The 2nd Annual PRTCC Online Awards 2007
 

As an alternative to the real thing that took place at the Portland Utd FC Blues Club, PRTCC Online held its first annual awards ceremony behind closed doors to highlight their picks of the 2007 season, with prizes dedicated to the great and the good of Triangle's recent past.

In the style of Wisden we'll start by naming our five players of the year...

 


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prtcc.com's Five Players of the Year

The Phil Adams Memorial Player of the Year Award

 

Sami Rathnayake

Proved to be the most consistent and dangerous bowler for the Sunday 1st XI and also a devasting hitter in the middle order, scoring two rapid fifties. Sami ended with 34 wickets at 13.38 and averaging 26.70 with the bat. If only he was available on Saturdays...

Runners-up:
Gary Randell – Only played in half the Saturday 1st XI's games, but still took 15 wickets at 12.87 and averaged 31.67 batting. If only he could play more...
Jon Dixon - Dicko's run tally of 256 and averaging just 17.07 was below par compared with previous seasons, and the first year since 2002 he hasn't broken 300 runs or hit a fifty. However, his bowling was back to its best, taking 28 wickets at 16.04 in weekend cricket and is still the most economical spinner at the club.
Jason Styles – Started the season scoring runs for fun, but unfortunately he couldn't carry this form into the second half when they were needed most. Will be disappointed to have only averaged 58.80.
Alex Warner - Top run scorer for the Sunday 1st XI with 275 runs, averaging 22.92 and took 21 wickets at 22.67. He even won a game as stand-in captain.


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The Ben Doidge Young Player of the Year Award

 

Olly Whisker

Improved greatly with bat and ball this season, but just needs a bit more luck when bowling. Now a reliable fielder and catcher.

Runners-up:
Simon Proffitt - Batting in the style of Quayle hurt his chances, but continues to represent Triangle at district level. Still shows a healthy fear of the ball when fielding and talks a good game.
Dan Strong – The Saturday 2nd XI's leading wicket taker and most economical bowler, and when he concentrated, showed he could be a useful lower-order batsman.


The Dana Milverton Veteran Player of the Year Award

 

Dave Males

Somehow managed to continue opening the batting on nearly every Saturday and Sunday, with Evening League games and the odd friendly thrown in for good measure.

Runner-up:
Tony Quayle – Now he's passed his own personal half-century he can no longer avoid being included in this category. Still a useful top-order batsman and keeper, just don't let him bowl!


The Most Improved Player of the Year Award

 

Chris Pegrum

Turned round a truly abysmal batting average of 1.67 in 2006 to hit two half-centuries for the Saturday 2nd XI to top their averages with 46.50 from five innings earning himself promotion to the upper echelons of 1st XI cricket. Unfortunately his form took a dive, along with the rest of the side, but Chris still ended the season with a much-improved average of 17.35.

Runners-up:
Dan Strong – In terms of bowling economy, no one improved theirs to the extent of Dan. After bowling 22 more overs than in 2006, Dan went for 133 less runs and took 6 more wickets.
Alex Charlton - Brought into the Saturday 1st XI mainly for his bowling, but ended up as one of the more reliable batsmen. Improved his batting average by nearly 11 runs compared with 2006 and took 2 more wickets, though his economy suffered.


The Jon Dixon Performance of the Year Award

 

Bill Gates

Hit his first career century and went on to post the Club's 4th highest innings of 170 against Sherbourne 3rd XI (even though they only had 8 men and then it proved to be null and void after they pulled out of the league - but still, 170 runs)

Runners-up:
Sami Rathnayake - Destroyed Winton Sports' top order taking 6-19
Jason Styles - Hit an unbeaten 139 in the first game of the season against Poole Town 2nd's
Gareth Redpole - The big man had Dewlish in a spin as he recorded 6-18
Luke Hallett – Collected his first five wicket haul taking 5-4 against the Marquis of Granby


The Bill Gates Partnership Contribution Award

 

Dave Males

Scored 9 (15.79%) of a 57 run partnership with Jon Dixon (37) against Iwerne & Fontmell

Runner-up:
Sami Rathnayake - scored 10 (17.54%) of a 57 run partnership with Alex Warner (34) against Lytchett Minster.


The Graham Elenor Captain of the Year Award

 

Bill Trevett

The only weekend captain to come close to finishing with a winning record

Runners-up:
Tony Quayle - Moulded a team from youngsters and veterans at the last chance saloon into something approaching a successful side. Proved to be the opposite of the 1st XI - a better team on the road than at home. Denied two victories after Sherborne pulled out of the league, and his side had chances to win more which may have given them an outside chance of promotion.
Glyn Bartholomew - Stepped into the breach following the pre-season resignation of James Male and turned round the fortunes of perennial losers The George Inn. Blending a mix of youth and experience, the George won 4 of their 8 league games and beat promotion-chasing Portland Utd along the way.
Grant Neven - Won half of PRT's games on their return to the Evening League first division, but scuppered his chances of picking up this prize by fielding an ineligble player in the cup.


