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Season Review

Saturday 1st XI

Matt Randell

Matt Randell

The 1st XI was led once again by Matt Randell, who made the clear in pre-season that he was looking for promotion: (Promotion is the aim for Portland...).

The side got off to a losing start, but then won their next 3 games, before going on an extended spell of inconsistency. Luckily, most of the division was following this pattern, so at the halfway point, Triangle were in amongst the title contenders. This challenge fell away sharply with a 3 match losing streak, culminating in a massive 234-run loss to promotion rivals Cattistock and then a soul-crushing 9 wicket loss at Poole when the side were bowled out for just 32. Despite this, the season was a winning one - just - with 9 wins and 8 defeats.

The skipper once again did his bit with bat, scoring 584 runs at an average of 41.71 and added 18 wickets at 23. Callan Laws finally showed his early promise by hitting his first century and proving his worth in the middle order, while Elliott Sawyer also scored his maiden century as a free-scoring opener.

Matt Barrett topped the bowling charts with 25 wickets, starting well with 6 for 20 in the opening day defeat to Witchampton, but at times he proved an expensive option, with his economy of 5.71. Simon Proffitt showed what could have been, picking up 15 wickets and 267 runs despite only playing half the fixtures due to footballing commitments. There was also a return to form from veteran Simon Barrett, who scored over 200 runs from his deployment in the lower middle order.


Saturday 2nd XI

Rich Samuel
Rich Samuel
Jan Davey
Jan Davey

Gareth Price stepped down after one season in charge and up stepped Jan Davey, promising to sweep all before him, as well as sweep the disastrous campaign of last season under the carpet. Things started well for Jan as he led the side to 2 successive wins, which sent his side to the top of the table. His new opening pairing of John Walker and Grant Lee was proving a masterstroke, along with his own fine form with the bat. Alas, that was as good as it got for Davey, as he resigned following artistic differences regarding team selection.

There was a brief transitional period, with John Walker taking the reins for the home loss to Poole, before new skipper Rich Samuel eased into the role for the remainder of the season. Despite losing his first 2 games at home to Marnhull and away to Stalbridge, Rich's side won their remaining 6 games, but were pipped to the title by Marnhull on the final weekend on head-to-head record.

Olly Whisker topped the batting, with his 2 match-winning centuries helping the promotion push after he was loaned from the 1st XI once their own campaign had hit the buffers. Tim Forshaw chipped in with 142 from 3 innings, while 2nd team regular George Munro averaged 106 from 6 innings. Samuel was the pick of the bowlers with 10 wickets at 13.20, even though he missed the start of the season, followed by Munro and Tony Morris who took 8 each.


Sunday 1st XI

Tony Quayle
Tony Quayle
Centurion!

With Triangle only fielding one Sunday side this season, and neither of the previous skippers wanting to continue, it was Richard Stewkesbury who saw a chance for a guaranteed starting berth (though being available on a Sunday was enough for a spot in the team) and threw his battered sun hat into the empty ring.

The team flew out of the traps with 2 wins on the bounce to top the early table, crushing Poole Town by 96 runs, then easing past Broadstone by 68 runs. This was as good as it got, as the side failed to record another victory until their final day relegation shoot-out with Dewlish.

It wasn't all doom and gloom, Matt Randell carried over his Saturday form to score nearly 400 runs at nearly 40, backed up by Quayle (294 @ 36.75) and Ray Emery (279 @ 31.00). Rich Samuel picked up 14 wickets at 17 each and Luke Strong took his first five-fer against champions Sherborne. Tony Quayle provided the highlight of a lacklustre season when he left it until the last match to finally score his maiden ton, an unbeaten 102 as Triangle chased down 226 to win.