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    MATCH REPORTS


    Date: 22/08/2015
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Stalbridge 2nds
    Match abandoned - rain

    Beaminster 1st’s bid to end the season on a high was thwarted by the weather. A heavy downpour during the tea interval put an end to their home game against promotion hopefuls Stalbridge 2nds.

    Put into bat on a green wicket that had plenty in it for the bowlers, openers Dan Hillier (41) and Simon Jones (21) raced away to 52 in the first eight overs before being separated. The momentum immediately swung the other way as Henry Chant and his father Matt picked up a flurry of wickets between them and reduced the hosts to a stuttering 100 for 6. This only set the scene, however, for a pulsating unbroken partnership of 119 between last week’s bowling hero Dave Persey (56 not out) and skipper Adie Phillips (43 not out). They started cautiously, before accelerating in entertaining fashion as the overs ran out, Persey leading the way with two big sixes down the ground and a succession of fours on the way to his maiden half-century for the club. Their aggression, coupled with some smart running between the wickets, took the total to a challenging 219 for 6, and earned their side maximum batting points. It was then that the heavens opened, and, even though the rain eventually stopped, the ground was deemed too wet and dangerous for the game to continue.



    Date: 15/08/2015
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Poole Town
    Won by 6 wickets

    Beaminster secured a vital victory against Poole Town 3rds in a relegation battle. Dave Persey was the hero for Beaminster; his inspired spell of 6-25 restricted Poole Town to a below par score of 152 from their 45 overs. After winning the toss Poole surprisingly elected to bat on an extremely wet wicket. Despite the difficult conditions and good bowling from Beaminster'sd openers, the Poole opening batsmen played well and scored freely. Change bowlers Phillips and Jones were the first bowlers to strike as they dismissed the opening batsmen and proceeded to bowl excellent spells with Jones only conceding 12 runs from his 9 overs with 1 wicket. Although Poole's middle order battled, Dave Percy turned the game on its head when he was introduced. He ripped the heart out of Poole's batting line up as he recorded his best ever figures. After 45 overs Poole closed on 152.

    In reply, Beaminster lost Rathbone (0) and Jones (5) early on before Rich Runyard (54) and Ross Baker (34) compiled an excellent 75 run partnership. Runyard scored his first half century of the season and looked in fine touch. Ross Baker dug in and played a vital role before being run out needlessly by Will Everitt (35 not out). Despite this set back, Adam Herring (10 not out) joined Everitt and calmly ensured Beaminster reached their target in the 41st over.



    Date: 08/08/2015
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Ashmore
    Lost by 57 runs

    Lee Russell was the hero for Ashmore; his superb innings of 132 not out ensured the visitors set a huge target of 287 in 45 overs for the Beaminster team to chase. Although Beaminster's middle order battled hard the home team fell 57 runs short and lost their final wicket in the 43rd over with Terry Field unable to bat. In sweltering heat Ashmore won a crucial toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat on a flat track with a short boundary on one side. After a flying start for the opening batters who both hit a succession of boundaries the Beaminster bowlers gained some control with some tight bowling backed up by eager fielding. Crucially Ashmore kept wickets in hand and they never panicked as the run rate slowed. With the score on 92 Dave Percy took the first wicket bowling A Taylor for 32. Batting at number 3 Lee Russell then batted for the rest of the innings taking advantage of any loose deliveries. Ross Baker returned for his second spell and took 2 quick wickets as Chris Lamb executed a sharp stumping and Vijay took a smart slip catch. However Russell was then dropped off of Baker's bowling which prompted the Beaminster's fielding to unravel as the team wilted in the heat. 3 further catches were put down as Russell chanced his arm and accelerated the scoring by smashing 9 maximums. Although 2 further wickets were taken by Aidey Phillips and Vijay the damaged had been done by Russell. The highlight of Beaminster's reply was a 111 run partnership between Ross Baker (56) and Will Everitt (46). Although never threatening Ashmore's target they ensured respectability. Vijay then played an entertaining cameo of 27 runs before the innings closed on 229.



