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Two warm up games against Marnhull and Stalbridge produced startling results in favour of the club.  The club next played Puddletown and Thornford in the Three Counties League securing victories in both games. 

  • Marnhull all out 95 with Simon Beetham 3-13, Charlie Leach 2-3, George Jones 2-13.  George Ovenden and Simon Dodds bowled very tidily to restrict the scoring of the opposition.  Simon and Charlie then dismantled the opposition batting.  The club made 97-2 winning by 8 wickets with Simon making 56 and useful contributions from George Wayman 19 and Adam Beetham not out 17  –   a massive victory.
  • Stalbridge (Dorset 3rd Div XI) all out 74.  Simon Beetham bowled magnificently taking 7 for 2 and young Jo Hamblin-Boon (aged 15) took 2 for 12.  The visitors were totally outclassed failing to adapt to the wicket and accurate bowling.  George Wayman then made 55 not out with the captain Adam Beetham making 17 not out thus securing a 9 wicket victory.
  • Puddletown were dispatched for 37 a record low against the club.  In the absence of the Beetham brothers Simon Dodds led the side and was devastating with the ball taking 5-18.  He was supported by newcomer Oliver Gash, a schoolboy from Downside and Chris Davies who polished off the tail taking 4-6.  The runs were duly knocked off mainly by George Jones promoted to no. 3 making  16 not out.  Alex Gibbs and George Ovenden put on 10 runs and the 2 wickets fell.  It was by far the weakest batting side the club have fielded but still managed to achieve an 8 wicket victory thus obtaining 29 points out of 30.
  • Again with examination commitments the club struggled to field a strong side at Thornford.  However with great spirit and enterprise Simon Dodds handled a depleted attack well to bowl out the opposition at their ground for 84.  Tim Ovenden, the father of George, was inspired taking a brilliant caught and bowled.  He completed his allotted overs with 4-18.  George continues to bowl well and took 2-7.  Young Harvey Chinnock aged 15 bowling in his first senior league match took 1-4 from 4 overs  –  a very fine performance.  The club managed to pass the score for the loss of 6 wickets thus securing 28 points.  A very determined knock by Dan Bricknell (not out 37) secured the victory following some anxious moments.  Once again Alex Gibb contributed enormously to the win by not letting a single bye and making 14 valuable runs at the top of the order.  A hard earned victory in the circumstances.

Malcolm H