IN-FORM Beaminster will aim to buck the trend of recent seasons against Charlton Down on Saturday (1.30pm), according to captain Ross Baker.

Beaminster, on a run of three wins, have enjoyed a superb start to the County Division Two campaign with four victories and lie second ahead of the derby at the Herrison Oval.

However, in 2017 and 2018 Beaminster were dismissed for 99 and 123 respectively in consecutive heavy defeats at Down and Baker is aware of his side’s poor record.

He told the Bridport News: “We’re expecting a tough game, it’s a derby as well so there’s extra spice added.

“We haven’t done particularly well at Charlton Down the last couple of years – we haven’t batted well and we’ve been disappointed with the way we’ve played.

“We’ll be looking to put that right and we head into the game in good form and with a strong team so we’re expecting much better things.

“We’ve been playing some good cricket and we’re getting the results now. Early in the season we weren’t getting the results, getting a couple of defeats that we could have won.

“Most of the senior players are in good form and it was nice to have a selection headache this week rather than scratching around.”

Beaminster have left out Nick Hollely and Simon Jones from the squad entirely, while Adrian Phillips and Ollie Bareham make way for batsman and Bridport centre-back Luke King plus wicketkeeper Leo Gurd.

Beaminster: Park, Baker, Crawford, Swift, King, Keenan, Runyard, Persey, A Moss, W Moss, L Gurd