    Date: 01/08/2015
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Sturminster Marshall
    Lost by 5 wickets

    Beaminster batted first on a pitch that played somewhat erratically - the ball tending to keep low but occasionally rearing up to considerable heights. On the whole the side batted sensibly and carefully to reach 162-8 in their 45 overs. The main run getters were Will Everitt (40), Adam Herring (35), Hugh Rathbone (24) and Richie Runyard (19). The best stand of the match (66) was between Will and Hugh who batted for 82 and 95 minutes respectively. The run rate was pretty uniform through the whole innings.

    By contrast Sturminster Marshall's innings got off to the slowest of starts with only 3 runs in the first five overs. This would normally have been considered a good start for Beaminster except for the fact that 4 catches were dropped in this early period. These proved disastrous as SM rapidly upped the scoring rate to 74 in the 11th to 20th overs and 67 in the 21st to 29th overs at which point they reached 163-5 and won the game. Wickets were shared one apiece between Ross Baker, Will Everitt, Adam Herring, Terry Field and Francis Medley.



    Date: 25/07/2015
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Dorchester
    Lost by 8 wickets

    It was an understrength side which faced high-flying Dorchester 2nds last Saturday. Dan Hillier set off and continued his recent good form, looking set for another big score, but a loose shot brought his input to an end for 17. Ross Baker (19) and Hugh Rathbone (18) battled to rebuild the innings but when they went with the score at 77-5 things did not look too good. Francis Medley then entered and hit a blistering 50, with 44 of the runs coming in boundaries (4x8 and 6x2). This was his highest score for the club - now for the century! After this the innings sort of fizzled out with the last 4 wickets adding 18 runs for a total of 168. Dorchester were never in trouble and won the game in the 30th over for the loss of only two wickets, one apiece for Ross Baker and Terry Field. A disappointing result after the run of three consecutive victories before this game.



    Date: 18/07/2015
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Kingston Lacy
    Lost by 79 runs

    Beaminster 1st team’s recent run of victories came to an end at Kingston Lacy when they were well beaten by a much stronger outfit than had turned out for the earlier game between the two sides. The visitors in their turn were without the combative all-round services of Ross Baker for the first time this season. The hosts batted first on a very dry wicket. They signalled their aggressive intent from the very first ball, and although Will Everitt (2 for 39) soon nipped out both openers with his pace and swing, a strong middle order kept the run rate ticking over without ever quite being able to break loose as the shine came off the ball. The ground fielding on a very bumpy surface was good, with William Murley and Vijay in particular making sure that absolutely nothing got past them. The bowlers stuck gamely to their task, led by the wily Aidey Phillips, whose variations in length and loop brought him a tidy return of 1 for 28 and kept the batsmen on their toes throughout. A late acceleration saw the total rise to a daunting 260 for 6, anchored by a superb 132 from the stand-out batsman. The other wicket takers were Francis Medley (2 for 41) and Adam Herring (1 for 69), the latter also clinging on to a tremendous catch at extra cover.

    Richie Runyard and Hugh Rathbone got Beaminster’s reply off to a decent start, but wickets soon started falling regularly on a pitch that was starting to misbehave alarmingly, some balls rearing up, while others of a similar length shot through at ankle height. Runyard confidently took the attack to the bowlers, but after he was out for an attractive 45, the batsmen opted instead to knuckle down and try to gain as many bonus points at they could by batting out their full quota of overs. Brian Earl and Dave Persey joined all-rounders Everitt, Medley and Phillips in variously grafting or blasting their way into double figures. The pick of the knocks was undoubtedly Persey’s watchful 38, punctuated by fine shots on both sides of the wicket. Dave Penman marshalled the tail well to secure an extra batting point. The scoring rate, however, never got close to the requirement and the innings eventually closed on 181 and defeat by 79 runs.



    Date: 11/07/2015
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Wimborne and Colehill
    Won by 67 runs

    Wimborne and Colehill 3rds were made to rue their decision to field first as Beaminster racked up a formidable total of 279-5. On an excellent surface for batting the Beaminster openers made a positive start putting on 101 runs for the first wicket. Dan Hillier looked in great touch as he hit 57 runs including 3 cleanly struck maximums. However when spinner T Bartlett took 3 quick wickets and Hugh Rathbone departed for a well made 49 Beaminster looked liked squandering their early advantage. The innings was transformed by an entertaining 67 run partnership between the Everitt brothers; Fred dominated with a quick fire 64 including 8 fours and 3 6s in his only appearance for the club this season. Will (30 not out) was later joined by Dave Persey (15 not out) who both ensured the home side took full advantage of the conditions.

