by Conor Dillon
Phoenix were without Lisa Kelly, Helen Caird, Orla Martin , Sile Martin and Sarah Claire Moore but the selectors persisted with the squad rotation policy and this time they chose to rest Hannah McGuckin and recall Vanessa Kelada. As it turned out McGuckin began the match on the field as twelfth woman while Jannat Adil struggled to make her way to Sydney Parade. The hosts insisted on a strict interpretation of the regulations which meant that as McGuckin was still on the field at the beginning of the eighth over Adil could not bowl until the sixteenth over was completed. The ten who initially took the field were the latest captain Faith Hopkins, wicket keeper Debbie Chapman, Vanessa Kelada , Sarah McIntosh, Deirdre Fahy, Karinda Tolland, Kate Voice, Kasey Ferris, Sinead Webb, Emer Bell.
Kelada and McIntosh were the new ball pairing and they got off to a good start with Kelada only conceding one run to the batswomen in her first two overs and McIntosh captialising on an aerial shot by Gray to take a caught and bowled chance. Lennox got a life when the umpire ruled that the ball that dismissed her for three was a no ball but after progressing to five she was bowled by Hopkins. Deirdre Fahy was among the wickets taking out Louise Little for 0 and getting Musgrave lbw for 3. Hannah Little and Cliona Tucker was an adhesive partnership for the hosts and they took the score to 66 for 4 before McIntosh bowled Little for 33. Tucker occupied the crease to good effect while at the other end Keaveney was bowled by Kelada for 5, Mullen was caught by Kelada off Adil’s bowling for 2, Prendergast swung through the line of Adil’s deliveries and tested the outfielding a bit before being run out for 10. The innings closed on approximately 90 for 9.
Kelada and McIntosh began the Phoenix reply. Kelada hit six in the first over and five in the second but was bowled by the first ball from Hannah Little in the third over. McIntosh was bowled by Musgrave for one while Adil looked comfortable for a while and got to 13 before she too fell to Hannah Little. Tolland made 9 but then fell to Cliona Tucker and the rest of the batting order were unable to turn the match Phoenix’s way. Voice was run out for 0, Chapman was run out for 3, Ferris, Hopkins and Fahy were bowled for 0, 2 and 1, Webb was undefeated on 0 and Bell was bowled for 4. Phoenix were all out for 53.