Second XI Match Report (h) -v- Pembroke – Division 4

by Conor Dillon

Sadly Jonathan Wardell’s season behind the stumps has been curtailed by hamstring trouble but he stepped neatly into the slot vacated by the absence of Amit Battan. Mohammad Tayyab also dropped out of the side to be replaced by Phoenix’s Simmi Singh. The Tuckers were out in force for this match with skipper Barry and son Fiachra on the team, Orla lending her support, Cliona handling the scorebook and Donncha having a spell with the electronic scoreboard. Barry won the toss and elected to bat. The eleven who took the field for Phoenix were Captain David Ford, wicket keeper Jonathan Wardell, Vish Vaidyanathan, Thomas Anders, Eoin Cleere, Dumisani Magala, Branem Adams, Adam Chester, Mark Gibson-McKenna, Simmi Singh, Ben White.

Ford entrusted White and Singh with the new ball and there was early success for Phoenix when Carr stepped forward having survived an lbw appeal and was run out by a sharp throw from Cleere. Phoenix ‘s economy rates were running at between 2 and 3 an over but the second wicket was slow to come. Murphy and Dwyer added 72 runs in 88 minutes until Adams bowled Dwyer for 45. Adams soon removed Murphy for 22 and was to prove a real golden arm for Phoenix as one of his overs went down as a three-wicket maiden and with Vaidyanathan bowling Fiachra Tucker for 17 the runs were drying up for Pembroke and the wickets were running out. Kavanagh played a large part in their mini recovery and they ended on 122 all out with Gibson-McKenna taking two late wickets and Anders also bagging a scalp.

Rain threatened to come between Phoenix and victory but eventually relented and Phoenix were set a target of 99 from 29 overs. Your correspondent forgot to record the time the innings started but was subsequently advised by umpire Joe Connolly (who spent all day at the bowler’s end) that it was 6.35. The odd delivery beat the bat of Anders but there were few alarms for Phoenix as he and Ford saw Phoenix through to the target with almost 7 overs to spare. Ford boosted his average with 38 not out and Anders ended his mini crisis with 45 not out.

Man of the Match Branem Adams 5-25