Phoenix v Grantchester

Stapleford Phoenix

Stapleford recreation ground

Another landmark victory; a comfortable-in-the-end one against opponents who usually spank us.
We posted 147 for 6 on a pitch watered by Great Shelford’s new sprinkler system and therefore back to its old ‘unpredictable/occasionally lethal’ status. Hmm.

Three of our batsmen nonetheless retired to applause – first Jeff, then Ralph – whose 27* came from just 12 balls, including a six over the pavilion – and finally the skipper.
Our top five all made it to double figures and every Phoenix man got a bat, and scored at least one run. We went back into the field confident of success.
That was given a knocking in the very first over as one opener hit effortless successive sixes off Simon – and both gave Stuart even more brutal treatment in the next one. Grantchester, whose fielding had been sensational at times, were 31-0 off just 12 balls!

Stapleford Phoenix v Grantchester

To their credit, our pair stuck at it and were rewarded with the wickets of their tormentors. Simon bowled the man who had hit him for the sixes and, after our Aussie had made short work of his replacement, Stuart induced a top edge that Dave pouched to turn 31-0 into 38-3.
That became 48-6 thanks to three wickets in four balls as the game swung further our way.
The Fixtures Secretary was in the thick of it, first by taking a running catch in the deep (insert appropriate number of ?!!???!!!s here) off Stuart, whose lbw appeal next ball persuaded the umpire to raise a digit.
Grantchester avoided the hat-trick but the Fixtures Secretary came on at the other end and induced a top edge to see off another bat off his first ball. Extraordinary.
The visitors responded with a solid partnership that saw both batsmen retire not out. One came back once the tailenders had had a go but we were well ahead by then thanks to tight bowling from the spin twins, who took a wicket apiece. Jeff took on the mantle of ‘death’ bowler and they couldn’t get him away.

D Garman lbw Kennedy 15
J Wilson retired not out 25
A Swain c Wray b Ludford 10
R Minter retired not out 27
G Everson retired not out 27
N Robinson c? b Baker 3
S Lancaster st? b Wray 11
T Harrison c? b H Lawes 5
J West b Patel 1
S Creed not out 1
N Hamid not out 1
Extras 19
Total: 147-6 off 20 overs

G D’Oyly c Garman b S Creed 17
T Lawes b Lancaster 16
W Wray lbw Lancaster 1
K Sverdrup lbw S Creed 7
F Wilson c J West b S Creed 3
P Patel c Garman b J West 0
H Lawes retired not out 26
S Ludford not out 32
M Baker c Everson b Hamid 4
T Kennedy not out 8
C Revier b Harrison 0
Extras 7
Total: 121-8 off 20 overs

Lancaster 3-0-25-2
S Creed 4-0-28-3
J West 3-0-14-1
Hamid 4-0-19-1
Harrison 4-0-27-1
Wilson 2-0-7-0

Phoenix v TTP

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 Phoenix won by 5 wickets

Another good team performance and win with some excellent individual contributions against a handy TTP side.
Gareth lost the toss (again) which meant we had to chase but although an opener was able to retire unbeaten it wasn’t until the number 10 wagged the tail that TTP were able to post a defendable score.
Jeff weighed in with another three-wicket haul, with Tim contributing two more (plus a catch into the sunlight) after Simon had got us off to a flier with a wicket from the second ball of the match. Matt and Jon also took a wicket apiece
The opener returned to take TTP to 121 from their 20 overs.
The skipper began the run chase aggressively and although he lost Dave early on Aidan and Damon kept us up with the run rate. Which was just as well as we lost wickets in the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th overs as they went and Jeff and Tim lingered only briefly.
George and Simon saw us through though with a 37-run sixth-wicket partnership that combined quick singles with some fine big hitting.

Harry W c J West b Lancaster 0
Adam not out 31
Jan B b Wilson 19
Matt c Garman b Wilson 6
Andy lbw b Harrison 2
Nav b Wilson 1
Harry b J West 4
Tanvir c Harrison b Dobson 4
Rob b Harrison 9
Jamie retired not out 25
Paul not out 0
Extras 20
Total: 121-8 from 20 overs
Lancaster 4-0-16-1
S Creed 3-0-22-0
J West 4-0-22-1
Wilson 3-1-14-3
Harrison 3-0-20-2
Dobson 3-0-20-1
G Everson retired not out 28
D Garman c? b Paul 0
A Swain c? b Tanvir 16
D Rainsford c? b Nav 10
G Rolls not out 23
J Wilson c? b Tanvir 1
T Harrison b Nav 0
S Lancaster not out 15
dnb: J West, M Dobson, S Creed
Extras 25
Total: 122-5 from 18.4 overs

