This week we take a look back to Triangle's return to the Premier Division in 2002 after a 6 year absence...
Triangle started 2001 expecting the usual comfortable mid-table finish in Division 1 that had become the norm over the last few years. However, they upset the odds (provided by Wyke Racing's G. Elenor) and only went and won the title! This meant Premier Division cricket was back at Reforne again for the first time since 1996.
Martin Hewson had forged a match-winning cricket machine, built around the holy trinity of Randell, Styles and Browne (Simon, not Squeaker). Stalwarts Simon Barrett, Dorset's Jan Davey, Dave Blackman, John Ryan and Alex Charlton made up the core, with youngsters Bill Trevett and Ben Doidge being called on to do vital running in the field.
Alas it was not to be as Triangle, like Icarus, flew too close to the sun, ending up crashing back down into Division 1 after just one season back at the top table. It wasn't all doom and gloom, as for one weekend an unlikely victory away to mighty Dorchester allowed everyone to believe that they could surpass the class of 95's third place finish...
The Sunday side ended their 6 game losing streak with a 31-run victory at home.
Triangle's Sunday XI got back to winning ways and hauled themselves off the bottom of Division 1 and up to the head heights of 5th.
Matt Barrett stole the show with a fine all round performance: hitting his first half-century for the club and taking 4 wickets to remove the visitors' top order.
Triangle posted 188 with openers Matt Randell (23) and Callan Laws (33) getting the side off to a rapid start adding 43 in 6 overs. Barrett and Morris (14) put on 47 for the 4th wicket, with Simon Barrett (15) and Rob Townley ( a career-high 18) adding lower order runs.
Old Blandfordians reply started badly with Barrett removing Sollis in the 1st over. A fiery spell saw them reduced to 37/4, Matt finishing on 4-28. Blandfordians steadily lost wickets, until a spirited fightback from the last pairing saw Steve Gale (27*) and Bob Scott (32) take the score to 157.
The 1st XI bowled out the visitors for just 78, then almost made a meal of it...
Simon Proffitt starred again with the ball taking 5 wickets as visitors Witchampton were bowled out for 78.
However, Triangle once again made hard work of knocking off a small total, somehow going from a comfortable 75/1 to 79/5 as the visitors were given a small glimmer of hope.
Despite this hiccup, the 1st XI maintain top spot in Division 2 by 9 points.
The 2nds saw their promotion push stall with defeat away to Witchampton
The Saturday 2nds dropped further behind league leaders Swanage with a crushing 92 run loss at Witchampton. Thanks to this win the hosts moved level on points with Triangle.
Skipper Munro won the toss and put the hosts in on a bouncy, green wicket. Bowlers Tom Dalkins & Jodie Locke tied down Witchampton's openers in the first 16 overs, both going for only 19 runs. The pair should have had a wicket each, with both openers being dropped.
Paul Allway benfitted most, carrying his bat for 87, with Chris Heighway adding 48 as they opened up in the second half of the innings. They pushed the score from 57/0 at drinks to 202 at the close.
Triangle got off to a bad start as they were soon 18/3. Dave Adkins (26) and Olly Whisker (25) rebuilt the innings, with skipper George Munro (34) adding runs late in the day. The middle order and tail barely troubled the scorers as PRT were eventually all out for 110.
Another Sunday free of fixtures, so we cast an eye over another close encounter in Bournemouth...
Is there anything more thrilling in sport than a close finish? After Saturday's last ball heroics at Reforne, we take a look back at another final over thriller from 2008.
Meyrick Park was always a difficult place to play, and also one to get to. A recreation ground where the condition of the pitch couldn't be guaranteed and was susceptible to interruptions from pitch invasions by the general public.
Richard Stewkesbury was the current Sunday 2nds captain, a man who prided himself on his organisational abilities, if not his cricketing ones. He was absent for this fixture, so some of the finer logistical details had been overlooked...
The 1st XI edged a low-scoring affair at Cranborne.
Simon Proffitt starred with the ball taking 7 wickets, including a hattrick, as Cranborne were bowled out for just 98.
However, Triangle made hard work of their reply, with Proffitt departing for a duck after skipper Matt Randell had surrendered his wicket for 8. At 10/3, Gary Randell showed how it was done, steadying the ship with a gritty 31* from 108 balls. He was aided in rebuilding the innings by Callan Laws (23), but his departure saw Triangle then saw 3 more wickets fall in quick succession.
Randell was then joined by Rich Samuel with the score at 60/7 and the pair held on to see Portland over the line by 3 wickets. Samuel contributing with an unbeaten 17, including a straight 6. The loss of bonus points saw their lead cut to 11 points at the top of Division 2.
The 2nd XI secured back-to-back wins with a last gasp victory at Reforne.
