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    Date: 30/08/2016
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Sturminster Marshall
    Lost by 122 runs

    Beaminster were comprehensively beaten by 122 runs at Sturminster Marshal after a woeful batting display. The hosts were inserted and scored an impressive 215-5 after an excellent 105 run partnership between R Humphrey (87 not out) and J Flower (72). At 51-4 Beaminster looked to be in control of the match when Will Moss took 2 wickets in his second over. However, Sturminster Marshal capitalised on fielding errors and punished loose deliveries. Although the economical Ross Baker (1-27) returned to dismiss Flower, Sturminster continued to score runs freely before closing on 215-5. With the exception of an excellent partnership between Ross Baker (27) and Pete Bustin (36) the Beaminster batter's showed little fight and application. They were dismissed for just 93 in 22 overs; the sorry card included 5 ducks and 9 single figure scores. This was a disappointing end to an otherwise encouraging season.

    Date: 14/08/2016
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Cranborne
    Won by 29 runs

    Beaminster 235-8, Cranborne 209 ao. Beaminster beat champions elect Cranborne after an excellent team performance in their final home game of the season. The home team took advantage of winning the toss as they posted a competitive total of 235-8. The promoted Rob Meech set the tone with a hard hitting 34. Ali Crawford (32) and Ross Baker (24) continued the good work before both were dismissed when well set. Making his first appearance of the season Rich Runyard (55) made Cranborne pay for dropping two straightforward catches. He shared a 90 run partnership with Dan Spiller (26) before the innings closed on 235-8. In reply, Cranborne struggled to keep up with the scoring rate because of good bowling and sharp fielding. Ross Baker bowled a tight opening spell and dismissed the dangerous Coy for 17. Nick Hollely (4-36) bowled 3 spells and took important wickets in each as he dismissed 4 of the top 5 batsmen. Ali Crawford also bowled well in the middle overs taking 3-41 before Aidey Phillips (2-41) mopped up the tail. S Leigh (63) gave Cranborne hope with a hard hitting innings including 5 huge maximums. However Beaminster's fielding was superb; the highlight was a brilliant diving catch by Dan Spiller. Ali Crawford, Dave Persey, Aidey Phillips and Ross Baker all took catches before Cranborne were dismissed 29 runs short of their target.

    Date: 07/08/2016
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Sherborne 2nds
    Lost by 3 wickets

    Beaminster 198-6, Sherborne 2nds 202-7. Sherborne 2nds won a tight and keenly fought contest at the Terraces. Beaminster battled hard in the field but Sherborne's middle order stood firm to reach their target. Beaminster's innings was dominated by a 105 run partnership between Ali Crawford (54) and Ross Baker (55). After losing both openers with the score on 52, they built an excellent partnership with clever running between the wickets and punishing loose deliveries. Once the partnership was broken, Beaminster's scoring rate slowed; only 32 runs were scored in the last 10 overs as the innings closed on a below par score of 198. In reply, Sherborne started well as both openers played freely. However wickets tumbled when Aidey Phillips (3-37) entered the attacked. After the top 3 batters were dismissed Roger Parfitt (43) and Skipper Laird (44) built a match winning partnership. Although both players were eventually dismissed the damaged had been inflicted as the home team reached their target in the 40th over. Ali Crawford (2-35), Rob Meech (1-14) and Ryan Sweetman (1-10) all took wickets while Leo Gurd, Justin Gurn, Ryan Sweetman and Ross Baker all took important catches.

    Date: 30/07/2016
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Kingston Lacey
    Lost by 73 runs

    Kingston Lacy 182 ao. Beaminster 109 ao.
    Beaminster's batting woes resurfaced as they were dismissed for a poultry 109 in pursuit of their 183 run target at home against Kingston Lacy. With several key experienced players absent Beaminster fielded a youthful side including 5 under 15 year olds. Beaminster won the toss and inserted their hosts. Nick Hollely bowled a tidy spell taking 2 for 32 while stalwart Simon Jones excelled taking 4-30. Although Kingston Lacy struggled to 65-4 they rallied through B Dykes who top scored with 59. Wicket takers included Ali Crawford with 2-42 and Fergus Rees with 1-32. William Murley took 2 excellent catches before Kingston Lacy were bowled out for 182 in the 37th over. In reply, Beaminster struggled losing both openers for just 22 runs. Although Simon Jones top scored with 41, he had little support as wickets tumbled. The only other significant score was Nick Hollely with 15. After 27 overs Beaminster were all out for just 109. A weak batting display by the home team.

