Portland Red Triangle CC

Founded 1922

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Poole Town 3rd XI vs PRT Saturday 2nd
Played at Whitecliff Recreation Ground, Poole on 4th August 2018
Dorset County Division 4
PRT won by 7 wickets
Toss won by: Portland
PRT Man of the Match Tom Hinde

Islanders end losing run in Poole

On a sweltering day by Poole harbour, Triangle won the toss and after a phone consultation with stand-in captain Joe Adkins who was just approaching the ground, elected to field. A brief inspection of the pitch found there was very little grass and, despite being rolled flat, the baked wicket appeared pretty lifeless and looked like it could break up.

Veteran Jodie Locke and young Tom Hinde were tasked with making use of the new ball, It was Hinde who struck first, after initially bowling a succession of no balls, he shortened his run up and was proving almost unplayable. However, he removed the opener Talbot with a stunning piece of fielding, diving to deflect a drive from Pilley back onto the stumps at the non-striker's end to leave the opener stranded.

The dangerous Pilley followed soon after, miss-hitting a lofted drive off a Hinde full toss straight to Nathen Cornish. Poole's skipper Dykes was next out, attempting to launch Locke into the harbour, but played all round it and lost middle stump. When Billy Michael could only bottom edge another Locke wobbler, snaffled by the lightning gloves of Dr John Walker, Triangle were well on top.

Rob Hellawell had other ideas, launching a one-man fightback with 55 runs in double-quick time, bludgeoned to all corners of the oval, to bring the home side back into the game at 99/4 at second drinks. Adkins decided to counter attack, bringing the field back in to force the shot over the top. This tempted Brindley to take on Morris, but he could only pick out Cornish at mid wicket. Hellawell attempted to continue his assault, but the return of Hinde and that change of pace, saw him sky a catch to Morris at mid off. It then became a procession of wickets as Poole crumbled to 121 all out as Jack Marsh (2/17) and Hinde (3/21) mopped up the tail.

It was the skipper Adkins, accompanied by volunteer opener Hinde who started the reply. The pair saw off the opening bowlers, their attempts to bowl anything approaching a bouncer was reduced to an inviting long hop by the wicket. The pair added a comfortable 65 for the first wicket, with Hinde producing the shot of the day as he crashed a four through the covers.

Brindley then struck twice to remove both of them, bringing together Midgley and Morris, who continued to push the score towards the target. Cameron fell with the win within sight, trapped lbw by Milner for 28. It was left to Morris and Walker to knock off the winning runs as Triangle wrapped up the points with nearly 20 overs to spare.

Points: PRT 20, Poole Town 3