CATTISTOCK & SYMENE 132 (4pts) lost to BERE REGIS 134-4 (20pts) by six wickets

ALL 10 Cattistock & Symene wickets fell to spin as Bere Regis claimed a six-wicket victory in the Dorset Funeral Plan Premier League.

Cattistock & Symene welcomed Bere Regis to Cattistock and captain Bradley Damen opted to bat first when he won the toss.

The Foxes got off to a steady start with Leo Gurd and Luke King. They had seen off the opening bowlers when the first wicket fell, Gurd for 6 with the score 49.

Bradley Mullins (0) followed the very next ball and Ben Golledge (1) went soon after as the Foxes slipped from a steady start to 55-3.

Damen came to the middle as King neared his half-century. It was not to be, however, as King fell for a fine 46 to Sean Walbridge (3-27).

Another wicket fell in quick succession before Damen found some support in Ollie Legg. Together they took the score past 100, both clearing the boundary in the process.

The captain was the next to fall, a well made 34 to his name. Legg (26) soon joined his captain back in the pavilion and despite Archie Mullins hitting his first ball for a six the home side folded for 132 in the 35th over, spinners Sam Goodhew (4-54) and Dave Griffiths (3-6) doing the damage.

Bradley Mullins (1-22) struck early on with the ball and this was followed up by a wicket for Will Owen (1-26) as the visitors slipped to 35-2.

However, from here a crucial partnership developed between Cameron Robertson (42 off 22 balls) and Sam Goodhew (43) and by the time the Foxes broke it – thanks to a smart run out from Legg – the visitors were just 20 runs behind.

Legg (1-14) claimed another wicket before Bere Regis reached their target and won by six wickets.

Damen said: "We had a good start with the bat, Luke played brilliantly. Unfortunately we lost wickets in clusters again and were unable to post a competitive total.

"We bowled well upfront but that partnership took the game away from us."

POOLE TOWN III 186-5 (20pts) beat CATTISTOCK & SYMENE II 120 (4pts) by 66 runs

CATTISTOCK & Symene Seconds recorded their first defeat of the season at Poole Town Thirds.

However, Sam Good's men remain on top of County Division Four by three points from Bere Regis Seconds.

Good lost the toss, the visitors being asked to field first in the searing heat.

Ethan Robertson (2-18) struck early on, bowling Matt Hobbs (13) but the home team recovered.

The game was evenly poised, the Foxes were not taking any wickets but were keeping the home side in check.

Good (1-15) struck to remove Ben Pocknall (34) but Ben Wright (67) pushed the score to 161 before Robertson removed him.

Wes Lewis (2-44) also got in on the action as the home team finished on 186-5 from 40 overs.

The Foxes lost Lewis (0) early on in their reply before Reuben Kingston and George Wyrill rebuilt.

They both played sensibly and punished the bad balls whilst taking their partnership past 50.

However, they were both dismissed in close proximity to one another, Kingston for 27 and Wyrill 26.

Good joined Harry Angel at the crease, requiring 100 runs for victory.

Although hopes of a match winning partnership were dashed when Tom Perry (3-37) took a hat-trick, reducing them to 97-7. Good (23) counter-attacked but the Foxes were dismissed for 120 and recorded their first defeat of the season.

Good said: "It was tough work in the heat but our bowlers stuck at it. We didn’t take regular wickets but managed to keep a lid on their batting for the most part.

"When it got to the last 10 overs they were always going to chance it with wickets in hand.

"Apart from Reuben and George we didn’t manage to get partnerships going which is key in a run chase.

"Hats off to all the lads that stepped up from the third team this week, I thought they did really well.

"It wasn’t an ideal result for us, especially with Bere Regis winning, but we are still top and I want to challenge the lads to prove this is only a bump in the road and go out next week and get the win."