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    Review of the 2019 Season

    BEAMINSTER captain Ross Baker is relishing the prospect of going toe-to-toe with familiar foes Witchampton when their County Division Two season begins on Saturday (1.30pm). Bakers men twice lost to the Witches in the 2018 campaign, most recently on the penultimate day of the season when Beaminster succumbed to a heavy eight-wicket defeat. Beaminster will be looking to make amends in their curtain raiser but, when speaking to the Bridport News, Baker was cautious of the Witches armoury. He said: They have got quite a lot of strength in depth, bat deep and seem to have plenty of options with the ball as well. We have had some good battles with them over the years they always seem to be in our division. We know plenty about them and we will give it our best shot. We are in quite a strong position anyway because we have got a few players back this season who did not play the last. Its good to play a strong side at the start and get them out of the way early. Its going to be difficult because we have got a few senior players missing but its a good opportunity for our homegrown players to play first team cricket. That has been our policy for the last few years to put in five or six players from the youth team and thats what we are going to continue to do. Beaminster are boosted by the arrival of South African paceman Daniel Swift, who has already excelled during the winter. Baker said Hes been very impressive since he arrived. Hes trained well. We had a pre-season friendly at Broadwindsor and he impressed everybody with his bowling, he also hit 73 not out. He will be a big asset for us. Hes pretty quick but its difficult on a slow surface,in the nets hes been very quick so we are looking forward to seeing him bowl. Baker also revealed pre-season preparations have been stronger than ever as the club utilises its new nets. He said: Everyones been quite keen to use the facilities and also having Daniel there for coaching means the young players have trained well. We have had higher number for training compared to the last couple of years, so thats pretty encouraging. Baker will miss out due to a wedding, so Chris Park will instead skipper the side. All rounders Simon Jones and Rich Runyard are absent, as is Leo Gurd. Beaminster: Swift, W Moss, A Moss, Park, Hollely, Keenan, Murley, Phillips, James, O Bareham, S Bareham .

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