The 2nds Captain reports on his exploits and those of other players involved in a dramatic finish:
"George Munro won the toss and elected to field first.
Their openers made a solid start against the bowling of the skipper and Jody Locke putting on 57 before we made a breakthrough after Tony Morris was introduced into the attack. The skipper was positioned out at deep mid wicket with his buckets waiting and the inevitable sweep slog came his way. He made up 30 yards to his right and took the catch with both hands on the move.
The skipper snaffled another catch this time at short square leg to remove their number 3 by diving full length to his left and taking a sublime one handed effort off the bowling of Morris again.
Finally the skipper completed the holy trinity of catches by taking a high one in the slips with his right hand.We continued to fight hard and take wickets and they finished on 183/7.
Our reply got off to a slow and shaky start losing Price (12) and Forshaw (11) early on before the hero of the day (he didn't know this at that point) Dave Adkins entered the fray. He proceeded to tickle, prod and bludgeon his way to 93 through a succession of partners leading to an extremely tense final over.
We needed 16 from 6 balls, and it transpired that we then required 6 from the final ball. Dave Adkins strode down the wicket and cleared the fence with a mighty blow leading to ecstatic celebrations by us and a picture of dejection for the oppo.
Notable contributions from the batting Oliver Whisker (15) and extras 28
What a finish to the game and great result for us. Well played to everyone today, brilliant from you all!"
No Sunday game this week, so we look back to a classic game from times of yore...
All teams have their rivalries, naturally Portland's fiercest was with their neighbours across the harbour, Weymouth. However, in the late 90's/early 2000's the Sunday side had a particularly bitter feud with the Bournemouth-based side, Suttoners.
A deep resentment had developed over the preceding seasons, mostly due to flashpoints involving players on both sides, with neither team covering themselves in glory.
The matches were usually tight affairs, with Triangle mostly coming out on top. Skipper Graham Elenor was always keen to maintain the upper hand, so looked to field a strong side, while at the same time attempting to keep the peace.
This proved to be another classic encounter, that is remembered more for the shenanigans revolving around a disputed lbw decision...
The 1st XI ran out winners in their top of the table clash at Compton House.
Batting first, Triangle posted a competitive 266/6 with Simon Proffitt scoring his 4th century of the season with 111. There were also useful knocks from Cameron Midgley, Callan Laws and Ray Emery.
Compton House made a steady start, but they were in disarray once Matt Barrett replaced the tiring Proffitt, to take a superb 5 for 18. Skipper Matt Randell chipped in with 4 wickets, with Rob Townley taking the remaining scalp as the home side were bowled out for 129. This sent the 1st XI to the top of the division 2 table, with a 13 point cushion as the season reaches the halfway point.
The 2nd XI got back to winning ways and became the first side to beat league leaders Swanage 2nds.
Captain George Munro sums up the afternoon:
"Skipper George lost the toss and despite thinking the visitors would elect to bat found himself preparing his batting line up.
"He boldly sent Ryan Price and Elliott Sawyer to open and was very pleased with the result. They put on an opening partnership of 63 before price gently knocked one up to be sniffles by the man at cover for 33. Enter Timothy Forshaw who proceeded to lose many many balls on his way to a ballsy 74 including 5 6's. Stuart Sugg went in at 4 once Elliot fell victim to the portland bounce and made his way to 17 before being bowled.
"Oliver William in at 5 and caressed a lovely amount of runs. Sorry but I had a shout half way through writing this and can't remember any more details. Apart from we posted 244-5.
"Then we did some bowling and restricted them to 230-9. I took some wickets and so did some other people.
"All in all a great result against a team that hadn't been beaten all season... until now!! Well played all 👍"
The June edition of the POTM awards sees familiar faces taking the prizes again:
Simon Proffitt takes his second player of the month award scoring 281 runs at an average of 70.25 from 5 innings, with 2 centuries. He was also the leading wicket taker with 13 at 20.62.
Jack Marsh had another strong month with the ball, taking 8 wickets at 28.75 to bring his season total to an impressive 15. He also held his first catch for the club and added a run out to his improvement in the field.
The most improved player has been introduced to highlight those whose performances have improved significantly over the past month.
Ray Emery recovered from scoring just 6 runs from 3 innings in May, to 92 runs from 4 innings in June.
We round off a month of record breaking attempts with Tom Cole's mammoth innings at Wareham...
Tom Cole was largely seen as a decent batsman, with a good eye, who could hit a ball a long way, so was mostly deployed as a pinch hitter in the middle order - a right-handed version of Dicko. Now and again, this approach would come off and the runs would flow off his bat, but apart from a couple of quick fifties, he'd never pushed on to a big score.
