Portland Red Triangle CC

Founded 1922

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PRT Saturday 1st XI vs Hamworthy Recreation 1st XI
Played at Reforne, Portland 4th August 2018
Dorset County Division 1
Hamworthy won by 3 wickets
Toss won by: Hamworthy
PRT Man of the Match Simon Proffitt
Report from Dorset Echo

Portland Red Triangle succumb to leaders Hamworthy Recreation

Portland Red Triangle suffered a three-wicket reverse to runaway leaders Hamworthy Recreation in their County Division One clash at Reforne. Visiting captain Sam Stroud won the toss and elected to bowl first on a hot day and was rewarded when he castled Ray Emery (1) with Portland on 17-1. Callan Laws (21) and the hard-hitting Chris Leake (34) made good contributions but Stroud (5-33) had both men caught as Portland reached 74-3.

Matt Gordon (1-33) claimed the key wicket of Simon Proffitt (21) but a partnership of 69 between home captain Matt Randell (33) and Simon Barrett (42) steered the islanders to 172-5. Despite the loss of Randell to Jacob Berry (2-35), Barrett pushed on with Ollie Whisker (25) as Portland, boosted by 43 extras, made 226-9 from 45 overs.

Portland rocked Hamworthy in their reply, with the economical Rob Townley (1-14) trapping Sean Mulley (6) leg before and Proffitt (4-47) ousting Peter Hoar (5) and Alex Peel (0) cheaply. At 44-3, Rec were wobbling and their fate could have been sealed when Stroud offered a catch first ball, only for Triangle to drop the aggressive all-rounder.

After that reprieve, Stroud smashed 69 from 45 balls, including nine boundaries and four sixes, in a huge stand of 157 with Jacob Gordon (82). Randell (2-40) removed both men to reduce Rec to 211-5, while Proffitt returned to bowl Harry Poole (1) and Matt Avery (0) as the visitors stumbled to 213-7. Ian Peters (7no) and Berry (5no) were left to ease Hamworthy to victory, their chase helped by 54 extras, with a whopping 14.4 over left.

Speaking to Echosport, Randell conceded Triangle "weren’t good enough in the field." He said: "They were reasonably good – it was a frustrating game for us. We did a relatively good job with the bat – we were probably 30 runs short. But we weren’t good enough in the field."

"We dropped Sam Stroud on his first ball and that would have been 44-4. From there we could have gone on and won the game. We tried lots of different bowling options just to try and pick up a wicket. Once we dropped him he didn’t look back. He went pretty hard throughout the rest of his innings and took it away from us." Randell added: "Simon Barrett’s 42 was a good innings and made sure he gave everyone a chance to score quickly around him."

Points: PRT 8, Hamworthy Rec 19