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    MATCH REPORTS


    Date: 02/09/2017
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Wimborne & Colehill 3rds
    Won by 2 wickets

    Wimborne & Colehill 3rds 142 ao (39 overs)
    Beaminster 144-8 (32 overs)

    Promoted Beaminster finished their 2017 champagne on a high after winning their final game at Colehill. The hosts won the toss and decided to bat; the opening pair formed a positive partnership by scoring freely as the opening bowlers struggled for consistency. However, first change bowler Simon Jones (4-7) bowled a superb spell as he dismissed the top four batsmen as Beaminster gained control. In tandem with Pete Bustin (4-15) runs were difficult to score and wickets fell at regular intervals. After the slow start, Beaminster were delighted to bowl out Wimborne for just 142 in the 39th over. The fielding was sharp as Will Murley, Chris Park and Leo Gurd all holding onto catches and another run out for Ben Hollely. Wickets continued to fall as Beaminster lost 5 wickets for just 41 runs. However an important 62 run partnership between Dan Spiller (51 not out) and Dave Persey (39) calmed the visitors nerves. After losing 3 further wickets, Beaminster reached their target in the 32nd over as Ben Hollely finished unbeaten on 14.



    Date: 26/08/2017
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Hamworthy 2nds
    Lost by 6 wickets

    Beaminster 130 ao (44.2 overs)
    Hamworthy 2nds 131-4 (24.1 overs)

    Beaminster's winning run came to a disappointing end as they were soundly beaten by 6 wickets at Hamworthy. After winning the toss, with the exception of Chris Park who battled determinedly for 45, the rest of the order struggled on a slow surface with large boundaries. A low score was looking ominous until Ben Hollely (24) counter attacked with the tail to ensure Beaminster used their allotted overs. Despite this late recovery, the visitors were disappointed to score only 130 runs. Although Dave Persey took an early wicket, Hamworthy made light work of reaching their target in the 25th over. Beaminster's poor performance continued in the field as several catches were spilled and loose bowling was punished by 15 year old S Berry who made an excellent 55. Although 3 further wickets were taken, G Fraser (47 not out) remained to guide his team past their small target. The defeat means Beaminster need to win their final game at Wimborne to secure promotion.



    Date: 19/08/2017
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Dorchester 2nds
    Won by 9 wickets

    Dorchester 63 ao
    Beaminster 64-1

    Beaminster completed their eighth win in a row after a comprehensive 9 wicket victory against local rivals Dorchester 2nds. After winning the toss all of the Beaminster bowlers took wickets as Dorchester 2nds were skittled out for just 63 in 32 overs. Opening bowlers Dave Persey and Nick Hollely both took wickets in their opening spells before Ross Baker (3-10 from 9 overs) and Simon Jones (2-8 from 7 overs) continued to apply pressure by giving the batsmen nothing to hit. Dorchester failed to build any significant partnerships as wickets continued to fall when Will Moss (2-2-10) was introduced and Dave Persey (2-21) returned to take the final wicket. The fielding was superb throughout particularly a diving catch from Chris Park. Although Beaminster lost a wicket in the first over, Ross Baker (35 not out) and Simon Jones (21 not out) shared a 60 run unbeaten partnership to win the game in style. Beaminster have now moved into second place in the table and face Hamworthy 2nds away next week.



    Date: 12/08/2017
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Ashmore
    Won by 46 runs

    Beaminster 197-8 (45 overs)
    Ashmore 151 ao (42 overs)

