Relegation confirmed for Portishead

PUBLISHED: 11:12 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:12 29 August 2018

Portishead Cricket Club sixes winners.

Portishead Cricket Club sixes winners.

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Portishead were relegated after suffering a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Timsbury.

Portishead 1st XI 108

Timsbury 1st XI 112-4

A calamitous collapse consigned Portishead to the defeat which confirmed their relegation.

All had been progressing well while Will Cooper (46) and Lee Chambers (29) were together.

But the departure of Chambers with the score on 67 saw the rest of the order crumble.

Jonathan Strand was the biggest beneficiary, picking up 5-20 as the rest of Portishead’s batsmen only scored 23 between them.

The collapse was perhaps epitomised by the run out of the well-set Cooper.

In reply, Timsbury weathered the early loss of dangerman Mark Sage. Adam Brinksworth’s 54 formed the mainstay of their reply as they eased to victory with 25 overs to spare.

Portishead 2nd XI 189-5

Hampset 2nd XI 139

An excellent all-round performance saw Portishead complete a fine victory at Hampset.

Skipper Bob McGhee and 16-year-old Josh Bond set the tone with a composed opening partnership. McGhee perished for 35 before Bond completed a maiden half-century, scoring 57.

Solid contributions from Tony Mott, Bobby Gould, Bala Krishnasamy and Richard Bache took Portishead to a solid total on a slightly two-paced wicket.

James Cooper was the pick of Portishead’s bowler, picking up three wickets for only eight runs. He also took two excellent catches in the deep to ensure Portishead kept Hampset’s reply in check.

Phil Thoburn also picked up three wickets to give Portishead the victory needed to ensure survival.

Despite the abysmal weather, Portishead’s annual sixes contest took place on Sunday and was an excellent and well-supported event.

Five teams made up of players from Gordano Rugby Club, North Somerset Hockey Club and from within the cricket club itself ended up braving the weather and taking part.

After a delayed start, Monkey Magic a team of junior players from the cricket club, led by non-playing skipper Jason Monks, took the honours against their senior rivals, many of whom had been enjoying the hospitality throughout the day.

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