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    Date: 1st September 2018

    Venue: Redlands

    Weymouth 281-5, 45 overs

    Beaminster 224-4, 45 overs

    Weymouth won by 57 runs

    Man of the Match: Simon Jones

    Despite falling 57 runs short of their target, Beaminster produced a strong batting performance in their final game of the season. After being inserted, the Weymouth opening pair both batted superbly to put the home team in an excellent position. It wasn't until the latter overs that Beaminster were able to gain some control as runs flowed mid innings. Leg spinner Ollie Bareham was unfortunate to finish wicketless as he produced his best bowling performance of the season. Simon Jones and Dave Persey both took 2 late wickets apiece to earn respectability on a true batting surface. Beaminster were grateful to be chasing a score below 300. During the chase, despite keeping wickets in hand, Beaminster only briefly threatened Weymouth's total. Opener Ali Crawford was in fine form as he stroked a quick fire 47. Ross Baker anchored the innings and almost carried his bat in the process passing 500 runs for the season. In an eventful last over Simon Jones was also dismissed after he had made a classy 57. It was the first game for over a month that Beaminster had been involved in a full match with 90 overs completed and over 500 runs scored in the game.

    Date: 25th August 2018

    Venue: Witchampton

    Beaminster: 111 ao, 40.3 overs

    Witchampton: 113-2, 26 overs

    Witchampton won by 8 wickets

    Man of the Match : NA

    Witchampton recorded a comfortable 8 wicket victory against Beaminster after chasing a modest target of 111 in 26 overs. On a green wicket, Beaminster elected to bat first and struggled throughout their innings due to the lively surface. The Witchampton bowlers were excellent; they took wickets at regular intervals as the top order failed to lay a foundation. Opening bowler R Hamptsed (3-25) bowled unchanged and took crucial top wickets at the start of the innings. Despite a determined and patient knock of 24 by Chris Park, wickets continued to tumble around him. Although the away team managed a respectable score of 111, this total was inadequate and was unlikely to trouble the inform Witchampton team. So it proved as 62 runs were scored before youngsters Will Moss (1-13) and Oli Bareham (1-11) combined to show resistance. The target was eventually reached in the 27th over as Beaminster managed to gain 2 points from the game.

    Date: 18/08/2018

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Stalbridge 2nds 59 ao, 25 overs

    Beaminster 60-0, 8 overs

    Beaminster won by 10 wickets

    Man of the Match: Rich Runyard

    Beaminster won their final home game in style by comprehensively beating lowly Stalbridge 2nds by 10 wickets. After being inserted, the away team's top order was blown away by Dave Persey who bowled unchanged and finished with figures of 3-22. Change bowlers Ross Baker (3-9) and Rich Runyard (4-9) continued the good work as wickets continued to tumble. Beaminster's fielders backed up the bowlers with catches by Cameron Lucas (2), Dan Spiller, Simon Jones, Will Moss, Lewis Keenan and Ross Baker. The final wicket fell in the 25th over with only one batsman managing double figures. Beaminster's openers Chris Park (29 not out) and Ross Baker (26 not out) made light work of the chase with victory being achieved in the 8th over with a maximum. Park's innings comprised 5 boundaries while Baker hit two boundaries and two maximums. Beaminster finish their season with two away games at Witchampton then Weymouth.

