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    MATCH REPORTS


    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Date: 28th August 2021

    Toss: Beaminster

    Score 1st Innings: Beaminster: 149 ao, 36.3 overs

    Score 2nd Innings: Swanage: 153-9, 38.5 overs

    Despite Beaminster performing admirably in their final game of the season, Swanage just earned a 1 wicket victory during an enthralling encounter at the Memorial Ground. Beaminster won the toss and elected to bat first. It started off poorly for the home side as the Swanage openers bowled with great precision to leave Beaminster in trouble at 45-7. Tom Fowler was the only top order batsman to make a positive contribution with 16 runs. Ross Baker then came in and hit an immaculate 72 runs that included 10 boundaries. He received help from Ollie Barehams who struck a fine 27 runs. They shared a crucial partnership to ensure that Beaminster reached a respectable total of 149 before the final wicket was lost in the 37th over. After the innings break opener Simon Jones attacked the away teams top order taking 4-16. When the first change bowlers came on Swanage capitalized to reach 124-7. The returning Bareham then took 2-7 in his last 4 overs. However, captain Ben Hodder (55) survived a dropped slip catch to help Swanage crawl over the line to win a thrilling game by 1 wicket.

    Venue: Ferndown

    Toss: Hamworthy

    Beaminster: 49ao (23.4 overs)

    Hamworthy: 50-4 (8.1 overs)

    Beaminster suffered a heavy 6 wicket defeat away at Hamworthy. After losing the toss and being asked to bat, Beaminster ended up being 13-5 after 10 overs. Regular wickets fell as no real partnership was established throughout the innings. Nick Hollely (12) was the only batsman to pass single figures with extras top scoring with 19 as Beaminster were all out for 49.

    In reply, Hamworthys openers came out and looked to play positively chasing a low total. Beaminster were able to take 4 wickets due to the attacking nature of the opposition with James Edmunds, Nick (2) and Ollie Bareham taking the wickets. Without the loss of any other wickets, Hamworthy were able to chase down the target in the 9th over and inflicted a heavy defeat on Beaminster.

    Venue: Stalbridge

    Date: 14th August 2021

    Toss: Beaminster

    Score 1st Innings: Beaminster 116 ao (37.2 overs)

    Score 2nd Innings: Stalbridge 117-2 (27.3 overs)

    Weakened Beaminster were soundly beaten by a strong and disciplined Stalbridge team. After electing to bat, the Beaminster batsmen struggled on a slow surface against some accurate bowling. Chris Park (36) continued his good form but he was hampered by a pulled calf muscle and required a runner before being dismissed with 15 overs to go. After Tom Fowler (21) and Ross Baker (11) shared a promising mid innings partnership the tail collapsed when Stuart Sweetman returned and clean bowled 4 tailenders. After negotiating the opening bowlers, 2 wickets were lost to first change bowlers Baker (1-16) and Simon Jones (1-19). However, Sweetman (60 not out) was once again the away teams nemesis as he ensured Stalbridge prevailed in the 28th over.

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Date: 7th August 2021

    Toss: Portland

    Reduced to 28 overs per side

    Score 1st Innings: Beaminster 120 ao (27.3 overs)

    Score 2nd Innings: Portland 121-3 (26.4 overs)

    Portland won a tight and keenly fought game at the Memorial Ground after chasing their target with just 8 balls remaining. The start time was delayed after heavy rain with the game being reduced to 28 overs per innings. Beaminster were inserted on a lively wicket that had been covered since Friday lunchtime. Opening batsman Will Moss was forced to retire after receiving a tasty blow to the head following a bouncer; thankfully he was wearing a helmet and he is recovering well. Wickets fell regularly throughout the home teams innings as the batsmen adopted a positive approach on the challenging surface. Tom Fowler was the standout batsman; he made an excellent 39 runs that included 7 boundaries. The Portland spinners did the majority of the damage as Randell and Marsh shared 6 wickets before the innings closed on 120 all out in the final over. With the conditions improving, the away teams response was positive against a fine opening spell from Ross Baker and Ollie Bareham (2-28) who had the dangerous Randell caught on the boundary. However, a stubborn and determined unbeaten inning from Dave Adkins (51 not out) ensured Portland chased their target. James Edmunds (1-22) also bowled a hostile spell but a fine cameo knock of 33 not out from Chris Theakstone ensured victory was achieved in the penultimate over.

    Date: 31st July 2021

    Toss: Puddletown

    Beaminster 109-8 (29 overs)

    Puddletown 110-1 (24.3 overs)

    Beaminster suffered a 9 wicket defeat to league leaders Puddletown in a rain affected encounter at Plush. Persistent rain delayed the start of the match but when play finally got underway, the match was reduced to 29 overs a side with the home side winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Batting in difficult conditions, Beaminster made a steady start to their innings with some tight bowling from the Puddletown openers keeping the run rate down. However, James Edmunds (26) played positively, taking advantage of any loose deliveries to up the run rate in the latter stages of the innings. He was well supported by Dan Hillier (29) who helped Beaminster push the score towards 100. Ross Baker (15) ensured that Beaminster reached 100 but some excellent death bowling from Puddletown, who took 4 wickets in the last 3 overs, restricted Beaminster to 109-8 off their 29 overs.

    In reply, opening bowler Simon Jones (1-3) bowled an extremely tight opening spell of 6 overs, helping to limit the score and providing the important breakthrough. However, taking regular wickets was difficult due to some patient batting from the home side meaning very little chances were created. M Porter (57no) and J Mitchell (42no) batted sensibly and capitalised on anything loose to ensure that their side got over the line with 5 overs to spare. The result moving Puddletown closer to the league title and leaving Beaminster still bottom of the table.

