BEAMINSTER captain Ross Baker stressed the need to return to “winning ways” as the County Division Two leaders visit Cranborne today (1.30pm).

Baker’s men were rolled over for 71 by promotion rivals Witchampton in their last outing, but will take comfort from the previous match against the Cranes, whom they skittled for 62 in May.

Beaminster have also warmed up for the clash with an impressive 13-run victory over a North Perrott XI in their cricket week, South African seamer Daniel Swift claiming a hat-trick and superb figures of 5-5.

Baker told Echosport: “It’s a massive game, we really need to get back to winning ways, bat properly again. 

“It’s not an easy place to go, Cranborne, but we need to focus on our batting. Our fielding and bowling has been pretty good recently but we need to put in a complete performance.

“It’s probably going to be another hot day – we’ll look to bat first, put on a good score and put them under pressure when we field.”

Lewis Keenan is the sole absentee from last week’s defeat to the Witches.

Beaminster: Park, Baker, Crawford, Swift, Jones, Runyard, A Moss, Hollely, Persey, W Moss, AN Other