The Tony Quayle "Yes, No or Maybe" Run Out Award

 

Dave Males

Victim: Gary Redpole, vs Iwerne & Fontmell, Sunday Division 4: Called for a quick single after hitting it straight to a fielder leaving his partner with no chance as he ran to the danger end. Despite his dispairing dive in the mud he was out without facing a ball.

Runners-up:
Laurie Whyte - Victim: Himself, vs Swanage, Sunday Division 4: Tried in vain to turn one into two, but slipped on the greasy surface and was unable to crawl back into his crease.
Dave Males - Victim: Bill Gates, vs Lytchett Minster, Sunday Division 4: Gates was in the form of his life following his mammoth innings of 170 the day before, though this mattered little to Dave the experienced run out master, who worked the old trick of calling for a single with the ball already in the fielder's hands. After a brief mid-wicket discussion, Gates retreated to the danger end where the bails were being removed and back to the pavilion. Dave, trying to make up for his error, was out the very next ball attempting a rare attacking shot and had to face the music.
Grant Neven - Victim: Himself, vs Steeple Clayton, Twenty20 Friendly: Backed-up too far and saw the bowler deflect the ball back onto the stumps. Argued unsuccessfully with the umpire (Squeaker) that he had made his ground before eventually leaving the field of play, sans gloves.


The Dave Blackman Slow Hand Clap Award

 

Dave Males

Ground out 24 runs in 36 overs against Iwerne & Fontmell.

Runner-up:
Simon Proffitt -
Grafted away for 20 runs as Gates was tearing the Sherbourne bowlers asunder.


The Teddy Tremlin Economy Award

 

Jon Dixon

A virtually unplayable spell from the evergreen spinner who tied down Pavilion Sports (12-8-8-2)

Runners-up:
Squeaker Browne - A damp wicket plus Squeaker equals stalemate. The King of Portland finally conceded a run in his 8th over (9-7-3-1)
Sami Rathnayake – Sami made a rare appearance in Evening League to shut out the Bridge Inn Bears (5-1-4-2)
Gary Randell - Gary's introduction saw the last six Witchampton wickets fall for just 15 runs (4-1-3-4)
Dan Strong - Dan's best spell of the season as he put Parkstone to the sword (6-2-8-4)

The John Ryan Economy Award

 

Grant Neven

Sent down 1 over for 22 runs against RNSTS in the Evening League

Runners-up:
Ryan Percy - All was going well until the yips set in after he claimed the opener's wicket - 2 overs, 1 wicket for 35 runs against Swanage
Elliott Sawyer – RNSTS' Pete Moxom (139*) took a liking to Elliot's leg breaks - 3 overs for 53 runs


The Tail-End Bunny Award

 

Tony Morris

Followed up his 8 ducks last season with another 8 in 2007

Runners up:
Elliott Sawyer
- 7 ducks
Pete Tombs - 6 ducks


The Opposition Tea of the Year

 

Bournemouth 2nd XI, 10th June 2007

A feast fit for kings. A fine selection of the staples of any fine tea: sandwiches, scones and cakes, but then on top of this were two varieties of pasta salad, chips and a sumptuous strawberry gateau that called Stewkesbury back for a third helping. Magnifique!

Runner-up:
Puddletown, 29th July 2007 - Another fine spread, supplemented by an array of fresh fruit and some fine cakes. Squeaker couldn't get enough of the fresh pineapple on offer.


The Jan Davey Quote of the Year

 

"It's a kissy-kissy beer" - Richard Stewkesbury develops a love affair with a barrell of Yellowhammer

Runner-up:
"I've found the ball... no, it's a snail" - Alex Warner


The Excuse of the Year

 

Grant Neven

Pulled out the Echo Cup Quarter final because he had to go to a birthday party

Runners-up:
Callan Laws – Suddenly remembered he had to go to his father's wedding and informed the captain that morning.
Grant Neven - Ruled himself out for selection at 11.30am on Sunday morning as his ankle had "swelled up like a balloon". Was seen the very next evening playing in a Twenty20 game against Steeple Clayton.


The Daniel Jones Umpiring Award

 

Grant Neven

vs Abbotsbury, Post-Season Friendly: Sent Gary Redpole on his way leg before when the ball appeared to hit the big man on the thigh pad, though Stumpy swore it was nearer his ankles, and only a belated half-hearted appeal was heard from the opposition (possibly originating from point).

Runners-up:
Jodie Locke - vs Pokesdown Willows, Sunday Division 6: Gave Aarron Riley out, caught off a shoulder-high full toss and then told him afterwards he would have signaled a no-ball if he hadn't hit it.
Grant Neven – vs Budmouth, Evening League: Turned down an appeal for a caught behind stating the ball had hit the batsman's thigh pad not the bat, then signalled a wide.


The Self-Publicity Award

 

Tony Quayle

For the report penned by the Saturday 2nd XI skipper for the match at home to Bournemouth 2nd XI, with the headline "Quayle Injury Rocks Triangle." It also included: "After the first ball was delivered, Triangle captain and wicketkeeper, Tony Quayle, pulled his hamstring. The injury restricted his mobility in a game when his experience, probably, would have given Portland victory."


 

The Action Shot of the Season
(as printed in the Dorset Echo)

 

Grant Neven - Howzat?

Runner-up:
Elliott Sawyer