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    NEWSLETTER 226

    The seniors maintained their position at the top of Division 2 with another thrilling victory at Blandford whilst the youth section concluded their league seasons this week.

    SENIORS

    SATURDAYS MATCH REPORT :

    DATE: 27th July 2019

    VENUE: Blandford

    TOSS: Beaminster

    Blandford: 203-6, 45 overs

    Beaminster: 204-7, 41.3 overs

    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, Beaminster's 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.

    Next game....

    The seniors host local rivals Puddletown this Saturday in a vital top of the table clash. As usual supporters are welcome!

    TABLE

    COUNTY DIVISION TWO Pld Won Lost No Result Pts

    Beaminster 13 9 3 1 215

    Witchampton 13 9 2 2 213

    Puddletown 13 9 3 2 196

    JUNIORS

    The juniors have now finished their league seasons. The final game was for the U16s last Wednesday.

    U16s

    Date: 24/07/2019

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Beaminster 42 ao

    Yeovil 43-3

    Yeovil won by 5 wkts

    A weakened Beaminster had a final league game to forget as they were well beaten at home to Yeovil. A disappointing end to a good season for the U16s in the Mid Wessex League.

    YOUTH TRAINING & SUMMER CAMP

    Depending on numbers, youth training will continue for the next 2 or 3 weeks. Beaminster Cricket Club Summer Camp started last week and was a huge success with 25 children attending over the two days. Summer Camp continues this Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30am-2.30pm. Please email ark.wright@virgin.net to book your place.

    Summer Camp dates (Wednesdays and Thursdays 10.30am -2.30pm):

    1st, 2nd August

    7th, 8th August

    14th, 15th August

    Coaches: Ross Baker, Daniel Swift, William Moss and Toby Pattemore

    U19s TOURNAMENTS

    Over the next two Sundays, Beaminster CC have entered a team into the Dorset U19s T20 Competition.

    This Sunday 4th August at Martinstown: opponents Martinstown and North Dorset

    Next Sunday 11th August at the Memorial Ground: opponents North Dorset and Martinstown. Please come along and support the team!

    Due to holidays, we are currently short of U19s players. If any player is interested in playing in one of the tournaments please email: ark.wright@virgin.net.

    6 A SIDE TOURNAMENT

    Save the date: this years 6 a side tournament will be on the Bank Holiday Monday 26th August at the Memorial Ground from 10.30am.

    RB 30/7/19.

    NEWSLETTER 225

    The seniors won their closest game of the season with a nail biting finish to maintain their position at the top of Division 2.

    SENIORS

    SATURDAY’S MATCH REPORT :

    DATE: 20th July 2019

    VENUE: The Memorial Ground

    TOSS: Beaminster

    Parley 2nds 179 ao, 44.1 overs

    Beaminster 180-9, 44.4 overs

    Beaminster won by 1 wicket

    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 heros 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. Beaminster's 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. Beaminster's tail had no answer to slow bowler M Barber who took 5 wickets in a tense finale as Beaminster crept over the line.

    Speaking to Echosport, Baker said: It was probably our closest game of the season with a really exciting finish at the end not good for my nerves! On Swift and Moss, Baker added: (Swift) held our innings together because they bowled well. Our batting has been a bit frail recently and a special mention to Lewis Keenan as well, he shared a fantastic middle order recovery a great partnership with him and Daniel, that was a big moment in the game.

    (Moss) came on, just bowled straight and we held onto our catches. It was good for him to get a five-for, it will do his confidence the world of good.

    Next game....

    The seniors travel to Blandford seeking revenge after a rare home defeat in the reverse fixture.

    TABLE

    COUNTY DIVISION TWO Pld Won Lost No Result Pts

    Beaminster 12 8 3 1 195

    Witchampton 12 8 2 2 191

    Puddletown 12 7 3 2 174

    SENIOR STATS (up to 21st July)

    BATTING

    D Swift 455 runs 91 av C Park 161 runs 32 av S Jones 112 runs 37 av

    B0WLING

    D Swift 19 wkts 12.32 av R Baker 17 wkts 16.59 av A Crawford 11 wkts 13.09 av W Moss 12 wkts 20.75 av

    CATCHES

    6 R Baker & D Swift

    4 A Moss & W Moss

    JUNIORS

    The juniors have nearly finished their respective seasons. The final game is for the U16s this Wednesday.

    U16s

    Date: 17/07/2019

    Venue: Sparkford

    Beaminster 104-4, 18 overs

    Sparkford 106-5, 16.1 overs

    Sparkford won by 3 wkts

    Beaminster were beaten after a strong batting performance by Sparkford and North Perrott opener J Salamon who smashed 51 before retiring. Earlier, Toby Pattemore (31) and Tegan Furner (27) starred with the bat as set Beaminster set a par score of 104 in 18 overs. Despite late wickets for Will Moss (2) Sparkford chased their target in the penultimate over.

    Next game....The U16s host Yeovil on Wednesday night

    U11s

    Date: 22nd July 2019

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Symene 258-3 beat Beaminster 251-7

    This was the last competitive match of the season for the Under 11s. Excellent teamwork and very good bowling made this a brilliant game played in very good spirits. Both teams were short on players but made the best of it turning the game into a real contest.

    The wickets were taken by Ed House (1) and Harry Huxford (on debut) took a wicket and threw an amazing ball straight to Daniel for a run out. Runs were made by Ed in 2 innings (15) (14) (with 5 4s in total), Daniel (17), Sonny (9) and the rest coming from everyone else chipping in.

    Well done Under 11s I hope you have had lots of fun and really enjoyed playing this season

    MW 22/07

    YOUTH TRAINING & SUMMER CAMP

    Depending on numbers, youth training will continue for the next few weeks. Unfortunately last Saturdays session was cancelled due to the wet weather. Beaminster Cricket Club Summer Camp starts this Wednesday from 10.30am -2.30pm. Please email ark.wright@virgin.net to book your place. We have nearly 30 children booked on so far!

    Summer Camp dates (Wednesdays and Thursdays 10.30am -2.30pm):

    24th, 25th July

    1st, 2nd August

    7th, 8th August

    14th, 15th August

    Coaches: Ross Baker, Daniel Swift, William Moss and Toby Pattemore

    YOUTH PRESENTATION & AWARDS

    Please note, our Youth Presentation & Awards Evening is on Friday 16th August at 6pm at the Memorial Ground. Following a game and food in the pavilion, awards will be presented to players of all three age groups. Please can parents bring a plate of food to share.

    RB 23/7/19.

    NEWSLETTER 224

    Last weeks Cricket Week was a huge success culminating with Englands exciting World Cup victory on Sunday night!

    SENIORS

    SATURDAYS MATCH REPORT :

    DATE: 13th July 2019

    OPPONENT: Cranborne

    VENUE: Cranborne

    TOSS: Beaminster

    Cranborne 84 ao, 30.3 overs

    Beaminster 85-4, 26.2 overs

    Beaminster won by 6 wickets

    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 third 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. Speaking to Echosport, Baker praised his bowlers for setting up the win. He said: I think having the uncontested toss gives the away team a bit of an advantage sometimes. We knew the conditions were not going to be easy for batting, particularly with the new ball.

    I thought our bowling was spot on, all four bowlers did not give them anything easy to hit, there were hardly any loose deliveries.

    We did not want to be chasing too many and I thought we chased well. It was a good allround performance and a good way to bounce back after that defeat last week.

    Next game....

    The seniors host Parley 2nds this Saturday. Please come along and support the team!

    TABLE

    COUNTY DIVISION TWO

    Pld

    Won

    Lost

    No Result

    Pts

    Beaminster 11 7 3 1 173

    Witchampton 11 7 2 2 171

    Puddletown 11 7 2 2 165

    CRICKET WEEK REPORTS

    DATE: Tuesday 9th July 2019

    OPPONENT: North Perrott

    Beaminster 123-9, 20 overs

    North Perrott 114 ao, 18.4 overs

    Beaminster won by 9 runs

    The seniors started their Cricket Week with an entertaining victory against North Perrott. Rich Runyard (21) and Ali Crawford (25) shared an important 46 run opening stand as Beaminster set 123 from 20 overs. In reply, the Perrott top order were blown away by a brilliant opening spell from Daniel Swift who took his first 5 wicket haul for the club including his second hat trick of the season. He finished with figures of 5-6 from 4 overs. Captain George Retter (65 not out) inspired a remarkable fight back with a barrage of fours and sixes as Perrott looked to chase down their target. However, he eventually ran out of partners as Beaminster breathed a sigh of relief to win by 9 runs.

    DATE: Wednesday 10th July 2019

    OPPONENT: Wye Rustics

    Beaminster 216- 2, 40 overs

    Wye Rustics 210-9, 40 overs

    Beaminster won by 6 runs

    Another close exciting game ended with the Rustics falling just 6 runs of their target. After winning the toss, Beaminsters top order all batted superbly as Rich Runyard (33) and Ross Baker (46) shared an 80 run opening stand. After they were dismissed Daniel Swift (70no) and Mark Tozer (41no) continued the good work as the home team set a challenging 216 from 40 overs. In reply, despite contributions from most of the top order batsmen, wickets fell at regular intervals. Beaminsters bowlers did well to restrict the run rate and the wickets were shared between Will Moss, Rich Runyard, Daniel and Ross who all took 2 wickets each.

    DATE: Friday 12th July 2019

    OPPONENT: Big Hammer

    Beaminster 119- 8, 20 overs

    Big Hammer 120-6 17 overs

    Big Hammer won by 4 wickets

    The Big Hammer touring team successfully chased their target to gain a comfortable victory. Beaminster were grateful to Chris Park (50 no) who rescued their innings and ensured respectability. With Beaminster rotating their bowlers, Big Hammer had few problems in chasing the modest score.

    DATE: Sunday 14th July 2019

    OPPONENT: Beaminster Football Club

    Beaminster CC 139- 8, 20 overs

    Beaminster FC 140-9, 17.2 overs

    Beaminster won by 1 wicket

    Beaminster FC pulled off a surprise result in a fun game played in high spirits. The cricket team set a modest total which the football club comfortably chased down. Footballers Mark Tozer (34) and Dean Hyett (28) were in form with the bat while Rich Runyard took 2 superb catches in the outfield. To top off the day, after a bbq and beer, England won a fantastic World Cup final watched by all of the Beaminter CC players in the pavilion.

    LADIES

    Womens Cricket Softball finals day last Sunday

    Semi final against Swanage for the Challange Cup.(4th, 5th, 6th, 7th county placing)

    Beaminster 277- 5 bt Swanage 271-5

    A truly phenomenal game with so many twists and turns!! Swanage batted first and were solid and consistent through all of their overs however Beaminster took wickets at regular intervals and kept the score manageable. Then it was Beaminster's turn to bat and they were steady in their run scoring but lost a lot of wickets towards the end. 18 was needed off the last over and then Hayley Francis stepped forward and played the best over Beaminster Womens team have ever seen!!! She hit 4 6's under the most intense pressure and expectation truly a Skippers innings to send Beaminster through to the final winning by 6 runs.

    Final Challenge Cup

    Marnhull 277 - 2 bt Beaminster 235 - 6

    Up against a very competitive Marnhull side in the final, Beaminster batted very well against some fierce bowling but lost a few wickets. Keeping Marnhulls score down is something to be hugely proud of through consistent and accurate bowling. Even though this result didn't go our way Beaminster always played with a smile and in the right spirit and fully supportive of each other.

    This means that Beaminster have achieved 5th place in the County League. A huge achievement for a tiny group like ours full of amazing women that purely play for the fun of it. I honestly could not be prouder always smiling, always funny and always a team. Congratulations to all of you who have played for us this season indoor/outdoor/league/festivals you all keep our small band going. Here is to all the fun to come....and the indoor season

    MW 16/07

    JUNIORS

    U16s

    Date: 16/07/2019

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Long Sutton 211-4, 20 overs

    Beaminster 150-3, 20 overs

    Long Sutton won by 61 runs

    Beaminster were left to rue an unusually poor fielding and bowling display in a high scoring game. The batsmen were on fine form however with Ollie Bareham (52 retired) and Toby Pattemore (39) sharing a 91 run partnership.

    Next game....The U16s play Sparkford away tonight (Wednesday)

    U14s

    Date: 11/07/2019

    Venue: The Memorial Ground

    Sparkford 142-5, 18 overs

    Beaminster 128-2, 18 overs

    Sparkford won by 14 runs

    Despite an excellent partnership between Frankie Hodge (37no) and Adam Moss (61) Beaminster fell 14 runs short of victory. Earlier the bowlers had struggled to contain a strong batting display from Sparkford who set a commanding 142 from 18 overs.

    Next game... the U14s play Ilton away next week.

    U11s

    No game this week

    Next game: the U11s play Symene at home next Monday

    ALL STARS & SUMMER CAMP

    Please note the All Stars programme has now finished. A big thank you to all of the children who took part and to all of the volunteers who helped to make the programme a success.

    Beaminster Cricket Club Summer Camp starts next Wednesday from 10.30am -2.30pm. Please email ark.wright@virgin.net to book your place.

    Summer Camp dates (Wednesdays and Thursdays 10.30am -2.30pm):

    24th, 25th July

    1st, 2nd August

    7th, 8th August

    14th, 15th August

    Coaches: Ross Baker, Daniel Swift, William Moss and Toby Pattemore

    RB 17/7/19.

    NEWSLETTER 223

    It is an exciting weekend ahead for Beaminster CC as the seniors host Witchampton on Saturday and the Ladies Festival is hosted at the Memorial Ground on Sunday.

    SENIORS

    SATURDAYS MATCH REPORT :

    Home to Wimborne & Colehill 2nds

    Date: 29th June 2019

    Beaminster 234-7, 45 overs

    Wimborne & Colehill 2nds 205 ao, 43.2 overs

    Beaminster won by 29 runs

    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 played aggressively and was well supported by J Welch 974). 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. Beaminster captain Baker thought his side probably got the better of the conditions, but was pleased with the result.

    Baker told Echosport: It was a really good day, an excellent game actually, it was a very close, hard-fought victory. Two very evenly matched teams, and it is just nice to get on the right side of the result.

    It could have gone either way really but I thought we stuck at it really well, we probably had the better of the conditions. We won the toss as well which helped.

    They had to field in real heavy heat, whereas when we fielded it was a lot cooler so I think we had luck on our side a little bit but I think that happens when you are on a good run, luck seems to go your way.

    We played well, so I am very pleased with the result.

    Next game....

    The seniors host Witchampton in a top of the table clash. Please come along and support the team, it promises to be another keenly fought contest!

    TABLE

    COUNTY DIVISION TWO

    Pld Won Lost No Result Pts

    Beaminster 9 6 2 1 151

    Witchampton 9 5 2 2 129

    Wimborne & Colehill 2nds 9 4 3 2 126

    LADIES

    This Sunday is Beaminster Women and Girls Cricket festival at the Memorial Ground. We have 7/8 teams from all over the county coming to play from 11am-2pm. These festivals are full of colour, music, heaps of fun and lots of great cricket!!

    Any support would be fantastic and if you want to come and see what we are all about we will be around for a chat. We are a very informal group - with a huge age/ability range - and we welcome absolutely everyone.

    MW 02/07

    JUNIORS

    U16s

    No game this week as Sparkford asked to reschedule, date to follow

    Next game...

    The U16s travel to Chard next Tuesday in the league

    U14s

    Date: 27/06/2019

    Venue: Hardington

    Hardington 47 ao, 11.2 overs

    Beaminster 48-1, 10.1 overs

    Beaminster won by 7 wickets

    Beaminster had a straightforward victory at Hardington. Noah Tattershall (5-18) and Harley Brook (3-4) were the main wicket takers before the target was easily reached with 8 overs left to bowl.

    Next game....

    The U14s have a practice game at the Memorial Ground this Thursday.

    U11s

    League result on 01/07/2019 at the Memorial Ground

    Martinstown 294-5 bt

    Beaminster 228-9 This was another tough loss against a strong Martinstown team, wickets were taken by Harry (1) Daniel (1) Logan (1) Ed (1) and a quick thinking run out. Runs were hard to come by with some sharp, accurate bowling from Martinstown.

    Daniel topped scored with 21 with support from Sonny (10) Logan (6) Ed (5) and Rudi, Harry and Joey on 3.

    Even though it was difficult game it was played with a lovely, positive spirit with heaps of support for each other.

    Next game: the U11s host Dorchester next Monday night

    ALL STARS & YOUTH TRAINING

    Please note no All Stars this Sunday. The final session is the 14th July as part of our Cricket Week.

    MANOR EVENT

    Beaminster Cricket Club ran a food and drink stand at the Manor Event last Sunday 30th June. This was an excellent fundraiser for the club as we raised 550 pounds! Thank you to everyone who supported this event especially to the volunteers who helped run the BBQ and drinks stand.

    PAPER COLLECTION

    The next collection is this Sunday 7th July. Please put your cardboard/papers in the skip at Buglers yard on this Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

    CRICKET WEEK

    Our second Cricket Week is next week from 8th -14th July.

    Games include:

    Monday: U11s v Dorchester 6pm

    Tuesday: Seniors v North Perrott 6pm (Twenty20)

    Wednesday: Seniors v Wye Rustics, 1pm, 40 overs

    Thursday: U14s v Sparkford, 6pm

    Friday: Seniors v Big Hammer CC, 6pm

    Saturday: Youth pairs game

    Sunday: Open Day including All Stars and seniors v Beaminster Football Club Twenty20 game

    This final day promises to be an action packed day, with the climax of the World Cup Final being shown in the pavilion. Hot food and drink will be served all day. Members and families are all welcome!

    RB 02/7/19.

    NEWSLETTER 222

    The senior team have had a memorable week as they beat local rivals Charlton Down and climbed to the top of Division 2.

    SENIORS

    SATURDAYS MATCH REPORT

    Away to Charlton Down on 22nd June

    Charlton Down 149ao, 45 overs

    Beaminster 150-2, 24.3 overs

    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 teams 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. Beaminster's 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. Parks inning included 9 boundaries as Beaminster chased their target in the 25th over.

    Speaking to Echosport, Baker said: We are very pleased with the win, it was a good performance and I thought we controlled the match really well. Its nice to win in a derby and remain at the top of the table, so it was a really good weekend for us. It was a very good batting display but we let ourselves down a little bit in the field. We have got to work on our fielding as a few catches went down and we could have dismissed them for under 100 if we had have been more clinical. But our bowling in the middle was really good, tight and put them under a lot of pressure. We dismissed their main batsmen pretty quickly. After a poor start as I got out in the second over but our second wicket stand was superb. Chris and Ali batted fantastically well and put Charlton Down under a lot of pressure.

    Then Dan came in, played very aggressively and we won comfortably, so its very pleasing.

    Next game....

    The seniors host Wimborne & Colehill 2nds in a top of the table clash. Please come along and support the team, it promises to be a keenly fought contest!

