The Saturday 1st XI's Div 1 campaign got off to a losing start
Despite scoring a mammoth 296 from their 45 overs, Matt Randell's 1st XI were unable to defend that total at Delph Woods.
After winning a rare toss, skipper Randell elected to bat, and Triangle made progress to 136/3, thanks to 30s from Randell and Callan Laws. However, Olly Whisker (13), then Simon Proffitt (56) fell to swing the innings in Broadstone's favour, but Kyle Sloane led the fightback with a hard-hitting innings of 66, including numerous sixes into the trees.
Veteran Simon Barrett (21) supported Sloane as they moved the score to 247, with Triangle eventually closing on 296. Broadstone's response was steady, but Proffitt (1/30) made an early breakthrough. Leadbetter (78) continued to anchor the home side's innings, aided by Morris dropping a straightforward catch off Barrett. Luckily father and son combined to give Chalky a deserved wicket. Pete "Jonty" Jarvis then cemented his place as specialist fielder, taking a stunning, tumbling catch in the deep to give Barrett his 2nd wicket.
The game swung dramatically in Broadstone's favour as first Matt Barrett (0/47) struggled with his length in a costly 3 overs, then Tom Hinde (0/48) contributed a string of wides. Triangle never recovered, with Broadstone easing to the win with nearly 2 overs to spare.
An understrength 2nd XI lose Chesil derby
Already weakened by a number of absences, the 2nd XI were forced to patch together a side after losing players to the 1st XI. Not the best preparation for their first game back in Divison 4, but 11 stout men took to the field, but were outplayed by an experienced Abbotsbury outfit.
New skipper Jon Cameron won the toss and chose to make first use of the Reforne wicket. After losing veteran opener Dave Males, along with John Walker, in quick succession, it was left to Joe Adkins (18) and Cameron (11) to lead the recovery. Richard Johnson (10) and James Potts (16) were the only other batsmen to make double figures as the hosts slumped to 86 all out.
The visitors made short work of reaching the total, passing the target in the 17th over, with Simon Pengelly finishing short of his half century with 46*. Jack Marsh continued from where he left off last season, picking up the only wicket for Triangle.
Senior and youth training are set to start outdoors!
Senior training is due to get underway this week, with 1st XI Captain Matt Randell running the session from 6pm
Outdoor youth training restarts next Wednesday, 25th April, from 6pm - 7pm. Boys & girls of any age and ability are welcome. All our coaches are volunteers and give up their spare time at no charge to the club this allows us to run these sessions free of charge.
Sessions will be run by Gary Randell, a Level 2 coach & Tom Hinde, his coaching assistant; along with Matthew Randell, also a Level 2 coach & Oliver Whisker, coaching assistant.
PRT's recruitment dept have made a signing
Portland Red Triangle are pleased to announce the arrival of Kyle Sloane who will be joining us for the 1st XI's return to Division 1. Kyle is a right arm fast-medium bowling all rounder from New Zealand.
Many thanks to Quiddles Cafe in Chiswell for sorting out accomodation and employment for Kyle while he plays for us in the summer.
The league fixtures have been published for both Saturday sides
The Saturday 1sts are back in Division 1 and start their campaign with a trip to Broadstone, followed by a home clash with last year's Division 2 title rivals Compton House.
The Saturday 2nds are also playing in a higher division following last year's promotion, kicking off the season by hosting Abbostbury in the El Chesilco derby, then they're on the road to face Wareham.
After the Sunday league was disbanded at the end of last season due to mass apathy, Triangle is looking to revive the Pirates side and should be playing some more Sunday friendlies, so anyone who is interested check back here for updates.