Phoenix vs IPH

Stapleford phoenix

Comprehensive win last night as a result of bowlers all bowling straight and taking wickets plus batters not fazed by a run chase that went from 22-0 to 22-3 at one point. The skipper hit a six to seal a seven-wicket victory. Jeff was not out again and Peter’s first game of the campaign saw him also hit a six and end 22 not out.

Aidan remains top of the run tree despite an lbw decision sponsored by Sawston Sawmills – and has now taken the most catches this season following a one-handed snaffle of the season contender in the deep. How has this happened?

Faz is the new leader in the wicket-taking stakes, with Matt challenging Jeff following a three-wicket burst.

Penkett c Swain b Lee 25
Franklin b Dobson 3
Sushant b Rolls 8
Liam b Hamid 7
Vin run out 6
Nav c Swain b Foster 9
Saheer b Rolls 6
Felix c Minter b Dobson 0
James b Dobson 9
Kevin b Lee 4
Rich not out 0
Extras 14
Total 91 all out off 19.4 overs

F Lee 3.4-1-8-2
M Dobson 4-0-13-3
G Rolls 4-0-31-2
N Hamid 4-1-17-1
A Foster 4-0-18-1

J Wilson retired not out 25
D Garman b Saheer 5
A Swain  lbw b Saheer 0
R Minter c Rich b Saheer 0
G Everson not out 30
P Creed not out 22
Extras 10
Total: 92-3 off 16.2 overs

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.

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

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.


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

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