News Archive 2007

Triangle Social Event

Skittles night Saturday 8th December.

Venue: Prison Officers Club, Y.O.I., The Grove, Portland 7.00pm

Arranged by Captain Tombs of the Pirates, a night of swashbuckling fun. Special cask of jail ale and more. All members welcome, bring a friend.

For more information contact either Grant Neven or Pete Tombs.

Glyn BartholomewAarron Riley

Glyn Bartholomew & Aarron Riley

Newly Qualified Coaches

Congratulations to Triangle's Glyn Bartholomew and Aarron Riley who recently passed their Level 1 coaching qualification.




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Christmas Bazaar

Christmas is coming and once again Triangle will be holding a bazaar in the Conservative Club in Easton Square. The fun starts at 10.30am, but anyone willing to offer their help before then is welcome. All proceeds go to the cricket club. If you are unable to make the event, then any donations of prizes for the raffle or contributions to the refreshment stand are always appreciated. Contact bazaar organiser June Stewkesbury (823502) for more information.

Junior Indoor League Fixtures

Fixtures for the U14 and U16 teams entered in this season's indoor league are now online, click here...

News from the Secretary

1. The AGM of Portland Red Triangle C.C. will take place on Friday 30th November at The YMCA, Reforne beginning at 7.00pm, all members are welcome to attend. Nominations for any posts can be taken on the night or in advance by contacting club secretary Grant Neven. The AGM will be preceeded by the presentation of cheques to the charities selected to receive funding following this year's highly successful Grand Charity Fete.

2. Portland Red Triangle have once again signed up for the Nat West Cricketforce weekend. Next year's event will take place on the 4th/5th and 6th April 2008. There will be many tasks to complete, so keep a least on day free in your diary to help.

3. Portland Red Triangle have been asked to help out at the Portland Rotary Club's Bonfire Night Celebrations. Could all who are interested let Stumpy know as soon as possible. Any willing volunteers are to meet at Southwell Business Park, Saturday 3rd November at 10am to help build a bonfire.

Presentation Night

View the photos by clicking here...

Once again the members of Portland Red Triangle descended on The Blues Club at PUFC's ground for the annual awards evening. Entertainment was provided at short notice by the Richie Samuels Disco Experience (available for weddings, bar mitzvahs and kid's parties). Prizes were presented by Club President Brian Riley to the following lucky winners:

Saturday 1st XI Batting - Jason Styles
Saturday 1st XI Bowling - Jon Dixon

Saturday 2nd ;XI Batting - Bill Gates
Saturday 2nd XI Bowling - Adam Smart

Sunday 1st XI Batting - Bill Trevett
Sunday 1st XI Bowling - Samitha Rathnayake

Sunday 2nd XI Batting - Tom Cole
Sunday 2nd XI Bowling - Tony Babb

PRT Evening League Player of the Year - David Price
George Inn Evening League Player of the Year - Leonard Hansford

Young Player of the Year - Olly Whisker
U13's Player of the Year - Josh Lamb
U16's Player of the Year - Richie Samuel
Most Improved Young Player - Jordan Pring

Players Player - Samitha Rathnayake
Phil Adams Young Clubman of the Year - Aarron Riley
PRT Clubman of the Year - Mary Males

Youth Coaching

Indoor sessions are underway again at All Saints School, Wyke Regis on Tuesday evenings (6pm-8pm) and at Royal Manor Arts College from 6pm-9pm. Senior members are welcome from 8pm at the Thursday sessions at Royal Manor to use the nets, though will be charged the princely sum of 1 as a contribution to the hire of the hall.

Sunday morning net sessions will begin at Royal Manor again in the New Year, check back here for further details.

2007 Averages

The Sunday 1st XI averages have finally been completed (the Sunday 2nd XI should be online soon), and can be viewed by clicking on this link: Sunday 1st Team Averages

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PRT Grand Charity Fete

11th September, 2007

Thanks to all who helped at the event on Saturday, or just turned up to support the club. Some belated glorious summer weather pulled in the crowds and the event raised around 2700, to be distributed between the cricket club and local charities.

The first prize in the Grand Draw, a weekend for two at the Macdonald Francis Hotel in Bath, sponsored by the good people at Goadsby, was won by "Danny". Triangle's very own Ray Loader had two winning tickets drawn, including the 2nd prize a trampoline donated by B&Q, and some tanning and massage sessions, no doubt his grandson Dan Strong will be looking to get his hands on one of those prizes.

2007 Averages

The averages for both Saturday teams are now online, so you can now see how well (or conversely how badly) you did in comparison with your teammates. For those players whose individual records are not yet accessible, please have patience as we're still tracking down the final few Sunday scorecards.

Saturday 1st Team Averages | Saturday 2nd Team Averages

5th September, 2007

Weekend Roundup:

The Saturday 1st XI were finally put out of their misery and were relegated to Division 3 after another defeat at what was once fortress Reforne. The writing was on the wall when both openers Barrett and Sawyer collected ducks, but a spirited knock by evergreen Jon Dixon (48) gave the islanders hope of finishing the season on a high, along with useful contributions from Aarron Riley (24) and Dave Price (25). Alas it was not to be as visitors Shaftesbury, thanks to anunbeaten 118 from Russell,cruised to victory by 117 runs and away from the drop zone, sending Triangle down with Poole 2nds. Read the report here...

Pete Tombs was in charge in Tony Quayle's absence, as the Saturday 2nd's visited Division 7 champions Broadstone 3rds. Alan Marshall (55) hit his first half century as a depleted Triangle side were 143/8 (all out), with a fine lower-order knock from Dan Strong (19). The home side didn't find reaching the total too problematic, only losing one wicket to the spin of Bill Gates (1/37) and knocked off the runs in 22 overs. Viewthe scorecard here...

The Sunday 1st XI finished the season in style recording a close victory at home to Christchurch 2nd XI, and denying them the chance of promotion in the process. A steady opening knock of 48 from Dave Males, along with a slightly quicker 42 from Sami Rathnayake, set Triangle on their way to posting 196. Aspiring skipper, Alex Warner, set the example for his side to follow with a blistering spell of bowling which saw him pick up 4 wickets. Rathnayake and Redpole chippedin with more, but it wasleft to outgoing skipper to seal the victory with the final scalp. View the scorecard here...

31st August, 2007

Saturday Preview and Team - From Dorset Echo

Portland Red Triangle are facing their second successive relegationas they get ready to face fellow strugglers Shaftesbury at Reforne tomorrow (2pm) in Dorset Funeral Plan League Division Two. Captain Simon Barrett has already conceded defeat in their quest for survival.

He said: "It's all over really. Tomorrow's match is just a case ofgoing out and enjoying it in the hope that we can finish the season on some sort of positive note. It would take a miracle for us to overleap Poole Town Seconds so we will have to start preparing for next season and hope we can have a successful season in Division Three."

Mathematically the islanders can get out of trouble but it wouldtake a 25-point victory for Barrett's side and for Poole to not pick up a single point in their game at Witchampton. However, Poole will be desperate for the points as they look to retain their Division Two status ahead of Triangle's opponents Shaftesbury.

The Reforne outfit have yet to select their 11-man team for the final day clash, but expected to come in to the side are Sam Polley, Dave Price and Grant Neven. The trio will replace the unavailable Alex Charlton, Chris Pegrum and Chris Skinner.

Portland RT (from): S Barrett (Cpt), G Kelman, E Sawyer, J Dixon, J Davey, S Polley, M Hewson, G Neven (Wkt), D Price, G Randell, J Styles.

Fantasy Cricket

Belated Fantasy Cricket Update!

Apologies to all for a lack of updates but the Fantasy Cricket is back on track (almost). Excluding a few Sunday 2nd's games, the points are virtually up to date for all players. I will correct scores for players in Squeaker's side once I get my hands on the scorebook!

Tony Morris' "Old Crestonians" are still top (who said "fix"?), though they may well be overtaken by Club Chairman Glyn Bartholomew's side, "Taceo Cuniculus", who are proving the old adage that these competitions are a marathon and not a sprint with a late surge, rising 15 places from mid-table obscurity up to second spot. Hot in pursuit are "The Far Canals", managed by Gary Redfern, who climbed an equally impressive13 places in the last month, and now sit in third. Early pace-setter Olly whisker's "Whisker's Arse Wipers" suffered a poor July falling to 16th, but recovered in August to climb back to 9th.

At the bottom of the table, Paul Cook's "The Portland Giants" appear to have the race for the wooden spoon wrapped up as he is now nearly 400 points behind his nearest rivals, Dan Strong's "The Dan Strong Experience".

Alun Chappel's "Chappel's Chickens" claimed the July team of the month scoring 699 points and rising to 5th, alas August was not as kind and his side dropped 10 places. Tony Morris' "Old Crestonians" top-scored in August with 1357 points, thanks to the continuing good form of Sami Rathnayake, and just out-scoring Glyn who notched up 1344. Two more teams broke the 1000 point barrier in August: Gary Redfern's "The Far Canals"(1265) and Dave Clifford's "Fantasy Bizarre" (1184).

View the current table here...

