Sat 6th Oct 2018
Season 2018 review - Phoenix 5 win Minor Cup in first part of double
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In a 24 hour period in mid September, Phoenix 5 win the double, with this Minor Cup victory being followed shortly afterwards by the Division 13 title. It completed a memorable season for Phoenix 5ths, who won the Minor Cup for the first time since 1991 (their 4ths won it in 1989). It was sides fourth trophy in their history, after league titles in 1983 and 2015.
The final was a pulsating affair in Knockharley, with Wicklow County looking on top for periods. Phoenix struggled to get the ball away, with Matthew Sisley being particularly miserly, with 2-9 from six overs. Emmet Staunton steadied the innings at the top with 29, before 36 from Anish Rana got Phoenix up to 128. It could have been many more though, because at 112-5, 160 could have been possible. That was down to Thejas Sreedharan who took 4-18 at the end.
At 41-1, Wicklow County would have fancied their chances. However, when Michael Sisley fell for 25, Wicklow fell apart. Nine wickets fell for 41 runs, with Junaid Iqbal taking 3-15, and Usama Dar, 3-3.
There were several notable matches earlier in the competition. Adamstown 4 amassed 284-9 against Laois 3 in the first round - the highest score recorded in the competition, and there were four nail-biters.
Greystones 3 were 94-8, needing another 35 to beat Terenure 3, before Frank Reynolds (5*), Thorfinn Newton (5*) and Andrew Reynolds (19) saw Greystones home by the narrowest of margins. Malahide 5 looked dead and buried when facing eventual runners-up Wicklow County 2 in the first round. Aaron Doyle (14) and Liam Lydon (5*) needed 25 runs to reach Wicklow's 174 - before falling three runs short.
Gorey 1 recovered from 138-7 to only lose to Clontarf 6's 211 by 7 runs, and Phoenix had a scare of their own as well, when Railway Union 4 nearly overcame Phoenix's 229-6. Jamshaid Butt hit 89 as Railway fell five runs short. But it was Phoenix who sneaked through, before lifting the trophy.