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    This newsletter will concentrate on the club's youth teams, whose exploits have so far been under-reported this season. Great things are going on with and in the teams.

    UNDER 15s

    21st June: beat Puddletown by 12 runs
    A great win for the team, particularly as they could raise only 8 players and, batting first, only mustered 83 runs. But a great bowling performance and heroics in the field (despite three dropped catches) won the game by dismissing Puddletown for 71. Best bowling returns were Fergus Rees (3-5), Will Moss (2-14) and Ben Leather (2-11). Two spectacular catches by Adam Moss were vital components of the win.

    24th May: beat Dorchester by 9 wickets
    A very comprehensive win indeed against bottom club Dorchester. Beaminster dismissed the visitors for a modest 66 with bowlers Fergus Rees (3-13), Leo Gurd (2-14) and Toby James (2-5) doing the damage. In reply Fergus Rees carried his bat to retire on 35 and William Murley (16 not out) also made a good contribution.

    26th April: beat Charlton Down by 10 wickets
    In a match reduced to 14 overs a side by rain, Beaminster ran out easy victors over struggling Charlton Down. Batting first Charlton Down made a good start and threatened a high score. After Will Moss was introduced into the bowling however the game swung Beaminster's way. He took two quick wickets, Oli James took a stunning catch and Fergus Rees chipped in with a wicket. Nevertheless the visitors reached a competitive total of 86-5. In reply openers Lewis Keenan (35, retired) and Leo Gurd (31 not out) were the main scorers in the eight overs of carnage required to reach a winning score.

    19th April: beat Martinstown Mavericks by 6 wickets
    Batting first the MMs reached 67-5 in their allotted 18 overs. Runs were hard to come by and only one boundary was scored, due mainly to the long outfield grass at the Beaminster school's ground. Skipper Fergus Rees took two wickets (including, shades of Shane Warne bowling Mike Gatting, one that pitched on leg and hit off stump) whilst Ben Leather, Will Moss and Toby Pattemore took a wicket apiece. In reply the main scorer was the impressive Leo Gurd (36, retired) well supported by James Page (12 not out) who guided the team to a winning score of 70-3 in 15 overs.

    3rd May: beat Dorchester by 49 runs
    In this quarter final county cup game Beaminster were comfortable winners against Dorchester. Batting first Beaminster scored a daunting 129-5 in their 18 overs, thanks mainly to Lewis Keenan (39 retired, including 3x6's and 3x4's), ably supported by Ben Leather (25), Jordan Nottley (15) and William Murley (15 not out). In reply opening bowlers Fergus Rees (1-9) and James Page (2 wickets) made Dorchester struggle from the start. Then an outstanding effort by Leo Gurd (3-6, two great catches and a run out) ensured that Dorchester could only limp to a total of 80-8 in their allotted overs.

    League Table (to 8 July)

    Martins. Marvels4316015.0
    Martins. Mavericks4315814.5
    Bere Regis4224511.2
    Charlton Down413338.2

    UNDER 13s

    Just the one report available - the team's narrow loss to Martinstown in the cup quarter final. Batting first Beaminster were soon in trouble when they lost three quick wickets. Some respectability was restored however with an excellent partnership between Toby Pattemore (25, retired) and Will Moss (14) before the innings closed on a modest 65-7 from 18 overs.
    Beaminster then came to life with some superb bowling and fielding. Wickets fell regularly and were shared between Will Moss, Adam Moss (2), Toby Pattemore, Zaki Abdelaal and Kelvin David. Ben Leather excelled in the field culminating in an excellent run-out. All in vain however as Martinstown's final pair managed to hang on for victory.

    League Table (to 8 July)

    Martins. Marvels5417515.0
    Martins. Mavericks4315814.5
    Charlton Down3213612.0
    Dorchester (U13)2112311.5
    Dorchester (U12)4224110.3
    Bere Regis303113.6

    UNDER 11s

    Cup semifinal
    Beaminster won by 9 runs against league leaders Bridport with top performances from Adam, Ralphy and Tegan. The final is this week or next against Martinstown or Bere Regis. A great performance from the team.

    11th July: beat Dorchester by 12 runs
    In this high scoring game at Dorchester Beaminster hit 306 to win by the very narrow margin of 12 runs.

