Portland Red Triangle CC

Founded 1922

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Cerne Valley 1st XI vs PRT Saturday 1st XI
Played at Simsay Oval, Cerne Abbas 23rd June 2018
Dorset County Division 1
Cerne Valley won by 33 runs
Toss won by: Cerne Valley
PRT Man of the Match Matt Randell
Report from Dorset Echo

Portland Red Triangle run ends as Cerne Valley triumph

Portland Red Triangle saw their run of two wins halted by Cerne Valley, who emerged victorious by 33 runs from their County Division One clash at the Simsay Oval. Cerne batted first after winning the toss in prime batting conditions, and cantered to 95-0 until Dave Baney (54) was bowled. Fellow opener Jamie Scott (61) continued to score heavily despite losing Russ Hurford (12) to Simon Barrett (1-25).

Mark Whitmarsh added a brisk 40 from 22 balls, including four boundaries and three sixes, but when both he and Scott perished, Triangle took wickets regularly thereafter, pacemen Simon Proffitt (4-42) and Kyle Sloane (2-25) returning impressive figures. Late hitting from Pearce Mercer (25) then boosted Cerne to 252-9 from their 45 overs.

Triangle openers Ray Emery (9) and Callan Laws (14) saw off an erratic start from Rob Baney (1-24) and Mercer (2-28), but the duo were eventually removed as Cerne’s bowlers mixed wides with excellent deliveries. Mercer accounted for Emery and Proffitt (7) while Tom Goatly (3-20) ripped through the middle order as Portland slumped to 65-5.

Spinner Jamie Barrett weighed in with the wickets of Ollie Whisker (7) and Sloane (0) to derail the visitors at 76-7. But captain Matt Randell (110no) led a huge recovery alongside Simon Barrett (29), the pair putting on 105 until the latter was dismissed by Dave Portch (1-31). Randell’s superb century included 14 fours and four sixes but, batting at seven, he ran out of overs and partners as Triangle fell 33 runs short.

Speaking to Echosport, Randell was unsure whether the strategy to bat himself low was correct. He said: "It’s a tough one to call. We spoke about it after the game and it’s something we’re going to look at going into Saturday. I could’ve done with an extra five or 10 overs and potentially got across the line."

Randell also rued poor fielding and suggested batting changes could be imminent. He said: "We let it slip in the middle overs with the spinners, which was annoying, and fielding-wise we weren’t at our best. We probably let them have 20-30 runs that they shouldn’t have had – that was probably the deciding part of the game."

He added: "If people aren’t scoring runs we need to look at where they’re going to bat. No one has their space guaranteed. We’re at that point where people who haven’t got runs have to start digging in and getting some."

Points: PRT 9, Cerne Valley 20