CATTISTOCK & SYMENE 115 (2pts) lost to BROADSTONE 117-2 (20pts) by eight wickets

CATTISTOCK & Symene fell to another heavy Dorset Premier League defeat as Broadstone claimed an eight-wicket success.

The Foxes were bowled out for 115 after captain Steve Tucker had won the toss and chosen to bat.

Tucker’s troops lost their first seven wickets in the space of 35 runs, quickly crumbling to 51-7 with only Tucker (24) offering resistance before he succumbed caught and bowled to Caleb Rowe (2-30).

Charlie Groves (4-31) did most of the early damage but Ollie Legg (22) and George Wyrill (30) helped push the Foxes into three figures before falling to 115 all out.

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Defending such a low total was always going to be tricky and so it proved, despite Brad Damen (1-11) removing Frankie Gamble (1) early on.

Broadstone captain Dan Cook quickly hit his stride and rapidly passed fifty, striking eight fours and four sixes.

He was supported by Saathvik Kondreddy (20), the opener falling to Ethan Robertson (1-16) just short of the winning line, which Broadstone eventually crossed after 26.3 overs.

KINGSTON LACY 177-8 (9pts) lost to CATTISTOCK & SYMENE II 178-8 (20pts) by two wickets

UNBEATEN Cattistock & Symene Seconds kept their lead at the top of County Division Three with another narrow two-wicket victory, this time at Kingston Lacy.

Batting first, the home side managed to total 177. Several Lacy batters made good starts without anyone progressing to a match-defining innings but with help from lackadaisical fielding and dropped catches.

The visiting bowlers plugged away and shared the wickets between them but Robin Jones (3-28) was the pick of the bowlers, with support from Damian Barnard (1-27) and the economical Ben Strong (1-20).

In reply, the visitors, featuring the seasonal debut of Liam Toohill on his return from injury, were left reeling when Toohill, promoted to opener, dragged a wide one onto his stumps after a patient 27.

And when run-machine Toby Hall, (23), misjudged a straight long-hop to see his stumps re-arranged, the visitors were in considerable disarray.

Sam Good with a fine 40 and Jones repaired the damage, the latter underlining his importance to this team by showing a calm head batting at number seven to see the Foxes home with a priceless undefeated 29 with help from an unflappable Luke Sibley (4no).

Afterwards, candid Foxes’ skipper Reuben Kingston said: “After a poor performance it was nice to get the win.

“In the field we weren’t good enough but managed to keep them below 180.

“We made hard work of chasing it but I’m glad Jonesy and Sibbers knocked them off with help from Big Sam. The positive is that despite playing badly we managed to get the win.”

BOURNEMOUTH V 70-8 (16pts) beat CATTISTOCK & SYMENE III 69 by two wickets

BOWLERS enjoyed the better of the day as Cattistock & Symene Thirds lost to Bournemouth Fifths by two wickets in County Division Six.

The Foxes’ third team nearly pulled off an improbable win after a disastrous start to the match in which the pacy Oliver Dicker with 4-10 contributed most to leave them reeling at 33-8.

The experienced Graham Bartlett, surveying the carnage from the other end, crafted an excellent unbeaten 21 to see the away side to some sort of respectability, marshalling the tail with help from young Oliver James in a stand of 25 for the last wicket.

Despite the low target, Bournemouth made heavy weather of winning the game and were struggling at 49-7 due to excellent bowling from the in-form Bradley Wilkinson who finished with 3-14 in tandem with fine support from James, also 3-14.

The visitors just could not winkle out the tailenders for whom Dicker again starred in an undefeated 14 to see the hosts home in a tense finish.