With Carlow having to play all their matches away from home (something borrowed), the 4th XI had the unusual experience of being the ‘away’ team in the park last Sunday. Not wanting to get too much into this away thing, they used the home dressing rooms.
The team saw a player make his debut for the club, Conor Hillman (something new!) and one player make his debut on the 4s, Ijaz Ahmed.
Having spent the 2015 season enjoying his first year of wedded bliss, Monjur Ahmad (something old), made his return to the 4s.
Captain Anders lost the toss and was asked to field first. As usual, Willie Clarke, opened from the Chesterfield Avenue end with Conor Hillman coming from the Magazine Fort end. Carlow got off to a flyer with the big-hitting Rocky Butt causing some early problems.
With the score on 48, Clarke trapped the other Carlow opener LBW and the 4s were up and running. After that, Monjur took control with his in-swingers. Married life has been a revelation for this lad! Five dot balls to Rocky built the pressure. Number six was the charm. Off-side and the bails went flying. After this, Carlow struggled to get any real partnerships going. Monjur plugged away and his reward was 4 for 37 off 9 overs.
At the other end, Ijaz Ahmed replaced Clarke. Ijaz bowled with a bit more pace than Clarke (snails have more pace than Clarke!). This kept the pressure on Carlow. Ijaz’s figures of 3 for 22 included an excellent catch by the flying goalkeeper that is Matt Gregg.
After drinks, Hillman replaced Ijaz and finished the innings with his first two wickets for Phoenix.
An excellent performance in the field also saw Tom Stevens take a skier at mid-on and Evan ‘I didn’t know he was a keeper’ Chester take one behind the stumps. It was a great performance by Evan showing real talent with the gloves.
Carlow were dismissed for 111 in 24.2 overs. With 50 minutes to the scheduled tea-time, the umpires informed Phoenix that they would be batting until 4 o’clock.
Tom and Lineesh opened the batting and looked good for their partnership of 35. A bit of a wobble followed with Tom, Lineesh and Raj all back in the dressing room before tea was called. It was with to M&M (Michael Godwin and Matt Gregg) to see the 4s to tea with any further damage.
After a lovely tea prepared and served by Mrs Lesley Anders, M&M headed back to the middle. They took the time to get back in. But once in, they pushed on and saw the 4s home with 7 wickets in hand and nearly 20 overs to spare. Gregg finished on 40* and Godwin on 23*.
A seven wicket win and 24 points in the bag.
Thank you to the following:
Colm Byrne – for the pitch
Lesley Anders – for the teas
Conor Dillon – for scoring
Next up is Malahide on the 15th.
PS – The something blue – one or two fingers when the temperature dropped!