Portland Red Triangle CC

Founded 1922

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PRT Sunday 1st XI vs Stalbridge 1st XI
Played at Reforne, 7th May 2017
Dorset Division 1
PRT won by 118 runs
Toss won by: PRT
PRT Man of the Match Matt Randell

Triangle got their Sunday campaign off to a flying start with a comprehensive victory over visitors Stalbridge. Batting first, openers Adkins and Midgley put on a rapid 48, before Cameron ran Dave out. This brought Simon Proffitt to the crease with a reconditioned bat that he'd given ample pre-match testing. It was Midgley who fell next on 42, bowled by Judd as he attempted a rare forward defensive. Proffitt then followed soon after wafting his bat at the erratic change bowler Gordon's offering and played on.

With Portland teetering on 58/3, Matt Randell and Callan Laws joined forces to steady the innings, adding 137 for the 4th wicket. Laws departed in trademark fashion, stumped after wandering out of his crease, just short of a deserved half-century.

Meanwhile, Randell continued to attack the bowling, ably supported by skipper for the day, Simon Barrett. The pair closed out the innings with a barrage of boundaries to finish on 282/4, Matt unbeaten on 136.

Stalbridge started their reply slowly, tied down by openers Proffitt and Jon Cameron - who achieved an early-season personal target when his first over was a maiden. Proffitt twice found the edge, but Dave Adkins spilled both chances. So it was Jon who took the first wicket, bowling Guthrie with an in-swinging full toss. Proffitt broke through young Legg's defenses, before the Coleman family dug in to take the score past 50.

The introduction of Jack Marsh, fresh from his 4-wicket haul against Martinstown, saw 2 wickets fall in as many balls. First bowling Matt Coleman with a low-bouncing half-tracker, then spinning one past Judd's bat to clip off stump. Alas, he missed out on his hattrick chance, but Stalbridge were now rocking on 54/4.

Coleman, joined by his brother Will, went on the attack, punishing some loose bowling from both Marsh and Rob "Four-for-44" Thornton. Nathan Cornish replaced Rob, and after a few balls to find his line, bowled Will Coleman for 17, then he was on a hattrick too as Brewer missed a straight one. Like his nephew, he couldn't convert his chance, but removed the dangerous George Coleman for 84 in the next over, as Adkins finally held a catch.

Morris replaced Marsh, bowling the always enthusiastic Brown, then following up by removing Gordon. With one wicket remaining, Proffitt returned to replace Cornish, this time with his off breaks, and immediately tempted Legg into top-edging to Randell at slip to close out the win.

Points: PRT 20, Stalbridge 6