Jon Dixon's 208 against Bridport had broken Gary Randell's club record the week before this match. Tom looked like he might be on course to eclipse both scores, but in the end had to settle for a new club record for the highest individual innings away from Reforne.
In the return fixture, Tom scored 78, totalling 254 runs against Wareham, by the time they finally got him out, they were sick of the sight of him.
The Sunday side lost again, this time at Corfe Mullen.
Triangle scraped together a side of 9 stout men to take on last season's champions, Corfe Mullen. The home side promptly won the toss and had a bat.
The experimental opening seam partnership of Randell (0/61) and Sawyer (1/40) picked up an unlikely wicket from Elliott's low full toss, but yielded 78 runs.
That barrage from the first 7 overs set the tone for the rest of the innings as Corfe Mullen racked up a massive 363 from their 40 overs, just short of the record 382 conceded against Bridport in 2001.
Simon Barrett was the pick of the bowlers with 2/46, including at least 4 deliveries that turned during his spell, one which removed the hard-hitting Tom Ackland.
Triangle's reply started badly as they slumped to 37/6, with only Matt Randell (12) reaching double figures. Simon Barrett (15) and Ryley Marsh (15) dug in to give the score some respectability until Triangle were bowled out for 70.
The 1st XI kept up the pressure on the Division 2 leaders with a resounding win at home to Blandford.
Triangle continued their winning run with a 96-run victory at Reforne. Simon Proffitt starred with the ball, taking 5 wickets in a blistering spell that tore through Blandford's top order.
Batting first Triangle posted 170 on a pitch that was still recovering from a burst water main earlier in the week, proving decidely two-paced. Matt Barrett (33) prevailed with the bat, where others failed to give Triangle a healthy total.
The visitor's reply never got going as they were unable to cope with the rapid Proffitt, fired up after a rare failure with the bat. Rob Townley gave good support at the other end, picking up a wicket for his troubles. Matt Barrett was brought on to replace Simon and clean up the tail as Blandford were bowled out for 74.
It was 3rd against 4th in Division 5 as the 2nds narrowly lost by 2 wickets.
Asked to bat first PRT openers Price and Munro added 42 until George was out to a fine caught and bowled for 2. Grant Lee (2) and Tony Morris (5) briefly troubled the scorers as Portland were 58/3.
Price led the recovery with Nathan Cornish, who bludgeoned his way to 36, almost exclusively over mid-on's head. The partnership was abruptly ended when Price was given out lbw charging spinner Robbins.
Cornish continued his assault as Triangle were bowled out for 134.
Blandford's reply stuttered as Robbins then Moore went in successive balls, the first bowled by Jodie Locke, then Moore went for a suicidal single, leaving them 12/2.
Triangle steadily took wickets with Locke adding another to finish a frugal spell with 2/22; Morris (2/24) and Jack Marsh (1/35) broke through the middle order, along with 2 more run outs as the home side started to panic.
Gale and Bath kept a cool head at the end as they got over the line, with Triangle unable to pick up the final wicket.
This week's flashback is to 2011 and another attempt at breaking the club's batting record: Chris Leake had a go against Compton House...
Melvyn Tremlin's top score of 157 stood for 22 years until Gary Randell surpassed it with 178* in 2003. Jon Dixon then smashed through the 200 barrier just 3 years later, in a memorable match-winning innings of 208 against Bridport.
Half a decade on, Chris Leake matched Dicko's score with an unbeaten knock at Reforne, as well as setting a new record 2nd wicket partnership of 260 with Simon Proffitt.
Jon could only sit and watch, but he would share the headlines by taking 7 wickets, on a good batting wicket, to seal the victory.
The Sunday side recorded their 5th defeat of the season at home to Dewlish.
Triangle won the toss on a baking hot day at Reforne, and luckily skipper Midgley chose to bat. Callan Laws (27) and Matt Randell (13) started at a brisk pace adding 50 for the first wicket.
However, they both fell soon after, but the islanders recovered through the hard-hitting Cameron Midgley (34), pushing the socre on to 106. His departure heralded the collapse as PRT were soon bowled out for 126.
Dewlish made short work of the run chase, knocking off the runs in the 17th over, with Nathan Cornish (1/40) picking up the solitary wicket.
The 1st XI won in convincing manner away to Stalbridge to keep up the pressure at the top of Division 2.
The 1st XI got back to winning ways on their travels with a comprehensive 9 wicket win at Stalbridge. The hosts batted first posting a competitive 237 on a good batting surface.
Triangle's run chase started well, and despite Ray Emery running out his skipper, Portland were always in control. Simon Proffitt joined Emery, and the pair remained unbeaten with Proffitt finishing on 125 as PRT closed out the win with overs to spare.
