This weeks round up covers quite a few games so forgive me if I run out of energy at the end….
Phoenix 5th XI at home to Mullingar- 20/20 Russell Court Pool Game
Phoenix 5ths won their opening game in the Russell Court 20-20 last Wednesday but it was the manner of victory that makes this brief report worthwhile.
Having been well beaten by Dundrum at the weekend the 5ths were led by Shazad Ahmad, Graham Mooney, Ronan Harris, Mick McDonagh Akarsh Nalwade, Bharath Harvey, Nathan Kearns, Aidan Chester, Zaheer Uddin, James Maginnis and Michael Fahy.
Mullingar decided to bat first and clearly liked what they saw in Ronan Harris bowling! Akarsh was more economical at the other end but Mullingar got off to a steady start posting the first 50 runs in 9 overs. Nathan Kearns and Zaheer came in next and while Nathan was tight Zaheer just always seemed to give one boundary ball in each of his 3 overs.After Graham Mooney trundled into the wind for a couple of overs Mullingar still had all their wickets in hand and looked set to post a high score reaching 95 after 15 overs. But its amazing what a couple of tight overs and a couple of wickets can do as the Doc bowled 2 overs for 11 and Akarsh bowled a 1 run final over to leave Mullingar feeling like they could have score more on 127. The fielding wasn’t good until the 14th over but we stepped up our efforts and backed up some tight bowling from then on and came in happy with the score! Best bowling figures were Akarsh 2-15 off 5.
Mooney and Harris went into bat and mustn’t have been happy to see the entire side padded up after our batting failure at the weekend but the trick worked. It has often been said that to get the most out of Petty Officer Mooney you have “to light a fire”. We did this by moving Graham to and fro at fine leg while fielding and he was nicely warmed up when it was time to bat! And Graham certainly delivered big time! After hitting 11 fours and an “Admiral” like pull for 6 over mid wicket (his words not mine!) Graham had finished 82 not out with Ronan Harris on 25 not out. Phoenix had reached their target of 128 in the 20th over with all wickets left standing!! Those that were padded up were happy that they weren’t needed!
1st XI at home to YMCA 2nd XI Division 2 League match
I am waiting on the match report for this one which will give a more detailed description but this is the information we have to date. Skipper Lawrence won the toss in a 40 over contest (refix game )and decided to bat first (hurrah!) .Alistair Taylor top scored for Phoenix with 82 off 101 balls, supported by Sam Andersen with 66. Phoenix made 257/6. Harry Tector got 51 for YMCA but there was little support for him from his team who were all out for 118. Early wickets were shared around with Ben White takes 3/17 and Matt Lunson 2-18 cleaning up at the end Phoenix won by 139 runs.
2nd XI away to Leinster 2nd XI Division 3 League match
While skipper Chester was busy graduating from school (yes Adam-leaving cert starts next week!) VC Vish took Phoenix for a day out in Rathmines eager to get over their frustrating D/L loss to North Kildare last week! All I have for this one is what Adam was sharing at the back of the school hall but we missed a great performance! Leinster won the toss and decided to field. Phoenix were represented by Sayed Shah Naeem Thomas Anders Sayed Ali Vish, J Wardell Adam Bampfield, Bard Ovendon, Aaron Joseph Chris Cavangah and Gordy Millar. Sayed scored 40 but Tom Anders scored 118 not out in Phoenix score of 259 for 6- Good Man Thomas! Wardell rolled back the years (cough!) with 25 off 37 and Bard coming out of retirement scored 46 off 41 balls. Seasoned watchers know that 259 is only a par score on the fast scoring Rathmines Oval but Phoenix had given themselves a shout. After that the information is scarce as the technology has remained broken but David Ensor filled in a few blanks for me this morning- we bowled well but took every single chance Leinster gave us. AJ took 3 steepling catches and bowled quite nicely (Ensor’s words not mine Willie!) and Vish and Gordy did likewise- Leinster kept losing wickets at crucial times and were all out 70 runs short- well done Vish and the boys – a great win and again kudos to Tom- do it again now just to show us you can!!! Also special thanks to David Fahy who scored for me as I was otherwise engaged!