    16th May: lost to Puddletown by 34 runs
    Despite a brave effort Beaminster went down at Puddletown by 34 runs. Beaminster's run chase was greatly hampered by ill-judged running between the wickets resulting in several unnecessary run outs. Puddletown's total of 250 was always going to be difficult to reach and so it proved, even with determined batting from the tailenders. Beaminster's star bowler was Tegan Furner (4 wickets) with Henry Everitt outstanding in the field. But Oh!, that running between the wickets.

    18th April: beat Charlton Down by 53 runs
    A very encouraging start to the season saw Beaminster travel to Charlton Down and record an emphatic win. Batting first Tegan Fuller (27 not out, six boundaries) and Henry Everitt (2) kept their wickets intact. Brother and sister Josh and Abi Alner kept up the good work and shared a partnership of 17 to take the score to 250. The run rate then slowed but final pair Adam Moss and Lily Anderton set a challenging total with a 49-run stand from four overs. Adam made a brutal 31 including a huge 6 off the last ball to close the innings on 295. Charlton Down were always struggling to keep up the run rate thanks partly to good work in the field including several run outs and finally were all out for 242.

    League Table (to 8 July)

    Bere Regis5417715.3
    Martins. Mavels5417314.4
    Martins Mavericks7437510.7
    Charlton Down50571.4


    Now into the end-of-season phase of the cricketing year and quite a few things to see to in the next month or so.


    Perhaps the most important of these is the monthly collection of waste paper. As most if not all club members know the club has a monthly collection of waste paper. This has been going on for 30 years or more and is one of the club's most important, yet unsung, activities. The collection raises some £2000 t0 £2500 per year and without it the club would not survive without either other fund raising activities or greatly increased costs to members or both.

    For many years the collection has been made by essentially the same group of people with only a few changes. Every first Sunday of the month this group goes around pretty well every street in the town and collects newspapers etc put out by people happy to support the club. The collected papers are transferred to a skip placed at Bugler's premises on the Broadwindsor road. The number of collectors available is just sufficient for the work - provided everybody is available.

    In order to cover for absences, holidays, illness and so on the club would like to increase the number of volunteer collectors and therefore is putting out this general appeal for new volunteers.

    There are two requirements:
    1) People with large vehicles (4x4s, large estates, vans, trailers etc) to go round some of the streets and collect the papers.
    2) People to go in such vehicles and help with putting the papers in the vehicles.

    Hopefully there will be enough volunteers so that a rota can be set up thus ensuring that not everybody needs to go every month. Volunteers though must be available and willing in principle to help for most months of the year.

    If you would like to help please contact Marcus Chambers on email at: marcuschambers2002@yahoo.com or telephone 01308 862220. More information can then be discussed.


    Thanks to Mel White's eye for fundraising opportunities the club is organising a bingo night at Misterton community/sports centre on Monday 26th September. In fact much of the organising is done by the Misterton hall volunteers. The cricket club will pay a fee for the night, organise a raffle and help out on the evening itself.

    To make a big success of the event we need to have a good raffle. Can you therefore donate suitable prizes for the raffle - each one specifically aimed at being irresistible and guaranteed to boost ticket sales. Please contact Mel or any committee member to arrange collection of your prize donation. Mel can be emailed at chalewkee@yahoo.co.uk


    This is scheduled for Saturday 1st October in the pavilion. The format will be pretty much as last year with a sumptuous dinner prepared by Linda Page, and the presentation of awards to the club's junior and senior members to mark outstanding achievements during the 2016 season.

    This is a highlight of the season. Please contact Ross Baker to let him know how many tickets you want.



    Another season over and it sort of fizzled out in a damp disappointing way. The penultimate game against Dorchester 2 was rained off without a ball being bowled and in the final game at Sturminster Marshall the Beaminster team failed to make much of a match of it.

    Overall the season can neither be considered particularly successful nor a failure. The team is adapting to what may be the new reality of being able to field only the one side, at least on a regular basis. The season had a couple of good pointers for the future - the emergence of an increased number of core players who turned out on a regular basis: seven players played in 10 or more games. And the continued promise and success of the club's younger players.


    Beaminster (93ao) were well beaten by Sturminster Marshall (215-5). Put in to bat SM didn't get off to a good start and at 51-4 Beaminster looked as if they would limit the home side to a low score. But then a105-run stand for the 5th wicket put paid to that hope. Youngster Will Moss with 2-31 will be proud of his return. But Beaminster batters failed to make a match of it and at 14-5 the writing was well and truly on the wall. Ross Baker (27) and Pete Bustin (36) came close to making a respectable total but it was not to be. Nine players failed to reach double figures and five of those failed to score at all. Real end-of-season fare and now there are eight months to put it all behind.


