The Saturday 1st XI's Div 1 campaign got off to a losing start
Despite scoring a mammoth 296 from their 45 overs, Matt Randell's 1st XI were unable to defend that total at Delph Woods.
After winning a rare toss, skipper Randell elected to bat, and Triangle made progress to 136/3, thanks to 30s from Randell and Callan Laws. However, Olly Whisker (13), then Simon Proffitt (56) fell to swing the innings in Broadstone's favour, but Kyle Sloane led the fightback with a hard-hitting innings of 66, including numerous sixes into the trees.
Veteran Simon Barrett (21) supported Sloane as they moved the score to 247, with Triangle eventually closing on 296. Broadstone's response was steady, but Proffitt (1/30) made an early breakthrough. Leadbetter (78) continued to anchor the home side's innings, aided by Morris dropping a straightforward catch off Barrett. Luckily father and son combined to give Chalky a deserved wicket. Pete "Jonty" Jarvis then cemented his place as specialist fielder, taking a stunning, tumbling catch in the deep to give Barrett his 2nd wicket.
The game swung dramatically in Broadstone's favour as first Matt Barrett (0/47) struggled with his length in a costly 3 overs, then Tom Hinde (0/48) contributed a string of wides. Triangle never recovered, with Broadstone easing to the win with nearly 2 overs to spare.
An understrength 2nd XI lose Chesil derby
Already weakened by a number of absences, the 2nd XI were forced to patch together a side after losing players to the 1st XI. Not the best preparation for their first game back in Divison 4, but 11 stout men took to the field, but were outplayed by an experienced Abbotsbury outfit.
New skipper Jon Cameron won the toss and chose to make first use of the Reforne wicket. After losing veteran opener Dave Males, along with John Walker, in quick succession, it was left to Joe Adkins (18) and Cameron (11) to lead the recovery. Richard Johnson (10) and James Potts (16) were the only other batsmen to make double figures as the hosts slumped to 86 all out.
The visitors made short work of reaching the total, passing the target in the 17th over, with Simon Pengelly finishing short of his half century with 46*. Jack Marsh continued from where he left off last season, picking up the only wicket for Triangle.
Senior and youth training are set to start outdoors!
Senior training is due to get underway this week, with 1st XI Captain Matt Randell running the session from 6pm
Outdoor youth training restarts next Wednesday, 25th April, from 6pm - 7pm. Boys & girls of any age and ability are welcome. All our coaches are volunteers and give up their spare time at no charge to the club this allows us to run these sessions free of charge.
Sessions will be run by Gary Randell, a Level 2 coach & Tom Hinde, his coaching assistant; along with Matthew Randell, also a Level 2 coach & Oliver Whisker, coaching assistant.
PRT's recruitment dept have made a signing
Portland Red Triangle are pleased to announce the arrival of Kyle Sloane who will be joining us for the 1st XI's return to Division 1. Kyle is a right arm fast-medium bowling all rounder from New Zealand.
Many thanks to Quiddles Cafe in Chiswell for sorting out accomodation and employment for Kyle while he plays for us in the summer.
Pre-season is underway at Portland's Atlantic Academy
For all current players, or those wishing to join us for this season, pre-season training has started at the Atlantic Academy.
The session runs from 5.45pm to 7.15pm on Friday evenings. All ages are welcome.
The league fixtures have been published for both Saturday sides
The Saturday 1sts are back in Division 1 and start their campaign with a trip to Broadstone, followed by a home clash with last year's Division 2 title rivals Compton House.
The Saturday 2nds are also playing in a higher division following last year's promotion, kicking off the season by hosting Abbostbury in the El Chesilco derby, then they're on the road to face Wareham.
After the Sunday league was disbanded at the end of last season due to mass apathy, Triangle is looking to revive the Pirates side and should be playing some more Sunday friendlies, so anyone who is interested check back here for updates.
Tribute by Chairman John Walker:
"Most of you will have heard by now that Mary Males passed away on the 24th November. For many years, she gave her all to supporting the cricket club that her husband and sons loved to play for. By the time I got to know her, she was already experiencing ill health, but Mary was still the life and soul of any club gathering. She will be much missed. Our thoughts are with Dave, Scott and Mike."
The funeral will be held at 2:30pm on Tues 12th Dec at Weymouth Crematoirum.
PRT have extended their season by entering to the indoor league at Clayesmore.
Indoor skipper Matt Randell files his report of the opening games against Cheselbourne & Stalbridge:
"The first indoor games saw a win and a loss. We played Cheselbourne first. Winning the toss we had a bat and had a rocky start with Ryan Price being run out without facing a ball. Oliver Whisker and Matthew Randell then set about their business, Whisker retiring quickly and then returning later ending on 50 and myself just getting the one bat and ending on 25.
Rich Samuel and Matthew Barrett scored some useful runs down the order and Cameron Scott chipped in with some quick runs in the middle. Baz and Rich took the first few overs and Rich managed to pick up a wicket. There was then a run out and I managed to get some serious turn out of a hockey ball and return figures of 4-12 from 2 overs.
We won the toss in the second game against Stalbridge and decided to have a bowl. We got off to a bad start the first two overs going for 38 and only about 4 of them coming off the bat. Stalbridge accumulated 194 in 12 overs losing just 1 wicket to an outstanding catch from Rich. We unfortunately bowled 60 extras in that game and ended up only accumulating 130. Olly was once again the leading run scorer with 40. I got 22 and Rich, Baz and Cam chipped in down the order. Unfortunately Ryan’s fortunes did not turn and he only lasted 2 balls before chipping it up.
We learnt a few things for next time and discipline with the ball and whilst fielding will certainly need to improve but also lots of positives to take from the outing.
PRT made a rare trip to the annual DCL awards ceremony to pick up some silverware
Representatives of PRT attended the annual awards ceremony on 30th October, at The Leaze, Wimborne.
1st XI captain Matt Randell, accompanied by veteran stalwart Simon Barrett collected the Division 2 Champions Trophy.
Olly Whisker collected the Division 5 runners-up award. The 2nds got a special mention (but no trophy) as the only side in the league not to fall fowl of the weather last season, which was nice.
Simon Proffitt won the League's Outstanding Performance award, which was presented and collected by club chairman John Walker.