IPH vs Phoenix

Stapleford phoenix

Well done to the 10 men for pulling off a fine victory against strong opposition. Or should that be nine and a half men? Two of our number were, like Dudley Moore’s Tarzan, noticeably deficient in the leg department.
It didn’t matter. The skipper – due to an unexpected pottery class clash also our wickie – was out early to an alarmingly high-quality delivery and Jeff managed to get out to one not quite in that category but Aidan and Ralph certainly located the middles of their respective bats.
Aidan hit four boundaries in his not out knock and Ralph three in his including a six that bounced off the concrete and on to the pavilion roof.
Damon made a few, Val and his Robocop leg made a brief debut featuring Ralph as a runner and the innings ended memorably when Adrian’s attempt at clearing one of the longest boundaries in East Anglia ended up resembling a Cape Canaveral rocket launch. Eventually it came back down to earth, where their wickie was waiting in the middle of the pitch – as were Adrian and Bruce, keen to see what would happen. The answer was that he dropped it, cueing a mad scramble by the spectating pair to score a run that could have been completed several minutes earlier.
It all added up to a decent total, which we defended keenly from the off.
Stuart bowled through with probably the most control and consistency he has shown while wearing a Phoenix shirt and was rewarded with the wickets of both openers.
Their number three was intent on mayhem however and did retire not out but Stuart and Jeff made him work for it. IPH fell behind the run rate in the middle section of their innings, with Adrian and Ralph each dismissing two batsmen. Two of their number did get to 25 but not quickly enough and Jeff sent a stump reeling with the final ball of a match that had already been decided in our favour.

Phoenix
G Everson b Jeewa 2
J Wilson c? b Nav 11
A Swain retired not out 27
R Minter retired not out 26
D Rainsford c? b Butler 16
V Biswas lbw b Butler 2
A Foster not out 4
B Cairnduff not out 4
dnb S Creed, J West
Extras 40
Total: 132-4 off 20 overs

IPH
Chris c Cairnduff b Creed 2
Priten b Creed 0
Sushant retired not out 26
Luke c West b Wilson 2
Bondy c Creed b Foster 6
Suraj b Foster 11
Libin retired not out 25
Butler b Minter 6
Vin b Minter 1
Jeewa not out 25
Nav b Wilson 1
Extras 15
Total: 120-8 off 20 overs

S Creed 4-0-17-2
J Wilson 4-0-28-2
J West 4-0-18-0
A Foster 4-0-27-2
R Minter 4-0-29-2

Napp vs Phoenix

Match played at Histon recreational ground.
Phoenix won the toss and decided to bat.
Phoenix won by 22 runs.

stapleford phoenix

What a beautiful sight presented itself to us on our arrival; A warm late-May evening without cloud cover, a recreation ground that could have been a bowls green, kids having a water fight outside our changing rooms – all perfect for a cricket match against a new opposition.

Unusually I won the toss and elected to bat (which was a good start).
Dave had an evening stroll, a lovely walk out to the middle and then an amble back again two balls later. Nusrat, scoring, was untroubled.
Jeff and Aidan then tried to set about the bowling which was quite zippy and accurate and instead had to look for rotating the strike with quick singles.
Mr Extras, our 12th man, started to score quite heavily though, especially when the change bowlers came on.
Damon and I found ourselves together after Jeff and Aidan retired in quick succession and scored a few each. Nick and Bruce also got a swing near the end.
Adrian revealed a forward defensive of which Sir Geoffrey of Boycott would have been proud. He also got to run a three (with me) and then, perhaps related, was out next ball.

So all in all we reached a total of 136. Would that be enough? Would we remember it was fifteen eights rather than twenty sixes?

Mr Creed opened up with swing bowling and got his reward with an lbw decision from his “straight one”.
Jeff, after an expensive first over, tightened it up and snagged a deserved caught and bowled. His last and our penultimate over went for just two runs!
Nusrat has the ball on a bit of string when he bowls. Skilful. Inexpensive. So we all enjoyed his full toss that was slapped straight to Jeff at mid on.
Adrian bowled really well getting bounce and zip and generally making life difficult for their batsman.
Matt, our designated finisher did just that with no pressure on him, since the opposition were way behind the run rate. He took a wicket and sportingly let their batsman hit his last ball for 6 over third man.

All in all a lovely evening and good beer in the red lion. Ah, pub conversations….
“Matt was clocked at 62mph on the speed gun and Jeff is very similar pace”. Someone then pointed out that this was only true for the first couple of balls an over.

Phoenix

Garman (w) b Ball 0
Wilson Retired not out 25
Swain Retired not out 27
Rainsford b Robin 14
Everson (c) not out 16
Foster b Ball 6
Cairnduff lbw Ball 0
Robinson not out 4

Extras (b 14, lb 6, w 21) 41
Total 136 – 4

Napp
Indy Retired not out 25
Smith lbw Creed 2
Newman Retired not out 26
Lees c Wilson B Hamid 10
Welden b Dobson 9
Venkat C & b Wilson 4
Ball not out 23
Nigel not out 6

Extras 10
Total 114 – 4

Phoenix Bowling
Creed 3 – 0 – 20 – 1
Wilson 3 – 0 – 22 – 1
Hamid 3 – 0 – 16 – 1
Foster 3 – 0 – 20 – 0
Dobson 3 – 0 – 36 – 1

Phoenix vs Anglian Water

Stapleford phoenix

Glorious sunshine rather than rain this week but the fact that the opposition only had 8 players meant it was a knockabout match once again. No matter, it was an enjoyable one against friendly opposition.

Dave and the Fixtures Secretary volunteered to play for the opposition with Olivia and Freya (combined age 22) making emergency Phoenix debuts – and both did brilliantly. Freya kept wicket (taking a catch and running out a batsman) and Olivia not only bowled well but was there with her dad when the winning runs were scored.

Anglian’s opener retired not out, as did Dave, but mainly the Phoenix bowlers were on top – including Gareth who took a wicket with an unplayable ball. Or something like that…

Debutant Badders took a wicket, as did George and Nusrat before Jeff came steaming in at the end to bowl two more out. Anglian’s total of 107 was never going to be enough.

And so it proved as opening pair Jeff and Badders raced to not out knocks, as did Gareth, and we won with plenty of overs to spare.

Anglian Water
C Pegg lbw Rolls 13
D Delucchi retired not out 27
R Harrison b Badcock 2
M Walker c F West b Hamid 0
D Garman retired not out 28
J West b Everson 3
J Edevane b Wilson 0
J Radford run out 8
C Watts b Wilson 2
Extras 25
Total 107-7 from 20 overs

Phoenix bowling figures

S Lancaster 2-0-13-0
A Foster 2-0-6-0
R Minter 2-0-12-0
G Rolls 2-0-4-1
J Badcock 2-0-5-1
N Hamid 2-0-13-1
O Rolls 2-0-12-0
G Everson 2-0-19-1
J Wilson 2-0-4-2
M Dobson 2-0-13-0

Phoenix
J Wilson retired not out 26
J Badcock retired not out 25
R Minter run out 11
G Everson retired not out 26
O Rolls not out 4
A Foster b Thomas 0
F West b Thomas 2
G Rolls not out 6
Extras 12
Total 108-3