    Beaminster finished 7th in county division 3.

    Shillingstone 2nd1053242
    Sherborne 2nd1071228
    S Marshall882218
    Kingston Lacy873201
    Bournemouth 3rd981193
    Dorchester 2nd882177
    Poole Town 3rd5121151
    Wimborne & C 3rd3141141

    The newcomers to the division next season are likely to be Ashmore and Stalbridge 2 (relegated from division 2) and Charlton Down and Hamworthy Rec 2 (promoted from division 4).


    The committee did consider the possibility of transferring to the Somerset cricket scene. The main reason would have been to decrease the amount of travelling to away games - for many years this has been a real disincentive for some players and regularly makes it difficult to assemble a team to travel to the far side of Dorset.

    The club has decided to stay with Dorset cricket however. There would likely be no great difference in the amount of travelling involved and local derbies against sides such as Bridport, Cattistock, Dorchester, Martinstown and Cerne would be a thing of the past. The club's roots are in Dorset and here we stay.


    The club has not run a second team this season. This has meant that some players have not played as much as they would like, perhaps not played at all. The club has decided to run a second team next season for friendlies only - mainly on Sundays and in mid-week against local and touring sides. Hopefully this will allow all who are interested to get as much cricket as they would like.


    The batting averages for the season just completed are as follows (qualification 5 innings):

    S Jones5181*17744.3
    R Baker15374*45137.6
    A Crawford907927730.8
    P Bustin62389223.0
    D Hillier40367017.5
    A Phillips1013315317.0
    L Keenan6217*5814.5
    D Spiller14141*18314.1
    H Rathbone806111214.0
    N Hollely1023010112.6
    L Gurd141301259.6
    J Gurd142351028.5
    R Meech10034808.0
    W Murley6315*237.7

    Also batted: C Lamb (28, 6,1), J Nottley (8*, 0), F Rees (0,4,0*), D Persey (0,10*), W Everitt (27), A Herring (6, 6, 9), D Penman (0, 0, 0), O James (0), J Hawkins (22), R Buchanan (9), W Moss (2, 2, 0), A Waddington (23), R Runyard (55).


    The bowling averages for the season are (qualification 5 wickets):

    S Jones425186114-3016.9
    F Rees28.3115993-3317.7
    A Crawford628264133-4120.3
    P Bustin559228113-2220.7
    J Gurd18211053-2722.0
    N Hollely88.310407164-3625.4
    R Baker13424476174-3228.0
    R Meech39222772-2632.4
    A Phillips101.18469143-2733.5

    Also bowled: J Nottley (10-0-94-0), D Spiller (1-0-12-0), D Persey (3-0-19-1), A Herring (16-2-71-1), R Sweetman (14.3-1-82-3), D Penman (4-0-17-1), J Hawkins (7.3-2-24-1), W Moss (7.5-0-56-3), R Runyard (4-0-29-0).


    The 6-a-side cricket tournament played on Bank Holiday Monday was a great success. Eight teams turned out for the 5-over matches in which each player had to bowl one over (wicket keeper excepted). Some players needed more than an over to recover lost and forgotten skills. The eight teams were divided into two groups of four teams and sides played against each team in their group. Group winners went into the final and runners up into the plate match. The eventual winners were Cattistock - made up of veterans and youngsters alike.

    Besides being good fun the day raised over £500 for the club. Many thanks to Mel White and her team for supplying food, drink, raffle and games.



    Funny old game is cricket. Last Saturday Beaminster's best win of the season against champions elect Cranborne whilst two weeks earlier against Kingston Lacy, maybe the worst defeat of the season. Maybe the latter game inspired the good result.