    Date: 17/07/2021

    Toss: Compton House

    Venue: Compton House

    Beaminster 261-5 (40 overs)

    Compton House 233ao (38.2 overs)

    Beaminster secured their first league win of the season by beating Compton House thanks to an excellent century from Chris Park. Compton House had won the toss and in very hot conditions, elected to field first. Despite the loss of two early wickets, Beaminster were able to rebuild with Park (110) and Dan Hillier (42) taking the score to 117 off 25 overs setting up a good platform with a target of 250 in mind. James Edmunds (47) then joined Park at the crease with both playing positively as they shared a 129 run partnership to push the score towards 250. Park then reached his century with an innings consisting of 14 boundaries and 3 maximums before being dismissed in the final over. Beaminsters innings then concluded on 261 off their 40 overs with the score aided by 53 extras from the opposition.

    In reply, Beaminsters opening bowlers Edmunds and Nick Hollely were able to provide early breakthroughs taking a wicket apiece and kept applying pressure to the batsman. Ross Baker then took another wicket sharply caught behind by wicket keeper Adam Moss leaving the hosts at 39-3. However, Compton Houses innings was rebuilt thanks to some hard hitting and positive batting from C Haynes (52) and M Danger-field (69) with Beaminsters change bowlers struggling to get the breakthrough. Several dropped catches did not help the away sides chances either, but Simon Jones (4-29) was then able to provide the breakthrough and bowling dangerman Haynes. Danger-field and T Copp (53) then built another strong partnership before the returning Hollely (4-38) bowled an exceptional 3 over spell removing both set batsman and picking up another wicket. With the run rate increasing, Simon Jones then returned to take the final 3 wickets of the innings which earned Beaminster their first win of the season by 28 runs.

    Date: 10th July 2021

    Toss: Marnhull

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Beaminster 154-6 (40 Overs)

    Marnhull 158-4 (34.1 Overs)

    Beaminster are still looking for their first win of the season despite putting up a valiant effort against Marnhull. After losing the toss, Beaminster were inserted into bat in difficult conditions, but opener Chris Park (18) countered on any loose deliveries as Beaminster reached 52 off 10 overs. Will Moss (25) again anchored the innings for Beaminster despite some tight bowling from Marnhull during the middle overs. Simon Jones (26) played positively looking to up the scoring rate towards the end and late cameos from Ross Baker (17) and James Edmunds (31no) meant that Beaminster had reached 154-6 from their 40 overs. Luck wasnt on Beaminsters side when they came to field with several opportunities not falling in the home sides favour. James Edmunds bowled a tight opening spell with 3 maidens in a row as Beaminster applied pressure early on to the Marnhull openers and kept the scoring rate down. However, finding the breakthrough was proving difficult with dropped catches and numerous chances falling short of the fielders. Paul Edwards (2-21) continued his good form throughout the week and provided the breakthrough Beaminster were after with a ball that turned sharply and bowled the opening batsman. A Young (56) batted well and played a number of attacking shots on his way to 50 taking Marnhull to 103-2 before being dismissed by Edwards. Despite Will Moss taking a wicket after a superb catch from Oli Bareham on the boundary as well as a run out via a direct hit from Henry Everitt, Marnhull cruised home with 5 overs left to win by 6 wickets.

    Date: 3/7/21

    Toss: Witchampton

    Score 1st innings: Beaminster 106-6, 40 overs

    Score 2nd innings: Witchampton 107-3, 31 overs

    Witchampton successfully chased their target after winning the toss and inserting the visitors. On a challenging surface with a slow outfield, the Beaminster total crawled along for the majority of the innings. Will Moss (32) anchored but the remaining top order all struggled. After 30 overs only 49 runs were scored for 5 wickets. Thanks to an unbeaten 6th wicket partnership of 44 between Ross Baker (24 not out) and Will Everitt (20 not out) Beaminster doubled their score in the last 10 overs but still finished on a below par score of 106-6. Witchampton also struggled on the sluggish surface particularly against leg spinner Oli Bareham who took 2-16 from an impressive 8 overs. Ben Hollely also took a wicket before C Wayman smashed a quickfire 43 including 4 maximums to give Witchampton a vital win.

    Date: 26th June 2021

    Venue: Swanage

    Toss: Swanage

    Score 1st innings: Swanage 233-7, 40 overs

    Score 2nd innings: Beaminster 138 ao, 37 overs

    Swanage maintained their excellent home record with a comfortable 95 run victory against winless Beaminster. It was a difficult week for Beaminster as they struggled to raise a team due to numerous injuries and players being unavailable. After losing the toss the weakened team fought hard in the field but struggled to break the opening partnership between M Nash (98) and J Lewis (35). The returning Dave Persey (1-42) eventually took the first wicket as the away team bowlers bowled economical middle over spells. Ollie Bareham was the pick of the bowlers (2-28) while Nick Hollely executed a run out from a direct throw and took a fine one handed catch. Ross Baker eventually dismissed opener Nash who agonisingly fell 2 runs short of a century. Will Moss took 2 late wickets before Swanage closed on 233-7. In reply, despite a fine opening stand of 74 between Dan Hillier (53) and Will Moss (20) the remaining away team batsmen failed to build partnerships as the chase subsided to 138 all out in 37 overs. Adam Moss (19) was the only other batsman to make double figures as Beaminsters search for a first victory in Division 1 continues.

    Venue: The Beaminster Memorial Ground

    Date: 19th June 2021

    Beaminster 136 all out (3 points)

    Hamworthy rec 125-1 * revised total due to rain (20 points)

    Beaminster were soundly beaten by an in-form Hamworthy team who took only 14 overs to achieve their revised total of 125. Hamworthy won the toss and decided to bowl first on a wicket that was hard and had variable bounce. Beaminster had a slow start with openers Dan Hillier and Will Moss doing well to see off the opening attack but with only 34 from the first 10 overs, they had to try and up the run rate. Moss was the first to succumb to the attack but with depth in the batting lineup, there was some confidence of achieving a defendable total. This was not to be, Chris Park (18) and Ross Baker (18) both made good starts but failed to build substantial innings. Hillier batted really well playing many defensive shots with very soft hands, punishing the loose balls, but after 29 overs at the crease, he was caught on 49. The rest of the team really failed to build on his good work and were all out after batting for 38 overs for only 136 of which a shocking 32 were wides. Rain began during tea which delayed the Hamworthy innings. Their innings was reduced to 34 overs with a revised total of 125. The opening batsmen S Gordon (54) and T Berry (49) both played their strokes and destroyed the Beaminster bowling attack in very overcast conditions on a wicket and outfield that by this time in the afternoon had become damp. Ben Hollely (1-5 off 1) was the only bowler to take a wicket. Beaminster now sit bottom of Dorset League Division 1 just 3 points below Compton House and will be playing away against Swanage next week.

