Portland Red Triangle CC

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Corfe Mullen vs PRT Sunday XI
Played at Corfe Rec., 25th June 2017
Dorset Division 1
Corfe Mullen won by 293 runs
Toss won by: Corfe Mullen
PRT Man of the Match Ryley Marsh

Triangle continued their experiment in collective self-harming as they scraped together a side of 9 stout men to take on last season's champions, Corfe Mullen. The home side promptly won the toss and decided that they would very much like to bat.

Portland opened the bowling with the unlikely seam partnership of Matt Randell (0/61) and Elliott Sawyer (1/41), which picked up a wicket from Elliott's low full toss that clipped the top of off stump to remove Chris Blake for 19.

However, the barrage of 78 runs from the first 7 overs set the tone for the rest of the innings as Corfe Mullen racked up a massive 363 from their 40 overs, just short of the record 382 conceded against Bridport in 2001.

Simon Barrett was the pick of the bowlers with 2/46, including at least 4 deliveries that turned during his spell, one which removed the hard-hitting Tom Ackland (69). Tony Morris continued his recent knack of picking up a wicket in his first over, bowling Jones between his legs, via the inner thigh guard, to send him back to the pavilion for 53, and Corfe teetering on 155/2 from 18 overs.

Ackland joined Mulley to continue the home side's assault on all boundaries, moving the score onto 217, before Barrett struck his first blow, foxing Mulley with what he described as a "raging burner" to end his stay at the crease. Ryley Marsh was brought into the attack and his 4 overs went for a relatively low 28 runs, but was unable to claim a wicket.

Ackland's departure to another Barrett "Bunsen" brought together the original Dog of War, Luke Westacott and Michael "Air" Jordan, who blasted all and sundry to the ropes as the home side ended on 363.

Triangle's reply started badly as they slumped to 37/6. Elliott Sawyer initiated the collapse, trapped lbw attempting to pull a turning ball that kept low. He was followed soon after by Nathan Cornish, buoyed by his exploits the day before at Blandford, facing the Corfe attack proved a different experience. After Westacott had fully worked him over, he was put out of his misery missing a straight one.

Morris and Randell mounted a brief recovery, taking the score to the quarter century, before Morris gloved a rising delivery to 2nd slip. Skipper Midgley was thrust into the action, and departed quickly after a dashing 6-run innings ended with him edging to Jordan in the slips.

Randell then managed to run himself out, but at that point was the only batsman to reach double figures. PRT were down to 37/6 as Craig Marsh chipped the ball straight to mid off.

It was left to the fire and ice partnership of Ryley Marsh (15) and Simon Barrett (15) who dug in to give the score some respectability. As Chalky brought out his trademark forward D, it was left to young Ryley to take the attack to the home side's bowlers, flailing at any loose delivery, and scored a career-high 15, including 3 boundaries.

Their partnership of 26 saw Triangle within reach of a point, but when Marsh had been bowled, Barrett finally took on the burden of run-scoring with a hooked 6, before he was out to a stunning catch at short cover and Portland closed on 70.

Points: PRT 2, Corfe Mullen 20