    Beaminster's remarkable form continued as they won their seventh game in a row at Ashmore. Dave Persey was the hero after a fantastic all round performance including 40 runs and 3 wickets. Beaminster won the toss and decided to bat. Ross Baker (25) immediately went on the attack against the opening bowlers before the first change bowlers took crucial wickets including the dangerous Chris Park for 27. Beaminster then lost 5 wickets for just 46 runs as Ashmore took control of the middle overs. However, Leo Gurd (33) remained to play a calm and mature innings. He formed excellent attacking partnerships with Dave Persey (40) and Rob Meech (25 not out) as Beaminster scored 81 runs in the last 10 overs to post a competitive total of 197-8 from 45 overs. In reply, Ashmore's top order struggled against some fine bowling from Dave Persey who took 3 wickets including the crucial one of Lee Russell (14) after a brilliant diving caught and bowled. Ashmore's middle order gave the home side hope as the Beaminster fielder's dropped several catches. However, after some tight bowling, the run rate increased and the batsmen were forced to play their shots. Wickets then tumbled as Nick Hollely (3-28) returned and Pete Bustin (2-7) mopped up the tail as Ashmore (151 ao, 42 overs) fell 46 runs short of their target. The winner of the next game at home to Dorchester could decide which team is promoted to division 2 with Charlton Down.



    Date: 05/08/2017
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Sturminster Marshall
    Won by 8 wickets

    Sturminster Marshall 79 ao (26.5 overs)
    Beaminster 81-2 (21 overs).

    Beaminster kept their winning streak going as they comfortably won their sixth game in a row at home against Sturminster Marshall. Stand in Captain for the day Chris Park lost the toss and Sturminster Marshall elected to Bat first. The away side struggled by some very tight bowling by the opening bowlers Nick Hollely (2-17) and Dave Persey (2-15) as they removed the top order and the score on 36-4. Dave’s spell included 4 maidens! First Change Bowler Francis Medley then dismantled the middle order taking figures of (4-12) and then a sharp run-out by Ben Hollely as Sturminster slipped to 71-9. Great fielding by Beaminster as Chris Park took 2 excellent catches and Rob Meech took 3 good catches. H Lockwood was the only one with a score to mention of 41 with a scorecard including 9 single figure scores and 4 ducks. Simon Jones then took the final wicket as the innings closed on 79. In reply Beaminster openers Chris Park (41 Not Out) and Leo Gurd (21) put on a 50 partnership as they kept the score ticking and hit the loose deliveries. Chris’s innings included 9 boundaries as the captain for the day batted the team to victory in just 21 overs with the loss of two wickets.

    Up next for Beaminster a trip to Ashmore.



    Date: 15/07/2017
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Kingston Lacy
    Won by 59 runs

    Beaminster 154 ao (40.4 overs)
    Kingston Lacy 95 ao (30.1 overs).

    Beaminster's tailender's produced a stunning counter attack to enable the visitors to post a competitive total of 154 on a difficult batting surface at Kingston Lacy. After losing the toss, all of the batsmen struggled to score against tight and accurate bowling on a surface with unpredictable bounce. Opener Ross Baker (18) battled for 21 overs before being victim to the excellent J Holton who finished with figures of 5-8 from 9 overs. The middle order collapsed disappointingly; four batsmen were bowled without scoring. At 68-8 Beaminster were in desperate trouble before two fantastic partnerships involving Pete Bustin (56), Dave Persey (8) and Ben Hollely (14 not out). Pete Bustin smashed 5 huge maximums for his highest Beaminster score. The returning Ben Hollely also enjoyed himself hitting a flat six and a boundary before the innings closed in the 41st over.

    The momentum of the game swung in Beaminster's favour when Justin Gurd took an excellent catch in the deep to dismiss the dangerous K Jones in the second over of the chase. Four wickets quickly followed as the Beaminster bowlers took control. Nick Hollely (2-29) and Ross Baker (2-23) extracted variable bounce and movement off of the pitch. The fielding was superb including a brilliant direct hit run out from Ben Hollely. The visitors managed to form a dangerous sixth wicket partnership before Will Moss continued his remarkable form by taking 4-10 in 5.1 overs. Kingston Lacy subsided to a 59 run defeat after losing their last wicket for 95 in the 31st over as Beaminster won their fifth game in a row.



    Date: 08/07/2017
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Poole Town 3rds
    Won by 171 runs

    Beaminster 233 ao (44 overs)
    Poole Town 3rds 62 ao (22.2 overs).

