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Bere's premier cricket eleven finished the 2002 season on a supreme high after claiming the Nationwide Sun Awnings Dorset Cricket League Saturday Division Three title. From week one onwards, the local side had topped the table, and despite an alarming dip in form and show of nerves in the final third, Bere triumphed after a 12 run home defeat against Blandford 2nds on the final game of the season.
Four points were needed from the last game, and after deciding to bowl first Bere bagged three vital points on their way to the title. So 90 runs was needed to secure the crucial fourth point. Veteran stager Alan Green was drafted in at the eleventh hour and in tandem with Russell Hewitt they guided Bere past the landmark when Green struck a faultless on driven four punching the air in delight. It was fitting that two of Bere's most loyal stalwarts were out there in the middle, and Bere's fans and players alike celebrated in style on the boundary and on in the club afterwards. It was the first winners trophy for Bere CC since reformation back in 1983, and most of the players there can remember most of those long years including their ebullient captain-Peter Cheeseman.
For Sundays it was almost business as usual as Martyn Price's charges finished fourth in their division for the third season running, yet ironically had a better points average than their Saturday counterparts. So it is back to the drawing board next season in division 6, where Bere will be hungry for promotion.
The Bere CC Presentation Evening was staged at the Sports Club on 5 October 2002. Winners as follows-
Doug Curtis Memorial Shield- Herbie Swann.
Young Player of the Year-Shane Hewitt.
Saturday XI Players' Player of the Year-Ian Hardy.
Sunday XI Players' Player of the Year-Alan Green.
Saturday XI Captain's Man of the Match-Chris Oram.
Sunday XI Captain's Man of the Match-Matt Tatchell.
Saturday XI Selectors' Player of the Year-Rick Davis.
Sunday XI Selectors' Player of the Year-Nick Cheeseman.
There will be indoor cricket nets for anyone interested from early November onwards on Monday evenings starting at 7.00pm 'til 9.00pm. If anyone is interested please contact Alan Green (01929) 472104 or Steve Cheeseman (01305) 250889.
Bere Saturday XI finally clinched the Division Three title despite losing to old foes Blandford. With only four points required to win the league, Bere fielded first hoping to take the eight wickets which would secure top spot. Despite excellent efforts from everyone Bere finished agonising close taking seven wickets and therefore only 3 points. This meant that Bere were required to score 90 runs to start the celebrations. Nerves grew even more when first Merritt and then Kent were dismissed early.However the veteran duo of Hewitt and Green (recalled to the team at the age of 50) steadied the ship and it was left to Green, fresh (?) from a Sunday ton and week long celebration of his birthday, to score the 90th run to spark unprecedented scenes in the large crowd.
Despite falling just short of their target, the champagne flowed in the Bere changing room with the whole squad assembled. The celebrations carried on into the early hours of Sunday morning which, apparently, left to some spectacular stunt bike riding and shopfront stumbling by some team members!!
Season long league leaders Speedliners visited the Rec still requiring victory to ensure top spot. Following defeat to Bere's youthful side at Redlands, Speedliners arrived intent on revenge and the Division Six championship. After winning the toss and batting, skipper Martyn "Poomy" Price was soon wondering if he had made the right decision when Bere had lost two early wickets (Price himself and the in-form Green - both for 0) and had scored only 1 run. However Reg Fripp and Graeme "Heart Throb" Price dug in and soon managed to get the scoreboard ticking. Price (G) soon became fluent and soon notched his first 50 since returning after a 18 month sabbatical. Boundary after boundary followed which meant Bere were able to post a commanding total of 210-9.
With a mountain to climb, Speedliners never really got into the game thanks to tidy bowling from Tatchell, Fripp (P) and White. These three were then replaced by the spin twins of Macklin and Rogerson (returning from a six week layoff) who bamboozled the tail end and managed to wrap the Speedliners up for just 139 runs to secure a 71 run victory.
After four games into the 2002 campaign, Bere were sitting comfortably at the top of Saturday Division 3, making some moves of a seismic nature both at home and away. With each weekend comes a fresh test, more daunting than the last. The visit of Fovant was no exception.