Fantasy Players of the Week

Week 11: Dan Strong - 143 points
Week 12: Lenny Hansford - 143 points
Week 13: Luke Hallett - 170 points

Andy Randell

Fantasy Player of the Month - July

Andy Randell - 281 points

Andy showed that he's more than just a bowler with a fine knock of 74 for the Pirates against Sixpenny Handley, and along with his three wickets in the Evening League against New Look, made him the top point scorer for July - a shame nobody picked him!

2nd: Tony Quayle - 223 points
3rd: Jon Dixon - 222 points

Fantasy Team of the Month - July
CaptainBill Trevett312541.67
OpenerTony Quayle522344.60
Middle OrderLaurence West317558.33
All-RounderJon Dixon322274.00
WicketkeeperJohn Walker15757.00
BowlerAndy Randell328193.67
BowlerTony Morris820125.13
Total Points = 1284

Fantasy Players of the Week

Week 14: Bill Gates - 453 points
Week 15: Sami Rathnayake - 227 points
Week 16: Alex Warner - 115 points
Week 17: Sami Rathnayake - 142

Bill Gates

Fantasy Player of the Month - August

Bill Gates - 706 points

It was going to take a lot to beat the good reverend this month following his mammoth innings of 170 against Sherborne 3rd's. Steady form with the bat saw him just outscore the Sri Lankan Sensation and top Fantasy Cricket player, Sami Rathnayake, who added another fifty and more wickets in August.

2nd: Sami Rathnayake - 672 points
3rd: Alex Warner - 372 points

Fantasy Team of the Month - August
CaptainTony Quayle320568.33
OpenerDave Males923125.67
Middle OrderBill Gates970678.44
All-RounderSami Rathnayake5672134.40
WicketkeeperTrevor Brown48421.00
BowlerAlex Warner437293.00
BowlerOliver Whisker623439.00
Total Points = 2504


28th August, 2007

Weekend Roundup:

1st XI "Doomed" says Triangle Skipper

The Saturday 1st XI completed a miserable two months of cricket with their fifth successive defeat away to Ferndown. Batting first Triangle could only muster 125, with Gary Randell (35) leading the way with late rallies from Jon Dixon (18) and Chris Pegrum (17). The home side made short work of the run chase, losing just four wickets as they won with more than 20 overs to spare. Read thereport here...

The 2nd XI, led for the last time this season by Tony Quayle, notched up another defeat at home against promotion contenders Puddletown. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Triangle made hard work of their innings, with only the skipper making any impression with a solid 31, along with Dave Males (15) and Callan Laws (13*) chipping in as they were bowled out for just 109. A 55-run opening partnership between Allen and Bailey looked to have cemented the win beforea flurry of wickets saw the visitors struggle to 101/5. Puddletown captain Chris Spiller settled the result as they won by 5 wickets. View the scorecard here...

The Sunday 1st XI put in a battling display against promotion chasing Blandford Nomads at Blandford Camp. Bill Gates (45) and Alex Warner (42) were unlucky to miss out on fifties and a defiant knock from under-the-weather skipper Bill Trevett and debutant Ron Warner denied the home bowlers maximum points. An inspired spell from Sami Rathnayake (4-32) had the Nomads reeling on 9-2 but they recovered to win by 5 wickets.

14th August, 2007

Weekend Roundup:

Charlton & Barrett
Record Partnership

Crisis at Reforne

The Saturday 1st XI's loss at home to Shroton was their fourth successive defeat and Simon Barrett's side hasn't won in 8 weeks. They now occupy one of the two relegation places for the first time this season and have only three games left to save their Division 2 status.

Missing top wicket takers Jon Dixon (17) due to ill health and Jan Davey (16) to work commitments, Triangle slumped to 65/8 as Matt Pike took 5-12 from 12 overs. Skipper Simon Barrett (44*) and Alex Charlton (58*) led the recovery, forging a club record 9th wicket partnership of 123*. Shroton showed why they are the league leaders, knocking off the winning runs for the loss of 2 wickets in just 26 overs, with visiting skipper Darren Ball hitting 102 from only 48 deliveries.Read the report here...

Cheer at Chapel Gate

Down in Division 7, Tony Quayle's 2nd XI recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season beating Bournemouth 2nd XI by 74 runs and moved into the safety of mid-table. This was only a brief stay as the withdrawal of Sherborne 3rds meant any points gained in those matches were void, so Triangle are now sitting third from bottom. Despite this, Dave Males (43) just missed out on a deserved half century, but shared a 59-run partnership with Alan Marshall (33) forthe second wicket. A typicallycavalier innings from the skipper, who scored 24 from just 10 balls, saw Triangle post 188/9. Inspired bowling by Bill Gates (3/31) and Olly Whisker (3/7) helped reduce the home side to 104 all out. Read the report here...

Rathnayake & Trevett
7th Wicket Stand

More Cheer at Cheselbourne

The Sunday 1st XI climbed to 6th in Division 4 with a comfortable win against Dewlish at Cheselbourne. Batting first, following a rare won toss by the skipper, Triangle slumped to 51/4 after 13 overs before Warner (33) and Redpole (26) mounted a recovery. A fine seventh wicket partnership between Captain Bill Trevett (89) and Sami Rathnayake (85) saw the islanders post 280/9. Home skipper Simon Ross and Steve Hillier led the run chase, but had no answer to Redpole'soff breaks as he picked upcareer-best figures of 6-18 as Triangle romped home by 149 runs.

More Woe at Reforne

Squeaker's Sunday 2nds continued their season-long losing streak with a spectacular 249 loss to Bournemouth 2nds. The visitors racked up a mammoth 370/4 from their 45 overs, while Triangle only managed 121 in reply.

10th August, 2007

Saturday 1st XI Preview and Team - From the Dorset Echo

Portland Red Triangle face the tough task of taking on league leaders Shroton at Reforne Tomorrow (2pm) with both sides desperate for the points - for very different reasons. The Islanders sit third bottom of Division Two, just 0.2 points off the foot of the table, whereas Shroton have Weymouth Seconds breathing down their necks.

Portland skipper Simon Barrett has belief in his side. He said: "I fancy us to beat anyone on our day, especially on our own turf. It's very tight down at the bottom and one win can make all the difference."

Tomorrow's visitors, who have lost just once all year, take on a Red Triangle side who have gone seven weeks without victory.

Portland: S Barrett (cpt), C Skinner, G Kelman, E Sawyer, J Dixon, C Pegrum (wkt), J Davey, J Styles, A Charlton, S Polley, G Randell

Evening League

Portland played their final evening league game of the season and triumphed in a close encounter with Longshots. A fine spell of spin bowling by, of all people, Dave Clifford (4/22) saw Longshots reduced to 98/5. Cole (26) and Sawyer (14) looked to be leading PRT to victory, but both departed with 25 needed for victory. A dramatic last over saw Dave Males score the required 5 runs with 2 balls to spare. View the scorecard here...

As both evening league sides have completed their fixtures, click here to step into a statistical wonderland.

8th August, 2007

Weekend Roundup

The Saturday 1st XI's wretched away form continued with a 28 runs loss to Witchampton, though Simon Barrett is refusing to get downhearted. Chasing 193/7, following Chris Skinner's return to form with the ball taking 2/28 and Jon Dixon's 3/33, Triangle looked well-placed at 92/3 after 30 overs, but were unable to push on to victory and fell short despite a rallying 28 not out from Alex Charlton. Readthe report here...

Tony Quayle's 2nd XI recorded their first home win of the season and also completed the double against Sherborne 3rd XI. After winning a rare toss, Quayle elected to bat against the visitors 8-men and Bill Gates took the opportunity to score his first century and record the club's 4th highest innings with 170. The skipper decided to declare with 3 overs of the innings remaining and Pete Laming was left on 42 not out. Dan Strong took two quick wickets before Sherbornedug in, but the introduction of Adam Smart (3/29) and Richie Samuel (2/14) turned the tide and the visitors were bowled out for 77. Read the report here...

Any thoughts of promotion may have to be shelved for the Sunday 1st XI after defeat at home to Lytchett Minster. The visitors gained revenge for their loss at Upton Rec. with a convincing 128 run win. A core of 8 Triangle players was supplemented by late call-ups for Michael Males, Tony Morris and Pete Tombs as absences had reduced the side to the bare bones. Sami Rathnayake picked up his second 5-wicket haul of the season and fellow opener Alex Warner bowled a tight12 overs, but Lytchett still scored 232/9 after Bradford (66) and Evans (84) added 154 for the third wicket. In reply Triangle collapsed spectacularly to 27/5 and were rescued by Warner (34) and Rathnayake (10) who added some respectability to the total with a partnership of 57. Triangle were eventually all out for 104. View the scorecard here...

3rd August, 2007

Weekend Roundup

The Saturday 1st XI's derby game against Weymouth 2nd XI was rained off after tea. Triangle had batted first scoring 168 and had taken one Weymouth wicket before the heavens opened and the match was abandoned.

