Adam Chester’s men started with an away win at The Hills today wining by 5 wickets. Its always good to get your league campaign off on the right note and Phoenix turned in a solid performance with plenty of positives and also plenty to work on over the coming weeks ahead!
Having won the toss Adam decided to bowl first on a freezing cold day just outside Skerries.Phoenix put in a solid bowling performance which restricted The Hills to 199 all out off 47.2 overs. There were wickets for Chris Cavanagh 2-29, Debutant Matt Scott 2-22, Adam got 1-30 while the “ol reliables” of Vish (2-46) and David (had it moving both ways!) Ford got 3-35.
Rain reduced the target to 184 off 42 overs and after Ford was bowled Sayed Shad and Matt Scott put on 111 for the 2nd wicket. Having reached 50 (off 97 balls) Matt Scott was out LBW but still Phoenix had things under control. Eoin (moeen Ali) Cleere sacrificed himself a couple of balls later in a bad run out (when are run outs ever good?) and when Vish edged to slips Phoenix were starting to stutter at 131-4 after 32 overs. Adam (we move our batting order depending on the match situation-honest!) Chester was in next and immediately looked to ensure no further crisis was going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory but when Sayed was stumped off a wide for an excellent 60 off 76 balls a lot of teams would be starting to get edgy (this spectator wasn’t as confident in Jonty’s batting as he was!!) However Adam was having none of it though and set about getting Phoenix to their target with overs to spare. Nitin Naik was a spectator at the other end as Adam hit 39 off 24 balls to get Phoenix over the line with 5 overs to spare.
A good performance with positives all round- Congrats to Matt Scott for a gutsy knock getting to 50, Sayed Shah looked at home in Division 3 and batted with great composure. Fielding was sharp and while the bowling wasn’t always as accurate as you’d want (there were 30 extras!) it was very cold and no doubt more work can be done by the bowlers to sharpen up!