|PRT Sunday 1st XI vs Old Blandfordians 1st XI|
|Played at Reforne, 16th July 2017
Dorset Division 1
|PRT won by 31 runs|
|Toss won by:||
|PRT Man of the Match||
Triangle recorded their long-awaited second win of the season (and now first official win, following Stalbridge's withdrawal), while avenging their humiliation in the first fixture when Blandfordians bowled out a rag-tag side for just 54.
The star of the show with bat and ball was Matt Barrett, making a rare appearance this season for the Sunday side, who recorded his maiden half-century for the club and then went on to take 4 wickets.
On a hot Reforne afternoon the visitors had no hesitation in putting Portland into bat, looking to repeat their earlier exploits and hoping for a quick finish. They hadn't accounted for the opening partnership of Matt Randell and the force of nature that is Callan Laws. Laws, who was roped into playing at the last minute, but couldn't stay to field, attacked the bowling from the off. The pair set an electric pace, racking up 43 runs from the opening 6 overs, before Randell skied an attempted pull and the keeper was on hand to take the catch at the second attempt.
Cameron Midgley was looking to avoid three golden ducks in a row, surviving a first ball scare when he popped a ball into the vacant short cover area. His next 2 deliveries were more assured, driving crisply for consecutive boundaries, before missing a straight one. Tony Morris was promoted to 4, and was ice to Laws' fire as the pair put on 22 until Callan attempted and failed to drive over the only man on the fence at long off.
Matt Barrett came to the middle and after a few tentative prods, soon found his groove with some firm boundary shots. He even passed an early test when umpire Randell told the bowler not to worry about young Barrett clearing the ropes, and then promptly did so the next delivery. After Morris had survived being dropped behind off veteran Bob Scott, the pair went on to add 47 for the 4th wicket, seeing the score to 120.
A change of bowler saw Tuck account for Morris, bringing together father and son, and fittingly Simon was there to congratulate Matt as he reached his maiden half-century. Alas, he was unable to push on as Rahaman came into the attack to claim his wicket.
Some measured hitting from the lower order, including Rob Townley surpassing his previous best of 9, doubling it with a swashbuckling 18, saw Triangle close on 188. Jack Marsh was the last man out attempting some sort of slog sweep on the penultimate ball of the innings, gifting the visitors maxiumum bonus points.
Matt Randell's tea was taken to mixed reviews and the newish ball was handed to Matt Barrett as the skipper ignored his complaints about a tight calf muscle. Barrett struck in his first over, proving too quick for Sollis who played all round a yorker. Up the hill, Townley was struggling with his own muscle injury, a tightening hamstring, but was able to tie up his end from a reduced run up.
Field's resistance was broken when Barrett clipped the top of leg stump, and he wished Triangle's captain all the best for the match against Lashings. Ryan, then Steve White were removed in the same over, and when Cornish pulled off another stunning catch in the deep to give Townley his first wicket, the islanders were on top with the score at 53/5.
Rahaman and Webber made a brief recovery until Webber was trapped lbw, and after a quiet enquiry to the umpire by Cornish, he was on his way. Jack Marsh was brought on for Townley, and took two in two balls, Rahaman lofting a catch to Rob at mid off, then England was undone by a ball that spun past his bat to take his off bail.
Gale and Tuck rallied to drive Blandfordians past the century mark, before the evergreen, and ever-wily Chalky Barrett removed Tuck for 18. Morris replaced Marsh and really should have wrapped up the game in his first over, but contrived to spill a caught and bowled chance.
Bob Scott then took a carefree approach to batting, swinging at anything that came his way. It was a landmark day for Scott, who not only hit his first career 6, when he smashed Randell over the fence, but was also hit amidships for the first time by a vicious arm ball from Simon Barrett. This sent him falling to the turf and rolling like Jurgen Klinsmann, exposing the perils of batting without adequate protection. Clearly rattled, and wisely refusing treatment by freeze spray, he went for one big hit too many and Matt Randell claimed his wicket and the win.
PRT 20, Old Blandfordians 9