    TABLE

    COUNTY DIVISION TWO Pld Won Lost No Result Pts

    Beaminster 8 5 2 1 131

    Witchampton 8 5 1 2 127

    Wimborne & Colehill 2nds 8 4 2 2 118

    LADIES

    Beaminster Women faced a tough game in the 2nd round of the League finals on Sunday against Winton/Parley. Despite very tight bowling and a few great catches, they were comprehensively beaten by the bat!! The game was played with great spirit under tricky circumstances with everyone still smiling at the end!! They now go into the Challenge cup - to be played in Sherborne on the 14th July. 3 games against Sherborne, Marnhull and Swanage to decide 4th/5th/6th in the county. No matter the outcome -it has been so much fun this season!! Next date is our home festival on the 7th of July (11-2pm) it would be lovely to have some home support.

    MW 26/06

    JUNIORS

    U16s

    No game this week as Yeovil asked to reschedule

    Next game...

    The U16s host Sparkford next Tuesday 2nd July in the Cup

    U14s

    Date: 20/06/2019

    Venue: Ilminster

    Beaminster 121-2, 18 overs

    Ilminster 111-6, 18 overs

    Beaminster won by 10 runs

    Beaminster gained revenge over Ilminster after an excellent 10 run league victory. Debutant Ronnie Frost was the star player with 44 not out and 5 wickets. He shared a brilliant 74 run partnership with Adam Moss (31) as Beaminster set 121 from 18 overs. Backed up by excellent fielding, Ronnie bowled Beaminster to victory as the home team fell 10 runs short.

    Next game....

    The U14s travel to Hardington in the league tomorrow night (27th July)

    U11s

    No game this week

    Next game: the U11s host Martinstown next Monday night

    ALL STARS & YOUTH TRAINING

    Both sessions were back on this week and were well attended. We have 2 All Stars sessions left with a session this Sunday.

    MANOR EVENT

    Beaminster Cricket Club will be running a food and drink stand at the Manor Event this Sunday 30th June. This promises to be an excellent fundraiser for the club. Please come along and support! Any help will be appreciated.

    PAPER COLLECTION

    The next collection is Sunday 7th July. Please put your cardboard/papers in the skip at Buglers yard on the Friday afternoon or Saturday morning before.

    RB 18/6/19.

    NEWSLETTER 221

    It has been a frustrating week for the juniors with multiple cancellations due to the weather but the seniors go marching on with their third straight win.

    SENIORS

    SATURDAYS MATCH REPORT

    Away to Poole Town 2nds

    Date: 16th June 2019

    Venue: Poole Park

    Beaminster: 195-8, 45 overs

    Poole Town 2nds: 154 ao, 38.5 overs

    Beaminster won by 41 runs

    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.

    Speaking to Echosport, Baker said: It was tough but we fought well and its a vital win for us.

    Early on it was pretty wet and we had to really fight hard at the top of the innings. I was quite impressed with the way we rebuilt after a shaky start. Everyone got starts and batted well but we would have liked to have got full batting points, but its still a good performance.

    On Swifts display, Baker added: Hes bowled well throughout the season and he got his just rewards with a hattrick, it was fantastic, two clean bowled and an lbw. That put us on the front foot.

    Next game....

    The seniors next game is a local derby away to Charlton Down. This promises to be a close and keenly fought game between two evenly matched teams. Beaminster will be eager to avenge recent performances at the ground after two poor batting displays. Before the start, Jack Douch will be presenting the team the Community Award for services to cricket from the 2018 season.

    TABLE

    COUNTY DIVISION TWO

    Pld Won Lost No Result Pts

    Wimborne & Colehill 2nds 7 4 1 2 108

    Beaminster 7 4 2 1 107

    Witchampton 7 4 1 2 105

    Charlton Down 7 3 3 1 85

    Puddletown 7 3 2 2 81

    LADIES

    The Ladies team have their second round of League games this Sunday, away against Winton. It is impossible for them to finish less than 6th in the County so regardless of the result it is a massive achievement for the Women's team. Training continues on Fridays from 6.30 - 7.30pm.

    MW 18/06

    JUNIORS

    U16s

    No game this week

    Next game...

    The U16s host Yeovil next Tuesday 25th June

    U14s

    The U14s play Ilminster away on Thursday night. Last Thursdays home game against Ilton was lost to the weather

    U11s

    Date: 17th June

    Venue: Beaminster

    Martinstown 108 - 3

    Beaminster 62 - 2

    Beaminster lost a tough game against a good Martinstown side.Wickets were shared between Harry Caddy, Sonny Wild and a quick thinking run out.

    Runs were made by Daniel White (31 retired) and Rudi Franklin-Whybrow (10) who batted for 9 overs to make a good first wicket stand.

    For a team just starting out with 6 new players this season, this was a very promising second game together.

    A special thank you was made by the Martinstown coach at the end of the game as we had to rotate a player to help them field. He was very pleased with the attitude of our players and appreciated the way they enthusiastically helped out.

    Next game: no game for the U11s next week.

    ALL STARS & YOUTH TRAINING

    Unfortunately both sessions were lost to the weather last weekend. Hopefully both will return this weekend!

    MANOR EVENT

    Beaminster Cricket Club will be running a food and drink stand at the Manor Event on Sunday 30th June. If you can spare an hour or two to help run the BBQ please let Ross know on ark.wright@virgin.net.

    50 CLUB WINNERS

    Result of last weeks draw...

    25 pounds: Angela Lindsey

    5 pounds: Marcus Chambers

    5 pounds: Nick David

    RB 18/6/19.

    NEWSLETTER 220

    It has been a superb week for Beaminster Cricket Club with vital wins for the senior, U11s and U16s teams.

    SENIORS

    SATURDAYS MATCH REPORT

    Away to Puddletown

    Date: 1st June 2019

    Toss: Beaminster

    Puddletown 156ao (40.5 overs)

    Beaminster 157-4 (29.5 overs)

    Beaminster won by 6 wickets

    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.

    Next game....

    The seniors next game is at home to newly promoted Shaftesbury this Saturday. Please come along and support the team!

    JUNIORS

    U16s

    Date: 4th July 2019

    Venue: Hardington

    Hardington 42 ao, 11.5 overs

    Beaminster: 43-1, 6.5 overs

    Beaminster won by 7 wickets

    The U16s ruthlessly brushed aside Hardington in a friendly game on Tuesday night. All of the bowlers were in superb form as wickets were shared between Harley (3), Tegan (2), Svyatoslav (1) and Frankie (1). Every catch was taken and a run out was executed before the home team were dismissed for just 42. Alex Payne (16 not out) made light of the run chase as victory was achieved in the 7th over.

    Next game...

    The U16s have no fixture for 2 weeks

    U14s

    The U14s play Ilminster away on Thursday night.

    U11s

    Date: 3rd June

    Venue: Charlton Down

    Beaminster: 292-2

    Charlton Down: 274-7

    Beaminster won by 18 runs

    Beaminster U11s won their first game of the season at Charlton Down. Daniel White continued his excellent form with a fine 31. Charlton Down were restricted to 274 thanks to excellent bowling from Rudi, Edward, (2 wickets each), and a wicket a piece for Joey, Logan and Harry. Considering that 5 players were making their debuts, this was an impressive victory and performance.

    Next game: Monday 10rd June away to Cerne Valley

    SUMMER CAMP

    A reminder that we are running a junior summer cricket camp during the summer holidays. Please contact: ark.wright@virgin.net to book your place.

    RB 5/6/19.

    NEWSLETTER 219

    Its been an excellent week for the youth teams while the senior team suffered an agonising defeat in a high scoring game at home.

    SENIORS

    SATURDAYS MATCH REPORT : home to Blandford

    Date: 25th May 2019

    Toss: Blandford

    Beaminster 257-8, 45 overs

    Blandford 259-6, 43.1 overs

    Blandford won by 3 wickets

    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) alone . 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.

    Memorial Game

    Date: 27th May

    Toss: Nods team

    Beaminster 230-7, 30 overs

    Nods team 129-7, 30 overs

    Beaminster won by 101 runs

    Beaminster won back the Memorial Tankard after a strong batting performance. On an excellent surface Rich Runyard top scored with a hard hitting 69. He was well supported by Ross Baker who struck 48 while opener Adam Moss hit a superb 37. In reply, Nods team top order had no answer to the leg spin of Ollie Bareham (4-18) and Fergus Rees who took two wickets. Despite late order resistance, Nods team were well beaten by 101 runs.

    Next game....

    The seniors play their third away game of the season this Saturday against Puddletown at Winfrith 12.30pm start

    LADIES

    The Women's first softball league games to be held in Dorset - hosted by us ran like clockwork on Sunday. The amount of positive feedback about the whole day (not just the Tea!!) has been brilliant - so a huge 'Thank you' to everyone who helped out in anyway - but especially to Lewis, Neil W, Oli James, Hayley, Amanda, Josh, Sam and all the Women's team members. It was such a lovely, positive and fun day - exactly how we want our cricket to be. The results were equally something to be proud of. Our first game was against Marnhull - easily the strongest team in the West. Last time we played we were crushed by a 100 run defeat ....this time we were within 25 and took the same amount of wickets....a huge improvement and evidence of our growing confidence. Special mention to Amy Monks - playing in her first ever game and taking 3 wickets. Also to Hayley Francis for a stunning catch that caused a huge cheer!

    Our 2nd game against Sherborne ended in a win for Beaminster. Our batting was a lot more free and flowing in this game. Our bowling was spot on with only 3 wides in the whole 12 overs. The highlights were the last 2 balls going for wickets with 2 fine catches from Emma H and Hayley (again!!) and another brilliant debut - this time Issy Bareham. Playing some great shots- including a lovely 4 and taking a wicket - after only a few training sessions. The future is rosy

    Our next games are on Sunday - playing in Wimborne Festival.

    Training continues every Friday 6.30-7.30pm everyone welcome.

    MW 29/5

    JUNIORS

    U14s

    Date: 23/5/19

    Venue: Memorial Ground

    Scores:Beaminster 128-3, 17 overs

    Chard 51 ao, 10.2 overs

    Result: Beaminster won by 77 runs

    Report: the U14s gained revenge as they brushed aside Chard at home. Adam Moss (50 runs, retired) and Frankie Hodge (40 runs) shared a fantastic 117 opening partnership as Beaminster set a challenging target of 129 runs in 17 overs. The Chard batsmen all struggled against some excellent bowling from Noah Tattershall (3-17) Ralphie Bugler (1-16), Jack Ronan (1-9) and Harley Brook (1-0) as they collapsed to 51 all out.

    Next game... 30th May v Ilminster at home

    U11s

    No game this week

    Next game: Monday 3rd June away to Charlton Down

    U16s

    Date: 28th May 2019

    Venue: Memorial Ground

    Sparkford: 73 ao, 11 overs

    Beaminster: 74-5, 16.2 overs

    Beaminster won by 3 wickets

    The U16s won impressively at home to Sparkford after an excellent bowling performance. The Sparkford openers started well as they shared a 48 run partnership. However, once the first wicket was taken by Will Moss (1-16) the away team were quickly dismissed for 73. Wickets were shared with Ollie Bareham (3-6) the standout. Frankie Hodge topped scored for Beaminster with an impressive 25 but despite a late wobble when 5 wickets were lost the target was reached in the 17th over.

    Next game...

    Next Tuesday 4th June, away to Hardington

    All Stars

    The All Stars programme continues on Sunday mornings from 10.30am at the Memorial Ground. This year has seen record numbers attend (over 30 children) which is brilliant news for the future of the club.

    RB 29/5/19.

    NEWSLETTER 218

    The season is now well under way and it has been another busy week for Beaminster Cricket Club. .

    SENIORS

    SATURDAYS MATCH REPORT : away to Parley

    DATE: 18th May

    Toss: Beaminster

    Parley 143-4, 38 overs

    Beaminster 15-0, 4 overs

    Game abandoned

    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 keep 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 Beaminster's reply started it was soon obvious that conditions were dangerous as play was abandoned after just 4 overs

    Next games....

    Middleton Hands League on Wednesday v Royal Oak Drimpton

    The seniors play their second home game of the season this Saturday against Blandford

    The Memorial game is this Bank Holiday Monday. 1.30pm start, 30 overs per side. Nods team v Beaminster team. To include music, pink ball, coloured clothing, barbeque and bar. Please come along and support

    LADIES

    Beaminster Women are playing their very first league games on Sunday. The league games are much longer than festival games (24 overs) and the pitches are a lot bigger. We are hosting these first games - with the first game starting at 12pm. We all cant wait to play in this new format and we always welcome supporters.

    Training continues every Friday 6.30 - 7.30pm - new members always welcome.

    MW 22/5

    JUNIORS

    U14s

    Date: 16/5/19

    Venue: Ilton

    Scores:Ilton 91-4, 18 overs

    Beaminster: 92-1, 15.3 overs

    Result: Beaminster won by 7 wickets

    Report: After a slow start to the season, the U14s won their second consecutive game at Ilton in the Mid Wessex League. Despite a poor bowling performance that included 26 extras, the Beaminster batsmen excelled to ensure the chase was successful. The stand out performers were Jack Ronan with 2-15 and a superb 71 unbeaten partnership between Adam Moss (39 not out) and William Swann (26 not out).

    Next game...

    23rd May v Chard at home

    U11s

    Although the U11s have only played one game so far, we have a number of new players who are enjoying playing hard ball cricket. We have organised extra practice sessions to prepare our new players for future matches.

    Next practice (fielding and nets): Tuesday 28th May

    U16s

    No game this week

    Next game...

    Next Tuesday 28th May, home to Sparkford

    YOUTH TRAINING

    Summer youth training has now started every Saturday morning at the Memorial Playing Field from 9-10.20am, 1 pound per session. To include soft ball practice, junior hardball for U13s and U16s hardball practice.

    PRIMARY SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

    Yesterday for the first time, Beaminster CC hosted the West Dorset Kwik Cricket Competition at the Memorial Ground. On a lovely sunny day, over 10 schools competed on 6 pitches in group games against each other. The eventual winners were St Catherines of Bridport with Beaminster St. Marys finishing a respectable third. We intend to continue to host this event after positive feedback from parents, teachers and the Dorset Cricket Board.

    RB 22/5/19.

    NEWSLETTER 217

    It has been an excellent week for all of Beaminsters teams with three convincing victories and a well attended ladies social evening.

    SENIORS

    SATURDAYS MATCH REPORT :

    first home league game against Cranborne

    DATE:

    11th May

    Toss: Beaminster

    Cranborne: 62 ao, 17.3 overs

    Beaminster: 63-2, 14.4 overs

    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 (3-18). 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 Hollely (3-21) and Ross Baker (1-8) 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, Adam Moss, Ross Baker and Will Moss. Chris Park ensured the chase was comfortable with a patient 22 not out. Although 2 wickets were lost, Swift (20 not out) continued his good form with the bat as Beaminster cruised to a 8 wicket victory by 3.30pm.

    Next games....

    Middleton Hands League on Friday v Royal Oak Drimpton

    The seniors play their second away game of the season this Saturday at Parley Seconds.

    LADIES

    Our first festival of the season was held in a blistering hot Midsomer Norton. A real eye opener in terms of the standard of cricket Somerset teams are very well established! No win out of the 3 games although one was very close but a lovely day full of laughing, playing, a few injuries and lots of running. A special mention to Emma House for 2 wickets in one over and Vikki who was brilliant in her first tournament.

    Our recruitment/registration day was a huge success 20 Women/girls attended - lots of food and drink - and more than a little bit of cricket.

    There is so much excitement within our team for the coming season especially as we will be competing in our first league games next week at home Sunday 26th May from 11.30. A completely new experience for us we always welcome supporters

    Our training continues every Friday 6.30 - 7.30pm new players always welcome

    MW 15/5

    JUNIORS

    U16s

    Date: 14/5/19

    Scores: Hardington and West Coker: 92-2, 16 overs

    Beaminster: 94-2, 11 overs

    Result: Beaminster won by 6 wickets

    Report: The U16s won their first game of the season at Hardington after a superb batting display. Alex Payne made a confident 33 and was well supported by Frankie Hodge (17 not out) as Beaminster comfortably chased their 92 run target. Earlier, Svyatoslav Townsend took his first wicket for the club.

    Next game...

    28th May v Sparkford at home

    U11s

    Next Monday we are organising an inter pairs game for all of our U11s and U14s at the Memorial Ground.

    U14s

    Date: 9/5/19

    Scores: Hardington and West Coker: 45 ao, 14.4 overs

    Beaminster 46-1, 10.2 overs

    Result: Beaminster won by 7 wickets

    Report: After a superb bowling performance, the Beaminster U14 team won their first home against Hardington and West coker. Will Swann was the star bowler taking 4 wickets for just 8 runs. Ralphie Bugler and Henry Everitt both took 2 wickets as the visitors were dismissed for just 45 runs. After losing an early wicket in the second over, Jack Ronan (4 not out) and Gilbert Loder (6 not out) combined to ensure Beaminster reached their target in the 11th over.

    Next game...

    This Thursday v Ilton away

    YOUTH TRAINING

    Summer youth training has now started every Saturday morning at the Memorial Playing Field from 9-10.20am, 1 pound per session. So far we have had over 20 children attend both training sessions.

    PRIMARY SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

    Next Tuesday we are hosting the West Dorset Primary School Kwik Cricket Tournament at the Memorial Ground. 12 schools have entered this year so it should be a fun and action packed tournament! Come and support if you can.

    RB 15/5/19.

    NEWSLETTER 216

    SENIORS

    SATURDAYS MATCH REPORT : first league game at Witchampton

    DATE: 4th May

    Witchampton: 205-8, 45 overs

    Beaminster: 112-6, 45 overs

    Witchampton won by 93 runs

    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 Adam 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.

    The seniors play their first home game of the season this Saturday against Cranborne. Please come and support the team.

    LADIES

    A reminder about this Fridays social at the Memorial Ground and Beaminster Sports Pavilion from 6pm. Pizza/Prosseco/ Pop and training session, everyone welcome to attend.

    JUNIORS

    U15s

    Just the one game this week as the U15s lost at home to Martinstown in the cup.

    Beaminster U15s: 60-4, 16 overs (A Payne 10)

    Martinstown U15s: 63-0, 9.1 overs (F Williams 44 no) A disappointing result and performance for the U15s as they exited the cup. The home batters failed to adapt to a slow surface and only managed to score a below par score of 60. Martinstown opener Finlay Williams ensured the chase was negotiated with an excellent innings as the away team won comfortably by 10 wickets.

    U11s

    We are organising two inter youth games for new U11 players in May at the Memorial Ground. Details to follow on Teamer.

    U16s

    The U16s play Hardington & West Coker away next Tuesday

    U14s

    The U16s play Hardington & West Coker home this Thursday

    YOUTH TRAINING

    Summer youth training has now started, every Saturday morning at the Memorial Playing Field from 9-10.20am, 1 pound per session.

    RB 8/5/19.

    NEWSLETTER 215

    SENIORS

    Overseas player Daniel Swift had an impressive debut in the senior teams comfortable warm up victory at Broadwindsor. In the 30 over game, Swift hit a chanceless 73 not out on a slow surface. He shared excellent partnerships with Leo Gurd (47) and Simon Jones (22 no) as Beaminster closed on an impressive 159-3. With only 8 players, the Broadwindsor batsmen struggled to keep up with the asking rate. Out of the 9 bowlers used, Ollie James was the standout taking 2-10 while man of the match Swift took 3 catches before the home team were dismissed for 74.