Tony Quayle's 2nd XI looked to continue their good away form, but came up against a strong Sturminster Marshall side. The home side batted first with Simon Gardner (118*) hitting another unbeaten century against Triangle as they scored 279 for the loss of only 3 wickets. In reply Portland were always up with the run rate, despite the early losses of Gates and Marshall, as Kelman (33) and Quayle (49) added 56 for the 3rd wicket. Following their dismissals, Triangle collapsedfrom 96/3 to 120 allout. View the scorecard here...

With the Sunday 1st XI's game cancelled due to an unfit pitch, it was left to Squeaker Browne's 2nd XI to fly the flag away to Puddletown. An inspirational spell from the skipper saw him take 5/40, backed up by a fine fielding display, as the home side were bowled out for 140. The Triangle batsmen had no reply to Puddletown's pace attack of Tom Ascott and Chris Holman, with no visiting batsman making it into double figures (Aarron Riley top-scored with 8) as Portlandwere skittled for 42.

Evening League

PRT continued their Division 1 campaign with a battling loss to league leaders the Bridge Inn Bears. Bill Gates (39), making his first start of the season, and Elliott Sawyer (36*) helped Triangle post 103/3 from 18 overs. The chase was led by ex-PRT stalwart, Ben Doidge, who hit 54 not out, despite a magnificent 5-over spell from the Sri Lankan Sensation, Sami Rathnayake (2/4) and the Bridge Inn won with 2 overs to spare. View the scorecard here...

The George Inn made it back-to-back wins with victories against bottom side Marquis of Granby and a shock win against table-toppers Portland United. A five wicket haul from Luke Hallett (5/4) and Callan Laws' 3/26 helped the George to a 19 run win against the Marquis. Against Portland United, an innings of 45 not from debutant Graham Vincent saw the George chase down the football club's total in the final over, moving the George to a solid position in mid-table. George Inn vs Marquis of Granby scorecard, George Inn vs Portland Utd scorecard

20th July, 2007

Weekend Roundup

Fortress Reforne's defences were finally breached when the Saturday 1st XI lost their first home game of the season to Pavilion Sports. The visitors batted first, reaching 151/9, though should have been less if 6 catches hadn't been dropped, and spinners Dixon (12-8-8-2) and Davey (4/32) bowled well to keep the runs down. A now signature batting collapse saw Triangle slump to 36-6, then 58-8, before Davey (36*), Price (13) and Charlton (13) gave them hope, but werebowled out 32 runs short. Read the report here...

The 2nd XI once again fared better on their travels than they do at home with a comfortable 111 run win against a depleted Parkstone. Batting first on a difficult wicket, Triangle made 142, with Glen Kelman (27), Bill Gates (24), Pete Tombs (22) and Alan Marshall (17) getting good starts. In reply the home side had no answer to an inspired spell of bowling from Dan Strong (4/8) and Kelman (3/20) and they were skittled out for just 31. Read the report here...

The Sunday 1st XI got back to winning ways with a convincing win at home to Cheselbourne. After bowling the visitors out for just 49, thanks to another 4 wicket haul from Sri Lankan sensation Sami Rathnayake, it was left to Dave Males and Laurence West to knock off the runs.

Squeaker's Sunday 2nd's kept up their 100% record with defeat away to Pokesdown Willows 2nd XI. Triangle were bowled out for 94 on a bowler's paradise at King's Park with Ryan Percy showing how it should be done with a fine knock of 39. The home side were made to work for their win as they were pinned down by the skipper, who conceded just 3 runs from his 9-over spell, backed up by two stunning catches by Aarron Riley. Pokesdown eventually hit the winning runs in the31st over. Read the report here...

Evening League

Triangle look set for a steady mid-table finish in Division 1, despite their loss to Echo Cup winners RNSTS at Reforne. Pete Moxom blasted a superb 139 not out, backed up by Martyn Richards (51*), as the Triangle bowlers were put to the sword with RNSTS scoring 213/1 from 18 overs. Always behind the run rate, Triangle struggled to finish on 68/8 as Jan Davey (3/23) and Lewis Bull (2/17) did the early damage and RNSTS won by 145 runs. View the scorecard here...

12th July, 2007

Weekend Roundup

The Saturday 1st XI continued their miserable away form with a sound defeat at the hands of Poole Town 2nd XI. Another poor batting performance saw Triangle bowled out for 86 with only captain Simon Barrett (25) able to resist the home attack. Thanks to some tight bowling by Dixon, Davey and Charlton, the home side were made to struggle for runs on a bowler-firendly wicket, though only lost one wicket in their pursuit as the islanders returned home pointless.Read the report here...

Tony Quayle's 2nd XI are still unable to win at home, despite once again putting themselves in a winning position. A good fielding performance including two run outs by Dave Clifford and Pete Laming, saw visitors Poole Town 4th XI bowled out for 136, with Tony Morris (4/13), Adam Smart (3/56) and Callan Laws (1/10) sharing the wickets. Once again poor batting from the top order, with only the skipper Quayle (35) making it into double figures, was Triangle'sdownfall as they were dismissed for 88. Read the report here...

The Sunday 1st XI lost in a close encounter at Iwerne Minster after falling foul of the rain. Batting first Triangle posted 158 between rain delays, with Jon Dixon (37) rediscovering some form with the bat, aided by a patient 24 from 36 overs by opener Dave Males. Iwerne & Fontmell's big-hitting Paul Newton (60) got the home side off to a rapid start, though he was dropped early on by Morris off Rathnayake, but once he was trapped lbw by Dixon (3/27) Iwerne'srun rate dropped. Play was finally suspended halfway through the 30th over, and with no guidance from the yearbook on calculating the result, it was left to the league to determine the result, which went in favour of Iwerne by the slimmest of margins. Read the report here...

Fantasy Cricket Update

The transfer window is now closed, so if you didn't take the opportunity to bring any new players in then you're stuck with them until the end of the season.

Top of the table is Tony Morris' Old Crestonians who were the team of the month with 1048 points, just fending off the closing pack led by Chris Pegrum's "Chris' Top Team". Olly Whisker's side "Whisker's Arse Wipers" who set the early pace, still remain in the hunt, but have now dropped to 7th, his lowest position this season. Propping up the bottom is Dan Strong's team "The Dan Strong Experience" despite picking up 440 points, not thelowest total this month whichgoes to Martin Hewson's "Martin's Team" which scored 315.

Highest climbers in June were Graham Elenor's "The Non Playing Captain" rising 6 places to 3rd, while Richard Stewkesbury's "Duke's Heroes" plummeted 10 places down to 22nd.

Week 7's top team was Graham Elenor's who earned 338 points and rising 5 places to briefly hold 3rd. Week 8 saw Chris Pegrum's team score an impressive 409 points to climb to 2nd position. While Callan Laws' "PRTCC as it Should Be" scored 360 points, climbing 5 places to 3rd.

View the current table here...

Fantasy Players of the Week

Week 7: Sami Rathnayake's unbeaten 76 against Swanage helped earn him 215 points

Week 8: Jan Davey picks up his first player of the week award with a 5 wicket haul against Ferndown scoring 170 points.

Week 9: No games this week

Week 10: Tony Morris just pips Jon Dixon by 3 points for his first award with figures of 4-13 against Poole 4th XI, racking up 170 points.

Fantasy Player of the Month

Chris Pegrum - 381 points

Chris consistently scored runs throughout June, just missing out on his third 50 of the season and adding more wickets, to earn a recall to the Saturday 1st XI.

Fantasy Team of the Month
CaptainBill Trevett214070.00
OpenerSimon Barrett519939.80
Middle OrderElliott Sawyer521242.40
All-RounderSami Rathnayake2325162.50
WicketkeeperGrant Neven6488.00
BowlerChris Pegrum638163.50
BowlerTony Babb214673.00
Total Points = 1451

5th July, 2007

Friendly Cancelled

The friendly with Babbacombe CC, scheduled for Tuesday 14th August, has been cancelled.

Weekend Teams

Saturday 1st XI vs Poole 2nd XI (Away):
S. Barrett (Cpt), G. Neven (wkt), J. Dixon, J. Davey, A. Charlton, S. Polley, D. Price, C. Skinner, E. Sawyer, M. Nott, C. Pegrum

Saturday 2nd XI vs Poole 4th XI (Home):
T. Quayle (Cpt), P. Laming, D. Strong, D. Clifford, P. Tombs, G. Kelman, A. Morris, A. Smart, O. Whisker, C. Laws, J. Maisey (wkt)
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Sunday 1st XI vs Iwerne & Fontmell (Away):
G. Neven (wkt), A. Warner, S. Rathnayake, G. Redpole, T. Brown, M. Nott, C. Pegrum, D. Males, A. Rose, A. Morris, W. Trevett (Cpt)

Fantasy Cricket - Transfer Window

The Fantasy Cricket transfer window is now open until midnight this Friday. You have the opportunity to transfer up to two players into your team either from the original pool or new players to the club. Please check that your team still contains 1 captain, 2 batsmen (1 opener, 1 middle order), 1 all-rounder, 1 wicketkeeper and 2 bowlers. Points will start counting for new players from Saturday onwards. Clickhere to visit the transfer page...