    Date: 11th August 2018

    Venue: Cranborne

    Beaminster 73 ao, 21.1 overs

    Cranborne 74-2, 10 overs

    Cranborne won by 8 wickets

    Man of the Match: Lewis Keenan

    Beaminster had a day to forget after suffering a heavy defeat at Cranborne with the weakened team losing by 8 wickets. A number of senior players were once again unavailable as Beaminster struggled to field a full team. With this in mind, skipper Ross Baker decided to bat first after winning the toss despite the damp conditions. All of the top order struggled to bat as light rain started to fall shortly after the innings commenced meaning conditions deteriorated quickly. Opening bowler P Park (1-29) found movement off of the pitch while M Harris (4-24) unsettled the batsmen with an aggressive pacey spell. Only Lewis Keenan (42) managed double figures as he continued his good form striking a number of clean hit boundaries. Change slow bowler C Arnold then recorded remarkable figures of 4-2 off of just 7 balls to mop up Beaminster's inexperienced tail. A target of 74 was unlikely to trouble the home team as they raced to 50 before change bowlers Ross Baker (1-8) and Will Moss (1-20) ensured respectability and earn Beaminster a point. Other opportunities to take further wickets were wasted as fielders failed to take catches giving Cranborne the chance to pass their target in the 10th over to record an emphatic victory.

    Date: 4th August 2018

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Charlton Down 145 ao, 32.5 overs

    Beaminster 149-8, 38.2 overs

    Beaminster won by 2 wickets

    Man of the Match: Lewis Keenan

    Beaminster made an excellent response to their previous poor showing as they defeated Charlton Down by 2 wickets in a hard fought derby game at the Memorial Ground. After losing the toss, the home team bowled and fielded superbly to restrict Charlton Down to 145. Openers Dave Persey (2-35) and Simon Jones set the tone by taking 3 early wickets and applying pressure through numerous good deliveries. The good work was continued by change bowlers Aidey Phillips who took 4 wickets and Ross Baker who took the crucial wicket of Sam Roles as Beaminster took control of the game. However, some determined batting from Charlton Downs young tail ensured respectability before Will Moss took the last 2 wickets. On a challenging surface with variable bounce, Beaminster lost 2 early wickets before tea. The Stevens brothers both bowled well but Ross Baker (38) and Ali Crawford (23) battled and formed a crucial partnership. After losing another 2 wickets, Lewis Keenan played a superb innings of 43 not out to guide his team to victory. Although 8 wickets were lost, Keenan remained to guide the home team to a gritty 2 wicket victory.

    Date:29th July 2018

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Beaminster 67ao 25.1 overs

    Blandford 69-0, 4.4 overs

    Blandford won by 10 wicket

    Man of the Match: William Murley

    Beaminster were swept aside by a rampant Blandford team at the Memorial Ground. After losing the toss, Beaminster were ruthlessly dismissed for just 67 in the 26th over. After heavy overnight and morning showers, the wicket was particularly lively and accounted for several wickets. However other wickets were gifted due to poor shot execution presenting simple catches to close fielders. The home team was once again weakened as numerous regular players were unavailable. Stand-in opener Nick David was the first wicket to fall after mistiming a shot to the leg side. When first change bowler S Lama (6-24) was introduced he turned the game on its head. He unsettled the Beaminster batsmen with a barrage of bouncers and short pitched deliveries. None of the batsmen managed double figures as nearly half of the total was made up of 31 extras. With such a modest total to negotiate, the visitors opening batsmen smashed the ball to all parts of the ground. K Abbott finished unbeaten on 53 runs from just 19 balls as Blandford chased their target in the fifth over to gain a crushing victory.

    Date:21st July 2018

    Venue: Kingston Lacy

    Kingston Lacy 127ao, 34.4 overs

    Beaminster 131-9, 43.2 overs

    Beaminster won by 1 wicket

    Man of the Match: Leo Gurd

    Beaminster were grateful for their young tail who held their nerve to guide the visitors to victory in a tense and exciting game. On a difficult surface with variable bounce, Kingston Lacey elected to bat first. Dave Persey bowled an excellent opening spell taking 4 top order wickets. Change bowlers Simon Jones (1-16) and Ross Baker (2-20) continued to exert pressure as the home team slumped to 46-5. However, two straightforward catches were spilt to allow Kingston Lacy to rebuild as they formed a crucial sixth wicket partnership. Rich Runyard bowled an aggressive spell and took 2 late order wickets to end the innings on 127. In reply, Beaminster's top order were blown away by Kingston Laceys opening bowlers Only a hard hitting 28 from opener Ross Baker offered resistance. Batting at 6, Leo Gurd (46) batted determinedly to hold the innings together. In a tense finale that ebbed and flowed, Beaminster lost wickets at regular intervals. With one wicket and just 10 balls remaining, Will Moss (7 not out) and Oli Bareham (3 not out) held their nerve and batted maturely to ensure Beaminster gained a vital victory by 1 wicket.

