Portishead fall well short in run chase

PUBLISHED: 09:35 01 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:35 01 August 2018

A cricket helmet and gloves lie beyond the boundary (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

A cricket helmet and gloves lie beyond the boundary (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Portishead’s reply to Frenchay’s modest total fell well short, running out 103 runs short.

Frenchay 1st XI 187

Portishead 1st XI 84

Portishead suffered their first blow before a ball had been bowled with spinner Neil Lenihan going down in the warm-up.

However, Rob Chick removed the prolific Mike Donaldson for eight and Portishead soon had table-topping Frenchay in trouble. Chick, with 3-34 and 16-year-old Charlie Mott (4-30), helped reduce the hosts to 108-8.

But a failure to wrap up the innings, exacerbated by being a bowler short, cost Portishead dear. Eddie Williams (55), and Ben Stoddart put on 84 for the ninth wicket in a match-changing partnership.

The pacy Stoddart then ripped through Portishead’s top-order, finishing with seven wickets as the visitors’ challenge fell flat.

Nic Anderson provided the most resistance, battling for 71 balls for his 23, but skipper Mike Hooper will be hoping for better at Shirehampton on Saturday.

Hallen 1st XI 193-5

Portishead 2nd XI 195-1

James Cooper took three wickets to help Portishead restrict Hallen to 193 after stand-in skipper Richard Bache inserted the visitors.

The forecast rain mostly stayed away, but on a windswept afternoon a slightly ragged effort in the field allowed the visitors to compile a bigger score than initially appeared likely.

Cooper and fellow young seamers Joe Dyas and Ethan Monks bowled well with Simon Clark and Bob Chandler both scoring 42 for the visitors.

After the interval, a magnificent hundred-plus opening partnership between Pete Todd and Simon Garrett broke the back of the chase.

The biggest danger appeared to be the rain, but one sharp shower apart, progress was serene.

Garrett eventually departed for a well-made 57, but Bache (36 not out), joined Todd to see Portishead home with two overs to spare.

The experienced Todd finished 75 not out, having marshalled the chase superbly.

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