Portland Red Triangle CC

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PRT Saturday 2nd XI vs Marnhull 2nd XI
Played at Reforne, Portland, 12th August 2017
Dorset Funeral Plan Division 5
Marnhull won by 57 runs
Toss won by:

PRT Man of the Match

Tom Dalkins / Khylo Farley

Report

George Munro's 2nd XI returned to action after 3 long weeks without a game. Through a combination of injuries and holidays, Triangle welcomed back Andy West, Khylo Farleyt and Richard Johnson to the fold, but were still a man short as they took to the field.

Tom Dalkins opened the bowling and struck early to remove the always dangerous Chris Ralph, with Andy West holding a fine low catch at gully. Opener James Hardy was joined by Stuart Cundy and the pair pushed the score along, mainly in boundaries. It was Hardy who fell next to another low catch, this time by Munro in the slips. When Green was out for a golden duck, pushing the ball straight to Johnson at short mid off, Triangle were on top at 44/3.

Cundy took on the burden of scoring, attacking all bowlers and making liberal use of the full width of his bat. He was aided by some slapdash fielding as he survived numerous dropped catches with West and Farley being the main offenders.

Joseph Ralph had provided able support until he drove straight at Johnson to give Tony Morris a wicket with his first delivery. Whichello joined Cundy and they added 33 before West came steaming in from the fence to clip the bail from the top of off stump. Jack Marsh replaced Morris and accounted for Cudlipp (13) as Johnson held his third catch of the afternoon.

Cundy continued to score freely as after passing 50 he started to regularly find the middle of his bat. At the other end Pearsall holed out to Munro, then Marsh bowled Marcus Cundy. Johnson replaced West and struck immediately tempting George Pearce into driving straight at Farley who finally held on to a chance.

Sid Symons gave Cundy staunch support as he reached his century with the pair pushing the total to 204 at the close, which would have been a lot lower if at least 7 catches had been held.

Ryan Price opened with Johnson (pushed up the order as he had to leave early) and the pair started at a brisk pace putting on 43 for the first wicket. Johnson was out for 12, with a half-hearted clip to square leg. Price didn't last much longer as he saw his mishit drive fail to clear the cover fielder.

Dalkins and West rebuilt to move the score to 71 until West was trapped lbw by Hardy. Farley entered the fray and it was if he had never left, driving his first delivery to the boundary prompting the keeper to ask if he felt like playing himself in. A further flurry of boundaries confirmed that Khylo had indeed got his eye in.

Dalkins looked to push the score along, smashing a slog sweep towards the pavilion which the umpired looked prepared to signal as a six, but that was until Chris Ralph stuck out his right hand to take a stunning one-handed grab.

Munro briefly troubled the scorers until he was undone by Whichello and was replaced with Morris. He acted as a foil to Farley as he conducted an all-out assault with a rapid 40 including 3 big sixes. Khylo eventually fell short of a deserved half-century as Cudlipp returned to the attack and forced a comparatively meek dismissal - a top-edge that Pearce held at square leg.

Morris was briefly partnered by the Marsh brothers, so it fell to him and Locke to try and push to another batting point, but alas Jodie was bowled by a rare Marcus Cundy straight ball and Triangle ended 57 runs short.

Points:

PRT 7, Marnhull 20