    The Wimborne reply was stifled by accurate bowling from Ross Baker who conceded 13 runs from 9 overs with 1 wicket and Will Everitt (2-25). Rather than collapsing C Rimmer (111) and T Bartlett shared a 156 partnership. Although Beaminster's total was never in danger, the Wimborne pair ensured respectability and gave few chances. Wimborne eventually fell 67 runs short of their target; the other wicket takers were Aidey Phillips (1-45) and Adam Herring (1-52) with Fred Everitt and Arthur Gay taking 2 important catches.



    Date: 04/07/2015
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Wareham
    Won by 8 wickets

    Beaminster recorded a second successive victory against lowly Wareham. After winning the toss , the Beaminster openers applied pressure but found stubborn resistance as the Wareham openers played watchfully. 31 runs were scored before Will Everitt took the first wicket despite the opening bowlers beating the outside edge on numerous occasions. Francis Medley was then introduced into the attack and in his second and start of his his third over he took a fantastic hatrick - 2 simple catches were taken before a drinks break then a perfect yorker to complete 3 wickets in 3 balls. Adam Herring was introduced after a fine opening spell from Will Everitt (3-20); he also took wickets (3-5) to mop up the tail as Wareham were dismissed for 64 from 23 overs. After a brief turnaround, Rich Runyard (24 not out) looked in determined mood as he anchored the reply. Although 2 wickets were lost Beaminster had few alarms in reaching their target. 2 wickets were lost as the returning Dave Persey played a cameo role scoring an entertaining 22. Beaminster reached their target in just the 10th over after losing 2 wickets to record an impressive 8 wicket victory.



    Date: 27/06/2015
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Weymouth
    Won by 8 wickets

    After an excellent bowling performance Beaminster recorded an important victory against Weymouth 2nds. Beaminster inserted the visitors and the opening bowlers applied outstanding pressure as the new ball swung and seamed. Ross Baker took the first wicket in the first over then bowled unchanged conceding just 7 runs in his 9 overs. He was unfortunate not take further wickets as he beat the bat consistently throughout his spell. After the magnificent early pressure, Weymouth 2nds struggled to 50 after 20 overs. When Aidey Phillips (4-17) and Adam Herring (3-22) were introduced into the attack they immediately started to take wickets as the Weymouth batsmen tried to accelerate the score. Beaminster's fielding was sharp with Ross Baker (2) Rich Runyard (2) and Arthur Gay all took important catches. Francis Medley joined the attack and also took a wicket as Weymouth were bowled out in the 44th over for 113.

    Although Beaminster also lost a wicket in the first over, Hugh Rathbone (14 not out) and Will Everitt (32) rebuilt the innings. When Everitt was dismissed Ross Baker hit an explosive 32 runs including 7 boundaries to finish the game in style in the 24th over.



    Date: 20/06/2015
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Stalbridge 2nds
    Lost by 2 wickets

    Hosts Stalbridge 2nds edged a low scoring contest against Beaminster in a rain affected game. Having won the toss, Beaminster started well with openers Rich Runyard (43) and Hugh Rathbone (39) sharing an opening stand of 74. However after heavy rain, Runyard's dismissal triggered a collapse as batting conditions deteriorated. The wicket kept very low and deliveries skidded through which led to several cheap dismissals as the remaining 9 wickets were lost for just 54 runs as Beaminster were bowled out for 128 in the 39th over with 6 overs left unbowled.

    In reply, Stalbridge struggled against the Beaminster openers as 3 wickets were lost for just 14 runs. Baker (2-31) and Everitt (1-15) bowled with good pace and determination as they applied pressure early in the innings. However, crucially catches were again spilled to relieve pressure as Stalbridge staged a recovery. Adrian Everitt bowled a superb spell of 3-16 to apply pressure but after further rain delays the ball became increasingly wet and difficult to control. Beaminster continued to battle but were powerless to prevent Stalbridge from reaching their target in the 29th over after losing 8 wickets.



