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Bere Regis Cricket Club - 2001 East Cornwall Tour Report
|5-May-01||HAMWORTHY REC. II||H||BERE REGIS 92 all out
(R Hewitt 37)
HAMWORTHY REC. II 95 for 2
|6-May-01||SHERBORNE||A||SHERBORNE 175 for 8
(R Davis 3-19)
BERE REGIS 40 all out
(D Curtis 20 no.)
|12-May-01||FERNDOWN||A||FERNDOWN 151 for 7
(C Oram 3-17)
BERE REGIS 110 for 9
(R Hewitt 27, D Rogerson 20)
|13-May-01||WAREHAM||H||BERE REGIS 179 for 8
(M Price 57, P Macklin 37 no.)
WAREHAM 84 all out
(A Green 4-6)
REGIS 200 for 3
(R Hewitt 112no, D Merritt 62)
REDLANDS 151 for 9
(S Cheeseman 3-29, D Rogerson 4-41)
178 for 6
BERE REGIS 75 allout
(R Fripp 31)
|21-May-01||MILTON ABBEY SCHOOL||H||F|
252 for 6
BERE REGIS 98 allout
(A Kent 30, C Oram 20)
|27-May-01||POOLE OG & POOLE III||H||BERE
REGIS 236 for 3
(R Fripp 123no, M Purchase 73)
POOLE & POOLE OG III 169 allout
(P Macklin 3-25)
|28-May-01||DORSET DISTRICT U12 SOUTH V WEST||H||DDYM|
|2-Jun-01||COLEHILL II||A||BERE REGIS 114 for 8
(D Merritt 37, M Bennett 32)
COLEHILL II 115 for 0
|3-Jun-01||IBBERTON||A||BERE REGIS 252 for 9
(D Rogerson 98, M Price 21, P Macklin 30no, P Fripp 28)
IBBERTON 156 for 8
(P Macklin 4-22)
|9-Jun-01||FOVANT||H||BERE REGIS 163 for 6
(R Hewitt 35, D Merritt 22, D Rogerson 52no)
FOVANT 164 for 5
REGIS 139 allout
(R Fripp 49, N Cheeseman 33)
CHRISTCHURCH 142 for 2
|16-Jun-01||BLANDFORD II||A||NSA DCL SAT 3|
REGIS 134 allout
(M Purchase 34)
THORNFORD 125 allout
(P Macklin 5-39, N White 3-47)
III 136 for 7
BERE REGIS 121 allout
(R Davis 27 no. S Cheeseman 26)
177 for 6
(P Macklin 3-70)
BERE REGIS 174 for 9
(R Fripp 48, M Price 24, P Macklin 36,
D Scott 22)
|26-Jun-01||MILTON ABBEY SCHOOL||A||MILTON
ABBEY SCHOOL 122 for 8
(P Macklin 4-3)
BERE REGIS 123 for 3
(D Scott 66no, N Cheeseman 35no)
|29-Jun-01||SUHT BLADES||H||TOUR HOME|
REGIS 234 for 4
(R Hewitt 26, D Merritt 50,
D Rogerson 86no. C Oram 35no.)
GILLINGHAM 86 allout
(D Rogerson 3-4, R Davis 3-25)
II 168 for 9
(T Hole 4-30)
BERE REGIS 169 for 7
(R Fripp 39, D Scott 69no.)
FOSSILS 109 for 7
BERE REGIS 95 for 7
(M Price 43, N Cheeseman 25)
|6-Jul-01||KNOCKERS CC KENT||
|BERE REGIS 85 allout
(D Rogerson 28)
KNOCKERS C.C. KENT 68 allout
|7-Jul-01||HAMWORTHY REC. II||A||BERE
REGIS 244 for 4
(G Price 92, A Kent 56, D Rogerson 46no, R Hewitt 25)
HAMWORTHY REC. II 127 allout
(D Rogerson 4-9)
REGIS 144 allout
(P Macklin 67 no. M Price 22)
WAREHAM 145 for 5
(P Fripp 3-59)
|12-Jul-01||DORSET DIST.U14 CHAMPIONS V U14 REST OF DORSET||H||DDYM|
REGIS 105 allout
(D Scott 24, P Macklin 27)
E.C.C. 91 for 7
(N White 3-9)
196 for 4
BERE REGIS 182 for 8
(N Carruthers 84, R Hewitt 41, D Merritt 20)
253 for 4
BERE REGIS 133 allout
(M Price 31, D Scott 39)
REGIS 181 for 8
(R Hewitt 44, D Rogerson 32, R Fripp 33)
REDLANDS 72 allout
(I Hardy 8-28)
|22-Jul-01||POOLE OG & POOLE III||A||POOLE
& POOLE OG III 71 allout
(R Fripp 5-21)
BERE REGIS 72 for 4
(M Price 26, D Scott 21)
BERE REGIS 116 allout
WITCHAMPTON 230 for 8
Regis 209 for 6
(R Hewitt 70no, M Price 43, K Brown 33)
Colehill 2nds 132 allout
(S Cheeseman 4-13, R Davis 3-25)
Regis 284 for 4
(R Fripp 104no. N White 57, D Scott 23, N Cheeseman 35)
Ibberton 68 allout
(P Fripp 4-16)
246 for 2
Bere Regis 148 allout
(A Kent 56, N Carruthers 22)
Regis 97 allout
Christchurch 98 for 2
|18-Aug-01||BLANDFORD II||H||Cancelled due to rain|
|19-Aug-01||BOURNEMOUTH III||H||NSA DCL SUN 6|
236 for 2
(K Brown 116 no, R Hewitt 45, A Kent 44)
WEYMOUTH III 140 allout
(C Oram 4-31)
(R Fripp 44, M Price 24, N Cheeseman 21, P Macklin 51, N White 53, M Tatchell 25)
MOTCOMBE 160 allout
(R Fripp 3-39)
|27-Aug-01||YOUTH V FATHERS DAY||H||F|
|1-Sep-01||GILLINGHAM||H||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|2-Sep-01||MOORDOWN II||A||NSA DCL SUN 6|
Final Senior Indoor six-a-side game
25 February BERE REGIS 107 allout
WAYFARERS 'C' 107 for 1
Final stats, played 8 games, won 3 & lost 5.
28 January 2001 BERE REGIS 149 all out PARLEY 'E' 145 for 5
(S Cheeseman 32)
149 for 3
179 for 5
(S Cheeseman 25, P Macklin 27, D Smy 40)
180 for 5
175 FOR 4
(C Oram 49, S Cheeseman 26, P Macklin 23)
146 FOR 5
178 for 3
173 all out
A Green 31
218 all out
116 all out
D Smy 76
5 May BERE REGIS 92 allout (R Hewitt 37) HAMWORTHY REC. II 95 for 2
After a Winter of discontent, mainly due to the weather, Bere geared themselves up for another season of the decreasingly genteel art of cricket. It was difficult to believe that some three months earlier, a large pool of water lay across the Oak End of the field, having ramifications for The Bearded One’s run up. The groundstaff had gone on record to say that the entire pitch had never received such a soaking and appeared so wet in some 40 years or so. Hard graft and a dramatic turnaround in meteorological conditions lent themselves to Bere starting on schedule, with many games cancelled around the county.
The squad had never been so prepared, with extensive pre-season net sessions and one or two more than useful additions giving depth in all departments.
When Mr Peeks pulled off the covers for another campaign on the morning of 4 May, Bere met Hamworthy Rec. at home, a side that could be considered something of an on and off jinx team in recent seasons. They too had added to their squad, and their line-up featured a wealth of batting and bowling.
Uncertainty over the toss was concluded, when Bere skipper-Pete ‘Gilersuriya’ Cheeseman decided to bat on a surprisingly dry wicket. Openers Russell ’Monstaah’ Hewitt and Dean ‘Inzamam’ Merritt were sure to give Bere a solid start in more ways than one. With 20 overs passed, Bere were comfortable like the openers at 46 without loss. A low scoring affair was expected by most. All the early work however, was wasted as Bere’s quota of ten wickets fell for a meagre 46 runs, three falling with the score on 62 sparking a desperate changing room scramble for batting pad, gloves et al.
Early success was the key if Bere were to defend a small total, which has in the past, proven to be more than achievable. A run out in the 7th over seemed to give Bere such a spark, but they were soon under the cosh managing just one more wicket, after injury ravaged Alan Lambert returned a tidy spell in the Bere gloom. The visitors cruised home after 27 overs, with Bere left to pick up the pieces following a disastrous start to the campaign.
6 May SHERBORNE 175 for 8 (R Davis 3-19) BERE REGIS 40 all out (D Curtis 20 no.)
The Dorset Cricket League fixture computer has occasionally done Bere one or two favours down the years, and Sunday captain Alan ‘Venkatesh’ Green was more than content with travelling to equine Sherborne for their first clash of the season. Most of Bere’s travelling army knew from the outset that their North Dorset opponents would be strong and intent on avenging Bere’s late 2000 season triumph over them.
