by Conor Dillon
Wides had cost Trinity dearly in last year’s fixture and the students were eager to show their bowling had improved. Phoenix had a few new faces in the team with Sarah Moore there to lend her support later on and newly elected captain Lisa Kelly injured with Kate Voice stepping into the breach. As far as your correspondent could tell Faith Hopkins, Chloe Morris and Ms. K Ferris were making their Phoenix debuts. Voice lost the toss and Phoenix were inserted which at this stage of the season meant that Phoenix would be fielding in the twilight. The Phoenix xi was V Kelada, F Hopkins, H Caird, O Martin, S Martin, K Voice, E Bell, D Chapman, C Morris, K Ferris, D Fahy.
In the early overs Anne Golden and Lucy Crockford kept Kelada and Hopkins to 4 runs an over but it was the introduction of Kingston to the home attack which broke the opening stand of 29. The arrival of Caird to the crease saw an improvement in the Phoenix scoring rate and with Kelada hitting the odd boundary as well as rotating the strike nicely with the veteran the run rate began to pick up. Caird had made 14 singles when she was run out trying to get 2 for Kelada. Orla Martin was at the other end when Kelada reached 50 and then the opener was dismissed on the penultimate ball of the innings which ended with Voice undefeated on 1 as Phoenix set the home team a target of 100.
Chloe Morris and Deirdre Fahy were the new ball pairing for Phoenix trying to unseat Golden and Crockford. The stand of 29 equalled that of Kelada and Hopkins but Golden suddenly took on Hopkins and Kelada hitting three boundaries in successive overs to make it 62 for 1 after 9 overs. Orla Martin’s introduction to the attack paid dividends with Kingston bowled for 9 and O’Keeffe caught and bowled for 3 and Kelada bowled Kenny for 1 but Phoenix could not get Golden out and she was undefeated on 62 as Trinity won by 6 wickets with 2 balls to spare.
Lady of the Match A Golden 62 not out
Phoenix batting V Kelada 51
Phoenix bowling O Martin 2-16