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Date: 12/06/21

    Score 1st Innings: Stalbridge 266-8, 40 overs

    Score 2nd Innings: Beaminster 53 ao, 22.2 overs

    After an inspired performance by Stuart Sweetman, Stalbridge comprehensively thrashed Beaminster by 213 runs. Sweetman hit a brilliant 103 runs during the away teams total of 266. He was well supported by G Coleman (34) and S Lewis (62) as Beaminster wilted in the hot conditions. Although James Edmunds, Simon Jones and Ross Baker all took 2 wickets a piece, Beaminster once again spilt too many catches and were made to pay. During the chase Sweetman continued his excellent form by bowling an excellent spell of 3-6 from 8 overs. The home team offered little resistance as they collapsed to 53 all out in the 23rd over.

    Date: 05/06/2021

    Venue: Portland

    Toss: Beaminster

    Beaminster: 199 - 5, 40 overs

    Portland: 203 - 6, 39 overs

    In a tight and enthralling contest, Portland successfully chased their target in the penultimate over. After winning the toss, Will Moss and Ross Baker (39) put on 78 for the first wicket. Baker was in belligerent mood hitting 8 boundaries in quick fashion. After losing 2 wickets, Simon Jones played a superb innings of 54 stroking the ball to all corners of the ground. Will Moss continued to play a supporting role by anchoring the innings. With overs running out, Chris Park hit a quick fire 19 before the innings closed on a competitive 199 - 5 with Will Moss batting the full 40 overs for a determined 43 not out. During the chase the game ebbed and flowed as both teams took it in turns to control the game. After a watchful opening partnership, although Portland kept wickets in hand they were behind the run rate. Oli Bareham, Ross Baker and Simon Jones (2-29) all applied pressure by bowling economical spells. With 10 overs remaining and the run rate creeping up to over 10 an over, Matt Randell (60) went on the attack and took advantage of the small straight boundary. Beaminster's second change bowlers proved to be expensive but Paul Edwards (2-61) took important wickets to keep the away team in the game. However, with one over remaining, Portland crept over the line winning by 4 wickets.

    Date: 29/05/21

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Toss: Puddletown

    Score 1st innings: Puddletown 194 ao, 39.3 overs

    Score 2nd innings: Beaminster 92 ao, 33.2 overs

    Despite a brave effort in the field, Beaminster suffered a heavy defeat to top of the table team Puddletown. With several regular players absent and having to play the majority of the game with 10 players due to Nick Hollely sustaining a nasty hand injury, Beaminster were punished for dropped catches as runs flowed during the latter stages of the Puddletowns innings.

    After winning the toss, the away teams top order struggled against some excellent new ball bowling from Nick Hollely (2-31) and Oli Bareham (0-13). First change bowlers Ross Baker (1-24) and Simon Jones (5-53) continued the good work however two catches were spilt and Rob Snow (64) and Adam Barrett (33) made the home team pay. Ryan Norman hit a hard hitting 23 as Puddletown accelerated their score to an above par score of 194. With only 9 wickets needed, Puddletowns bowlers applied pressure throughout the home teams innings with the economical Adam Wear impressing (2-12). With two marginal LBW decisions going against Beaminster the chase proved to be difficult although Adam Moss battled determinedly for a well made 33. However wickets continued to fall at regular intervals before Beaminster were dismissed for 92 in the 33rd over.

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    DATE: 1/5/21

    VENUE: The Memorial Ground

    TOSS: Beaminster

    Witchampton: 147-8, 40 overs

    Beaminster: 62 ao, 23 overs

    Beaminster were soundly beaten by Witchampton after a devastating opening bowling performance by Harry Bowles (4-7). The home team slumped to 28-7 as Bowles dismissed 4 of Beaminster's top order before a late cameo by James Edmunds (29 not out) ensured some respectability. Left arm seamer R Hempstead (3-10) supported well and applied pressure during an excellent opening 16 overs by the visitors.

    Earlier, James Edmunds (3-23) produced a superb spell of fast bowling to put Beaminster in a strong position. However, the tail rallied after some tight bowling in the middle overs by Simon Jones (1-6 from 6 overs) and Ollie Bareham (2-24). Adam Moss had a fine game behind the stumps with 3 catches and a run out before the away team accelerated the score towards the end of the innings.

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    Date: 5th September 2020

    Venue: Witchampton Cricket Ground

    Toss: Beaminster

    First Innings Score: Beaminster 62ao, 24 overs

    Second Innings Score: Witchampton 63-9, 17.1 overs

    It was a thrilling end to the season in which Beaminster lost by 1 wicket. Two under-strength teams were pitted against one another to battle it out in a playoff for 7th position in the hastily created Dorset mini-league Division 2. After choosing to bat, Beaminster struggled against the Witchampton openers who each bowled their quota of 8 overs from the start with great success leaving Beaminster at 51-6 from 16 overs. Only Richard Runyard (10) and Ross Baker (15) managed to get into double figures with the top scorer by far being 23 extras. Unfortunately, the tail didnt wag on this occasion and Beaminster were all out for 62. Recognising some strong batting talent in the opposition team, Beaminster took to the field expecting a tough time however the dangerous A. Croker (0) succumbed to an LBW from Nick Hollely in the first over which sparked a major collapse in the Witchampton batting order. Only one of their batsmen, opener P. Lewis (34 not out), managed to fight the variable bounce and swing bowling on a green wicket. The club was proud to see the talented homegrown spinner Henry Everitt (1 for 31 off 5 overs) open the bowling and take his first league wicket for the senior team at the same time as fellow opener Nick Hollely (7-19 off 8) got his career best figures. First change spinner Ollie Bareham (1-8 off 3) also bowled well up the hill and was ably supported by Jack Handford who took a stunning catch whilst diving forward from mid-on. Witchampton struggled past the finish line with only one wicket remaining in the 17th over after a remarkable game with an exciting finish. Though the game was lost, spirits were high as the team made their way back across Dorset.