    The seniors face a challenging first league game of the season as they travel to Witchampton with several regular players absent. However, with 6 home grown youth players in the team, these are exciting times for the club.

    WOMEN & GIRLS TEAM

    Looking for a new challenge? We are holding an informal evening of Pizza/Prosseco/Pop and a bit of cricket on the 10th May at the Rec (you don't have to play on the night if you don't want to)!! Open to absolutely everybody (probably 12ish +) no experience necessary. We are a friendly, positive and fun bunch of all ages - so come along and see if it is your cup of tea!! Welcome from 6pm onwards, get there when you can!! Any questions please ask

    JUNIORS

    Registration Evening

    Despite the cold and wet evening, the youth registration night was well attended including several new players. Thank you to everyone who helped out and contributed towards the food.

    U16s

    The U16s made the long journey to Bridgwater on Tuesday night as they endured a tough start to their Mid Wessex League campaign. Batting first in a reduced 15 over game, Adam Moss continued his excellent form with a well made 31. The Beaminster team were significantly younger than their opponents but they battled well and set a 50 run target. Bridgwater, who are one of the favourites to win the league, lost two wickets in pursuit as Ralphie Bugler and Adam took one wicket a piece and Will Moss took a fine catch. After conceding just one run in three tight overs, the third wicket pair played some superb shots to relieve the pressure and coast to victory in the 10th over. The young Beaminster team can feel proud of their efforts as they excelled in all three departments.

    U14s

    With only 5 players, the Beaminster U14s battled bravely in the cold and dark conditions against a strong Chard team. The highlight of the Beaminsters innings was a fantastic second wicket partnership between Adam Moss (29 not out) and Ralphie Bugler (17). Chard made light of their 98 run target however losing just one wicket (by Jack Ronan) with 6 overs remaining.

    U11s

    The U11s introduced a number of new players to hard ball cricket during their first cup game of the season at Symene. Despite the defeat, the players did the club proud and they all enjoyed the game. The highlight of Beaminsters 63-7 was Daniel Whites knock of 30 (retired) a very responsible and mature innings by the skipper!

    FUNDRAISING

    Thank you to everyone who supported our bingo night in the Town Hall. It was another successful and enjoyable event.

    We have just received our first payment from the co-op fund. So far over 300 pounds has been raised, thank you to everyone for registering your cards.

    NEWSLETTER 214

    Overseas Player

    We are delighted to announce that 28 year old South African Daniel Swift will be our overseas player for the 2019 season. Daniel, who is a qualified coach, will be arriving next week to join our playing squad and will be a welcome addition to our coaching team. A social evening has been arranged on Thursday 18th at the Fleet Club to welcome and introduce Daniel to our senior players.

    A big thank you to the Persey family for providing his accommodation for the summer.

    Seniors

    The senior team have one pre season game on Sunday 28th April at Broadwindsor. We hope to start outdoor training and net practice next week. Our first league game is at Witchampton on 4th May.

    Women and Girl's Section

    After a very successful indoor season, the outdoor season starts on Friday 10th May with a Pizza and Processo/Pop night. All welcome to come and play/chat and see what we are all about. Absolute beginners very welcome - very relaxed and friendly atmosphere with no pressure. We have so many exciting opportunities this year - come and see if it is your cup of tea!!

    Youth Section

    Our youth registration night is on Friday 26th April from 6pm at the Memorial Ground. All youth players are required to register before the start of the season. Parents are encouraged to attend and have the chance to chat with members of the committee. Can parents please bring a plate of food to share. The night will also be an opportunity for youth players to meet and train with their respective coach for the season.

    Weather permitting, we also plan to run a youth training session on Tuesday 23rd April at the Memorial Ground from 6pm.

    Schools

    School cricket coaching sessions start after Easter. Ross and Daniel will be busy working and talent spotting at the following local primary schools: Broadwindsor, Parrett & Axe, St. Mary's Beaminster, Sticklands, Bridport Primary and Salway Ash. Let's hope some new players join the club as a result because we are currently short of under 11s.

    NEWSLETTER 213

    The season is fast approaching and we have lots of exciting things planned for this year - so keep an eye out on the Facebook page and your email inbox!!

    Senior team

    The senior team have completed their indoor league season and are now concentrating on weekly training sessions at Colfox School on Wednesday evening's from 8-9pm. A higher emphasis will be placed on team training this summer with the intention to improve standards and mount a promotion challenge.

    We are having a senior team social at the Fleet Club on 18th April to include snooker, darts and food from 7pm. 5 pounds a head. Please contact Ross if you can attend.

    Women's Team

    We are down to our last 2 games in the indoor league. This weekend will be our toughest 2 games against Marnhull (unbeaten) and Martinstown but it looks like we will have a strong team so looking forward to making it competitive.

    Our outdoor training starts on the 10th May - with a Pizza and Prosecco (or pop!!) recuitment night. 6pm onwards - open to all - please spread the word.

    Outdoors - this year we have entered a softball league and the usual softball festivals. Heaps of things for us to take part in - so an exciting year ahead!!

    Youth

    Youth training continues on Saturday mornings - 10-11. Our Registration night will be on the 26th April - a chance for your children to sign on for the season - but also for you all to have a chat with all of us and ask any questions you may have.

    Fixtures

    A full list of fixtures including senior and youth teams can be found on our website: beaminstercricket.co.uk. Our 2019 fixture card will be available in the next few weeks.

    All Stars

    All Stars registration is now open online. Our All Star sessions will be on Sundays. For children aged between 5-8 - it is a perfect introduction to cricket. Any questions - please ask. https://ecb.clubspark.uk/AllStars/At/beaminster

    Fundraising

    Our quiz night is being held at the Pavilion on 23rd March. 4 to a table- 5 pounds a head. Trying out our new pizza oven - so definitely worth coming!!

    Easter Bingo will be held on Tuesday the 9th of April. Doors open at 7pm. Loads of great prizes. Always a fun night! (Prize donations will be gratefully received)

    Don't forget we are one of the chosen organisations for Co-Op funding this year. If you have a Co-Op card please choose us as your option. You can do this on the Co-Op website.

    - We are seeking sponsorship and Vice President donations before the start of the season. Please contact N. Bareham for information.

    MW 13/3/19

    Newsletter 212

    Preparations are underway for what looks like another exciting and chocablock season for all parts of our club.

    - U14s and U16s Mid Wessex fixtures can be found on our website. U14s have 10 league fixtures and at least 1 cup game. The U16s play 8 league games and at least 1 cup game.

    - Senior 6 a side team have started their indoor season. Lost a tight first game against Queen Camel by 8 runs. After bowling well, we lost early wickets but Rich Runyard (22 runs) staged a comeback before falling just short of the target. Next game is this Sunday against Long Sutton.Nets start at Colfox in March on Wednesday nights

    - The paper collection continues this year with only large quantities being collected, so please let us know and we can arrange collection at your convenience. The skip will be in Bugler's yard on the first weekend of every month for you to put your own personal recycling in.

    - Sponsorship - we are looking for sponsors for 2019 season. We are asking for a 25 pounds donation, logo on website, fixture card, matchhday board. Contact Nikki Bareham for further infomation.

    - Youth indoor training continues on Saturday mornings 10 - 11am - please bring a jumper as if the weather is fine we will be outdoors.

    - Beaminster Women and girl's training has started again after a winter break. 6.30-7.30 - all new members welcome - any ability..we had 3 new starters this week with a few more due next week! Loads of exciting oppotunities in the pipeline this year, with our first indoor tournament on the 3rd of February - with 2 games being played. Good luck Beaminster Bumbles!!

    - Net area - work has continued throughout the winter. It should be ready for use by start of May.

    - Cricket Week date has been set for 8th - 14th July. Fixtures to follow - with an exciting finale on the 14th planned!!

    - Co-op funding - please register your cards.

    - Quiz night on the 23rd of March in the Pavilion. 20 pounds per team entry (4 to a team) Food included. Please let us know if you would like to enter a team.

    - We are always looking for new ideas for fundraising or community involvement - so any suggestions or offers of help are always gratefully received. We have so many more social occasions planned this year - and with our new catering equipment (including a pizza oven!!) all funded by a grant from the ECB via a World Cup grant, we want to spread the word and make them open to the wider community.

    MW 26/1/19

    Newsletter 211

    A quieter few months for Beaminster Cricket Club, but still lots going on behind the scenes!

    Jack Douch Community Cup Award

    Beaminster Cricket have been awarded his cup from the Dorset Cricket League for all the community work the club have participated in this year and for going above and beyond playing cricket. This is a massive achievement for the club and something we should be very proud of. Well done everyone.

    AGM

    Beaminster Cricket held a well attended AGM on Monday 12th November. The following will be the committee and additional roles for the next year.

    President - John Bugler

    Chairman - Ross Baker

    Vice Chairman - Nick David

    Treasurer and fixture Secretary - Nikki Moss

    Secretary - Nikki/Simon Bareham

    Welfare Officer - Mel White

    Committee members - S.Jones, J. Gurd, L. Gurd, H.Francis, W.Moss, J Block

    A huge thank you to our committee members that are standing down - to Marcus Chambers, Hugh Rathbone and Shaun Annetts. Your support and hard work over the years has been hugely appreciated.

    The teams will be captained/managed by the following

    Team Captain - Ross Baker

    Vice Captain - Chris Park

    Women and Girl's Team Captain - Hayley Francis

    Women and Girl's Manager - Melanie White

    Under 16's Development Team

    Manager - Ade Rees

    Captain - Leo Gurd

    Vice Captain - Lewis Keenan

    Under 14's

    Coach - Ross Baker

    Manager - Giles Moss

    Under 11's

    Coach - Neil White

    Manager - Mel White.

    Beaminster Women and Girl's News

    Training has begun on Fridays at Beaminster Sports Hall. 6.30 - 7.30. Indoors training so not weather dependant. 2.50 a session just to cover the hall hire cost. New members very welcome - open to all abilities.

    Youth Training

    Youth training has started on Saturdays 10 - 11am - 3 pounds to cover the hire cost. Beaminster 3G pitch unless it is bad weather - then it will be indoors. Please bring a jumper!!

    Beaminster Cricket Christmas Bingo Night fundraiser

    Our next big fundraiser is on Wednesday 28th November at Beaminster Town Hall. Doors open 7pm - eyes down 7.30pm. Loads of great prizes and loads of chances to win!! Spread the word!! Donations and offers of help very welcome.

    Christmas Lights

    Beaminster Cricket will have our usual stall in the square on 30th November. Burgers, hotdogs, mulled wine and mince pies. Should start about 5ish with the lights going on at 6.30. Come and find us!

    A big thank you to Buglers for sponsoring the team shirts for the 2019 season.

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    CLUB DINNER AND AWARDS PRESENTATION 2018

    On Saturday 8th September the club held its annual dinner and awards night at the Red Lion in the upstairs function room, a welcome return to that venue.

    There was a good turnout of around 40 players, partners, members and friends to celebrate the club's season.

    Following an excellent carvery meal, the presentation started.

    First up Hayley (Women's captain/coach) and Mel (Women's manager) presented the awards for the Beaminster Women and Girl's season.

    Most improved Bowler - Caroline (consistently the best 'death' bowler!)

    Most improved Batter - Emma H ( huge improvement with range of shots)

    Most improved Fielder - Karen ( Solid and reliable Wicketkeeper)

    Most improved Player - Toni ( Confidence has improved beyond measure!!)

    Champagne moment - the team had talked together and decided that Hayley should be presented with this award - due to consistently being the player everyone loved to watch!!

    Thanks were also given to Lewis and Neil for their help and advice throughout our season and for also all their support at our coaching sessions. Thanks also to Mel for the organising, nagging and boring paperwork!

    Club captain and Chairman Ross Baker presented the Beaminster Senior team awards as follows:

    President's Cup: Ross Baker (awarded to the player making the most outstanding on-field contribution throughout the season)

    Pinney Shield: William Moss and Lewis Keenan (for the two best young players of the year)

    Batting Cup: Chris Park (for consistently outstanding and reliable batting and highest score)

    Roger Bailey Bowling Cup: Dave Persey (for consistently good bowling this year)

    Welsford Shield for Fielding: Cameron Lucas (fielder of the year)

    Captain's Tankard: Giles Moss (for invaluable all round contributions on match days)

    Stiby Cup: Nikki Moss: ('Clubman' of the Year for the selfless dedication of many hours of service to the club over and above the line of duty)

    Champagne Moment: William Moss and Ollie Bareham (last wicket winning partnership at Kingson Lacy).

    Ross also made special mention of two people who have made a wonderful contribution to the success of the club this past season:

    Melanie White for her dedicated work behind the scenes in organising fixtures, events planning and fundraising.

    Geoff Crabb for his countless hours preparing the best wickets the club has ever had and that are complimented by every visiting team.

    Concrete Base Works

    After several cancellations due to wet ground in the spring, work on our new net area was finally completed in September. A new 15 metre concrete base was laid and an extended net cage has been built by club members. A huge thank you to Sicor for supplying and fitting the net and to the Beaminster Trust for funding the project.

    Also a big thank you to club members Leo, Chris, Justin, Nick, Rich Burrough, Geoff, Lewis and Ross for completing all of the work, a great team effort! We plan to lay coconut matting on the new base for next season to improve the bowling surface and erect a shed to store equipment.

    'Games Night' social

    Thank you to everyone that came to our Games Night social at the Fleet Club. Loads of fun playing a mix of Table Skittles, Snooker, Darts and Dominoes.

    Beaminster Women and Girls News

    Training will begin on Friday 26th October at Beaminster Sports Hall at 6.30pm. Indoors training so not weather dependant. 2.50 a session just to cover the hall hire cost. New members very welcome and open to all abilities.

    Youth Training

    Youth training starts on the Saturday 20th October at 10am. 3 pounds to cover the hire cost.

    Beaminster 3G pitch unless it is bad weather - then it will be in the sports hall. Please bring a jumper!!

    Beaminster Cricket Christmas Bingo Night fundraiser

    Our next big fundraiser is on Wednesday 28th November at Beaminster Town Hall. Doors open 7pm - eyes down 7.30pm. Loads of great prizes and loads of chances to win!! Spread the word!! Donations and offers of help very welcome.

    Paper Collection

    Please could we have a volunteer to cover Marcus' paper route. One Sunday morning ( not a whole morning, 1 hour maximum) a month. We are really struggling for volunteers so any help would be hugely appreciated.

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    Beaminster finished the season with a fighting display at Weymouth in a game which went to the full 90 overs with over 500 runs scored. In the end Weymouth edged the game as a result of which they have won promotion to County Division 1.

    BEAMINSTER FIGHT TO THE FINISH

    At the end of a tense and fiercely contested game Beaminster lost out by 57 runs after one of their best batting displays of the season. After winning the toss Beaminster put Weymouth in to bat but came to regret this somewhat. Their openers batted superbly and put on an opening 200 run partnership to place themselves in pole position. Thereafter Beaminsters bowlers took control and wickets and the home side finished on 281-5 with Simon Jones and Dave Persey each taking a couple of wickets with Cameron Lucas nicking the other. On such a true batting wicket this total was not excessive. Beaminsters batters made a decent fist of running down this total but were rarely up with the required run rate. Opener Ali Crawford was in fine form and stroked a rapid 47. Ross Baker (55, passing 500 for the season) anchored the innings and resisted his normal urge to take the bowling apart and almost survived the whole 45 overs. Simon Jones (57) played a classy innings but in the end Beaminster finished on 224-4. A feature of the game was the high extras total 101 including 64 wides, 23 of which were conceded by Beaminster and the remaining 41 by Weymouth. In reality then this was not a 90-over game but rather one of nearly 107.

    COUNTY DIVISION 2 FINAL STANDINGS

    Beaminster finished in 6th position, well behind the leading group of five teams.

    WON LOST TIED NO RESULT POINTS

    Marnhull14 4 299

    Weymouth 13 5 276

    Witchampton 12 5 1 272

    Wimborne & Colehill 2nds 12 5 1 272

    Blandford 11 7 259

    Beaminster 8 10 192

    Charlton Down 5 12 1 182

    Cranborne 9 9 144

    Kingston Lacy 2 14 2 110

    Stalbridge 2nds 1 16 1 25

    The two promoted teams -Marnhull and Weymouth will be replaced by Parley 2nds and Poole Town 2nds who are relegated from Division 1. Demoted Kingston Lacy and Stalbridge 2nds will be replaced by Shaftesbury and Puddletown, promoted from Division 3.

    FINAL AVERAGES

    Ross Baker finished as the teams leading run scorer and bowler, though not quite at the head of each table of averages. Altogether 25 players batted for the team whilst 17 bowled.

    BATTING (Qualification 5 innings)

    INNINGS NO HS TOTAL AVERAGE

    C Park 9 2 110* 316 45.1

    S Jones 10 0 81 341 34.1

    R Baker 17 1 82 520 32.5

    R Runyard 11 2 48* 178 19.8

    L Keenan 13 5 43* 155 19.4

    C Lucas 7 0 29 69 9.9

    D Spiller 11 2 23* 80 8.9

    O Bareham 7 3 12 32 8.0

    W Moss 10 4 9* 39 6.5

    D Persey 9 0 20 53 5.9

    In addition the following players batted four or fewer times; L Gurd (4-1-49-16.3), N David (3-0-15-5.0), J Gurd (4-0-12-3.0), W Murley (4-0-12-3.0), S Bareham (3-1-16-8.0), H Rathbone (2-0-29-14.5), A Phillips (4-1-19-6.3), F Medley (1-0-0-0), B Earl (3-1-5-2.5), F Rees (2-0-12-6.0), G Moss (3-3-21-no average), O James (2-1-6-6.0), O Boxall (1-0-0-0), A Crawford (3-0-74-24.7).

    BOWLING (Qualification 4 wickets)

    OVERS MAIDENS RUNS BEST WICKETS AVERAGE

    S Jones 71.1 12 209 3-23 15 13.9

    R Baker 115.3 16 434 4-29 25 17.4

    R Runyard 24 4 133 4-10 7 19.0

    D Persey 79 8 375 4-26 17 22.1

    J Hawkins 19.2 0 90 3-42 4 22.5

    A Phillips 20 0 109 4-49 4 27.3

    F Medley 42.3 10 165 2-29 6 27.5

    W Moss 82.3 14 404 3-25 14 28.9

    In addition the following players took up to 3 wickets each: N Hollely (3-9-1-9.0), O Bareham (25-132-3-44.0), C Lucas (17-133-1-133.0), C Park (10-46-1-46.0), L Keenan (16-83-2-41.5), J Gurd (6-35-1-35.0), F Rees ( 13-66-3-22.0), C Lucas (12-99-1-99.0), A Crawford (10-68-0-no average).

    OVER!