    Cranborne, champions elect and with only one defeat all season, must have fancied their chances at the Rec last Saturday. But in Beaminster's best performance of the season the team showed that on its day it is more than a match for any team in the division. Beaminster batted first and scored a competitive 235-8. The promoted Rob Meech got the team off to a great start with an aggressive 34. Ali Crawford (32) and Ross Baker (24) continued in similar vein and were both out when looking set for a big score. More good scores came from Richie Runyard (55) making his first appearance of the season and Dan Spiller (26). The final total was greatly enhanced by 44 extras gifted by Cranborne - not what you would expect from the division's best team. From the very beginning of their reply Cranborne struggled to keep up with the required scoring rate - due both to tight bowling and sharp fielding. Wickets were shared between Ross Baker (1-29), Nick Hollely (4-36), Ali Crawford (3-41) and Aidey Phillips (2-41). The catches were evenly shared too by Ross Baker, Dan Spiller (brilliant, diving), Leo Gurd, Aidey Phillips, Ali Crawford and Rob Meech. In contrast to Cranborne's generosity with the extras, Beaminster gave away only a miserly 10 - and this as much as anything contributed to the 29-run win.

    Two weeks earlier (30th July) Beaminster went down tamely to Kingston Lacy. Batting first KL were dismissed for a modest 182, the wickets coming from Simon Jones (4-30), Nick Hollely (2-32), Ali Crawford (2-32) and Fergus Rees (1-33). In reply Beaminster could only muster 109, with Simon Jones (41) and Nick Hollely (15) the only ones threatening the scorers with writer's cramp. In partial mitigation the Beaminster side was missing several senior players and the presence of five of the club's promising youngsters could not make up the loss.

    A week later (6 August) Beaminster lost a close game against Sherborne 2nds by three wickets. Batting first, and after an opening partnership of 52, Beaminster reached 198-6 thanks mainly to a 105-run partnership between Ali Crawford (54) and Ross Baker (55). When they departed runs were hard to come by and only 32 came in the last 10 overs. Sherborne won a tight game in the 40th over, with not quite enough wickets coming from Aidey Phillips (3-37),Ali Crawford (2-35), Rob Meech (1-14) and Ryan Sweetman (1-10).


    With only two games left to play, both away, Beaminster are 7th in the table. There is no threat of relegation and the possibility of climbing the table with a couple of good results.

    Shillingstone 2nd1042230
    S Marshall772193
    Sherborne 2nd871191
    Kingston Lacy862187
    Bournemouth 3rd961184
    Dorchester 2nd781153
    Wimborne & C 3rd3121126
    Poole Town 3rd3121114


    • The club's fund-raising Bingo night on 26th September is at Misterton (not Mosterton). More details later.
    • The club's dinner and awards night will now be on 1st October. Details to follow.



    A good win for the senior team last weekend after a good all round performance by the team. Plenty of social activities coming up in the next two months, as well as county youth representative games to enjoy.


    Beaminster 194ao; Poole Town 3rds 110ao
    At the sixth time of asking the club got its first away win of the season - against Poole Town 3rds, the league's strongest team (they're holding up the rest of the division). Put in to bat after losing the toss Beaminster also lost its two openers in quick time. But then Ali Crawford (79) and Ross Baker (30) shared an 89-run stand to turn the game Beaminster's way. Four quick wickets then fell as the team's customary wobble wiped out the middle order before the promoted Nick Hollely (30) batted sensibly with the young tail to set a challenging score on a bouncy and unpredictable wicket. Poole's reply started positively as the top order played their shots and runs came quickly. But so too did the wickets as all five bowlers had success - Baker (4-32), Crawford (2-23), Rob Meech (2-26), Hollely (1-20) and Will Moss (1-2). Will's wicket was especially pleasing - on his debut for the club.


    The win moved Beaminster up a place to 6th. They climbed above Dorchester 2nds who did themselves no favours by failing to raise a team and losing 20 points to drop two places.

    Shillingstone 2nd832188
    S Marshall652164
    Sherborne 2nd661147
    Bournemouth 3rd571145
    Kingston Lacy562132
    Dorchester 2nd661123
    Wimborne & C 3rd391110
    Poole Town 3rd210180


    The U11s finished their 2016 season in style with a narrow 7-run win at local rivals Bridport. Adam, Tegan and Lily all took wickets to restrict the hosts to a modest score of 261. In reply Jaydee top-scored with 14 including three boundaries and Ralphy continued his good form with 7. All Beaminster's batters showed excellent discipline and tactical awareness to defend their wickets and eventually close out the game for the loss of only two wickets. The team takes it cricket very seriously without any tendency to fool around as some other teams do. Their approach to the game is excellent.


    There are a number of county youth representative games coming up at the Rec ground in August. On the 6th August the U15 Girls take on Worcestershire, on the 23rd U14 Boys have their turn whilst the U10s play on the 25th. More details later. The Rec is becoming the ground of choice for representative games in the west of the county - something the club is keen to encourage. Apart from providing the opportunity to see the county's best youth players in action the games provide a welcome boost to the club's finances.