The Grass Doctor, the Elphinstone and The Wool Stopping Service had battled against the elements once more to churn out a fine wicket fit for a king to bat on. Bere were invited first usage of the pitch, but were without The Monstaah and Inzamerritt to open the innings. This task fell to Andy Kent and Nick 'Black Book' Carruthers. The latter got off the mark with a trademark cover drive for four that clattered into the perimeter fence.
Kent was the first to go playing slightly across the line, being bowled for 6. The Black Book suffered the same fate trying to launch one into Wiltshire. The return of Sir Charles Way after a two-year break has coincided with Bere's current upturn in fortunes. The left-hander has returned leaner and meaner, and at this early stage has amassed almost 300 in all competitions. He reached the crease with Bere on 30 for 2, and in need of urgent rebuilding. Dean 'The Postman' Rogerson was his partner, and they set about re-dressing the balance.
What followed was quite a breathtaking display of batsmanship from Sir Charles. The Postman was for once, content to play second fiddle while Sir Charles had the crowd dancing to the music. He went to fifty with his first of three sixes, and looked in complete command. There was a barrage of boundaries, as the Fovant attack was not allowed to settle into any kind of rhythm.
Rogerson departed after being stumped by the ever alert Fovant keeper. His contribution of 36 out of 94 for the third wicket had set the standard, giving Sir Charles all the impetus he needed to progress to a big score. Mark 'The Dip' Bennett was next in line, and he mirrored the Postman's role by dropping anchor and marvelling at Way's strokeplay at the other end. Eleven runs in over saw Charles into the eighties and in the 39th over he lofted one high into North Street for his hundred. A total of 77 runs came off the final 9 overs, pushing Bere past the 200 mark.
Fovant had a batting line up to be feared, with their wicket-keeper batsman at the forefront opening the innings and the most prolific run getter of the 2001 campaign. The early overs hardly gave an indication of the contest ahead until the 7th over when Rick' The Bearded One' Davis was hit off his line and went for 12 in one over. Fovant seized the initiative by piling on the runs, and Bere began to visibly wilt under the pressure. First change bowlers Dean Rogerson and Mark Bennett came and went in a flurry of overs and boundaries as Fovant planted themselves in the driving seat, and were cruising at 113 for no wicket after 20 overs.
Then there was a quite remarkable turn around in events for Bere, with another sublime moment from Bere all-rounder Chris Oram. He removed the Fovant opener with a delivery all of its own that clipped middle stump. Before that Bere heads were lower than a snake's belly, and they were barley lifted off the turf when Oram bagged his second victim with no further addition to the score. Steve Cheeseman was used as the sixth bowler, and he extracted an edge from Fovant's number three which was delightfully caught at slip by Mark 'Catch King' Bennett.
Two further wickets fell with the total on 140, and Bere had a foothold on the match for the first time since tea. Fovant's resistance began to fade as Oram added his fourth and fifth wickets for figures of 9-2-32-5, a match clinching effort. Rick Davis was brought back in to replace the bowled out Oram, and after one maiden he had finally had enough and took 3 wickets in the 37th over to conclude affairs and an unlikely 52 run win for Bere.
Seven days of poor and indifferent weather preceded Bere's trip to Ferndown. Bere captain Peter 'Gilersuriya' Cheeseman noted in his programme notes that this would be Bere's toughest examination of the campaign so far. Bere were able to field a near full strength side to face the King George VI Field outfit. The local groundsman had prepared a superb wicket considering the conditions, so all seemed far for a great day's cricket.
Bere's leader had decided on fielding, and the new ball was thrown to Ian Hardy and Chris Holland, two bowlers with contrasting actions with a view to maximising the conditions that the damp track would offer. The first wicket fell in the 5th over when veteran Benny the Dip added another blinding slip catch to add to his now growing collection. Bere were on top as scoring proved difficult for the hosts, and this would feature throughout the match.
