News Archive 2005

6th December, 2006

Pre-season Nets

Sunday sessions start on 14th January 2007, 11.00am to 1.00pm, all members old and new welcome. Cost per session 2 for Seniors and 1 for Juniors. The sessions will run until the Easter break, except the Sunday of half term

Touring Matches

Wednesday 20th June vs. Deando Ruxley - 2.30pm start, 40 Overs

Tuesday 14th August vs. Babbacombe - 2.00pm start, 40 Overs

Tuesday 24th July vs. Locksbottom - 2.30pm start, 40 Overs

Umpires Course

PRT, in partnership with Dorset Association of Umpires, will be running an introduction to umpiring presentation covering the basics of umpiring and the Laws of Cricket at the Y.M.C.A Portland on Monday 5th February starting at 7.00pm. The presentation runs for approx. 2 hours and will be free to club members, a small charge of 2 will apply for non-members.

For further details contact Club Secretary Grant Neven 01305-750490.

3rd December, 2006

Nets Notice: Thursday 7th No coaching at Royal Manor due to mock exams.

Once in a great while, we are privileged to experience an event so extraordinary, it becomes part of our shared heritage. Therefore it is our honour to introduce the new addition to the's features section: The Ask Aaron Column.

So brilliant, yet so tortured, Aaron has delved into the recesses of his mind to answer the questions that no one else has dared to. In the first of many exhibitions of his unquantifiable range of knowledge, Aaron has given some thought-provoking incites into the previously mundane. Sit back, and prepare to be enlightened...

Click here for Ask Aaron (also accessible via the link in the features menu)

Christmas Bazaar

Bazaar organisers June Stewkesbury and Mary males wish to thank to all who turned out to help yesterday (especially Aaron, Callan and Richie for their work in Santa's Grotto). The event raised 372.28 towards club funds.

26th November, 2006

AGM Roundup

New Chairman
Glyn Bartholomew

The main changes arising from the AGM included the appointment of a new chairman with Glyn Bartholomew taking the role after Conrad Cole had announced he was standing down. The president, secretary and treasurer remained in their posts, with Steven "Squeaker" Browne taking over from Richard Stewkesbury as the new Club Captain. A new post of Social Secretary was created and ably filled by the former chairman Conrad and Callan Laws was elected as the Youth Team Representative.

Saturday team captains are unchanged with Simon Barrett and Tony Quayle willing to continue their roles. Marc Nott was replaced by Scott Males as Sunday 1st XI skipper while Squeaker Browne is still in charge of the Sunday 2nd XI. Pete Tombs was elected to captain the newly formed Portland Pirates touring side which will, in the words of its founder, "Be a nomadic side" playing Sunday friendlies across Dorset.

Match fees will remain the same next season, but annual membership fees are to increase across the board: Senior 25, Student/Unemployed 12 and Junior 6.

21st November, 2006

Tuesday Evening Coaching

One of Triangle's coaches, Jon Dixon, has drawn up a 12 week coaching syllabus for the Tuesday night sessions at All Saints School, from 6pm-8pm. The syllabus can be viewed by clicking here.

Please note there will be no session at All Saints next week (28th November) due to exams, sessions will continue as normal from 5th December.

Triangle U12s win!

After going all of last year with a 100% losing record, the Under 12 team secured a win in their first game in the new indoor league season. Read the match report here

23rd October, 2006

The presentation night photos are now online and can be viewed by clicking here

As you can no doubt see from the logo above right, Portland Red Triangle has now achieved Sport England's Clubmark Accreditation, thanks to a lot of work from Club Secretary Grant Neven and countless others within the club. The award was presented at Triangle's end of season presentation night by Keith Brewer, Dorset County Cricket's Development Officer.

From the ECB website: "Clubs have a vital role to play in the development of young players.Clubmark will set the entry level for an increasing network of cricketclubs providing good quality cricket programmes for young people. Inaddition the Clubmark accreditation scheme is fully integrated withSafe Hands the ECB’s welfare of young people in Cricket policy." For more information on the Clubmark accreditation scheme visit ECB's site here

9th October, 2006

Indoor Nets

There will be no nets session this Tuesday at All Saints School as it's been already booked for a parent-teacher's evening, but fear not as the coaching sessions for junior and senior players will continue from Tuesday 17th October. Junior coaching at Royal Manor on Thursday evening is unaffected.

