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    Date: 26/07/2014
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Weymouth 2nds

    The 1st XI were pretty confident of success against the division's bottom team but that is not how it turned out, as the team went down to a disappointing loss. Batting first Beaminster got off to a shaky start with Jack Walklett and Dan Hillier both back in the pavilion without troubling the scorers and with only 7 runs on the board. But then opener Fred Everitt (19) and Richie Runyard (24) put on 48 runs in six overs without seeming in the slightest difficulty and making batting look easy. Just when recovery from the poor start seemed accomplished the stand was broken and the score tumbled from 55-2 to 75-8. Another mid-order batting collapse and not for the first time this season. Some modicum of respectability was given to the score (110) by the last wicket stand of 35 between Hugh Rathbone (25) and Brian Earl (8no). This was never likely to be enough however. On a hot sultry day the innings was played in an almost eerie total silence as the Weymouth players seemed not to believe in banter or mutual encouragement.

    Our bowlers got off to a good start with only 22 runs coming in the first 10 overs. However with such a small total to defend shortage of overs was never likely to be a problem for Weymouth. The run rate then increased significantly mainly due to aggressive batting from Andrew Jones. Playing in only his second ever league match he clubbed 56no and destroyed whatever hopes of victory Beaminster may have harboured. The winning score was reached in 27 overs, little over half the allotted number. Wickets were shared by all three of our bowlers - Jack (1), Adie Phillips (2) and Will Everitt (2).

    Date: 09/08/2014
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Wimborne & Colehill 3rds

    South Dorset's roads were chock-a-block last Saturday and the several cars carrying Beaminster's players to the ground were all delayed and arrived after the scheduled start time. Thus the match was reduced to 41 overs per side. Batting first Beaminster were immediately into their stride and Richie Runyard was unfortunate to fall early on to an excellent catch from a full-blooded cover drive. Thereafter the score moved along briskly thanks mainly to a blistering 40 in 35 minutes from Ross Baker and a quick-fire 32 from Dave Persey in 27 minutes. At the other end Jack Walklett maintained his new-found limpet form proving just about impossible to winkle out . Opening the innings he stayed at the crease for 158 minutes and in the process scored his maiden half century (52) for the club. The W&C bowlers could not get him out, so Jack did them a favour and got himself out - run out trying a very risky single. The other chief contributor to Beaminster's total of 204 was extras - 43 of them, including 30 no balls. The generosity of the W&C bowlers was much appreciated, giving a couple of batting bonus points to us.

    When it came W&C's turn to bat they never looked likely win. They immediately fell behind the required run rate, being 30-2 after 10 overs. Wickets fell regularly and the run rate never picked up until the last wicket pair were at the crease. Then, with the score at 112-9 visions of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory arose as the final pair put on 31 in quick time and raised the spectre of an horrendous loss. It's happened before and the team was distinctly nervous and mightily relieved when Dave Persey clean bowled their danger man for 59. Wickets were well distributed amongst the bowlers with Jack getting the best figures (4-32) followed by Dave (2-19), Adie Phillips (2-31) and Ross (2-38).

    This was a comprehensive win for the team and well deserved. All players contributed and the two youth players called into the side (Leo Gurd and Ollie James) acquitted themselves well.

    Date: 16/08/2014
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Portland Red Triangle

    Portland RT came to Beaminster hoping to boost their promotion chances but left with them in tatters. They were struggling from the start after being put in to bat. Opening bowlers Aidey Phillips (2-49) and Ross Baker (2-19) put them on the back foot immediately and had them in difficulties at 24-3. Tight bowling and good fielding (six catches and one stumping) meant that Portland never got a hold of the game and were always behind the pace. Their wickets fell regularly and runs came slowly. Skipper Aidey Phillips alternated his bowlers most effectively, using seven in total with six of them getting wickets - Jack Walklett (3-38), Mark Barber (1-15), Terry Field (1-5) and Dave Persey (1-0) in addition to Aidey and Ross. The seventh bowler (Will Everitt, 0-9 in six overs) was the most economical of all. This was a tremendous bowling/fielding effort by the team as Portland were dismissed for 147 in the 44th over.