Pre-match team news confirmed Bere’s worst fears, as Premier League players swelled the home side’s ranks, and surely they are destined for promotion this term. Unprecedented scenes were witnessed, as the unexpected happened with Bere winning the toss. Sgt. Wilson was unable to decide, so he called a conference in Bere’s dressing room with the elder statesmen and after a ten-minute recess chose to field.
Bere’s bowlers were put to the sword, as Sherborne approached a maximum batting points haul. Rick ‘The Bearded One’ Davis had time for a hat trick, which curtailed the Sherborne advance, nevertheless Bere faced an insurmountable task if the were to kick their campaign off with a win.
The reply was short lived, as the Man Behind Grill fell first ball, and Bere’s innings crumbled around veteran Doug Curtis who finished on 20 not out from Bere’s total of 40 allout.
Bere suffered a devastating loss following the game at Sherborne.
Doug Curtis sadly died on 7 May at the age of 56, causing a deep sense of shock and disbelief amongst the Bere community. Doug had been involved with The Bere Regis Sports Club for over 40 years, serving on countless committees for football, cricket and Sports Club filling several officers’ posts. He was the ever-present groundsman always keeping the ground maintained to the high standards, which has benefited and been enjoyed by generations. From the annual Bere Regis Football Club six-a-sides, to marking the wicket and tidying the changing rooms, Doug treated the hallowed turf like his second home.
Doug represented Bere at football for over twenty years in various divisions, being a stalwart at the back overcoming serious injury on more than one occasion, and eventually playing into his forties passing on his experience to the younger members of the squad. Doug’s love of the game knew no bounds, watching football ardently at all levels including his beloved Newcastle and more locally-Weymouth. His knowledge of Dorset football from grass roots up to non-league level was unequalled, an was always willing to engage in lively debate on the ‘beautiful game’ and was on the odd occasion known to enquire as to a referee’s decision.
Cricket was also a passion for Doug, not only as groundsman but as a player and a career spanning 28 years in two spells (1961-1973 & 1984-2001). Doug spent the vast majority of this time batting at the top of Bere’s order for both the Saturday and Sunday sides also for friendlies and evening league matches, hitting well in excess of 3000 runs, even finding time to put in one spell of bowling in 1989. Doug was a terrier in the field, being one of the safest pair of hands around, clasping over 200 catches in over 400 appearances. As an integral part of the cricket set up since the cricket reformed in 1983, Doug devoted a lot of time both on and off the field, becoming one the characters of the dressing room. It was most appropriate that Doug’s final innings for Bere was one of his typically defiant knocks, carrying his bat for the club in the encounter at Sherborne.
Doug was a very keen sports fan, if was not Rugby League then it would be speedway, and he also represented the Sports Club at darts in several local leagues over some years. His genial approach endeared him to all that met him, and his loyalty to the club has rarely been rivalled. Doug was always ready to have a laugh as will be testified to by all the members and players that have been honoured to play alongside him during these years. There is no doubt that Doug will be missed and certainly a hard act to follow. The Sports Club’s thoughts go out to his family- Di, Andy and Kev in these difficult times.
12 May FERNDOWN 151 for 7 (C Oram 3-17) BERE REGIS 110 for 9 (R Hewitt 27, D Rogerson 20)
Bere faced their second weekend of the season in sombre mood, and both teams perfectly observed a one-minute silence in memory of Doug, accompanied by the wearing of black armbands as a mark of supreme respect.
The Saturday side travelled to Ferndown with a changed side, having more bowling options for the skipper. Bere recovered some of their bowling and out-fielding form, restricting Ferndown to 151 for 7 off their 45 over allotment. Chris Oram was the star with the ball taking 3-17, however some decidedly borderline umpiring decisions went against Bere, and they were left to rue their luck with some 7 dropped catches. Bere’s reply took the same shape as the first match, as they built a slow yet solid base for the chase. The nervous sixties took its toll once again as Bere wickets tumbled like a Russian Space Station. Rick Davis joined Steve Cheeseman at 89 for 9, they steered Bere to a further two points with the score ending on 110 for 9, leaving Bere with a lot of work to do and making next week’s encounter at home to Redlands a ‘forty pointer’ at such an early stage in the season.
13 May BERE REGIS 179 for 8 (M Price 57, P Macklin 37no.) WAREHAM 84 allout (A Green 4-6)
For the Sunday side’s second match, Fred Dibnah and his little helpers had managed to prepare a belter of a pitch for the visit of Wareham. It was obvious that the winners of the crucial toss would bat first getting the best from the extremely flat surface. The Swann strode out to the middle with Mr Fripp and were soon both back in the pavilion with six runs between them, lady luck having taken a back seat this time. It was left to Martyn Price ‘The Wool Stopping Service’ to carve his name out on this match, and graft for a maiden jug inducing half-century littered with solid defensive play and astute strike rotation. His innings of 57 proved the mainstay along with an aggressive 37 not out further down the order from Pete Macklin. Bere seta challenging 180 to win.
Wareham’s reply stuttered throughout, and they were humbled to 21 for 3, then The Egdon Express brought himself on to claim the second successive hat-trick of the season for the Sunday side. He finished with figures of 4-6, as the backbone of Wareham resistance withered and they closed their innings on 84 allout. It was a maximum points haul, and a game played in the true spirit that Doug would have been proud.
19 May BERE REGIS 200 for 3 (R Hewitt 112no, D Merritt 62) REDLANDS 151 for 9 (S Cheeseman 3-29, D Rogerson 4-41)
At such an early stage of the season-three games in, Bere were up against it being winless and facing a ‘40’ pointer at home to Redlands who themselves were looking for a win to push them up the table. With the weather keeping pace, giving another flat, dry pitch it was essential that Bere put their batting problems behind them and attempt to re-discover the kind of form that took them to the brink of promotion in 2000. Bere were invited to bat, and all expected as the pitch was to the opener’s liking, so they gorged themselves in the late May sun.
To say that the first 17 overs were slow going was a supreme understatement, as most of the spectators dozed off, with just 31 runs being harvested. But if the first third of Bere’s innings was a like a dour second rate ‘B’ movie, then the final two thirds were a Hollywood blockbuster bristling with gongs, as records tumbled like Alan Green at cover.
After an hour in, the openers the Stove and the ‘Monstaah’ decided enough was enough and set about the bowling and waking up the general public. Redlands’ first change bowlers felt the full force of the Bere advance, as boundary after boundary was plundered with the buffet on full display a disappearing rapidly. History was witnessed in the 25th over as the pair ran a three down to long-on with the score racing to three an over with talk of a large total in the galleries. It was fitting that in the 34th over they surpassed their own first wicket record of 128 with both batters nudging past and onto their centuries.
By now both were wielding the willow like Arthurian Legends as Bere rocketed past the magic figure of 170, also beating the club’s all-time stand for any wicket and team. Hewitt had no problems with passing the fifty mark, but Merritt struggled, until he asserted his authority with a flurry of fours, followed by a glorious six which returned to the arena off the sightscreen upright. He unfortunately departed shortly for 62, hitting 10 fours and 1 six in 121 minutes, having burnt more calories than the entire All Blacks. The score read 174 for 1, a unique sight indeed. The Monstaah continued with Dean Rogerson after The Black Book was caught in the deep.
The Bear got his hundred with a rather hurried single, and off came the helmet, bandanna and deep heat, with the bat held aloft milking the generous applause. He guided Bere to 200 for 3 ending his innings unbeaten on 112 comprising of 14 fours, 1 three and 36 singles (not from the bar) in 151 minutes.
Bere’s bowlers had some runs to play with, and Bere skipper-Peter ‘Gilersuriya’ Cheeseman opened with Rick ‘Papa Smurf’ Davis and Steve Cheeseman who both initially faced a barrage of big hitting from Redland’s own bearded one and captain. Things were decidedly grim, until Cheeseman managed to extract a false stroke and Dean ‘Inzamam’ Merritt was happy to clasp an easy catch at point. A top order collapse followed with Redlands humbled to 38 for 4. With a Tory landslide more likely than Bere actually skittling their opponents, Redlands took some heart from this and compiled stands 24 and 39 for the 5th and 6th wickets. Their resistance ended when Gilersuriya turned to Buffet Spin Guru-Dean ‘The Postman’ Rogerson who claimed an unlikely lbw triple and match-winning figures of 4-43, but the visitors had the final say, as they remained defiant ending the game on 151 for 9.
26 May SUTTONERS 252 for 6 BERE REGIS 98 allout (A Kent 30, C Oram 20)
Bere travelled to division newcomers-Suttoners on a Sunday or two last season, this term their stated intention is to now concentrate on Saturday success in the Dorset League. On this showing they appear to be well and truly odds-on for their goal this year. Any Bere player with a memory going back to when Bere reformed the cricket section some 18 years a.go will recall an earlier trip to Kinson Manore.
Suttoners batted first and were pinned down early doors by Bere’s opening attack. For 30 overs the run rate was held in check until Suttoners decided to push it along. Bere’s first change bowlers took a fearful pounding, with a fast outfield and short boundaries all round, a high, high score looked on the cards. Eventually 253 was the target for Bere. The all-too familiar batting frailties re-emerged, and the collapse ensued starting with the previous week’s hero-Russ Hewitt being bowled second ball. Lady luck had left the building when Dean Rogerson was narrowly run-out and the home team closed in for the kill. There was brief resistance from Andy Kent (30) and Chris Oram (20), who put on 48 for the 3rd wicket. Spice Boy Graeme Price did not appear with the bat after aggravating an old ankle injury. Bere ended on 98 allout, and could not wait for the trip home.
