An Excellent Start: Now for the Return Legs!

We have approached the halfway mark in the season for men’s cricket.  As disruptions due to holidays approach it’s important we keep up the momentum.

Our 1st XI is the only team left in a cup competition, the Quarter Final of the Irish Senior Cup against Instonians.  Good luck to the boys – we last won the cup 30 summers ago!  For the rest of the teams our unspoken ploy has been to focus on League glory!

And how superb is that League focus.    Scan the table summary below which shows the men’s section with a 78% win rate.  Not bad!

Well done to all the Captains, players and our Chair of Selectors……… far.

There are only 7 or 8 matches left, and inevitably holidays will impact on this focus and momentum, but League titles are certainly within the grasp of 3 of our 6 teams.  Go for it!

In addition to this winning success, it is important to remember we are building for the future. The Cricket Committee determined at the beginning of the season for teams 4 to 6 to be developmental in terms of youth involvement and teams 1 to 3 to be competitive and play their best 11.   It is a credit to all that this is being achieved.

We have 18 boys at under age level (U18) playing across the club’s senior teams.  10 have played for the 6th XI, 9 for the 5th XI, 6 for the 4th XI, 3 for the 3rdXI, 2 for the 2nd XI and 4 for the 1st team.  Importantly, most are making real contributions to their teams.

Phoenix Mens Section

1st XI 2nd XI 3rd XI 4th XI 5th XI 6t XI Total
Div 1 Div 4 Div 5 Div 9 Div 12 Div 15
Captains Sam Anderson Said Shah Chris Cavanagh John Anders Aidan Chester Niall Black
Played 7 6 5 6 7 5 36
Wins 4 6 5 4 7 2 28
League Position 4th 1st 1st 4th 1st 5th
Win % 57% 100% 100% 67% 100% 40% 78%
ISC QF In T20 Out T20 Out T20 Out T20 Out T20 Out
LSC QF Out Cup Out Cup Out Cup Out Cup Out Cup Out

As we look forward to Sunday’s clash with Instonians, maybe we only need one or our teams to win ultimate cup glory in Ireland!  Over to you Sam.

Alan Maginnis