by Conor Dillon
Your correspondent returned to duty with the Ladies having missed one match due to illness and two due to clashes with First xi fixtures. Deirdre Fahy and Jannat Adil were unavailable which curtailed Captain Voice’s bowling options but I shall address that shortly. Phoenix wanted to bat second and so the eleven who took the field for Phoenix were Captain Kate Voice, wicket keeper Debbie Chapman, Helen Caird (just back from duty in the Netherlands), Vanessa Kelada, Hannah McGuckin, Sheila Martin, Orla Martin, Sarah Moore, Sarah McIntosh, Ali Keenan, Lisa Kelly. Caird advised your correspondent to score on the blank pages at the front of the book.
For those few Phoenix supporters who had made their way to the Sydney Parade venue there was a treat in store. Vanessa Kelada bowled a threatening line on the stumps and the Pembroke batting line up with the exception of opener Julie Delany were outmatched. Gray, Hughes, Sainsbury, Cromer, Carthy and Gallagher were all bowled for 4,0,1,11,0 and 3 respectively with Kelada on a hat trick twice and ending her 5 overs with 6-20. McIntosh, McGuckin, Keenan, Orla Martin and Moore must have seemed a trifle less superhuman by comparison and Delany went on to make 30 before she fell lbw to Mcintosh and there was a good contribution of 22 from 39 balls by McCarthy until Voice took a good catch to give Orla Martin a wicket. Phoenix also managed to effect a run out towards the end of the innings and found themselves set a target of 100.
Caird and Kelada began the Phoenix reply and this pair got off to just the start Captain Voice would have urged. Caird became the first of Becca Gallagher’s four victims when she was caught by Julie Delany for 19. 38 for 1. Kelada and McGuckin then batted together from 8.18 to 8.55 and were unfortunate not to see Phoenix home. Kelada was caught by Delany for 24 and McGuckin was to be top scorer for Phoenix with 28 as both fell to Gallagher with Phoenix tantalisingly close. Lisa Kelly had a bad day at the office but in fairness it must have been difficult to see the ball in the fading light which would have been too dark for a test match. Sarah McIntosh and Orla Martin did enough in the conditions to see Phoenix home with one ball to spare.
Lady of the Match V Kelada 6-20, 24 runs