28th June, 2007

Weekend Teams & Echo Preview:

Portland will be bidding for their first away win of the season when they visit Shaftesbury in Dorset Funeral Plan League Division Two tomorrow (2pm). The islanders beat Ferndown at Reforne last week and skipper Simon Barrett is confident his men can build on that positive performance. He said: "The weather forecast isn't looking good again but hopefully if it is on we will be able to get a win so we can start building some momentum. We have not won two games on the trot so far this seasonbecause of our away form but we put on a good performance in our last game and hopefully we can carry that on.

"There was a buzz throughout our side last Saturday and it was good to see the younger players all doing their bit, and this week we should have Gary Randell and Jason Styles back. They will take the places of Jon Dixon and one of the seconds who helped us out." Despite feeling good about his side's chances tomorrow, Barrett is also wary of the threat that Shaftesbury could pose. He said: "They are not going that well but with home advantage on their side we cannot under-estimatethem."

Saturday 1st XI vs Shaftesbury (Away):
S. Barrett (Cpt), G. Neven (wkt), G. Randell, J. Davey, A. Charlton, J. Styles, D. Price, C. Skinner, E. Sawyer, M. Nott, C. Pegrum

Saturday 2nd XI vs Broadstone 3rd XI (Home):
T. Quayle (Cpt), P. Laming, D. Strong, D. Clifford, P. Tombs, G. Kelman, O. Whisker, C. Laws, W. Gates, A. Smart, J. Maisey (wkt), 12th Man: S. Proffitt.
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Sunday 1st XI vs Christchurch 2nd XI (Away):
G. Neven (Cpt, wkt), A. Warner, S. Rathnayake, G. Redpole, L. West, M. Nott, C. Pegrum, D. Males, L. Whyte, A. Rose, A. Morris.

Sunday 2nd XI vs Broadstone 2nd XI (Home):
S. Browne (Cpt), J. Locke, R. Percy, T. Cole, B. Riley (wkt), B. Taylor, P. Cook, K. Brown, R. Samuel, R. Stewkesbury, A. Hallet
Matchball Sponsors: Phil Laming & Sons Ltd

Simon Barrett,

Weekend Roundup

The Saturday 1st XI continued their winning streak, at home at least, with a spirited win against Ferndown at Reforne. Batting first, skipper Simon Barrett (32) and Chris Skinner (49) shared an opening partnership of 108 before both were dismissed in the same over. Triangle recovered from this setback to post 216, despite not batting through all their overs. A fine fielding display saw spinners Jan Davey (5/46) and Jon Dixon (3/27) destroy the visitors batting order, after AlexanderCharlton (2/28) had removed the openers. Barrett was pleased with "the buzz of energy" that ran through the side as they picked up maximum points. Read the report here...

Tony Quayle's 2nd XI had an unhappy visit to Puddletown as his side were bowled out for just 76 on a lively artificial wicket. The home side showed how it should be done by knocking off the winning runs for the loss of just one wicket.

22nd June, 2007

Weekend Teams & Preview from Dorset Echo

Portland skipper Simon Barrett is confident that his men can produce an instance response to last Saturday's disappointing defeat at Branksome when they host Ferndown in Dorset Funeral Plan League Division Two tomorrow (2pm). For the first time on their travels this season, Red Triangle fielded experienced pairing Gary Randell and Jason Styles at the Wallisdown Recreation Ground but not even their class could improve their side's away form which reads three games, threelosses.

At Reforne it is a very different story. Portland currently hold a 100 per cent record on their home wicket having already defeated Witchampton, Poole Town Seconds and Hamworthy Recreation. Barrett said: "We did not play well last Saturday. We did not have the best of the wicket but that is no excuse because we did not give a good account of ourselves. We will be looking to bounce back with a win tomorrow. Sam Polley and Chris Skinner are back this week but Jasonand Gary are bothunavailable again due to umpiring duties.

"It is important that we start being more consistent. That way we can get some momentum going by putting a few wins together on the bounce. Cricket is all about concentration and maintaining belief in yourself even when things are not going your way. It's about not allowing the opposition's batsman to get away with a four ball, holding your catches and not giving your wicket away."

Saturday 1st XI vs Ferndown (Home):
S. Barrett (Cpt), G. Neven (wkt), J. Dixon, J. Davey, A. Charlton, M. Hewson, D. Price, C. Skinner, A.N.Other, E. Sawyer, M. Nott.
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Saturday 2nd XI vs Puddletown (Away):
P. Laming, D. Strong, D. Clifford, C. Pegrum, A. Morris, P. Tombs, G. Kelman, O. Whisker, A. Riley, A. Smart, R. Stewkesbury

Sunday 1st XI vs Blandford Nomads (Home):
G. Neven (wkt), A. Warner, S. Rathnayake, G. Redpole, W. Trevett (Cpt), L. West, M. Nott, C. Pegrum, D. Males, L. Whyte, A. Rose.
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Sunday 2nd XI vs Shillingstone (Away):
S. Browne (Cpt), J. Locke, D. Farley, T. Cole, T. Babb, R. Percy, P. Cook, K. Brown, R. Samuel, A. Riley, A. Hallett (wkt)

20th June, 2007

Weekend Update

Despite the return of Gary Randell and Jason Styles, the Saturday 1st XI were unable to break their away day duck, losing to Branksome at Wallisdown Rec. Branksome got off to a good start and were 65-0 after 13 overs, but an inspired spell of bowling from Jan Davey (4/38) saw the hosts restricted to 213-7. Triangle repsonded well reaching 60-1 after 20 overs as Styles (40) and Sawyer (20) withstood the home attack. An all too familiar collapse followed Gary Randell'sdismissal for 33, as Triangle slumped to 131 all out, undone by leg-spinner Ian Broom (5/34). Read the report here...

The Sunday 1st XI's run of wins was ended by fellow promotion challengers Swanage. After losing the toss and being put into field, Triangle were made to work hard as the home side put on 244/9 on a hot and humid afternoon. As Triangle went out to bat, a light rain began to fall and a flurry of early wickets saw them collapse to 44-6. A superb knock of 77* by Sami Rathnayake, aided by his skipper and an injured Grant Neven, saw Triangle salvage some pride and battingpoints before they were bowled out for 170.

Fantasy Cricket Update

Weeks 5 & 6:

Two weeks of intense action on the field saw Tony Morris' "Old Crestonians" top the table for the first time this season, narrowly ahead of Olly Whisker's and Chris Pegrum's sides. At the bottom Paul Cook and Dan Strong are only separated by a single point for the wooden spoon. The highest climbers are Aarron Riley's "Brightspark Riley" who have shot up 14 places to a respectable 11th, while Luke Hallett's "Team Viper" were the biggestfallers dropping 8 places to 17th.

Aarron's rise up the table is thanks to his side picking up the team of the week for Week 5, scoring 381 points, and just missing out winning it two weeks in a row as he was pipped by Glyn Bartholomew's side, "Taceo Cuniculus", who scored 464.

Fantasy Players of the Week

Week 5: Jon Dixon picks up his second player of the week prize with 144 points.

Week 6: The Saturday 2nd XI's form batsman Chris Pegrum supplemented his runs with some wickets this week scoring 181 points.

Fantasy Player of the Month

Jason Styles - 508 points

Despite only playing 3 games, Jason's 239 runs, including an unbeaten 139, has helped the Saturday 1st XI record 3 wins in the first month.

Fantasy Team of the Month
CaptainBill Trevett324581.67
OpenerTom Cole328695.33
Middle OrderJason Styles3508169.33
All-RounderGary Randell3441147.00
WicketkeeperGrant Neven912513.89
BowlerChris Pegrum432982.25
BowlerAlex Warner324581.67
Total Points = 2179

Somerset Tickets

Congratulations to Pete Tombs who had the winning bid for the set of Somerset tickets. Pete managed to hold off a host of bidders and with 7 others will enjoy Pro40 or FP Trophy game of his choice.

14th June, 2007

Weekend Teams:

Saturday 1st XI vs Branksome (Away):
S. Barrett (Cpt), G. Neven (wkt), J. Dixon, J. Davey, A. Charlton, M. Hewson, G. Randell, J. Styles, G. Kelman, E. Sawyer, M. Nott

Saturday 2nd XI vs Ferndown 2nd XI (Home):
T. Quayle (Cpt), P. Laming, D. Strong, J. Maisey (wkt), C. Pegrum, A. Morris, P. Tombs, R. Samuel, O. Whisker, A. Riley, A. Smart, 12th Man C. Laws.

Sunday 1st XI vs Swanage (Away):
G. Neven (wkt), A. Warner, S. Rathnayake, G. Redpole, L. West, W. Trevett (Cpt), J. Dixon, M. Nott, L. West, C. Pegrum, D. Males.

Sunday 2nd XI vs Ibberton (Home):
S. Browne (Cpt), J. Locke, D. Farley, T. Cole, T. Babb, R. Stewkesbury, P. Cook, K. Brown, B. Taylor, A. Riley, A. Hallet (wkt)

8th June, 2007

Neville's Notes Returns!

Neville's outspoken, yet thought-provoking column is back, hitting out at his latest pet peeves: unsporting behaviour and the lack of help on match days. Read it all here...