    Date: 13/06/2015
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Poole Town 3rds
    Lost by 3 wickets

    Beaminster succumbed to another defeat after a dire batting display. After inserting their hosts the Poole Town 3rds openers negotiated the early overs. Both opening bowlers Simon Jones and Ross Baker caused problems but crucially opportunities were missed as 3 simple catching chances were missed in the field. Poole's innings was built around opener Hai who scored a composed 73. The 6 wickets were shared among the bowlers with the highlight being debutant Gavin Gay's 2 wickets in 2 balls. After 45 overs the Poole innings closed on challenging 215-6.

    The Beaminster reply started poorly and struggled to recover as both openers were dismissed cheaply. The middle order comprising Simon Jones (50), Gavin Gay (10) and Ross Baker (39) fought hard to stage a recovery but wickets continued to fall regularly at the other end. No other batsman recorded double figures as the Beaminster innings closed on 145 after Nick Hollely was forced to retire injured with a knee injury.



    Date: 06/06/2015
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Ashmore
    Lost by 3 wickets

    Beaminster batted first and soon lost opener Rich Runyard for a duck. The promoted Hugh Rathbone (45) and Adam Herring (16) then rebuilt the innings although found scoring difficult. Beaminster did not lose their third wicket until the 22nd over with the score on 64. This sparked a familiar collapse as 3 more wickets were lost in the next 10 overs. Batting at 5 Ross Baker (52 not out) played determinedly to ensure a respectable score was achieved. With Brian Earl (15) and Mark Barber (4) for support, 41 runs were scored in the last 4 overs as Beaminster's innings closed on a competitive 170-8 from their 45 overs.

    Beaminster experimented by opening the bowling with spinner Mark Barber; this paid dividends as he took a wicket with his first ball. With seamers Will Everitt (1-49), Adam Herring (2-36) and Ross Baker (2-26) all claiming early wickets, Ashmore looked in trouble at 51-5. However their middle order remained calm and played confidently to reach their target in the 32nd over. First team debutant Shane Parker bowled well and took a wicket but it was little consolation as the home team won an exciting contest after losing 7 wickets.



    Date: 30/05/2015
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Sturminster Marshall
    Lost by 8 wickets

    Choosing to bat first on a flat wicket with a fast outfield, the Beaminster opening batsmen started positively until Chris Park inexplicably left a straight delivery and was bowled for 24. Both the promoted Dean Hyett and Will Everitt fell to loose shots as the home side squandered the opportunity to compile a healthy score. Opener Rich Runyard (34) played well until losing his fluency due to tight fielding and improved bowling from the Sturminster attack. Top scorer Ross Baker (35) rebuilt the innings in the middle order before going on the attack against the change bowlers. However. wickets continued to tumble as partnerships failed to develop. Aidey Phillips (20) and Dave Penman (25) at least ensured respectability as Beaminster were bowled out in the 45th over for 178.

    In contrast, Sturminster Marshall's batsmen capitalised on the conditions and were rarely troubled when chasing their target in the 38th over. Only 2 late wickets were taken by spinner Mark Barber but by then the damage had been inflicted by opener Gardner who made 92. He attacked the seamers; any stray deliveries were severely punished. Only Aidey Phillips escaped the carnage conceding only 12 runs from his allocation of 9 overs.



    Date: 23/05/2015
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Dorchester 2nds
    Won by 37 runs

    On a warm sunny day Beaminster won the toss and batted first. Returning players Simon Jones (55) and Chris Park (4) had mixed fortunes; Park was controversially given out caught behind while Jones compiled a classy half century. Jones stroked the ball around the large outfield and looked comfortable before losing his footing when being stumped. Despite not scoring runs freely, Beaminster crucially kept wickets in hand and when Will Everitt (69 not out) and Dan Hillier (33) were together they had licence to accelerate the score. With tensions high in the field, the pair battled and played determinedly. They refused to be intimated by the aggressive fielders and made hay in the final 5 overs as Beaminster closed on an impressive 206-5 from their 45 overs.

    In reply Will Everitt had immediate success as he took 2 quick wickets. Adam Herring also continued his excellent form by taking 3 wickets as Dorchester struggled on 71-5. However the impressive Foot (62) played sensibly and mounted a recovery. With several chances spilled the game was in the balance before Aidey Phillips took a well judged catch in the deep to dismiss skipper Beasley (22). Simon Jones (3-31) took important late order wickets as Dorchester fell 37 runs short of their target.