The Young Oram was brought on to bowl after his heroics in the previous week, and he consolidated his form with a twelve over spell of unswerving line and length. He removed Ferndown's most prolific batsman of late with perfect yorker length delivery. Then followed a master class in captaincy when Oram was instructed to bowl spin drawing one Ferndown's big hitters into the drive, who then mistimed and edged comfortably into the hands of Russell 'Shrek' Hewitt at second and third slip. The young left armer then claimed his 3rd and 4th wickets as Hewitt and Bennett improved on their catch tally, and Ferndown rocked on 82 for 8.
Bere inevitably relaxed, and Ferndown edged their way back in with some solid and astute batting seeing them past the 100 mark. Benny the Dip was brought into the fray to clear matters up, and in the 45th and final over he extracted the last two wickets. The first when Ferndown's no. 8 was looking to go over top, he skied one to long-on, where Inzamerritt emerged from his Guinness dug out to claim on of his trademark catches in the deep. The second was the simplest of leg before decisions for umpire Follis off the very last ball.
Bere required 115 to win from their 45 overs. This would normally prove a negotiable obstacle for most sides, however Bere's inefficiency at chasing totals allied to Ferndown's youthful exuberance in the field, would prove this task far from clear cut. It was business as usual for Bere's opening bats- The Montsaah and Inzamerritt. They added a solid 25 from the first 10 overs. The earlier cloud cover was rapidly decreasing as theoretically batting should have been easier. This did not deter Inzamerritt from supremely guiding a simple catch right into gully's hands off the first change bowler.
Bere rocked after the loss, and Andy Kent soon followed with the scoreboard reading 34 for 2 off 20 overs. Ferndown's bowlers had plied an unerring line, and even in form Sir Charles Way struggled early doors to find a way off the square. The circumspect approach of Hewitt and Way gave Bere a lifeline with hopes for winning remaining intact. Their partnership of 26 was minimal in terms of runs but vital in the grand scheme of things.
The Black Book entered the fray after The Monstaah was caught for 23 off 84 deliveries. The slick Greek was soon back in the hutch for 5 as Bere nudged toward their goal. Wily veteran Mark Bennett was next to go, edging to the keeper for 11, and eventually Sir Charles succumbed for a top scoring 36. Hristo Oram assumed his all-rounder mantle and together with Ian Hardy they added the required 17 needed off the final three overs of play.
Next up for Bere following the tense triumph at Ferndown was Weymouth 3rds at the Rec. They were keen to put their season back on line after slipping into the relegation zone. England's World Cup quarter final was more than a sufficient distraction, so a later start was negotiated, with the toss being made before the kick-off with Bere's erstwhile skipper Pete Cheeseman going for the batting option.
Customary openers Russell 'Eric Hall' Hewitt and Dean Inzamerritt once again took up the baton in the front line. Disaster struck in the 3rd over when Merritt was caught at slip, Bere were 6 for 1. Hewitt and Andy Kent took the score to a solid if not spectacular 49 from 20 overs. Kent soon fell being trapped in front of his stumps leg before wicket for a season's best 27.
The wicket was playing as slow as any had seen all season, largely due to the unseasonal and persistent rain in the week. Bere struggled to get the ball off the square until Sir Charles Way and Dean 'The Postman' Rogerson came together for the 4th wicket. From over 23 both the middle order batsmen tucked in to a feast of runs. Their partnership realised 80 from 14.2 overs, with Rogerson first to leave the arena, hitting a powerhouse 40 from 41 deliveries comprising of 8 boundaries. At the other end Sir Charles was matching Rogerson shot for shot, and outperformed The Greglad by hitting a six and seven fours in his fifty.
The players trooped off the field of play at 4.55pm when rain became a problem so tea was taken. After the re-start some nine overs were due to be bowled, so Sir Charles added further runs to his half-century falling for 66 off 68 balls in 108 minutes. Some trademark lusty blows from Ian Hardy assisted Bere in their final total of 200 for 6 off their 45 overs.
