HAMWORTHY 50-4 (18pts) beat BEAMINSTER 49 (2pts) by six wickets

BEAMINSTER were skittled for 49 as Hamworthy Rec ran out comfortable winners in their penultimate County Division One match of the season.

Build-up for the game was less than ideal as Beaminster’s trip east was hampered by traffic.

And with the game switched to Ferndown at the last minute, Beaminster arrived to find a wet pitch.

Summing up their poor luck this season, captain Ross Baker lost the toss and was asked to bat first.

The Hamworthy bowlers then had a field day in ultra-friendly bowling conditions.

Zack Basey (4-7), Toby Berry (3-6) and Elliot Dawson (3-16) were in supreme form as only Nick Holley (12no) reached double figures, extras (19) being the west Dorset side’s best score.

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Hollely (2-20) performed well with the ball, too, but was powerless to prevent Hamworthy reaching their tiny target of 50 as Finlay Gordon (19) top-scored.

Speaking to the Bridport News, Baker said: “It was a day to forget, we didn’t play well at all.

“The game got switched to Ferndown and we played on the second pitch. They’d had a lot of rain in the morning.

“It was pretty wet and we lost the toss. We didn’t bat well but the pitch didn’t help us either. Before we knew it we were all out.

“They struggled as well on it and it was virtually impossible to defend such a low score.”

Beaminster host second-placed Swanage on Saturday (1.30pm) looking to end the season on a high.

Baker said: “They put quite a lot of pressure on Puddletown, who struggled to get over the line.

“They’re a strong side, have got a few players back. We’ve got to focus on ourselves and put in a much better performance.

“We want to end at home on a bit of a high with a competitive game at least. It would be great if we could get a win but the priority is to compete.”

Beaminster (from): Jones, W Moss, A Moss, Baker, Park, Hillier, Edmunds, O Bareham, N Hollely, Edwards, Everitt, G Moss.