    After many years at the crease batting for Beaminster the time has come for the present Newsletter production staff of reporters, editors, proof readers, type setters, columnists, joke writers, secretaries and paparazzi to declare their innings closed. Its time to hand over the reins to the new breed of staff, who will continue to report on BCCs affairs with scorching and intense honesty. The Newsletter is now in the good hands of MW.

    MRC 03/09/2018

    NEWSLETTER 213

    The Beaminster roller coaster runs on. Last weeks big win was followed by the weekends big loss to Witchampton. It was a dogged effort by Beaminster but on the day they were well beaten.

    BEAMINSTER BUSTED

    Witchampton won comfortably in 26 overs after chasing down Beaminsters modest total of 111. A Half Nelson score is considered unlucky and this match does not disprove this notion. Beaminster chose to bat on a green and lively surface but never at any stage got on top of good bowling by the home side. Only Chris Park (24) made a reasonable score and everyone struggled in the conditions. The side were finally all out in the 41st over, this slow scoring rate well demonstrating not only the difficulties the batsmen had but also their determination to stay at the crease.

    The Beaminster opening bowlers failed to seriously trouble Witchampton. It was only when youngsters Will Moss (1-13) and Oli Bareham (1-11) came on that the first and only wickets fell to give Beaminster a bowling bonus point to add to the one for batting. Next up for the final game of the season are Weymouth, a team fighting for promotion.

    LADIES CRICKET

    Beaminster Ladies participated on the 18th August in a softball competition at the Aegeas Bowl, home of Hampshire cricket. Teams from around the county took part and Beaminster won two of their four games. The competition, at such a prestigious venue, was disappointing for its poor organisation no scoreboards, no food, 11-year old umpires, inadequate facilities. Nevertheless the day was enjoyable and good contacts were made with the ladies cricketing fraternity.

    SOCIALS COMING

    The club is organising a number of socials in the coming weeks. First up on the 8th September is the annual awards night and carvery dinner (beef and turkey) to be held at the Red Lion from 7.30pm. Tickets are 8.50 pounds. Let Rosco know if you are attending. Then on the 29th September at the Fleet Club there will be a pub games night table skittles, snooker, darts and more. Tickets are 20 pounds for a team of four to include supper. In November and December, on dates to be fixed, there will be bingo and whist nights. Plenty to look forward to.

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    Beaminsters roller coaster season continued last week with a thumping win by 10 wickets over Stalbridge 2nds. Good to have a victory but the manner of this one a hopelessly onesided match does not make for exciting cricket. Better a closefought nail biting contest with the outcome in doubt to the end. No fun in getting hammered, no fun in hammering. With so little time spent in the field few got a chance to bowl (4 instead of the usual 6 or 7) and only two batsmen needed to reach the tiny total.

    STALBRIDGE SUNK

    Beaminster won their final home game by a country mile against Stalbridge, who have been rooted at the foot of the table all season. They have yet to win a league game. After being asked to bat the visitors top order was blown away by Dave Persey who finished with 3-22. Change bowlers Ross Baker (3-9) and Richie Runyard (4-9) continued the carnage as wickets continued to tumble. Beaminsters fielders played their part by hanging on to seven catches with Cameron Lucas bagging two and Dan Spiller, Simon Jones, Will Moss, Lewis Keenan and Ross Baker getting the others. The innings ended on 59 after 25 overs This total was never going to be a problem and openers Chris Park (29no) and Ross Baker (26no) made light work of the target, reached after eight overs.

    Beaminsters final two games of the season are away to Witchampton and Weymouth. The home games against both were both lost, beginning the run of four consecutive midseason defeats that put the brake on the teams flying start to the campaign.

    LEAGUE POSITIONS

    Played Won Tied Lost No Result Points

    Marnhull 16 12 4 259

    Weymouth 16 12 4 251

    Wimborne & Colehill 2nds 16 11 1 4 246

    Witchampton 16 10 1 5 233

    Blandford 16 10 6 231

    Beaminster 16 8 8 183

    Charlton Down 16 3 12 1 145

    Cranborne 16 9 7 137

    Kingston Lacy 16 2 12 2 122

    Stalbridge 2nds 16 0 15 1 1

    Its difficult to see Beaminster finishing anything other than in 6th place.

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    Following Beaminster cricket these days is a bit of a roller coaster experience, one week you get the highs of an exhilarating spectacle of big hitting and great bowling and the next it drops down to struggling batsmen and dispirited bowlers. This past weekend it was the trough of the cycle as Beaminster succumbed to a heavy defeat at the hands of Cranborne, a team that twice this season has failed to muster a team at all.

    BIG DEFEAT

    Beaminster had another day to forget after falling to a heavy defeat at Cranborne. The weakened team lost by 8 wickets, picking up only a solitary bonus point in the process. A number of senior players were once again absent thereby putting a heap of burdens and expectations on the junior and less experienced club members. Indeed it was difficult for skipper Ross Baker to field a full team for this match. Having won the toss Beaminster elected to bat even though conditions appeared to favour the bowlers. Whether or not this was so, only Lewis Keenan (42, continuing his recent good form) managed to get to double figures. The end came very quickly indeed as bowler C Arnold took 4-2 in seven balls to put the team back in the pavilion for 73 in 21.1 overs.

    This total was never likely to pose a problem and so it proved as Cranborne raced to 74-2 and victory in 10 overs. Only Ross Baker (1-8) and Will Moss (1-20) did any damage with the ball. It could have been a bit better but the seasons curse of dropped catches raised its head again.

    LADIES OFF

    The poor weather over Dorset last weekend put paid to the Ladies Softball competition in Dorchester. A great pity as these events are very social and help to spread ladies cricket through the county.

    NEXT UP

    This weekend sees the final home match for the mens team against Stalbridge 2nds. Stalbridge have had a difficult season and have yet to win a match. On two occasions they have failed to raise a team and have suffered 60 penalty points as a consequence.

    The season finishes with away games at Witchampton and Weymouth.

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    After the poor showing against Blandford the previous week the club needed a good game with ideally a victory as well. A much-improved performance provided both of these with a gutsy fighting victory over Charlton Down.

    CHARLTON DOWNED

    Beaminster made an excellent response to last weeks poor showing with a 2-wicket defeat of Charlton Down in a hard fought game. After winning the toss and electing to bat Beaminster bowled and fielded superbly to restrict their opponents to 145 all out. The opening partnership of Dave Persey (2-35) and Simon Jones (1-9) set the tone for the game by taking three early wickets and applying constant pressure with tight aggressive pace bowling. The good work was continued by Aidey Phillips making only his third appearance of the season and returning excellent figures of 4-49 and Ross Baker (1-28). Late resistance from the tailenders gave some respectability to the score before they fell to the bowling of Will Moss (2-18). Much improved fielding with eight catches was a feature of the game especially three apiece for Lewis Keenan and Nick David. Good bowling and fielding restricted Charlton Down to a total that looked eminently reachable.

    On a still-challenging surface with variable bounce however the reply, with the loss of early wickets, did not get off to a very promising start. But then Ross Baker (38) and Ali Crawford (23) battled well and put together a useful partnership. After a mid-order mini collapse, without which no Beaminster innings seems complete, Lewis Keenan batted superbly (43) to make a match-winning score and guide the team home to a hard-fought victory.

    With only four games remaining this season (three of them away) Beaminster, in 6th position, have consolidated their place in county division 2. This coming Saturday the game is against Cranborne, a team at some risk of relegation mainly because of penalty points lost by not fulfilling fixtures.

    LADIES CRICKET

    The Beaminster Ladies have entered a softball competition in Dorchester this weekend. It is similar to the one recently hosted in Beaminster. At the last count the team was struggling to raise a full side. Anyone interested to play should contact Mel White (chalewkee@yahoo.co.uk).

    PRESENTATION NIGHT

    This years club awards night will take place on Saturday 8th September in the Red Lion. This is the clubs social highlight of the year when, in the middle of feasting and imbibing, the players who have particularly excelled during the season are awarded their trophies.

    Please keep this date free and let Ross Baker, Nikki Moss or Mel White know how many tickets you want.

    NEW STORE

    In recent years the score hut has come more and more to be used as a storage shed for various items of cricketing paraphernalia. To such an extent that the scorer has barely been able to fit in and watch the game, though that requirement is not so important at the moment with the new all-singing all-dancing electronic scoreboard.

    Nevertheless the club has felt the need to increase storage space and this will be done by erecting a metal hut near the practice net area. A concrete base is scheduled to be put in place in September and the hut will follow on directly.

    OVERSEAS PLAYER?

    In years past, but not in the last 10 or more, the club has (successfully) taken on an overseas player to help improve its level of play by both coaching and playing. The possibility of doing this again was discussed recently by the club committee. Players available to do this are young amateurs, often from Australia or New Zealand, who are keen to extend their experience with a season in English club cricket.

    Watch this space for any developments.

    6-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT

    The club is hosting a 6-a-side tournament on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August. Six teams have entered and this year all of the games will be at the Memorial Ground pitch starting at 10am.

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    POINTLESS BEAMINSTER

    Beaminster were swept aside by a rampant Blandford and for the first time in many a year were pointless. Put into bat Beaminster were ruthlessly dismissed for 67 in the 26th over. No excuses, although the pitch was lively after overnight and morning rain and accounted for several dismissals. Others however were gifted through poor stroke play. Beaminster were weakened as a number of regular players were absent. Stand-in opener Nick David making a welcome return was first to go after mistiming a legside shot. At 35-1 though there was no hint of the disaster about to unfold. This occurred following the introduction of change bowler S Lama (6-24) who turned the game on its head. He unsettled all the batters with a barrage of bouncers and short deliveries. No batsman reached double figures and of the 67 total 31 were extras including 25 wides. With such a modest total to defend Beaminsters bowlers had no chance. The Blandford openers wasted no time and victory by 10 wickets came in 4.4 overs some sort of record surely. A very chastening experience.

    YOUTH AWARDS NIGHT

    Before the presentations there was a limited overs match between a youth select (from the U11, U13 and U16 teams) against a senior select side. The undoubted highlight of this was a spectacular over from 12-year old Henry Everitt, the smallest player on the field. When he took the ball and prepared to bowl to club captain and star batsman Ross Baker many feared for Henrys pride. But to everyones amazement Ross, Richard Bugler and Neil White were dismissed by the mighty atom in the space of four balls. How was this possible? It could be that as Henry pounded and galloped in (as much as such a youngster can pound and gallop) he was largely invisible to the batters, being hidden by the stumps, umpire and non-strike batter. Thus he suddenly appeared in view from behind all these obstacles and took the batters by surprise who were then completely flummoxed and made horrible hashes of their strokes. It just goes to show that a good little un CAN beat a good big un, or even three of them. It is to be hoped however that young Henrys career has not peaked with this amazing over. And for the record the youth select won the game.

    All three youth teams have had a good season. Each has done well in their league and each reached the final of their respective cup competitions, which the U13s and U16s won.

    The U11s only lost two games all season, whilst the U13s went one better, only losing once to Bournemouth in the county cup. The U16s have spent the season in the Mid Wessex league, a development league in which teams can field four seniors. Each team was complimented by their coach for their excellent approach to match practice, sporting behaviour, team ethic and 100% effort.

    The main awards were:

    U11s:

    Best Batter: Daniel White

    Best Bowler: Bertie Thorne

    Best Fielder: Edward House

    Most Improved: Gilbert Loder

    U13s:

    Best Batter: Adam Moss.

    Best Bowler: Tegan Furner

    Best Fielder: Harley Brook

    Most Improved: Will Swann

    U16s:

    Best Batter: Lewis Keenan

    Best Bowler: Will Moss

    Best Fielder: Will Murley

    Most Improved: Ollie Bareham

    Special awards were given to club members who in various ways have made outstanding contributions to the youth teams throughout the season: Justin Gurd, Adrian Rees, Neil White, Ollie James, Richard Bugler, Adrian Everitt, Giles Moss, Nikki Moss and Mel White.

    Additionally the managers, coaches, players and parents of the youth teams presented a special award to club captain Ross Baker in recognition of the tremendously hard work he has put in throughout the season to encourage and facilitate the development of youth cricket at the club.

    And now for Charlton Down this Saturday and a chance for the seniors to redeem themselves with a win.

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    KL KOd JUST

    Beaminster stemmed a run of four consecutive defeats by beating Kingston Lacy by the smallest of margins by one wicket in a tense game. Many factors contributed to the result but at the end it was the mature and nerveless batting of youngsters Will Moss (7) and Oli Bareham (3) who dragged Beaminster over the line for a much needed win. An unforgettable experience for them.

    On a difficult surface with variable bounce KL elected to bat but soon regretted it as Dave Persey (4-26) tore through the top order batsmen. Change bowlers Simon Jones (1-16) and Ross Baker (2-20) continued in similar vein to have the home team reeling at 46-5. The game turned then as two dropped catches enabled KL to build a 6th wicket partnership that took the score towards, without quite reaching, respectability. Richie Runyard (2-28) and Joe Hawkins (1-6) then came together to finish the innings on 127.

    In reply Beaminsters top order were in their turn blown away by KLs opening bowlers. Only Ross Baker (28) offered any real resistance and a humiliating defeat seemed very much on the cards. But then Leo Gurd (46), batting at number 6, came out and played by far his best innings of the season, if not any season. He held the innings together in a tense finale that ebbed and flowed with each side seeming at times to be favourites to win. With one wicket remaining, 10 balls to come and a few runs to get Will and Oli came together and won the game. Its not always big scores that do the necessary.

    U19 TOURNAMENT

    Last Sunday Beaminster hosted an U19 VitalityTwenty20 competition. This involved three teams (Beaminster, Martinstown, North Dorset Jaguars) playing each other in consecutive 20-over matches. No mean feat on another scorching hot day. There will be another tournament between the same clubs at Shillingstone on 12th August and the overall winner will progress to the Southwest regional final.

    The results from the days games were:

    10.00 game. Martinstown 157-3 beat Beaminster 137-6

    13.30 game. North Dorset Jaguars 143-1 beat Martinstown 130-8

    16.30 game. Beaminster 104-9 lost to North Dorset Jaguars 108-9

    Against Martinstown Beaminster were made to pay for several dropped catches as the visitors posted an above par score. In response Beaminsters opening batsmen Lewis Keenan (28) and Leo Gurd (44) put Martinstown on the back foot as they kept up with the required run rate. Once they were separated however the remaining batters struggled and eventually were all out 20 runs short of the target.

    Against North Dorset Jaguars Beaminster were again indebted to skipper Leo Gurd (46) who continued his good form to cement the innings together. Only Fergus Rees and William Murley offered further resistance and the innings closed on a disappointing 104. In contrast to the first game Beaminster then fielded superbly with run outs and one handed catches. It was a tense finale which eventually saw Beaminster lose out by one wicket.

    At the moment then it looks like the North Dorset Jaguars, with two victories from their two games, will progress to the regional finals. But cricket is a funny old game, so who knows.

    LEO SCORES

    It was a good weekend for Leo Gurd who with three innings of 46, 44 and 46 again amassed 136 runs in 24 hours.

    YOUTH PRESENTATION NIGHT

    Final reminder that this Friday from 6pm is the clubs presentation evening for its youth players. Its a family affair with a cricket game, various family games, food, drink and of course the presentation of awards and certificates for the clubs younger players. Your attendance and support will be much appreciated.

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    Beaminsters run of defeats continued last Saturday the fourth consecutive such result. Very disappointing after such a good start to the season. Better news from the U13s though they won their cup final in a thrilling game against local rivals Martinstown.

    BEAMINSTER WALLOPED

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    Beaminster were heavily defeated at home by 165 runs by an impressive Marnhull side. The home team failed to make good on several promising situations both with bat and ball and were severely punished for the lapses. After winning the toss on a flat surface Dave Persey took three wickets in his opening spell as Marnhull slumped to 20-3. A moderate score looked possible particularly as change bowlers Will Moss (3-51) and Ross Baker (1-20) got amongst the wickets. But then in mid-order Marnhull took complete control and scored at will against an inexperienced and flagging Beaminster team that was ruthlessly exposed in the field and bowling. Catches were dropped and loose deliveries belted out of site by James Vitali (110) and Ed Ralph (68). Marnhulls innings closed on 295-9.

    Beaminsters openers Ross Baker (39) and Richie Runyard (37) started well with an opening partnership of 67. In truth however a win was never on the cards. The home side capitulated against the spin bowling of J Hardy (8-38) to 130 all out in the 26th over. Only Lewis Keenan (26) offered any significant further resistance.

    U13s CUP WINNERS

    Beaminster won a thrilling cup final at Martinstown last Saturday morning. Put into bat the visitors made a flying start as skipper Adam Moss hit a rapid 26 before retiring. He took advantage of a lightning fast outfield as he hit five boundaries to keep Martinstown on the defensive. Tegan Furner smashed 28, before retiring, as he continued the assault. After losing two quick wickets and their momentum Will Swann (28, retired) kept the innings together. The tail struggled as another three wickets were lost and the innings closed on 129-5.

    In response Martinstown found boundaries hard to come by as Beaminsters fielders made numerous fine stops. A dangerous partnership between Jenson Stewart and Fergus Dipple seemed likely to develop into a match winner but then Frankie Hodge took a brilliant catch on the boundary to dismiss Fergus and then clean bowled Jenson in the next over. The match had turned Beaminsters way as Tegan returned to the attack and mopped up the tail to hand victory to Beaminster by six runs as the home side were all out for 123.

    AND ANOTHER CUP FINAL

    Next Wednesday 25th July the U11s play their league cup final away at Symene. All support is very welcome. Contact Mel White for details.

    YOUTH PRESENTATION EVENING

    Dont forget that next Friday 27th July from 6pm onwards is the youth presentation evening. It is a social occasion with cricket, food and drinks besides the presentation of awards and certificates to the members of the clubs three youth teams. The more the merrier. Bring a plate of food to help with the catering.

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    Beaminster slumped to their third consecutive defeat to promotion hopefuls Wimborne & Colehill 2nds on a scorchingly hot day last weekend. Perhaps Englands world cup semifinal match made travelling to east Dorset an unattractive proposition. But the club is very grateful to the players who made the journey.

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    BEAMINSTER FLUSHED AWAY BY W&C

    W&C surprisingly, in view of the heat, elected to field after winning the toss. Experienced openers Simon Jones (40) and Ross Baker (43) must have given them doubts about the wisdom of this choice as they put on 79 for the first wicket. Loose balls were hammered into the lightning fast outfield and both looked well at ease. Simon was then dismissed by a fine return catch and the rot immediately set in. 79-0 became 81-4 and 130-9. However the tail then wagged as a last wicket stand by Fergus Rees (12) and a rare and entertaining cameo from Giles Moss (17) took the final score to 154-9, thus ensuring an extra batting bonus point and the use of all the allotted 45 overs. In a short spell before an extended tea break (that managed to take in the England semi-final), Leo Gurd brilliantly stumped opener D Baker to give the team hope of an upset win. But it was not to be as W&C put together a number of useful stands against the Beaminster bowlers (R Baker 1-36; S Jones 1-8; W Moss 1-22 and F Rees 2-38). W&C eventually ran out winners by 5 wickets in 34 overs.