The rain ensured the outfield would pose problems for Bere's fielders and familiar cries of 'sawdust' rang out. As a result of the weather, Weymouth victory target was reduced to 169 to win from a further reduction of 7 overs. Hristo Oram struck in his first over removing Weymouth's wicket-keeper batsman with a ball that nipped back through the gate. They remained a threat as their batting line-up consisted of some very promising youngsters. The resurgent Oram removed the first three batsmen, and from there the visitors crumbled to 66 for 7. Tail end resistance denied Bere the maximum twenty points. There are tougher times ahead as Bere were to discover the following week.
Bere travelled to Poole Park to meet Poole & Poole Old Grammarians second eleven. Bere captain Peter Cheeseman was quoted as saying "this will prove a landmark for us in our promotion effort". These words were borne out, however in the final analysis Bere suffered their first reverse of an otherwise extraordinary season so far. It was beyond all expectations that Bere sat proudly on top of the division after seven games approaching the half way mark.
The hosts were keen to put one over on Bere, and possessed a side crammed with batting experience and power. Strangely for late June, The Park looked lush and the wicket damp, which prompted Bere's leader to invite Poole to bat first. Considering the conditions, a score of 170-180 was the benchmark for the side batting first.
The new ball was entrusted to Steve Cheeseman and Hristo Oram, and for the most part the run rate was kept in check for the first 15 overs. Both bowlers were rested after 4 & 6 over spells respectively, giving way to Dean 'The Postman' Rogerson and the multifaceted Rick Davis. The latter grabbed himself the first wicket with the score on 30 as The Black Book took a sharp catch at the wicket. The Postman delivered when The Monstaah swooped at second slip, but all the time Poole were getting set for the acceleration.
Davis was cutting the ball off a wicket tailor-made for his action. He got one to nip back acutely to remove Poole's number five on his first ball. Bere suddenly had a chance with Poole pegged at 84 for 4, but the wickets in hand with 13 overs left gave Poole a crucial fillip in their quest to 170 runs. Bere conceded some ground in the final slog, although Cheeseman returned to claim match figures of 4-35. One wicket was courtesy of Hristo Oram who ran in from long-on chasing the skier to end all skiers when he pouched the ball for a classic catch and a dented chest for his troubles. The Bere skipper was reasonably satisfied with their first innings work restricting the home side to less than 200.
Bere's reply was sluggish to say the least as Poole's medium pacers turned the screws early doors. A meagre 42 runs came from the first 20 overs, sadly the wicket column read 4. Bere's batsmen perished in the increasing gloom facing an accurate attack. Their problems deepened when Inzamerritt fell victim to the variable bounce. Bere were never at the races as poor strokeplay belied their league position. The Postman made a fatal error of judgement when calling for a second and was run out by the diameter of a Slickster Pizza. That was effectively game over, Bere being outgunned on a ground they have rarely performed. It was hoped that the trend should not continue into next week's first/second placed clash at Blandford.
'The Clash of the Titans' as it was billed, saw Bere Regis travel to face an confident Blandford 2nds. Following the debilitating defeat to Poole, Bere went into the game with their form and pride considerably dented. They suffered a further blow when die-hard seamer Rick Davis was ruled out for six weeks on doctor's advice with an untimely shoulder injury. He was joined on the injured list, when news broke of all-rounder Chris Holland incurring a back injury. So captain Pete Gilersuriya was less than confident of Bere's chances with just four bowlers. However the side was packed to the rafters with batting, with the team batting all the way down to number four.
Strokemaster Kev Brown returned for his first outing of this term, so with these factors in mind the skipper chose to bat on a useful Blandford track. Bere opening bats Russell 'Shrek' Hewitt and Dean Inzamerritt delighted the small crowd with a sprint in full kit up and down the athletics track on the perimeter of the ground as part of their elaborate warm-up routine.
It was normal service for the early exchanges as the two added another rock solid start to the Bere innings, and record books. A satisfactory 51 for 1 after 21 overs gave Bere a base to build from. Inzamerritt was the first to go, being bowled by the former Bere football favourite and stopper-Nelson Brockway. Sir Charles Way was batting at three and next in the firing line against his former team-mates. Sadly he got caught in two minds, and a false stroke meant his middle stump was knocked back.