The 2nd XI got back to winning ways with a fine 8 wicket victory at home to Broadstone 3rds, skipper George Munro sums it up...
"The oppo lost the toss and skipper George Linley-Munro decided that Portland would take the field.
"Munro and Jody Locke opened the bowling and were put to the sword by the opening pair and they found themselves 65 without loss after 10 overs.
"The introduction of Tony Morris with his legendary wobble paid off as he took a wicket in his first over, caught by the skipper. Morris would end with figures of 8-2-33-3. Ryan Price entered the fray at the other end and bowled tight but was unlucky not to pick up any scalps ending with figures of 8-2-20-0.
"Nathan Cornish and Jack Marsh were brought into the attack to finish off the innings and both took wickets and bowled well. Cornish finished with 1-25 and Marsh 4-38 as we fought back and restricted them to 182-8 which was remarkable considering the start they got off to.
"In response Price and Tim Forshaw opened the batting and put together a great partnership of 51 until Forshaw holed out to gully for 32. Dave Adkins went in at 3 and was looking good before he was leg before for 18. Enter Oliver Whisker to join Price. These two set about to create a partnership of 91 that would seal the deal with Price reaching his half century, carrying his bat for 75 and Olly making 26 to see us home in the 31st over.
"A great team performance once again from all and 19 points 👍"
Continuing the series of record breakers, we take a trip back to 2006 and the visit of Bridport...
The match against Bridport was following a well-trodden path for the 1st XI during a tough season: the opposition piled on the runs and then Triangle would fail to chase them down. Legend has it that as the visitors started premature celebrations at tea after amassing 289/4, groundsman "Rupert" Waight informed them they were at least 30 runs short, as it was a 300+ pitch.
Jon Dixon, the old warhorse, had been struggling with the bat for a while, but his bowling was keeping his place in the side. However, something clicked on this day after he didn't get out after hitting a couple of boundaries (the luck was with him as he was caught off a no ball).
Dicko continued to attack the bowling in his inimitable style becoming the first Triangle batsman to record a double century. He was partnered by 2 dead-batting masters: Dave Males (8) for the 1st wicket stand of 99, and Tony Quayle (25*) for 172 for the 2nd.
The Sunday side came close to overturning Charlton Down on a difficult batting wicket, but once again fell short.
Batting first on a pudding of a pitch - as the brand new covers proudly displayed pitchside had not been deployed to counter the overnight rain - Triangle recovered from the early losses of Price (2) and Randell (16) to post 148. This was due to the efforts of evergreen duo Dave Adkins (55) and Simon Barrett (28) adding 94 for the 3rd wicket.
Portland took 3 quick wickets as the home side's reply faltered, through Price (1/35) and Cornish (2/23), with 2 coming in Nathan's opening over. Matt Stevens (36) and the hard-hitting Sam Roles (66) led the fightback, putting on 93 as the game swung back in their favour.
The mercurial Matt Randell was brought on to buy the wicket of Roles, at the cost of another 24 runs, effectively putting the game out of reach. The late introduction of Barrett (2/16) gave the islanders hope, but the home side eased to the win with 15 overs remaining.
The 1st XI bounced back from their first loss last week, with a 5 wicket win at home to Sherborne 2nds. Captain Matt Randell positively tells a tale...
"Sherborne won the toss and elected to bat first on what was a good pitch. Sherborne started well with their top three scoring 24, 18 and 26. Simon Proffitt fought hard against a strong Portland wind to make the first breakthrough and finished with figures of 2-45. Rob Townley kept everything tight from one end and was easily the pick of the bowlers finishing with figures of 1-19 from his 9.
"Matt Barrett also was having a fight with the wind, and was close to having a fight with himself, eventually he settled down and picked up a steady 3-40. Rich Samuel struggled to work out that batsmen are meant to hit the straight ball and although bowling well, only picked up one wicket. The captain decided spin was the option and cleaned through them in 2 overs taking 3-1. Sherborne ended with what seemed a low 132.
"Portland went out very positively but soon found themselves under pressure at 5-2. Simon Proffitt standing in front of all three and being wrapped on the pads. Tim Forshaw didn't stand at the side and mention that he might have been out at all.
"Captain Matthew Randell went in with a positive attitude scoring 36 from just 31 balls. On the departure of the captain Ray Emery looked to be positive scoring a solid 21. Joe Adkins once again looked relaxed at the crease finishing with 22 not out. Cameron Midgley scored 22 not out in the only way he knows (slap slap slap).
"Portland got over the line with 23 overs to spare. A great result and other results in our league went our way sitting us in 2nd place and only two points away from league leaders Compton House."