    U16 CUP WIN

    On Tuesday 11th the U16 squad won the Mid Wessex league cup final against Huish & Langport by a very convincing 111-run margin. Beaminster batted first and reached 177-4 in their 20 overs whilst H&L mustered only 66-6 in reply. Both Beaminster openers - Lewis Keenan (52) and Oliver Bareham (50) had to retire. Fergus Rees (22) was the only other batsman to reach double figures (apart from 43 extras) as wickets were sacrificed in the quest for quick runs. In reply H&L got off to a dreadful start, falling to 9-4 in no time at all. Only middle order partnerships of 35 and 22 saved a complete rout. F Rees (2-6), Leo Gurd (2-8), Ollie James (1-6) and Ben Leather (1-5) took the wickets. This was a fine way for the U16s to end their season.

    U11s GOOD WIN

    Beaminster totalled 271-4 to beat Martinstown (244-3) in this league match. Bowling honours belonged to Bertie (2-6) and Daniel (1-3) whilst Ed and Harry though wicketless bowled economically. Daniel (21) also starred with the bat as did Gilbert (13) and Jack (12). Also memorable were a fine over from Lisha and calm cool bowling from Sonny. A good team performance and thanks to Lewis Keenan for umpiring.

    YOUTH PRESENTATION EVENING COMING UP

    This will take place from 6.30 onwards on Friday 27th July at the pavilion. It is open to all with an interest in BCC youth players, seniors, ladies, parents and friends. The evening will celebrate the good season the youth teams have had and present awards and certificates to the players. There will be a T20 game between senior youth and men as well as Quick Cricket for all who want to play. There will be a buffet tea and drinks. Please bring a plate of food as a contribution to the buffet.

    BEAMINSTER WOMENS CRICKET FESTIVAL

    Last Saturday was a blisteringly hot day for the club to host its first womens cricket festival, one of a series being held throughout Dorset this summer and sponsored by the Dorset Cricket Board. Six teams from across the county participated with Martinstown making their first appearance in this form of cricket. Each team played three others. There was some big hitting as players took advantage of the perfect wickets prepared by groundsman Geoff Crabb. Two teams, Broadstone and Poole Town were unbeaten. One of the big positives from the day was that Beaminster had 12 players available, four more than required to form a team. Thus four volunteers signed up for Ferndown and made up their shortfall. Beaminster is now not far from having two teams a massive achievement for a small club and indicative of the interest in this type of cricket.

    There was a good atmosphere for the whole day positive, supportive and fun. We will definitely hold the event again next year. And we learnt how exhausting it is to play cricket in Caribbean conditions.

    A huge thank you to all who helped get the festival together and helped to make it run smoothly on the day especially to Neil White, Will Moss and Lewis Keenan for umpiring for hours on end in stultifying heat and Mel White and Nikki Moss for all the behind the scenes work, as well as lots in front of the scenes.

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    We are now at the halfway point of the season and it seems fair to say that everything on the cricket field is going well. All our teams are having a successful season and enjoying their cricket. The club is active on the social side with a variety of events held already and more to come. The club is also involved in wider aspects of Dorset cricket with a number of county games held at the club. The next of these is the Ladies Softball Festival due to be held this Sunday 8th July.

    SENIORS LOSE WAY

    Last Saturday saw another disappointing home loss, this time to Weymouth. On another scorchingly hot day Beaminster elected to bat after winning the toss. But the innings never really got going as the side struggled on a lively wicket and in the face of pressure bowling from Weymouth. Wickets fell regularly and quickly and no substantial partnerships were built up. Only veteran Simon Jones with a classy 45 and later batsman Dave Persey (20) thwarted the bowlers for a while and eventually the innings ended on 118 in the 26th over. In reply Weymouth initially looked comfortable against Beaminsters opening bowlers and it was only when first change bowlers Dave Persey (2-33) and Ross Baker (3-11) took the ball that an against-the-odds win looked a possibility. In one period Beaminster took 6-23, but Weymouths Harry Mitchell (28no) held firm to guide his team to a 3-wicket victory in the 32nd over.

    The loss saw Beaminster drop another place to 5th in the league. Next Saturday (7th July) Beaminster take on promotion hopefuls Wimborne & Colehill 2nds.

    Played Won Tied Lost Points

    Witchampton 9 7 1 1 146

    Marnhull 9 7 0 2 144

    Wimborne & Colehill 2nd 9 6 1 2 140

    Weymouth 9 6 0 3 135

    Beaminster 9 5 0 4 115

    Blandford 9 4 0 5 108

    Cranborne 9 5 0 4 89

    Charlton Down 9 2 0 7 78

    Kingston Lacy 9 2 0 7 75

    Stalbridge 9 0 0 9 41

    U11s LOSE OUT

    Earlier this week the U11s lost out to league rivals Symene who reached 289-2 in their allotted overs, a very impressive score. In reply Beaminster mustered 239-6. In a tough game on a hot evening there were plenty of positives for the youngsters: ~ Gilberts outstanding wicket keeping ~ Sonny and Bertie both produced their best batting of the season ~ Millies precise bowling ~ Jacks brilliantly bowled wicket ~ Daniels maiden over ~ Eds longstop fielding ~ Harry Huxfords debut game with a wicket and agile fielding

    The team gets an early chance to turn the tables, they are due to meet Symene (date and time to be arranged) in the U11s cup final.

    SOME AVERAGES

    At this point of the season we can start to see who are getting the runs and wickets

    INNINGS NO HS TOTAL AVERAGE

    Jones 5 0 81 224 44.8

    C Park 7 1 110* 263 43.8

    R Baker 8 0 82 274 34.3

    R Runyard 6 2 48* 130 32.5

    D Spiller 5 2 23* 47 15.7

    L Keenan 7 3 29* 41 10.3

    OVERS MAIDENS RUNS WICKETS AVERAGE

    S Jones 37.3 5 110 10 11.0

    R Baker 69.3 10 252 16 15.8

    D Persey 21 2 95 5 19.0

    F Medley 42.3 10 165 6 27.5

    W Moss 51.4 11 223 6 37.2

    STOP PRESS. The U16s lost last night to Sparkford by 40 runs. No details yet.

    NEWSLETTER 204

    A heavy home defeat last Saturday to Witchampton saw Beaminster slip to 5th place in division 2 whilst their opponents moved to top spot. It was a hard day in the hot sun.

    BEAMINSTER BEWITCHED

    On a hot and sunny day at the Rec ground Beaminster were left to rue poor fielding including dropped catches and misfields as they fell to a heavy defeat (by 73 runs) to Witchampton. After winning the toss the visitors posted an above par score (238-4) on a tricky wicket from their 45 overs, chiefly due to their opener M Ashford who hit an unbeaten 95 reached with thanks to several dropped catches. Seven bowlers toiled away without any being able to seriously worry the batsmen. In response Beaminster were going well at 73-1 but then the wickets started to fall and it never looked likely that a winning score would be reached. Opener Ross Baker (56) battled hard for 37 overs and indeed an entertaining 37-run partnership with Hugh Rathbone (24) for the seventh wicket briefly raised the prospect of a close finish. But with the fall of the seventh wicket at 144 those prospects receded and the innings finished on 165-8.

    The game was not without controversy. Rich Runyard (23) was controversially run out whilst backing up. This is within the rules of cricket but many would argue not within the spirit. What probably did for Beaminster however was fielding first and toiling away in the hot sun for three hours. Its going to be hot again this weekend so something to consider if given the choice of batting or bowling first?

    U16s REACH CUP FINAL

    The U16s last week reached the finals of the Mid Wessex U16 cup, a very fine achievement. In the semi-final Beaminster batted first and reached 107-9 in their allotted overs. Opponents Sparkford reached 103-2 in their reply. Good bowling and tight fielding saw Beaminster edge the result in a very tense final over during which the result was in doubt even as the final ball was bowled. Yeovil await in the final.

    LADIES CRICKET FESTIVAL

    Another reminder that the Beaminster Ladies are competing in a cricket festival, being held at the Rec ground, on Sunday 8th July from 11am to 2pm. This will be a very interesting event and an excellent chance for all to see the ladies in action. Organiser Mel White seeks volunteers to help out on the day and in the run up. Please contact her to see how you can help.

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    Beaminsters good form continued last Saturday with an emphatic victory at Stalbridge 2nds. This takes the team into 3rd place and puts them in the promotion mix at this point in the season. But better not to mention it for fear of bringing the down the curse of over-expectation.

    GOOD WIN AT STALBRIDGE

    The team responded to captain Ross Bakers call for an away victory by recording a comfortable win at Stalbridge. Stalbridge batted first and made a half-century opening stand against some rather wayward and short-pitched bowling by Beaminsters opening bowlers. Change bowlers Ross Baker (2-35) and Dave Persey (3-28) bowled full and straight and were duly rewarded. After breaking the opening partnership wickets then fell regularly without any further big stands. With seven catches held this was a welcome improvement on some recent games. Stalbridge’s innings finished on 164 in the final over.

    Beaminster also got off to a good start with Chris Park (39) and Ross Baker (11) putting on 59. Thereafter there was a flurry of wickets and at 93-4 victory was by no means assured. However near-veteran Richie Runyard (39no) and teenager Lewis Keenan (29no) batted steadily and sensibly to win the game in the 37th over. The combination of experience and youth (from the clubs junior ranks) is an exciting feature of Beaminsters good form this season.

    This Saturday (23rd) Beaminster play second-placed Witchampton, a chance to move above them in the league standings.

    Played Won Lost Points Wimborne & Colehill 2nds 7 6 1 121 Witchampton 7 6 1 116 Beaminster 7 5 2 106 Marnhull 7 5 2 104 Weymouth 7 4 3 99 Blandford 7 2 5 69 Kingston Lacy 7 2 5 69 Cranborne 7 4 3 66 Charlton Down 7 1 6 53 Stalbridge 2nds 7 0 7 29

    LADIES CRICKET

    Training continues in earnest, every Wednesday from 6.30-7.30. New members are always welcome. The next big event is the Dorset-wide softball competition to be held at Beaminster on 8th July. This presents a fantastic opportunity for the Ladies to showcase the club to their peers from across the county. Volunteers are needed for the supply of cakes, dogsbodies, raffle prizes and spectators. Contact Mel (chalewkee@yahoo.co.uk) or Nikki (moss1421@btinternet.co.uk)

    YOUTH CRICKET

    Its been a very successful week or two for Beaminsters youth teams.

    The U11s, who are unbeaten this season, are through to the West Dorset U11 cup final after beating Cerne Valley who reached 63ao in their innings after good bowling by Lisha (2-4), Jack (1-2), Bertie (1-3) and Ed (1-6). There was a brilliant run out from Millies bowling and Sonnys spell was as accurate as ever. Beaminster had little difficulty in winning by 10 wickets with Daniel (23no) and Gilbert (16no) keeping their heads and guiding the team home. This was a great team performance, sharp fielding and good (noisy as ever) communications.

    The U13s, unbeaten in the league this season, won their game against Symene who were all out for 115 in the 20th over. In reply Beaminster reached 119-2 in the 13th over. A Moss (29, retired) and F Hodge (28) were the chief scorers.

    The U16s made it a hat trick of wins for the youth teams as they comfortably beat Huish and Langport. Batting first Beaminster reached 157-4 in their allotted overs with Lewis Keenan (53, retired), Justin Gurd (24no) and Fergus Rees (25no) getting most of them. In reply Huish and Langport succumbed rapidly and were all out for 48. Ollie James (3-7), Will Moss (2-6) and Ben Leather (2-8) did most of the damage. This was a comprehensive win for a strong all round showing by the team.

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    And so the 2018 youth season starts with lots of positives and a few negatives. Our Registration night was hugely successful again. Lots of youth players and parents in attendance. It was brilliant to to able to chat about the forthcoming season and address any questions. It was a shame that the weather spoiled the planned training sessions - but definitely think we are going to have to work around the weather for the next few weeks!!

    Our Under 11's and Under 13's both started with wins away against Charlton Down. The Under 11's won by 41 runs. They are showing signs of huge improvement - a testament to most of them attending our winter training sessions. Their bowling was outstanding and the whole team contributed to the win. Most of all their teamwork and encouragement of each other were a joy to watch. The Under 13's win was also as convincing - winning by 10 wickets. It was an all around team performance that completely out performed the opposition in both bowling and batting. They are a solid team with a huge amount of potential for the next few years.

    The one negative for both teams is that their next fixtures were cancelled due to the opposition being unable to get a team together. Hopefully, this is just a few teething problems at the begging of the season and it won't become an ongoing issue. Our plans, if this does become the case, are to organise extra training and inter club games. It is essential to keep our youth interested and involved in cricket and so we will fill the gap with cricket activities throughout the season if the actual games do become a problem.

    Our Ladies Team continued to train throughout the winter. We also had the problem of other teams not being able to field a team for planned indoor games. We did manage to play 8 competitive games and won them all. Although the indoor rules and game are slightly different - we all felt they have improved our skills for the outdoor season. Our outdoor training will continue on Wednesdays 6.30 - 7.30 at Beaminster Playing Fields. All new members of any ability are always welcome. We have 7 softball festivals in Dorset this year. Including - and most importantly - at Beaminster Cricket Club on the 8th July!! We need all the support we can get for this to be a successful event - so if you feel you could volunteer that would be brilliant - just get in touch with one of us! We have also acquired funding through the Womens and Girl's ECB funding. We are purchasing further training/coaching equipment and a bowling mat.

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    After a fantastic maiden league century from Chris Park, Beaminster successfully chased their 217 target to win their opening game by 7 wickets. Nick Hollely dismissed opener Jones for 0 and Francis Medley dismissed Cook for 12 as the visitors struggled against the new ball. Wimborne and Colehill 2nds then rebuilt with an excellent third wicket partnership of 56. Change bowlers Simon Jones (3-23) Ross Baker (2-66) and Joe Hawkins (0-5) bowled well to restrict the visitors. Beaminster 's fielders held all of their catches and few errors in the outfield. Justin Gurd (2) Chris Park and Joe Hawkins all took important catches before the visitors closed on a competitive 217-8 from 45 overs. In reply Beaminster achieved a flying start as they raced to 64 from 12 overs. Although 2 quick wickets were lost, Chris Park (110 not out) and Simon Jones (54) built a defining third wicket partnership. Chris was in imperious form hitting 14 boundaries and 2 maximums. With 5 overs to spare, Beaminster reached their target to record an impressive first win in Division 2 of the Dorset League by 7 wickets.

    In an enthralling and exciting game, Marnhull successfully chased their target with 3 overs remaining. After being inserted, Beaminster's total was built around a determined knock by their skipper Ross Baker who batted for 39 overs for his 62. On a challenging surface with variable bounce Rich Runyard also excelled with an excellent 48 not out. At tea, Beaminster were content with their total. Marnhull's reply started well when the openers took advantage of loose deliveries. Although Ross Baker (1-18) dismissed the dangerous skipper Vitali, youngster D Harkin hit a mature 51 to guide his team to victory. Joe Hawkins took 3-42 but Beaminster were made to rue dropped catches and too many loose deliveries.

    Beaminster 217-5, 45 overs

    Kingston Lacy 167 ao, 41.3 overs

    Beaminster recorded an impressive victory at home to Kingston Lacy. After being inserted, the top four batsmen all made useful contributions as a solid platform was laid. Chris Park (48) and Ross Baker (28) put on their third consecutive 50 partnership before Simon Jones (83) entered the fray and he played superbly. Against accurate bowling, the Beaminster batsmen played determinedly and ran well between the wickets. Rich Runyard supported Jones to ensure the home team passed 200 on a hot afternoon at the Memorial Ground. In reply, 2 early wickets were taken by the promoted Will Moss and Francis Medley. First change bowler Simon Jones bowled an excellent spell taking 3 crucial wickets. However Kingston Lacy fought back and looked to set chase their target before fifth bowler Richard Runyard bowled superbly to ensure Beaminster were ahead in the game. Ross Baker (3-30) returned to the attack to mop up the tail as Beaminster won by 40 runs.

    Ground Matters

    We now have a new net - donated and sponsored by Sicor - we are so grateful for their help this season. Also a new bowling mat - which we were able to buy through an ECB grant from the Women's team. A new electronic, portable scoreboard has been delivered this week - this was through a small grant directly from the ECB. So many positive steps this season in improving our facilities and equipment - with a lot more plans for the future!! As a whole club we need to take the time to help with the restoration and preservation of our facilities. We all need to chip in with the setting up and packing away on game/training days and all help out out with the practicalities of the club running smoothly.

    Women's Cricket

    Our first Women's festival took place this weekend at Sherborne. It was a very tough draw against some very well established teams. We didnt get a win but we can take so many positives away from a challenging competion. We are constantly improving and learning and enjoying it all!! We have had 3 new members so far this year and our training is going very well. We have new shirts printed thanks to a donation from Buglers and we are looking forward to entering all 7 festivals taking place this year and continuing our cricketing development.

    Youth Cricket.

    Our Youth team's have started very well - all the league games played so far have resulted in victories. U11s beat Charlton Down, U13s beat Charlton Down and Bere Regis. All are all very solid, competitive sides and it has been a joy to watch their support and encouragement of each other. One main concern, however, are the number of games cancelled due to other teams not being able to field a side. We need to keep our youth playing and engaged with cricket and this is something we may need to address in coming seasons. This season we will keep playing 'in club' mixed up games between the different ages to keep them playing regularly. We want Beaminster to be a positive club for them full of support and encouragement so please feel welcome to come and watch them play (all games will be listed on Facebook or on our Beaminster Cricket Website) or to Saturday coaching. We are so proud of them and the way they are developing.

    Fundraising and club news

    Our main fundraising event this year will be Cricket Week. Running from 4th - 10th June we will have a different game each night - showcasing a different part of our club. The Finale will be on Sunday 10th June. This will be a Men's T20 game against Sherborne and then Beaminster Women's against Sherborne Women. There will be music, flashing stumps etc. After the games there will be live music from Kash Folding and lots of food and drink. This is a town event and open to absolutely everyone so spread the word!! If you can offer any ideas/help please get in touch - we always welcome extra support and new ideas.

    The club is constantly evolving at the moment as you can see by the number of competitions/events that are happening this year. This is all for the development and future of the club. However, this does mean that we have a lot more things to organize and manage. We need more people to help out…anything you could offer would be hugely appreciated. To helping put the ropes up at the end of a game to manning the kitchen for an hour at an event. Every small job that helps someone else would be brilliant. We have so many different ways to help fundraising/events/committee volunteers are very much needed and will be warmly welcomed!!

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    Facilities

    We now have a new net - donated and sponsored by Sicor - we are so grateful for their help this season. Also a new bowling mat - which we were able to buy through an ECB grant from the Women's team. A new electronic, portable scoreboard is being delivered this week - this was through a small grant directly from the ECB. So many positive steps this season in improving our facilities and equipment - with a lot more plans for the future!!

    Ladies Cricket

    Our first Women's festival is taking place this weekend at Sherborne. We have had 3 new members so far this year and our training is going very well. We have new shirts printed - thanks to a donation from Buglers and we are looking forward to entering all 7 festivals taking place this year.

