Pembroke too strong for Phoenix
Phoenix at Pembroke 06/06/11
Ted Williamson travelled to Dublin the day before this 50 over clash and there were also first eleven recalls for Vish Vaidyanathan and Amit Battan with Thomas Anders,Osama Khan and Masud Ahmed dropping out due to study and work pressures.
The Phoenix team was: Captain Dickeson, Coach Bray, David Langford-Smith (the illustrious hyphen), Conor Kelly, Ryan Gallagher, Rory Flanagan, Ted Williamson, Vish Vaidyanathan, Jonathan Wardell, Sadaf Raza, Amit Battan. Pembroke had had a mixed weekend to this point with a league defeat on Saturday followed by success in the Irish Senior Cup on Sunday during which strike bowler Alan Eastwood was ruled out of the match with Phoenix. Phoenix won the toss and inserted the home team.
The illustrious hyphen opened from the Sydney Parade end and without the bustling Khan Phoenix opted for Rory Flanagan from the Park Avenue end. This paid an early dividend when Flanagan removed the dangerous Hopkins for 11 in the 4th over with Wardell taking the first of three catches.
In the 10th over Flanagan and Wardell combined again to remove Moreton after a poor shot. Phoenix were now faced with the attacking Hickey and the watchful Theo Lawson and this pair brought the score up to 104 for 2 at drinks. Conor Kelly and Coach Bray did not have things their own way in this period but the exit of Lawson to Bray on the first ball after drinks began a period of dominance for the two bowlers which saw the 10 overs from 26 to 35 bring two wickets each for Kelly and Bray and just 11 runs for Pembroke (6 of which were extras).
Barclay and Paul Lawson managed to unshackle themselves somewhat against Gallagher and Raza and there were useful contributions from Leonard, Mann and Whaley as the batsmen managed to last the full 50 overs with a total of 186 for 9. The illustrious hyphen dismissed the competitive Barclay and Sadaf Raza made it 6 wickets over the weekend as he took out Paul Lawson and Andrew Leonard.
Coach Bray took first strike for Phoenix and after a promising start was dismissed by Mann for 14 to make it 22 for 1. Ted Williamson did not get a chance to pierce the field early on but finally punched a nice drive through the off side when Leonard replaced Mann for a short spell.
However, just as the runs began to arrive for the Corkman the loss of Flanagan for 24, Conor Kelly out to a good catch by Leonard for 4 and the illustrious hyphen bowled by Hopkins for 4 threw a lot of responsibility in Williamsonís direction. A quick 12 from Captain Dickeson was not enough to repair the damage and Ryan Gallagherís exit from the first ball he faced left Phoenix on 94 for 6.
Vaidyanathan settled into a supporting role very well and the score reached 120 but the loss of Williamson for 41 seemed to be the end for Phoenix. Battan and Raza tried hard but one ran himself out and the other was lbw with Wardell facing only three balls before Vaidyanathan went for a big shot and was caught to finish on 30. Phoenix lost by 42 runs.