by Conor Dillon
Captain Ford faced several changes to his line up since the Railway fixture and these were enforced by a variety of circumstances. The Anders brothers and Sayed Saif were all gone with Eoin Cleere in to open the batting, Coach Lunson bringing his guidance onto the field and Graham Morris offering his variations of flight. Dundrum won the toss and elected to bat first. The eleven who took the field for Phoenix were: Captain David Ford, wicket keeper Jonathan Wardell, Eoin Cleere, Amit Battan, Vish Vaidyanathan, Coach Matt Lunson, Mark Wells, Adam Chester, Sayed Shah, Graham Morris, Tyler Balogh.
Phoenix got off to the ideal start when Balogh enticed Medwin to go aerial and he miscued a straightforward catch to Battan. The visitors were reduced to 12 for 2 when Sojin was bowled by Ford in the 4th over. Alex and Sanju George steadied the ship for Dundrum with a stand of 43 in 45 minutes before George was bowled by Coach Lunson for 16. Alex and Deepak Raj quickly got into a rhythm and their stand of 66 in 34 minutes brought the score to 121 before Lunson got an lbw verdict against Alex. Jinto hit one four before falling to Balogh and J Kumar hit two fours in his 11 before falling to Ford. Phoenix had bowled out their senior bowlers just at the time when Dundrum had to go for their shots and Sony Sebastian made a valuable 43 from 39 balls before falling lbw to Chester. Chester picked up a second victim when he had Renjith caught by Wardell for 20 and Sayed Shah got in on the act when he bowled Vinu for 4.The final total of 257 included 36 wides (21 from Ford) , 5 byes and 5 leg byes.
Cleere and Battan were charged with beginning the chase and there was a setback when Battan was given lbw to Deepak Raj. Cleere had just struck his third boundary when he was out to the same bowler for 17. Vaidyanathan struggled to pierce the field and he was out for 4. Captain Ford was looking fluent early on and when he ws joined by Jonty Wardell hopes rose that Phoenix could make a game of it. Wardell progressed steadily to 18 but there followed a moment of controversy as Dundrun claimed a catch at slip which Wardell disputed but after the umpires conferred the decision was out. Chester was bowled by Sebastian for 6 and then came the two biggest partnerships of the innings as Ford and Wells added 45 in 33 minutes and Lunson came off well as his stand with Wells added 72 runs in 46 minutes. The innings closed on 223 for 6 and Phoenix supporters could only think ruefully that 6 more overs from Wells and Lunson might have seen them home.
Man of the Match: David Ford 71 runs; 3-47