Go-Ports outright South, Wills snares six
GORAE-PORTLAND’S bid for premiership success within the Portland and District Cricket Association A grade competition this season received a well-timed boost on Saturday, defeating South Portland outright.
The two-day, round 10 contest between the pair began last Saturday at Cavalier Park.
South Portland headed out to bat first and was dismissed for just 113 runs, with Go-Ports replying by reaching stumps at eight wickets down and with a lead of 45 runs.
South Portland’s bid for redemption appeared to be on the right track early, with Tom Drew removing returning batsman Sam Roberts (11) on just the second ball of the day, leaving a single wicket remaining.
Unfortunately for South Portland the good times ended there, with Andre Wallace (30 not out) combining with Jeremy Duncan (46) to drag the team’s score as far as 220.
Go-Ports captain Nick Wills said Duncan’s innings with the bat was a display in maturity.
“We started the day with the 45-run lead and Jezza Duncan put on an absolute show,” Wills said.
“He put us in a really good position.
“He hasn’t been able to play a lot recently due to a crook back, so I was really happy to have him come in and see off 10 or 15 overs and set us up and sure enough, he came through with the goods.”
South Portland then headed out to face a second innings with the bat and the outcome was not dissimilar to that of the first, with the side removed for 123 runs after 47 overs.