    Beaminster proved to be too strong for Poole Town 3rds as they won by 171 runs at the Memorial Ground. After posting a competitive 233, the Beaminster bowlers ran through the visitors batting line up in just 22.2 overs. The highlight of Beaminster's innings was an explosive 85 runs from Cameron Lucas. He smashed 14 boundaries to all parts of the ground. The middle order all made useful contributions particularly Nick Hollely with 31 and Justin Gurd (26). After scoring 26 in the first 5 overs, the Poole innings subsided in dramatic fashion. William Moss was the pick of the bowlers as he recorded his best figures of 4-18 from 7 overs. Francis Medley conceded just 3 runs from his 7 overs and he took 2 wickets. Nick Hollely (2-16) and Dave Percy (0-2 from 2 balls) were the other wicket takers as Poole collapsed to a heavy defeat.



    Date: 08/07/2017
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Poole Town 3rds
    Won by 171 runs

    Beaminster 233 ao (44 overs)
    Poole Town 3rds 62 ao (22.2 overs).

    Beaminster proved to be too strong for Poole Town 3rds as they won by 171 runs at the Memorial Ground. After posting a competitive 233, the Beaminster bowlers ran through the visitors batting line up in just 22.2 overs. The highlight of Beaminster's innings was an explosive 85 runs from Cameron Lucas. He smashed 14 boundaries to all parts of the ground. The middle order all made useful contributions particularly Nick Hollely with 31 and Justin Gurd (26). After scoring 26 in the first 5 overs, the Poole innings subsided in dramatic fashion. William Moss was the pick of the bowlers as he recorded his best figures of 4-18 from 7 overs. Francis Medley conceded just 3 runs from his 7 overs and he took 2 wickets. Nick Hollely (2-16) and Dave Percy (0-2 from 2 balls) were the other wicket takers as Poole collapsed to a heavy defeat.



    Date: 01/07/2017
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Wimborne and Colehill 3rds
    Won by 63 runs

    Beaminster 243 ao (43 overs)
    Wimborne and Colehill 3rds 180-5 (45 overs).

    Beaminster secured their third win in a row after beating Wimborne and Colehill 3rds at home. After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Beaminster's opening pair Chris Park (97) and Ross Baker (29) went on the attack and shared an entertaining 100 run partnership in just 16 overs. Chris Park then continued the onslaught scoring 16 boundaries before losing his wicket agonisingly close to a deserved century. Lewis Keenan continued his good form with a quick fire innings of 42. A score in excess of 300 looked possible before the middle order collapsed; from 186-3 the home side subsided to a disappointing 243 all out as skipper Tim Bartlett took 5 wickets.

    In contrast to Beaminster, Wimborne and Colehill 3rds innings started slowly as the top order played cautiously. First change bowler Ross Baker was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 wickets for 17 runs in his 9 overs. Despite a flurry of runs in the last 10 overs (72) the visitors never threatened the target score. Cameron Lucas and Lewis Keenan took a wicket a piece before the innings closed on 180-5 from 45 overs. 3 catches were taken by Chris Park, William Moss and Leo Gurd.



    Date: 24/06/2017
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Hamworthy 2nds
    Won by 102 runs

    Beaminster 237-9 (45 overs)
    Hamworthy 2nds 135 ao (29 overs).

    Beaminster achieved their second consecutive victory after comfortably beating Hamworthy 2nds by 102 runs. After winning the toss, Beaminster posted a competitive total thanks to an excellent 91 run partnership between Ross Baker (91) and Adam Herring (21) that allowed the middle and late order batsmen to play their shots during the latter stage of the innings. From 110-2 in the 30th over, Beaminster closed on 237-9 thanks to cameo knocks from Lewis Keenan (44 including 2 huge maximums) Nick Hollely (23) Francis Medley (15) and David Persey (20). Hamworthy 2nds were never in the hunt after losing both openers during Nick Hollelys opening spell. Wickets were then lost at regular intervals as the Beaminster fielders took some good catches. The last wicket was taken in the 29th over as Beaminster secured a superb victory.