    Youth Presentation Evening
    On Friday 5th August starting at 5.30 at the pavilion the youth teams are having their combined social and presentation evening. All the youth team players, their families and friends, senior players and club members are invited to come along and help to celebrate a good season for the club's youngsters.
    There will of course be presentations as well as cricket games, and at around 7pm pizzas and rolled ham buns. Families are also asked to bring along a plate of food to help out with the catering.

    6-a-side cricket tournament
    On bank holiday Monday 29th August the club is organising a 6-a-side contest and fun day between eight teams. Teams will be split into two groups and play against each team in the group. After these three games the second placed teams will play each other for third place whilst the two group winners will fight it out to be the day's top team. In each game each player, except the wicket keeper, will bowl one over.
    Beer, soft drinks and food will all be available. There will also be a raffle. This will be an excellent way to conclude the playing part of the season and all club members, whether or not playing on the day, are very welcome to attend.

    Bingo at Mosterton
    On the 26th September the club is hosting a bingo night at Mosterton village hall. These are regular events available for any organisation to host. In return for hiring the hall, helping to run the evening and providing raffle prizes the club will benefit by taking the lion's share of the proceeds. More details are available from Mel White for anyone wishing to join in by helping and/or playing. More details later.

    Quiz night in December
    The club will be holding a Christmas Quiz Night in the pavilion in December. Watch this space for further details nearer the time.



    It's not been such a good fortnight for the team as both games have been lost, disappointing after the three consecutive victories of the preceding weeks. There could yet be a relegation dogfight at the end of the season.



    A strong contender for the accolade of the season's most undesirable fixture, the long slow journey to Bournemouth 3rds duly failed to inspire the team who went down by 42 runs. Beaminster fielded first and the match, in retrospect, was lost in the second over when a catch from Bournemouth opener Rosewarn was dropped - he went on to make 81 and effectively won the match. Beaminster bowled economically enough and restricted the home side to 204-6 with wickets from Ross Baker (2-24), Aidey Phillips (2-33), Rob Meech (1-44) and veteran Dave Penman (1-17). In reply Beaminster found it hard going on the slow pitch and runs hard to come by. Ali Crawford was the most fluent with 24 but youngsters Leo Gurd (28), Will Murley (15 not out) and Lewis Keenan (14) all made good contributions. The highest scorer though was 'extras' with 39 - indicative of erratic Bournemouth bowling as most of theses came from wides.


    It was always going to be a tough proposition to beat high-flying Shillingstone 2nds, and so it proved as Beaminster lost by 4 wickets. Batting first Beaminster got off to a bad start and lost both openers cheaply and thereafter failed to build any large partnerships. Ali Crawford (14), Joe Hawkins (22) and Ross Baker (29) got themselves in but then were out before building a high score. At 89-6 an embarrassing score seemed a possibility but the later batsmen Justin Gurd (35, his highest score of the season), Nick Hollely (21, highest score of the season) and Aidey Phillips (17) put together some late stands and took the score to 169 all out. Good bowling spells from Ross Baker (2-23) and Ali Crawford (2-17) gave Beaminster hope of a win as Shillingstone fell to 58-4 and also found runs hard to come by. But their middle order batsmen came to the rescue and compiled the winning score in the 43rd over. Close, but not quite, for Beaminster.


    The two losses have seen Beaminster slip down the table to 7th place. The team's game away to bottom club Poole Town 3rds this coming Saturday is important - a loss will see the team right in a relegation battle.

    Cranborne 12 9 1 2 192
    Shillingstone 2nd 12 7 3 2 168
    Sturminster Marshall 12 6 4 2 155
    Dorchester 2nd 12 6 5 1 143
    Sherborne 2nd 12 6 5 1 140
    Bournemouth 3rd 12 6 5 1 127
    Beaminster 12 4 7 1 122
    Kingston Lacy 12 4 6 2 112
    Wimborne & C 3rd 12 3 8 1 104
    Poole Town 3rd 12 2 9 1 74



    A couple of resounding victories in the last two matches have energised Beaminster's season and brought confidence and high morale to the team after the indifferent start to the campaign. A key factor in this success has been Ross Baker's stunning form at the crease. In the last four innings he has amassed 226 runs for an average of.....226. Match-winning form indeed.