2 June BERE REGIS 114 for 8 (D Merritt 37, M Bennett 32) COLEHILL II 115 for 0
Frustrating times have recently confronted Bere’s selectorial ranks, as the premier team’s cataclysmic dip in form has rung alarm bells right through the club. Fielding a settled side is vital in maintaining a good run, but unfortunately Bere skipper Pete Cheeseman had 3-4 forced changes to make for the trip to Colehill. Bere travel about as well as a South West Trains express, so this was not a clash to relish being a pretty fruitless hunting ground for Bere.
Bere were asked to bat first on an increasingly damaging track. It is difficult to see how Premier League cricket is played on such a surface, however the home side perfectly exploits the conditions with effortless ease with bat and ball. With Messrs Rogerson, Price, Lambert and Hewitt all absent, and Rick The Bearded One’ Davis convalescing, Bere has a serious shake-up in the line-up. Andy Kent was given the number one role at the head of the innings, he failed to cash in from a short one holing out at point.
A score of 200 would be barely sufficient on this pitch and postage stamp ground, but yet again Bere started at a geriatric snail’s pace for the first 20 overs, and lost three wickets to boot. Only a stand of 53 between veteran Mark Bennett and veteran newcomer John Ricketts took Bere to meagre respectability and three figures. The Stove top scored with 37, and Bennett too reached the thirties, with the bat this time. Sadly they both fell to run-outs, however the bowling was intensely accurate and ‘on the mark’ giving Bere little chance for manoeuvre for free scoring. After tea and 115 runs later, Bere had suffered a ten wicket reverse for the second term running, the home side having hit 281 runs with losing a wicket on the own patch against Bere. More chillingly Bere had averaged a minuscule 3 points over both encounters.
9 June BERE REGIS 163 for 6 (R Hewitt 35, D Merritt 22, D Rogerson 52no) FOVANT 164 for 5
Bere heads were lower than a snake’s belly after bruising meetings away to Suttoners and Colehill. A glimmer of hope was on offer for the visit of North Dorset crofters-Fovant. They had lost twice already, and Bere were looking to rediscover their formidable home form a recent seasons at the BRACA. Mr Peeks and the Wool Stopping Service removed the covers to reveal another pitch totally designed with exciting cricket in mind. Dean Rogerson returned to the fold to bolster Bere’s ranks, and trusty openers Monstaah and Dean Inzamam Merritt were reunited after a week’s break.
Bere were invited to bat first, and the home crowd was baying for a swift start to the innings, or any improvement on recent times. Fovant had a distinctly agricultural look about them, but nevertheless had risen through the divisions incurring just two defeats. It was heavy going for Bere early on, as Fovant’s bowlers took control, a grasp, which lasted 25 overs. Inzamerritt was the first to go, edging to slip for 22 and Andy Kent soon followed after a brief cameo including a crisp off-driven six. Dean Rogerson went in at 4 with only one brief, and that was to raise the tempo with the Bear. With the score well under three an over and only 10 overs left, runs were needed to kick-start Bere’s survival bid. Rogerson played the leg spinner with authority on his way to an unbeaten fifty, and undoubtedly the mainstay of the Bere innings. He was joined by Steve Cheeseman for a late flurry of 27 from the last 2.4 overs leaving Bere 3 runs short of the required 170, and 20 runs shorts of victory as it turned out. The Fovant reply was brisk, with their openers showing a willingness to take the attack to Bere. The outfield was pacy and Bere’s policy of employing an attacking field left no room for a third man, and Fovant pillaged 40-50 runs off the edge in the first 25 overs. It was fair to say that Bere’s luck has completely run dry, however seven catches were spilled prompting and old, old saying. They must pick themselves off the basement floor for the trip to Blandford, whose fortunes have dipped of late.
27 May BERE REGIS 236 for 3 (R Fripp 123no, M Purchase 73) POOLE & POOLE OG III 169 allout (P Macklin 3-25)
A mauling at the hands of Witchampton did no good Bere Sunday team’s morale, but as ever the team spirit was soon replaced. Bere lined up a debutant in the shape of Mark Purchase for the visit of Poole 3rds. He is a batsman of repute. In spite of dreary, overcast conditions Bere skipper Alan ‘The Egdon Express’ Green was intent on batting first with the pitch offering a good deal for the batsmen. He soon received a further shock when he won the toss, and duly batted.
There was a chill in the air as Reg ‘The Man Behind the Grill’ Fripp and Mr Peeks made their way out to track five. The first ten overs were business as usual with around two an over troubling the scorers. In the 12th over Swanners looped up a catch to deep extra, and Bere were 28 for 1. There was little to indicate that all who were present that they were about to witness Bere Regis CC history. Mark Purchase went at three, and had a tentative start hitting three fours from four balls faced. The Man Behind the Grill and Purchase set about the buffet first and second change bowlers. One thing was sure and that was that Bere had to put the pedal down. The acceleration was timed to perfection as Fripp went beyond fifty in the 3oth over, with Purchase nudging ever closer with a flurry of boundaries square of the wicket.
The previous week during the Redlands game, saw the club’s all-time record stand shattered and was set at 174, but there were signs that this record would last all of 14 days. In the 34th over Fripp help the score along to 158 which surpassed his own previous 3rd wicket best set in tandem with Alan ‘Vasbert’ Green back in 1993 at The Delph in Broadstone. Poole’s young seamers were being battered to all parts, and inevitably Reg notched his second maximum acknowledging the crowd with bat and helmet aloft warmly greeted by the adoring masses. Recuperation on the ‘love blanket’ was assured after the game. Purchase too got his maiden Bere fifty, and with Fripp raised the bar for a club record stand to 180 in the 39th over. He departed for 73, job done.
Bere soon lost Dave Scott, but young Macklin picked up the baton hitting a swift 17. Fripp’s Herculean effort reaped 20 boundaries, ending on 123 not out. This gave him a passport to an easy post-tea sojourn, as the skipper rested him from bowling duties. Bere had a few bowling jokers in their pack for the skipper to shuffle. Paul Fripp took over from Fripp senior at The Royal Oak End and extracted some lift in a tidy spell of 12-1-25-1. Poole had an inexperienced line-up, with a view to the future, and Bere sensed this reducing the visitors to 73 for 4 in pursuit of 237 to win. As with recent times though Bere have to have a little slumber during mid-innings, letting their opponents off the hook. So it was not until the 33rd over that spinner Pete Macklin struck. Poole were reduced to 169 allout, an Bere had all 20 points firmly in the clubhouse.
Motcombe 177 for 6
(P Macklin 3-70)
Bere Regis 174 for 9
(R Fripp 48, M Price 24, P Macklin 36, D Scott 22)
The Bere entertained Motcombe at the end of what most literally flaming June. These two sides have built up a great rapport between themselves over the short history of encounters between the sides. Motcombe elected to bat, and Bere looked forward to a hot day in the sun, hopefully not having to chase leather.
During the early exchanges it was Bere that held the upper hand, collecting a wicket and restricting the visitors to 42 for 1 from the all-important first twenty overs.
The Sunday skipper Alan ‘The Egdon Express’ Green had one or two bowling trump cards to play, but he gave the new ball to the trusty ‘Man Behind The Grill’ Reg Fripp, pictured left sporting the obligatory un-buttoned shirt for full on effect, with Dave Scott performing the Haka in the back ground.
Motcombe were to re-assert themselves on proceedings during the middle period, as they carefully protected their wickets in anticipation of a final session onslaught.
Bere youth spin guru, Pete Macca Macklin, was on hand to grab three wickets of the six Motcombe victims to fall, however he suffered a battering in his and Motcombe’s
Bere had conceded some 127 runs from the last 20 overs, with heads being scratched in numbers including Martyn ‘The Poom’ Price (far right) with hands on hips contemplating taking up the run chase after another wholesome tea.
Bere’s reply started briskly enough with Sir Reg and The Poom picking off the bowling in their customary fashion, after Herbie ‘Dibnah’ Swann had departed inside the first 4 overs. Bere reached 60 for 1 before disaster struck 2 balls later with two wickets falling including Poomy for 24, and Dave Scott for 22.
This left Fripp well and truly in charge in the middle, but he alas fell 2 short of a deserved half-century starring in a fifth wicket stand with The Macca, and he later left the arena milking the applause, but Bere’s hopes faded in the face of some efficie fielding and bowling. Bere limped to 130 for 5 with a big ‘ask’ on the cards as the run rate needed crept over the fateful 6 an over, and Bere’s own ‘Manhattan’-style run graph resembled the Norfolk Broads once more. It took a heroic last- ditch attempt from Bere’s vastly improving all-rounder Pete Macklin to take Bere to the brink.
It was a fantastic sight for all to see when Bere’s youngsters took some vital steps on their learning curves, as Bere’s lower order with an average age of 16 took the game to Motcombe during the final phase.
