Portishead squander fine start

PUBLISHED: 11:27 27 June 2018

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Portishead posted an inadequate total against Timsbury, despite making a fine start to the match.

Portishead 1st XI 162

Timsbury 1st XI 166-2

Familiar failings cost Portishead dear as a fine start was squandered at Timsbury.

Opener Will Cooper crunched 11 fours and a six in a rapid fire 59 for his maiden first team 50. But once he fell Portishead collapsed from 85-2 to 162 all out.

A series of loose shots left Portishead with a distinctly inadequate total, with only Rob Chick, who added a sensible 32, making any other score of note.

Timsbury wasted little time chasing down the target, with the prolific Mark Sage (80) and keeper Adam Brinkworth (50 not out), doing the majority of the damage.

Skipper Mike Hooper was the pick of the bowlers, claiming the only two wickets. He will be hoping for a much-improved effort against fellow strugglers Bradley Stoke on Saturday.

Portishead 2nd XI 148-6

Hampset 2nd XI 147

An outstanding effort with the ball helped Portishead get back to winning ways.

After Hampset had shown little hesitation in making first use of a belting track and lightning outfield at the Lake Grounds, Portishead quickly got to work.

Young opening bowlers James Cooper and, in particular, David Peel, who reeled off four consecutive maidens, set the tone for the whole innings.

Peel ended up taking three wickets, as did Phil Thoburn, including a supremely nonchalant one-handed caught and bowled chance.

With Thoburn also throwing the stumps down for a sharp run out, Portishead were delighted to restrict the visitors to less than 150 on a day when 200-plus looked like a bare minimum.

The chase wasn’t without a few scares, but skipper Bob McGhee looked in commanding form, top scoring with 35. Keeper Jon Venn with a composed 31 not out saw Portishead home with eight overs to spare.

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