    Date: 29th August 2020

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Toss: Weymouth

    Fist Innings Score: Beaminster 159-7, 40 overs

    Second Innings Score: Weymouth 160-3, 28.5 overs

    Man Of The Match: Dave Persey

    It was a familiar story for Beaminster as they suffered a heavy 7 wicket defeat against Weymouth. Following a well attended tribute to former supporter and friend of the club David Groves, Beaminster were inserted by the visitors. Despite changes to the batting order, familiar problems remained as the top order batsmen failed to make significant scores. Both openers were dismissed by the economical G Pickett (2-14) while Neil Walton (3-29) bowled the remaining top order batsmen. Once again the middle order rescued the innings as Dave Persey (35 not out) went on the attack. His knock included 2 maximums and he was assisted by a classy innings of 23 from Simon Jones. Weymouth had few problems chasing their target although Simon Jones took 2 wickets during his spell. The innings was dominated by the hard hitting S Urumarcher (64). He was joined by Walton (58) as they accelerated the scoring rate. Although Nick Hollely eventually broke the partnership, Weymouth cruised to their target with 11 overs remaining.

    Date: 22nd August 2020

    Venue: Stalbridge

    First Innings Score: Beaminster 152-7, 40 overs

    Second Innings Score: Stalbridge 153-2, 26.2 overs

    Result: Stalbrige won by 8 Wickets

    Man of the Match: Rich Runyard

    Beaminster were soundly beaten by a strong Stalbridge team. After winning the toss Beaminsters top order was blown away by excellent bowling from Sweatman (2-11) and Foreshaw (2-19) as they collapsed to 12-4. Rich Runyard (71) and Will Everitt (24) then rescued the innings as they shared an important 87 run partnership. After a watchful start, Runyard found superb form striking boundaries both sides of the wicket. 3 further wickets were lost before the innings closed on 152-7. During the chase Ross Baker (2-29) took 2 consecutive wickets in his first over. However, C Hedges (63 not out) and J Lewis (59 not out) shared an unbeaten 127 run partnership to win the game in the 27th over.

    Date: 8th August 2020

    Venue: Marnhull

    Toss: Marnhull

    First Innings Score: Marnhull 176 ao, 37.3 overs

    Second Innings Score: Beaminster 124 ao, 34.4 overs

    Result: Marnhull won by 52 runs

    Man of the Match: Will Moss

    Beaminster squandered the opportunity to cause an upset at Marnhull as they wilted in the heat chasing a modest total. After bowling out the home team for a below par total of 176, the top order collapsed to 26-5. Thankfully the middle and late order rallied to ensure respectability with Lewis Keenan (21) and number 11 Dave Persey (36) counter attacking against the slow bowlers. Perseys destructive innings included 6 boundaries and a maximum off of the first ball he faced.

    Earlier, having been asked to field in boiling hot conditions, Will Moss bowled a superb late spell taking 5-24 off of his 6.3 overs to end the Marnhull innings in the 35th over. Nick Hollely bowled a good opening spell (2-12 from 6 overs) with Ross Baker, Simon Jones and Dave Persey all taking 1 wicket each. Although several early chances were missed, the Beaminster fielders upped their game in the last 10 overs with Dave Persey, Will Everitt and Will Moss all taking 2 catches each. Ultimately, on a challenging surface, the Marnhull opening bowlers seized control of the game as Beraminster never recovered from being 26-5.

    Date: 1st August 2020

    Venue: Shillingstone

    Toss: Beaminster

    Scores 1st Innings: Beaminster 212-6, 40 overs

    Scores 2nd Innings: Shillingstone 183 ao, 37.4 overs

    Result: Beaminster won by 29 runs

    Man of the Match: Adam Moss

    Beaminster made a winning start to their 2020 Dorset Thank you NHS mini regional league. After winning the toss and electing to bat at Shillingstone, the visitors total was boosted by a generous number of extras (55) conceded by the rusty bowlers and fielders. Chris Park (55) topped scored and shared a valuable third wicket partnership with Ali Crawford (26). Adam Moss (43 not out) and the returning Will Everitt (21) ensured Beaminsters total passed 200. Adam played his best innings for the club as he rotated the strike and executed a number of excellent late cut shots. In reply, Nick Hollely took 2 early wickets to put Beaminster in control. C Cole batted superbly as he carried his bat with an unbeaten 94. Wickets fell regularly at the other end with Ross Baker (2-24), Ollie Bareham (2-27) and Simon Jones (1-45) the successful bowlers. Shillingstone staged a late recovery following an 8th wicket partnership which was eventually broken by the returning Nick Hollely (3-24) who bowled Paulley for 31. Will Moss took 2 wickets in 4 balls of the 38th over as Beaminster won by 29 runs. Wicketkeeper Adam Moss completed an excellent game with 2 catches and a stumping.