    An unbroken partnership of 144 between Beaminster stalwarts Simon Jones (81 not out) and Ross Baker (70 not out) was enough to secure a convincing 8-wicket win over Dorchester 2nds after being set a target of 184.

    At one stage it looked as if Dorchester were going to reach a much higher score after a 96-run partnership between their batsmen Peak and Morgan. But once this partnership was broken the rest of the side failed to build a big score. Seven bowlers tried their luck and the wickets were shared between Ross Baker (2-26), Simon Jones (1-37), Aidey Phillips (3-27) and Fergus Rees (1-21). Run-outs accounted for the other three batters, testament to either/or bad judgement by the victims or sharp fielding by Beaminster. In reply openers Rob Meech (14) and Leo Gurd (12) made moderate starts but then Jones and Baker came together and knocked off the required runs with little apparent difficulty by the 34th over.

    The following Saturday (25th June) saw another good victory, this time against high-flying Sturminster Marshall. The start was delayed by heavy rain, followed by another delay for more rain, which saw the game reduced to 39 overs per side. Batting first Sturminster reached 170-1 and a massive total looked on the cards. But then a collapse of epic proportions perhaps induced by a mass panic sweeping through the team, or the brilliance of the Beaminster bowlers, saw Sturminster struggle to 189-9 in their allotted overs. Wickets were shared out between Ross Baker (1-39), Adam Herring (2-16), Pete Bustin (3-22), Ryan Sweetman (2-50), and Justin Gurd (1-4). Pete Bustin's haul gave him his third hat trick of wickets for the season. The rain stoppages meant that Beaminster were given a revised D/L target of 164 runs in 32 overs. Openers Dan Hillier (36) and Hugh Rathbone (7) gave the team a solid start and their departure saw Ross Baker enter the fray and proceed to completely dominate it. His score of 73 not out, accompanied by team members who batted sensibly, saw Beaminster win the game with an over to spare.


    The two wins described above have seen Beaminster rise to 6th position in the table. This is however only six points above Kingston Lacy in 9th position - a relegation place. Every point is vital.

    Cranborne 9 7 1 1 147
    Shillingstone 2nd 9 6 2 1 137
    Sturminster Marshall 9 5 3 1 120
    Dorchester 2nd 9 4 4 1 100
    Sherborne 2nd 9 4 4 1 100
    Beaminster 9 3 51 89
    Bournemouth 3rd 9 4 4 1 86
    Wimborne & C 3rd 9 3 5 1 86
    Kingston Lacy 9 3 5 1 83
    Poole Town 3rd 9 1 7 1 45

    12 - HOUR MATCH

    It's this weekend - Sunday. Don't forget. Come along, have a good time, and support the club's fundraising efforts.




    In a nail-biting finish against Sherborne 2nds on June 4th Beaminster gained their first win of the season by the closest of margins - one wicket. A timely return to batting form by Ross Baker (64 not out) was the main reason for the victory. Sherborne won the toss and elected to bat. It looked a very sensible decision as they raced to 147-2 and seemed set for a mammoth total. But then bowlers Ali Crawford (2-37) and Fergus Rees (3-33) took a flurry of wickets and turned the game on its head. They were aided by superb fielding with good catches from Justin Gurd (2), Adam Herring, Ali Crawford and William Murley. Simon Jones (2-43) returned to the bowling and made further inroads as Sherborne finished on 207-8, still a competitive score. In reply Beaminster made a reasonable start with Simon Jones (21) and Ali Crawford (31) posting good scores and Ross Baker finding form after an indifferent start to the season. The now too familiar mid-innings wobble threatened to derail the run chase but Ross was well supported by the lower order batsmen, who ran well between the wickets, and eventually Beaminster triumphed by the single wicket. A well-deserved win and one that restored confidence and morale to the team.

    But the next game (11th June) against high-flying Cranborne saw a heavy defeat - by 8 wickets. Batting first Beaminster were bowled out for a below par score of 145. At the head of the innings the pitch's uneven bounce did for the first three batsmen, including Ali Crawford (30) who was forced to retire, and taken to hospital, after being hit in the mouth by a wickedly rising ball that flew off the shoulder of his bat. Ross Baker (19) and Aidey Phillips (26) nearly rescued the innings but were undone by irregular bounce. Lewis Keenan (17 not out) made another good contribution but ran out of partners. The score was never likely to trouble Cranborne and so it proved as they cruised to a comfortable 8-wickets victory in 23.5 overs. Nick Hollely with 2-55 was the only successful bowler.


