BEAMINSTER captain Ross Baker admits promotion to County Division One “means the world to the club”.

Baker led his side to a second promotion in three years after beating Wimborne & Colehill Seconds by seven wickets at the Leaze on Saturday, finishing five points off Witchampton.

After going up, a joyful Baker said: “That was our aim at the start of the season, to try and get promoted. It means the world to the club.

“We had a couple of bad years where we slipped down to Division Three at one point, regrouped a bit, got more players back this year and it was a really big effort from everyone to try and win promotion.

“It was a fine squad effort from everybody. Everyone’s chipped in, contributed and been focused throughout.”

With South African overseas player Daniel Swift set to return to the southern hemisphere, Baker revealed the door is ajar for his return or a replacement.

He said: “He’s definitely invited to come back, it just depends on his situation in terms of work. If Dan doesn’t come back we’ve got a contact in South Africa.

“Hopefully we’ll use his club and get another overseas player for next season. That’s something we’ve had in the past and something we want to continue with, because it’s a real positive.

“Not only on a Saturday, but with the youth teams having an extra coach. Everyone’s enjoyed playing with him and he’s been a leader on the field. He’s been fantastic for us.”

Beaminster hold their presentation evening in the Red Lion tomorrow (7.30pm).