Your correspondent was asked by the skipper to write the report for this match as Helen Caird was otherwise occupied and is glad of the opportunity to report on how the ladies fared. The team’s fortunes have improved a little this year with more than one league victory and an appearance in the cup semi final. They were hoping to close the league campaign with a home win over the Hills 2nds.The Phoenix team was: Kate Voice, Orla Martin, Hannah McGuckin, Karinda Tolland, Deirdre Fahy, Vanessa Kelada, Sarah McIntosh, Sile Martin, Ali Keenan, Mary Curley and Lisa Kelly. The visitors were to bat first.
Kelada opened with a maiden although Clinton and Hoey managed to rotate the strike with a bye and Fahy’s first over cost just two singles. Kelada bowled Clinton with the final ball of the 5th over to make it 20 for 1. Hoey and Faywatt found runs hard to come by and when they tried a quick second off McIntosh Phoenix managed to effect a run out. Hoey and Corcoran proceeded with caution and after 13 overs the visitors were 39 for 2. The visiting skipper began to urge the batswomen to show a little more aggression and the scoring rate began to climb and make Phoenix’s target a little less straightforward. The last over was interesting with Kelada conceding 6 runs off the bat and the field conceding 3 byes but in between Sile Martin took a good catch and Keegan fell lbw so that the bowler picked up 2 more wickets. Hoey made 30, extras reached 20 and Corcoran 17 not out as the innings closed on 76 for 4. The bowling analysis from the Phoenix viewpoint were:
V Kelada 7-1-29-3 D Fahy 6-0-23-0 O Martin 4-0-8-0
S McIntosh 3-0-10-0.
Lisa Kelly and Sarah McIntosh began the run chase in the absence of the Honorary Secretary and the first setback to Phoenix’s hopes came when the first wicket fell at 13. Orla Martin hit 4 runs from the first 3 balls she faced but she also had to show patience and defend her wicket and recover from a nasty blow. Lisa Kelly fell for 16 as Hoey took a catch to give Keegan a second wicket and it might have been “game on” for the visitors had they proved able to break the Martin-Tollard stand early. However, it was only as they got closer to victory over the bowlers and the fading light that the batswomen showed any sign of vulnerability. After a stand of 47 had taken Phoenix to the brink of winning Martin was bowled for 23. Kelada had difficulty picking up the ball but she and Tollard held their nerve and managed to complete the win with 3 balls to spare. Tollard was top scorer for Phoenix with 25 not out.
Phoenix star: O Martin 4-0-8-0 ; 23 run
The Hills star L Hoey 5-1-19-0; 30 runs
Umpire: J M R Brown Scoreboard relay David Ensor