Strydom fans Phoenix flames to wash out Hills

by Gazette Reporter
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PHOENIX inflicted a first defeat of the season of The Hills to move top of the early Leinster cricket Division One table with a third win from four outings.
Spurred by a fine win over Carrickfergus in the Irish Senior Cup, the club ended their recent rough run at the Milverton club.
Phoenix won the toss and inserted the hosts on a day when the weather meant that play did not start until mid-afternoon with the match reduced at that point to 37 overs each.
Phoenix rotated Ari Karvelas, Thomas Anders and Graham Morris early on in the bowling. Karvelas took the wicket of Cormac Mcloughlin Gavin, caught by Nicolaas Pretorius for five.
Mark Donegan and Albert Van der Merwe got the score up to 48 for one but once again the umpires felt the rain was too heavy to keep playing and the teams were off the field for an hour and a half.
The match was reduced again – this time to 24 overs each. The second wicket stand had reached 81 when Reinhardt Strydom had Van der Merwe caught by Karvelas for 35. Donegan got to 50 before he also fell to Strydom with the hosts thinking they needed get on with things.
Max Sorenson hit four boundaries in an innings of nine balls as they closed on 167 for 9. The Duckworth Lewis calculation set Phoenix a target of 177 from their 24 overs.
Strydom got them off to flying start with the bat, hitting a boundary in the first over and added three more in the in the second over from Van der Merwe.
Ian Anders also batted at a good tempo and the stand had reached 78 when the teenager was caught and bowled by Yaqoob Ali to exit on 25 from 25 balls.
Pretorius brought himself to the crease next and he was soon hitting some scoring shots while Strydom kept attacking at the other end. After a stand of 41, Strydom was bowled by Van der Merwe for 65.
Rory Anders hit a breezy 13, including two sixes, but Pretorius batted on and was unlucky not to reach 50. Karvelas and Thomas Anders were undefeated as Phoenix reached 177 with eight balls to spare.

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