As Stan Mitchell commented during the match the visitors had won their last two league games at Phoenix but Phoenix’s win at Claremont Road last year was an important result in the fight to avoid relegation.  There was just one change in the Phoenix team after the defeat against Clontarf with Ian Anders asked to drop down to the 2nd xi for their fixture later in the weekend and Graham Morris was called up to the 1st xi.  (This may puzzle some readers as your correspondent previously alleged that “Morris” had left the club. It was Alessandro Morris who left the club after one season while it is believed that Graham Morris  is now in his sixth season at Phoenix.)  Nicolaas Pretorius won the toss and elected to bat. The batting order was Reinhardt Strydom, Robin Kelly, Rory Anders, Pretorius, Adam Chester, Richie Lawrence, Ari Kervales, Thomas Anders, Ben White, Andy Brawders, Graham Morris.

Strydom and Kelly scored quickly early on but then both fell with the score on 30. Pretorius was the aggressor while Rory Anders was concentrating more on holding up the other end. The stand had added 59 when the skipper was bowled by Jones for 47. Adam Chester was in good form from early in his innings. Rory Anders finished on 17 and Chester and Lawrence added 74 to put Phoenix in a good position. Kervales made 13 from 10 balls and at last has an average ( 173 including the Railway match ).  Chester was dismissed for 91 in the 49th over and there wasn’t really enough strike left for White or Brawders with Thomas Anders ending undefeated on 20.  An interesting feature of the innings was that all batsmen from 1 to 8 got into double figures.

Defending 267 Kervales and Rory Anders took the new ball. Anders took first blood for Phoenix when he bowled Fisher for 5. The visitors reached 51 for 1 and then Jack Tector fell to Rory Anders with Pretorius taking the catch, Simmi Singh fell to Kervales with Pretorius taking the catch and Gunning was stumped Pretorius bowled by Rory Anders. Harry Tector and Sam Murphy began to fight back for the visitors and slowly but surely they began to make ground on Phoenix.  From 54 for 4 after 12 overs they reached 225 for 4 after 46 overs. That was a lot of hard work but they still needed 43 to win from 24 balls. Murphy fell on 74 and it was either hit out or get out for the lower order with Morris dismissing Parkinson and Thomas Anders achieving a commendable hat trick bowling McAuley and Jones and having Abassie caught by Kervales. Kervales dismissed Harry Tector for 117 and the visitors fell 19 short of victory. Only three visiting batsmen reached double figures and Phoenix managed to keep the extras down to 20.

Batting          A Chester 91, N Pretorius 47

Bowling        T Anders 4-58, R Anders 3-43