Introduction to Coaching Course

The club will be running this course at Royal Manor Arts College on Saturday 25th November between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

The course is designed to give all those interested in coaching the fundamentals needed to assist qualified coaches and is the first step on the coaching ladder. The course will be run by Dorset Head Coach Richard Scott and is free to all Triangle members interested. The course will be limited to 10, so it will be a first come, first on the course scenario.

Non Triangle members will be charged 10 for the course.

The club need to have more assistance at our coaching sessions and ask all those interested to contact Club Secretary Grant Neven 01305-750490 / 07887943621

For more information click here for the course syllabus

For all members of the George Inn evening league team, new skipper James Male has setup a new site specifically for you. Visit to find out more.

2nd October, 2006

Stop the Presses - Triangle in the News

Portland Red Triangle have set up a new coaching partnership with All Saints School, to find yet another future Freddie Flintoff (didn't they say that for the Royal Manor partnership?). Read all about it and there's another picture of Triangle's Grant Neven in the local rag. Click here for more

Meanwhile, living legend, Steven "Squeaker" Browne has opened his heart to the Dorset Echo, not about his brush with fame after winning The Weakest Link, but a tear-jerking piece about the life of a Portland fisherman. Read how the great man has been Seduced by the Sea by clicking here.

23rd September, 2006

New Nets Times

The junior coaching sessions on Thursdays have now moved indoors and are held in Royal Manor sports hall from 6pm.

From Tuesday 26th September there will a weekly coaching session for junior and senior players at the new All Saints School sports hall (Sunnyside Road, Wyke Regis) from 6pm-8pm. As part of the agreement with the school 3 of the 4 lanes of nets available will be for the juniors, with the remaining lane for any senior players to use and receive help from the club's qualified coaches.


Saturday 2nd XI and Sunday 1st XI (excluding the Lytchett Minster game, though this scorecard is being tracked down) averages are now online with almost complete accompanying players statistics. Check it all out here: 2006 Averages

12th September, 2006

Charity Fete

Thanks to all who helped on the day, this year's finer weather helped make it a successful event. The fete raised just over 2300 in total, a proportion of which will be donated to local charities - the amounts to be decided at a future committee meeting.

Saturday 1st XI Averages

The averages are slowly trickling in and the 1st team's statistics are now online, provided by skipper Simon Barrett.

Click here for: Batting Averages | Bowling Averages

28th August, 2006

Charity Fete

The annual Grand Charity Fete is just two weeks away on Saturday 9th September, at the Cricket Ground (St George's Centre if wet). If you have any prizes for the raffle please get them to either Fete Organiser Tony Quayle or Mrs June Stewkesbury. Likewise if you know someone who wishes to run a stall at the fete, get in contact with June.

 End of Season Update

The season is finally over, with just two friendly fixtures remaining - next Sunday 3rd September at home to Brooklands CC, then the following Sunday 10th September away to Abbotsbury.

The Saturday 1st XI saw out their final games after relegation to Division 2 was confirmed with further defeats at the hands of Bridport, Weymouth 2nds and Sherborne. In the final fixture at Sherborne, Simon Proffitt (12) became the youngest player to represent the 1st XI, scoring a fine 2 not out, and bowling 5 overs, 0 for 56 (3 dropped catches including a c&b chance).

The Saturday 2nd XI, led by the mercurial Tony Quayle, made sure of avoiding the drop from Division 6 by scoring maximum points in their final game against Cranborne. After posting 191/3, Triangle's bowlers made short work of the visitor's batting and eased to a 7 wicket win.

The Sunday 1st XI wrapped up a disappointing season with a thrilling match against Cheselborne. After scoring 233/6 thanks largely to a 144 run partnership between skipper Marc Nott (50) and Adam Rose (68*), the home side looked to be coasting to victory until an 8th wicket partnership of 80 left Cheselborne needing 9 to win off the final over. Thanks to some tight bowling from Michael Males, it went down to the final ball with 3 runs needed for victory, but alas Mike wasted an easy run-out chance to give Portland the win and the game was tied.

