|Classic Match #12
PRT Saturday 1st XI vs Kingston Lacy
|Played at Reforne, Portland, 30th August 2008
Dorset Cricket League Division 3
|PRT won by 254 runs|
|Toss won by:||PRT|
|PRT Man of the Match||Matt Gomm / Dave Price / Sami Rathnayake|
After suffering 2 consecutive relegations, Triangle's 1st team was in a rebuilding phase. Martin Hewson had taken on the task at the start of the season, with his three year plan to return the side to glory. Alas, this wasn't to be as he resigned before the end of the year due to increased work commitments.
The team had seen an improvement, winning an away game for the first time in 3 years, beating Wimborne & Colehill in June, and would end the season in 6th position. Adam Smart took on the captaincy for the remaining two games, losing the first by 175 runs to Blandford.
Arriving with only 8 men, Kingston Lacy were already relegated, but Triangle knew they still had to beat whatever was put in front of them, and beat them they did and in some style...
Under the guidance of new skipper Adam Smart Portland Red Triangle turned on the style to finish their campaign with a memorable team performance recording a 254-run Dorset Funeral Plan Division Three victory over Kingston Lacy.
The new skipper won his first toss and elected to bat but it was not plain sailing for the islanders with both openers Laurie West and Grant Neven dismissed cheaply leaving the islanders 7-2 from eight overs. The early wickets brought Simon Barrett and Matt Gomm to the crease, a partnership that proved to be one of the finest seen in recent years at Reforne. The pair put on third-wicket stand of nearly 150 before Barrett was out for a brilliant 55.
Gomm was then joined by Jon Dixon, and he smashed a quickfire 28. Following Dixon's departure, Dave Price made his return to the first team and he was quick to show what Triangle had been missing by hitting a massive 115 from just 31 balls before being run out, a remarkable innings that will live long in the memory. Meanwhile at the opposite end, Gomm continued to catch the eye playing the innings of the season, knocking numerous outstanding shots on his way to a remarkable 129 not out. After an innings of fine all-round batting, Triangle reached a total of 344-4 off 45 overs.
In reply, Lacy were under pressure from the start with an unplayable spell of bowling from Dan Strong and Dixon. The visitors laboured their way to 20 runs from 10 overs, thanks to excellent bowling and some sharp fielding from the rejuvenated Portland men. Smart's first bowling change was quickly rewarded when Price rattled the timbers and exposed Lacy's batting line-up to the fiery Sri Lankan Sami Rathayake, who produced some excellent bowling to finish with figures of 5-6 with youngster Olly Whisker chipping in with a wicket to dismiss Kingston for a mere 90.
Skipper Smart was very impressed with his team-mates, "It was a great team performance, the best of the season. Special mention must go to Matt Gomm and Dave Price who both hit tons and Simon Barrett again was excellent and has been all season."
"The openers missed out today but they've done the business all season. Grant Neven kept really well and Sami's bowling was awesome, so a lot of positives can be taken into next season."
Looking ahead Smart added: "The door is open for new players to join and we would also welcome back past players, because I believe these are exciting times to be involved with Portland Red Triangle."
|Points||PRT 20, Kingston Lacy 3|
|PRT Sat I 344/5 Closed (Overs 45)|
|Neven,G N+||c&b Park||2||0||0|
|Barrett,S||st ?||b Gregory,J||55||6||0|
|Dixon,J||c Hand,O||b Rideout,G||28||3||2|
|extras||(b10 lb1 w1 nb0)||12|
|TOTAL||5 wickets for||344|
|1-5 (West,L) 2-7 (Neven,G N) 3-155 (Barrett,S) 4-198 (Dixon,J) 5-340 (Price,D)|
|Kingston Lacy 90/7 All Out (Overs 29.1)|
|Hand,D||c ?||b Whisker,O||0||0||0|
|extras||(b12 lb0 w7 nb0)||19|
|TOTAL||7 wickets (All Out) for||90|
|1-45 (Kean,D) 2-51 (Gregory,J) 3-83 (Park) 4-84 (Hand,D) 5-90 (Hand,O) 6-90 (Wilson,L) 7-90 (Rideout,G)|