The Saturday 2nds suffered their first defeat of the season away to Marnhull 2nds. Skipper George Munro summarises:
"A bad day at the office for the Sat 2nds. After 3 weeks of byes and cancellations the Saturday 2nds took to the road to face Marnhull.
"Skipper George Munro won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a decent track. In hindsight this was a poor decision with only Dave Adkins (31) and Stuart Sugg (29 n/o) making it into double figures, as a combination of the oppo bowlers and some poor shot choices restricted us to a well below par 103 all out.
"Facing an uphill struggle we took to the field determined to make it as difficult as possible for their openers. Jon Cameron bowled quick and straight and picked up the early wicket we were looking for while at the other end George Linley-Munro bowled tight but didn't pick up any wickets ending with figures of 6-3-3-0. We chopped and changed bowlers and eventually the introduction of Jack Marsh began to swing things as he picked up 3-18 from 6 overs. Tony Morris picked up 1-17 but alas it was in vain as the oppo passed our total in the 34th over.
"We fought hard and came up short. Another 50-60 runs on the board and it may have been a different story. I was immensely proud of all the boys for sticking at it until the end and hope that we can change our fortune next weekend at home to Broadstone."
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No game for the 2nds again, thanks to another bye week, so we take a trip back to 2003 and the visit of Marnhull...
Jack Stone held the club record for 30 years wtih 153 not out, scored in an hour during an Evening League game in 1951, even allowing for the 8-ball overs this was a remarkable innings. Fellow Triangle Legend Melvyn Tremlin set a new benchmark with 157, in a friendly against London & Manchester Assurance Co. in 1981.
Jan Davey had come the closest to beating Melvyn's score, recording 154 amd 153 in league games, each time getting out within touching distance; while Gary Randell was on course in 2001 until he was dismissed on 150 in the 44th over vs Weymouth 2nds.
A cracking batting track had been prepared by the dynamic duo of Elenor and Waight, and the conditions were just right for someone to threaten the club record score...
Triangle and Sherborne set the record for the highest scoring game at Reforne (608 runs), but it was the visitors who came out on top.
Skipper Cameron Midgley had put the visitors in first, which looked to have paid off when Proffitt removed Baker with the score on 0. However Harris (83) and Lock (162) put on 168 for the 2nd wicket, then Monk (42) added 128 with Lock as the score passed 300.
Matt Randell (113) and Simon Proffitt (127) forged an opening partnership of 242, putting them equal 4th on the all-time list, but this wasn't enough for Triangle as they fell short of chasing down Sherborne's mammoth total of 339.
The Saturday 1st XI suffered their first defeat of the season in a rain-affected match at Marnhull
After deciding to bat first following a successful toss, Matt Randell's top-order once again misfired, with only Simon Barrett (27) and the captain (23) forcing the scorers into meaningful action.
Triangle set a modest 150 from just under 43 overs, with rain threatening. In reply, the hosts slumped to 40/3 thanks to an electric spell from Simon Proffitt (3/27), until the heavens finally opened, forcing the covers to be brought out.
Following an exhaustive application of the Walker Formula (see Appendix X at the bottom of this page) which needed to be calculated twice due to more rain, it was determined that the new target was now 90 to win. James Vitali's 49 not out saw Marnhull to the win, with Portland once again ruing another missed opportunity.
The all-new player of the month award recognises the players who can string together some good performances over a month of fixtures, even if they don't maintain this form over the season.
Simon Proffitt picks up the senior award thanks to scoring 179 runs, with a top score of 129*, and taking 11 wickets.
Jack Marsh just edged out Joe Adkins for the junior award, taking 7 wickets for the 2nds and Sunday side.
With the Saturday 2nds missing out after Poole Town scratched, though they are now topping Division 5, let's wind the clock back to a nailbiting finish from 2008...
The Saturday 2nds had been stuck in the lower reaches of the Dorset League for a few seasons, sometimes flirting with promotion. The class of 2008 had a lot of promise, with a mix of youth and experience, and a captain in Pete Tombs who offered a more mentally stable reign than those before him.
However, the side hadn't recorded a win by the end of the first month, so they headed to the home of promotion contenders Bournemouth 2nds with some trepidation. After the home side had elected to bat and Triangle had bowled them out for just 103, it looked like that first win would be a formality...
The Sunday side lost again on their travels, but this week did manage to post more than 100 runs
Olly Whisker was this week's captain and made the bold call to bat on a wet wicket, with rain falling at the toss.
Triangle were reduced to 12/2, before Simon Proffitt (30) and Matt Randell (37) rebuilt the innings. Once Proffitt fell, it was Randell who went on the attack, pushing the score to 86 with Barrett.
Captain Whisker belatedly entered the fray, helping Triangle reach the century mark, before the last 4 wickets fell for 2 runs.