    Date: 18/06/2017
    TT25
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: West Dorset

    Beaminster's third TT25 game against West Dorset ended up in another loss for Beaminster as West Dorset win by 46 runs at Redlands
    West Dorset 147 -9
    T James 3-20
    Beaminster 101 AO
    J Gurd 23, W Moss 16
    Result: West Dorset win by 46 runs



    Date: 17/06/2017
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Dorchester 2nds
    Won by 15 runs

    Beaminster 269-7 (45 overs)
    Dorchester 2nds 254 ao.

    Beaminster finally ended their losing streak after winning their local derby at Dorchester. After winning the toss and deciding to bat on a sweltering hot day and on a good batting surface, the Beaminster opening pair batted started well by scoring runs freely. They put on 71 before skipper Ross Baker was adjudged LBW for 41. Chris Park soon followed as spinner Osborne took both wickets. Runyard (19) and Lewis Keenan (41) rebuilt in the innings as runs were scored at a fluent rate throughout the innings. All of the top 7 Beaminster batsmen made useful contributions including Dan Spiller who finished unbeaten on 40. Porter and Cole took 2 further wickets before the innings closed on 269-7 from 45 overs. Over 100 runs were scored in the last 11 overs.

    Dorchester' reply started poorly as Fitzgerald was dismissed for 5. Cole (93) and Foot (41) then put the hosts in a strong position before Foot was ran out. Power (29) then shared a dangerous partnership with Cole before Chris Park (3-21) took 2 wickets in 2 balls. In a tense middle period the game ebbed and flowed before skipper Diffy (28) was brilliantly run out by Keenan from a direct hit throw from the boundary. Cole was then bowled by Baker (2-33) as the visitors gained the initiative. Dorchester eventually fell 15 runs from their target as the tail struggled to maintain the required scoring rate.



    Date: 10/06/2017
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Ashmore
    Lost on run rate

    Ashmore 2242-5 (45 overs)
    Beaminster 95-2 (23 overs). Rain.

    For the second successive week, Beaminster lost a rain affected game which was abandoned after heavy rain. In pursuit of an altered target of 197 in 39 overs, Beaminster were 95-2 off of 23 overs. Earlier, Lee Russell once again dominated the Ashmore innings with a brutal 110 not out. Beaminster dropped several chances as they struggled to hold onto the heavy, wet ball. The 5 wickets were shard but ultimately the key wicket of Russell was not taken. In reply, the Beaminster innings was interrupted several times by heavy showers. Ross Baker (52 not out) and Lewis Keenan (19) shared an opening partnership of 47. However, disappointingly, the players had to eventually surrender to the weather. Beaminster's hopes were dashed after falling behind the run rate and losing 2 wickets.



    Date: 04/06/2017
    TT25
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Martinstown

    Beaminster's second TT25 game ended up in being another narrow loss to a very youthful Martinstown team.
    Martinstown 165-7
    S Furner took 2 wickets, O James 1 wicket with 3rd ball of the match!
    Beaminster 150-8
    W Murley 23, F Rees and A Rees hitting at the end pushing Beaminster towards their target.
    Result: Martinstown win by 15 runs



    Date: 03/06/2017
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Sturminster Marshall
    Lost on run rate

    Sturminster Marshall 267-6 (45 overs)
    Beaminster 174-8 (29 overs). Rain.

    Beaminster lost a tight game against Sturminster Marshal after the heavens opened and forced play to be abandoned. Despite being ahead of the rate in pursuit of their 268 run target, Beaminster were defeated because they had lost 8 wickets. After being inserted. the home side played positively throughout their innings and accelerated impressively in the latter overs to post a challenging total. The star of the innings was H Lockwood who hit an excellent 96. The middle order batter's also played well as over 100 runs were scored in the last 10 overs. Wickets were shared around as 6 bowlers were used - Ross Baker was the most economical with 1-32, while Adam Herring finished with 2-52. Beaminster's reply started well as the promoted Baker (52) went on the attack. After 10 overs the visitors raced to 64 before Lewis Keenan (14) was bowled. After scoring a quick fire half century including 10 fours and a maximum. the captain was dismissed off a high full toss which should have been signaled a no ball. This dismissal sparked a collapse as 5 wickets quickly fell. Dan Spiller (29 not out) rescued in the innings before heavy rain abandoned play. Beaminster were made to regret losing quick wickets as runs had flowed throughout their chase.