The score went quickly from 59 for 2, to 77 for 3 as an out of sorts Dean Rogerson was sent packing whilst fatally playing back to a sharp delivery, the verdict being lbw. All the while Russ Hewitt was protecting his wicket successfully and accumulating runs at a uniform pace. Nick 'The Greek' Carruthers took time out from updating his famous 'digital' black book to join Hewitt in the chase, with a brief to swing the willow and get Bere past the all-important 170 mark. He responded to his captain's call with a typical cameo innings of 29 with a hoisted six over long-off. Hewitt played his part by carrying his bat through the innings, and making economical use of the strike. He ended on 63 not out from 134 balls and 154 minutes. In stark contrast the Greek had faced 18 balls in just over half an hour for his tally. Agonisingly Bere fell one run short of 170, so Blandford had to achieve the full batting points score to win.
Blandford's batsmen were brimming with confidence following recent triumphs, and with Bere's bowling options limited, Ladbrokes had the home side quoted at 6-5 on to win the match. Bere extracted a piece of luck in the first over, when Steve Cheeseman broke through as Blandford's opener edged onto off stump. Blandford were visibly rocked back, and for the next ten overs they were happy to re-build. Cheeseman was finding a lot of away swing and lateral movement, troubling the host's top order.
Two further wickets fell courtesy of close catches from Inzamerritt and Kev Brown. Mark Bennett was brought into the attack for an enforced lengthy spell, and bagged a double wicket maiden restricting Blandford to 58 for 5. Blandford's strength in depth became evident as they added 40 quick runs off seven overs, until their number 7 drove straight to Bere's skipper at mid-off. Blandford were well and truly in the contest thanks to their partnerships for the 6th, 7th and 8th wickets.
The turning point proved to be a magnificent yorker from Chris Oram to remove Blandford's opening bowler, leaving Nelson at the crease. Nick The Greek cleaned up with two stumpings, epitomising a remarkable all-round Bere fielding performance and 19 points.
If there was one club record that needed breaking then it was to banish the Bere's demons of Colehill. Their record over the past two seasons was not good, having endured 237 minutes and 56 overs without taking a wicket at the scenic East Dorset ground. For once the weather abated, and there was wild talk of 'no jumpers'. Colehill presumably on the strength of previous victories had put Bere in on a track still holding a lot of moisture from the inherent rain in this alleged Summer.
Deputising for Dean Merritt, The Wool Stopping Service got Bere off to flying start spooning the fourth ball of the second over to mid-on who made his best efforts to spill the chance before claiming the catch. Fortunes swung around, as Russ Hewitt and Andy Kent put on 58 for the second wicket before the Bear got one that moved down the hill and took middle and leg.
Batting calamities have been few and far between thus far, but once again Bere managed to gift wrap the initiative and hand it to Colehill. Sir Charles Way has been scratching around for form of late after a pulsating start to the season with the bat. He went first ball after a tentative push to a full-pitched delivery at mid-wicket. Another struggler Dean Rogerson pondered and pushed around for his 14 before being despatched.
The fifth wicket fell on 108, when Kev Brown holed out at extra cover then the Bere innings was confined to dust and defence. The Black Book flourished briefly and perished shortly afterwards when holing out at long-on. Bere's tail end had scarcely been called upon all year, being a symbol of their success. This occasion was different and big hitting Ian Hardy took charge with Steve Cheeseman, and they saw Bere to respectability, although the captain narrowly missed out on securing all the batting points for Bere by guiding a short ball into the hands of gully.
Bere's fielders were mindful of the past two debacles, and defending 166 on such a small ground was going to be a handful. It was the same two openers for Colehill who strode out to the middle that had destroyed Bere in 2000 and 2001. There was cause for optimism in spite of Colehill not registering a win this year. Ian Hardy's return to the bowling ranks gave Bere a noticeable lift. He steamed in from the top end with a purpose, and although his opening spell of 7 overs was wicket less, he yielded a miserly 3 runs to the opposition.
