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Season Review

Saturday 1st XI

Scott Males
Scott Males

Scott Males was in charge for the 2014 campaign, where Triangle were in the running for promotion up to the final few weeks, but they fell short as they lost their last three games to finish a respectable 3rd. The season's highlight was beating Weymouth 2nds both home and away, along with a gritty 20 run win at Cattistock, that briefly raised hopes of glory.

Matt Randell lead the batting with 493 runs at 37.92, followed by Dave Adkins (330 @ 27.50) and Chris Leake (301 @ 23.15). Matt hit one of 2 centuries of the season with 117 against Weymouth 2nds. Gareth Price notched up the other, scoring an unbeaten 113 vs Wimborne & Colehill.

Top of the bowling was Scott with 24 wickets at 15.75 and Chris also with 24 at 15.96, closely followed by Simon Proffitt (21 @ 18.48) and Matt Randell (21 @ 14.76). Leake had the season's best figures with 6-20 in the 85 run win at Wimborne.

Saturday 2nd XI

Elliott Sawyer
Elliott Sawyer
Cameron Midgley
Cameron Midgley

Grant Neven was back at the helm, banned by the club from captaining a side following the "Shillingstone Incident" he took back control of the 2nds from Jodie Locke's stewardship which he labelled "merely a holding role".

The season started brightly, despite the skipper missing the opening day win with a trademark "dicky stomach", aka "the squits", aka "Revenge of the Kebab" - as the 2nds surged into the promotion reckoning with 5 wins from their opening 6 games. However, the rot set in as they conspired to lose the next 7, which saw the team plummet down the table and was now in danger of being relegated.

A calamitous result came against Swanage, after fine work in the field to reduce the hosts to 168, Triangle collapsed in spectacular fashion, falling from 47/2 to 53 all out. A crucial win at Blandford thanks to Elliott Sawyer and Cameron Midgley's 155-run partnership, briefly helped ease those fears, but worse was to come.

The nadir was at Abbotsbury, which saw 8-man Triangle skittled for 23 after manfully restricting their hosts to 219, a result that pushed them towards relegation. A belated return to form by young Pete Laming, who just missed out on a half-century, along with vital runs from Midgley and Jon Cameron, saw the team manage to scrape enough bonus points in their final game to avoid the drop.

Laurie West topped the batting charts with 293 runs at 26.64, Cameron Midgley (247 @ 17.64) and Elliott Sawyer (211 @ 23.44) were the only batsmen to accumulate more than 200 runs for the season. The wickets were spread out amongst all the bowlers, with no real strike bowler standing out. Three players notched up 9 wickets: Mark Charles, Jon Cameron and Andy Johnson, with Grant Neven picking up 8 tailenders to finish 4th. Jacob Coombs showed potential with 4 wickets in his debut season, but alas the siren call of professional football looks set to claim another young cricketer.

Sunday 1st XI

Simon Proffitt
Simon Proffitt

Tim Forshaw stepped up after Gareth Price decided to go out on top, and was tasked with building on 2013's unbeatable vintage season.

The Sunday 1sts were engaged in a 4-way battle to retain their Division 2 title, which eventually came down to the final few games. After enduring a terrible start to their title defence, which saw them win 1 of their first 4 games, the side then just lost 2 more all season.

Unfortunately both of those were to the eventual top two sides: Dewlish edged out Triangle in a thrilling final over at Reforne; while a Kudmany-led Old Bournemouthians stacked their deck in their failed attempt to win the title at the Winton Oval.

Simon Proffitt was the season's stand-out player, scoring 421 runs at 46.78, including an unbeaten 159 on the final day against Swanage. He also topped the bowling with 17 wickets at 15.47. Chris Leake weighed in with 320 runs @ 32.00, and 16 wickets at 19.44. Matt Randell also starred with bat and ball, 217 runs @ 19.73, 16 wickets @ 16.25 and picked up the best bowling figures with 6-18 against St Georges.

Sunday 2nd XI

Will McKay
Will McKay

Marco Nott continued for another year at the helm, this season tempting Weymouth's star batsman Will "The Iceman" McKay across Chesil Beach for a taste of Sunday cricket. Andy Thorne and Ian Tibble were dragged into the mix from Nott's evening league team to flesh out the squad.

Thanks to these new recruits, the 2nds were in the title promotion mix right up to the last weekend, battling with Cheselbourne for the final spot behind runaway leaders Henstridge.

The season started brightly with 3 wins in a row, before crucial losses to Cheselbourne and Henstridge. Nott picked up his troops as they went on a 4 match winning run, including a 9-wicket revenge against Cheselbourne as the visitors were torn apart by new ball pair Sami Rathnayake and Jodie Locke. Alas, Triangle fell agonisingly close in the final game against Henstridge, who scraped home by 1 wicket chasing 174, after they had been reduced to 69/6.

Will McKay was the standout batsman, scoring 416 runs at 83.20, and also claiming 16 wickets at 10.38. Dave Adkins provided able support with 309 runs @ 51.50, while Dave Blackman scored a century on his only appearance, 112 vs Broadstone. Andy Thorne chipped in with 14 wickets at 18.07, followed by the veteran Jodie (11 at 17.18) and Rathnayake proving sometimes untouchable, but only collected 10 wickets at 9.30.