Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Portishead lost both games to local rivals Failand and Portbury.
WITH several players unavailable, Portishead fielded two weakened teams against local rivals Failand and Portbury and were defeated in both games.
The first team travelled to Horse Race Lane and went down by one wicket in a low-scoring affair. Batting first, Portishead could only muster 129 with John Jones making 43 and T Isom picking up 4-25 for the hosts.
In reply, Failand had reached 124-9 with E Humphreys (22) and R McArthur (23) the main contributors. Last pair P Bell and A Gray got the last six runs to see them home.
In the second team game at the Lake Grounds, Portishead were beaten by eight wickets. Having been 74-0 at one stage thanks to openers Brad McRitchie (47) and Adrian Fishman (16), all 10 wickets then fell for another 64 runs in a total of 138.
Youngsters Liam Tovey and Tom Boylan both reached double figures, but the total was well short of what was required on an excellent batting wicket.
A young and inexperienced bowling attack conceded about six runs per over as the visitors reached their target in the 23rd over. Tovey again shone with the ball picking up the only two wickets to fall for 28 runs.
The Sunday XI entertained Bradley Stoke for the second week running with original opposition Twyford House unable to raise a side.
Batting first, Portishead scored at nearly eight runs per over in amassing 275-6. Garth Tiley (83) led the way, ably backed up by Joe Rowsell (63) and debutant Martin Brittain (57 not out).
The visitors were never in the hunt, only reaching 106-9 in 40 overs with two wickets for Ross Campbell and Mike Carver.
On Sunday, Portishead host their annual six-a-side competition at the Lake Grounds with the first match starting at 9.30am.