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Portland Red Triangle CC

Founded 1922

Sixpenny Handley 6-a-side Tournament

Jodie Locke nearly missed the minibus and was raised from his slumbers as an early start saw 12 brave souls from Portland Red Triangle set out for their first outing to the Sixpenny Handley 6-a-side competition. Playing under the flag of the Pirates, two teams were entered, with the B-side christened the Buccaneers.

With barely time to draw breath and get a restoring pint of ale in the system, the Pirates were first up, led by the always courageous Richard Stewkesbury who had cobbled together a side made up of Simon Raynes, Pete Williams, Conrad Cole, Jodie Locke and Tony Morris. Chalk Valley were put to the sword by the flashing blades of Raynes and Williams who helped set an imposing score of 72 from 5 overs. Jodie kept his nerve in the final over as 9 runs were required from the final two balls and the Pirates claimed an unlikely victory.

Buoyed by this result the Buccaneers, led by Grant Neven, consisted of a much younger outfit: Simon Proffitt, Olly Whisker, Tom Cole, Laurie West and Richie Samuel. Their opening game ended in defeat as the Buccaneers were unable to chase down a target of 64, ending over 20 runs short.

The Pirates looked to maintain their 100% record, but came up against the very youthful, and more importantly non-drinking, Wimborne & Colehill side. The youngsters made an early dent in the Pirates innings removing Raynes and Morris with successive balls in the first over, and when the Duke followed soon after the score was on a very precarious 7 for 3. Further wickets fell and it was left to veteran Conrad's last man stand to give the score some respectability, so the Pirates managed to set the lowest total of the day with just 25. 1.4 overs of measured hitting later and the game was up and Wimborne & Colehill stormed to victory.

The Buccaneers were back in action for their second game, but fell to the might of Milton Abbas. Bowling first the Buccaneers kept it fairly tight and a good fielding display saw them restrict the target to just over 50. Alas Tom Cole and Laurie West continued to struggle with the bat and Richie Samuel collected his second successive duck of the day, as the Milton Abbas bowling attack borrowed from Puddletown proved too much and they slumped to another loss.

With the group stages over, the Buccaneers were in the 7th place play-off against Chalk Valley, producing the highest scoring game of the day. Chalk Valley smashed an imposing total of 84 from their five overs, helped by Stumpy seemingly intent on being hit for maximum runs from his over as the first four deliveries went sailing well over the boundary ropes. Luckily the batsman was forced to retire after passing 25, but Neven wasn't finished and sent down four wides, restoring some pride with a dot ball, but recorded the most expensive over of the day. In reply West and Cole finally found some batting form, both retiring after making hay against some very friendly bowling. Despite their good start, the Buccaneers were unable to continue scoring at the same rate, but still posted the second highest total finishing on 76.

The Pirates were in the race for the shield for 3rd place, thanks to their scoring exploits earlier in the day boosting their net run rate. Milton Abbas were the opponents, but the Duke was unable to start after suffering a back injury, so Olly Whisker was drafted in as a substitute. This proved to be an inspired choice as Olly proved to be a ball magnet holding on to two steepling catches at long on, as the Pirates restricted Milton Abbas to 61. Raynes and Williams once again got a good start, but with Simon falling at the end of the fourth over, Pete was unable to get Goodhew away in the final over and the Pirates had to settle for a respectable 4th place finish.

As a bonus Olly won the tournament's fielder of the day award for his two catches in one game, but was upset not to pick up the wicket keeping award for his one performance behind the stumps yielding two stumpings and a run out.

Quote of the Day: "Were you bullied at school?" - Tom Cole response to Milton Abbas' Goodhew after he sent down a bouncer at young Proffitt

Prat of the Day Award: Jodie Locke for oversleeping and nearly missing being picked up.

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