Portland Red Triangle CC

Founded 1922

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Classic Match #3
PRT Saturday 1st XI vs Marnhull 1st XI
Played at Reforne, Portland 28th June 2003
Dorset Cricket League Division 1
PRT won by 165 runs
Toss won by: PRT
PRT Man of the Match Gary Randell

Jack Stone held the club record for 30 years wtih 153 not out, scored in an hour during an Evening League game in 1951, even allowing for the 8-ball overs this was a remarkable innings. Fellow Triangle Legend Melvyn Tremlin set a new benchmark with 157, in a friendly against London & Manchester Assurance Co. in 1981.

Jan Davey had come the closest to beating Melvyn's score, recording 154 amd 153 in league games, each time getting out within touching distance; while Gary Randell was on course in 2001 until he was dismissed on 150 in the 44th over vs Weymouth 2nds.

Following relegation from the Premier Division, the 1st XI were looking to bounce straight back up. John Ryan was now skipper, the last of the 4 who tried and failed to build on the opening day victory. This season was going a lot better as Triangle were back to winning ways and faced off against Marnhull in a top of the table clash.

A cracking batting track had been prepared by the dynamic duo of Elenor and Waight, and the conditions were just right for someone to threaten the club record score...

Report by Graham Elenor

A magnificent undefeated innings of 178 by Gary Randell led Portland Red Triangle to an emphatic 165 run win against Marnhull in a NSA Division One top of the table clash at Reforne.

Randell set a new club record for the highest individual innings, eclipsing the 157 scored by veteran Melvyn Tremlin, taking just 117 balls in a knock that included 10 sixes and 18 fours. It could have been a lot less if Marnhull had been able to hold their catches, as he was dropped four times.

Debutant Hayden White (19) along with regular opener Jan Davey (20) got Triangle off to a rapid start putting on 39 in the first 5 overs, before captain Les Elsworth (3-97) dismissed them both bringing Simon Browne and Randell to the crease.

Browne (83) rode his luck yet again when he survived a first ball lbw appeal, but then combined with Randell from the seventh over to set a new record third wicket partnership of 242. A cameo innings from Jon Dixon (10) from four deliveries and then able support from Jason Styles (8 no) in the final overs saw the islanders storm to 339-4, their highest team total at Reforne.

Faced by this daunting task, Marnhull lost wickets steadily in reply as Simon Browne (4-66) and Jan Davey (4-58) proved costly, but effective as the visitors stumbled to 16-3. It was only ex-Dorset skipper, Barry Lewis (77), joined by Tom Elms (30) who offered any resistance to the Triangle attack putting on 57 for the fourth wicket.

Browne and Davey struck again removing Elms and then the rest of the middle order as Marnhull were once again on the back foot. Veteran spinner Jon Dixon finally removed Lewis ending the visitor’s hopes and they were dismissed for 174, as Triangle’s title quest got back on track.

Triangle skipper John Ryan said: "It was the best innings I've ever seen at club level. Gary was absolutely awesome and I'm sure he'd still be there now whacking balls down the main road if he could. He's always been a cricketer who commands respect with both bat and ball and he received some great tributes afterwards from people like Marnhull's Barry Lewis who captained Dorset for many, many years.

"As Barry said, there's no stopping Gary when he's in that sort of mood and his partnership with Simon Browne was a joy to watch. It was also nice that Melvyn Tremlin was there to watch his record be broken and he was one of the first people to congratulate Gary on his achievement."

He added: "I did ask Gary to open the bowling after he'd finished batting, but I can't repeat what his reply was. But the other bowlers did a terrific job and the win takes us back to the top of the table and in there fighting for promotion."

Points PRT 20, Marnhull 7

PRT Sat I 339/4 Closed (Overs 45)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs
H White lbw b. Elsworth 19
J Davey   b. Elsworth 20
S Browne c. Lewis b. Booth 83
G Randell not out   178
J Dixon   b. Elsworth 10
J Styles not out   8
W Curtis dnb   -
D Blackman + dnb   -
B Doidge dnb   -
C Hardisty dnb   -
J Ryan* dnb   -
Extras   (nb 1, w 11, b 4, lb 6) 21
TOTAL   4 wickets for 339
1-39 (H White), 2-40 (J Davey), 3-282 (S Browne), 4-293 (J Dixon)
Bowler O M R W Econ
L Elsworh 12 0 97 3 8.08
S Sweatman 6 1 25 0 4.17
E Ralph 6 0 51 0 8.50
D Humphreys 12 2 56 0 4.67
M Harry 4 0 36 0 9.00
N Brown 1 0 21 0 21.00
A Booth 4 0 44 1 11.00
Marnhull 174/10 All Out (Overs 33.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs
A Rose c. Blackman b. Browne 1
N Brown   b. Browne 1
B Lewis   b. Dixon 77
A Booth c. Styles b. Davey 0
T Elms lbw b. Browne 30
L Elsworth* c. Curtis b. Davey 6
E Ralph   b. Browne 0
M Harry st. Blackman b. Davey 12
M Hanks c. Blackman b. Davey 7
D Humphreys   b. Dixon 14
S Sweatman not out   9
Extras   (b4 lb6 w4 nb3) 17
TOTAL   10 wickets for 174
1-4, 2-9, 3-16, 4-73, 5-80, 6-85, 7-110, 8-118, 9-151, 10-174
Bowler O M R W Econ
S Browne 12 3 66 4 5.50
J Davey 12 0 58 4 4.83
C Hardisty 5 1 22 0 4.40
J Dixon 4.3 1 18 2 4.00