Portland Red Triangle CC

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PRT Saturday 2nd XI vs Swanage 2nd XI
Played at Reforne, Portland, 1st July 2017
Dorset Funeral Plan Division 5
PRT won by 12 runs
Toss won by: Swanage
PRT Man of the Match Tim Forshaw

The Saturday 2nd XI ended their 2 game losing run to emerge victorious in a close encounter at Reforne, and also handed league leaders Swanage their first defeat of the season.

After losing the toss, captain George Munro was surprised that his side was asked to bat first, and openers Ryan Price (33) and Elliott Sawyer (26) made a quick start adding 63 for the first wicket.

Price was first to go, attempting to drive Nash over the infield, but scooped it to Salmon at mid off. Sawyer followed soon after, undone by some low bounce as Nash picked up his 2nd victim.

Tim Forshaw and Stuart Sugg rebuilt the innings, sharing a 57-run stand, until Sugg was undone by the slow loop of Haines, playing at least 3 shots before the ball bumped onto his off stump.

Ollie Whisker joined Forshaw, and was in no mood to hang about as the pair blasted 81 runs in just under 7 overs. Forshaw was out for a fine 74, including 5 sixes, bowled by young McDermott.

The skipper was next in and spent most of his time at the crease swatting flies, leaving Whisker exasperated at the non-striker's end. He took his frustration out on Haines, smacking 3 consecutive sixes into the field. George was put out his misery by McDermott, so Samuel joined Whisker to help Triangle to finish on 244/5.

Following a fine tea, the Swanage openers set about the run chase quickly racing to 46 from 6 overs, helped by a wayward opening 2 overs by Rich Samuel, which yielded 27 runs, thanks to a barrage of full tosses and beamers. Once he had settled he bowled 2 maidens in a row and conceded only 4 more runs in his 5 over spell.

Meanwhile, veteran Jodie Locke was toiling up the hill and claimed the first wicket, tempting Salmon into an ill-advised slog sweep and he lost middle stump. Paul Norman was back in the pavilion soon afterwards as Locke rattled his timbers

Tony Morris replaced Samuel and struck in his first over again to remove Orchard (25) who had just started to open up with some lofted drives. He could only find Whisker at long off, who celebrated the catch in his signature intense style much to the outgoing batter's annoyance.

Nathan Cornish's spell was cut short, due to a reoccurrence of his shoulder injury, bringing the skipper into the attack earlier than he would have liked. He started a frugal spell from the top end which brought 2 wickets, including the prized scalp of John Lewis who had been anchoring the innings with a dogged 37. Lewis was removed with a ball that kept low, not unlike the delivery that got Sawyer earlier, but still made his feelings known to George about the state of the wicket he'd been batting on for the last 25 overs.

Nash was in and out in two balls, unwisely playing back and the tide had turned in Triangle's favour. Jack Marsh replaced Morris, but was unable to take a wicket. Sawyer was brought on down the hill and after a few looseners, tempted Ives out of his crease for Price to take a smart stumping.

Baczala and Barker then mounted a recovery, moving the score onto 208 with 3 overs remaining. Samuel had returned to the attack, unleashing another beamer which Barker hooked for six, but then cleaned him up. Haines was bowled the next ball as the pressure was relieved and left Rich on a hattrick for the next game.

Locke was entrusted with wrapping up the match, with Swanage needing 24 from the final over. Baczala was unable to farm the strike, and Dunster was run out as they went for a quick single, but he could only push the ball straight back to Jodie who completed the formalities. Swanage ended 12 runs short in a close contest, with Baczala left unbeaten on a fine 70. Triangle moved up to 2nd spot and closed the gap on the leaders.

Points: PRT 19, Swanage 10