    Beaminster's reply got off to a shaky start with openers Jack Walklett and Simon Jones (making a very welcome return to the side) out for 15. But then Richie Runyard (36) and Ross Baker (47, with 44 in boundaries)) blasted a stand of 68 in 48 balls to pretty well take the game away from Portland. Will Everitt (23 quick runs) and then Hugh Rathbone (21 not out) and Aidey Phillips (5 not out) took Beaminster to 151-6 and victory in the 30th over.

    This was a big victory for the team, coming as it did on the tails of the previous week's win. Everybody made a good contribution and showed the side's determination to avoid relegation. This now looks a better prospect as the following shows:
    Stalbridge 2nd: Played 14 / 118 points
    Beaminster: Played 14 / 115 points
    Wimborne & C: Played 15 / 100 points
    Weymouth 2nd: Played 14 / 83 points

    Weymouth are pretty well certain to be relegated. They need to win both their final games and get at least 36 points in the process whilst hoping that none of the other involved teams get enough points to beat their maximum possible total of 123. This just isn't going to happen. Beaminster need six points from their last two games - the final one against W&C - to avoid the drop. Stalbridge could yet go down if they lose their final two games and get no more than about 2 or 3 points in the process.

    Date: 23/08/2014
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Bournemouth 3rds

    Beaminster went into the game requiring six points (from two games) to be sure of avoiding relegation. As it turned out these points were acquired when, after getting five bowling bonus points for taking all 10 Bournemouth wickets, Chris Lamb and Ross Baker took the Beaminster score to 100 for the first batting point. And the cloud that had hung over the team for much of the season was finally lifted, and in the end it was a comfortable victory, the third in succession.

    Bournemouth were put in to bat and were in trouble early on as the first wicket fell without a run on the board and Ross Baker took two wickets to have them on 23-2. Apart from two stands of 45, for the third and sixth wickets, Bournemouth showed little resistance to Beaminster's battery of pace bowlers, with Ross taking 3-23, Adam Herring 3-36, Dave Persey 3-30 and Terry Field 1-28. They were finally dismissed for 157 in 44 overs.

    Beaminster's innings took a while to get going but openers Chris Lamb and Dan Hillier played themselves in carefully before pushing the score along at a good rate. The first wicket fell at 71 with Dan going for 36. Chris anchored the innings whilst Ross Baker continued his good form of late with an aggressive 51 not out. When the second wicket went at 146 (Chris, 54) the game was won even though Adam Herring fell in attempting a mighty hit to win the game in style.

    Date: 30/08/2014
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Wimborne & Colehill 3rds

    In a quite remarkable game at the Rec the 1st XI dismissed Wimborne & Colehill 3rds for 39 in 27 overs and hit the winning runs in 5.1 overs to record their biggest win for quite a while. W&C never got on top of Beaminster's bowling and the score crept along at little more than a run an over. All the bowlers were on top form and the wickets were well-shared out: Ross Baker 10-6-10-3, Aidey Phillips 8-2-17-2, Jack Walklett 5-2-7-2 and Will Everitt 3.1-2-4-3. Good to see Will amongst the wickets as for the last three weeks he has been the club's most economical bowler but missing out on scalps. There is little more to say except that the bowlers were on song, the fielding was sharp and W&C were very poor. The necessary runs were knocked off in 5.1 overs for the loss of one wicket (Justin Gurd for 11) with Hugh Rathbone's aggressive 24 not out leading the way. The game was over just after 4pm. Plenty of unexpected extra time for players and officials to celebrate. W&C's score of 39 was the lowest recorded in County Division 2 this season and the fifth lowest in all of the Dorset league's eight divisions. The 'honour' of having the lowest score this season goes to Compton House who scored 25 against Shillingstone in County Division 1 on 9 August.

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