    Date:15th July 2018

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Marnhull 295-9, 45 overs

    Beaminster 130 ao, 25.5 overs

    Marnhull won by 165 runs

    Man of the Match: Ross Baker

    Beaminster were heavily defeated at home by 165 runs by an impressive Marnhull side. The home team failed to capitalise on promising situations and were severely punished by two of the opposing batsman. After winning the toss on a flat surface, Dave Persey took 3 wickets in his opening spell as Marnhull slumped to 20-3. Change bowlers Will Moss (3-51) and Ross Baker (1-20) also took wickets before the innings accelerated and the home team unraveled. With a number of regular player's unavailable, Beaminster's weaknesses were ruthlessly exposed in the field and in the bowling department by James Vitali (110) and Ed Ralph who hit a brutal 68 not out. Catches were dropped and loose deliveries were punished on a fast outfield. In a brutal last 15 overs, Marnhull amassed a huge total of 295, the highest total scored at the Memorial Ground this season. Beaminster's openers Ross Baker (39) and Rich Runyard (37) started well as they shared an excellent 67 run opening stand. However, spinner J Hardy changed the game as he took 8 wickets including an excellent caught and bowled to stem the flow of runs. Only Lewis Keenan (26) offered further resistance before Beaminster were dismissed for 130 in the 26th over.

    Date: 7th July 2018


    Beaminster 154-9, 45 overs

    Wimborne & Colehill 2nds 158-5, 34 overs

    Wimborne & Colehill 2nds won by 5 wickets

    Man of the Match: Ross Baker

    A weakened Beaminster team were defeated by 5 wickets at the Leaze by Wimborne and Clohill 2nds. On a scorching hot day, Wimborne surprisingly elected to field after winning the toss. Experienced openers Simon Jones and Ross Baker shared an excellent 79 run opening stand. On a bouncy wicket with a fast outfield, the pair ruthlessly hit any stray deliveries and were untroubled until skipper Ratcliffe took a fine return catch to dismiss Jones for 40. The floodgates then opened as the away team's middle order collapsed meekly. 7 wickets were lost for 46 runs including Baker's who batted for 30 overs for his 43 runs. However, Beaminster's tail wagged as the home team fielders began to wilt in the heat. Fergus Rees (12) and Giles Moss with an entertaining 17 runs secured another batting point and ensured the full allotted overs were bowled as Beaminster closed on 154-9. In a 20 minute spell before an extended tea break, Beaminster took the wicket of D Baker as he was stumped brilliantly by Leo Gurd off of Baker's bowling. After tea, despite some tight bowling from Dave Persey and Simon Jones (1-8), the home team built crucial middle order partnerships. Fergus Rees took 2 wickets and Will Moss took 1-27 to give Beaminster 2 bowling points before Wimborne chased their target with 11 overs and 5 wickets remaining.

    Date: 30th June 2018

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Beaminster 118 ao, 26 overs

    Weymouth 119-7, 31.5 overs

    Weymouth won by 7 wickets

    Man of the Match: Dave Persey

    Despite a brave fightback in the field, Beaminster slipped to their second consecutive home defeat by 3 wickets to Weymouth. In one impressive period, Beaminster took 6 wickets for 39 runs as pace bowlers Dave Persey (2-33) and Ross Baker (3-11) combined superbly. However, Weymouth skipper Harry Mitchell (28 not out) batted sensibly to guide his team past the modest target. Earlier, after winning the toss, apart from Simon Jones who hit a classy 45, the Beaminster batters struggled on a lively track. The Weymouth attack bowled effectively and applied pressure throughout. Beaminster were again guilty of not building substantial partnerships as wickets fell at regular intervals. Dave Persey (20) batted well with the tail before before the home team were all dismissed in the 26th over. Weymouth's response started well as the openers looked comfortable until the change bowlers combined to spread panic amongst the away team players and almost cause an upset.