The Sunday 2nd XI rounded off their season with a narrow 10-run defeat away to previously winless Ibberton. Club Captain Richard Stewkesbury was devasted to see his hattrick chance spilled at short leg by Ben Taylor, as the islanders looked to on the cusp of another win. A traditional mid-order collapse made it a struggle for Triangle and in the end they had to settle for defeat.

6th July, 2006

Quick update

The last four Saturday 1st XI reports are now online and can be accessed via the results page, or just click here.

Also, gaze in wonder at the latest league tables (most PRT teams can be found near the bottom of their respective decisions) - click here for latest standings

22nd June, 2006

Jon Dixon, 208
Jon Dixon
Club Record 208

A long awaited update for the website, apologies to all our loyal readers.

Weekend Action - Roundup

A belated congratulations to Jon "Dazzling" Dixon on hitting a Club record 208 in the Saturday 1st XI's first win of the season at home to Bridport on 10th June. Chasing 289, Dicko led the fightback with a magnificent knock that contained 17 sixes and 21 fours, eclipsing Gary Randell's 178* against Marnhull in 2003. Dave Males (8) shared in an opening partnership of 99, and then Tony Quayle (25*) helped Dicko through his innings sharing in a Club record 172 run stand for the 2nd wicket until the big man was dismissed with only 19 runs needed. Simon Browne relieved his pad rash to hit an unbeaten 9 which saw PRT home. Full report online, click here

Unfortunately Dicko couldn't repeat his success this week against Weymouth 2nds when he was dismissed second ball. Weymouth batted first setting 178 with Tom Steadman getting 95 of their runs, in reply a fine knock from Simon Browne of 72* was not enough as he ran out of batting partners as Triangle slipped to another defeat.

The Saturday 2nd XI are still looking for that elusive first win of the season as they followed up a crushing defeat at the hands of Abbotsbury with another loss to Ferndown 2nd XI, in their first home game of the season. Things couldn't have started worse for Tony Quayle's side as they were quickly reduced to 8/5, with Pete Tombs having scored 6 of those runs, but alas already back in the pavilion. A stirring recovery by Joel Maisey (26) and Dave Clifford (35) gave the innings some respectability, closing on 113 all out. The visitors were made to work hard for their runs, but the total proved too low to defend and Quayle's team is still propping up Division 6.

Tom Cole, 176*
Tom Cole

Marc Nott's Sunday 1st XI are still looking for their second win of the season after losing away to Lytchett Minster by 9 wickets, and then pushed division leaders Corfe Mullen close at home, before slipping to another defeat.

Squeaker Browne's Sunday 2nd XI have yet to add to their unexpected victory against Sturminster & Hinton, losing at home to Broadstone. Chasing 289 against Wareham, Tom Cole recorded the third highest innings in Club history, scoring 176*. With 32 required for victory off the final over, Tom was only able to hit 19 as Triangle fell 13 runs short in an incredible game.

30th May, 2006

Weekend Action

Simon Barrett's Saturday 1st XI continued their struggle against the drop away to Bournemouth & OB's with a resounding 140 run loss. 15 year old Dan Strong was restricted to bowling just 5 overs, but made the most of them taking two wickets, though that was not enough to stop the hosts putting on 220 runs at the close. In reply all-rounder Simon Browne was unlucky not to notch up his first half-century of the season when he was dismissed for 45. The ever popular morale officer Tony Quayle kept everyone's spirits up and held his end up as Triangle resisted being bowled out, though finished quite a distance short of the winning post. The 2nd XI's game at home to Poole Town IV's was called off due to an unfit pitch.

With occasional skipper Marc Nott away in Manchester watching a charity football match between two sets of veterans and washed up celebrites, it was once again left to Scott Males to lead the 1st XI away to Parley II's. As players suddenly declared their unavailability over the weekend, or weren't informed they were selected and with Lenny Hansford being called out on an emergency on Sunday morning, Triangle were down to the bare bones as they assembled at the West Parley Sports Centre. With just 4 recognised batsmen in the side, the stand-in skip won the toss and elected to bowl, which proved a wise decision as he helped himself to 6 wickets for 26 runs, as the hosts were skittled for 122. Alas in reply, Triangle slumped to 86 all out, though late rallies from Andy Marsh (16) and Dan Strong (15) looked like the visitors might sneak a win, but it was not to be.