Weekend Teams & Previews:

It will be a step into the unknown for Portland tomorrow when they visit Dorset Funeral Plan League Division Two leaders Shroton (2pm). The islanders know very little about the table-toppers but they are not daunted about the prospect. Red Triangle skipper Simon Barrett said: "They are unbeaten and at the top so they must be a good side but at this point of the season it is always difficult to judge just how good because they might well have played against all the teams towardsthe bottom. We have notgot Gary Randell or Jason Styles again but Martin Hewson is back from injury and we are just waiting to confirm one other."

The last time Portland player-secretary Grant Neven played at Shroton was around 16 years ago. He said: "There is a short boundary at their place and that is why they always seem to score big scores at home. If I remember rightly it suits the right-handers but like I said it has been a long time since I have been there. Apart from that and the fact they are top we do not know much else about them."

Chris Skinner scored a fine half century last week in Portland's win over Witchampton at Reforne but Barrett would like to see his side start performing better on their travels.He said: "It is nice to play at different grounds but we have got to end this trend of winning at home and losing away."

Saturday 1st XI v Shroton (Away)

S. Barrett (Cpt), G. Neven (wkt), J. Dixon, J. Davey, A. Charlton, M. Hewson, D. Price, S. Polley, C. Skinner E. Sawyer, M. Nott.

Saturday 2nd XI vs Bournemouth 2nd XI (Home)

A. Quayle (Cpt), G. Redpole, D. Strong, S. Proffitt, C .Pegrum (wkt), A. Morris, P. Tombs, R. Samuel, O. Whisker, W. Gates, A. Smart. 12th Man: C. Laws.

Preview penned by Mr G Neven:
PRT Sunday 1sts after 2 impressive wins are forced to make changes this week. Opener Ken Dodson makes his seasonal debut, whilst David Clifford replaces the absent Laurie Whyte, with Paul Cook retaining his place after a great performance with the bat in the 183 run defeat of Lytchett Minster last week.

Skipper Bill Trevett is positive that PRT bowlers Sami Rathnayake and Alex Warner will reproduce the form that destroyed teams over the past weeks. He commented,"The whole team has been magnificent, we can bat down to 11, our fielding has been top notch and our bowling out of this world!"

Sunday 1st XI vs Dewlish (Home)

G. Neven (wkt), A. Warner, S. Rathnayake, G. Redpole, L. West, W. Trevett (Cpt), K. Dodson, M. Nott, P. Cook, C. Pegrum, D. Males.

Sunday 2nd XI vs Bournemouth 2nd XI (Away)

S. Browne (Cpt), J. Locke, B. Riley (wkt), D. Farley, T. Cole, T. Babb, R. Stewkesbury, A. Morris, R. Samuel, K. Brown, A. Riley.

Weekend Update

Chris Skinner

Simon Barrett's Saturday 1st XI maintained their 100% home record with victory against Witchampton. Chris Skinner (57) starred with the bat, anchoring the Triangle innings as they crawled to 156 all out after 44 overs. Jon Dixon (4/25) and Gary Randell (4/3) made short work of the visitor's batsmen as they bowled them out for 78. Read the report here...

Pete Tombs

Tony Quayle led the 2nd XI to another win on the road against basement side Sherborne 3rd XI. After winning his first toss of the season, Quayle elected to bat and thanks to Chris Pegrum (53) and Pete Tombs (74) forging a 140 run partnership for the 4th wicket, Triangle scored 236/7. Pegrum (3/18) also starred with the ball as Sherborne were restricted to 156/8 at the close as Triangle won by 80 runs. Read the reporthere...

The Sunday 1st XI triumphed on their travels to Lytchett Minster. Batting first Triangle scored 221 and then bowled the hosts out for just 39 to wrap an easy win, with Sami Rathnayake picking up another 3 wickets. Report and scorecard soon...

Squeaker's 2nd XI responded well to their disappointment against Symene with an improved performance at home to Swanage 2nd's. Aarron Riley hit a career high 42 as Triangle, following an opening partnership of 62 from Tom Cole (25) and Dave Clifford (32), scored 204/8 from their 45 overs. Unfortunately Triangle were unable to stop Mike Wells, who went on to hit a half century after being dropped early on by Ben Riley, along with young Thomas's 55 saw the visitors homefor the loss of only 4 wickets.

Evening League

PRT continued their fine start to their Division 1 campaign with a narrow 1 run win against RNSTS. Simon Barrett's unbeaten 60, with good support from Tom Cole (17) and Elliott Sawyer (20) saw Triangle post 118/2 after 16 overs. Despite a supreme effort from Jason Styles (50) and an injured Pete Laming (19), RNSTS still required 12 from the last over and Sawyer kept his head as Triangle scraped to victory. View the scorecard here...

31st May, 2007

Weekend Teams

Saturday 1st XI vs Witchampton (Home):

S. Barrett, G. Neven, J. Dixon, J. Davey, J. Styles, G. Randell, A. Charlton, M. Hewson, D. Price, S. Polley, E. Sawyer.

Saturday 2nd XI vs Sherborne 3rd XI (Away):

T. Quayle, G. Redpole, D. Strong, W. Gates, S. Proffitt, C. Pegrum, A. Morris, P. Tombs, O. Whisker, C. Laws, A. Smart.

Sunday 1st XI vs Lytchett Minster (Away):

G. Neven, A. Warner, S. Rathnayake, G. Redpole, T. Brown, W. Trevett, J. Dixon, M. Nott, W. Gates, C. Pegrum, A. Rose.

Sunday 2nd XI ;vs Swanage 2nd XI (Home):

S. Browne, J. Locke, B. Taylor, B. Riley, D. Farley, K. Farley, R. Percy, P. Cook, T. Cole, K. Brown, A. Riley, 12th Man R. Samuel

29th May, 2007

Weekend Roundup

It was a bad week for Triangle as both Saturday sides lost. Simon Barrett's men were beaten by Weymouth 2nd XI at Redlands, while Tony Quayle led his side to defeat at home to Sturminster Marshall. Both Sunday games were rained off.

Barrett's team fell to promotion favourites Weymouth 2nd's and ex-Triangle player's Simon Browne (2/31) Ben Doidge (41) helped seal their fate. A poor batting performance saw the islanders slump to 87/8 but Alex Warner (24) and Grant Neven (13*) gave the total some respectability before the side was eventually bowled out for 131. Weymouth didn't have many problems in chasing this total, depsite the early loss of Lamb, as Doidge and Armfield (47) steered the seasidersto a deserved win by 7 wickets.Read the report here...

Quayle's side fared no better after losing the toss on a good batting track and then saw visitors Sturminster Marshall rack up 313 for the loss of only 3 wickets. Dan Strong (1/46) proved to be the pick of the bowlers as he managed to go for less than 5 an over. In reply Triangle never got going and it was Pete Tombs (29*) who showed the rest of the side that the pitch held no demons and he saw them collapse to 115 all out in just under 30 overs, as Portland pickedup just 3 points. View the report here...

Fantasy Cricket Belated Update - 2 Weeks for the Price of One

Week 3:

Oliver Whisker's "Whisker's Arse Wipers" are still making the early running, though the pack is gaining quickly. Week 3's top team is "Old Crestonians" owned by Tony Morris, who scored 731 points through the efforts of Tom Cole's 87 in the Echo Cup and Sami Rathnayake's 6 wicket haul, which moved his side 20 places up the table. The biggest fallers were Denise Quayle's "The Tribe" who went from a solid 6th down to 23rd after only scoring99 points this week.

Week 4:

Olly Whisker has finally been knocked off top spot by Alun Chapple's "Chapple's Chickens" who take a slender 58 point lead at the top of the table. At the bottom the late entries of Ben Riley's "Dream XI" and Daniel Strong's "The Dan Strong Experience" are quickly catching up Paul Cook's "The Portland Giants". Elliott Sawyer's "The Sawyer Seven" pick up the team of the week with 247 points, while the highest climbersare Luke Hallett's "Team Viper" who rose 5 places to 9th and Richard Stewkesbury's "Duke's Heroes" dropped 4 places down to 15th.

Note these do not include any points scored in the Sunday 2nd XI's game against Symene as we're still tracking down that scorecard. View the table here

Fantasy Player of the Week

Week 3: Samitha Rathnayake

Sami took a fantastic 6/19 against Winton Sports 2nd XI, including 4 wickets in 4 balls to earn him 225 points.

Week 4: Elliott Sawyer

Elliott's performance in the Evening League against New Look saw him score 22 quick-fire runs, take 2 wickets and a catch. A shame he didn't repeat this at the weekend when he collected a duck against Weymouth 2nds. Jason Styles remains the overall top player scoring 499 points from just 2 games.

Club Secretary Grant Neven

A Message from the Secretary - Somerset Tickets

Portland Red Triangle Cricket Club has been rewarded for its participation in this year's Nat West CricketForce event. Through the efforts of your club secretary, Grant Neven, the club has received a letter from Somerset County C.C. with the offer of 8 free tickets to attend a Trophy or Pro 40 Cricket League match of your choice.

