CRICKET: Saints slump to defeat on island

Dorset Echo: EXPRESS PACE: St George’s Tim Goodhew EXPRESS PACE: St George’s Tim Goodhew

PORTLAND RED TRIANGLE 178-8 (20pts) beat ST GEORGE’S 75 (5pts) by 103 runs

ST GEORGE’S had an afternoon to forget on Portland as a dismal performance saw them slump to a heavy Dorset Sunday League Division One defeat against their South Dorset neighbours.

It all began promisingly for the visitors after winning the toss and fielding as Rob Cole picked up two early wickets with the new ball.

Tim Goodhew’s express pace then accounted for three of the middle order as the hosts were reduced to 85-6.

That was as good as it got for the county town side though and the islanders’ lower order batted sensibly in the face of some indifferent bowling in the closing overs before the innings closed on a competitive 178-8.

The visitors’ reply never really got going with wickets falling at regular intervals.

Matt Randell ran through the middle order and tail to finish with 6-18 as the Saints were bowled out in only the 24th over still a long way short of their target.

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