The Macca (on the left), fall for a breezy 36, and Bere were 161 for 6 needing 19 to win which left centre stage to Nick White, Shane Hewitt and Brian Benjafield. They took Bere right to the edge of what would have been a memorable victory, and secure their mid-table status.
Six was needed from the final ball, and it was down to Benji, who made decent contact, but only managed a scrambled 2 down to long-on.
It was a game to remember played between to old and very friendly rivals. During the tea interval, Bere Regis C.C. were presented with a cheque for £100.00 from Steve , the Landlord of club sponsors-The Drax Arms. It formed part of an ongoing and successful association with Steve, and the club would like to record a note of gracious thanks for his generosity, also Motcombe C.C. for kindly providing the team photo as detailed below: -
BERE REGIS CRICKET
CLUB NSA DORSET CRICKET LEAGUE SUNDAY DIVISION 6
Back Row: -N. White, Strange Scotsman, B. Benjafield, S. Hewitt, P. Macklin, M. Price, R. Fripp.
Front Row: -P. Fripp, D. Scott, N. Cheeseman, A, Green (Captain)
H. Swann (Club Chairman) receiving sponsor cheque from Steve
1 July 2001
Moordown II 168 for 9 Bere Regis 169 for 7
(T Hole 4-30) (D Scott 69no. R Fripp 39)
Bere met Moordown 2nds at home following their thrilling episode with Motombe the previous week. It was the Regis young guns that were ultimately to steal the day and give Bere a last gasp win to catapult them up the table again. Moordown possessed a dangerous top order, and Bere skipper Alan ‘Venkatesh’ Green turned once more to the evergreen Reg Fripp with the ball with the express purpose of tying the visitors down during the opening 24 overs.
Mr Peeks and his helpers had prepared track 6 with meticulous care, and it seemed that Moordown were to benefit from the optimum conditions with the new ball racing to the boundary at an alarming rate. In Bere’s ranks was the return of a prodigal sun, Tim Hole returning from college. In tandem with Fripp, the complemented each other with a contrast of pace and deadly accuracy. They got Bere off to a dream start with the first wicket falling in the first over, after wicket keeper Dibnah comfortably collected an outside edge off Hole. Moordown were on the back foot at 0 for 1.
After wickets fell at 62,62, 77 and 96 it looked like Bere were out of it, but cometh the hour…. Dave Scott was overdue to deliver a major competitive innings after promising much for the best part of the campaign. He took the visitors’ attack apart with an awesome 69 not out inclusive of 9 boundaries and 2 sixes. He guided Bere home with the willing help from Bere’s lower order with three overs to spare, and Bere came through despite one or two scares and losing seven wickets on the way. Bere now comfortably head the ‘division within a division’ in four place having collect 19 points from one of the friendliest rivals. This enabled the beer to flow in the clubhouse with rumours of video watching and jug handling.
17 June 2001
Bere Regis 134ao
(M Price 34)
Thornford 124 allout
(P Macklin 5-39, N White 3-47)
After Bournemouth's withdrawal from the league Captain Wilson, and his personalised number plate, hastily arranged a friendly for his troops at Division Eight Thornford. As expected, the team were met with a soggy, green wicket on which the captain won the toss and elected to bat first. A reshuffling of the batting order saw Martyn Price promoted to open up with Sir Reginald Fripp who was starting to score freely until being given out LBW for 19.
The Slickster then strode to the crease at no.3 but was quickly deceived by the slowness of the pitch Although he had time for two pasties before playing the ball he was still early on the shot and was clean bowled. Whilst at the other end the Wool Stopping Service was just getting going after facing 18 deliveries before scoring his first run. He again proved to be the mainstay of the team top scoring with 34, including a six that ended up bouncing into the Macklin mobile, before being caught at square leg.
His departure started a familiar Bere Regis collapse from 73 for 2 to 79 for 6 including a first ball duck for Dave "Bambi" Scott. Paul Fripp halted the slide with an aggressive 16 before being bowled. Bere were now 108 for 9 with youngsters Shane Hewitt and Nick White at the crease and about to make a name for themselves. With some attacking shots the pair put on 28 runs for the tenth wicket before White was bowled for 14 and gave Bere a final total of 134.
The Fripp duo opened up the Bere bowling attack with accuracy conceding only 30 runs between them and gaining one wicket. With overs running out and a number of runs still required the Thornford batsmen went on the attack. However, as always with this style of play, wickets were also falling regularly thanks to tight bowling and good fielding with Pete Macklin achieving 5-39 and Nick White 3-47. With the game in the balance and only three overs remaining Alan Green, the Egdon Express, brought himself on and grabbed the glory by wrapping up the Thornford innings, with them requiring just 10 runs, thanks to Shane Hewitt's second good catch of the afternoon.
23 June 2001
Weymouth III 136 for 7
Bere Regis 121 allout
(S Cheeseman 26, R Davis 27no.)
Rarely had the Old Rec’ been in better condition for a double header weekend at home to Weymouth 3rds and Motcombe. Bere’s premier side in the NSA Saturday Division Three were desperate for a win to ignite their campaign, and achieve their ultimate goal which was survival.
It was the hottest weekend of the summer thus far, so high scores were expected, and the toss being crucial. For the captain who won the toss, the choice was stark, win and elect to bat leaving your opponents to roast in the ever-increasing temperature out in the middle. Sadly Bere were on the receiving end for the Weymouth game, and were asked to bowl first.
Bere’s bowlers were to have the upper hand during the early exchanges. Steve Cheeseman and Rick Davis started off affairs with two contrasting actions, yet Weymouth were unable to build a solid platform. The first wicket fell with the score on 19, when Nick ‘Black Book’ Carruthers snapped up a low edged effort behind the stumps. He was back in action shortly with a run out, removing the bails after the predatory Adonis Chris Oram swooped at short point.
The visitors re-built over the course of the next 15 overs, with the third victim of the day falling to debutant Chris Holland, as Oram once again showed his fielding prowess with a tidily judged catch at gully. Holland continued to bowl with accuracy and extracted some lift from the otherwise easy-paced pitch giving a new dimension to the side. The Bere bowling and fielding machine was back on-line, hardly letting Weymouth out of the blocks until their 6th and 7th wicket stands showed returns of 18 and 26 runs each in quick time.
Bere were asked to exceed 136 to win, which would normally appear achievable but with the start to the season so far, and air of apprehension shrouded the compact changing room. This manifested itself when Russell ‘Monstaah’ Hewitt was removed leg before, attempting to flick a shortish delivery through mid-wicket. There was more to follow. Andy Kent who has been struggling to find form, fell for a couple and was briefly followed back by the inform Dean ‘The Postman’ Rogerson who can justifiably feel hard done by after playing on. Bere were in all sorts at 7 for 3 with three frontliners back in the showers.
Inzamam Ul Merritt was left in the middle with nothing but a coffee sponge for company when the debutant Holland joined him. They set about re-asserting Bere’ s position and were playing some crisp shots for no runs. However Holland fell to the same shot as the Monstaah, soon to be succeeded by Inzamerritt who got a brute which barely bounced above ankle height.
Bere’s lower order boasted some fearsome batting and event at 41 for 7 there was hope as veteran Mark Bennett and Pete Gilersuriya took up the baton. They added 15 before the skipper succumbed to another leg before and Bere were effectively out of it on 56 for 8. Bennett was joined by Steve Cheeseman in the push for respectability, and they contributed a further 21 to the total. The wily Bearded One entered the fray when Bennett fell for a breezy 19.
Cheeseman and Davis were expected to capitulate, but they were having none of it, and took the game to the visitors with some mighty blows and even a risky two runs in favour of the Bearded One who was in dire need of Guinness. Suddenly Bere had and outside chance after 12 come from the 40th over, but Cheeseman was yorked by a beauty attempting to collect a single down to long-on. This finale gave Bere some heart as they try and lift themselves for the battles ahead, most notably the following week’s trip to Gillingham.
30 June 2001
Bere Regis 234 for 4
(R Hewitt 26, D Merritt 50, D Rogerson 84no. C Oram 35)
Gillingham 86 allout
(D Rogerson 4-4, R Davis 3-25)
Following debilitating defeats from earlier weeks, Bere’s premier side travelled to Gillingham in the knowledge that they were rock bottom, and anything but a win on the North Dorset plains would spell disaster. The pitch was green and looked like it could take more spin than New Labour.
The ‘Gills won the toss and put Bere into bat. Bere captain-Pete Cheeseman decided on shuffling the top order, and sent Andy Kent in with Russell ‘Eric Hall’ Hewitt, leaving Inzamerritt the number three slot. Sadly Kent fell to a simple catch at square leg in the 4th over, so Bere’s sprint duo of Merritt and Hewitt were reunited. Merritt set his stall out early on with a plethora of boundaries, but the Gillingham opening attack manfully restricted Bere to 2 an over from the first 15-20 overs.
The erstwhile pair had contributed 58 to Bere’s total, when Hewitt clipped one through long leg and Inzamerritt called for two. The Monstaah turned and dropped down through the gearbox to climb the hill back to the danger end, but an accurate throw came in and the Monstaah was run out by the width of a Slickster sandwich for 26, and left the arena casting a glance or two.
