Saturday 13 May 2017
Sunday 14 May 2017
The Tigers had a mixed weekend on their tour to Portugal, losing the time game on the Saturday, but recovering from a terrible start to win emphatically in the limited overs game the next day.
Chris Wright clearly likes this fixture, hitting his third century in four visits (103*), and his seventh for the club, as the tourists posted 223 in the first contest. Jim Shea (27) and Ian Porton (30) had put together 58 for the first wicket in 21 overs, Jim compiling his runs in 29 overs out of 77, following his marathon stint in 2016. Thereafter Wrighty carried the innings, with only Chris Boden (13) subsequently getting into double figures. Wright completed his ton with a six, at which point the declaration was made after 51 overs.
Porto were in trouble at 7-2, but Chambers (153*) ensured the home side won in the 50th over, the only other real contributions coming from Patel and Pravin (both 24). Matt Webster sent down another yeoman effort (2-59 in 14 overs), with a pair of wickets each for Stewart Taylor and Hadleigh Luff.
The Tigers more or less reversed the batting order for Sunday and made a wretched start, three of the top five failing to register a run as they slumped to 26-5. But most of the batting was in the tail, with Shea (20), Wright (18) and Luff (37*) boosting the final total to 136.
Porto made an even worst start, Taylor (3-4) dismissing the top three batsmen with only two runs on the board. Simon Warren (3-18) then took the vital wicket of Chambers, trapping him leg before for just 5. Thereafter only Ragho (33*) put up any resistance as the innings crumbled to 74 all out in the 30th over, with two wickets each for Luff and John McGirr.
This report has been compiled from scorebook information only. If any tourists have any information to add, please feel free to do so.