    Date: 23/07/2016
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Poole Town 3rds
    Won by 84 runs

    Beaminster 194 ao, Poole Town 3rds 110 ao.
    Beaminster gained their first away victory with ease at Whitecliff Rec thanks to Ali Crawford's excellent innings of 79. After losing the toss and then both openers in the first 4 overs, Beaminster's innings was rescued by Crawford and skipper Ross Baker. They shared an entertaining 89 run partnership including a dozen boundaries and a huge 6 by Crawford over long on. Despite an inside edge, Baker was adjudged LBW as Poole fought back. 4 quick wickets including Crawford's then followed as Beaminster's middle order wobbled. However, the promoted Nick Hollely (30) batted sensibly with the young tail and ensured Beaminster set a challenging total on a bouncy and sometimes unpredictable surface. The visitors were delighted to close on 194 when the final wicket was taken in the 45th over. Poole's reply started positively as the home side's top order played their shots. Although runs flowed from the bat wickets also tumbled as Crawford took 2-23 and Nick Hollely 1-20. However after changing ends Ross Baker returned to the attack and found steep bounce and carry to unsettle the Poole Town batsman. He swung the game the visitors way taking 4-32 as only R Hellawell (40) showed any resistance. On debut it was left to William Moss to take the final wicket in the 25th over as Beaminster won comfortably.

    Date: 16/07/2016
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Shillingstone 2nds
    Lost by 4 wickets

    Beaminster suffered the consequence of setting an inadequate total as Shillingstone 2nds won by 4 wickets with 3 overs remaining. Batting first on an excellent surface, Beaminster failed to build significant partnerships throughout their innings. After losing both openers cheaply, Ali Crawford (14), Joe Hawkins (22) and Ross Baker (29) battled determinedly to rebuild. However both Crawford and Hawkins were dismissed to loose shots and Baker was unfortunate to be adjudged LBW. It was then left to the tail to rescue the innings. Justin Gurd top scored with a hard hitting 35 including 3 maximums and 3 boundaries. Nick Hollely (21) and Aidey Phillips (17) then shared an important 36 run partnership before Beaminster were bowled out with 11 balls remaining. In reply, Ross Baker (2-23) bowled an aggressive opening spell and took 2 wickets both cleaned bowled. Ali Crawford (2-17) also applied pressure during an economical spell to give Beaminster hope of a victory as Shillingstone stumbled to 58-4. However, S Savage (42) remained and was joined by G Stonely (44) then T Cowley (39 not out) to guide the away team towards their target. Although 2 further wickets were taken, Shillingstone 2nds won in the 43rd over.

    Date: 09/07/2016
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Bournemouth 3rds
    Lost by 42 runs

    Beaminster's winning streak came to a disappointing end as they were convincingly beaten at Bournemouth by 42 runs. With a severely weakened side the visitors fielded first on a slow wicket with long grass in the outfield. A crucial catch was spilled in the second over as two fielders collided attempting a high catch. Opener M Rosewarn subsequently scored 81 runs which was the difference between the sides. Ross Baker (2-24) returned in his second spell to dismiss the hard hitting batsman but by then the damage had been inflicted. Other wickets followed for Aidey Phillips (2-33) who also took 2 catches and one a piece for Rob Meech and veteran Dave Penman. In pursuit of 204, the Beaminster batsmen struggled on the slow pitch as wickets fell at regular intervals. The returning Ali Crawford was the most fluent with 24 but youngsters Leo Gurd (28), Will Murley (15 not out) and Lewis Keenan (14) all made positive contributions to ensure Beaminster gained batting points.

    Date: 02/07/2016
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Wimborne and Colehill 3rds
    Lost by 5 wickets

    Beaminster secured an impressive fourth consecutive home victory after comfortably beating Wimborne and Colehill 3rds by 5 wickets. After being set a target of 158, openers Dan Spiller (41) and Hugh Rathbone (61) put on an excellent 92 runs for the first wicket. Loose deliveries were punished by the big hitting pair as they went on the attack in pursuit of the modest target. In the first innings the Beaminster bowlers pegged back the visitors by taking wickets at regular intervals. Ross Baker bowled a tidy spell taking 2 wickets; Simon Jones was the most successful bowler claiming 3-22 from 9 overs. However, it was youngster Fergus Rees who took 2 crucial wickets in consecutive balls to ensure Beaminster had a low target to chase. Despite a mid innings wobble, brothers Justin (17 not out) and Leo (1 not out) Gurd hit the winning runs as Beaminster ran out comfortable winners.