The two Deans then compiled a half-century for the 3rd wicket before Inzamerritt fell for the same score holing out at wide mid-on. Chris Holland soon departed for a breezy 16 before The Postman stamped his authority on the game, accompanied by the re-born Hristo Oram. The pair triumphed here in adversity last year, rescuing Bere’s cause before calamity struck. The Postman well and truly delivered with a fifty from 40 balls and 60 minutes. Oram was content with a supporting role, as 174 runs were added from the final 2 overs. Their stand accumulated 89 runs leaving the Gills 235 to achieve for victory.
Bere’s bowlers were fired up with plenty of runs in the bank, and they had a dream start as Chris Holland got one to nip back off the last ball of his first over. Three further wickets fell with Rick ‘Uncle Albert’ Davis at the helm grabbing 3 himself and Gillingham were reduced to 37 for 4. Which soon became 69 for 7, and the Spin King returned astonishing figures of 4-4 romping off with the man-of-the-match award. Bere concluded affairs with the Poom snapping up an easy effort at mid-on. Even wily veteran Mark Bennett got in on the act with two supremely judged catches in the deep. This may proved to be a turning point in Bere’s season.
7 July 2001
Bere Regis 244 for 4
(R Hewitt 25, A Kent 56, G Price 92, D Rogerson 46no.)
Hamworthy Rec. II 127 allout
(D Rogerson 4-9)
Eager to reverse a season opener defeat at home to Hamworthy Rec, Bere made the trip to Hamworthy’s impressive arena in good heart after the previous week’s triumph. There were one or two enforced changes, and Bere welcomed back Bloxworth old by-Tim Hole returning from an academic sojourn. Inzamam Ul Merritt was absent, so Andy Kent retained the number two slot as Bere were invited to bat for the third game in three.
Also to the ladies’ delight, heart stopper Graeme Price returned to the fold after recovering from a strained wallet tendon. It was to be his own personal champagne moment for the season. He batted with the utmost confidence on his way to 92, including 12 fours and three sixes.
Earlier Bere’s momentum took a battering as they lost the Monstaah for a rapid 25 from 50 balls, then Kent and Price took over. They added 91 for the second wicket as Bere geared up for a big total. After Kent departed for a well earned and grafted 56, Dean ‘The Postman’ Rogerson joined the fray and in a 105 run partnership for the 3rd wicket with the ever dominant Price at the wicket. However he fell a tantalising 8 runs short of a maiden century leaving the ground to gracious applause from all corners.
Bere knew that the key to containing the Hamworthy push for victory was to seize the prize scalp of their captain who opens the innings and has been a constant thorn in Bere’s side amassing a feast of runs off the Bere bowling. The extra pace of Tim Hole proved a major factor early doors and he duly gave Bere their reward removing the dangerous Hamworthy captain for 17, and suddenly Hamworthy were on the ropes at 30 for 3. The Postman accounted for 4 wickets and the home side’s lower order claiming match-winning figures of 6-1-9-4. Hristo Oram chipped in with a jug avoiding 2 catches and one wicket. Bere romped to another morale boosting 20 points with the only blot on the landscape being a dislocated thumb for veteran Mark Bennett, likely to rule him out for several weeks.
8 July 2001
Bere Regis l44 allout
(M Price 22, P Macklin 67no.)
A youthful Bere side with six players under the age of twenty made the short journey to Wareham and their artificial wicket hoping to complete the double over our local rivals. The match started badly after Bere won the toss and elected to bat when the Wareham quickie hit opener Reg Fripp on the finger and caused Reg to leave the field with a bad injury. This was the start of a top order collapse with only the Wool Stopping Service offering resistance with 22. The Bere innings was rescued by Pete Macklin who scored his maiden senior fifty ending up with an unbeaten 67 and was well supported by youngsters Shane Hewitt (15) and Nick White (14).
After bowling Bere out early, Wareham had 50 overs to get their target of 145 but were soon stifled by tight bowling by Nick White and Reg Fripp, who luckily was hit on his non-bowling hand. After bowling his permitted overs, White was replaced by Fripp junior who backed up his excellent fielding, which led to a run out, with a spell that terrorised the Wareham top order taking three quick wickets. However this only succeeded in bringing in two Wareham batsmen who put together a match winning stand, however this was ended by debutant Luke White. However this was a case of too little too late with Wareham only requiring twelve more runs for victory and Bere were left to rue a close LBW decision and two dropped catches.
14 July 2001
Ferndown 196 for4
Bere Regis 182 for 8
(N Carruthers 84, D Merritt 20, R Hewitt 41)
A week of the most unseasonal and unwelcome weather preceded the visit of division 3 high flyers Ferndown. A thoroughly miserable morning before the game ensured that the start of the game was inevitably delayed. In all a total of 18 overs were lost, giving each side 36 to play with. Bere skipper Pete Cheeseman gleefully put Ferndown in after winning the toss, with the onus on Ferndown to make the best of the conditions.
Bere struck an early blow and Ferndown were rocked back at 7 for 2 after a run out and a Hristo Oram wicket. This was to be a turning point of dire consequences for Bere as Ferndown batted their way back into the game and effectively Bere out of the game. A third wicket stand of 116 was the backbone of the Ferndown innings with their number 5 hitting back to back unbeaten tons.
There was a brief respite for Bere as The Postman claimed 2 scalps giving Bere bowling points and a glimmer of hope, but 197 was the target, and the way Bere had been batting this term, this seemed a mountain to climb.
The basis of any Bere victory was to an all out attack from ball one and openers Hewitt and Kent focused on the task in hand. Kent soon fell followed by Graeme ‘Spice’ Price and there was a rare failure from Dean Rogerson and Bere’s scorecard read 30 for 3. Old stagers Hewitt and Inzamam Ul Merritt were once again in charge, and they seldom let Bere down. This time giving Bere an outside chance of victory although the rate was creeping inexorably towards the six runs per over needed mark.
Sadly they both fell in quick succession presenting centre stage to journeyman and ladies’ favourite-Nick Carruthers. During the course of the season Carruthers had been misfiring with bat. Bere needed 117 from 13 overs, which to most seemed a big challenge for Bere, but Nick The Greek revels in these situations. He set about the Ferndown bowling who rightly assumed the game was theirs. There was minimal support from Chris Holland and Chris Oram, but they shared in stands of 38 and 43 for the 6th and 7th wickets as the ‘Howitzer’ Carruthers was giving Bere plenty to shout about with a display of powerful hitting all around the wicket.
The restlessness of the crowd seemed to coincide with the relenting of the weather as The Black Book carried Bere’s flag. It was Ferndown’s tough examination of Bere’s bowling that won the day, as even someone of Nick ‘The Greek, Black Book’s pedigree was unable to push Bere past the winning post.
It was a day for Ferndown to celebrate as they nudged towards promotion and Carruthers was caught off the last ball typically on the mid-wicket boundary. Bere were 14 runs short but damage limitation was achieved in the shape of 7 points. Later Carruthers was handing out signed underwear as the club officially opened its new patio with the annual BRCC Vice-Presidents’ barbecue.
15 July 2001
Bere Regis 135 allout
(M Price 31, D Scott 38)
The visit of Sherborne filled Bere’s youthful Sunday heroes with trepidation, it was always going to be a tough task for the home team especially when Sherborne won the toss and elected to bat. Despite an early wicket by Paul Fripp, the visitors soon showed their premier ability and began to hit the ball to all parts of the ground, including the rapidly emptying car park.
A second wicket partnership of 127 was finally broken thanks to a fine catch in the deep by the Poomster of the bowling of Reg Fripp. This partnership worked again to dismiss the Sherborne danger man. However the onslaught still continued with a rapid barrage in the last few overs by the Sherbome no.5 to give Sherborne a final total of 251 of their allotted 45 overs.
Despite rain falling during the tea interval, the match continued with Bere needing to break the record books if they were to win the match. The Bere innings started disastrously with Sir Reginald and Pete Macklin, promoted to no.3, both departing without scoring. This meant the arrival of the in form Dave Scott to join Poomy in the middle. What followed were 11 overs of pure cricketing magic with the pair putting on over seventy runs in 11 overs much to the enjoyment of the crowd and to the dislike of the Sherborne superstars. With Bambi Scott hitting the ball to all parts of the ground, our opponents were more than delighted when he was deceived by a slower ball and bowled for 38.
He was soon joined in the changing rooms by his partner, the Wool Stopping Service, who was out LBW for 31. This then signalled the collapse of the Bere innings with the premier division wicketkeeper showing his class with four stumpings, including Sgt Wilson off a leg-side wide, to give third place Sherborne a win by 116 runs.
21 July 2001
Bere Regis 181 for 8
(R Hewitt 44, R Fripp 33, D Rogerson 32)
Redlands 72 allout
(I Hardy 8-28)
Ringing the changes has become has become a reluctant habit for Bere’s selectors, and the trip to Redlands was no exception although doubts were raised as to whether the game would go ahead, however Redlands used their covers to great effect. Bere could look forward to an encounter which had become a must win situation given their precarious league position and close proximity of their opponents in the division.
