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, pushing 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.
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.
You can buy your tickets to watch the PRT vs Lashings All Stars game on 4th August, through the Eventbrite website
This ticket gives you all-day access to watch the game around the boundary and also the evening entertainment, featuring a number of bands, including The Klezbians!.
Tickets are £5 for Adults, £2 for Under 16's (a small booking fee is charged for online purchases) - click the link below to book. Tickets can also be purchased on the day.
Lashings All Stars will be putting on a training session with their international stars. Children of all ages are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by an adult.
If you wish to book a spot for a junior player at the youth coaching session, follow the same link and select Youth Coaching Session Ticket. The cost of this session is FREE!