CRICKET: Melvyn memorial is a big charity hit

Dorset Echo: ISLAND SHOWDOWN: Portland Red Triangle and Legends teams at Reforne ISLAND SHOWDOWN: Portland Red Triangle and Legends teams at Reforne

A LEGENDS team, packed with a host of local sporting personalities, overcame a Portland Red Triangle XI in a special charity cricket match in memory of the late Melvyn Tremlin.

The event, sponsored by Port-land butcher Ian Burden and Tesco Easton, raised £1,305, a sum which is going to be split between Weldmar Hospicecare and the island cricket club, who are planning a lasting memorial to their former captain.

Tremlin starred for the club with bat and ball over a number of years during the 1980s and 90s before passing away last Sept-ember at the age of 61 following a short illness.

The game in his memory saw ex-Premier League referee Paul Durkin, Simon and Alex Browne, Weymouth Cricket Club chairman John Ryan, Pat George, Gary Pooley, Nicky Preston and Dana Milverton turn out for the Legends.

Their opponents, led by Simon Barrett and featuring Tremlin’s nephew Ashley Tremlin, batted first but lost wickets steadily and were bowled out for 127.

Only opener Dave Blackman (55) and Matt Randell (29) troubled the bowlers, with Simon Browne taking 3-6 and Pat George claiming 3-12.

The Legends’ reply featured steady contributions from Milv-erton and Mark Warne and, after a drinks break, a partnership between the two Browne brothers was accompanied by live music from The Remedy.

Alex Browne eventually retired on 33 and, following a short interlude for a display by the Second Edition Majorettes, George led the Legends home with a big-hitting 36.

Red Triangle gave all their players a bowl but none found much success.

Organisers would like to thank Fancy’s Farm, the Second Edition Majorettes and band The Remedy.

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