1st XI Match Report -v- Old Belvedere – April 28th

courtesy of Conor Dillon

Phoenix v Old Belvedere 28/04/12

As  Phoenix looked to conserve playing resources for the first double weekend of the season Asim Nazir, Chris Cavanagh and Matt Lunson dropped out of the side for the visit of Old Belvedere. The bowling attack was beefed up (in theory at least) with the introduction to Leinster cricket of Jan Hendrik Steenkamp and the first eleven debut of Rory Anders. Phoenix also had the nous of  Jonty Wardell in the outfield. The Phoenix eleven was: Captain Conor Kelly, Joe McKay, M D Masud Ahmed, Syed Ali, Jan Hendrik Steenkamp, Amit Battan, Osama Khan, Jonty Wardell, Thomas Anders, Rory Anders, Sadaf Raza. Phoenix won the toss and inserted the visitors.

Eoin Cleere took the field as twelfth man in place of the delayed Amit Battan and more seriously later on as a replacement for the injured skipper. Naturally Steenkamp took the new ball from the Chesterfield Avenue end and after conceding 2 runs in his first over he bowled Khurchid with his seventh delivery. Nethula attempted a silly single and was run out and then Steenkamp had a second when he bowled Zaidi. Thomas Anders bowled five wides but otherwise held his own and he got an lbw verdict to remove F Ullah Yousuf Zai. At 22 for 4 after 12 overs Conor Kelly replaced Steenkamp and Rory Anders replaced his elder brother. Could Rory match Thomas’s feat of taking a wicket on his first eleven debut? The crowd had only two balls to wait as Steenkamp took an impressive diving catch at cover point to remove Z Khan. Captain Kelly bowled Assad with his seventh delivery but had to come off injured in his follow through on the next delivery with McKay completing the over. Rory took a second scalp when he had Bakar caught by McKay. Steenkamp helped to effect a second run out as Ahmed went and then came back into the attack from the magazine fort end to wrap up the innings on 49. Steenkamp ended with 4-8 as Khan top scored for the visitors with 11.

M D Masud Ahmed and Joe McKay were the opening pair for Phoenix with Masud taking more of the strike than he had in their stand the previous Saturday. For the most part this seemed to work well with Masud striking two sixes and four fours as he made his way to 42 not out in 34 minutes. McKay scored three singles from the last four balls he faced to take the bare look off his analysis as the pair completed a ten wicket victory.

Man of the Match:                 A good team effort by Phoenix to defeat a weak opposition.