    Date: 21/05/2017
    TT25
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Uplyme

    Beaminster's first TT25 game against Uplyme ended up in a narrow loss. Beaminster won the toss and invited Uplyme to bat on a wet wicket.
    Uplyme 83 AO
    W Moss 3-5, F Rees 2-13
    Beaminster 71 AO
    F Rees 15
    Result: Uplyme win by 12 runs



    Date: 20/05/2017
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Charlton Down
    Toss: Charlton Down
    Lost by 7 wickets

    Beaminster 99 ao
    Charlton Down 100-3 (14 overs)

    After losing another crucial toss Beaminster never recovered from losing early wickets as they set Charlton Down 100 to win. Opening bowlers Matt Stevens (4-20) and Dan Stevens (3-41) did the damage as Beaminster collapsed to 61-9. 7 batsman were cleaned bowled as the brothers took advantage of the pitch. The innings was given respectability by the last pair who shared a 38 run partnership. Nick Hollely top scored with 18 and last man William Moss showed great determination with 8 not out. Charlton Down took just 14 overs to reach their target losing 3 wickets as they played aggressive shots. Ross Baker took 2 wickets in one over and Nick Holelly took the other wicket. However Sam Roles smashed an unbeaten 36 including 7 boundaries and a maximum to win the game in emphatic style.



    Date: 13/05/2017
    Venue: Home
    Opposition: Kingston Lacey
    Toss: Kingston Lacey
    Lost by 6 wickets

    Beaminster: 174 ao (44 overs)
    Kingston Lacey: 178-4 (44.2 overs)

    D Coghlan was the hero for Kingston Lacey with a match winning 92 not out to guide his team past the 175 run target. After losing the toss, all of Beaminster's main batsmen failed to build a substantial innings. Chris Park top scored with 39 while Simon Jones (26) and Ali Crawford (24) looked well set before being caught. Although the middle and late order batsmen contributed, an inadequate total was set as Beaminster were bowled out in the 44th over. In pursuit, Kingston Lacey lost 4 wickets but D Coghlan remained to guide his team home. Ali Crawford picked up 2 wickets while Ross Baker and Ryan Sweet man took 1 wicket each. Wicket keeper Leo Gurd took 2 sharp catches behind the stumps. Unlike Beaminster, Kingston Lacey kept their wickets and after a tight spell of bowling from Will Moss (0-25) and Simon Jones (0-16) the visitors accelerated the scoring rate in the latter overs to win the game with 10 balls remaining.



    Date: 06/05/2017
    Venue: Away
    Opposition: Poole Town 3rds
    Toss: Poole
    Won by 8 wickets

    Poole Town 3rds: 164-9, 45 overs
    Beaminster 168-2, 30.4 overs

    Beaminster made a positive start to their season with a convincing 8 wicket victory at Whitecliff Rec. The hosts were inserted and struggled against some tight bowling by the opening bowlers. First change bowler William Moss (2-34) bowled an excellent spell and continued to apply pressure. Ali Crawford also bowled nicely picking up 2-26 from 8 overs. After a short opening burst, captain Ross Baker returned in the middle overs to take 3 wickets in one excellent triple wicket over. Although the lower order rallied, Beaminster restricted their hosts to a below par score of 164-9 from 45 overs. Francis Medley and Pete Bustin took a wicket each and there were catches for Lewis Keenan and Chris Park. Beaminster's reply started badly as opener Lewis Keenan was run out without facing a ball. However Chris Park (81 not out) and Ali Crawford (61) then shared a superb 142 run partnership. They both ran well between the wickets and scored freely capitalising on loose deliveries. Chris' innings included 15 boundaries while Ali hit 10 boundaries. Beaminster reached their target in the 31st over as Leo Gurd (13 not out) hit the winning runs.



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