Meanwhile, at Reforne, Squeaker Browne led the 2nd XI to a fine victory against Sturminster and Hinton II, with leg spinner Tony Babb the hero of the day taking 7 wickets for 42 runs as the visitors collapsed from 65-0 to 118 all out chasing just 122. The big man put his success down to fine captaincy, great backup from the fielders and good home cooking.

Evening League Update

Tom Cole's PRT side continued their steady progress with two victories in one week, first brushing aside early pace-setters The Giant Pot, led by ex-Triangle favourite Gordon "Smokey" McCombe; and then caused an upset in the cup by beating Portland United at the YOI to move into the Quarter Finals. Triangle's bowlers are still setting the league alight taking 32 wickets in their 4 matches so far, with Dave Clifford leading the wicket takers with 7, closely followed by Scott Males (6) and Phil Winslow (5). The skipper has led by example with the bat with knocks of 41 and 34 in the week's games as Triangle lead the Division 2 standings.

At the other end of the table, Richard Stewkesbury is steering the George Inn towards an unenviable 100% record, as they are yet to win in the league this season. All this could change as they meet PRT in the Reforne derby, with their skipper confident of beating the odds to give the George their first ever evening league victory. "Bunter" Stewkesbury is hoping his mix of youth and experience can wear down the winning mentality of Tom Cole's division leaders with a display of old fashioned bulldog spirit. He believes that Triangle are still suffering from the psychological scars of last season's unlikely draw, and has prepared a Mourinho-style dossier on Cole's players. Good luck Stewkes!

27th April, 2006

Beer Festival 2006

Thanks to all who helped out with either organising the beer festival, serving behind the bar, collecting glasses or just turning up to support the event by sampling all the ales and cider on offer (Rupert). This year's event was deemed a success as takings were nearly double that of 2005, and the club will be receiving a sizeable share of the profits once donations to Jeff and Pauline Daniels' charities are deducted. Full report from the Dorset Echo is online, so click here

21st April, 2006

Under 13 & Under 15 Fixtures are now online: Click here for U13 Fixtures, Click here for U15 fixtures - also available from menu on left

19th April, 2006

A belated updated for all our loyal readers.

To kick off thanks to all that helped with the CricketForce weekend, both on the Saturday for the Kwik Cricket Festival and on the Sunday for the work day. Our new correspondent and photographer, Glyn Bartholomew, has submitted a report of the Kwik Cricket event, which can be read by clicking here

The St George's Beer Festival is this weekend (for more details see below) so any helpers to man the bar are always welcome, along with those who just want to come along and sample a few halves of ale. On Saturday you may also be able to see Triangle in action as a mixed 1st & 2nd XI side take on Abbotsbury in a pre-season friendly - weather permitting of course - which should see the return of Bill Gates as guest skipper.

Also check out the gallery pages, as we've added some new images from last season - mostly of CricketForce 2005, but also a few action shots from various Saturday and Sunday matches. Click here to explore the new additions

Neville's Notes

As if all this wasn't enough, settle down with a cold one, or a nice mug of tea, and take in the latest edition of Neville's Notes, as this time he vents his spleen at those residing north of the Ridgeway.

St George's Weekend Beer Festival 2006

As some of you may have already read in the latest edition of Portland Red Triangle's premier (some might say only) newsletter:

Once again the club is grateful to The George Inn for hosting this year's Festival. After the success of last year's event, we are hoping to build on the reputation of both the club and The George by making this year's event bigger and better. It is hoped to have 15 real ales and a cider (much to Stumpy's joy) all of which are to be sponsored by local businesses and individuals.

St George's Beer Festival 2005

Club Captain Richard Stewkesbury has been working away, assisted by his mum and the Cole family, to turn the event into a major success. Once again all members and supporters are asked to attend and Richard is still looking for volunteer bar stewards to man the pumps.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a barrel or helping at the event should contact Richard Stewkesbury on 01305 823502.