Pokesdown looked to finish the game off quickly, but Proffitt made early inroads, removing both openers. A barrage from the free-swinging Matthew (27), including 3 big sixes off Barrett, put Pokesdown back in control.
Triangle got back into the game, taking 3 quick wickets, with 2 contenders for catch of the season, first by Whisker running from long off to collect a top-edge; then Nathan Cornish pulled off a one-handed diving catch at mid-wicket.
This proved too little, too late as the hosts cruised to the win with 5 wickets in hand.
The 1st XI once again suffered a poor start to their innings, but recovered to secure a third win in a row
Triangle's misfiring top-order slumped collapsed once again leaving the side 34/4. Only veteran Gary Randell (30) stood firm, and with Joe Adkins (40) put on 56 for the 5th wicket.
Rich Samuel (16) and Matt Barrett (14) helped to post a respectable total of 150 all out.
Ferndown's reply showed it wasn't the best batting track as they were reduced to 39/5, with Jon Cameron (3/19) and Simon Proffitt (2/20) ripped through the top order. Matt Barrett (2/29) and Matt Randell (2/12) mopped up the tail as the hosts were bowled out for 104.
As there was a lack of cricket this weekend, here's a flashback to that halcyon summer of 2002...
After withdrawing from Sunday cricket for a few seasons, Triangle had to return at the bottom rung of the then substantial league ladder. Legendary captain Graham Elenor took up the challenge to rise up the divisions like a phoenix, and return Portland to their rightful place among the elite.
Triangle's assault on Division 7 got off to the perfect start, winning their first 5 games, all of them without much trouble. They travelled deep into the New Forest to take on Bisterne Willows, looking to cement their position as league leaders and rebuff the challenge of those upstarts Wimborne. Could Triangle keep that run going?
The 1st XI pulled victory from the jaws of defeat at home to Shillingstone.
Simon Proffitt proved to be Triangle's saviour as he hit an unbeaten 129 in a match-saving partnership with evergreen Simon Barrett (24) - performing his 2nd rescue act in as many weeks. The pair recovered the innings with an 84 run partnership, after Triangle had slumped to 39/4, giving the home side something to bowl at as PRT finished on 206/8.
Proffitt made some early breakthroughs with the ball, rushing through his overs to take 3/51, as he was late for a personal audience with Paul Merson. The visitors fought back and looked to be in control with the score at 108/4 at drinks, thanks to a series of dropped catches and misfields.
Triangle dug in to turn the match around, Matt Barrett (2/18) and Rich Samuel (2/27) working through the middle order, allowing Simon Barrett and Jon Cameron to attack the tail, bowling Shillingstone out for 165 to secure maximum points.
Triangle suffered their first defeat of the season away to Old Blandfordians.
A rag-tag team of 10, led by Cameron Midgley, with new addition Matt King and Richard Stewkesbury dragged out of retirement (and subsequently returning to it), travelled to Blandford and were soundly beaten.
Batting first on a drying wicket, the Triangle line-up was slowly dismantled over 21 overs, as they limped to a paltry total of 54. Joe Adkins, fresh from a cup final that went into extra time, top-scored with 16.
The hosts made short work of chasing down the total, reaching the target without loss before tea was due to be taken.
The Triangle 1st XI played their first game of the season, after having to wait to properly get their campaign underway, following Cranborne scratching last week.
Team spokesman Elliott Sawyer paints pictures with words:
"Bowling first on an interesting green wicket Simon Proffitt (1/15) and Matthew Barrett (2/11) bowled a lively opening spell and Witchampton were soon 2 wickets down. The bowling was tight and after good spells from Rob Townley (4/28) and Rich Samuel (2/42) they found themselves 30-4. Wickets fell steadily after that, although it took us a while to close the innings having got them 8 down, but finally bowled them out for 98.
"Our chase started badly with a golden duck from Sawyer. It didn't get much better losing wickets at consistent intervals throughout the innings with only Joe Adkins (15) showing any real resistance. Finding ourselves 72 for 8 Simon Barrett (7 from 54 balls) and Matt Barrett (14 from 41 balls) finally put a partnership together batting for 10 overs, and with a nervous team on the boundary, got us over the finish line in the 42nd over.
"Well done guys. 2 wins from 2. Let's use that fighting spirit to get us through the rest of the season."
Triangle made it 2 wins from 2, picking up maximum points against visitors Witchampton 2nds.
Skipper George Munro's summary of the day:
"Batting first we got of to a fairly steady start through Ryan Price (18) and Dave Adkins (8) before both were caught behind. Introduced then were Timothy Forshaw and Stuart Sugg who shared an 82 partnership, with Forshaw (92) getting the lion's share. Sugg made 23. We made our way to 190, securing the maximum batting points.
