As another June Bank Holiday is set to start I will be in touch later with all the fixtures that are happening if summer makes an appearance at the weekend.
Just time though beforehand to update you on 3 mid week games that took place this week.
4th XI away to The Hills 3rd XI (Whelan Cup)
First up on Monday the 4th XI trekked to North County Dublin to the Vineyard to play in the next round of the 20-20 Whelan Cup. Again I am sure Sir William will forward me his official report but seeing as I played in it I can report some of the more important details. The Hills won the toss and decided to field. In front of a humming Vineyard crown Naeem and Raj opened the batting. Naeem settled in quickly and scored 29 off 32 balls.but Raj was having a problem with his new bat and fell cheaply for 3. Akarsh went in at 3 and looked at home but again went cheaply for 10. The Dismore Express went in next and played some nice shots but after scoring 15 off 14 balls decided to watch the ball onto his stumps! At this stage Ol’ man White had been pushed out to the crease and had started making things look too easy with some quick hands and power hitting! Mike Godwin sat at the non strikers end while Grant was scoring at the other end and really never got going out for 4 off 10 balls. The Admiral was in next and as promised got a couple of “impressive forward defensive’s” in before hitting the bowler down the ground for 4 as Grant reached his 50 off 27 (yes kids 27!) balls in the 20th over. Skipper Anders came in for the last couple of balls and a couple of quick singles and byes later Phoenix were satisfied with their score of 146- a good effort!
Phoenix bowling however never match the batsmen as an ever growing crowd watched young Harry Archer play a very impressive innings finishing on 64 not out. We just didnt look very threatening with the ball and there were 28 extras in the innings (that’s 115 extras in 3 games apparently!) A couple of wickets fell late but even though the game ended tied The Hills had lost fewer wickets and go through the next round.Willie and Denis were economical but didnt look likely to take wickets while Dev, Naeem and Safraz tried hard but the momentum was with the batting side. It was close but not close enough in front of a good crowd, a quick ground and a good atmosphere as Phoenix bow out of the competition.
3rd XI away to North County 3rd XI (YMCA Salver)
I don’t have Conrads notes on this one yet but Phoenix won the toss and decided to bat first. Phoenix set North County 138 to win. AJ got 28, Greggy 28 and Adam Bampfield got 30 not out were the main scorers. Daniel Hughes scored a quick fire 87 to steer County to an easy win. All the Phoenix bowlers got a bit of treatment and North County got to the target in 14 overs.
2nd XI home to Pembroke 2nd XI (Division 3 refix)
Adam Chester returned to skipper the side last night in the Park for this Div 3 refix. Phoenix had a good win at the weekend in Rathmines and were hoping to back this up. Adam won the toss on a cool windy night in Phoenix and decided to bat first. Syed and Naeem opened the batting. The pair put on 24 for the first wicket before Naeem played inside a straight one and was clean bowled. David Ford was in next and was “Joe Root busy” from the off. Sayed and David put on 34 for the next wicket before David chased a wide one and slapped it straight to point scoring 18 off 20 balls. The skipper was in next and watched Sayed out next after scoring 30 off 29 balls and Syed Ali go for 1 to leave Phoenix at 62-4 in the 11th over. Adam was out next pulling a long hop straight to short mid wicket , Vish followed shortly thereafter for 2 and Phoenix were in all sorts of trouble at 70-6 off 13.3 overs. However Phoenix bat deep and Matt Gregg and Matt Scott dug in after that with some old style cricket scoring that got Phoenix to 126 for 8 off their 20 overs. A below par score no question but something to at least bowl at.
Mosh and Ian opened the bowling as the wind died down for the Pembroke innings.A good slip catch from Adam off Ians bowling had Pembroke 6 for 1 after 2 overs. McDonnell was out to Mosh for 7 but Max Byers and Ben Hoey repaired the damage with a 51 run partnership of 10 overs. At this stage Gordy Millar had bowled a couple of good overs but the skipper went for 9 in his first over to keep Pembroke in the hunt. A good catch at point from Adam removed Max Byers off Matt Scotts bowling (Max made 32 off 39). Ben was out next for a well made 32 bowled by Vish and Phoenix felt a little in control. Adam was mixing his bowlers around and next Fordy was introduced. The “pitch didn’t suit him” as he went for 15 in his first (and only over). Matt Scott was keeping things tight at one end and when Whaley was out to leave Pembroke at 98-5 off 17 overs the game was definitely on! A couple of good overs for Pembroke though as Vish couldnt stop the scoring left Pembroke needing 4 off the last over to win the game. The game was up and as Adam admitted afterwards he decided to bowl the last over himself as a “shot to nothing”. The onlookers also knew that needing 4 off the last over was routine in this day and age. What followed was unbelievable as Adam bowled 2 dot balls and conceded a single before Skipper Whaley holed out to long on to a fine catch by Matt Scott to leave Pembroke needing 3 off the last ball to win. The tension was almost unbearable as Adam ran up to crease and bowled – a swing and a miss and as keeper Ali kept the ball in front of him Pembroke were unable to score off the ball to unbelievably leave them 2 short of the Phoenix target. This 2nd XI players celebrated grabbing victory from the jaws of defeat in a match that swung both ways a multitude of times from the off! A great game played hard and in great spirit. Matt Scott was man of the match for me scoring 31 off 24 and bowling 4 overs and taking 1 for 12. The 2nd XI are a spirited bunch- they play an attacking form of cricket which was evident last night as the target score of 126 was well below par but somehow they managed to defend it! (as always a big thank you to Helen Caird for scoring for the team!