    Youth Cricket

    Our Youth team's have started very well - all the games played so far have resulted in victories. They are all very solid, competitive sides and it has been a joy to watch their support and encouragement of each other. One main concern, however, are the number of games cancelled due to other teams not being able to field a side. We need to keep our youth playing and engaged with cricket and this is something we may need to address in coming seasons. This season we will keep playing 'in club' mixed up games between the different ages - to keep them playing regularly.

    Fundraising

    Our main fundraising event this year will be Cricket Week. Running from 4th - 10th June - we will have a different game each night - showcasing a different part of our club. The Finale will be on Sunday 10th June. This will be a Men's T20 game against Sherborne and then Beaminster Women's against Sherborne Women. There will be music, flashing stumps etc. After the games there will be live music from Kash Folding and lots of food and drink. This is a town event and open to absolutely everyone - so spread the word!! If you can offer any ideas/help please get in touch - we always welcome extra support and new ideas.

    MW 16/5/18

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    There is lots going on at the club even though the last few days have seen weather that could be hardly any less conducive to cricket. Even the waste paper collection was cancelled, for the first time in many a year, as the collection skip could not be delivered.

    Cricketing Matters

    Our teams have been very successful over the winter. The Ladies team is unbeaten in the Dorchester Indoor League, played 4 won 4. Training sessions are held every Saturday morning at the Beaminster school sports hall from 10.30 to 12. Its great fun so if any ladies have not been yet, just drop in and start. These sessions are preceded by youth training sessions from 9.30 to 10.30 at which attendance has been very good with the players continuing their enthusiasm from last season.

    The male seniors are currently in second place in division 1 of the Crewkerne league after excellent wins against Barrington and Ilminster. Indoor nets have now started and are held on Tuesday evenings at Colfox school sports hall. Good pre-season practice is even more important than usual this year following the clubs promotion.

    The U16 and U14 teams play their final games this month in Portland. Well done to Tiggy David on her selection for the Dorset Girls County Squad. Something she can be very proud of.

    The practice net area will be much improved this month. A work party will install the new concrete base and the net itself will be upgraded. This is a vital part of the clubs facilities.

    The club has secured funding (2599.99 pounds to be precise) from the Dorset Cricket Boards small grants scheme for a new portable electronic scoreboard. The decision has to be confirmed by the ECB but should be a formality. It will be with some regret and sadness that the great skills required to work the ancient system in the score hut will now pass into history. It took long experience and incredible persuasion to get the correct numbers to appear at the correct time in the match. But when the electronic usurper fails (as it will inevitably do from time to time) hopefully there will be someone around to remember how it was done in the old days.

    Also on the funding front an application has been made by the ladies section for a new multi-purpose playing and practice mat at a cost of around 400 pounds.

    The 2018 seasons opening fixture is on 5th May at home to Wimborne & Colehill 2nds. The other teams in our division are Stalbridge 2nds, Witchampton, Charlton Down, Marnhull, Cranborne, Blandford, Kingston Lacy and Weymouth. Although there is the usual fair amount of travelling, inevitable given we are in west Dorset, there seems to be less of it this year due to the lack of Bournemouth teams.

    Social Matters

    Lots of activities here too.

    On Wednesday 14th March there will be an Easter bingo evening at Beaminster Town Hall. Doors open at 7pm and eyes down at 7.30. There are loads of prize bundles to be won as well as a raffle, bar and homemade refreshments. Open to everyone should be lots of fun.

    The bingo is rapidly followed by our second whist drive on Saturday 17th March in the Memorial Pavilion at 7.30. Our first such event provided a very happy evening and doubtless this one will too. Everybody from experts to beginners is welcome. All will be explained. Lots of prizes and cheese & snacks included in the 6 pounds entrance ticket. There is also a bar and raffle with some lovely prizes.

    The club is organising a cricket week from the 4th to the 10th of June. The idea is to hold a cricket match every day along with a variety of social events too. Thus guest teams will include Dorchester U11, North Perrot (1st team), Thorncombe (2nd team), Dorchester U13, Sherborne Ladies XI, Cranborne (1st team), All Stars and Sherborne 1st Team. On the final day there will a live band, BBQ and bar. More details later.

    The skittles evening held recently in the Fleet Social Club was very successful and raised nearly 200 pounds for the club. Also planned, for October, is an evening of pub games such as snooker, table skittles and darts to name but some. More details to follow.

    So there is plenty going on for people to enjoy, be it as participant or volunteer helper. Both are welcome.

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    Another year starting in the life of Beaminster Cricket Club. The 163rd to be precise. Thats quite a history and something that the town in general and the club in particular can be very proud of. And after last seasons successes the club is looking forward with confidence to 2018. There will be much to write about as the club moves into the new season presented here are summaries of the issues currently at the forefront of the committees attentions.

    NEW CONCRETE STRIP

    For some time now the club has been planning to upgrade the practice net facility, in particular by laying a concrete strip to improve the run-up to the bowling crease and decrease wear and tear damage to the turf. The plan now is for this to be completed in time for the new season and for virtually all the work to be done by club volunteers. The net is heavily used for practice before and during the season and is a valuable resource.

    NEW SCOREBOARD

    The club is applying for an ECB grant to purchase a new electronic scoreboard close to 3000 pounds. The club can access these funds by virtue of it now being a Clubmark club. A potentially quick return on the efforts made to get this accreditation. The old manual scoreboard has served the club very well and will doubtless be kept on in case the batteries for the new acquisition run flat.NEW LADIES LEAGUE

    The clubs Ladies will be taking part in a new indoor softball league starting up later this month in Dorchester. All part of the great interest in Ladies cricket and the determination of the BCC Ladies to be a force to be reckoned with on the Dorset cricket scene.

    NEW U16 LEAGUE

    Next season the U16s will be competing in the Mid Wessex evening league. Other clubs in the league include Glastonbury, Ilminster, Crewkerne, Huish & Langport, Sparkford and Yeovil. This promises to be an excellent competition and will introduce the club to new teams, grounds and contacts.

    NEW FUNDRAISING

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    The club has an ambitious programme of fundraiser events in the pipeline including skittles nights, an evening of pub games, bingo, whist drive with wine and cheese night, 6 aside competition and a cricket week in June featuring a match every day of the week at the Memorial Ground.

    Lots going on then. Further updates in future newsletters.

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    NOVEMBER 2017 GENERAL MEETING

    The clubs annual General meeting was held last week on the 14th November in the pavilion. Whilst the attendance was higher than in some recent years it was still rather low. Positive and encouraging reports were presented by the chairman, treasurer, team manager and on behalf of the youth and ladies teams. Overall 2017 was the clubs most successful year for a long time. The official minutes of the meeting are attached. The main event of the evening was the election of the new committee which is now as follows for the next 12 months:


    President: John Bugler


    Chairman: Ross Baker


    Vice Chairman: Shaun Annetts


    Treasurer: Nikki Moss


    Secretary: Fiona Burwood


    Fixtures Secretary: Nikki Moss


    Youth Welfare Officers: Mel White and Nikki Moss


    Coaching Coordinator: Ross Baker


    Independent accounts examiner: R Bugler


    Senior Captain: Ross Baker


    Senior Vice-Captain: Chris Park


    2 XI Captain: Justin Gurd


    Friendlies Captain: Ross Baker


    Middleton Hands Captain: Justin Gurd


    U16s manager/coach: Justin Gurd and A Rees


    U13s manager/coach: Giles Moss and Ross Baker


    U11s manager/coach: Mel and Neil White


    General committee members: S Jones, M Chambers, H Rathbone, J Block, L Gurd, H Francis

    The meeting also approved various recommendations made by the previous committee to withdraw from the TT25 competition, to enter an U16 team into the Mid-Wessex league and to drop the posts of 1st team managers in favour of having a senior captain (R Baker) and senior vice-captain (C Park).

    STILL PLAYING CRICKET

    The clubs youth teams are playing competitive cricket over the winter months and a recent fixture in the U14s West Dorset Indoor League saw Beaminster come up against their old enemy Martinstown. Martinstown were asked to bat and scored freely finishing on 133-4. Tiggy David and Noah Tattershall bowled well to restrict the run flow and took valuable wickets. Nevertheless 41 runs from the final two overs presented Beaminster with a difficult task. Tegan Furner 32no and Noah 25 set about the job with commendable spirit and skill. They were followed by K David 12 and Adam Moss 19 but despite a final flurry of 29 runs from the final over Martinstown finished as winners by 9 runs, thereby avenging their defeat the last time the two teams met.

    WHIST DRIVE

    There is still time to come along to the whist drive at 7.30pm in the pavilion a new fundraising venture for the club. A lot of interest has been shown and it will be a fun evening. Food is provided and there is a bar for the purchase of soft and alcoholic drinks.

    FUND RAISING

    Quite apart from events such as the whist drive the club is embarking on a fundraising drive to recruit sponsors of the club. Over the winter months around 100 local businesses will be approached and asked to sponsor the club for the 2018 season. Updates will be presented in future newsletters.

    12/10/17 NEWSLETTER 196

    It may be October, the nights are drawing in and the first frost has been and gone but cricket activities continue - and there are lots of them at the moment, including actual competitive games.

    YOUTH IN GOOD FORM

    The U16 and U14 teams are currently playing winter league cricket at Ospreys in Portland and have started well. The U16s lost narrowly to Martinstown whilst the U14s beat their Martinstown peers - very narrowly indeed. Both sides finished with the same score but Beaminster were deemed winners by virtue of losing fewer wickets. Winter cricket is an excellent way to keep players interested and to develop their abilities during the long close season.

    The U16's abilities will be further developed in the coming weeks through a series of intensive and personalised training classes offered by coach Ross Baker. Sessions for small groups will be held at the school sports hall and completed before Christmas.

    BEAMINSTER LADIES

    The Beaminster Ladies are also keen to sharpen their skills over the winter. They are planning to play in an indoor league based in Dorchester and due to start in the new year. Full details are awaited.

    CLUBMARK

    It's been a long and weary process to prepare and submit the club's application for Clubmark status - the ECB's seal of approval to demonstrate that the club is run on best practice standards. But the end is nearly in sight - next Monday a representative from the Dorset Cricket Board will come to Beaminster, meet club officials, and (expectedly) satisfy himself that the club does what is says it does and has earned this important accolade. The job then of course is to keep up the standards and not to let them slip.

    CLUB AWARDS AND DINNER

    The club's annual dinner (prepared by Linda Paget) and awards night is scheduled for Friday 27th October at 7.30 in the pavilion. Tickets are going well £12, bring your own alcohol). If you wish to attend but have not yet got a ticket please let Ross Baker know. This is the club's premier social occasion during which the season's outstanding contributions from players and volunteers are formally recognised.

    Talking of awards, the club will be attending a ceremony on 30th October held by the Dorset Cricket Board. They will collect the award earned by the club for winning promotion in the 2017 season.

    SOCIALS

    The recent bingo night at Misterton was a great success and raised nearly £600 for the club. Many thanks to Mel White and her helpers for all the efforts they put into this evening. Another bingo night is planned for the Spring.

    The club is planning to hold a whist drive on 24th November, starting at 7.30, in the pavilion. Entrance, to include a 2-course dinner, is priced at £7. There will be a bar service. This is a new activity for the club. Posters detailing the event are in place around town. Further details can be obtained from Mel White.

    CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

    As in previous years the club will be setting up a stall in the town square for the big Christmas lights switch on. This is on Friday 1st December. Hot chocolate, mince pies, mulled wine, hot dogs, burgers, biscuits and special treats for children will all be on offer. Should be quite a night.

    GENERAL MEETING

    The club's AGM will be held on Tuesday 14th November at 7.30 in the pavilion. It is open to all members of the club and any interested members of the public. The new committee will be elected - anyone interested to stand for election should advise secretary John Block.

    MRC
    12/10/2017



    17/09/17

    Cricket's over for 2017 but still plenty going on at the club. After the club's most successful playing season for a while it's good to be able to take stock, slow down from the pressure of arranging several weekly games and generally take a bit of a breather. But it won't be long before it all starts again and the work now is to see that everything is in place in good time for the 2018 season.

    The much-anticipated Women and Girls softball cricketing sports day scheduled for today in Poole (17th September) has unfortunately been cancelled due to the recent wet weather. Very disappointing indeed for the two Beaminster teams planning to take part.

    HOW DID THEY DO?

    The batting and bowling averages for the 2017 season are attached. As usual they make interesting reading. Summary statistics for catching/stumping are not included as records were incomplete. For several games catchers were either not recorded or were just plain illegible.

    Amongst many aspects they highlight are the important roles played by the more senior and experienced players as well as the outstanding contributions of the club's up and coming younger members. The club has a fine blend of both sets of players.

    WHAT'S ON?

    There are a number of club activities in the coming weeks.

    CLUB AWARDS DINNER

    This is scheduled for Friday 27th October in the pavilion, somewhat later than advertised in the club's fixtures booklet. It is the main highlight of the club's social year at which the presentation of awards will be made to acknowledge the contributions of batters, bowlers and members. As last year the catering will be provided by Linda Paget, and details of cost, time and ticketing will be announced later. But in the meantime mark it down as 'unmissable' in your diary.

    MISTERTON BINGO

    The club's next bingo night is Monday 25th September at Misterton community hall. This is arranged by Mel White and Nikki Moss, who are always on the lookout for additional help - be it on the night itself or through the donation of raffle and other prizes. Please contact them directly for more information and with your offers.

    These bingo evenings are a very successful way of raising much needed funds for the club.

    WHIST DRIVE

    The club is planning to organise a whist drive towards the end of the year. Further details will be announced in due course. A meal will be provided. This will be a new fundraiser for the club.

    CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CEREMONY

    Once more the club plans to set up a food stall - burgers, hot dogs, mulled wine, marshmellows - for the town's Christmas lights switch-on in the square. This was very successful last year. More details later.

    AGM

    And last but not least, the club's AGM will be held on Tuesday 14th November at 7.30 in the pavilion. This is your chance to hear the club's officers present their reports, help to elect a new committee, put yourself forward for the committee and bring any matter you wish to the committee for discussion.

    CLUBMARK PROJECT

    The difficult and lengthy task of putting the club's affairs into the format required by the ECB for accreditation to the Clubmark standard has now been completed. The club is awaiting a visit from the ECB to check that everything is in order. In the meantime the results of much of the work can be seen covering the pavilion's new very large noticeboard. One Clubmark requirement is to display all these aspects of running the club. Come and see for yourself - allow a couple of hours to read it all.

    MRC
    17/09/2017



    04/09/17

    Well, after threatening and challenging for promotion these final few weeks of the season, Beaminster finally did it - on Friday night without a ball being bowled!! This was courtesy of Ashmore and Dorchester 2nds - promotion rivals - both pulling out of their final Saturday games and thus guaranteeing Beaminster's move up to division 2. Why they did this is anyone's guess. Couldn't raise a team - surely not so with possible promotion at stake? Didn't want to get promotion - again surely not, don't clubs always try their best? No pitch available with the start of the football season - if so, surely an alternative could have been found?

    Whatever the reasons it worked to Beaminster's advantage. But better to win the final game so that promotion was assured by the team's own efforts rather than by default.

    And that is what happened - Beaminster beat Wimborne & Colehill 3rds - though it was a tense nail-biting affair that could have gone either way.

    FINAL WIN

    W&C won the toss and elected to bat, a move which initially at least seemed likely to result in a high score. Runs came freely against opening bowlers Dave Persey and Ben Hollely. But with the introduction of first change bowler Simon Jones the game changed very rapidly as he produced a devastating spell to finish with 4-7, the best bowling figures of any Beaminster player this season. From 78-3 to 84-7 and then 107-9 W&C's innings fell apart with Pete Bustin (4-15) also producing excellent figures for his best return of the season. A 10th wicket stand of 35 gave W&C's final score (142) some respectability. But not too daunting a total.

    That wasn't quite the way it turned out though as Beaminster slumped to 41-5 and defeat seemed a very real possibility. A 62-run stand for the 6th wicket between Dan Spiller (51*, highest score of the season) and Dave Persey (39, also highest score of the season) put the side back on track at 103-6. Another wobble though and at 106-8 things weren't looking too good but then Ben Hollely (14*) joined Dan and together they took the score to 144 in the 32nd over to record a narrow, tense win. W&C have only won one game this season, but came very close on this occasion to providing an upset. Only two superb bowling returns and two best scores of the season won the day for Beaminster. A good time to produce these efforts.

    FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

    The final league table for the 2017 season is as follows:

     PlayedWonLostNo resultPoints
    Charlton Down181503311
    Beaminster181062230
    Kingston Lacy18783204
    Dorchester 2nds18963187
    Sturminster Marshall18882179
    Hamworthy Recreation 2nds185103164
    Dorset Indian Tigers18972152
    Ashmore18963145
    Poole Town 3rds184123126
    Wimborne & Colehill 3rds181143125

    Despite winning nine games each the final positions of Ashmore and Dorset Indian Tigers have been greatly distorted by incurring penalty points - in Ashmore's case a total of 60 resulting from conceding a game (-20) against Dorset Indian Tigers and scratching from Saturday's game (-40). In DIT's case 40 points have been forfeited for 'multiple offences' with another 30 to be deducted next season if 'offences' are committed in 2018.

    DIVISION TWO MAKE-UP

    Subject to final confirmation by the Dorset Cricket Board the composition of Division 2 next season is in alphabetical order (and final positions?):
    Beaminster, Blandford, Charlton Down, Cranborne, Ferndown Wayfarers, Marnhull, Shillingstone 2, Weymouth, Wimborne & Colehill 2, Witchampton.

    Likely some very good games there.

    MRC
    04/09/2017



    30/08/17

    Beaminster took their winning run to eight matches against fellow promotion hopefuls Dorchester 2nds on 19th August and simultaneously arrived at the brink of promotion. Things stalled a bit on the following Saturday 26th however with a loss against Hamworthy Recreation 2nds, who until recently were relegation candidates but who have been having a revival of late. Beaminster's promotion hopes will be realised or dashed this coming Saturday against 9th-placed Wimborne and Colehill 3rds whose relegation fate is already sealed.

    SEASON'S BEST WIN

    Beaminster's 9-wicket and eighth consecutive win against promotion rivals Dorchester 2nds took the team into second place in the league and to the brink of promotion. Exciting days indeed for the club - which is having its best season for several years. After winning the toss and putting Dorchester in to bat the decision was quickly vindicated as wickets started to fall immediately and kept on doing so at short intervals until the side was all out for 63 runs in 32 overs. Wickets were taken by all the bowlers - Dave Persey (2-21), Nick Hollely (1-11), Simon Jones (2-8, season's best), Ross Baker (3-10, season's best) and Will Moss (2-10). The bowlers were greatly helped by good fielding throughout, the highlight of which was a diving catch by Chris Park.

    Although Beaminster lost opener Chris Park in the first over the result was never in doubt. Fellow opener Ross Baker (35no) and Simon Jones (21no) reached the winning score in style and without any undue concerns.