The Bere line-up included yet another debutant, this time being Ian Hardy, whose bowling Bere had been on the receiving end many times after several bruising encounters with Wool. Also with Tim Hole in the side, Bere’s bowling had a distinctly venomous look about it.
Bere were asked to bat first, and Reg Fripp donned the helmet in Saturday colours opening with Russell ‘Monstaah’ Hewitt in a return to the first eleven fold. It was a rare appearance from Reg, but it seemed like he had never been away. Together with Hewitt they put on 66 for the opening wicket with a display of controlled aggression. Fripp gloved one back onto his stumps for a solid 33 from 71 minutes. Hewitt continued with the skipper Cheeseman at three, who fell after connecting with a glorious on-drive only to hole out on the boundary.
Dean ‘The Postman’ Rogerson named so as he always delivers struggled to come to terms with the wicket and built a painstaking 32 as batsmen all around him came and went. Earlier Hewitt holed out himself on the long-on fence for a top scoring 44 in the 35th over, and Bere were 117 for 3 with 8 overs left and a minimum of 53 runs needed for full batting points.
There was some time for frivolity as Papa Smurf was lapped by Tim Hole who was subsequently run out, but Bere reached their goal and posted 181 for 8, leaving Redlands an daunting schedule ahead.
Tim Hole could only manage one delivery after straining a back muscle, and the Bearded One took over, but the show was stolen by the introduction of Ian Hardy, a clever bowler of repute who proceeded to rip through the Redlands batting claiming eight scalps and a club record to boot. His deft usage of the track and conditions was the telling factor. the Black Book claimed a spectacular diving catch behind the stumps and Redlands were reduced to 41 for 5.
Bere skipper-Pete Cheeseman had set some imaginative fields over the years, yet this effort was to prove his most as with the bowling of Hardy, he was able to present him with four slips and a gully to bowl at. The mere presence of close catchers was an ominous sign for the home side. They collapsed to 72 allout, and Hardy tripped off with the match ball.
22 July 2001
Poole OG & Poole III 71allout
(R Fripp 5-10)
Bere Regis 72-4
(M Price 26, D Scott 21)
Despite, yet again, losing the toss, Captain Alan Green was more than happy when the opposing skipper elected to bat first on a green strip. The skipper was even more delighted after just two overs when he put behind him his recent fielding disasters to hold on to his first of two catches, this time of the bowling of Reg Fripp. Reg put aside his previous week’s spell against Sherborne to finish with the excellent figures of 5-10 that included a good stumping by Herbie Swann, returning to the fold after a fortnight out.
Not to be outdone by his father, Paul Fripp joined in the fun taking two wickets to decimate the Poole innings. With only 3 further wickets required Pete Macklin was introduced at the Ice Cream Van end and was soon amongst the wickets thanks to a catch from Tom Bennett and a ball that completely deceived the batsman. With only one wicket now required it was the turn of the skipper himself to turn his arm in a bid to aid his bowling average. This was achieved in his third over when he managed to dislodge the bail of Poole's no 11 to end the Poole innings after only 37 overs.
The hastily arranged tea interval caught out a few players who were cavorting on the love blanket and gave the Bere players and their band of supporters the rarest of rare sights. The Slickster was towards the rear of the tea queue and was starting to sweat as the sandwiches and cakes began to disappear. However there was plenty left for his traditional three helpings.
Bere had 52 overs to score the required 72 runs and on a tricky pitch it was not going to be plain sailing. This proved to be the case when opener Reg Fripp departed with just 5 on the board. This then brought together Martyn Price and Dave Scott who showed for the 2nd week running their good understanding between the wickets to put on a 48 run partnership before Scott was bowled for a score of 21.
This was the start of a mini Bere collapse as Alan Green departed yet again without troubling the scorers. His departure was soon followed by that of Price for 26 after a poor shot straight to mid off. Bere had gone from 53-1 to 53-4 and with just 20 runs needed the Slickster, who had discarded his "Bubble" hat, and Pete Macklin finally put the issue to rest with a barrage of boundaries to seal a 6 wicket win and 18 points.
28 July 2001
Bere Regis 116 allout
(D Merritt 33)
Suttoners 117 for 2
When the summer finally arrived with a fleeting heatwave, Bere entertained the unbeaten Suttoners in another episode for Bere’s great bid for survival. Mr Peeks had his work cut out in the middle preparing a track in the sub-tropical temperatures. Dean Inzamam Ul Merritt returned and once again paired up with Russell Hewitt to open the batting. They got to grips with the lively Suttoners’ opening attack amassing a brisk 36 for the first wicket before the Bear got an inside edge onto the stumps.
Inzamerritt picked up the baton eventually top-scoring on 33 from 55 deliveries. Bere then had no answer to the Suttoners’ first change bowling and wickets fell at an England-like pace as Bere were reduced to meagre 116 allout. The final 8 wickets harvested just 47 runs.
With little to bowl at, Bere had to strike early against the league leaders. The visitors had an array of batting which proved too strong for Bere, and they cruised home with a mammoth 20 overs to spare and by a margin of 8 wickets, and promotion just around the corner.
For Bere, another below par performance was a culmination and another twist in what has become a roller-coaster season. Easier challenges lie ahead, Bere a far from safety and still teeter on the relegation abyss.
29 July 2001
Witchampton 230 for 6
Bere Regis 179 allout
(R Fripp 47, N Cheeseman 22, P Cheeseman 23)
On a baking hot afternoon it was our visitors, second placed Witchampton, who won the toss and elected to bat. With opening batsmen of a higher standard than Sunday Division Six, Bere were unable to make an early breakthrough and the Witchampton pair began to make a big stand. This stand was finally broken by Reg Fripp although this only succeeded to bring another quality batsman to the crease to increase the Witchampton score. Nick White was the partnership breaker on this occasion thanks to a superb catch by Peter Cheeseman. This was the first of a five-wicket haul for White who also had to thank Alan Green, Herbie Swann and Martyn Price for their catches.
Openers Fripp and Price began the run chase in confident fashion scoring 50 of just 12 overs and putting on a first wicket stand of 79 before Price perished to a catch at square leg. This brought the in form Dave Scott who, in typical fashion, hit three fours before being bowled for 12. Fripp was finally bowled for 47 to bring together the Cheeseman father and son combination at the crease. Runs continued to flow with both scoring 23 apiece before Cheeseman Jnr was bowled immediately after hitting a massive six. Despite scoring at a steady rate Bere were no longer in with a chance of victory and therefore the revised aim was not to be all out. This was just about successful with White and Paul Fripp frustrating the Witchampton attack in the last three overs to deny them a maximum 20 points.
4 August 2001
Bere Regis 209 for 6
(R Hewitt 70no, M Price 43, K Brown 33)
Colehill 2nds 132 allout
(S Cheeseman 4-13, R Davis 3-25)
The home clash with Colehill 2nds represented a must win situation for Bere’s beleaguered and baffled stars. Mainly baffled by the fact that their league position betrays the amount of ability housed within the ever-expanding squad, and waistlines. The steady stream of Wool exiles continued as Bere welcomed Kev Brown into their ranks. Many times ‘Browner’ had sent Bere bowlers packing down the years. His experience and batting will be crucial elements during Bere’s run in to the season finale at home to Gillingham.
The weather had turned on its head from the previous week, and manifested itself in a thoroughly miserable form, threatening to disrupt or even cancel affairs. There was going to be a very late start as the teams were not ready until five minutes before the scheduled start, then an ominous cloud shed its payload on the BRACA, so a total of 21minutes were lost at the start. The captains agreed on playing out a full 90 over game in spite of the delay, and Colehill decided to field having won the resultant toss.
The Wool Stopping Service was drafted in as cover for Dean Inzamerritt, and he opened the batting with Russell ‘Eric’ Hewitt. Their partnership seemed like a marriage made in heaven as they set about reversing a forgettable trend between the two teams. In twelve months Bere have conceded 284 runs for the loss of no wickets at the hands of Colehill. So the visitors had every reason to feel upbeat when facing Bere and high hopes of completing a double at the BRACA (Bere Regis Apathetic Cricket Association).
The Montsaah and the Poomster built a solid bridge head for the Bere innings with an opening stand of 81 from 25 overs, when the latter fell leg before whilst sweeping for a largely impressive 43 including 5 boundaries. The healthy run rate was most welcome, as the storms loomed large, with the usage of the ‘Gary Lewis & Vera Duckworth’ system seeming inevitable for an impending rain-affected game. Kev Brown was thrust into the action at number three, and coupled up with the Bear who was getting set for yet another big innings, and they contributed an additional 46 to the Bere score when Brown was bowled for a very rapid yet typical 33, leaving Dean ‘The Postman’ Rogerson to take centre stage, and primarily to boost the score beyond 170 whilst keeping a watchful eye on the weather.
Bere easily surpassed their target for maximum bowling points, against a strangely lacklustre Colehill attack, as Ian Hardy helped himself to a boundary or three in a quickfire 12 after The Postman departed for 19. After watching 5 batsmen come and go, the Monstaah ended the Bere innings on an unbeaten 70. There are few innings that have been considered so crucial to a Bere win down the years.
