|Swanage 2nds XI vs PRT Saturday 2nd XI|
|Played at Day's Park, Swanage., 2nd September 2017
Dorset Funeral Plan Division 5
|PRT won by 7 wickets|
|Toss won by:||
|PRT Man of the Match||
The Saturday 2nds secured back-to-back promotions with victory against Swanage, completing the double over the Division 5 champions. A fine display in the field restricted the hosts to 147/8 after they had elected to bat.
Jon Cameron led the new ball attack, exploiting some indifferent bounce in the wicket and was unfortunate not to take a wicket in his 8 overs that yielded only 21 runs. Jodie Locke, bowling on an unfamiliar downslope, went for 25 runs from his 6 overs as the home side had crawled to 35 from the opening 12.
A change of bowling down the hill saw Tom Hinde pick up his first wicket since returning to Triangle from exile in Holland. He found a gap in the dangerous Scott Orchard's defence to bowl him for 27. Fellow opener Paul Norman (32) was trapped lbw by Jack Marsh as the Swans had moved onto 83.
Baczala was next out, intent on following his skipper's orders at the second drinks break to move the score along from 98/2, he came down the wicket, missed the ball and was stumped off Tony Morris. George Munro then got in on the action, tempting Pete Barker to slice a drive straight to Cameron at point.
Munro made way for Nathan Cornish who made the most of his 2 over spell at the death to take 3 wickets for 4 runs, at the other end Price picked up another stumping off Morris and Swanage ended on 147/8, with Triangle securing 4 vital bonus points.
Triangle's reply got off to a steady start with Sawyer and Price adding a quick 25. Elliott looked to have regained his touch punishing any bad balls to the boundary, but an attempted a sweep was top-edged to square leg and he was on his way for 17.
The skipper joined Price and the pair took the score to 49 until Munro suffered the same fate as Sawyer, top-edging for 22. Matt Gomm was next in, a long-awaited return to the fold, and played a patient foil to Price as they moved the score towards the first batting point. A change of bowling saw Gomm tempted by the right arm loop of Ron Barker and his sliced drive saw him depart for a single.
Tony Morris was promoted up to the number 5 slot, and supported Price as he mostly resisted the temptation to go after Barker. The pair steadily worked towards the third bonus point required at 125. Once promotion had been secured, along with Price reaching a deserved half-century, the pair looked to push for the win.
This transformed the innings as both batsmen had been grinding out the runs, and now had free reign to attack. Price hit some lusty blows to the ropes as he carried his bat for an unbeaten 79*. It was Morris (14*) who finished off the job, hitting Orchard for 8 runs in 3 deliveries to secure the win and more than doubling his score in the process.
PRT 18, Swanage 4