    After seven games Beaminster are 8th equal with Kingston Lacy:

    Shillingstone 2nd511112
    S Marshall42193
    Bournemouth 3rd42180
    Dorchester 2nd33177
    Sherborne 2nd33175
    Wimborne & C 3rd33174
    Kingston Lacy15150
    Poole Town 3rd15136

    The table shows that every point is vital in determining league position and that the division seems to consist of three groups of teams - two at the top, a middle group of five and the last group of three.


    Although not very old (about four years) the club's practice net is showing its age and not fully up to what the club would like to have. Options for a new one are being looked at. At the top end a net to fulfill all the ECB standards comes in at £7000. Unless the club can get a Russian or Asian oligarch as sponsor we will have to go for another model.


    Ross Baker recently ran a coaching session for girls, and six enthusiasts turned up. Ross is planning another session so if you know somebody who would like to attend please contact Ross for further details.

    On the 10th July the club is hosting Dorset Girls U15 in their match against Cornwall. This will be an excellent chance for any young girl to see what their peers can do and to develop an interest in the game.


    Although some of Beaminster's less memorable games may seem to run for half a day the club is holding a tournament in which the duration will actually be a full 12 hours - from 8am to 8pm on Sunday 3rd July.

    This is a fundraising event in which the club's players and anybody else interested can participate. Pairs of batters will be at the crease for 30-minute spells and try to get as many runs as possible against a full complement of fielders and bowlers. The batsmen will try to accumulate 700 runs over the 12 hours, the fielders to take 50 catches and the bowlers to take 80 wickets. Runs will be deducted every time one of the pair of batsmen loses their wicket.

    There will be plenty going on beside the cricket - Kwik Cricket, welly throwing, bowling machine, and batting, bowling and catching challenges. To keep everybody going there will be breakfasts, BBQs, teas and a bar. And a raffle with some fabulous prizes.

    All we need is good weather for a really fun family day out.



    We're already well into the new season - four games down, nearly a quarter of the fixtures gone. And it isn't going too well so far for the 1st XI. Three heavy losses and one washout - all games in Dorset last Saturday were rained off.

    In each of the three games played our opponents batted first and made big scores - 272-9 (Wimborne and Colehill 3rds), 291-8 (Bournemouth 3rds) and 248-9 (Shillingstone 2nds). In reply we made modest totals of, respectively, 160, 128 and 162. It's the absence of many of last season's senior players that has hit the team hard. Quite a few have yet to make their appearance and some, regrettably, will not be able to do so because of commitments that have taken them away from Dorset. We look forward to the others making their season's debut soon.

    In the meantime the club is being represented by a mixture of seasoned veterans and raw youth. Early leading run getters include Leo Gurd, Dan Spiller and Aidey Phillips whilst Pete Bustin, Justin Gurd and Aidey Phillips lead the wicket takers. Hopefully this weekend's game away to Kingston Lacy will bring a change of fortune.


    Together with the football club we are planning to install a bench at the Rec ground to commemorate the memory and the decades of service that Pager gave to both clubs. Permission is awaited from the town council (who own the ground). A likely spot will be under the large hazel tree near the score hut.


    Ross Baker is organising a 6-a-side cricket competition to be played on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August. The plan is for eight teams of six players to compete. It will be a fun day for the family with music, food, drink and a chance for 48 players to show their stuff. Contact Ross for further details or see the club's web site where details of the rules can be found.

    12-HOUR GAME

    Another fund-raising effort from the club is a 12-hour game planned for Sunday 3rd July. Ross Baker will be organising the cricket side of things whilst Shaun Annetts and Mel White will be dealing with the food and entertainments that will mark the day. Proceedings will run from 8am to 8pm. Further details from Ross, Shaun and Mel or the clubs web site.


    Hugh Rathbone is organising a BCC skittles team to play in a Bridport league. Anybody interested should contact Hugh - more players are required.



    It's the dead of winter and the weather is foul but cricket in Beaminster continues anon with plenty of activity both on and off the field. Read on to get up to date with the latest happenings.


