Phoenix v Terenure 16/05/15
After their Irish national cup campaign had finished without having to travel outside Leinster Phoenix’s attention turned to resuming a league season in which to date more matches had been postponed than played. The age range of the eleven who took the field after losing the toss was from teenagers to one or two in their mid forties. The team was: Captain/Coach Richie Lawrence, Head Coach Matt Lunson, Coach Sam Anderson, wicket keeper Alastair Taylor, M D Masud Ahmed, Thomas Anders, Rory Anders, Adam Chester, Ben White, David Ford, Matt Scott.
Thomas Anders made the first inroad for Phoenix when he had Morgan caught by Taylor to exit on just 2 . Anderson bowled with an impressive economy rate but he didn’t manage to take a wicket until later in the innings. In the meantime Terenure looked comfortable at 46 for 1 until Rory Anders had Diarmuid Lynch caught by Anderson and the score got 104 for 2 until Coach Lunson bowled the former opening batsman Ken McDonald – now at number 4- for 31. After this the wickets began to fall more regularly with Mullen making 14, Donal Lynch 0, Subby 13, Smith 4, Cotter 8, Zeeshan 3 and Ken Brennan ending undefeated on 2. The visiting professional Speake anchored the Terenure innings with great concentration and his contribution of 66 was more than double the next highest score. Lawrence and Lunson took 3 wickets and Thomas Anders picked up a second. With Phoenix giving away 25 extras the target set for the home team was 181 to win.
Masud and Taylor added 11 and then Taylor was caught by Cotter bowled Brennan. Anderson hit just one boundary before he played down the wrong line to Speake and the visitors restricted Lawrence to just 1 before his exit. Masud’s aggression brought dividends and he struck eleven boundaries in an innings of 57 but Phoenix were still in a tight spot when Masud and Scott fell to consecutive deliveries from Smith to leave things at 84 for 5. The stand between Adam Chester and Rory Anders of 68 runs in 57 minutes seemed to have broken the back of the chase but after Subby had Chester caught by Smith for 44 and umpire Baig gave Anders out for obstructing the field Phoenix still had batting left but Ford, Thomas Anders, White and Lunson were unable to add enough with the wickets taken by Brennan (1), Speake (2), Smith (3) and Subby (3). Phoenix lost by 9 runs.
Man of the match: The Terenure scorer said he would read this report so I nominate Ben Speake – 66 runs and 2-37
Batting Masud Ahmed 57 Adam Chester 44
Bowling Anderson 1-10 T Anders 2-29 R Anders 1-15
Masud 0-10 Lunson 3-27 Lawrence 3-19