The tickets will be offered to the highest bidder with the money going to the club, closing dates for bids 31st May.

23rd May, 2007

Weekend Roundup

Jason Styles

The Saturday 1st XI returned to winning ways and coincidentally welcomed back Jason Styles and Gary Randell for the visit of Hamworthy Recreation. The visitors won the toss and batted first with Randell (4/54) keeping them in check, aided by Alex Charlton (2/46) and Jon Dixon (1/33). In reply Triangle lost the early wicket of Chris Skinner, but although fellow opener Styles took 30 balls to get off the mark, his unbeaten 91 laid the foundations for the run chase. Randellwho hit 27 in 23 balls and Dixon's 33 from 25, gave Jason good support as Triangle won with nearly 2 overs to spare. Read the report here...

Simon Proffitt

Tony Quayle's 2nd XI lost for the first time on their travels to Old Blandfordians. The 2nd's started well after losing the toss and bowled the home side out for just 132, following a fine display of spin bowling from Gareth Redpole (4/16), backed up with some excellent fielding which didn't see one catch dropped. Triangle's innings started badly after Adam Smart, Marc Nott and Tony Quayle fell cheaply, but Pete Tombs (21) with first Chris Pegrum(24), then Simon Proffitt (8*), recovered to steer the islanders into a winning position at 80/4 from 18 overs. Triangle then suffered their second collapse as the next 5 wickets yielded just 20 runs, and Tony Morris was the last man out to a fine catch on the boundary as Quayle's men ended 21 runs short.

Laurie Whyte

The Sunday 1st XI welcomed back their new skipper Bill Trevett from his late spring holiday and he led them to an easy 171 run victory against Winton Sports 2nd XI. Triangle batted first and set off at an electric pace thanks to the big-hitting of opener Laurie "Mr Money" Whyte (44), but steadily lost wickets. Triangle collapsed to 116-8 following Grant Neven holing out to mid wicket off a knee-high full toss, but this brought together Alex Warner (55) andBill Trevett (41) who added59 for the 9th wicket. After Trevett was bowled by 13-year old John Duke, Dave Clifford (11) added another 39 with Warner who reached his first career half-century before being run out. An inspired spell of bowling by Sami Rathnayake (6/19), including 4 wickets in as many balls, aided by the leg-spin of Whyte (4/2) skittled the visitors for 43. View the scorecard here...

Squeaker Browne's side made it a poor weekend for the club's 2nd XI's as they were bowled out for just 40 chasing a total of 292/7.

Evening League

Grant Neven led his side to two successive wins, one in the Echo Cup against the Marquis of Granby and the team's first win back in division 1 against New Look. Tom Cole "starred" with the bat against the Marquis, hitting 87 and put on 122 with Dave Males (47) for the first wicket. Elliott Sawyer didn't manage to survive one ball, trapped plum lbw, while Simon Barrett (0*) helped Triangle set 140/3 off 16 overs. Dave Price (3/11), Olly Whisker(2/11) and Tony Morris (3/8) wrapped up a 91 run win and a place in the quarter finals.

A rain-soaked Redlands was the venue for Triangle's first league points and thanks to a late flurry from Sawyer (23*) and Barrett (18*), Portland posted 93 off their 16 overs, after a sluggish 20 from Cole and a dashing 23 from Dave Males had put on 51 for the first wicket. Veteran spinner Andy Randell (2/19) and Dave Price (1/28) put New Look under pressure from the start, before Morris (1/14) and Sawyer (2/28) contained the home side in the final 6 overs as Triangleheld on for a narrow 3 run win. View the scorecards here...

18th May, 2007

Saturday Preview plus teams - from Dorset Echo

Batsman Chris Skinner will make his first appearance of the season for Portland Red Triangle at Reforne tomorrow (2pm). The islanders lost at Pavilion Sports last week after being put into bat on a damp track so they will be looking to get back to winning ways. Speaking about the visit of Hamworthy, Red Triangle skipper Simon Barrett said: "The toss made all the difference last week so hopefully tomorrow it will go our way. "We suffered three run-outs anddropped three catches so weknow there are things we can improve but only two games have gone and the lads are all feeling positive. We just now need to translate that on to the pitch.

"Hamworthy are old rivals of ours. We used to play each other a lot when we were both in Division One so it should be a good game. Having Gary Randell and Jason Styles back will certainly help and Chris Skinner is also available to play his first game of the season now he has finished football with Bridport. He is mainly a batsman but he will also be useful in the field as well."

Sam Polley and Dave Price are both unavailable while Tony Quayle will drop back into the seconds. Barrett said: "Sam is an opening bowler and Dave made a useful debutlast week so they will be missed but we are still quite strong and willbe looking for the win."

Portland 1st XI: Barrett, Neven, Dixon, Skinner, Styles, Davey, Males, Charlton, Hewson, Randell, Sawyer.

Portland 2nds visit Old Blandfordians tomorrow in DivisionSeven.

Portland 2nd XI: Quayle, Redpole, Strong, Riley, Profitt, Maisey, Pegrum, Morris, Nott, Tombs, Smart.

16th May, 2007

Weekend Roundup

Lest we forget, the Saturday 1st XI were in action last weekend, as their game in Bournemouth defied the weather. Unfortunately the same couldn't be said for Simon Barrett's men as they picked up only 3 points on their travels, losing in Triangle's first encounter with Pavilion Sports. Debutant Dave Price top-scored with 29 as Triangle collapsed, with running between the wickets accounting for one of Barrett's three keys to defeat. The home side were briefly on therack as Jon Dixon (2/27) andSam Polley (1/15) had them in trouble at 14/2. It was Sports' opener Tatchell who hit a fine 77* and saw the home side to victory, though it may have been a different story if he hadn't been dropped in the first over. Read all about it here

Fantasy Cricket Update

Oliver Whisker's "Whisker's Arse Wipers" is still holding onto top spot, thanks largely to only one game taking place last week. Three team's share the week's top score with 82, Denise Quayle's "The Tribe", Jon Dixon's "Jon's Jesters" and Ken Dodson's Ridley&Scott. Biggest movers of the week were Grant Neven's "Aunt Forticues Goat Herders 3rd X1" and Denise's side who both moved up 5 places. Despite not having the lowestpoints ofthe week (that honour goes to Simon Proffitt and Gary Redfern who both notched up -5 points) Martin Hewson's "Martin's Team" was the biggest faller as his side dropped 4 places. View the table here

Fantasy Player of the Week

Jon Dixon

Dicko proved to be the best of a bad bunch this week as he scraped together 43 points from the Saturday 1st XI's trip to Pavilion Sports.

11th May, 2007

Breaking News - Saturday 2nd's game against Parkstone has been called off due to an unfit pitch.

Saturday Preview and Team - From Dorset Echo

Gary Randell and Jason Styles are both unavailable for tomorrow's trip to Slades Farm in Bournemouth (2pm). The pair starred in last week's home success over Poole Town Seconds, scoring 205 runs between them in a total of 273. Styles blasted a fine 139 not out while Randell also remained unbeaten on 66 and their experience at the crease is certainly going to be missed.

Portland skipper Simon Barrett said: "Jason and Gary can play every other week. What it means for tomorrow is that our batting will be a bit weaker and our bowling a bit stronger so it will be interesting to see how it goes." Middle-order batsman Marco Nott and new-signing Dave Price will plug the gaps. Red Triangle secretary and player Grant Neven said: "Dave has just moved into the area and is a steady opening bowler and a big hitting middle-orderbatsman. He is a very nice chap and used to play at a good standard in the Warwickshire League."

Pavilion Sports won promotion from Division Three last season so the islanders do not know a lot about them. Neven said: "They are a bit of an unknown quantity. They got promoted last year and we have never played them before but hopefully we can go there and put on a similar performance as last week. "Not having Gary and Jason is a bit of a loss but we have good strength-in-depth this season and with some good youngsters coming through things are lookingvery encouraging."

Triangle 1st XI: S Barrett (Cpt), G Neven (Wkt), J Dixon, D Price, M Nott, J Davey, S Males, A Charlton, M Hewson, S Polley, E Sawyer

Triangle 2nd XI: T Quayle (Cpt), G Redpole, B Taylor, P Laming, D Strong, A Riley, S Proffitt, J Maisey (Wkt), W Gates, C Pegrum, T Morris, P Tombs (12th man).

8th May, 2007

Fantasy Cricket Update

Congratulations to Oliver Whisker who takes an early lead in the standings after the first weekend of the Fantasy League. His delightfully-named side "Whisker's Arse Wipers" scored a massive 666 points as his team included Jason Styles, Gary Randell and surprise package, Chris Pegrum. Propping up the table is Paul Cook's "The Portland Giants" who had a less than colossal weekend with a paltry 25. View the table here

Fantasy Player of the Week

Jason Styles

Jason's fantastic innings of 139* notched up a whopping 333 points for any team fortunate to have selected him as their middle order batsman. His innings included 23 fours and 2 sixes and coupled with it being a not out and adding his man of the match award saw him score more than double the points of Jon Dixon (153).