    The club is a member of this 6-a-side league which provides great practice and entertainment for participants over late winter. The club has played three matches so far with the following results:

    • 10th January. Ilminster 87-6 (R Baker 2-20 and F Medley 2-36), Beaminster 83-4 (R Baker 35)
    • 24th January. Westlands 118-3, Beaminster 96-2 (Joe Hawkins 28, R Baker 22no)
    • 7th February. Beaminster 112-6 (R Baker 25, J Hawkins 25), Ilton 113-4 (A Phillips 2-34)

    The games are great fun and bring the club into contact with new players and new local clubs. The games have all been close so far and a win looks on the cards soon.


    The club's U14s indoor team continued their remarkable run of good form in their debut season in the West Dorset indoor league at Portland. After winning a tense contest against the then league leaders Martinstown by 4 runs, they confidently outplayed Charlton Down in the second match winning by 78 runs. With several regular players unavailable this was a fantastic achievement and proves that a strong youth squad has formed over the winter. Beaminster U14s are now top of the league with two games remaining.

    Batting first against Martinstown, Beaminster started poorly as both openers were out in the first two overs. However Ben Leather (45no) and debutant Tom Kiddle (39no) lead the recovery, running well between the wickets. When both players retired on 25, skipper Fergus Rees hit a quick fire 21 before the innings closed on a very competitive 146-4 off 12 overs. In reply Martinstown played sensibly by running well between the wickets to keep up with the required run rate. Three players retired on 25 while three wickets went to Fergus and Ben Leather and James Page contributed a sharp run out. The result depended on the final ball with Martinstown needing five runs to win. Fergus held his nerve and produced a fine delivery to bowl the batter allowing Beaminster to win by four runs. Revenge indeed for Martinstown's victory by 3 runs in their previous encounter.

    Against Charlton Down Beaminster lost an early wicket but the following batsmen Ben Leather (18), William Murley (32), Fergus Rees (28), Leo Gurd (15) and James Page (25) amassed the huge total of 167-3 in their 12 overs. Charlton Down were never in the hunt and were all out for 89, with the wickets shared between four bowlers and a run out.

    Earlier in the season there was another big win for the U14s when they beat Weymouth by 70 runs. Batting first Beaminster scored 143-1 in a superb batting performance. Each of the first four batsmen (Lewis Keenan, Ben Leather, Adam Moss and Fergus Rees all had to retire after reaching 25 runs. Weymouth never looked like winning. All the opening bowlers bowled straight and at express pace. Ben Leather took the winning catch as Weymouth were dismissed for 73 in the 9th over. A fine win by a confident and skilful side.


    The club's 1st XI will line up next season against Wimborne & Colehill 3rds, Bournemouth 3rds, Poole Town 3rds, Kingston Lacy, Sherborne 2nds, Cranborne, Dorchester, Shillingstone 2nds and Sturminster Marshall.

    New teams for 2016 are Bournemouth 3rds, Sherborne 2nds, Cranborne and Shillingstone 2nds. Teams missing after last season are Wareham, Dorchester 2nds, Ashmore and Stalbridge 2nds.

    The 2nd XI's opponents in 2016 are Wimborne & Colehill 4ths, Blandford 3rds, Poole Town 4ths, Marnhull 2nds, Stalbridge 3rds, Portland 2nds and Bradord Abbas. Once again the team is in a reduced division of eight teams only, meaning it will have four free Saturdays in the season. New teams for the coming year are Wimborne & Colehill 4ths, Stalbridge 2nds, Portland 2nds and Bradford Abbas.


    After considering the matter for several years the club has taken the decision to undertake the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) Clubmark accreditation process. To gain accreditation the club will have to demonstrate that it has reached the national standards and requirements in a number of different areas - principally in the duty of care and safeguarding children, developing the skills of young players, playing a full role in the local community and efficient club management.

    Reaching the Clubmark standard will bring benefits to the club. The club will be (even more) efficiently run, involve the full membership in club development, raise the club's profile and ensure eligibility for funding applications.

    The ECB is reviewing its Clubmark procedures and the earliest the club can get accreditation is 2017. There is much work for the club to do to achieve this. The club will require much assistance from its membership and information about this will appear in the future Newsletters and on the club's web site.


    The club is very pleased to announce and grateful to acknowledge that the Beaminster Pharmacy has sponsored the acquisition of a bowling machine, the first one the club has ever had. This is a wonderful gesture by the Beaminster Pharmacy and a terrific asset for the club. It's in use now at the weekly winter training sessions in the Sports Hall. Come and see try for yourself.


    © Beaminster Cricket Club 2016

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