Best performance of the season by Portishead

PUBLISHED: 10:25 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:25 25 July 2018

Cricket ball and stumps.

Cricket ball and stumps.

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Portishead produced their best performance of the season to beat Bristol West Indies by 41 runs.

Portishead 1st XI 206-9

Bristol West Indies 165

Young all-rounder Charlie Dangerfield was to the fore as Portishead produced their best performance of the season.

The visitors, who were second in the table at the start of play, opted to bowl first at the Lake Grounds.

Opener Will Cooper continued his fine form with a fluent 43 and in combination with number three Dangerfield, who recorded a maiden first team half-century, gave Portishead the platform for a solid total.

After Cooper fell, 17-year-old Dangerfield formed another fine partnership with 16-year-old Charlie Mott (29).

Dangerfield ultimately fell for a mature 70 and Portishead’s innings somewhat petered out to 206-9 as the lower order found life tricky on a slightly two-paced surface. Reuben Batt was the pick of the bowlers for BWI, picking up five wickets.

Skipper Mike Hooper and Rob Chick kept things tight at the start, with Chick picking up two early wickets.

Veteran Nicky Clark,with 51, provided the most resistance before Dangerfield re-entered the fray, picking up four wickets to complete a fine all-round performance.

Hooper, Mott and spinner Neil Lenihan also picked up wickets as Portishead bowled the visitors out 41 short of their target.

Downend 3rd XI 218-9

Portishead 2nd XI 127

A failure to capitalise on making starts cost Portishead dear as they fell 91 runs short away at Downend.

Seven of the batsmen reached double figures, but no-one played a substantial innings, opener Kieran Monks top scoring with 18.

Earlier, Portishead had fought back well after home skipper Olly Ralph made a positive 54 that looked like paving the way for a huge total.

Bala Krishnasamy with 4-40 from his eight overs helped put the brakes on and there were also two wickets apiece for David Peel and Phil Thoburn.

Giving away more than 40 extras didn’t help the Portishead cause, but ultimately it was the inability of any of the batsmen to play a meaningful innings that was the biggest stumbling block.

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