    Date: 31st August 2019

    Venue: The Leaze, Wimborne

    Toss: Beaminster

    Scores 1st innings:Wimborne 128 ao, 40.2 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Beaminster 129-3, 24 overs

    Result:Beaminster won by 7 wkts

    Man of the Match: Ross Baker

    Beaminster beat Wimborne and Colehill Seconds by seven wickets to secure second place in County Division Two, earning promotion to County Division One.Ross Bakers men had slipped as low as County Division Three in 2017 but have now achieved two promotions in three seasons, only missing out on the title by five points to winners Witchampton.Wimborne started strongly at the Leaze, scoring 50 from their first 10 overs when rain stopped play.Upon returning to the crease, they struggled to settle. The Minstermens aggressive batting tactics soon led to their demise as wickets fell regularly with captain Ben Ratcliffe top scoring with 34.Dan Swift (1-24) put in a good all-round performance for Beaminster, ably assisted by his fellow opener Nick Hollely (1-33).Ross Baker (3-32) and Ali Crawford (2-23) then bowled well, putting sustained pressure on the batsmen supported by Dave Persey (1-0 off four overs) who put in his best bowling performance of the season.Teenager Will Moss then took 3-7 to end Wimbornes innings on 128 all out. In reply, the Beaminster batsmen played well on a good wicket with a quick outfield.Baker (32) and Chris Park (16) built a solid platform before Swift (40no) and Lewis Keenan (21) shared a 63-run partnership, hitting the ball to all corners of the field, to win.A big cheer went up as enough points were gained to achieve promotion when reaching 116 runs.

    Date: 24th August 2019

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Toss: Charlton Down

    Scores 1st innings:Beaminster 298-2, 45 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Charlton Down 121 ao, 38 overs

    Result:Beaminster won by 177 runs

    Man of the Match: Ross Baker

    After being inserted, Beaminster produced their best batting performance for several years as they amassed 298 for the loss of only 2 wickets in their 45 overs. With one game remaining Beaminster remain second in the Division 2 table with promotion now within their grasp. The crowd were entertained to a thrilling third wicket partnership as 150 runs were plundered in 15 overs. Ross Baker hit his maiden century for the club and finished unbeaten on 140 runs. In his last home game for Beaminster this season, Daniel Swift struck a brutal 76 not out from just 45 balls. Earlier, after losing the first wicket, Simon Jones (34) shared an excellent 130 run partnership with his skipper. Swift then entered the fray and shared an unbeaten 163 run third wicket partnership to propel the score to 298. On an excellent batting surface all of the Charlton Down suffered as boundaries were struck to all parts of the ground. Facing the mamouth target Charlton Down's innings struggled throughout as wickets were lost at regular intervals. Nick Hollely (4-27) was rewarded for another excellent opening spell shared with Daniel Swift (3-12) who produced a hostile 9 overs. Although Dan Stevens (30) and Mark Homewood (36) showed some resistance in the middle overs Charlton Down fell 4 runs short of gaining a second batting point. Dave Persey (2-29) and Ali Crawford (1-22) also took wickets while Chris Park, Dave Persey and Adam Moss took catches before the last wicket fell in the 38th over.

    Date: 17th August 2019

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Toss: Poole Town 2nds

    Scores 1st innings:Beaminster 178-8, 45 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Poole Town 2nds 92 ao, 33 overs

    Result:Beaminster won by 86 runs

    Man of the Match: Ross Baker

    Beaminster returned to winning ways and climbed to second place in the division 2 table after a comprehensive 86 run home victory over Poole Town 2nds. After an uncontested toss, Beaminster were inserted by the visitors. It was a challenging wicket due to heavy rain the proceeding day and a slow outfield. However, the opening batsmen rose to the challenge as they shared a gritty 44 run partnership. Chris Park (23) was the first batsman to be dismissed after a fluent innings. Simon Jones (29) then shared a 61 run partnership with skipper Ross Baker as they played determinedly and ran well between the wickets. Daniel Swift (18) continued the good work as Beaminster reached 150 and gained their third batting point. Despite not hitting a boundary until the 26th over, Ross Baker (61) remained until the 42 over when he was dismissed attempting to accelerate the score. This sparked a collapse as 4 further wickets were lost before Beaminster gained their fourth batting point and closed on a competitive total of 178-8 from their allocation. Bowlers Daniel Swift (3-27) and Nick Hollely (1-15) both bowled superb opening spells to put Beaminster in control of the game as Pooles chase started poorly. After 12 overs the away team limped to 27-3 before Ross Baker (5-19) and Simon Jones (1-10) continued the good work as the home team pushed for victory. They both bowled tight lines and extracted bounce from the pitch. Despite a late cameo from K Subramanion (34 not out) Poole were dismissed in the 33rd over for 92. Six catches were taken and 4 batsmen were bowled as Beaminster completed an excellent bowling performance.

    Date: 10th August 2019

    Venue: Shaftesbury

    Scores 1st innings:Shaftesbury 194-9, 45 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Beaminster 176 ao, 44.1 overs

    Result:Shaftesbury won by 18 runs

    Man of the Match: Daniel Spiller

    Despite defeat, Beaminster gained a vital 13 points in their quest for promotion to Division 1. After inserting their hosts, Nick Hollely (1-20) and Daniel Swift (3-16) bowled an excellent opening spell as Shaftesbury's top order struggled on a challenging surface with variable bounce. Skipper T Boatright (70) held the innings together as wickets tumbled around him. Despite only three players managing to hit double figure scores Shaftesbury closed on an impressive total of 194-9 from their allocation. Dave Persey and William Moss took two wickets each while stand in wicket keeper Adam Moss took two catches. In response, Beaminster had a flying start thanks to an explosive 53 run partnership between Chris Park (33) and Ross Baker (22) However, when this was broken a familiar collapse ensued as the visitors slumped to 78-6. Daniel Spiller (45) and Adam moss rebuilt impressively and helped by the tail, ensured Beaminster gained 11 points as they were bowled out in the last over for 176.