In the eighth over, history was etched into Bere's record books when they took a wicket. The sprightly Chris Oram stooped at short square leg, and ran the Colehill captain out with a direct hit. Fate struck once more when The Postman well and truly delivered removing Colehill's number three with his gentle off-spin. The wicket offered the tweakster some assistance as he struck again two overs later. All the Bere bowlers contributed to another tidy performance.
The pacy Hardy finished his 12 over stint ripping out the Colehill middle to late order with 4 wickets. The Black Book had a red letter day snapping up 2 catches at the stumps. The Greek Adonis had an inspired day giving Bere an added edge with his vibrant appealing and sharp takes. Hardy was eager for an early shower, and ended with figures of 4-7. Steve Cheeseman put the lid on proceedings capturing the last wicket to fall, and Bere surprisingly ran out 80 run winners.
The latest chapter in Bere's inaugural season in the Read & Woodruff Dorchester & District League featured the visit of genial Frampton. Bere were looking for a stern test and a win to consolidate their second position in the league. The stand-in groundsman Mr Rick Davis had weaved his magic in track number 8, and in spite of a damp outlook the game went ahead in the gloom.
Bere batted first and were looking to set a target of at least a run a ball for the visitors. Texas Tom Bennett's early season run of form had deserted him and was back in the pavilion without score. Old heads Russell Hewitt and Alan 'The Egdon Express' Green saw the score through to 48, ably assisted by Bere's umpire taking an aggressive but just stance on leg-side bowling.
Green was caught for 10 typically sacrificing his wicket for the cause. Hewitt was out next patting one back to the bowler. His replacement Peter Macklin continued to show no mercy on his way to a brisk 20. Shane Hewitt and Steve Cheeseman carried Bere through to 116, with the former blossoming in his wicket-keeper/batsman guise. The young left hander enchanted the crowd with his off-side strokeplay and a huge six over mid-wicket.
Frampton were an unknown quantity for Bere, so they were fully expected to take up the chase. Evening League vice-skipper Pete Macklin entrusted Chris Oram and Steve Cheeseman to engineer the breakthrough with the ball. A seven over blitz of boundaries made sure Frampton were ahead of the run rate, keeping their noses in front. They cruised to 89 for 2, leaving 27 needed off 6 overs.
Nick White was used in his customary role as first change bowler. In the 15th over he single handedly got Bere back into the game. He notched a triple wicket maiden, with Shane Hewitt adding another victim behind the stumps. White then ended the contest after the visitors' morale was broken. They slumped to 110 allout with White taking a career best of 6 for 16. It was a game the personified the evening league with the match constantly on a knife edge, being played in the true manner and spirit of the game.
The Fossils came to town for Bere's annual friendly at the BRACA (Bere Regis Alcoholic Cricket Association). It was just over 15 years ago that Bere fought many bruising encounters against the now-Purbeck Fossils in the legendary Purbeck Evening League. Only that during those times, Bere had plenty of fossils playing then. So with this in mind, the Bere selectorial trio picked a young side with the oldest being the captain-Steve Cheeseman by some 6 years.
Since the aforementioned evening league was disbanded, the only aspects that have moved on are the haircuts, wisdom level and the alcohol consumption rate. Bere were desperate to bat first, and they did as they were down to 10 men following the news that the club Chairman was stuck in Sangatte on his return from a grass expedition in Spain.
Bere's opening bats were Nick 'Slickster' Cheeseman and Texas Tom Bennett, with all eyes on the former for being the taskmaster of the duo. They opted for a cagey start before Texas was bowled for 3 and The Slickster clubbed his way to 38, retiring in the process. Pete Macklin his a quickfire 30 to propel the run rate, and Bere's young lions in the shape of Shane Hewitt and Gren Davis pushed the score on to 134 for 4.