    DOWN TO EARTH

    Beaminster's winning run and promotion hopes stalled as they were soundly beaten by the rejuvenated Hamworthy Recreation 2nds. Beaminster elected to bat after winning the toss but any confidence of reaching a big score was not realised. Apart from opener Chris Park's determined 45, the rest of the order struggled on a slow surface with large boundaries. A very low score was avoided to some extent by the lower order batsmen, particularly Ben Hollely (24), who took the score to a barely competitive total of 130 in 45 overs.

    In the event Hamworthy had no trouble at all in winning, doing so in the 25th over. Although Dave Persey took an early wicket runs were scored pretty much at will. Poor fielding with several dropped catches and some loose bowling did not help. The star for Hamworthy was 15-year old S Berry (55), a Dorset county youth player. Hamworthy fully deserved their win and took away any complacency that Beaminster had accrued after their long winning run and high league position.

    PENULTIMATE LEAGUE TABLE

    With one match left of the season Beaminster sit in second position and are one of three teams that can secure promotion this coming Saturday.

     PlayedWonLostRained OffPoints
    Charlton Down171403291
    Beaminster17962212
    Dorchester 2nds17953207
    Ashmore16943205
    Kingston Lacy17683184
    Sturminster Marshall17872167
    Hamworthy Recreation 2nds17593158
    Dorset Indian Tigers16772153
    Wimborne & Colehill 3rds171133119
    Poole Town 3rds173122108

    MRC
    30/08/2017



    16/08/17

    The wins just keep on coming for the seniors! Last Saturday saw the 7th successive win, this time against Ashmore and another early season defeat avenged in fine style. Almost unbelievably, given its poor start to the season, Beaminster is now a serious contender for promotion at the end of the season. They lie in third place just 11 points behind second-placed Dorchester 2nds. It was way back on 17th June that BCC's victory run started - against Dorchester 2. Victory against them at home on Saturday will put Beaminster in second place and favourites for the second promotion spot. A lot at stake then!

    BEAMINSTER SCALE ASHMORE HEIGHTS

    Beaminster went to Ashmore, Dorset's highest village, last Saturday and secured a comfortable victory, their 7th on the trot. Beaminster won the toss and full of confidence elected to bat. Ross Baker (25) and Chris Park (27) went on the attack immediately and put on a good opening stand (52). Ashmore's change bowlers had more success than their opening counterparts and took some quick wickets to leave Beaminster on 98-5 and the game in the balance. Leo Gurd resisted strongly during this time and eventually made his highest score of the season (33). The last three wickets made more runs than the first five thanks largely to Dave Persey who also made his season's highest score (40) and Rob Meech with his first knock of the season (25 not out). Altogether 81 runs were scored in the final 10 overs and Beaminster closed their innings on a very respectable 197-8.

    Dave Persey continued to cause major problems for Ashmore as he opened the bowling and took 3-28, including a stunning caught and bowled. A few dropped catches gave Ashmore some hope but tight bowling from Ross Baker and Ben Hollely, who together conceded less than three runs an over, saw the required run rate creep up. Eventually Ashmore had to go for the runs and then wickets started to fall and the game finished in the 42nd over when the home side were all out for 151. BCCs other wicket takers were Nick Hollely (2-27), Ross Baker (1-26), Will Moss (1-17) and Pete Bustin who wrapped up the tailenders (2-7).

    LEAGUE TABLE

    Beaminster now sit in 3rd place. Victory over 2nd-placed Dorchester 2nds on Saturday would give BCC a fine chance of promotion. Their final two games are against 8th-placed Hamworthy Rec 2nds and 9th-placed Wimborne & Colehill 3rds.

     PlayedWonLostNo ResultPoints
    Charlton Down151203251
    Dorchester 2nd15843199
    Beaminster15852188
    Sturminster Marshall15852181
    Ashmore14743165
    Dorset Indian Tigers14653152
    Kingston Lacy15474145
    Hamworthy Rec 2nd15393122
    Wimborne & Colehill 3rd 151113108
    Poole Town 3rd15310298

    6-A-SIDE COMPETITION

    Following the success of last year's inaugural competition the club is again organising a 6-a-side cricket tournament on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August at the Rec ground.

    Please contact Ross Baker or Dave Wells for further details.

    LADIES CRICKET

    The club's ladies have a busy time coming up - and their season will last longer than that of the men with matches scheduled up to mid-September. Thus they are playing in the following tournaments:

    • Dorchester on 25th August. One team entered.
    • Somerset on 3rd September. One team entered.
    • Poole Park on 17th September. Two teams entered.

    Additionally the ladies are planning to enter into a winter indoor league.

    More details of the above will follow in due course. In the meantime please contact Mel White and Nikki Moss for details.

    ANYONE FOR BINGO??

    The club is arranging another Bingo night at Misterton Village Hall on 25th September. This is a great fundraiser for the club as well as a good night out. There are great raffle prizes and food and drink available. The doors open at 6.30. The club has to provide the raffle prizes and thus appeals to club members and supporters to donate good prizes. Please contact Mel White and Nikki Moss for details of the evening and how to donate prizes.

    MRC
    16/08/2017



    09/08/17

    Beaminster dodged the showers that doused much of Dorset last Saturday 5th and the game against high-flying (2nd placed) Sturminster Marshall went ahead. And Beaminster won - their sixth consecutive victory. The win was doubly sweet as in the only other game to go ahead close rivals Dorset Indian Tigers somewhat surprisingly lost against bottom club Poole Town 3rds enabling BCC to steal a march on all its rivals.

    The upshot of all this is that Beaminster moved into fourth place in the division and find themselves with a real chance of promotion. Second-placed Sturminster Marshall are only 10 points ahead. Charlton Down are certain to be champions but the second promotion place is well within reach for Beaminster.

    Who would have thought that when the team lost 5 of its first six matches?

    STURMINSTER MARSHALLED OUT

    Beaminster comfortably won their sixth game in a row and thereby avenged their June defeat by Sturminster Marshall. Captain-for-the-day Chris Park lost the toss and SM elected to bat. This was a decision they very quickly came to regret. The first wicket fell at 6 and then they proceeded to fall quickly and regularly. The side was all out for 79 in 26.5 overs. Only H Lockwood (41) showed any resistance or fight with the others getting four ducks and five single-figure scores. All the bowlers had good returns with Francis Medley leading the way with 4-12 followed by Dave Persey (2-15), Nick Hollely (2-17) and Simon Jones (1-7). They were ably assisted in the field by Rob Meech with three catches, Chris Park with two, a sharp stumping by Leo Gurd and a runout by Ben Hollely.

    In reply Beaminster had no difficulty in reaching their target. Openers Chris Park (41no) and Leo Gurd put on a 50-run partnership making the end result a formality, with victory coming in 21 overs.

    This week's game against Ashmore provides an opportunity to climb higher in the division.

    LEAGUE TABLE

     PlayedWonLostNRPoints
    Charlton Down141103231
    Sturminster Marshall14842179
    Dorchester 2nds14743172
    Beaminster14752169
    Ashmore13733158
    Dorset Indian Tigers13652147
    Kingston Lacy14473140
    Hamworthy Rec 2nds14383117
    Wimborne & Colehill 3rds141103107
    Poole Town 3rds14210278

    MRC
    09/08/2017



    02/08/17

    Rain over Dorset washed out last Saturday's (29th July) game against Dorset Indian Tigers, the second successive game to so succumb. A great pity for it meant lost opportunity to avenge the home defeat earlier in the season to the Tigers and a further stalling of the club's winning momentum. Perhaps this will be rectified with this week's home game against Sturminster Marshall another chance to avenge an early season loss.

    YOUTH AWARDS NIGHT

    Last Thursday (28th July) the club hosted a very successful social evening to mark the end of the season for the club's youth teams. A large number of players (senior and junior), parents, friends and supporters gathered at the pavilion to mark a very successful season for the club's youngsters. The juniors, with help from a few of the seniors, played against a senior side in a game that provided entertainment and a chance for them to measure up against the seniors. And very well they did too.

    This was followed by a buffet supper and then the awards ceremony. All in all a very happy evening to recognise the juniors achievements and to amply demonstrate their importance to the club. The awards were given as follows, in addition to each player receiving a certificate of thanks from the club:

    U11 Player of the Year: Ralphie Bugler
    U13 Player of the Year: Alex Payne
    U15 Player of the Year: Lewis Keenan
    Bowling award: Will Moss
    Batting Award: Lewis Keenan
    Fielding Award: Tiggy David
    Most Improved Players: Jack Ronan, Tegan Furner, Seth Furner
    Clubman of the Year: Ollie James
    Champagne Moment: U15s winning the West Dorset Cup

    FINAL YOUTH LEAGUE TABLES

    Beaminster's three youth teams acquitted themselves very well. The U13s won their league.

    U15

     PlayedWonLostNRBonusPoints
    Martinstown750050110
    Charlton Down Blues*74114696
    Beaminster74123989
    Cerne Valley*72043176
    Bere Regis72503454
    Dorchester71423151
    Bridport71422848
    Charlton Down Greens70431025
    * Plus 5 points for a tied game

    U13

     PlayedWonLostNRBonusPoints
    Beaminster6 60054114
    Dorchester65104696
    Bere Regis74305090
    Martinstown Mavericks64204282
    Martinstown Marvels6330767
    Bridport63303161
    Cerne Valley80804343
    Uplyme62401939
    Puddletown51402424

    U11

     PlayedWonLostNRBonusPoints
    Bridport Panthers761062122
    Martinstown Mavericks65104696
    Cerne Valley74213984
    Bere Regis44003474
    Martinstown Marvels62312449
    Beaminster 51401929
    Charlton Down31201222
    Dorchester50501818
    Puddletown505066

    And here's hoping to some good weather this weekend!!

    MRC
    02/08/2017



    26/07/17

    Beaminster have extended their unbeaten run to 5 games. A remarkable turn-around after the loss of the previous five games.Elsewhere the Beaminster Ladies had a wonderfully competitive day at the Ferndown cricket festival and have announced their arrival as a force on the Dorset cricketing scene.

    HIGH FIVES

    An exciting match at Kingston Lacy on 15 July eventually saw Beaminster winning their fifth successive game by a comfortable 59 runs. But it could have gone either way. Beaminster were put in to bat on a very difficult wicket - an indication of just how so was that Ross Baker took 21 overs to accumulate18 runs. A far cry from his trademark swashbuckling approach to run-getting. All the early and middle order batsmen struggled and at 68-8 a very poor score seemed inevitable. Then came the fightback in the shape of Pete Bustin. He took the previously almost unplayable bowling apart and thrashed a score of 56 (his highest for the club) that included five sixes. He was ably assisted by Dave Persey (8) and Ben Holleley (14no) for the 9th and 10th wickets that added 86 runs before the innings closed on 154 in the 41st over.

    Soon after KL's start, in the second over, the game swung Beaminster's way when Justin Gurd took a brilliant catch in the deep to dismiss the home side's ever dangerous K Jones. The side never really recovered and terminal damage was done when the score collapsed from 36-1 to 36-5. The sixth wicket doubled the score but from 72-6 there were no more surprises and the innings closed at 95 all out in the 31st over. Wickets were shared between Nick Hollely (2-29), Ross Baker (2-23), Cameron Lucas (1-19) and the in-form Will Moss (4-10). The remaining wicket came via a stunning run out from Ben Hollely with a direct throw that flattened the wicket. This was but one example of Beaminster's superb fielding display.

    WASH OUT

    Last Saturday's (22 July) game against against high-flying league leaders Charlton Down was washed out by the storms that permitted only four games in the whole county. This was a great pity as it prevented Beaminster from measuring recent improvements against the best team in the division.

    WINNING LADIES

    Despite the rain around Dorset last Sunday the Ferndown ladies cricket festival went ahead and a very successful occasion it was for the Beaminster Ladies. They put out two teams - Beaminster Bumbles and Beaminster Bumblebees - the only club to do so. Despite nerves, inevitable on making their competitive debut appearances, both teams performed well. The Bumbles won two out of three games and the Bumblebees one out of three. The players enjoyed themselves immensely and received a massive confidence boost from competing successfully in an open competition. One of the festival's objectives, to develop the spirit of cricket, was well and truly achieved. On the day that the the England Ladies cricket team won the world title perhaps it is significant that Beaminster Ladies achieved their own triumph. At any event it bodes well for the future - indeed the club has been invited to a cricket festival in Somerset in early September and another in Poole on 17 September.

    YOUTH AWARDS

    A last reminder for the youth teams' award night this Thursday 27th July at the pavilion from 6pm onwards. Food, drinks,fun and games for the whole family, and cricket as well. And of course awards for the youth players themselves. A good family night out.

    YOUTH STATS

    As their season draws to a close the stats for the U15s make interesting reading. A talented set of lads.

    BATTING

     InningsRunsNot OutAverage
    Lewis Keenan82756137.5
    Ben Leather448348.0
    Kelvin David427427.0
    Will Moss793323.3
    Toby345122.5
    Adam557219.0
    Tegan31015.0
    Fergus51803.6
    Ollie James41102.8

    BOWLING

     OversRunsWicketsAverage
    Will Moss2267154.4
    Fergus Rees25.18699.5
    Kelvin David1075515.0
    Ollie James1261415.3
    Ben Leather20105617.5
    Tegan1456318.6
    Seth9.456228.0

    MRC
    26/07/2017



    13/07/17

    Beaminster racked up their fourth consecutive win last Saturday over a very weak Poole Town 3rd team. But a win is a win and it was achieved in a very workmanlike manner. Meantime the youth teams' season is drawing to a close with our three teams all giving a good account of themselves.

    POOLE SUNK

    On a hot day in more than one sense Beaminster won very convincingly (by 171 runs) against a poor Poole Town side. Winning the toss and electing to bat the innings did not get off to the best of starts with Ross Baker, who promoted himself in the batting order, out for 5. This just set the scene for the incoming Cameron Lucas to unleash mayhem on the Poole bowlers as he hammered 85 (14 boundaries) in quick time, ably supported by Adam Herring (14) who sensibly let his partner get on with it. The pair put on 96 after which there was a mini-collapse to leave the side poised on 131-4 with the prospect of a relatively low score. The middle order batters however steadied the team with good contributions from Dan Spiller (22), Justin Gurd (26) and Nick Hollely (31). Although the last three wickets fell for four runs the final total of 233 was very competitive and the fourth successive 200+ score.

    Poole started off with some confidence and the score of 26-0 after five overs gave no hint of the collapse to follow - which saw the whole team out for 62. The wickets were well shared out with the best return being that of William Moss (4-18). This is the best bowling return by any bowler this season. A very good day for the youngster. Other wicket takers were Francis Medley (2-7), Nick Hollely (2-16) and Dave Persey (2-0). Dave's wickets came with his first two balls - thus he is on hat-trick with his next ball - or does such a feat have to be achieved in the same match?

    YOUTH CRICKET PRESENTATION

    On Thursday 27th July the end of the season for the youth teams will be celebrated with a social gathering at the pavilion at which the various awards will be given out to the players. The evening will be fun -with a match between a senior side and a combined youth side and a friendly cricket match for the whole family to join in. Soft drinks will be provided as well as a bar. Everybody in the club is invited to attend - senior players, youth players, ladies team members, the All Stars, TT25 players.

    The organisers ask everyone to bring a contribution to put on the 'cricket tea table' - sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes, crisps etc etc. The evening starts at 6pm. See you there.

    LEAGUE TABLES

    Beaminter's win moved the team to 5th place in the league - but with one result still to be added (Ashmore v Dorset Indian Tigers) this could change. Still, good to see the team in the top half of the table.

     PWLPoints
    Charlton Down10100196
    Dorchester 21073152
    Sturminster Marshall1073148
    Ashmore972137
    Beaminster1055122
    Kingston Lacy1046120
    Dorset Indian Tigers954111
    Hamworthy Rec 21037102
    Wimborne & Colehill 31001072
    Poole Town 3101943

    U15 TABLE

     PWLNRPoints
    Martinstown6501105
    Charlton Down Blues641091
    Beaminster541079
    Cerne Valley420161
    Bere Regis725054
    Dorchester614146
    Bridport514038
    Charlton Down Greens504115

    U13 TABLE (If the U13s win their next two matches, they will win their league)

     PWLNRPoints
    Beaminster550096
    Bere Regis642085
    Dorchester541076
    Martinstown Marvels633067
    Martinstown Mavericks532065
    Bridport633061
    Uplyme523039
    Cerne Valley606032
    Puddletown404015

    U11 TABLE (The U11s are through to the semifinal of their cup competition)

     PWLNRPoints
    Bridport Panthers541084
    Cerne Valley541075
    Martinstown Mavericks 440071
    Martinstown Marvels321040
    Bere Begis220037
    Beaminster514029
    Charlton Down312022
    Dorchester404018
    Puddletown50506

    Hardly any matches lost to the weather this season. Long may it continue so.

    MRC
    13/07/2017



    05/07/17

    Two good wins for BCC over the last fortnight - making it three wins in a row. The club's best spell for quite a while. The effect on the league position has been....zero. The club remain in 7th position but has closed the gap between the teams above and if the good run continues then there will be a surge up the table.

    Meanwhile the club's ladies are planning a festival day of cricket later in the month.

    THUMPING WIN

    Beaminster (237-9) scored a huge win over over Hamworthy Rec 2nds (135ao) on 24 June and gained a maximum points (20) in the process. Beaminster won the toss and elected to bat. Although losing opener Leo Gurd rather quickly the following 89-run partnership between Ross Baker (91) and Adam Herring (21) saw the visiting bowlers whacked all over the ground. Ross's score was his and the club's highest individual score of the season. After their departures there was the curse of the mini collapse which however was halted by good contributions from Lewis Keenan (44), Nick Hollely (23), Dave Persey (20) and Francis Medley (15). 127 runs were scored in the final 15 overs to set a very difficult target.

    Hamworthy never really looked like making a close match of it. Their wickets fell regularly and at short intervals. At 46-4 and then 53-5 and then 83-7 the result was never in doubt. Late resistance in a 43-run stand was too little too late and the win was achieved with 15 overs to spare. Beaminster used eight bowlers with six taking wickets - Nick Hollely (2-16), Will Moss (2-15), Ross Baker (1-22), Lewis Keenan (1-10), Adam Herring (1-11) and Justin Gurd (1-7). All these returns will do no harm to the bowlers' seasonal averages.

    ANOTHER WIN

    At home for the second week in succession Beaminster (243ao) scored another big win, this time against Wimborne & Colehill 3rds (180-5 after their 45 overs). Opener Chris Park (97) set new heights for his and the club's highest score of the season. The 100-run opening partnership with Ross Baker (29) came in 16 overs with Chris in particular scoring very freely. Bad luck in just missing out on a century. Lewis Keenan (42) then continued his recent fine form by recording his fourth consecutive 40+ score. But following his departure at 186-3 the promised really big score never happened as a middle order and tail-end collapse saw the innings close on 243. Still a very respectable score though.

    By contrast to the home team, W&C played cautiously from the start and were never anywhere near the required run rate, falling further behind it all the time. As last week, eight bowlers were used but whilst they were all economical W&C's determined resistance made it very difficult for them. Ross Baker (3-17) was the most successful with Cameron Lucas (1-26) and Lewis Keenan (1-21) also enjoying some success. W&C opened up and scored more rapidly at the end of their innings (72 runs in the final 10 overs) but by then it was too late to affect the outcome.