    Date: 25/06/2016
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Sturminster Marshall
    Won by 4 wickets

    Inform Beaminster secured their third consecutive home win after beating high flying Sturminster Marshal in a rain affected game. The start was delayed after a heavy downpour which resulted in reducing the overs to 40 overs per side. Ross Baker bowled T Lockwood in his 3rd over as Sturminster struggled to 22-1 from 8 overs. The heavens then opened again forcing the players off the field to have an early tea. After a 30 minute interval the umpires calculated that Sturminster's innings should be reduced to 39 overs. M Woods (89) and C Brooks (66) then showed aggressive intent whilst compiling an excellent partnership. The Beaminster bowlers struggled in the slippery conditions as run ups had to be reduced to avoid injury. Ryan Sweetman (2-50) found some rhythm and broke the partnership as Beaminster fought back. Pete Bustin (3-72) found bowling easier in his second spell as wickets started to tumble. With Dan Spiller taking 2 catches Beaminster were satisfied to reduce the visitors to 184-9 from 39 overs. Adam Herring was the pick of the bowlers after bowling economically conceding just 16 runs from 8 overs with 2 wickets. Beaminster's revised target was 164 from 32 overs. Openers Dan Hillier (36) and Hugh Rathbone (7) built a solid platform as Beaminster kept up with the scoring rate. After losing 2 wickets Ross Baker (73 not out) batted determinedly to guide Beaminster past their target with just 1 over remaining. Although Beaminster lost 6 wickets they managed to keep up with the scoring rate throughout. Baker's innings included 9 boundaries and a 6 as he achieved his third consecutive half century at the Memorial ground.

    Date: 18/06/2016
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Dorchester
    Won by 8 wickets

    Beaminster 188-2, Dorchester 2nds 185

    A 144 run unbroken partnership between Beaminster stalwarts Simon Jones (81 not out) and Ross Baker (70 not out) ensured Beaminster safely chased their target of 185 with 8 wickets remaining. Dorchester 2nds were inserted and were grateful for an excellent 96 run partnership between M Peak (43) and W Morgan (61). However once the partnership was broken Aidey Phillips (3-27) and Ross Baker (2-26) combined to restrict Dorchester 2nds to 183 all out. Highlights included 3 run outs including Nick Hollely and Ross Baker and a sharp slip catch by Ross Baker. In reply Beaminster lost both openers Rob Meech (14) and Leo Gurd (12) before Jones and Baker combined to guide Beaminster past their target in the 34th over.

    Date: 11/06/2016
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Cranborne
    Lost by 8 wickets

    Beaminster lamented their luck after 3 of their top order were undone by the uneven bounce of the wicket. Ali Crawford (30) was in fine form before being forced to retire after top edging a rising ball into his face. He was left with a nasty mouth injury and had to depart to Salisbury hospital. Beaminster never recovered from losing their inform batsman and were ultimately short of a fielder and slow bowler. Although the middle all contributed with Ross Baker (19) and Aidey Phillips (26) looking in fine form, they were undone by either high or lack of bounce. Youngster Lewis Keenan (17 not out) attempted to recover the innings but he ran out of partners before Beaminster were bowled out for a below par score of 145. Cranborne then took advantage of the weakened bowling attack; they chased their target in 23.5 overs. Nick Hollely took 2 expensive wickets before C Poore (49 not out) shared an undefeated partnership with M Butcher (41 not out) as Cranborne cruised to a convincing victory.

    Date: 04/06/2016
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Sherborne
    Won by 1 wicket

    Beaminster gained their first victory of the season with a narrow 1 wicket victory against Sherborne 2nds. It was a tense chase for the hosts who required nearly 100 runs in the last 15 overs with 5 wickets left. Ross Baker (64 not out) played a captain's innings as he battled hard with the tail as Beaminster won with 1 over to spare. After winning the toss Sherborne 2nds looked set for a huge total as they raced to 147-2. However, slow bowlers Ali Crawford (2-37) combined with youngster Fergus Rees (3-33) to gain control of the match. Fergus dismissed the dangerous skipper A Smith for 89 and D Barnstable (51) after they had shared a 115 run partnership. Beaminster's fielding was superb throughout as Just Gurd (2), Adam Herring, Ali Crawford and William Murley all took excellent catches. Simon Jones returned to mop up the tail as Sherborne 2nds closed on a competitive 207-8. Simon Jones (21) and Ali Crawford (31) looked to have put Beaminster into a commanding position before a mid innings wobble. However Baker was well supported by the lower order batters who all contributed and ran well between the wickets.