2nd April, 2006

Evening League Fixture Lists

This year's evening league fixture lists are now online for both our sides competing in Division 2, click on the appropriate link to view: Portland Red Triangle, The George Inn.

For players representing other teams in the evening league, you can view your fixtures at the main evening league site: Click here

26th March, 2006

Indoor Cricket

The Under 12 side completed their campaign in the Weymouth Sports Club Indoor Cricket Season 2005/6 and maintained their unenviable 100% losing record in a narrow 27 run defeat to Cerne Valley. Coach Neven was full of gushing praise for his charges, "Our boys were a credit to the club, they once again gave 100%, showed improvement in all areas of the game and showed respect for both the opposition and the officials." Read the full report here.

22nd March, 2006

Portland Red Triangle will once again be taking part in this year's Natwest CricketForce.

Following on from last year's successful event in which the clubhouse was totally redecorated and the grounds given a spring clean, this year's event will take place over two days.

On the 8th April starting at 11.00am the club, in conjunction with the South Dorset Schools Sport Partnership and Richard Scott (Dorset C.C.C. Head Coach), will be running the Portland Red Triangle Kwik Cricket Challenge. The Challenge which is aimed at Under 12's will consist of coaching workshops and a knock-out competition. It is hoped that all the junior schools on Portland will enter teams and in the event of the weather not being suitable, Royal Manor Arts College will host the event.

Tea and Refreshments will be provided and a raffle will be held for the sought after prize of a cricket bat signed by players from Gloucester C.C.C. All members, mums and dads, aunties, uncles and grandparents are encouraged to attend and lend support to an event that is aimed at promoting cricket for all and the club.

For further details contact Club Secretary, Grant Neven, on: 01305 750490 or 07887 943621.

21st March, 2006

U16 Indoor League Update

Another weekend and another (belated) update from the Weymouth Sports Club Indoor Cricket Season 2005/6. Coach Neven was on hand once again to bring us all the action from Redlands. The much sought after Coach Neven Man of the Match award, with Dan Strong picking it up for the second game running, in their closely-fought defeat at the hands of *cough* Weymouth Girls. Read all the gory details by clicking here

Portland Red Triangle School Visit Wednesday 15th March

Club Secretary Grant Neven and Youth Team Manager Andy Randell were given a wonderful welcome at Underhill Junior School on a bright and sunny Portland afternoon. The visit was planned as part of the build up to the Natwest CricketForce 2006 event and to raise the profile of the club in the local community.

Andy and Grant took two sessions in the afternoon, both of which were attended by 20+ children of all abilities. Our representatives took the children through a basic introduction to cricket, which involved group work in catching,bowling,fielding and batting.

Grant reported 'Andy and myself were made really welcome by all the staff and children. The children all enjoyed themselves and all put maximum effort in to all the exercises we gave them. At least 10 children expressed that they would like to play more cricket and were going to attend the regular Thursday evening coaching sessions'.

It is hoped to run further sessions after the schools Easter break, not only at Underhill School, but at all the other Island Schools.

The club would once again like to thank the staff and Children for such a wonderful welcome and an enjoyable afternoon.

Any members who are interested in helping our schools visit programme should contact either Andy or Grant.

2006 Fixture Lists

Next season's fixture lists for all the weekend sides are now online - Saturday 1st XI, Saturday 2nd XI, Sunday 1st XI, Sunday 2nd XI.

There are also two more friendly dates to add to your diaries, as Triangle will be entertaining Southern Cross Hornblowers C.C. in a Twenty20-style match on Friday 16th June (6.00pm start), and Locksbottom C.C. on Monday 24th July.

8th March, 2006

This week was the turn of Triangle's Under 16 side against Bridport in the indoor 6-a-side league at Redlands, played out on Saturday. A man of the match performance from Dan Strong with a fine unbeaten 36 was not enough as Portland notched up another defeat. For the full report from Coach Neven, click here

28th February, 2006

Neville's Notes

This once regular section of the site returns with our Nev firing on all cylinders to give the current TV schedules what for, catch the latest edition here.