    Date:3rd August 2019

    Venue:The Memorial Ground

    Scores 1st innings:Puddletown:187-8, 45 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Beaminster:86 ao, 27 overs

    Result:Puddletown won by 101 runs

    Man of the Match:Nick Hollely

    Beaminster succumbed to a heavy 101 run defeat in their vital top of the table encounter with Puddletown. After inserting the visitors opening bowler Nick Hollely (3-43) made early breakthroughs to put Beaminster in a promising position (57-4). However the game swung in Puddletowns favour as A Weir (53) shared two important middle order partnerships for the fifth and sixth wicket. Beaminsters fielders had a day to forget as numerous chances were spilt. Although some of the bowling was economical, Beaminster failed to gain maximum bowling points as Puddletown closed on 187-8 from 45 overs. In response, Beaminsters top order was blown away by an excellent hostile spell of bowling from Callum Chaldicott (6-21). The batsmen had no answer to the opening bowler's pace and bounce as only Ross Baker (15) managed double figures. At 46-7 Beaminsters hopes of victory were in tatters. The tail ensured some respectability but Nick Hollely (11) and Dave Persey (16) could not prevent a heavy defeat for Beaminster as they were dismissed in the 27th over, a defeat that dents their promotion chances.

    Date:27th July 2019

    Venue:Blandford

    Scores 1st innings:Blandford: 203-6, 45 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Beaminster: 204-7, 41.3 overs

    Result:Beaminster won by 3 wickets

    Man of the Match:Rich Runyard

    Beaminster won another exciting and tense game at Blandford as they successfully chased their target with just 3 overs and 3 wickets remaining. With an unbeaten 64, middle order batsman Rich Runyard was the hero as he smashed numerous boundaries to enable a vital victory for the promotion chasing visitors. After an uncontested toss, Blandford were inserted. The opening pair of batsmen started well as they set a solid platform. Change bowler Ross Baker (1-27) eventually made the breakthrough but J Woodruff (56) continued to apply pressure through some fine stroke play before he was unlucky to be dismissed. Although wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, all of the home top order made useful contributions. Will Moss (3-37) continued his good form before some hard hitting by the 7th wicket pair propelled Blandford to 203-6 from their 45 overs. Some of Beaminster's fielding was superb particularly a fine catch over his shoulder from Leo Gurd and an important catch in the deep from Adam Moss. In pursuit, Beaminsters top order woes continued as 2 early wickets were lost for 17 runs. However, Ross Baker (40) built a vital 48 run partnership with Daniel Swift (24) before the latter was caught behind. After Lewis Keenan was dismissed for 8, Beaminster were in trouble at 65-4. However, Rich Runyard and Ross Baker shared an excellent 74 run partnership as the game ebbed and flowed. When the 5th wicket was taken in the 32nd over, opening bowler R White (4-36) took 2 further wickets to ensure a nail biting conclusion. Runyard continued to play aggressively as he smashed 10 boundaries before Beaminster reached their target in the 42nd over to conclude a thrilling game.

    Date: 20th July 2019

    Venue:The Memorial Ground

    Scores 1st innings:Parley 2nds 179 ao, 44.1 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Beaminster 180-9, 44.4 overs

    Result:Beaminster won by 1 wicket

    Man of the Match: William Moss

    Beaminster squeezed past Parley 2nds as they successfully chased their target in the final over with one wicket and two balls remaining. Daniel Swift (74 not out) and William Moss (1 not out and 5-30) were the hero's as they held their nerve under enormous pressure. After being inserted the Parley openers batted cautiously against the new ball as they successfully negotiated the opening bowlers. Wickets started to fall when Ross Baker (3-23) was introduced into the attack as he dismissed the top 3 batsmen. Dave Persey (2-35) provided good support before A Cridland (47) played well in the middle overs as Parley looked set to post a score in excess of 200. However, William Moss produced his best spell of bowling of the season as he took the vital wicket of Cridland and four further tail end batsmen before Parley were dismissed in the last over for 179. The bowlers were well supported by their fielders who held onto their catches with Ross Baker (3) Daniel Swift (2) while Nick Hollely and Ollie Bareham took one catch each. Beaminsters struggles with the bat continued during the chase with top and lower order collapses in between an excellent 95 run 4th wicket partnership between Swift and Lewis Keenan (45). With only 3 batsmen managing double figures, Beaminster were indebted to Swift who struck 4 huge sixes during his fine innings as wickets tumbled around him. Beaminsters tail had no answer to slow bowler M Barber who took 5 wickets in a tense finale as Beaminster crept over the line.

    Date: 13th July 2019

    Venue:Cranborne

    Scores 1st innings:Cranborne 84 ao, 30.3 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Beaminster 85-4, 26.2 overs

    Result:Beaminster won by 6 wickets

    Man of the Match: Simon Jones

    Beaminster returned to form with a convincing 6 wicket victory at Cranborne. After an uncontested toss, Cranborne were asked to bat. Both openers struggled against tight bowling from Daniel Swift (2-11) and Nick Hollely. After 13 overs the home team limped to 24 before first change bowlers Simon Jones (4-17) and Ross Baker (3-37) combined as Beaminster took control of the game. Despite brief resistance from M Harris who hit an aggressive 31, wickets continued to fall as Swift returned to take the final two wickets in the 31st over. In reply, Beaminster lost Rich Runyard in the 3rd over. Crawford soon followed as the away team struggled on an uneven surface. After Ross Baker (13) was bowled to a ball that kept low, Daniel Swift (16 no) shared two crucial partnerships with Mark Tozer (10) and Simon Jones (16 no) to guide Beaminster past their target in the 27th over.

    Date:6th July 2019

    Venue:The Memorial Ground

    Scores 1st innings:Beaminster 71 ao, 23.1 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Witchampton 72-1, 17.5 overs

    TOSS: Beaminster

    Result:Witchampton won by 9 wickets

    Man of the Match:NA

    Beaminsters winning streak came to an abrupt end after a heavy 9 wicket home defeat to Witchampton. After winning the toss on an excellent batting surface, Beaminster were bowled out for just 71 runs in 23.1 overs. The majority of the dismissals were through poor shots and execution with 6 batsmen being caught. Daniel Swift (32) was the only batsman to make double figures during a disastrous innings for the home team. Witchampton had few problems in chasing the meagre total in just the 18th over. They lost just one wicket and gained 20 points while Beaminster had a day to forget.

