Having taken a few defeats in recent matches Phoenix ‘s latest assignment in Division 1 was to take on YMCA on their home turf with both teams needing a win to stay in control of the fight against relegation. Phoenix included Mike Godwin and Graham Morris and rested Brawders and Miller despite the latter’s 5 wicket haul against Pembroke. YMCA won the toss and elected to bat. The Phoenix team that took the field was : Captain and wicket keeper Nicolaas Pretorius, Reinhardt Strydom, Thomas Anders, Rory Anders, Ian Anders, Adam Chester, Ari Karvelas, Stephen Black, Ben White, Mike Godwin, Graham Morris.

There was early success for Phoenix when Karvelas had Jack Tector caught by Chester for 1 but it took well over an hour for the second wicket to fall after a stand of 84 between Fisher and Singh. The next stand was a healthy 54 for YMCA and ended when White bowled Gunning for 34. Harry Tector fared marginally better than his brother reaching 5 before being bowled by Karvelas . Singh finally fell when he was bowled by Thomas Anders on 106 but the lower order were able to bring the home team from 219 for 6 to 257 for 8 when their innings closed. Karvelas was the pick of the bowlers with 4-27 and four others all took one wicket each with Strydom’s 1-34 being the most economical.

Strydom faced the first ball with Ian Anders at the other end. Strydom had hit two boundaries in three balls from Parkinson before his leg stump was uprooted. Rory Anders was next in and the brothers added 21 before Rory fell on 11. Ian’s innings of 17 in 71 minutes ended when Flanagan had him caught by Gunning. Chester joined Pretorius at the crease and suffered a platinum duck when he had almost reached the captain’s end before he realised that Pretorius was stationary. His endeavours as a History student will probably come in useful this week as he goes about tracing his captain’s history. After an early exit against Pembroke Stephen Black justified his selection with an adhesive innings of 15 from 32 balls in 30 minutes including two boundaries. After Black’s exit nobody was able to hang around and keep Karvelas company for long enough to try and get Phoenix close to a bonus point. Morris ended undefeated without facing as Phoenix lost by 131 runs.

Conor Dillon