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Season Review

Saturday 1st XI

Matt Randell
Matt Randell

The 1st XI was led for the first time by Matt Randell, who took on the mantle of leadership when Scott Males relinquished the captaincy due to work commitments. Matt took the side by the scruff of the neck and led them to a winning season, but alas, despite beating Cerne Valley home and away, they were edged out by them for promotion by 3 points.

The skipper did his bit with bat and ball, topping the batting averages and was among the leading wicket takers employing a mix of leg breaks and medium pace. Simon Proffitt continued to terrorise opposition batsmen with his fiery pace and weighed in with his fair share of runs. Matt Barrett came to the fore as a bowler, notching up 29 victims, 10 more than his previous best return. Olly Whisker made a rare appearance for Triangle in 2015, but did so in style with his maiden hundred for the club, before returning to his studies.


Saturday 2nd XI

Gareth Price
Gareth Price

Following the departure of Grant Neven to pastures new at Martinstown, Gareth Price realised his long held dream of captaining the Saturday 2nds. As the club's last captain to lead a side to an unbeaten season, Gareth looked a good bet to guide the 2nds up a few divisions. Unfortunately this wasn't to be the case as the 2nds went on a miserable losing run, lasting almost the entire season, before a welcome victory, ironically against Martinstown in the penultimate game.

Amongst some admittedly crushing defeats, the 2nds came close on several occasions to snatching some deserved wins, but had a habit of falling short. Gareth and Jan Davey led a valiant chase of Cerne Valley's 271, falling 40 short; an agonising 11 run loss at Martinstown; and chases against Chalke Valley and eventual champions Charlton Down, short by 37 and 38 runs. The side maintained a good spirit throughout the season, and there's enough for new captain Davey to build on, albeit in Division 6.

The captain topped both batting and bowling charts, managing the team's only century of the season, an unbeaten 126 against Cerne Valley. Veteran Jodie Locke captured 13 wickets, and Jan Davey returned to Saturday cricket with 345 runs over the summer.


Sunday 1st XI

Jon Cameron
Jon Cameron

The Sunday 1sts had a mixed season, losing more than they won and ended in a safe mid-table position. Tim Forshaw continued for one more year, looking build on the 3rd place finish in 2014. Losing their opening 4 games wasn't the best start to the campaign, but Triangle bounced back with 6 wins from the remaining 9 fixtures.

Tim led the batting charts averaging a steady 37.44 for the season with 4 half-centuries, followed by Matt Randell who hit the team's only century against Bradford Abbas. Chris Leake's off spin brought him 13 wickets, leading a hotly-contested bowling averages, with George Munro and Joe Adkins taking 11 each, and Rob Townley and Gary Randell with 10. Gary collected all his wickets in the 2 games against Bradford Abbas, proving their nemesis as he had 5 wicket hauls in each match, ending with combined figures of 10 for 35. Highlight of the season of course belonged to Jon Cameron, as he was knocked flat on the ground when he ran into a fly at Henstridge.


Sunday 2nd XI

Tyler Penny
Tyler Penny

Pete Tombs took the Sunday 2nds reins for 2015 after Marc Nott was tempted away to restart Weymouth's Sunday side, which meant he took the bulk of 2014's promotion chasers with him. This can therefore be labelled a transitional season, as the side picked up a solitary win, though were involved in a couple of close defeats, along with some not so close ones.

On the playing side, Ray Emery returned to weekend cricket after a few seasons of evening league with the Portland Arms had rekindled the fire within. He proved a more than useful opening bat, providing the fire to add to Tony Quayle's glacial drift at the top of the innings, so much so that he walked away with the batting award with 348 runs at 49.71. Another comeback kid was Dave Clifford, who had abandoned his attempts to bowl medium pace, replacing it with a remodelled off break action that yielded 10 wickets at 20.70 and the bowling trophy.

Outstanding performance of the season went to Tyler Penny, who channeled the spirit of Jon Dixon, blasting his way to 67 from 30 balls, helping to set up victory at Ellingham, along with Ray's 104 (which should have been more until the skipper ran him out).