Weekend Review to Monday June 25th

Rain, and the opposition!, was the bigger winner last weekend, unfortunately, as all of the Phoenix sides out had their games affected by the weather. the 4th XI had their matched scratched for the Leinster Senior Cup refix before the 5th XI had their game cancelled on Saturday morning due to the ground being sodden. Messrs Duckworth and Lewis made an appearance at the 1st and 2nd XI’s outings while the 3rd XI didn’t get to finish their game out in Kenure.

Things did brighten up a bit for Monday’s Under 11 and Ladies cup games but it was the latter of the two sides who gave us something to smile about as they came out on top in a tough Storm Cup tussle.

Saturday June 23rd – Senior 2 Cup Round 2 – YMCA -v- Phoenix 2nd XI

After their dramatic run chase in the previous round of the competition David Fords side were in for another stern test as the looked to progress beyond YMCA last weekend. Fordy’s side has changed a lot in recent weeks, though, and it was always going to be a tough ask to overcome this hurdle.

YMCA won the toss and stuck Phoenix in and made a breakthrough first ball. However Vish Vaidyanthan (45) and David Ford (28) steadied the ship with good knocks only for the wheels to come off at an alarming rate as Phoenix lost 5 for 16 in no time at all. Only Jonty Wardell (40) playing the sheet anchor prevented a total capitulation but the rest of the order struggled badly. Rory Anders (19) showed some good fight coming in at 11 but Phoenix could only muster 166 all out from 49.2 overs.

YMCA made a good solid start in reply before the spin of Morris and Adam Chester pegged them back a little. However, when the rain came, they were 143 for 5 and well ahead on D/L. So it wasn’t to be for the 2nd XI who must now focus on their league campaign going forward.

Phoenix lost by 5 wickets D/L

Saturday June 23rd – Division 6 – Rush -v- Phoenix 3rd XI

The 3rd XI saw their game in Kenure fall foul of the weather in the middle of their run chase. The hosts had batted first and posted up 281 for 5 from their overs. An imposing total but not exactly unheard of given the nature of the ground. Marc Gibson-McKenna chipped in with 3 for 54 and was the pick of the bowlers.

In reply Phoenix had mustered 166 for 5 from 25 overs before the rain came to end things. While the home side may well feel the were in front 116 runs required with 5 wickets standing and 120 balls left to face is far from out of reach in Kenure. The game was nicely poised but no conclusion was to be reached. Naaem Shazad (74) provided the main spark for Phoenix while Marc Gibson-McKenna was unbeaten on 25 when the end came.

Rain Affected Draw

Sunday June 24th – Leinster Senior Cup QF – Phoenix 1st XI -v- Pembroke

After producing a great display to knock off Pembroke in a league fixture just seven days earlier the 1st XI could not repeat the dose to progress to the Leinster Senior Cup Semi Finals. The visitors batting line up really fired and took the game away from the hosts even before the rain came to add more to the already imposing run chase.

None of the first four Phoenix bowlers suffered particularly at the hands of the Pembroke batsmen but they were efficient and kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely without losing wickets. It was the 5-6-7 bowlers who took a bit of stick with both Lawson (100*) and Beukes (101*) propelling their side to 259 for 2 off 51 overs before the weather intervened. After the numbers were crunched it worked out that Phoenix required 294 to win off 51 overs of their own.

It was never on the cards if truth be told. The Pembroke bowlers all picked off wickets at regular intervals. Corie Dickeson (59) did provide some resistance but it was never to be for Phoenix, although, another bright spot was Rory Anders who chipped in with an unbeaten 15 to show continued signs of progress with bat and ball.

In the end Phoenix were bowled out for 158 well short of their target

Phoenix lost by 134 runs D/L

Monday June 25th – Under 11 Boys Cup – Phoenix U 11 -v- Clontarf
Monday June 25th – Storm Cup QF – Malahide -v- Phoenix Ladies

The cup theme continued on Monday as the Under 11s and Ladies sides went into action. The under 11’s slipped to an untimely first defeat of the season as they succumbed to a very good Clontarf side in the park by 7 wickets. However the progress of the squad has been excellent this year and there is plenty more to come over the coming season and beyond from such a talented group of players.

The Ladies, though, gave us some cup cheer at last after a bad weekend of results. They went away to Malahide and scrapped their way to a 1 run victory! As things stand details of the game are a bit thin on the ground this end but we hope to bring you a full match report very soon so keep your eyes peeled for that one. The Ladies now have a cup semi final to look forward to and we’ll let you know the details of where and when as soon as we have them!