"They got off to a flying start with their skipper Paul Allaway making 73 and leading them to 115-3 at drinks with George Munro, Jack Marsh and Nathan Cornish picking up 1 wicket apiece. After drinks was a different story with inspired bowling changes made by the skipper (with plenty of advice from his peers!!) bringing on Tom Dalkins (2-22) and Tony Morris (4-10) and Ryan Price (1-2) we managed to get them all out for 159 picking up 20 points in the process!
"A much needed and hard fought win today, thanks to all the boys and to Karen Sherratt and Leah Forshaw for tea, top job from everyone!"
Triangle got their Sunday campaign off to the perfect start picking up maximum points against Stalbridge.
Cameron Midgley scored a rapid-fire 42 to get quick runs on the board, running out Dave Adkins in the process. Matt Randell then hit an unbeaten 136, sharing in partnerships of 137 with Callan Laws (47) and 87 with Simon Barrett (25*).
Simon Proffitt contributed with the ball, taking 2 for 3 runs from his 5.2 overs. Jon Cameron (1/23), Jack Marsh (2/58), Nathan Cornish (3/21) and Tony Morris (2/13) were the other wicket takers. Both Jack and Nathan had chances of taking a hattrick.
The 2nd XI were the only side in action on Saturday, as Cranborne scratched their game with the 1st team. Skipper George Munro summarises:
Put into bat by the oppo Oliver Whisker (82) and Ryan Price got us off to a good start with a 54 partnership before a dubious decision sent Price packing for 20. Dave Adkins made 18, Tony Morris 23* and Tom Dalkins smashed his way to 33 to see us to 203 from our 40 overs.
In reply, Robert Townley and Dalkins got us off to a great start with some pacy bowling before George Linley-Munro introduced Jack Marsh into the attack early. This move paid off as Marsh ended with figures of 4-30 from his 8 overs. Nathan Cornish (2-12), Townley (1-27), Tom Dalkins (0-21), Jody Locke (1-16) and the skipper himself 1-8 restricted Martinstown to 115-9 to pick up 19 points.
Thanks to all members who helped out behind the bar, raised the marquee beforehand, or merely attended and sampled the range of beers.
Despite the inclement weather on Sunday and parts of Monday, the event was a success, raising much needed club funds.
Keep your diaries free for the Cider Festival on 25th to 28th August.
PRT tasted their first pre-season defeat to Division 1 side Cattistock. After choosing to bat, Triangle's top order all got good starts, but were unable to push on as Ray Emery, Simon Proffitt and Matt Randell all passed 30, but not much more.
Chasing 195, Cattistock's John Legg led the chase, reaching his half-century giving up only one chance, which a diving Joe Adkins did well to get a hand on - later requiring a trip to casualty with a suspected broken finger.
Triangle pressed on taking 4 wickets, but could not make the telling breakthrough as the visitors won comfortably with overs remaining.
PRT won their T20 encounter with Weymouth in the gathering gloom at Reforne. Skipper Matt Randell topped the scoring with 41, with a useful 30+ from Chris Theakstone set a total of 149.
Simon Proffitt removed the dangerous Dean Janaway with the 1st ball of the innings and Triangle were well on their way. Simon Browne led the fightback with a lusty 61, but the visitors finished just short, despite the efforts of on-loan Chalky Barrett.
Members of the Lashings squad who still owe for their shirt printing can now pay online!
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A brief, and somewhat vague, report from the 1st Team Captain, scorecard to follow to flesh out the details:
"The first team lost in the first pre season warm up in a tight battle with Bere Regis. Portland bowled first and managed to get through the Bere Regis team for 163. Rich Samuel making a great impression on his first proper first team game taking five wickets all at a great time when we needed them. All bowlers were really impressive. We fell short and lacked runs in the top five. Ray Emery made a good start to his season making a few and Rich followed up a great bowling performance with a solid thirty something. Haven't got the scorecard so figures are lacking. We lost by 5 runs and was a great first performance. Plenty of positives to take into the season. Well played boys."
As the evenings are getting lighter and slightly warmer, training has now moved outdoors for players to acclimatise to the Portland conditions.
These will provisionally start on Wednesday 19th April, at 6pm (the day of the week may vary for later sessions depending on when most players are available).
All players keen on making some sort of impression on the selectors are invited to attend.
The PRT pirates have announced their latest fixture for this season, a trip to Thornford on Sunday 23rd July.
Anyone interested in joining Cap'n TQ on his latest quest for runs please contact him via the usual channels.
We're sad to announce the death of former Club President, player and master of the sweep shot, Brian Riley, who passed away peacefully in hospital on 22nd March.
