Portland Red Triangle CC

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PRT Saturday 2nd XI vs Broadstone 3rd XI
Played at Reforne, Portland, 17th June 2017
Dorset Funeral Plan Division 5
PRT won by 8 wickets
Toss won by: PRT
PRT Man of the Match Jack Marsh / Ryan Price

Triangle 2nds returned to winning ways on a glorious day at Reforne. The home side were briefly rudderless before play started as the captain and Tim Forshaw were called away to attend to a fire alarm at the YOI. Luckily the emergency had been dealt with by the prison staff, so George was only briefly absent and returned to perform the toss. After surveying the weather conditions - baking hot, hardly any breeze - the skipper decided to let the visitors have a bat.

This decision appeared to have spectacularly backfired as Broadstone's openers set about PRT's opening pairing of Munro and Locke, gorging on a feast of runs, adding 65 in the opening 10 overs. Seymour (75) had started at an electic pace, scoring exclusively in boundaries, but once his key areas were nullified to ones and twos his frustration was becoming evident.

Ryan Price and Tony Morris were brought on to attempt to stem the torrent, with Morris once again having the Graeme Swan effect of picking up a wicket in his first over. Lanham was caught attempting a straight sweep, held by Munro at mid on. Price was keeping it tight at his end, and was unfortunate to end wicketless, conceding just 20 from his 8 over spell.

It was Manley who departed next attempting a back foot cut off middle stump, which is never a sound plan at Reforne. Morris then shelled a hard driven caught and bowled chance from Newcombe, but then redeemed himself next ball, holding on this time as the batsman tried to repeat the shot.

Jack Marsh replaced Price and he too grabbed a wicket in his opening over, tempting Eddington down the track for Dave Adkins to pick up a stumping. Seymour's frustration finally reached boiling point, but his attempt to drive Marsh over cover could only find the hands of Stuart Sugg who held onto a fine catch, despite sliding onto his back as he ran in from the deep.

Froud was next out, after surviving earlier as Olly Whisker was guilty of a rare drop off Marsh, he picked out Whisker again, this time off Nathan Cornish, but this time he was safely held at mid off. Broadstone's captain Fletcher (22*) pushed the score onto 182, before Marsh struck twice in the final 2 balls of the innings, bowling both Eddington and Wigmore.

Triangle's reply got off to a solid start, thanks mainly to an erratic spell from opener Steve Froud, who seemed unable to pitch most of his deliveries, and was given a rest after his first 6 overs went for 51. During this scattergun spell he managed somehow to take Tim Forshaw's wicket, who had benefitted most from Froud with a rapid 32, but he was caught at gullly by Seymour.

At the other end Price had been chanelling Triangle legends Tony Quayle and Dave Males in seeing off the more accurate Wigmore, and had only contributed 7 to the opening partnership. With Adkins, and a change of bowling, Ryan was able to cut loose and was soon scoring at a healthy rate. Adkins perished on 18, judged to be plum lbw by umpire Cornish.

With the sun still beating down on the Reforne wicket, Whisker came in next with a no-nonsense approach, hitting a quick 26 (5 boundaries) to help ease the pressure. The pair added 91 in just 11 overs, with Price free to tuck into the returning Froud, dispatching him to the boundary at will, including a massive 6 off another full toss. Ryan wrapped up the run chase with another maximum off Seymour to end his day unbeaten on 75 as Triangle cruised home in the 31st over.

Points: PRT 19, Broadstone 6