    Date: 23rd June 2018

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Witchampton 238-4, 45 overs

    Beaminster 165-8, 45 overs

    Result: Witchampton won by 73 runs

    Man of the Match: Ross Baker

    Beaminster were left to rue poor fielding as they succumbed to a heavy 73 run defeat at home to Witchampton. After winning the toss, the away team set an above par total as Beaminster's fielders struggled in the heat. Opener M Ashford hit an unbeaten 95 but was helped by dropped catches and missfields. Seven bowlers were used but only four wickets were taken as the home team were unable to contain. With several regular players unavailable Beaminster dropped crucial catches that allowed Witchampton to post over 200 on an unusually tricky surface. In response, Beaminster battled but lost wickets at regular intervals. Opener Ross Baker (56) fought hard for 37 overs and briefly during an entertaining partnership with Hugh Rathbone (24) the target was insight but once it was broken hopes of victory faded. Earlier Rich Runyard (23) was controversially run out backing up to complete a miserable day for the home team.

    Date: 17th June 2018

    Venue: Stalbridge

    Stalbridge 164 ao, 44.4 overs

    Beaminster 166-4, 36.4 overs

    Result: Beaminster won by 6 wickets

    Man of the Match: Rich Runyard

    Beaminster moved to third in the table after a comfortable 6 wicket victory at Stalbridge. The home team made a positive start after winning the toss and electing to bat. Beaminster's opening bowlers were guilty of bowling too short on a slow surface. N Ford (81) dispatched loose deliveries and played aggressively before change bowlers Ross Baker (2-35) and Dave Persey (3-28) were rewarded for bowling full and straight. After the opening partnership was broken wickets fell regularly. Beaminster's fielding was sharp with 7 catches. The away team were delighted to take the final wicket in the last over as the innings closed on 164. Beaminster's reply started well with another half century opening stand between Chris Park (38) and Ross Baker (11). However, both fell caught and bowled in a 3 over spell. Rich Runyard (39 not out) then played determinedly with Lewis Keenan (29 not out) to guide the away team to victory. Runyard finished the game in style with a huge maximum as Beaminster reached their target in the 37th over..

    Date: 2nd June 2018

    Venue: The Charlton Down

    Beaminster 123 ao, 43 overs

    Charlton Down 126-1, 28 overs

    Result: Charlton Down won by 9 wickets

    Man of the Match: Ross Baker

    A weakened Beaminster team suffered a disappointing 9 wicket defeat at Charlton Down. After winning the toss and electing to bat, with the exception of skipper Ross Baker (82), all of the away batsmen struggled against the Charlton Down bowling attack. Nick David (13) was the only other batsman to manage double figures and make a meaningful partnership (42). Baker's determined knock lasted for 43 overs and included 13 boundaries. At tea, the away team realised they had under performed and required a special effort in the field to achieve a positive result. Unfortunately, the Beaminster bowling attack was nor as effective as J Miller (72 not out) played aggressively and hit his highest score of the season. Ross Baker (1-27) took the only wicket to fall before Charlton Down eased past their target in only the 28th over.

    Date: 26/05/2018

    Venue and Opponent: Blandford

    Blandford 128 ao, 40.3 overs

    Beaminster 131-5, 36.4 overs

    Beaminster won by 5 wickets

    Man of the Match: Dan Spiller

    Beaminster gained a valuable away victory at Blandford after a tremendous bowling performance. After losing the toss, the Beaminster bowlers all bowled well on a difficult surface with variable bounce and a long outfield which made scoring boundaries difficult. Will Moss (3 wickets) continued his good form by bowling full and straight. Skipper Ross Baker produced his best bowling performance of the season taking 4 wickets including 3 clean bowled. They were well supported by Simon Jones and Oli Bareham as the inform bowlers applied pressure throughout the Blandford innings. Despite 3 good catches, the Beaminster fielders struggled in the heat during the final 10 overs as a number of catches were spilt. Despite these mistakes, Beaminster were pleased to dismiss the home team for 128. In reply, the Beaminster batters struggled to score freely but played determinedly. Simon Jones topped scored with 31 and shared valuable partnerships with Chris Park (19) and Cameron Lucas (29). However after the drinks break, 3 quick wickets fell before Dan Spiller (23 not out) played an important cameo to ensure Beaminster won comfortably by 5 wickets.