    Date: 28/05/2016
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Kingston Lacy
    Lost by 5 wickets

    Kingston Lacy 117-5, Beaminster 116

    K Jones was the match winner for Kingston Lacy; his undefeated 60 ensured the home team reached their target in the 38th over. He was the only batsman on both sides who adapted to the slow pitch and scored freely once set. Conditions certainly favoured the fielding side with long grass in the outfield and low bounce on the wicket. Beaminster lost the toss and were unsurprisingly inserted; only 3 batsman managed double figures. Will Everitt rode with luck whilst top scoring with 27; he was dropped several times as he tried desperately to accelerate the score. Ross Baker (20) negotiated the opening bowlers before failing to hit over the outfield. The scoring rate was below 3 runs per over for the majority of the innings as Beaminster limped to an inadequate total of 116 off of 42 overs.

    In reply Kingston Lacy found conditions equally difficult as opening bowlers Ross Baker (1-21) and the impressive Nick Hollely (3-23) ran in hard giving maximum effort to make inroads. However, batting at 3, K Jones ensured the chase was successful.

    Date: 14/05/2016
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Shillingstone

    Shillingstone 248-9, Beaminster 162

    After winning the toss, Shillingstone scored 248-9 in their 45 overs after a determined 125 run first wicket partnership. Despite beating the outside edge on numerous occasions and conceding only 19 runs from 9 overs, opening bowler Ross Baker was unable to make a breakthrough. At 177-2 Shillingstone looked set for a huge score however Beaminster fought back with improved fielding. William Murley took 2 fine catches, Dave Percy executed a sharp run out and Justin Gurd took a stunningly one handed catch to stem the flow of runs. Justin Gurd took 3 wickets in 3 overs; the remaining wickets were shared between Simon Jones (1-54), Aidey Phillips (2-46), while Dave Persey and Rob Meech took one apiece before Shillingstone closed on 248-9. In reply, the returning Simon Jones made a classy 34 while the remaining top order were dismissed trying to keep up with the scoring rate. Dan Spiller continued his fine start to the season as he top scored with 40 and Aidey Phillips (33) attacked the bowlers at the end before being the final wicket to fall on 162.

    Date: 07/05/2016
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Bournemouth

    Beaminster 128, Bournemouth 291-8

    Beaminster were made to pay for inserting the visitors as an impressive Bournemouth side racked up 291-8 from their 45 overs.The top 3 batsmen all scored half centuries while the Beaminster bowlers toiled and the fielders struggled to stem the flow of boundaries. None of the 6 bowlers used were able to gain any control as the batters dominated precedings. Wickets were shared between Pete Bustin (3-60), Aidey Phillips (2-50), Nick Hollely (1-50) and Rob Meech (1-42) and Justin Gurd took 2 well judged catches. With morale low, the Beaminster batters tried in vain to chase the daunting total. Pete Bustin ensured some respectability as he top scored with 38 not out. He shared 54 run partnership with Aidey Phillips (20) before Beaminster were bowled out for just 128 in the 33rd over.

    Date: 30/04/2016
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Wimborne & Colehill
    Lost by 112 runs

    Wimborne & Colehill 272-9, Beaminster 160

    Beaminster succumbed to a disappointing 112 run defeat to Wimborne and Colehill in their first game of the season. After winning the toss the hosts gained control of the match with an excellent opening stand between Jones (41) and Wellington (84). They smashed any loose deliveries and played fluently throughout as the Beaminster bowlers toiled on a flat wicket with short boundaries. Pete Bustin was the pick of the bowlers - during his spell he took 3 wickets and troubled all of the batsman with movement off of the pitch. Debutant and homegrown player Fergus Rees then produced an excellent spell of bowling as he took 2 wickets both caught by another youth player Jordan Nottley. However Wimborne rallied and continued to plunder runs as they closed on a mammoth 272-9 off of their 45 overs. The other wickets were shared between Ross Baker, Rob Meech and Justin Gurd with 2 catches for Ross Baker. The highlight of Beaminster's reply was a 79 run partnership between Chris Lamb (28) and Leo Gurd (30). However leg spinner S Nye produced an inspired spell of bowling as he skittled the middle order recording impressive figures of 4-28. Daniel Spiller top scored with an encouraging 39 but other than Aidey Phillips (21) the remaining batsmen struggled as the innings closed on a paltry 160 all out. Manager Ross Baker was delighted with the three U15s players who all played superbly; Fergus Rees took 2 wickets, Leo Gurd hit 30 runs, and Jordan Nottley took 2 catches and scored 8 runs not out.

    © Beaminster Cricket Club 2016