    Date: 29th June 2019

    Venue:The Memorial Ground

    Scores 1st innings:Beaminster 234-7, 45 overs

    Scores 2nd innings: Wimborne and Colehill 2nds 205 ao, 43.2 overs

    Result:Beaminster won by 29 runs

    Man of the Match:Simon Jones

    Beaminster increased their lead at the top of division 2 and won their fifth game in a row with a hard fought home victory against Wimborne and Colehill 2nds. After winning the toss, Beaminster batted in the heat and soon lost 3 early wickets to S Prince. Ross Baker batted fluently for his 39 and laid a foundation for the middle order batsmen. After he was dismissed in the 22nd over Simon Jones (62) and Lewis Keenan (54) shared a decisive 112 run partnership. They complimented each other superbly as Jones rotated the strike while Keenan struck 8 boundaries including 3 maximums. After some lusty late order hitting, Beaminster were delighted to close on 234-7 from their 45 overs as the Wimborne bowlers struggled in the hot conditions. During the chase, the temperature dropped as the skies became overcast. Daniel Swift (2-22) took an early wicket before Wimborne's top order all played watchfully to rebuild. The 18th and Nick Hollely's (3-34) final over proved to be crucial as he took 3 important wickets. With the away team falling behind the asking rate, youngster M Simpson (43) played aggressively and was well supported by J Welch (74). Spinner Ali Crawford (4-34) made the vital breakthrough and continued to mop up the tail with Will Moss (1-19) as Wimborne were dismissed in the penultimate over 29 runs short of their target.

    Date:22nd June 2019

    Venue:Charlton Down

    Scores 1st innings:Charlton Down 149ao, 45 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Beaminster 150-2, 24.3 overs

    Result:Beaminster won by 8 wickets

    Man of the Match:Chris Park

    Beaminster maintained their position at the top of League 2 with a comfortable 8 wicket victory at Charlton Down. After electing to field, the visitors started well as Daniel Swift (3-14) took 2 wickets in his opening spell. Ross Baker (3-23) continued the good work as the home team's top order were all dismissed for single figure scores. From 89-8, Charlton Down's late order staged a recovery as they closed on 149 with the final wicket falling to the last delivery of the innings. Dave Persey (2-26) and Nick Hollely (1-21) were the other wicket takers while Swift took 3 slip catches. Beaminsters chase started poorly as they lost Ross Baker in the second over. However, Chris Park (63 not out) and Ali Crawford (33) played superbly to rebuild the innings. After the second wicket was lost, Daniel Swift (40 not) played aggressively to finish the game in style hitting 7 boundaries including 2 maximums. Park's inning included 9 boundaries as Beaminster chased their target in the 25th over.

    Date:16th June 2019

    Venue:Poole Park

    Scores 1st innings:Beaminster: 195-8, 45 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Poole 2nds: 154 ao, 38.5 overs

    Result:Beaminster won by 41 runs

    Man of the Match:Will Moss

    Beaminster earned a hard fought 41 run victory at Poole Park. After both teams agreed to play the game despite the heavy overnight and morning rain, Poole won the toss and elected to field. On a damp pitch, they were immediately rewarded when opener Rich Runyard was dismissed in the first over. However, an excellent 73 run second wicket partnership between Ali Crawford (34) and Ross Baker rescued the visitors and put them in a strong position. The good work was continued by Chris Park (24) who played freely and accelerated the run rate as the pitch began to dry out. Baker was eventually dismissed in the 30th over for a determined 44. Daniel Swift (23) and Lewis Keenan (28) both played fluently before falling when looking well set. The innings eventually closed on 195-8 as late order wickets were lost when trying to gain full batting points. During the chase, Daniel Swift (4-27) produced his best bowling performance for the club. He bowled unchanged and put the top order batsmen under enormous pressure. The highlight was a brilliant hat trick between his 6th and 7th over. After bowling two batsmen he won an LBW decision before being mobbed by his team mates. From 78-7, the Poole middle order batsmen staged a determined fight back as the 8th wicket pair shared a 62 run partnership. However, after a tight spell of bowling from Ross Baker (1-23) and Ali Crawford (0-16), William Moss (3-30) mopped up the tail to present Beaminster with their third victory in a row.

    Date:8th June 2019

    Venue:The Memorial Ground

    Scores 1st innings:Beaminster: 146 ao, 38 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Shaftesbury: 73 ao, 26.1 overs

    Result:Beaminster won by 73 runs

    Man of the Match: Ali Crawford

    An inspired bowling performance galvanised Beaminster to a 73 run victory against Shaftesbury at the Memorial Ground. Despite a below par batting display, the home team still prevailed thanks to the excellence of the four inform bowlers. After being inserted, a solid platform was built by openers Ross Baker (18) and Luke King (30) who shared a 51 run partnership. However, after a brief rain delay, wickets tumbled as the pitch became unpredictable and the home team batsman failed to adapt. Following a 38 run partnership between Daniel Swift (18) and Simon Jones (19) the remaining batsman collapsed to a disappointing total of 146. During the chase, Daniel Swift (2-8) and Simon Jones (0-11) exerted pressure from the start. Backed up by eager fielding, Swift bowled a hostile spell and was rewarded with 2 superbly executed wickets. First change bowlers Ross Baker (3-18) and Ali Crawford (5-34) continued the excellent work and reaped the rewards of the earlier pressure. Ross Baker bowled the dangerous A Williams who played well for his 32 before Crawford mopped up the tail to complete a brilliant bowling performance and move Beaminster up to third in the table.