Not being able to take a wicket for some 80 overs or more against Colehill can have a demoralising effect on a bowling side, so Bere were keen to take one or two. The weather crept in from Sleepy Hollow like a grey shroud, and both sides’ body language showed a stark contrast, as Bere were eager to record only their fifth win this term, and Colehill were not looking forward to batting on a damp low one, although their target was reduced by 19 runs and their overs by three as tea was taken at 4.00pm.
Wily old bearded veteran, Rick ‘Uncle Albert’ Davis rarely lets Bere down when give the ball to open the bowling. His spell of the full 12 overs went for 24 runs, during which time he bagged three victims, the first bringing a sense of relief throughout the Bere camp lifting the spirits. The dangerous Colehill top order had remained in touch through the first 16 overs, until The Black Book took a sharp catch standing up to Davis, suddenly Colehill were 52 for 3.
The weather did not relent, with drizzle engulfing the BRACA keeping players’ comfort at a minimum. Colehill batted their way back into the game with a fourth wicket stand of 58, leaving them 81 runs to win from fifteen overs, with 6 wickets left and the ball becoming ever greasy. Steve Cheeseman was introduced into the attack, and struck with great effect claiming 4 wickets in a 3.5 over spell. Colehill crumbled from 116 for 4 to 132 allout, with Ian Hardy returning at the end to wrap things up with Cheeseman.
5 Aug 2001
Bere Regis 284 for 4
(R Fripp 104no. N White 57, D Scott 23, N Cheeseman 35)
Ibberton 68 allout
(P Fripp 4-16)
For the first time since the Queen Mother was a teenager, Skipper Alan Green won the toss up and elected to bat against bottom of the league Ibberton who had only brought 10 men. Bere charged towards one of their highest ever scores with Reg Fripp scoring his second unbeaten century of the season and 15 year old Nick White chalking up his maiden half century. This pair also put together a highest ever 4th wicket stand of 136 before White was run out with just one ball remaining. With Shane Hewitt coming in and scoring one run from the last ball of the innings, Bere ended up with a superb 284.
A deflated Ibberton side were quickly skittled out for a lowly 68 with Paul Fripp ending with bowling figures of 4-16 from his 10 overs. With the game never in doubt Green allowed the younger members, from the Gordon Tucker Academy, to gain some invaluable bowling experience and was rewarded when all three took one wicket each to seal a maximum 20 point victory.
11 August 2001
Fovant 246 for 2
Bere Regis 148 allout
(A Kent 56, N Carruthers 22)
Bere were unsure of their destination when away fixture with Fovant arrived on the calendar. Unfortunately due to the Foot & Mouth epidemic, Fovant’s home games have been scattered around the Salisbury Plain. So Bere made their first foray to Wilton, Wiltshire for a league match. It was only fitting that for Wilton, that the game was to be played out on a carpet. On their travels, Bere have seen mixed fortunes campaign, but they were filled with apprehension armed with the knowledge that the game was to be played on an artificial.
However the pitch was well maintained, with a bounce truer than an Inzamerritt defensive shot. Fovant who were mindful of Bere’s reluctance to chase runs decided on batting first, and they proceeded to take full advantage of the fast pitch and short boundaries, one that included a serene stretch of the River Avon running parallel to it, necessitating the need for an old fishing net to retrieve river bound balls.
Ian Hardy continued his impressive form with the ball at the head of the innings, and his first spell of eight overs was one of ferocity cutting right through the Fovant openers. He beat the bat on countless occasions extracting an edge or four, just out of slip or gully’s reach. Fovant’s ten wickets remained intact through all Hardy could throw at them, and they never looked back from the moment his initial spell had finished.
Steve Cheeseman was the fifth bowler to be used by the 19th over, and he broke the deadlock trapping the Fovant number two in front of the stumps, and Bere had a ray of hope to cling to. The next wicket fell at 177, a mere 101 runs later with the Fovant batsmen capitalising on their strong position, inflicting a blitz of leg-side boundaries including two river strewn fours. Their opener reached fifty, and his sixth consecutive hundred in 127 minutes, being soundly unbeaten at the end. Bere’s bowlers collected a battering, although Chris Oram turned in a stupendous fielding performance at deep mid-wicket restricting the home side’s advance by an estimated 20 runs. Fovant’s innings close on 246 for 2.
The evergreen and ever-present Russell ‘Eric The Monstaah’ Hewitt strode out to bat for his fourteenth appearance in Bere colours this term, accompanied by Martyn ‘Poom, The Wool Stopping Service’ Price, whose new found aggression and youthful exuberance brought a different dimension to Bere’s top order. They added three runs before the first wicket fell. This time Hewitt not continuing his recent top form. He chopped on for just 2.
He was followed by Kev ‘Browner’ Brown who was stumped by the vocal Fovant keeper, and in spite of a typical Black Book cameo-style innings, Bere slumped dramatically to an England-like 68 for 6 with Messrs Price, Carruthers, Hardy and Oram back in the shed with 28 runs between them.
The hugely impressive and correct Andy Kent treasured his wicket to such an extent that he almost carried his bat. The artificial was obviously to his liking as he treated the sparse crowd to his portfolio of shots square each side of the wicket. He linked up with Mark Bennett to salvage Bere’s innings and miserable efforts, steering the total towards the required 170 mark. Their partnership was worth 52, when Bennett was caught at deep mid-wicket, and the home side were home and dry, which was apparent as their bowling and fielding got ever tighter.
Skipper Peter Cheeseman was stumped in the 42nd over, ending Bere’s innings 98 runs shy. Safety from the drop is still only 1 tantalising win away with 3 games left.
18 August 2001
A deluge of equatorial proportions during the morning of Bere’s home fixture with Blandford 2nds put paid to any chance of the contest going ahead. This meant that both games home and away to Blandford were annulled, and Bere had to get a result at Weymouth 3rds to ensure safety from the drop.
12 August 2001
Bere Regis 97 allout
Christchurch 98 for 2
With rain falling in Bere during the morning of the match, hopes were raised that Bere were to be spared the trip to face runaway leaders Christchurch, who are playing in three or four divisions lower than their ability and have been thrashing opponents all season.
For the second week in succession skipper Alan Green won the toss and decided to bat, this time to prevent his team chasing leather for 45 gruelling overs. As expected the Christchurch bowlers took full advantage of the new ball and the hard pitch to inflict damage to the Bere batsmen as well as the scorecard. The only resistance to the league leaders came from Pete Macklin (42) and Shane Hewitt (18) who helped Bere to a final total of 97.
With Christchurch having 60 overs to score the required 98 runs there was never any urgency in the opponents batting. Despite two early wickets from Paul Fripp, including Christchurch's overseas player, Bere were never in the match and slipped to defeat in 36 overs.
Bere Regis CC completed their 3rd annual tour of eastern Cornwall amidst stories that their Sunday captain, cabaret star, The Egdon Express and tour manager Alan Green was going to score for the first time this season. With all the usual suspects boarding the Bere Fantasia Minibus, all expected another weekend of debauchery.
The squad was bolstered by the re-admission of Dean ‘Inzamerritt Ul Fat’. He proved later during the weekend that he was to have a profound effect with the ball, and bar takings climbed to an all-time high. Barring three members, all the tour party were aboard the bus, laden with cans, paisley dressing gowns, Cornish pasties and stories of seasons and tours gone by.
So as the Bere task force headed for Torpoint, the weather abated to give a balmy evening, as reflected by Nick ‘The Slickster’ Cheeseman in his tour weather report delivered on the Tamar chain ferry. As with seasons past, the landlady of the Calbeire Inn, Torpoint had had to be devilishly prepared for Bere’s imminent arrival. With Messrs Inzamerritt, Slickster and The Postman in the party, a UN relief parcel was parachuted in prior to Bere’s landing.
With old acquaintances being renewed on arrival, barely a suitcase or cricket bag had been set down before the first pints were sitting invitingly on the bar. After checking that The Eagles Greatest Hits CD was still ensconced in the jukebox, tour manager Green collected orders for the first meal of the tour. He was unaware that the fiendish fines book was already in operation. Elder statesmen Peter Cheeseman and local councillor Peter Wharf sat at the head of a long table, and graced the occasion as civic dignitaries. The latter was to suffer for committing a grave error in wardrobe selection for the tour.
An alcoholic haze ensued, as the Bere party settled in to their more than cosy surroundings. The partying rumbled on into the small hours alerting the local paparazzi. Morning brought news of headaches; tiredness and a dire need for Gaviscon. With Nick ‘Black Book’ Carruthers in transit, the only absentee was the Chairman, who was duly fined for being caught in lederhosen and stuck in Switzerland.
A new day brought news of new opponents for Bere in the shape of Mount Edgcomb, who were the Saturday opponents. Before departure the tour manager had explicit directions to the ground. However en route to the ground, the bus passed dockyards, goats, stately homes, football pitches mistaken for cricket and numerous public houses. It had become glaringly clear that Mr Green had the navigational skills of Goldilocks. The team were in search of Barron Park to meet Mount Edgcomb, but on arrival after a farcical journey Bere somehow would have befitted the Barron Knights.
