Wardell, Ben White, Kaleem Sheikh, Sim Singh, Devon Dismore.
Masud made only 4 before getting out while Lawrence and Peterson also got out early. Rory Anders played with concentration and over the two consecutive fixtures he had probably seen eight wickets go down at the other end before he succumbed to Hepburn for 26. It looked as if Phoenix would struggle to reach 100 with contributions from normally durable batsmen such as Ford, Thomas Anders and Wardell of 12, 3 and 9 but Sheikh carried the attack very well and he ended undefeated as the top scorer with 39. Singh and Dismore would probably contribute more in the field than with the bat.
Defending a score of 119 was always going to be a precarious position and after 3 runs in 2 overs from Thomas Anders was contrasted with an opening over in which Peterson leaked 15 Captain Ford took the brave decision to introduce Ben White to the attack from the magazine fort end. White removed both openers in his first over and suddenly the game was back on. Anders was rewarded for his busy effort with the wickets of Moran and McDaid and at 40 for 4 after 10 overs the visitors knew they were in a contest. However, the rain came and would not relent and that fourth wicket proved vital for Phoenix as they triumphed on the Duckworth Lewis method.
Phoenix batting K Sheikh 39 not out R Anders 26
Phoenix bowling T Anders 2-10 B White 2-15