This weekends review is going to be very short and, unfortunately, no so sweet. The weekend started badly with the 4th XI having their game scratched when the club were informed their opponents had been moved up a division in the pre-season reshuffling of the leagues.

That was followed by the cancellation of the 1st XI BKISC match against CSN due to the sodden conditions in the park. Even 10 days of preparation were not enough to get the pitch playable so the 1st XI must now travel to Stormont on Sunday 27th May to try and book their place in the next round.

That left only Conrad Jones and his 3rd XI to fly the flag for Phoenix last weekend as they hosted Pembroke in the Middle Cup.

Sun May 13th – Middle Cup – Phoenix 3rd XI -v- Pembroke

Phoenix produced a performance of highs and lows as they crashed out of the Middle Cup at the first hurdle last weekend. Pembroke looked to have the game well in hand batting first as they cruised to 113 for 1 and looked set to dominate. However the hosts showed their fighting spirit and battled back to waylay their opponents and eventually knock them over for 164.

Nitin Naik showed he is more than capable with the ball in hand and produced magnificent figures finishing with 5 for 16. He was assisted pegging Pembroke back by Asim Nazir who took 3 for 37.

Phoenix knew they had given themselves a chance by curtailing the total to a chaseable figure but they lost wickets at regular intervals. Deepak Kumar chipped in with 45 while Asim Nazir (27) and Adam Chester (20) provided some resistance but it was too little in the end as Phoenix came up well short of the total being bowled out for 124.

Phoenix lost by 40 runs