The funeral will be at Weymouth crematorium on Friday 7th April at 1:45pm.
The Saturday & Sunday team fixtures have been released by the league.
The Saturday 1st XI have a full fixture list in Division 2, starting with games against: Cranborne, Witchampton and Shillingstone 2nds.
Following last season's promotion, the Saturday 2nds campaign begins at Martinstown 2nds, followed by Witchampton 2nds then a bye week.
The Sunday retained their spot in the top division, though now there are only 2 on a Sunday. They start with games against Stalbridge, and a return to playing Old Blandfordians - one of the Saturday 2nd XI's sparring partners from many seasons ago.
Pre-season nets will start again from Friday 6th January, 6pm-8pm at IPACA Sports Hall. All players past and present are welcome to attend.
Cost per session is £2, unless you have signed up to the monthly payment scheme.
The committee and players in attendance decided to stop charging an annual membership fee as a way to free up the committee's time from chasing down non-paying members.
Instead the match fees will increase to make up for this and also help towards paying for the club's insurance - one of the major perks of being a club member.
We are pleased to announce that Portland Red Triangle will be hosting a game against the famous Lashings All-Stars side next season. The date has been set for Friday 4th August 2017, so keep that free in your diaries.
For those unfamiliar with Lashings, they are a team that started as a pub team in 1984 and has grown into a side made up of former and current international and first class players who are brought together to play exhibition games across the country. Last year's squad contained players such as: Courtney Walsh, Saqlain Mushtaq, Monty Panesar, Gordon Greenidge, Tino Best, Nick Compton, Darren Sammy and Phillip Defreitas.
PRT have started hosting winter training sessions for youth players at the new IPACA Sports Hall, at Maritime House, Southwell, DT5 2NA. This is open to all youth players, new and old, with sessions held on Fridays, from 6pm-8pm.
Senior players are also invited to attend as the facility has 4 nets, so we are able to run junior and senior sessions at the same time, with one net used for players who wish to face the might of the bowling machine. For more information, please contact coach Matt Randell (07807 775158).
Dust off your dinner jackets, Portland Red Triangle (in association with Amy Biddle Promotions) will be hosting a second casino night after last year's successful event. This time it will be held at Portland Utd's Blues Club on Saturday 29th October.
Tickets are £10 which includes some complimentary chips, with opportunity to buy more if you lose them all on the first spin of the roulette wheel. Prizes are awarded for the highest chip winner, plus others on the night. Please reserve a date in your diaries to attend this fundraiser for the club.
Dorset Cricket are looking to launch a new TT25 league next season, that will run alongside the current Sunday Leagues, but it is aimed at youth players and adults who want to play a shorter format game.
The TT part is named after Pete "Tommy" Tucker (the man behind the concept), not Twenty20 - so it won't be the Twenty20 25 league.
The new competition will have some simple rules:
More information can be found in the Echo's article
or on the Dorset Cricket Board's site.
Following a 5 year sabbatical, the Website Awards return (the last awards were held way back in 2011). After poring over the season's statistics, it is time for prtcc.com to hand out some gongs of their own for achievements that are not always recognised at the club's main ceremony.
Thanks to all that attended this year's event at Portland Utd Blues Club, a fine night had by all. The evening was hosted by Matt Randell, the compère without compare, who also took charge of the evening's entertainment a sports quiz.
A full list of award winners is available to view here, along with photos of all the prize winners who attended.
The first Pirates tour has been completed without any losses among the crew, though honourary cabin boy Stewkes was left behind to continue his Darwin-esque study of the local fauna. Captain Howling Mad TQ was happy with the amount of pillaging that was carried out and a big thanks to him for organising the trip, and hopefully this will become a regular event.
As with any tour, there were many things that cannot be unseen, but there are some moments that can be preserved for the ages, so click on the link for a run down of the
The final set of averages, Saturday 1st XI's, are now online and can be viewed by clicking here...
Skipper Matt Randell topped the batting charts, with 584 runs at an average of 41.71. Callan Laws' recent century propelled him to 2nd in the standings with 290 at 24.17, with fellow new centurion Elliott Sawyer finishing in bronze with 273 at 27.30.
Matt Barrett was the leading wicket taker picking up 25 victims at an average of 24.44, followed by Matt Randell (18 at 23.17), with Simon Proffitt (15 at 11.27) and Jon Cameron (15 at 31.80) ending in third. Not bad work for Simon who only managed half a season due to bench-warming commitments.
The highest batting partnership was Matt and Callan's unbeaten 198 which they put on in the final game against Stalbridge 2nds, this was closely followed by 2 more featuring the captain, 173 with Simon Barrett against Marnhull and 170 with Elliott Sawyer against Blandford.