Portishead hold their nerve at the end
PUBLISHED: 10:23 13 June 2018
Portishead held their nerve to enjoy a narrow one-wicket victory over Pak Bristolians.
Portishead 1st XI 147-9
Pak Bristolians 145
A five-wicket haul from Neil Lenihan inspired Portishead to a second successive victory.
Lenihan, (5-28 from 8.5 overs), helped Portishead restrict the hosts to a below par 145. The off-spinner swept up the tail after the seamers, led by skipper Mike Hooper, kept things tight at the start of the innings.
Openers Will Cooper (21) and Lee Chambers (30) gave Portishead a solid start in response. But no one batsman played the major innings that would have made the chase comfortable.
At 105-8 it looked like Portishead had thrown away the chance of victory, but the ninth wicket duo Charlie Mott and Aaron Todd played sensibly in tandem.
Mott fell just before the win was secured, but Todd and Lenihan held their nerve to sneak Portishead over the line with seven overs to spare.
Hooper’s men will be looking for a third victory in a row when they host Old Bristolians on Saturday.
Portishead 2nd XI 146-7
Bitton 2nd XI 229-7
The seconds came unstuck at home to Bitton after the visitors elected to bat at a sun-dappled Lake Grounds.
A sharp run-out by Kyran Garrett, who threw down the single stump he had to aim at, gave Portishead an early breakthrough. Despite Portishead keeping the visitors run-rate in check for the first 25 overs the lack of wickets gave Bitton a platform to attack.
Andy Price (65) and Philip Clark (63) provided the bulk of the Bitton innings, while David Peel was the pick of Portishead’s bowlers with three wickets.
The target of 230 was within reach of the hosts, but would have demanded their best batting performance of the season.
Openers Garrett (47) and Pete Todd got Portishead off to a solid start, but the run rate was soon creeping upwards. Two costly runs out checked Portishead’s progress, including the loss of skipper Bob McGhee.
Then a positive partnership between Richard Bache (30) and Garrett, who was batting beautifully, was ended when Bache sold the youngster down the river three runs short of a deserved half-century.
Portishead Sunday Development XI 167-6
Carsons and Mangotsfield Sunday XI 166
Portishead went joint top as they overcame third-placed Carsons at home.
Charlie Dangerfield and Bala Krishnasamy each took three wickets to restrict the visitors to 166 all out.
Kyran Garrett, 50 not out, anchored Portishead’s successful chase, having received solid support from Dangerfield (36), as the hosts ultimately eased to victory with seven overs remaining.
Skipper James Marchant will be hoping his team can continue their fine start to the season against Keynsham on Sunday.