3rd XI away to Pembroke 3rd XI Division 5 League match
This report in from Conrad Jones-On Saturday 23rd May Phoenix 3rds took to the field away to Pembroke 3rds, last season two divisions separated these two teams but owing to our promotion and their relegation we both ended up in division 5. Phoenix were a much changed side from the team that took on Terenure a couple of weeks ago. The team that took the field were Graham Morris Sayed Mehdi Shah Ian Anders Naeem Shahzad Michael Godwin Sean Tomlinson Conrad Jones Akarsh Nalawade Safraz Ramay Usman Arshad and James Maginnis. This represented 6 changes. Skipper Morris went for the toss and why we bother with this is a mystery as he has successfully lost 6 on the bounce, but as the song goes things can only get better. Pembroke elected to bat and Ian Anders (1 for 32 off his 9) took a wicket in his first over and kept it really tight Safraz opened up from the other end (9 overs 0 for 13) and complemented Ian with a really tight spell and was really unlucky not to pick a couple of wickets. With the pressure building something had to give and it came in the form of a run out by a combination of Safraz Conrad and Ian. After the initial burst from Ian, Usman (Ozzy) took over (1 for 39). He bowled well with good wheels but was wicket less in his first spell but got one in his second spell. Graham replaced Safraz and got a wicket in his first over brilliantly taking a one handed caught and bowled and followed up with another in his second over eventually finishing with 3 for 37. Sean(2 for 34) took over from Ozzy and bowled his bag of tricks picking up 2 . He should have had three but for a deaf umpire(eh?) . Naeem(1 for 14) came on later in the day and picked up a wicket and with another run out from a combination of Akarsh and Conrad Pembroke where eventually all out for 171. It was probably 25 more runs than they should have got. Sayed (40) and Ian (34) opened the innings for Phoenix and a combination of wayward bowling and great batting saw Phoenix to 89 without loss and seemingly cruising. But Sayed top edged a sweep and Ian knicked off behind saw the start of a slump losing 7 wickets for 70. Some really steady batting from Akarsh (19 not out ) and some agricultural batting from Ozzy (14 not out) including one shot he held the pose for a fraction of a second longer than he should have, saw us home with three wickets to spare. Overall a good performance and that makes us 2 for 2 in the league. A special mention for James Magginis making his thirds debut he must have been nervous but didn’t show it and hit one lovely four (Well done James!)
4th XI away to Sandyford 2nd XI Division 9 League match
I cant wait for Sir Williams match report as he gave me the verbal version of it last night in The Hills but he certainly wasnt happy and having to choose his words carefully! At this time I know we got 160 batting first and having Sandyford 73 for 4 at drinks it was game on- the next I heard was that we had lost by 1 wicket with a number of close decisions not going our way! (3 LBW’s and one gloved catch!) I await the report!
5th XI home to Dublin University 3rd XI Division 13 League match (Castleknock College)
Phoenix 5ths moved to the Castleknock College to facilitate the 1st XI (don’t mention it lads!) and their refix vs YM 2nds. DU decided to bat first and got off to a flyer. Petty Office Mooney opened the bowling but got the treatment while Younas fared a bit better. Before I get a complaint from Graham he did come back much better in his second spell!! The bowling wasnt good as Trinty raced to 122-2 off 21 overs and looked set to post a very high score. However the bowlers did try harder after drinks and somehow we managed to get Trinity all out for 178 after 38 overs (56-8 in 17 overs!) Pick of the bowlers was the skipper who got 5-15 off 8 overs and Younas did get 2 but the rest of the bowling just isn’t at the races (I am being nice!)
Apart from the excellent turn and throw from the Admiral to leave the opening batsman stranded while attempting a quick single special mention to Evan Chester who kept wicket quite tidily (as a result of my mentioning it in the report he now forfeits any match fee!)
So 178 was the target and despite being bowled out for 55 last week but winning by 10 wickets midweek surely the 5ths could get some time at the crease? No! All out for 66 and frankly it just wasn’t good enough- it looked like we had 8 number 11’s batting and I’m fairly sure I’m insulting some good number 11’s! Highlight of the day such as it was was Evan Chester hitting their opening bowler for 6 off his first ball. Evan and Graham Mooney did get into double figures and tried hard- the rest of us? I’m not sure…..
6th XI home to Greystones Division 15 League match
Waiting on details on this but I do know that Phoenix won a sporting contest by 4 wickets- Skipper Black was also at graduation ceremonies so is feeling suitably insecure as a result!! It was good to hear that the scorer for the day was Paddy MacLean – good to see you at the club Paddy! Greystones have been in contact to say they have pictures which they’ll send me.
So lots of cricket to analyse there-some good and some not so good- sounds like a normal week at Phoenix then!!