Village Match

Stapleford Phoenix

The Chairman’s XI beat the Captain’s XI by two wickets

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An entertaining and fun Village Match in which a number of very young players all proved they will be fully-fledged Phoenixers sooner rather than later.
The sun was out, England had just thrashed Panama 6-1 and the bar had been open for more than an hour; the stage was set for the annual 30-over bash between Phoenix stalwarts, youngsters and occasional players.
The Captain’s XI batted first and soon suffered the shock of seeing Ralph caught off a top edge off Alex going for a big hit for just four – his only single-figure innings in the history of this fixture.
Matt then bowled Yogesh first ball before Alex removed Stuart with a sharp deliver that took an edge. Gareth was watching all this from the other end but took advantage of some friendlier bowling to put on a stand with Peter that saw him join the elite list of players to have retired 50 not out.
George hadn’t bowled for a while because of injury but took huge chunks out of the middle order with a short-run up spell that despatched three batsmen, including Adrian.
Young Dillon Bose then chimed in with two more as Ben Swinton replaced Dave behind the stumps – and Dave turned his arm over at the other end.
The result of that was two wickets as Aidan pouched a catch and Matt languidly stuck out an arm to dismiss Gareth when it looked like the returned captain had put another one in the marquee.
The Chairman’s XI’s target was 123 and 180 balls in which to get them.
Damon sent out the Fixtures Secretary and his nephew Jude, who had demonstrated a prodigious throw in the field, to open the reply and they put on a few to get the innings off to a steady if unspectacular start.
Bruce and Ben Swinton did the same before both were dismissed by Sam, Dillon’s dad – and then the middle order collapsed completely.
Alex managed to run himself out in between young Josh Creed dismissing his pal Dillon for a duck – and the Captain for the same non-score!
Fortunately Damon had kept big guns back just in case and Aidan and George soaked up the pressure to put on a left-handed partnership that took them to the brink of victory.
Josh returned to pin Aidan lbw for 43 however but Dave and George saw their side home with eight balls to spare.
Thanks to Colin Greenhalgh for umpiring in the heat and to Nick Pett for manning the pop-up Tree bar.


Captain’s XI
G Everson c Dobson b Garman 55
R Minter c Garman b A West 4
Y Pangam b Dobson 0
S Creed c Garman b A West 1
P Creed c B Swinton b Rolls 27
A Foster lbw Rolls 5
S Bose c Swain b Garman 6
J Creed b Rolls 0
AJ West b D Bose 1
J Swinton c Rainsford b D Bose 1
N Hamid not out 3
Extras 18
Total: 122 all out from 22.4 overs

A West 3-0-14-2
M Dobson 3-1-15-1
A Swain 4-0-30-0
S George 4-0-26-0
G Rolls 3-1-11-3
D Bose 4-0-16-2
D Garman 1.4-0-6-2

Chairman’s XI
J West b Hamid 22
Jude c Everson b Foster 7
B Cairnduff lbw S Bose 17
B Swinton c Foster b S Bose 7
D Bose c Everson b J Creed 0
A West run out 0
D Rainsford b J Creed 0
A Swain lbw J Creed 43
G Rolls not out 14
D Garman not out 4
Extras 12
Total: 126-8 from 28.4 overs

S Creed 5.4-0-25-0
A Foster 4-0-17-1
N Hamid 6-1-19-1
R Minter 6-0-25-0
S Bose 3-0-18-2
J Creed 4-0-18-3

IPH v Phoenix

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IPH at Queens Cricket Ground. Phoenix won by 11 runs
“It was a good catch but I must question the wisdom of taking it!” Blimey, it’s not often a bowler tells a fielder off for adding to his wicket tally.
The reason for the rebuke was approaching the wicket: the opening bat who had bludgeoned his way to the retirement threshold in double-quick time and was returning to finish the job. The skipper was relaxed however – and his faith was justified when he caught the said danger man almost straight away, allowing us to get over the line without further alarm.
Another game, another victory: this was one was high-scoring between two teams that both batted deep, and on a big ground with a batsman-friendly pitch.
Gareth won the toss and chose to bat but Jeff suffered a rare setback when he smashed his first ball to a fielder, who held on after a little light juggling.
Gareth and Aidan punished any wayward bowling however and were soon both back in the hutch unbeaten. Adrian perished quickly but that meant we were treated to the sight of a returning Ralph. Still by no means fit – he pretty much batted on one leg and was a shadow of himself in the field – he nevertheless effortlessly notched a not out score.
Bruce clocked up runs too before Damon and Dave ensured we finished with a flourish – 152 was a defendable surely?
The IPH opener thought otherwise as he despatched the ball all over Queen’s before rejoining his team-mates on the sidelines after just five overs. Yikes.
Happily, that left lesser mortals to face our bowling and the other opener was caught behind off the Fixtures Secretary, who then bowled the next man first ball.
Sushant, our GS3s recruit from the home game, was next to go with Aidan pouching a steepler that gave him enough time to contemplate his previous 19 dropped catches, and possibly write a short novel.
A couple of catches, both off Jeff, did go down but the momentum had swung our way and Matt clung on to his second attempt off Jeff.
We knew IPH’s number seven was no tail ender from previous experience though and so it proved as he took control of their innings. Adrian responded with an excellent spell and was rewarded by bowling another useful bat. The IPH tail didn’t wag much once the number seven retired – but that was the problem.
A run out and the catch that Jeff dubbed unwise brought in the opener but Jeff removed him and Matt resumed his role of Dr Death to see us home once again.

G Everson retired not out 28
J Wilson c? b Gewa 0
A Swain retired not out 25
A Foster c? b Sushant 3
R Minter retired not out 27
B Cairnduff lbw Butler 17
D Rainsford not out 21
D Garman not out 10
dnb S Creed, J West, M Dobson
Extras 22
Total: 152-3 from 20 overs

Penkett c Garman b J West 10
Mihir c Everson b Wilson 25
Sushant c Swain b J West 10
Praveen b J West 0
Adam b Foster 21
Nav c Dobson b Wilson 5
Franklin not out 28
Gewa b Dobson 10
Vin not out 4
Suki run out 2
Rich c J West b Wilson 4
Extras 22
Total: 141-9 from 20 overs

S Creed 4-0-24-0
J West 4-1-26-3
A Foster 4-0-30-1
J Wilson 4-0-28-3
M Dobson 4-0-26-1