Phoenix won the toss and skipper R.Keenan decided to field and as Kildare were a man short, Phoenix Spinner Hussain Azam was on hand to make up the North Kildare 11.
Asim Mohammad was given the task of keeping wicket and Samran and Hassan Azam (both pace) opened the bowling .
The trio had a tough assignment as Matthew O Meara (current Leinster All rounder) opened the batting with another Kildare big hitter Aaron Byrne . Asim did a great job keeping wicket showing a safe pair of hands and the opening bowlers rattled off few dot balls against O’Meara and Byrne bowling fast and straight.
Sankeerth (Pace) and Rory (Spin) bowled 3+4 but despite Phoenix‘s best efforts and a couple of opportunities of a catch or two from the opening bowlers, O Meara and Byrne for Kildare hung on, notching up 50 Runs collectively before retiring.
Adam Gibson McKenna (spin) , Ben Wallace and Conor Hensey (both pace) were up next against Gibbons , Small and Bursey for Kildare . Again, more good bowling from Phoenix , few wides and few boundaries hit by the home team. In all, not much conceded from the three Phoenix men, well done.
Ciaran O Flynn came in to bowl for Phoenix and did very well against the experienced Kildare side, conceding only three runs off the over, no wides, a good debut.
The Opening bowlers came in again for a spell each with Samran stepping up the pace. The breakthrough finally came when Hassan Azam clean bowled Michael Small for North Kildare, sending the home player packing.
Overall, we could have taken a couple more wickets early on but we spilled a few dropped catches at cover and mid wicket. Our ground fielding was excellent and we only conceded nine wides in the twenty overs which was excellent also and less than North Kildare’s total. Well Done Phoenix.
Rory and Samran opened the batting for Phoenix and saw out the opening spell of bowling from Matthew O Meara (Leinster Pace) and Matthew Gibbons, with Phoenix picking off a couple of boundaries. Gibbons (N.Kildare) bowled an excellent delivery bowling Samran who was a tad unlucky, as he defended well and had held out the opening pacebowling well to that point. Adam and Rory kept it going thereafter picking off a few singles before Rory was run out.
Hassan Azam came in next to bat for Phoenix , whereupon at that point, North Kildare gave Hassans brother Hussain (sub for Kildare) a spell at the bowling (2 overs), a nice gesture, one might have thought ?
Friendly or not, the spinner set out to claim bragging rights on his big brother with an excellent spell of spin but Hassan was having none of it ,picking off a nice couple of boundaries for a spell of 12 not out (as we were pushed for overs) , to see off the spinners challenge.
Sankeerth, Robbie and Conor Hensey all came in and batted very well in the middle order, Sankeerth and Conor making a combined 11 not out with Robbie being unlucky to be caught with a decent hit to mid on.
Ben Wallace and Asim Mohammed did well before Ben was bowled and Asid ‘run out’ with a quick bit of fielding by the home team, unluck on both counts.
Ciaran O Flynn and Adam Condell were last in and Adam wasted no time picking off a couple of nice singles off the first few balls. Then came Ciaran’s turn, picking off a couple of singles and a nice 4 to long off for good measure. The pair made 10 not out , to wrap it up.
Well Done to the hosts, a gallant effort Phoenix.
North Kildare U13A : 110 for 1
Phoenix U13 A+B : 79 for 5, in response.
Phoenix : M.Samran, S.Karpe, R.Keenan (C) , A.Gibson McKenna, A.Mohammed (W), B.Wallace, H.Azam, C.Hensey, A.Condell, C’OFlynn, R.Robinson.