Portland Red Triangle CC

Founded 1922

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PRT Saturday 1st XI vs Parley 2nd 1st XI
Played at Reforne, Portland 26th May 2018
Dorset County Division 1
Parley won by 3 wickets
Toss won by: Parley
PRT Man of the Match Ryan Price
Report from Dorset Echo

Portland Red Triangle prepared to improve on loss

Triangle have lost their opening four County Division One games after winning Division Two last year, and Randell called for his side to score more runs. He said: "I felt Saturday was probably one of our better performances. Our batting has been hit and miss, it’s the middle order we’re struggling with. Myself and Si (Proffitt) are going to have to start getting a few runs and lead from the front."

Portland’s miserable start continued with a final-over three-wicket loss to Parley Seconds at Reforne. Parley won the toss, electing to field, and instantly removed Portland openers Callan Laws (0) and Ray Emery (1) as Andrew Cooke (3-35) and Arun Subbhian (1-33) struck respectively.

Randell (18), and all-rounder Proffitt (17), both of whom have earned call-ups to the Dorset Leopards side, offered brief resistance, but their dismissals triggered a decimation of the hosts’ innings as they crumbled to 80-9. Simon Pearce (4-24) was the chief architect, but an inspired last-wicket stand of 104 between Ryan Price (47) and Rob Townley (16no) helped Portland to 184, aided by a mammoth 56 extras.

Parley’s reply began in wobbly fashion as Townley (1-31), Kyle Sloane (2-30) and Proffitt (1-30) removed Cooke (8), Jonathan Rake (9) and Chris Baker (4) cheaply. However, crucial knocks from Gordon Neve (60) and Steve Roe (41) steadied the ship before Matt Barrett (3-24) ousted both men.

Barrett then ousted Crispian Stewart (11) to set up a tense finale, but Vickram Balakrishan (6no) was able to steer Parley, who were gifted 48 extras, to victory with one ball remaining. Speaking to Echosport, Portland skipper Randell admitted the defeat was a "hard one to take".

He said: "We were 80-9 and our 10th-wicket partnership doubled our score, due to some good batting from Ryan. We were below par with our bat again. We bowled really well, and hit some really good areas and made them work really hard.

"It is a hard one to take because it is our fourth loss in a row and because it went down to the wire it makes it a little bit more tough. We should have been scoring more than 180. The pitch was nice, the outfield was relatively quick. We were not facing a top-class bowling attack there, so 184 is not good enough. From that position we probably never deserved to go on and win."

Points: PRT 7, Parley 20