Saturday skipper Peter ‘Gilersuriya’ Cheeseman took up the reins for this inaugural game and decided on giving the batting order an unfamiliar feel to it. He was content on hiding himself lower down the list to continue nursing his hangover. The Black Book arrived in the Popemobile, and kissed the earth in customary yet delicate fashion, as sheep dung was strewn across the perimeter and makeshift car park. Set on the side of a rolling hill, Barron Park offers some panoramic views over the Tamar Estuary taking in the Devonport dockyards, the West Devon Coast and the foothills of Dartmoor and the sight of Graeme ‘Spiceboy’ Price sunbathing near the sheep dip.
Steve Cheeseman and tour debutant Paul Fripp had a rare chance to shine whilst opening the batting. They made a swift start before Fripp called for a suicidal run to mid-on, and was on his way for 3 and returned to his texting. The Slickster was cleaned bowled for a zero leaving open his infamous ‘Golden Gate between bat and pad. He became the proud owner of the tour duck, which was awarded to the first duck of the weekend. He retained the trophy as no one managed the same feat over the 2 days, although Hristo Oram scored a blank in the bar on Friday evening. Veteran diplomat Pete ‘Durdle’ Wharf steadied the ship with Cheeseman and runs began to flow until Cheeseman was caught at slip.
The cavalier Black Book was intent on mass destruction, and in a typical knock of 21 he bludgeoned 3 fours and a six. The tour manager joined the party with Durdle, and they added runs at a pedestrian pace before Durdle parted company with the score on 132 for 5. This left Sgt Wilson Green and The Postman to reap the buffet on offer. Just earlier Inzamerritt was bowled for a single with a lazy old shot, with one eye on the prawn sandwiches.
With the game being of a timed nature, the onus was on Bere to pile on the runs in the run up to tea. The innings closed on 217 for 6, with the Egdon Express reaching his season’s best with the bat of 46. The tea supplied by the hosts was top drawer, with traditional and local fare on offer. Bere as expected duly filled their boots, and in some cases their kit bags.
Mount Edgcomb were set 218 to win, with the game starting at 4.45pm, with 20 overs to be bowled after 6.00pm. Paul Fripp opened the bowling, and turned in a seven over spell of some venom pushing the home side on the backfoot from ball one. At the other end was a terrifying prospect as Inzamerritt in his Praying Mantis guise that was dragged out of cold storage. He bagged the first tour wicket in the sixth over after a bellowed leg before appeal heard all around the valley. Before his spell was over he claimed a second victim returning figures of 2-13 but falling behind miserably in the Guinness sweep.
As the game unfolded and toys galore were ejected from the umpire’s pram, Bere skipper Gilersuriya juggled the bowlers using 8 in all attempting to stem the increasing sterility of the contest as it headed towards a draw. The home side ended on 154 for 7, wit Paul Daniels working the scoreboard. They claimed a defensive draw and both parties headed for the local alehouse to resume the Guinness sweep, kitty bashing and much emptying of jugs.
Bere returned to base camp to news that the Chairman was unable to attend, so the usual Saturday evening compere was sorely missed. Pete Cheeseman, who on his many travels has become accustomed to such after dinner festivities, assumed the mantle. The fines committee totted up a record Friday/Saturday score with the crowning glory and champion fine being the discovery of Johnson’s baby powder in Inzamerritt’s vanity case, purpose unknown.
Five awards were given during the evening, and were listed as follows-
Sunday brought news of the next day. Bere were to face Torpoint once more, although the tour manager had hastily arranged the fixture the night before. The skippers changed hands for the Torpoint clash, and Sgt Wilson won the toss and decided on batting being most keen to see the Interactive Duck award passed on. Early doors Bere’s top order survived a few scares, and although three quick wickets fell, the duck remained in the Slickster’s kit bag.
Bere were in trouble at 53 for 4, and the 3 year unbeaten tour game record looked in serious danger of collapse. Pete Gilersuriya ignited the Bere innings with some positive strokeplay, and Hristo Oram was starting to look ominous atoning for the last evening’s hefty fine levied for barmaid abuse. They notched 82 runs for the cause and for the fifth wicket before Giler was bowled for 26. Steve Cheeseman was the next player that the crowd were baying for to get a duck. A tentative push to mid-off was all that was needed for a single, and in tandem with Oram Cheeseman registered a tour record stand of 127. Oram was playing with the authority that the Bere faithful have become used to, but he has only shown in glimpses this term.
He nudged past fifty with a trio of boundaries, as the two turned on the style. Some clinical strokeplay and dominant running between the sticks helped Bere past the 200 mark, and Oram completed his maiden century in the 35th over with 19 fours. Cheeseman made it fifty shortly after, A 12 over onslaught had set a daunting target of 279 for the hosts to win.
With plenty of runs to bargain with, skipper Green could afford tom open the bowling with Nick & Pete Cheeseman. He also employed three slips, leaving the boundary legwork to the Spiceboy. Bere’s generosity almost proved their undoing, letting six runs an over slip through early doors. It was a supremely flighted delivery from Gilersuriya that completely outfoxed the Torpoint no. 2 to bowl him for the first wicket to fall. Two overs later Bere’s new strike bowler was rested showing mild dissent at the decision. He retired to the slip cordon retorting with local councillor Pete Wharf reprising their ‘Waldorf & Statler’ partnership.
"Monty" was the name by which he was known. He played for Bere Regis well into his 50s, sometimes playing three matches a week. He was described as "a slow off break bowler, with a leisurely run up of about three paces!" He played for over 30 years. He was still President of the Sports Club until his recent death.
Clearly, the older we get, the fewer will come to our funeral, but Monty was different. The church was packed for his funeral. He was what is called a "character". He attracted those with whom he came into contact. We warmed to him.
So it was with a sense of real thanksgiving for his life, and having known him, that the congregation gathered for his funeral on bth July.
"Monty" was a man of Bere Regis. Born at Hollow Oak, his parents soon moved to West Street. In those days, there was a Boys' School and a Girls' School; the boys were up at Barrow Hill, the girls at Shitterton. Monty was under the guidance of a fine headmaster, Mr George Bugby. Mr Bugby was also the choirmaster. Bere Regis had a large boys' choir!! And Monty was a devoted member. This accident of fate was to prove a powerful influence in his life.
The other great influence on his life was the Cress Beds. It was his life's work, even ten years beyond his retirement. He loved his life and his job. He was a most happy man. Every day was a joy to him. But he was full of naughty fun. His gang were "wicked!" Only recently, a lady said, "I dreaded being sent with a message to his gang; they would always play some trick on you." Men from other gangs also were subject to their planned surprises. The monotony of the day's work was spiced with happy humour.
Being a complete countryman, he was part of the shooting and ferreting fraternity. He was a beater for the Drax Estate Shoot; but he also went shooting for rabbits with his friends.
As with most people, money was tight in his younger days, so he would augment his income by singling and hoeing fields of sugar beet and turnips. There was also haymaking. Being tall and strong, he was chosen as a maker of ricks. One day he made one so big that it was named "St Monty's in the Field!"
Underpinning the whole of his life, his work in the cress beds, his fun, his hobbies, his sport, was his family. His wife Hazel, whom he married in Bere Regis Church, was his base plate. She supported and indulged his extraordinary character. Their three boys, Clifford, Norman and David, were very precious to him, as were his daughters in law, and grandchiidren. He was a richly blessed man, and he shared his blessing with his family, and with those with whom he came into contact.
"I've been here, man and boy, all my life". That's how he introduced himself to then new vicar nine years ago. He was talking within the walls of his own parish church. Until his old age frailty, one year ago, he rarely missed Evensong. One of the many treasures of the vicar's time in Bere Regis was to hear Monty saying the Lord's Prayer, quite loudly, and just out of time with the rest of the church!
The next 14 overs saw 106 runs added to the Torpoint total. Spiceboy Price was looking to make an impact on the tour, he achieved this by conceding a mammoth 51 from his five over spell, with 23 runs from one over alone. It was his brother the Poomster who bagged the second wicket to fall as The Postman snapped up a catch at his customary point position. The game was edging away from Bere as tired heads and legs took over. Torpoint needed 117 from 15 overs with eight wickets intact. Partnership breaker seam up specialist-Inzamerritt took centre stage. His impressive bowling captured three more wickets, including 2 Black Book stumpings. This was the turning point for a Bere victory. Inzamerritt’s tour figures were not good reading, but his bowling analysis read 9-0-31-5. Skipper Green sensing as ever that the buffet batting was on, brought himself into the firing line for a five over burst, effectively ending home hopes.
The tour ended on a drink at the Yacht Club, and once again Bere were well received by their hosts, with the cricket and all the drinking being played out in the best of spirits. On a final note, one more award was presented to the local councillor, who as previously mentioned made a transgression with hi wardrobe selection. It was his inclusion of his paisley dressing gown that promoted calls of "Noel Coward", "Ambassador of Bere" and "where’s his Ferrero Rocher". He was given a large mug of Horlicks, chocolates, Andy Pandy slippers and the gown, and was expected to retire to his room to reflect. He outlasted all those in the bar at the end of the tour.