    Date: 19/05/2018

    Venue: The Memorial Ground, Beaminster

    Opposition: Kingston Lacy

    Beaminster 217-4, 45 overs

    Kingston Lacy 170 ao, 41.3 overs

    Result: Beaminster won by 47 runs

    Man of the Match: Simon Jones

    Beaminster recorded an impressive victory at home to Kingston Lacy. After being inserted, the top four batsmen all made useful contributions as a solid platform was laid. Chris Park (48) and Ross Baker (28) put on their third consecutive 50 partnership before Simon Jones (83) entered the fray and he played superbly. Against accurate bowling, the Beaminster batsmen played determinedly and ran well between the wickets. Rich Runyard supported Jones to ensure the home team passed 200 on a hot afternoon at the Memorial Ground. In reply, 2 early wickets were taken by the promoted Will Moss and Francis Medley. First change bowler Simon Jones bowled an excellent spell taking 3 crucial wickets. However Kingston Lacy fought back and looked to set chase their target before fifth bowler Richard Runyard (1-30) bowled superbly to ensure Beaminster were ahead in the game. Ross Baker (3-30) returned to the attack to mop up the tail as Beaminster won by 40 runs.

    Date: 12/05/2018

    Venue: Away

    Opposition: Marnhull

    Lost by 5 wickets

    Beaminster 192 - 5 (45 overs)

    Marnhull 193-5 (42 overs)

    Man of the Match: Ross Baker

    In an enthralling and exciting game, Marnhull successfully chased their target with 3 overs remaining. After being inserted, Beaminster's total was built around a determined knock by their skipper Ross Baker who batted for 39 overs for his 62. On a challenging surface with variable bounce Rich Runyard also excelled with an excellent 48 not out. At tea, Beaminster were content with their total. Marnhull's reply started well when the openers took advantage of loose deliveries. Although Ross Baker (1-18) dismissed the dangerous skipper Vitali, youngster D Harkin hit a mature 51 to guide his team to victory. Joe Hawkins took 3-42 but Beaminster were made to rue dropped catches and too many loose deliveries.

    Date: 05/05/2018

    Venue: Home

    Opposition: Wimborne & Colehill 2nds

    Won by 7 wickets

    Wimborne & Colehill 2nds 217-8 (45 overs)

    Beaminster 218-3 (40 overs)

    Man of the Match: Chris Park

    After a fantastic maiden league century from Chris Park, Beaminster successfully chased their 217 target to win their opening game by 7 wickets. Nick Hollely dismissed opener Jones for 0 and Francis Medley dismissed Cook for 12 as the visitors struggled against the new ball. Wimborne and Colehill 2nds then rebuilt with an excellent third wicket partnership of 56. Change bowlers Simon Jones (3-23) Ross Baker (2-66) and Joe Hawkins (0-15) bowled well to restrict the visitors. Beaminster 's fielders held all of their catches and few errors in the outfield. Justin Gurd (2) Chris Park and Joe Hawkins all took important catches before the visitors closed on a competitive 217-8 from 45 overs. In reply Beaminster achieved a flying start as they raced to 64 from 12 overs. Although 2 quick wickets were lost, Chris Park (110 not out) and Simon Jones (54) built a defining third wicket partnership. Chris was in imperious form hitting 14 boundaries and 2 maximums. With 5 overs to spare, Beaminster reached their target to record an impressive first win in Division 2 of the Dorset League by 7 wickets.

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