7th May, 2007

Weekend Roundup

Both Saturday sides started their campaigns with a win. Simon Barrett's 1st XI entertained Poole's 2nd XI in Division 2, and posted 273/3, Jason Styles top scored with 139 not out, while Gary Randell pitched in with an unbeaten 66. Jan Davey returned after a year's sabbatical with a good spell of bowling that wasn't reflected by his figures as he went for 73 off his 12, with Randell and Jon Dixon helping to contain the visitors as Poole closed on 245/6.Read the report here

Tony Quayle took his side to the Canford Park Oval to face Poole's 4th XI, and despite Pete Tombs getting lost and taking a tour of Poole, Triangle recovered to bowl the home side out for 166 with Dan Strong taking 4/36. After Bill Gates and Tombs put on 46 for the first wicket, Pete Laming (60*) and Chris Pegrum (53*) shared a partnership of 122 to see Triangle home by 8 wickets and take maximum points. Read the report here

There was only one Sunday side in action as the 2nd XI had a bye, but they were unable to complete a perfect opening weekend for the club, losing at home to Iwerne & Fontmell. Grant Neven stood in for the holidaying Bill Trevett, as Triangle bowled out the visitors for 180 with new signing Samitha Rathnayake taking a wicket with the first ball of the game. A frugal spell from veteran Jon Dixon (4/20) helped the islanders to maximum bowling points. In reply BillGates (45) top scored before Triangle collapsed from 60/1 to 90/6. Skipper for the day, Neven (23), Alex Warner (14) and Ashley Hallett (16) attempted to revive the run chase but Portland were eventually bowled out for 154, losing by 26 runs. Read the report here

Trevett's Teas Return

Even though the author is away sunning himself in the south of France, his deputy Aarron Riley has stepped into the breach and rated the tea offered to the Saturday 2nd XI in Poole. Read the review here

(Note the review was based on Aarron's comments during the mid-innings interval.)

4th May, 2007

Saturday Teams

1st XI: S Barrett (Cpt), G Neven, J Dixon, G Randell, J Styles, J Davey, S Males, C Pegrum, A Charlton, S Polley, E Sawyer

2nd XI: A Quayle (Cpt), G Redpole (aka G Redfern), B Taylor, P Laming, D Strong, A Riley, O Whisker, J Maisey, P Tombs, M Nott, A Morris

Evening League

The Weymouth & District Evening League got underway a week earlier than usual. Portland RT's return to the top division saw a promising start as Budmouth were restricted to 84/8 from their 16 overs, with debutants Dave Price and Sami Rathnayake both taking wickets. The pick of the bowlers was occasional veteran spinner Andy Randell who recorded figures of 3/16. In reply Triangle started slowly but steadily lost wickets as the visiting bowlers put a stop tothe run chase. Budmouth eventually ran out winners by 17 runs. Click here for scorecard

Meanwhile, in Division 2, The George Inn, now with Chairman Glyn Bartholomew in charge following the resignation of James Male before the season started, won their first game against Cosmos at Redlands. Lenny Hansford's unbeaten 46 saw the George post a competitive total of 115/5. This proved too much for Cosmos as the Triangle youth bowlers Olly Whisker (2/16), Callan Laws (2/10) and Alun Chappel (2/13) tore though Cosmos' middle order and saw their side homeby 36 runs. Click here for scorecard

26th April, 2007

Evening League Fixture Change

PRT's opening game in this season's evening league has changed from Tuesday 1st May to Monday 30th April, still at Reforne, due to a clash with the Under 15's Portman Cup game.

Pre-Season Preparations

Now that the base for the new net has been laid ahead of schedule, the club secretary is requesting that any players who can help with tidying up the ground and reconstructing the net this Saturday morning. Help will also be required to lay a concrete area between the green hut and pavilion, primarily for the Steam Fair's caravan, but will also be used for a barbeque area.

Indoor League

The Under 16's finished their campaign with a win against Weymouth Girls. Callan Laws led his side to mid-table respectability with a convincing 65 run victory and Simon Proffitt picked up the man of the match award for a fine all-round display. Read the report here...

Fantasy Cricket

The number of teams entered is now up to 26, don't worry as there's still time to put a team in as the deadline for entries is midnight Friday 4th May. Before anyone starts contacting the site, the league rules state that points will start being scored from Saturday 5th May when the cricket season properly gets underway. Therefore no points will be awarded for either the pre-season friendlies against Broadstone and Abbotsbury, or the first round of evening league matches,but these can be used to assess early season form for those yet to enter.

Ringwood Brewery Trip

There are still places left to fill on the coach for the trip on Tuesday 8th May. Tickets are available from Social Secretary Conrad Cole priced at 20, so hurry if you want to book your seat as they are being sold on a first come, first serve basis.

19th April, 2007

Fantasy Cricket Update

Thanks for all the people who have entered a team so far, keep them coming in as the deadline for entries to get maximum possible points is only a fortnight away. Don't worry if you miss the deadline as your team will start scoring points from the following weekend. If you haven't done so already, please read the league rules before you select your team and note the section concerning the make-up of your team.

Remember any Portland Red Triangle members entering must select themselves as a player (Richard Stewkesbury take note). This also includes captains - you must pick yourself in your playing capacity, but don't have to pick yourself to lead your side.

When you've picked your 7 players for your side, please enter a team name and your name. Email address is optional, though it does help us to notify entrants of any problems with their team, transfer window etc. On this point whoever put in the team "Have a spell Dave" can you please contact the site and inform us who you are or else your team will not be entered into the competion.

This fantasy league only works if we're supplied with the scorecards from all senior Triangle matches played, so can all team captains make sure a copy makes it way to Tony Morris either in paper form or email so any points scored can be recorded.

Beer festival 2006, picture from Dorset Echo

St George's Day Beer Festival

This year's event opens this Friday at 7pm in The George Inn's beer garden and ends Sunday evening or when the beer runs out. This year the event has a selection of 20 beers and 4 ciders, including a barrel donated by the Royal Portland Arms of unknown strength and origin.

There's plenty of entertainment scheduled for the weekend with a number bands booked to provide live music, we would list them here, but as ever information is always at a premium. There will be a spirits raffle (alcoholic not ethereal) running over the weekend, with the draw to be made on Sunday evening.

10th April, 2007

Sunday 1st XI Captain Appointed

Bill Trevett

After work commitments ruled Scott Males out of the running, Club Secretary Grant Neven has been conducting an exhaustive search for the successor to Marc Nott as Sunday Captain. Following weeks of tough negotiations, sometime club stalwart Bill Trevett has agreed to step into the breach. Bill will handle onfield duties (the toss, setting fields, shuffling the batting order etc.), backed up by his able lieutenant Grant "Stumpy" Neven, who willassume a Duncan Fletcher-style role as team manager.

"When I heard there was the opportunity to work alongside Stumpy, I grabbed that chance with both hands, that sort of offer only comes up once in a lifetime" said a delighted Trevett. "I hope to continue the good work started by Alex and Marco over the last two seasons and get the team playing some attractive, winning cricket again."

Trevett has already made one big signing as he swooped to secure the services of Laurie "Candy" Whyte, who has agreed to play for Triangle's Sunday side when his Weymouth commitments allow. Whyte described the potential move as "A dream come true" adding, "I've played with Bill for the Bridge Inn Bears for a few seasons, but couldn't turn down his offer to come and play some relaxed, friendly Sunday cricket for Triangle."

Fantasy Cricket

Fantasy cricket returns for the 2007 season. The rules are pretty much as they were when we first ran the competition back in 2003. This time in addition to your squad of 6 of the finest Triangle players, you now need to choose one of the club's captains to lead your charges through the season. Either use the menu on the left or click here to go to the Fantasy Cricket homepage to learn more.

5th April, 2007

Triangle Players Move to Weymouth

Simon Browne

It is with great sadness that we can finally confirm that Simon Browne and Ben Doidge, along with former 1st XI skipper John Ryan, have jumped ship across the harbour to join Weymouth CC. JR's move is no great shock as this has been mooted for the past year, but the loss of all-rounder Browne will hit the Saturday 1st XI's hopes of a quick return to Division 1.

Current 1st XI Captain Simon Barrett has been quoted as saying: "Simon was a great servant to Triangle on the field and his batting, bowling and will to win will be sorely missed over the coming season."

Club Secretary Grant Neven added, "Simon was an asset to the club and when he stepped over that rope he always gave 300% effort to the Triangle cause. I only manage, on average, around 120% per game so you can see he was something special."

Ben Doidge

In the case of Ben, Barrett was heard to say, "I'm sorry to see him go as it looked like the lad had turned the corner, upping his batting average from 12.60 in 2005 to a healthy 14.18 last year. At the end of the day what more can you ask from your number 4 bat?"

Doidge's childhood mentor, Tony Quayle, paid tribute to Ben: "My greatest memory of young Benji was his marvelous first [and only] century for the club against Boscombe Celtonians 2nds. Yes, they only had 7 players, and yes, 6 of them were kids, but he still had to get the runs. I know how hard it is to get a century (my highest score is 89* by the way), so it shows it's not as easy as people think. I wasn't there, I think I was on holiday or possibly injured ormaybe even working, but I was toldhow well he batted by someone who had watched some of his innings, and really that says it all. Good luck my boy, there will always be a place in my batting order."

