PORTLAND RT 203-6 (17pts) beat BEAMINSTER 199-5 (8pts) by four wickets

BEAMINSTER’S wait for a first County Division One victory of the season goes on after a four-wicket loss at Portland Red Triangle.

Despite the result, this was a vastly improved display from Ross Baker’s men – particularly with the bat.

Beaminster had been bowled out for 92 and 62 in their only two games previous, although a good start at Reforne ensured no repeat.

Openers Will Moss and Baker accumulated 78 for the first wicket before Baker (39) was caught by opposing skipper Matt Randell off Jon Cameron (1-25) having hit eight fours.

Rich Samuel (1-28) then bowled Adam Moss (0) before Simon Jones accelerated Beaminster into three figures.

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The reliable all-rounder sped past Will Moss to notch 54 from 54 balls, featuring six fours, until he was stumped by Dave Adkins off Jack Marsh (1-27).

Chris Park scored a rapid 19 but two quick wickets for Randell (2-42) restricted Beaminster to 199-5, Will Moss carrying his bat for an unbeaten 43 from 118 balls.

In reply, Ryan Price (25) and Dave Adkins (43) got Portland off to a good start but Jones (2-29) snaffled both men.

Randell (60) and Callan Laws (36no) then both scored above a run-per-ball and despite late scalps for Paul Edwards (2-61) and Will Moss (2-27), Portland won.