Quiz Night Triumph

As reported, in his own inimitable style, by Club Secretary Grant Neven:

"Tuesday 21st February saw two teams from P.R.T take part in the Global Rock Challenge Quiz Night, held at Royal Manor Arts College

The two teams consisting of P.R.T's finessed quizzes battle against 12 other teams and more than held their own. The Tom Cole Fan Club captained by William (Trevett time) Trevett gave a good account of themselves despite talking themselves out of several correct answers.

The Chairman's Select lead by Club Chairman Conrad Cole and including Portland's very own Weakest Link Champion 'Squeaker' Brown, Club Captain Richard (The Duke) Stewkesbury and number Two Banana Tom Cole triumphed by one point, in a closely fought and extremely enjoyable contest.

Portland Red Triangle C.C. members were pleased to help raise funds for the Royal Manor Arts College Band and show their commitment to helping the local Community."

21st February, 2006

From Coach Neven: "Saturday 18th February was a busy day for our Junior sides with both the Under 12's and Under 16's in action. Both sides were once again well supported by family and friends and although once again showing improvement from previous games."

The latest match reports for both Under 12 and U16 sides, including Coach Neven's Man of the Match nominations, can be viewed via the fixtures page


Pre-season nets continue from this Sunday until 2nd April.

5th February, 2006


For anyone who was at nets today, ignore the announcement that there will not be a nets session next weekend.

To clarify: there will be nets next Sunday (12th February), but not the Sunday after (19th February) as the school will be closed for half term. The sessions will then continue without any breaks from Sunday 26th February until Sunday 2nd April.

29th January, 2006

This week the Under 16 side were in action in the indoor league and our man in Havana, Coach Neven, was there to file his report, click here

23rd January, 2006

A message from the Club Secretary:

Hampshire County Cricket Club have kindly donated the following prize for the Grand Summer Fete - 2 Tickets for either a 40 over League match or a C & G Trophy match to be held at The Rose Bowl in the 2006 season (not the floodlit matches).

As the cricket season will be over before the summer fete, a raffle will be held during nets and youth coaching sessions, with the prize being drawn at the last net session. Tickets will be sold at 50p for a strip of five and be available from Club Secretary Grant (Stumpy) Neven. The club hopes to raise a minimum of 100 for this prize and are most grateful to Hampshire C.C.C. for their kind donation.

The Under 12 side were in action on Saturday in the indoor league, Coach Neven's match report can be viewed by clicking here

8th January, 2006

Happy new year to all our readers, remember next week is the start of Triangle's pre-season training with the first net session at Royal Manor School, from 11am-1pm.

The Under 16 side were in action in their second game in the indoor league, Coach Neven's match report can be viewed by clicking here

19th December, 2005

The under 16 six-a-side team started their campaign with a narrow victory over Poundbury at Redlands on Saturday, with captain Aaron Riley and wicketkeeper Joel Maisey bringing the side home with 2 balls to spare. Full report by coach Grant Neven, and his pick for the man of the match can be read here

13th December, 2005

In addition to next season's fixture lists (see below), we now have the dates for pre-season indoor nets at Royal Manor. These will start on Sunday 15th January, from 11am-1pm, and are scheduled to run up to and including Sunday 2nd April. Please note that there will not be a nets session on 17th February as the school is closed for the half-term holiday that weekend. The full list can be viewed by clicking here.

There are also two confirmed friendlies already for next year, against perennial visitors Deando Ruxley and Bexley Park, click here for dates

11th December, 2005

The Cornish Pixie - Click for full-size picture
Santa's Little Helper

Christmas Bazaar

The first Christmas bazaar held by PRT was a minor success raising nearly 400 on the afternoon. The Club would like to thank Mrs Stewkesbury and Mrs Males for their efforts organising the event and also the YMCA for their input, as well as all the club members who helped on the day. Grant Neven was a great sport in donning an elf costume in his role as Santa's Cornish Pixie (pictured right, click on image for full-size version), while TV's Steven Browne even put himself out by turning up on the premise of opening the event, but found himself in the role of kitchen hand for the afternoon.

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