Friday 21st May for the Phoenix Taverners is a date to remember judging by the report below
The inspiration provided by the new electronic scoreboard spurred the grey brigade on to heights unseen. Collie played his role in preparing the wicket of the season so far, slow but true, on a sunny Friday evening in the Park. The Taverners’ led by Tony O’Brien (in Matt’s absence) were inserted first, and aggressively accumulated boundaries. The remote control for the scoreboard could barely keep pace as the total leapt in 4’s and 6’s. After 20 overs the Phoenix men totalled 173! Accroding to those in the know this is the highest score ever by a Phoenix Taverners side.
To lesser opposition such a substantial total would be crushing. But to Fitzwilliam Tennis Club, led by the gracious yet determined Dennis Brennan, there was no mountain to climb simply a hill to be traversed. Dennis’s men started even more assertively than did Phoenix. Up until the 15th over they were always ahead of the run rate. Could it be possible? Were Phoenix to fall after their pride had been so puffed up?
On this occasion blushes were spared as John Anders bowling at the death was impeccable. The Fitzwilliam men came within 25 of the total and had put up a classic fight back.
So thanks to our Opposition, gentlemen all; to Collie for the great wicket; and to Ray Tilson for sponsoring the new scoreboard – a tremendous advance for the Club as a whole.