by Conor Dillon
Phoenix v Waringstown 21/04/12
The weather turned out all right for Phoenix’s first friendly of the season. Captain Conor Kelly and coach Matt Lunson had a chance to see how the new look first eleven would shape up. Umpire Kevin Gallagher confirmed that the captains had agreed that Phoenix would bat first. Waringstown later stated that they would be fielding a relatively stronger side the next day at North County. The Phoenix batting order was: Joe McKay, M D Masud Ahmed, Syed Ali, Amit Battan, Osama Khan, Asim Nazir, Conor Kelly, Thomas Anders, Sadaf Raza, Chris Cavanagh, Matt Lunson.
Kris Lynass opened the bowling from the Chesterfield Avenue end with J Mitchell taking the magazine fort end. McKay had a solid debut for Phoenix with umpire Gallagher turning down one or two lbw appeals. Phoenix had to be happy with the first hour as the opening stand added 87 in 68 minutes. McKay and Masud had seen off the first four bowlers but when visiting skipper Kyle McCallan introduced himself to the bowling attack he managed to remove both openers lbw. McKay made 40 from 76 balls and Masud made 35 from 43 balls. Kidd and Dennison also made inroads for the visitors and Phoenix plunged to 121 for 7 with Khan faring best on 13. Captain Kelly worked the ball around in his now familiar fashion and Raza dented McCallan’s miserly figures a little before his exit. Then there was time for Chris Cavanagh to make an undefeated 10 as the innings closed on 172 for 8.
Thomas Anders opened the bowling from the Chesterfield Avenue end with Chris Cavanagh taking the magazine fort end. Anders conceded two no balls in his second over but held his nerve and after ten overs the bowlers were rested with identical figures of 5-0-21-0 as Cousins and Hall had taken the visitors to 43 for 0. Hall plundered 11 from Raza’s first over and 15 from Lunson’s first over but Phoenix had a moment of joy when Battan juggled successfully with a catch on the boundary as Raza claimed the scalp of Cousins. Captain Kelly took himself out of the attack after bowling 2 overs for 26 and McKay did not fare much better with 3 overs for 29. Hall retired after reaching his century and McCallan retired after a knock of 16. Masud had the best economy rate for Phoenix with 3.25 and Bushe and Wilson brought proceedings to a close against the bowling of Coach Lunson. With a key weekend approaching Coach Lunson and Captain Kelly have some food for thought.
Man of the Match: James Hall 104 runs
Phoenix Batting Joe McKay 40 runs Masud Ahmed 35 runs