    Date: 16/05/2015
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Kingston Lacy
    Lost by 1 wicket

    In a game dominated by the bowlers, Beaminster were inserted and struggled throughout their innings. After losing 2 early wickets opener Richard Runyard (34) and Will Everitt (28) shared a 53 run partnership. Runyard continued his early season form but when he tried to accelerate the scoring he was caught sparking a collapse. From 75-3 Beaminster capitulated to 100 all out with a number of poor dismissals by the middle order. Although the batting conditions were not ideal the Beaminster players showed a lack of application and character. The score of 100 runs was at least 50 runs short of a par score at the memorial ground.

    In the field, Beaminster started aggressively with opening bowlers Ross Baker and Will Everitt bowling full and straight. Wickets fell regularly throughout the reply and were shared between Baker (2-16) Everitt (1-16) and first change bowler Adam Herring who continued his excellent form with 4 wickets. When Aidey Phillips took the 9th wicket on 99 all 3 results were possible before the last wicket pair managed to scramble a single to win the game in the 24th over.



    Date: 09/05/2015
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Wimborne and Colehill 3rds
    Won by 56 runs

    Wimborne and Colehill 3rds were no match for the present Beaminster team which recorded an ultimately comfortable 56-run victory. Opening the batting on a slow green wicket with uneven and variable bounce openers Richie Runyard and Adam Herring played with a restrained caution. The opening 10 overs put on 32 runs whilst after 20 overs the score was 80-2, with Richie out for a valuable 30. Ross Baker then took control and hit a forceful 61. There was a mid -order collapse which saw the score move from 91-2 to 123-6 but fortunately did not precede a late order collapse, as has been the case in the past. The rot was stopped by the coming together of new player Francis Medley and veteran Dave Penman. The former's confident attacking innings (30) together with Penners' stubborn defence added 31 for the 7th wicket. An unbroken 8th wicket stand, also 31 in the last five overs when Brian Earl came to the crease, took the final score to 185-7. Dave finished unbeaten on 25, Brian likewise on 9.

    The WC innings started in pretty much the same way as Beaminster's. After 10 and 20 overs respectively the score was 26-1 and 80-2, the latter exactly the same for both teams and the match evenly poised. WC's early innings was dominated by opener Stacey Wellington who thrashed 48 of the first 56 runs before being bowled by a full toss from Adie Phillips whilst going for yet another 6. Thereafter the innings collapsed and wickets fell regularly for a total of 129. Bowler of the day was Adam Herring with figures of 9-3-15-5, his best for a while. Newcomer Francis chipped in by taking the last wicket with only his second ball.

    The win was due to a good all-round team performance. In particular the fielding was unrecognisable from last week's poor show. It seems that the hair dryer treatment handed out by Ross and Adie had some effect. Not a single catch, none of the 4 offered being simple, was dropped. Richie's stumping of a player was eye-blinkingly fast, and numerous boundaries were stopped by athletic interventions. In particular Adam Herring put his goal-keeping abilities to good use with several diving 'saves' to cut off certain boundaries.



    Date: 02/05/2015
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Wareham
    Won by 6 wickets

    On a cold grey day Beaminster won the toss and put opponents Wareham in to bat, a decision which at first looked ill-advised. Thanks to numerous dropped catches and missed run-outs Wareham's openers put on 73. The season seemed to start for most of the team sometime after the game actually began. At 107-1 the game was looking to be going away from Beaminster, but then Will Everitt came on and turned things around. Swinging the ball late and bowling with good pace Will finished with figures of 9-3-19-5, a great start to the season and his first 'fivefer' for a while. Ross Baker returned to the attack, demolished the tail, and 10-man Wareham were all out for 153 in the 33rd over, with eight batsman bowled and the other lbw. Accurate stuff indeed.

    With mist and drizzle descending over the tea interval conditions were miserable when Beaminster came in to bat, a slow outfield and wet ball. The Wareham bowlers caused early problems and at 36-3 the game was in the balance. But then opener Richie Runyard (45) and Hugh Rathbone (40no) took control and put together a match-winning partnership of 98. But they had to battle hard against the conditions before they were able to play their attacking shots. Man-of-the-match Will Everitt came in and finished off the game with a breezy knock that included a mighty 6. Wareham didn't help their own cause by conceding 40 extras.



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