Portland Red Triangle CC

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PRT Sunday 1st XI vs Dewlish 1st XI
Played at Reforne, 18th June 2017
Dorset Division 1
Dewlish won by 9 wickets
Toss won by: PRT
PRT Man of the Match Cameron Midgley

Once again an understrength Triangle slumped to defeat on a Sunday. This time the 8 (temporarily 9 when Rich Samuel was drafted in during his break at The George) went down with some fight against Dewlish.

Cameron Midgley was back in charge as Whisker yielded control on medical grounds (ingrowing toenails forced him into umpiring duties). The skipper promptly won the toss and elected to bat. A hungover/still tipsy Laws and Randell opened the batting, with Laws taking on former Dorset paceman Dan Belt from the off.

The pair brought up their 50 partnership in just 9 overs, Laws was the first out, bowled by Simon Ross, followed soon after by Randell, caught behind off the back of his bat.

Tony Morris joined Dave Adkins and the pair ground out 12 more runs until drinks. Morris played a horrible sweep shot on middle stump to depart, bringing the skipper to the middle. He attacked the bowling from the start, with a fluent 34.

Adkins was undone by the slow loop of Henry Cox, the first of his 4 victims. Samuel joined Midgley and the pair dragged Triangle past the century mark, before Cameron holed out to Belt. This heralded the collapse with Samuel gifting a return catch to Cox, then Jack Marsh rashly chose to charge the returning Belt with inevitable consequences. Cornish plundered 3 boundaries but was unable to protect Ryley Marsh from the strike and Portland were all out for 126.

Angles Adkins opened the bowling and kept it tight in his first two overs, before Crabb took the attack to him. Cornish was having some encouragement down the hill, with his strategy of creating angles by switching to bowling around the wicket and back again at random points in the over.

It was Cornish who took the team's solitary wicket, tempting Crabb into slicing into the covers, forcing Laws to move to take the catch. By this time Dewlish had scored 47 from the first 7.

Matt Randell was removed from behind the stumps in an effort to repeat last week's feat at Charlton Down and buy a wicket. This change didn't have the desired effect, with neither he nor Jack Marsh able to make a further breakthrough. Dewlish cantered to victory in the 17th over Edmonds (38*) and Chubb (43*) unbeaten at the close. Following the confirmation of Stalbridge's withdrawal from the division, this saw PRT's points score for the season halved to 20.

Points: PRT 3, Dewlish 19