Season 2001 Half Term Report

Revolution was in the air as a power struggle ensued between Second team Captain Richard "Lucy" Stewkesbury and Vice-Captain Daniel "Three Seats" Jones. In an audacious move, Stewkesbury retired from cricket after the mauling at home to Bridport (the visitors put on 382-6, with PRT 2nd's replying with a defiant 173-6) leaving Jones to take the reigns. His first match in charge was against table-topping Yetminster, who were dismissed for 210, but the new captain turned an unlikely victory into a comfortable defeat. This, compounded with the Child Okeford fiasco (see below), led to Jones's resignation and the triumphant return of Stewkesbury to his rightful mantle. "Jonah" Jones has now quit both the 2nd XI and Evening League sides to concentrate on his Sunday form.

Child Okeford were disappointed to find that their fixture with the PRT 2nd's on 21st July, was cancelled due to a rain-affected pitch. Blame was placed firmly on the shoulders of then captain, Daniel "Jupitus" Jones, who did not inform the visiting team of the cancellation. An unnamed source hinted foul play may have been involved, as then ex-captain and long-retired "Duke" Stewkesbury had failed to provide Jones with the Child Okeford captain's contact details, when informing Jones of the groundsman's decision that morning. Triangle Spokesman, Graham Elenor, said that the matter would be dealt with internally.

The 2nd XI is free of relegation worries, now that the withdrawal of Gillingham 2nd XI from the division means that they can't go down. Triangle Spokesman Graham Elenor said "At least that's something we don't have to worry about, and we can concentrate on the teams that really matter".

Pete "Wobbly" Walburn returned to form in style, and dare I say some panache, with match winning figures of 4-33 against relegation-hopefuls Broadstone 2nd's, in the Sunday Division 7 encounter. Bowling his 12 overs straight through, it was in the final two that he made the biggest impact taking 2 in 2 balls, setting up a hattrick, but unfortunately bowled a wayward delivery down the leg-side when the pressure was on. He maintained his anti-youth policy by verbally berating members of the Under-14 side who had turned up to watch, saying (of what is publishable) "Get those kids of the field, this is men's cricket!" A spokesman for the team said that Walburn's contract would be under review at the end of the season.

For the first time in PRT history, a cricket match nearly became a scene of violence, as a heated home fixture against fellow Sunday Division 7 title challengers, Suttoners, nearly boiled over. No one event could be seen as the catalyst that almost led to a mass brawl in the middle of the wicket, though Triangle Spokesman and Sunday Captain, Graham Elenor, who was at the heart of the proceedings was available to give an insight. "I don't want to point the finger, but the main culprit was the lad who turned up an hour late and then wanted to bowl straight away. Their captain then overreacted to some of our boys light-hearted banter, and I was forced to intervene acting as peacemaker. Things nearly got out of control, but luckily by the grace of God, and some brilliant diplomacy, we were able to continue and have a friendly game of cricket".

Martin Hewson's 1st XI is leading the Dorset Division 1 after an unlikely victory against promotion chasing Blandford as well as the scalps of West Moors and the formidable Weymouth 2nd's. A spokesman for the club, 1st team scorer Graham Elenor (author of the Dorset Echo's Odds On column), said that promotion would not necessarily be the best thing for the club at the moment and he would have favoured a relegation battle this season. As quoted at the time "Success is a dangerous thing, next year our fans would be looking for more trophies to fill our overloaded cabinet".