|PRT Saturday 1st XI vs Christchurch 1st XI|
|Played at Reforne, Portland 21st July 2018
Dorset County Division 1
|Christchurch won by 9 wickets|
|Toss won by:||Portland RT|
|PRT Man of the Match||Callan Laws|
|Report from Dorset Echo||
Portland Red Triangle humbled by Christchurch
Portland Red Triangle crashed to their second nine-wicket loss to Christchurch this season as the East Dorset side emphatically continued their charge towards the top of County Division One. Having won the toss and batted at Reforne, Portland openers Ray Emery and Callan Laws made an excellent, if rare, start when compiling 74 for the first wicket.
Emery (35) was the first to fall though, as crafty spinner Nick Marsh (1-23) struck. Ryan Price joined Laws at the crease but the latter’s dismissal began a sudden collapse. Placed at 96-1, Thomas Hughes (6-22) then ripped through Triangle’s top order as Laws (40), Matt Barrett (0) and OIlie Whisker (4) all succumbed within four runs.
Skipper Matt Randell (9) hit two boundaries but also fell victim to Hughes as Christchurch polished off the remaining wickets with little trouble, dismissing the hosts for 148.
Christchurch blasted 40 off the first five overs in reply, but Barrett (1-27) did bowl Joe Malone (22) before the aggressive pairing of Ben Francis (67no) and Ben Rayner (26no) combined to plunder 17 fours and a six to win with 24.3 overs left.
Speaking to Echosport, Randell admitted it was a "rubbish excuse" but nevertheless blamed his side’s inability to deal with conditions on their home pitch. He said: "They batted very well to chase it down and we didn’t bat particularly well. It was the same as up at their place. Their bowling unit was good not nothing special enough for us to be bowled out for 148. It was just poor batting and reasonable bowling."
"We got off to a positive start and then it just went downhill from there. The middle order didn’t adjust to the pitch well enough, which is a rubbish excuse because it’s our home pitch. It was a little bit low and a lot of players were getting out to balls where they should be on the front foot. It’s just not reading the pitch very well."
On his side’s bowling display, Randell rued the absence of Simon Proffitt: "Having Si there it’s that control that he would have added that we lacked. They got 40 off the first five overs and were only chasing 149 so it was always going to be pretty straightforward from there. We knew we needed a good start in the field and our first five overs weren’t good enough with lots of balls going through fielders, a dropped catch and people not hitting the right areas."
|Points:||PRT 2, Christchurch 20|