    Date:2nd June 2019

    Venue:Winfrith

    Scores 1st innings:Puddletown 156 ao, 40 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Beaminster 157-4, 29.5 overs

    Result:Beaminster won by 6 wickets

    Man of the Match:Luke King

    Beaminster recorded their second win of the season with an excellent display at Puddletown despite several senior players being unavailable. After an uncontested toss, stand in Captain Richard Runyard took advantage of a very green wicket as he took the first 3 wickets to leave the hosts on 21-3 after 8 overs. He was fully supported by Daniel Swift (9-2-15-1) as he beat the oppositions bat on numerous occasions. First change bowler Simon Jones then came on and he picked up 3 wickets from his 9 overs. Oli Bareham took a well-executed run out but Puddletown skipper Adam Barrett batted superbly for his 42 with support from Tom Blair (25). The key wicket of Barrett eventually fell to the bowling of Ali Crawford from a sharp catch by Adam Moss as wickets then kept on falling to leave the hosts on 108-9. However a last wicket partnership of 48 frustrated Beaminsters bowlers as the score passed 150. Oli Bareham then took the final wicket as the hosts innings closed on 156.

    In reply Beaminsters openers Ali Crawford (31) and Luke King (50) started positively by hitting numerous boundaries as they put 89 on for the 1st wicket inside 15 overs. Luke passed 50 in his first innings for the club and once both openers departed, Daniel (40) came in and continued where they left off as he kept hitting the ball to the boundary. Despite losing another 2 wickets Beaminster reached their target in the 30th over to win by 6 wickets.

    Date:25th May 2019

    Venue:The Memorial Ground

    Scores 1st innings:Beaminster 257-8, 45 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Blandford 259-6, 43.1 overs

    Result:Blandford won by 3 wickets

    Man of the Match:Daniel Swift

    Beaminster suffered a devastating 3 wicket defeat at home to 10 man Blandford. The home team were unable to defend a total of 257 after being inserted. Daniel Swift continued his remarkable batting form with a superb 135 not out. He was the main stay of the innings as wickets fell steadily at the other end. Opener Ross Baker (33) shared the highest partnership of 91 for the third wicket before Swift started to dominate the Blandford bowlers. He struck 7 maximums mostly straight and ensured the home team achieved not only maximum batting points but a high total. At the interval the Beaminster team felt confident they could achieve victory but the carefree Blandford top order batsmen produced a hard hitting onslaught that few spectators will ever forget. After a brutal 89 run opening partnership, skipper A Sullivan hit an incredible 176 not out. His batting with the tail was remarkable as he farmed the strike and refused to run singles. For 10 overs he dealt in nearly boundaries (23) . Blandford recovered from a mid innings wobble when Ross Baker took 2 hard earned wickets before Sullivan chanced his arm. Beaminster could have few complaints as several chances were spilt through sloppy fielding. None of the bowlers escaped punishment as the crowd were entertained by an afternoon of boundary hitting by the two inform batsmen.

    Date: 18th May 2019

    Venue:Parley

    Scores 1st innings:Parley 2nds: 143-4, 38 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Beaminster: 15-0, 4 overs

    Result:Game abandoned

    Man of the Match: Aidey Phillips

    Report:It was frustration all round at Parley as the game was abandoned shortly into Beaminsters innings due to persistent rain. After an uncontested toss, Parley batted first and were immediately on the back foot due to excellent opening spells by Nick Hollely (1-22) and Daniel Swift (1-25). They removed the opening pair before the middle order batsmen battled determinedly to rebuild the innings. However the change bowlers continued to build pressure and kept the scoring rate down. Ross Baker (1-33) bowled the dangerous M King for 25 while William Moss (1-9) had A Sabbian caught behind for a hard hitting 48 before the heavens opened and players were forced off of the field for an early tea. Although Beaminsters reply started it was soon obvious that conditions were dangerous as play was abandoned after just 4 overs.

    Date: 11th May 2019

    Venue: The Memorial Ground Beaminster

    Scores 1st innings:Cranborne 62 ao, 17.3 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Beaminster 63-2, 14.4 overs

    Result:Beaminster won by 8 wickets

    Man of the Match: Daniel Swift

    Beaminster recorded an emphatic 8 wicket victory in just two hours in their first home game of the season. 10 man Cranborne were inserted and were immediately on the back foot after a hostile opening spell from Daniel Swift. He beat the bat on numerous occasions and took 3 wickets as the top order floundered. There was also an excellent run out by a direct throw from Adam Moss. Change bowlers Nick Holelly and Ross Baker then combined to mop up the tail as the visitors were dismissed in 17 overs. Beaminsters fielders were also on form with catches for Aidey Phillips, Leo Gurd, Ross Baker and Will Moss. Chris Park ensured the chase was comfortable with a patient 22 not out. Although 2 wickets were lost, Swift continued his good form with the bat as Beaminster cruised to a 8 wicket victory by 3.30pm.

    Report:

    Date: 4th May 2019

    Venue: Witchampton

    Scores 1st innings:Witchampton 205-8, 45 overs

    Scores 2nd innings:Beaminster 112-6, 45 overs

    Result: Witchampton won by 93 runs

    Man of the Match:Daniel Swift

    Report:

    Despite several senior players being unavailable, Beaminster put up a strong fight against Witchampton. After an uncontested toss, stand in captain Chris Park elected to bowl first. Beaminster started well with Daniel Swift (9-3-16-0) bowling an excellent line and length and the first wicket came in the 4th over when Will Moss trapped M Ashford LBW. Beaminsters change bowlers continued to bowl well with Ade Phillips and Nick Hollely each taking a wicket including an excellent catch from Simon Bareham. However A Crocker (121no) played an excellent innings and guided his team to 200. There were also wickets for Lewis Keenan, Oli James and Oli Bareham, run outs from Nick and Adam Moss and catches from Will, Daniel and Will Murley.

    Beaminsters innings started off steadily as Witchamptons opening bowlers bowled very well. Chris batted well for his 29 but wickets kept falling so Daniel (45no) and Nick (13) batted sensibly, keeping their wickets as S Hibbert bowled a very tight spell. The pair made sure that Beaminster got to 100 on a very slow outfield. At the end Beaminster fell short by 93 runs.



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