Ladies v Pembroke – 30 May 2012
After an honourable defeat in their first match in North Kildare last week, the ladies second match was away v Pembroke. With 2 of the squad unavailable as they are taking their leaving cert and our best bowler from the first match Orla Martin and her mother unavailable due to confirmation, Captain Kate had some problems getting out a full team.
The 10 warriors who travelled to Sydney Parade were: Kate Voice (Captain), Helen Caird (Hon. Sec), Lisa Kelly, Karinda Tollard, Deirdre Fahy, Sarah McIntosh, Debbie Chapman, Mary Curley, Elita Khan and Lesley (the best cricketer in her family!) Anders.
With Phoenix considering themselves a bit thin in their bowling attack, we were happy to bat first and the Captain’s advice to the regular opening pair of Helen and Lisa was to hit the ball hard, run a lot and not get out. The opening pair put on 52 in quick time including a boundary 6 from Lisa before she was caught going for another big shot on 26. This was not the end of Lisa’s heroic efforts for the innings however as Helen damaged a calf muscle running a sneaky bye and required Lisa as her runner for the remainder of her innings.
Karinda came in at number 3 and continued the good work with very few dot balls, lots of quick singles and 3 boundaries in her career best total of 34. Karinda and Helen (with Lisa running) put on 76 together before the second wicket fell at 128. The Hon. Sec went on accumulating singles with the occasional boundary and reached her 50 in the penultimate over to great cheers from her team mates and several comments about wines improving with age.
Captain Kate came in for the hectic last few balls and was run out off the last ball of the innings going for an unlikely second run. After 20 overs Phoenix had reached the heady height of 142 for 3 -maximum batting points – and the highest total registered in several years.
We were only half way there however and now we had to rely on our bowlers to bring us home. The ever reliable Deirdre Fahy opened the bowling and gave us a great start by clean bowling the Pembroke captain in the first over. Deirdre bowled straight through her allocation of 7 overs and ended on excllent figures of 2 for 32. We only had one other regular bowler, Sarah McIntosh, and she opened from the other end and kept the runs down so that Pembroke were falling well behind the required rate of over 7 per over.
The champagne fielding moment for quick thinking was when Debbie almost took a snappy catch at mid-off and when it bounced out of her hands she threw it in at once to the stand in Wicket keeper Mary Curley who whipped off the bails while the batsman was still out of her ground. Captain Kate had done some smart calculations with the bowling restrictions and we needed two 3 over spells from someone else to make up the 20. Elita offered to have her first effort at bowling in a match and in her second over she got her maiden wicket for Phoenix, hitting the batsman’s middle stump. She was doing so well that she also bowled the second 3 over spell and she hit the batsmens stumps twice more to end up with excellent debut figures of 6 overs 3 for 36.
By the end of the 20th over Pembroke had advanced to 108 for 6 with Ash Carty unbeaten on 40 but this was still 34 runs short and Phoenix clinched the victory.
Thank you to the President for umpiring and the Chair of Cricket for Scoring and may this be the first of many victories for the Phoenikers this season.