28th March, 2007

Pre-Season Friendly Cancelled

The home match against Weymouth Labour Club on Sunday 22nd April has been cancelled, as the majority of their team have already booked to go away on a stag weekend.

25th March, 2007

Notes from the Secretary:

Club Secretary Grant Neven

Portland Red Triangle continue their preparations for the coming season with outdoor training from 11.00am onwards on Sundays at their ground from the coming Sunday until the start of the season. The club has arranged three pre-season friendlies against Broadstone, Abbottsbury and Weymouth Labour Club and will be holding a six-a-side inter-club tournament on Sunday 1st April as part of the club's involvement in the Nat West Cricket Force 2007 weekend.

Club Secretary Grant Neven added, "Pre-season nets have gone well and several new players have joined the club, our youth teams have been performing well in the indoor leagues and improvements have been made to both the ground and clubhouse. This coming weekend the club will once again be taking part in Cricket Force. All players and members are asked to attend over the weekend as there is plenty of work to be done."

Anyone interested in playing or joining the club are also invited to attend to meet club players and officers or just to find out more about the club.

21st March, 2007

Football Friendly Cancelled

This Saturday's friendly against the George Inn FC scheduled to be played at All Saints has been postponed until further notice.

19th March, 2007

Indoor League

The Under 16's returned to action on Saturday and lost a close match to Cerne Valley, Oliver Whisker picked up the man of the match honours, just pipping his sister's efforts on her debut. Read the coach's report here...

New Fence Completed

Thanks to the good people at Stag Fencing the new boundary fence was finished last Friday, well in time for the new season. Standing almost two foot higher than the previous one, hopefully less balls will find their way over it (an now even less should roll under it). The fence was paid for in part from generous donations from Albion Stone, the Court Leet, the Crown Estate Commission and a grant from Weymouth & Portland Borough council. The remainder was supplied by a loan from the ECB, ofwhich Triangle were one of the first club's to benefit from their new scheme.
The old boundary fence being dismantlerdThe new boundary fenceA closer view of the new fence
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14th March, 2007

Indoor League Action

Apologies for the delay, but the report of the Under 12's match against Dorchester is now online. Harry Stone was still deputising for the injured Matty Randell and his side battled hard but came up short in a 33 run defeat. Read all about it here...

Cube Whyte

Is "Cube" Coming to Portland?

That's the question on everyone's lips as rumours abound that Weymouth's Australian all-round sensation, Laurie "Ice" Whyte, may be turning out for Triangle's Sunday side in Division 4 this season.

Sources from within the club, who wish to remain anonymous, have allegedly been in talks with the overseas star, though negotiations have been placed on hold while he is currently back in his native Australia on business. More, hopefully conclusive, news as we get it...

4th March, 2007

A message from the Secretary:

Pre-season work.

All members are invited to attend at the clubhouse on Saturdays leading up to the start of the season to complete a number of tasks needed to have the pavilion and grounds ready for the start of the season.

The preparation of the new net area and a good clean up of the grounds are a priority. The club would like all members who can spare a few hours to attend. The work will begin on Saturday 10th March at 11.00am.

It's your club so make an effort and don't expect the usual suspects to do everything, your help will be greatly appreciated my all.

Fixture Change

The pre-season friendly against Abbotsbury will now be on Sunday 29th April at Reforne instead of Saturday 28th April.

Pirates Fixture

The Pirates have arranged a fixture against Melplash on Sunday 12th August.

New Balls!

News from the Dorset Cricket website is that the Crusader balls are to be replaced:

"Because of circumstances outside the control of the LeagueCommittee, we have had to seek a new supplier of the league ball. This involved testing some eight or nine balls tendered by various companies. The task was undertaken by the Cricket School at Hurn and those involved were very thorough, producing a detailed report.

The League Committee has accepted the recommendation that "Dukes" will replace "Crusader", although clubs will have the option of using up their current stock of Crusader balls before employing the Dukes if they so wish."

22nd February, 2007

Sponsorship News

Portland Port have agreed to once again Sponsor the Youth section of the Club, the directors of Portland Port Group have generously sponsored the Youth section to the tune of 400 and the club are proud to continue its association with Portland Port.


Due to a mistake with the booking there will be a nets session this Sunday (25th February) at Royal Manor Arts College, at the usual time of 11am-1pm.

19th February, 2007

Indoor League

The match reports for the Under 12's last two fixtures are now online. Harry Stone took on the mantle of leadership after Matty Randell broke his leg and has notched up a win against Bridport and their first defeat of the season against Weymouth. Read the reports here: PRT U12 vs Bridport U12, PRT U12 vs Weymouth U12

Indoor Nets/Training

There will be no nets this Thursday (22nd February) or Sunday (25th February) at Royal Manor, sessions start again on Thursday 1st March and Sunday 4th March.

Friendly Fixtures

Triangle have another pre-season friendly vs. Broadstone at The Delph on Saturday 21st April, 2pm start.

Clyst St George CC are also due to play Triangle in a mid-week friendly on Tuesday 29th May.

Click here for all friendly fixtures

31st January, 2007

Indoor League

The Under 16's were in action on Saturday, but were unable to keep their winning run going with a narrow 17 run defeat to Milton Abbas. Catch up with the action here

Brewery Trip

There has already been a change to the schedule, the coach is now due to leave the pavilion at 5pm on Tuesday 8th May.

29th January, 2007

A Message from the Secretary:

All members, this coming weekend 3rd and 4th Feb. work on the replacement fence and the new net area will begin. The club have secured plant and skips to help with the work, but we will need as much help as possible on the two days. Work will begin at 9.00am on the Saturday, please join in and help the club.

PRT Pirates Fixtures:

PRT Pirates

The clubs newly formed Pirates side has confirmed its first fixtures.

Sunday 13th May v Thornford 2.30pm 40 Overs

Sunday 5th August v Milton Abbas 2.30pm 40 Overs

For Further details contact Pirates' Captain Pete Tombs 01305-822660.

28th January, 2007

Sunday nets: There will be no nets on Sunday 25th February due to School half term Holiday.

Could all those wishing to attend the Umpiring Course at the YMCA on Monday 5th February (7.00pm) please let Stumpy know ASAP.

22nd January, 2007

Youth Cricket

Portland U16's won their first game in the Weymouth sports Club Indoor League with a 2 wicket victory against Weymouth. Luke Hallett collected the man of the match award for a fine display of bowling and fielding in what was, by all accounts, a great advert for cricket. Read all about it here...

17th January, 2007

Football Friendly

A football match has been arranged with the George Inn FC for Saturday 24th March at All Saints School, Wyke Regis - kickoff 11am. Any club members interested in playing should contact Grant Neven on 750490 or 07887 943621. Remember to bring your own boots and shinpads.

12 January, 2007

Social Events.

Recently-appointed Social Secretary Conrad Cole has organised the first social event for 2007.

The PRTCC Ringwood Brewery Visit: Tuesday 8th May, leaving the pavilion at 6.00pm. For just 20, a coach will transport you to Ringwood for a guided tour of the brewery, ample beer tasting and a meal. We will need to take 25-35 members to make the trip viable.

If you anyone is interested contact Conrad for further information on (01305) 820183

10th January, 2007

2007 Fixture Lists

The fixture lists for all weekend teams are now online and can be accessed either by the links below or the menu on the left.

Saturday 1st XI
Saturday 2nd XI
Sunday 1st XI
Sunday 2nd XI

The fixture lists for the Under 12 and Under 16 sides competing in the indoor league are online and updated, click here or use the menu

7th January, 2007

Portland's Early Start to 2007 - A message from the Club Secretary

Portland Red Triangle begin their build up to the 2007 campaign with Nets at Royal Manor Arts College beginning on Sunday 14th Jan from 11am to 1pm. These will run every Sunday up until Easter. All members old and new are invited to attend, the clubs coaches will be in attendance and support and skills training will be available to all who attend.

First Team Captain Simon Barrett is looking forward to the new season. "Despite the disappointment of being relegated to Division 2 last season there is a good feeling at the club that we can bounce back and hopefully regain our place in Division 1. The coaching staff have been working hard over the winter not just with the juniors, but with all club members. We have some very good youngsters coming through the ranks, one or two who could be challenging for 1stteam honours by the end of the season."

For further details contact Club Secretary Grant Neven 013025-750490

Indoor League Action

Before and after Christmas the under 12 and under 16 sides have been in action in the Indoor League, with mixed results. Matty Randall's Under 12 side maintained their 100% winning record with a victory against Cerne Valley to top the table with Dorchester in the early stages. Meanwhile, the Under 16 side lost to Bridport.

Read the reports online: PRT U16 vs Bridport U16, PRT U12 vs Cerne Valley U12

New Edition of Neville's Notes

For all the fan's of this column (we are reliably informed that there may be at least one - not including the author) the belated Christmas episode of this saga is now online, as Neville brings a message of goodwill and peace to all men. Read online here

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

Tuesday 14th August vs. Babbacombe - 2.00pm 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.

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