BEAMINSTER captain Ross Baker is looking forward to an exciting finish to the County Division Two season, as his side top the table by a slender two points with five games remaining.

Beaminster edged another close match on Saturday, beating Blandford by three wickets and Baker admitted he was relieved to get the victory sealed.

Speaking to the Bridport News, Baker was relieved to have backed up last week’s one-wicket win over Parley with another slender victory.

He said: “It was a tense game again, Blandford played well – they’re a tough side to beat on their own ground and batted extremely well.

“We persevered, got a couple of partnerships when we were batting and just managed to get over the line. It was a match-winning innings from Rich (Runyard), a fantastic knock and a big relief to win it at the end.”

In a tight top three, Beaminster have 215 points, just two more than Witchampton who have won both of their encounters with Beaminster so far this season.

Behind them with 196 points are Puddletown, who Beaminster are set to host on Saturday, in the fight to secure the one promotion spot available in the league.

On the title race, Baker added: “We were focused on getting the victory. After (Puddletown) the fixtures look like they’ll be a little bit easier, so we’ve just got to try and get these victories.

“It’s going right down to the wire and makes for a very exciting finish.”