    BCC LADIES

    The club's ladies are going from strength to strength and are providing a very welcome new dynamic to the club and a whole additional focus for its activities.The players have just received their brand new cricketing outfits courtesy of a sponsorship deal run by the ECB.

    The club is planning to enter two teams into the Dorset Women's Vipers Soft Ball Cricket Festival taking place from 11.00 to 15.00 on Sunday July 23rd at Ferndown Wayfarers cricket club. This promises to be great fun with 8-member teams from over the whole county playing pairs cricket and everyone having to bowl an over. This is an ECB-led national initiative to promote the game for women. The whole family is catered for with children's activities and child care provided as well food and drink.

    In the meantime Beaminster Ladies are training every Friday at the Rec ground from 6-7pm. There are 18 players and not one has dropped out since signing up. The aim is to continue training throughout the winter and then to enter the new indoor league that is currently being planned for Dorset. More members are welcome. Contact Mel White or just come along to a Friday night session.

    HALFWAY AVERAGES

    The season is now half way through. Next Saturday the return fixtures start for the remaining nine games.

    A quick look at the top of the batting leader board shows Chris Park with 335 runs @ 83.8 as the club's most prolific run getter followed closely by Ross Baker with 297 @ 42.4. Next is Lewis Keenan (172 @ 19.1) whose slow start to the season is now but a memory. Ross Baker is the leading wicket taker (14 @ 18.7) followed by Nick Hollely (8 @ 21.4).

    PAGER'S BENCH

    The Brian Page memorial bench is now in place up on the embankment near the score hut. It is jointly funded by the cricket and football clubs as a tribute to the man who did so much for the sports in Beaminster and is still much-missed by all who knew him.

    MRC
    05/07/2017



    21/06/17

    It's been a mixed June for BCC so far with the senior side getting back to winning ways against high-flying Dorchester and the U15s having a good cup run as well as league victory. Read on...

    BEAMINSTER RUN SHORT

    In a rain-affected game against Sturminster Marshall Beaminster fell just short of the required run rate. SM batted first and reached a good score in their 45 overs (276-6) played out before the rains came down. No Beaminster bowler dominated and the wickets were shared out between Adam Herring (2-52) with one-apiece for Ross Baker, Nick Hollely, Richie Runyard and Will Moss. By contrast Beaminster's innings was interrupted several times for rain breaks and eventually the game was halted after 29 overs with the score on 164-8. Top scorer was Ross Baker with 52 followed by Dan Spiller with 29 not out. SM were awarded the victory on run rate. But it was a close thing - another nine runs from Beaminster and they would have won.

    BEAMINSTER RUN SHORT AGAIN

    For the second successive week Beaminster lost out in a rain-affected game. Batting first opponents Ashmore scored a very respectable 242-5 off their 45 overs. Once again Beaminster bowlers shared out the wickets with Nick Hollely, Francis Medley, Adam Herring, Simon Jones and Toby Pattemore getting one each. But the prized wicket of Ashmore's Lee Russell (110 not out) was beyond capture and he pretty well put his side in an invincible position. Beaminster's innings, like last week's, was interrupted several times by rain and eventually an amended target of 197 in 29 overs was fixed. But even this reduced overs total could not be reached and the game was called off with Beaminster at 95-2 after 29 overs. Ross Baker top scored with, for the second week running, a score of 52 (this time not out). Lewis Keenan made a valuable 19 in a 47-run opening partnership.

    BEAMINSTER RUN FEST BRINGS VICTORY

    In a high-scoring game at Dorchester Beaminster just edged out their high-flying hosts in a thriller of a game to end their losing streak. Deciding to bat first on a sweltering day runs came freely on the good batting surface. The first wicket fell at 71 with Ross Baker adjudged LBW for 41. Fellow opener Chris Park went soon after for 35. Richie Runyard (19) and Lewis Keenan (41) kept the runs coming. All the top seven batsmen made useful scores with Dan Spiller finishing on 40 not out and the side on 269-7. Over 100 runs came in the last 10 overs - a winning blast.

    Dorchester started poorly losing a cheap wicket but then rebuilt the innings with a century second wicket partnership ended by a run-out. Dorchester kept on scoring well but the balance started to go Beaminster's way when Chris Park came on to bowl and took 3-21 in three overs, including two wickets in two balls. The pendulum was given a hard push in Beaminster's direction by Lewis Keenan's direct throw from the boundary ran out skipper Diffy. When the high-scoring Cole (93) was bowled by Ross Baker the team's tail could not maintain the run rate and eventually Beaminster won by 15 runs.

    LEAGUE STANDINGS

    The current league standings are, with Beaminster in 7th position, as follows:

    Charlton Down770137
    Ashmore761112
    Dorchester 2752111
    Sturminster Marshall752108
    Kingston Lacy74396
    Dorset Indian Tigers74389
    Beaminster72565
    Hamworthy Rec71656
    Wimborne & Colehill 370742
    Poole Town 371637

    U15s - WEST DORSET CUP WINNERS

    On 4th June the U15s scored a notable victory over Martinstown to become the West Dorset Cup winners for 2017. It was an excellent team performance in a comprehensive win. Batting first, Martinstown were restricted to 68-8 in their 20 overs. In a good all round show of bowling strength wickets were shared by Will Moss (3-8), Ben Leather (2-18), A Moss (2-5) and Fergus Rees (1-13). In reply Beaminster had little difficulty and reached 69-2 in 9.1 overs with Will Moss on 24no and Lewis Keenan with 24.

    U15s - 2ND WIN OF THE WEEK

    The U15s recorded their second win of the week by comfortably beating their Stalbridge counterparts. Batting first Stalbridge reached 107-5 in their 20 overs. Will Moss (2-16) and Lewis Keenan (2-13) did the damage. In reply Beaminster won with 5 wickets to spare - and again Will Moss (24) and Lewis Keenan were the main men.

    U15's RUN ENDS

    The U15s excellent cup run came to an end at Hamworthy on Friday 16th June. when they lost by 47 runs in the semi-final of the Dorset Cup. Beaminster won the toss and put the home side in to bat on a flat pitch with long boundaries. They scored well and put on 75 for the first wicket, pressuring the Beaminster fielders with smart running between the wickets. When Tegan Furner came into the attack the run rate slowed somewhat as he broke the opening partnership and then Ben leather took 3 quick wickets. As Hamworthy tried to up the run rate in the latter stages two batsmen were run out but nevertheless Hamworthy scored an impressive 152-6 in 20 overs.

    Beaminster started poorly with Alex Payne departing in the second over. Although Lewis Keenan continued his remarkable form (50 retired) wickets fell regularly and no big stands were forthcoming. The innings ended on a respectable 105-9 from 20 overs. Hamworthy play Parley in the final.

    MRC
    21/06/2017



    30/05/17

    Contrary to the parting shot of Newsletter 184 this edition sets as record by being published one day after its predecessor. Reason? To bring news of the latest matches involving the club's U15 and U13 teams. Both have recently won exciting games in their respective cup games.

    U13s advance in the de Cheffey cup

    In a tense exciting game dominated by the bowlers of both sides Beaminster batted first and reached 65-5 in the allotted overs. Top scorers were W Swann (17), A Moss (14) and Tegan Furner (11). This was not exactly a confidence-inspiring total, but it quickly became one after the first over of Cerne Valley's innings. Tegan Furner took three wickets in it to leave the team reeling on 0-3. This quickly became 8-4 with victory scented. Cerne Valley then made a good fightback and reached 62-7, leaving Beaminster the victors by 3 runs.

    Not surprisingly Tegan Furner was Man of the Match largely on account of his devastating first over.

    U15s through to the final

    In a tight game against Charlton Down the U15s reached their target of 118 in the penultimate over. Will Moss was the most successful bowler with four wickets and the highest scorers were Lewis Keenan (35 and retired) and Ben Leather with 27no.

    It's good to see our youth teams competing well against their peers. Good luck in the next games.

    MRC
    30/05/2017



    29/05/17

    It's the Bank Holiday weekend but the festive fun did not extend to the Memorial cricket ground as Beaminster suffered the indignity of their third consecutive loss. Only just, but no prizes for the losers.

    TIGERS EAT BEAMINSTER

    The first fixture against Dorset Indian Tigers (who roam in Broadstone) produced an exciting match with the result in doubt until the final ball. And it was the DITs who triumphed by the miniscule margin of three runs.

    The game was reduced to 42 overs per side due to the late arrival of the DITs. After sportingly forfeiting the toss the visitors were put into bat and scored briskly and entertainingly without ever getting on top of the bowling. The Beaminster bowlers kept at their task and were all rewarded with wickets. All five took wickets - Nick Hollely had the best figures (3-23), followed by Adam Herring (3-42), Francis Medley (2-42), Rich Runyard (1-17) and Ross Baker (1-50). Beaminster has a good depth of bowling this season with the wickets well shared out. The DITs reached 181 all out, a score that could/should have been somewhat less but for several dropped catches.

    From the outset of their innings Beaminster went for the runs, with Chris Park scoring freely. After Lewis Keenan went for 12 Rich Runyard came to the crease and shared a 41-run stand with Park. At this point Beaminster looked in command. However a couple of contested LBW decisions that removed Runyard (29) and then Ross Baker (9) altered the balance of the game. The scoring rate dropped even as Park and Leo Gurd (22) put on a 62-run stand. The arrival of the final over saw Beaminster requiring 9 runs to win. They scored six of them and lost out. But it was an exciting game, perhaps the most-so for many a year. We look forward to the return match and to evening the score.

    EARLY AVERAGES

    After four games it's a little early to read too much into the averages but here are some in any case.

    No doubt that Chris Park is streets ahead in the batting with a total of 203, for an average of 101.5, which includes two 80+ not out scores. Following on are Ali Crawford with 85 (average 28.3) and Leo Gurd with 46 (average 15.3).

    The leading wicket taker is Ross Baker with 7 at 20.3, followed by Nick Hollely (4 at 16.5) Ali Crawford (4 at 16.8), Adam Herring (3 at 24.0) and Francis Medley (3 at 25.3).

    LEAGUE STANDINGS

    Again, too early to see how the league table will end up, but plenty of indications as to how it might. At 7th position Beaminster are well placed to rise or fall. The next month will say which.


     PWLPoints
    Charlton Down44080
    Kingston Lacy44077
    Dorchester 2nds43163
    Ashmore43159
    Sturminster Marshall42250
    Dorset Indian Tigers42243
    Beaminster41337
    Hamworthy Rec40424
    Poole Town 3rds41323
    Wimborne & Colehill 340423

    STAFF HOLIDAYS

    The entire Newsletter staff - reporters, editors, sub-editors, typesetters, feature writers, gossip columnists, financial experts, political analysts, etc - is off on his holidays this week to places where the internet fails to reach and there will be no more Newsletters until late June.

    Happy cricketing!

    MRC
    29/05/2017



    24/05/17

    Quite a lot to report in this issue of the Newsletter. In addition to match reports the opportunity is taken to present summaries of many of the club's activities of recent months. With the season now in full swing all the hard work by players, parents, coaches and committee members is coming into fruition. Many of the activities are new ventures for the club and reflect its confidence for the future.

    Beaminster downed by Kingston Lacey

    After their big win on the season's opening day Beaminster came back to earth with a crash after a heavy defeat by Kingston Lacey. Put in to bat Beaminster's innings never really took off with high order players getting a good start (Chris Park, 39; Simon Jones, 26; Ali Crawford, 24, Ross Baker,15; Dan Spiller, (23) but failing to go on and make a big score. The lower order players could not make up the deficit and the innings finished in the 44th over on 174. KL won the match with 10 balls to spare and only four wickets down. Their opener D Coghlan carried his bat for 92. Although wicketless Will Moss (9-0-25-0) and Simon Jones (9-4-16-0) bowled economically and kept the run rate down. As the innings progressed however this increased. Wicket takers were Ross Baker (1-42), Ali Crawford (2-41) and Ryan Sweetman (1-10). Keeper Leo Gurd took two smart catches.

    Charlton Down down Beaminster

    Another big defeat for Beaminster after being put in to bat. The team's total (99) was never going to be in with a chance. The team never recovered from a disastrous start - the first three batsmen failing to score. In no time at all the score was 61-7. Some late resistance from top scorer NIck Hollely (18), Pete Bustin and Will Moss moved the score towards (but without reaching) respectability. Charlton Down took only 14 overs to win by 7 wickets. Ross Baker (2-34) and Nick Hollely (1-43) took the wickets.

    Youth teams' results

    This season the club has three youth teams playing in their respective competitions. This is a wonderful situation for the club and promises it a good future as the players develop over the years. The teams have already played several games and the results are summarised below.

    U11s

    On May 2nd at Beaminster the team scored 360 but lost to Martinstown Marvels by 36 runs.

    On 9th May at Cerne Abbas Cerne Valley (281) beat Beaminster by 51 runs.

    U13s

    On 20th April at Beaminster, Bridport scored 41-8 in their 15 overs (F Walker 3-4 and T Pattemore 3-6) and were well beaten by Beaminster's 44-1 in seven overs with A Payne top scoring with 21no.

    U15s

    On May 2nd in their cup match at Dorchester, Beaminster recorded a solid win by surpassing their host's total (63ao) with 65-2. They're now in the semifinal.

    A week later (9th May) Beaminster travelled to Bere Regis and won by an almost identical score line: Bere Regis 64ao, Beaminster 65-2. Best bowling figures came from Fergus Rees (3-10) and Will Moss (3-11). Highest scorer was Lewis Keenan with 40no.

    All the youth players attend training sessions held at the Memorial ground on Saturday mornings from 9am to 10.20am. The club would like more young players to attend - all ages from 8 or 9 to 15 years.

    ECB Allstars

    The club has entered into the ECB's All Stars initiative. It is aimed at children from 5-8 years and is intended to introduce the youngsters to the game. A very encouraging 29 children have signed up and their enthusiasm is wonderful to see. The course runs for 8 weeks (from 21st May) and gives basic introduction to batting, bowling and fielding skills. The sessions are T20 influenced, are active and dynamic at all times, and run by the club's own qualified coaches. There is a £40 registration fee and for this each child receives a personalised cricket pack including clothing and cricket equipment.

    Sessions are held at the Memorial ground from 10.30 to 11.30 on Sunday mornings. It's not too late to join up. If interested then contact Ross Baker at ark.wright@virgin.net

    Perhaps the next Beaminster star cricketer will come from this group. Hopefully a good number will go on to play for the club's junior sides.

    Women's cricket

    Women's cricket is now a going concern and the club is the better for it. Sixteen interested players have signed up for training sessions held at the Memorial ground on Friday evenings between 6 and 7pm. These will continue for all or much of the season. The Ladies' team will enter into cricketing festivals to be held later in the season. More details later on. If you are interested to join in the fun, then simply turn up on Friday evenings or contact Melanie Keenan on chalewkee@yahoo.co.uk

    Dorset West District

    Last Sunday five (5!) of Beaminster's youth players turned out for Dorset West in a county representative game. Ben Leather, Lewis Keenan, Adam Moss and Tegan and Will Swann all performed well and were a credit to themselves, the club and West Dorset. This is a very strong indicator of the club's success in nurturing young players.

    12-hour cricket marathon

    After last year's successful fundraiser, the club is again holding this marathon match - on Sunday 11th June from 8am to 8pm. This year it will be even better organised with, besides all the cricket, fun activities for all the family, food and drink available all day, raffle, fete games and just a brilliant social occasion for all the club's players and supporters.

    More volunteers are still needed to help out:- umpires, scorers, raffle donations.

    Hope to see you there!!

    MRC
    23/05/17



    24/04/17

    First Cricket Newsletter for a while. Which doesn't mean little has been happening in BCC's world. Just that the Newsletter staff have been a bit lazy in reporting all the events.

    Anyhow, now that the 2017 season has started here's hoping it's a good one for players and supporters alike.

    BEAMINSTER DROWN POOLE

    In the first game of the season Beaminster scored an impressive away 8-wicket victory against Poole Town 3rds. Put in to bat the hosts never really looked like making a large score and lost wickets at regular intervals to finish on 164-9 after the allotted 45 overs. Seven of the Beaminster team had a bowling spell and five of them shared the wickets. The best figures were returned by Ross Baker whose 3 wickets all came in one over of his second spell. An early contender for the season's champagne moment award. The other wicket takers were Will Moss (2-34), Ali Crawford (2-26), Francis Medley (1-35) and Pete Bustin (1-19). Beaminster's innings started badly with Lewis Keenan suffering the misfortune of being run out without facing a ball. A hard lesson and massive anti-climax to his season's start. Thereafter Chris Park (81 not out, 15 boundaries)) and Ali Crawford (61, 10 boundaries) put on a superb 142-run stand to seal the game for Beaminster. Leo Gurd chipped in with 13 and hit the winning runs.

    All in all an excellent afternoon and one that inspires not a little confidence for the coming season.

    COUNTY DIVISION 3

    This season Beaminster are, as in 2016, playing in County Division 3. Other survivors from last season are Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne and Colehill 3, Dorchester 2, Kingston Lacy and Poole Town 3. New teams this season are Dorset Indian Tigers, Charlton Down and Hamworthy Rec 2 (all promoted from Division 4) and Ashmore (relegated from Division 2).

    SEASON'S EVENTS

    The club is organising a number of social and fundraising events in the coming season. More information about them will be available nearer the time but in summary:

  • The now traditional memorial game is scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday 28th May. Nick David and Ross Baker are organising teams of yester-year and current players.
  • The 12-hour game, a good success last season, will take place on 11th June.
  • The 6-a-side competition is planned for the August Bank Holiday Monday 28th August. Eight teams will participate.
  • A fund-raising bingo night at Misterton community centre. The one we held in April raised £650 for club funds.
  • There is then lots going on and plenty of opportunity for everyone to join in.

    WASTE PAPER COLLECTION

    As probably everyone knows the club organises monthly waste paper collections in Beaminster. The scheme has been running for many years and has been, and still is, a major fund raiser for the club.

    Over recent years much of the work has been done by pretty well the same group of people. There is now a need to recruit additional people to help out with this work.

    The club therefore is asking for volunteers who are prepared to help out as and when required. New volunteers will be asked to stand in when a regular helper is unable to be present, through holiday, ill health etc. Thus the club wishes to build up a list of people who can be brought in to help with, say, about a week's notice. New volunteers would be asked about two or three times a year to help out. Full instructions on the requirements would be given.

    The work is not arduous. The paper is collected on the first Sunday of each month come rain, hail or shine. It is then taken to Bugler's yard on the Broadwindsor road and put into a skip. The whole process takes about two hours and is normally completed by about 10.30 - 11.00.

    New volunteers who would be asked to collect the paper should have a vehicle that they do not mind using for such a task. It does not have to be a large: one of the current collection vehicles is a Peugeot 206.

    If you would like to volunteer or need more information then please contact Marcus Chambers marcuschambers2002@yahoo.com

    MRC
    24/04/16




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