Portland Red Triangle CC

Founded 1922

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Christchurch 1st XI vs PRT Saturday 1st XI
Played at Hurn Bridge, Christchurch 19th May 2018
Dorset County Division 1
Christchurch won by 9 wickets
Toss won by: Portland RT
PRT Man of the Match Rich Samuel
Report from Dorset Echo

Portland slip to a third straight loss

Portland Red Triangle slipped to their third defeat in three County Division One games as Christchurch sped to victory by nine wickets at Hurn Bridge. Triangle skipper Matt Randell won the toss and elected to bat on a good batting surface, but the visitors lost Ray Emery (2) to Warren Bennet (1-32) early on.

Callan Laws (22) and Randell (37) then put on 63 for the second wicket, but Laws’ demise to wily spinner Nick Marsh (5-19) sparked a huge collapse as Portland lost seven wickets for 29 runs. The islanders were indebted to excellent innings from Rich Samuel (33) and Matt Barrett (26), who helped add a further 82 runs before Triangle were finally dismissed for 178.

Christchurch were able to feast on some generous bowling in reply as openers Joe Malone (92no) and Ben Francis (36) cashed in to create an unbroken century stand in quick time. Rich Samuel (1-33) made the visitors’ only breakthrough with the hosts needing just 31 runs for victory, and Ben Rayner (12no) aided Malone in sealing the huge win – made easier by the receipt of 40 extras.

Speaking to Echosport after the loss, Randell was frustrated that his side had been unable to "capitalise" on the batting-friendly conditions. He said: "I was going up there with the mindset of it being our hardest game of the season. We went up there and they weren’t very good. "Their bowlers didn’t bowl good areas but as a batting unit, myself included, we didn’t capitalise. Too many people got starts and then didn’t kick on.

"It was a really nice pitch – an absolute road and their bowling attack was a bit better than average, so it was disappointing." Randell explained that both his batsmen and bowlers had work to do ahead of Saturday’s game against Parley Seconds. He said: "The middle order, I feel, need to get in the nets and work out how they’re going to approach their innings. They were a little bit tentative. "It’s important that you know your own game and we can develop that from net practice."

He added: "We bowled too short and then when batsmen are getting in we’re starting to hit the right areas. "It’s about knowing where to bowl on a Dorset pitch. You’ve got to pitch it up, get them driving and that brings the catchers in play, but we weren’t creating any opportunities. "We were just bowling at them and it wasn’t effective."

Points: PRT 4, Christchurch 20