The Fossils were faced with a monumental task. They were rocking at 19 for 4, with Gren Davis returning neat figures of 2-11 and Matt Isaac grabbing three further scalps. Bere Hall of Famer Steve Cooper remained a threat for the Fossils, as he has destroyed many bowling attacks down the years. After enough defensive pushing, he middled one off Isaac and an eagle eyed Texas sharply caught him at mid-on. The Fossils fizzled out on 59 allout, retiring to the bar for a general update and tales of Bere/Purbeck folklore.
Twenty one long days had since passed since Bere embarked on an 88 miles round trip taking in three games away from Fortress Rec. They returned to the BRACA to face a lowly Parley 2nds who were facing the drop to division four. Bere had only sustained one defeat all season, but in recent weeks only titanic efforts with the ball had kept them at the top of the division. For Bere's long serving captain-Peter Gilersuriya it was beyond his expectations that Bere would be top of the pile with less than half of the season to go.
Yet again the mid-week brought torrents of rain and low temperatures, so it was a miracle that Bere's groundstaff could prepare a wicket for the visit of the East Dorset outfit. Rick Davis had toiled for endless hours at the ground, even using his beard as a 'super soaker', and he was justly proud of the end product that he had achieved with the groundsman-Chris Oram Snr.
Parley batted first hoping to make first use of the strip. Ian Hardy was keen to carry on with his fine efforts at Colehill, and the opening strike bowler made his trademark miserly start, but was removed from the attack after three overs for later use. An experiment with The Postman went awry, and Parley batted intelligently making best use of the conditions to reach 55 without loss with solid front-foot play. Hristo Oram got the necessary breakthrough when Steve Cheeseman was picked out for a catch at deep extra cover by the Parley number two.
Bere struggled to get any form of momentum going as Parley continued to bat shrewdly and accumulate runs with minimal loss of wickets. It transpired that they only had ten players, which put Bere's task further into perspective. The Postman returned for a second spell of his slow, slow, quick, quick, slow bowling. Despite nursing a painful foot injury he redeemed himself by taking two wickets with his first two deliveries. In tandem with Hardy, The Postman well and truly delivered. They took all of the remaining 8 wickets for 48 runs, with the latter bagging 5 wickets in 16 balls. It was a good day for Bere keeper Andy Kent with two stumpings and a catch at the wicket. Bere had restricted Parley to 124, and added two extra overs to their original 45 over allocation.
The mood at tea was settled, even relaxed. It appeared that Bere had done the job and batting was a mere formality, however a dark cloud of complacency shrouded the Bere dressing room. They required run rate was a shade under three and over, so a patient approach to the innings was necessary. The events that unfolded from ball one onwards were unparalleled with any match played this season.
Bere slumped to 15 for 3 when Messrs. Hewitt, Inzamerritt and Kent were dismissed and Parley could not put a foot wrong. Bere's middle order who performed season long, batted without conviction after a series of poor strokes. The experienced trio of Bennett, Rogerson and captain Gilersuriya all recorded ducks, with the latter being the beneficiary of a calamitous run out.
Bere were on the edge at 38 for 8, and their season in danger of being turned in its head. In spite of some purposeful batting from Chris Oram, the innings ground to a halt on 67. Full marks to Parley who went about the business of winning with both and ball effectively. Zero marks to Bere for a limp, over complacent showing which will have to improve next up, when they visit in form Christchurch.
The rise of Christchurch CC through the Dorset Cricket League has been noted by many, and Bere travelled to face them at their ground at Hurn Bridge knowing they must improve on their previous week's tepid and dismal effort at home to Parley 2nds. The home side boasted an impressive run of 8 wins in a row after Bere had beat a depleted Christchurch on a rain sodden May afternoon in week three of the season.
Bere leader and tactical artisan Pete 'Mini Me' Gilersuriya had keenly been watching results and miles of video footage closely, being astutely aware that Christchurch had been winning games batting second, and with consummate ease. Bere won the toss and batted.
The facilities at Hurn Bridge are top notch with a flat track and spacious outfield. A score of 200 plus was necessary for more than a fighting chance after 90 overs of play. The wicket had a green tinge, so it was likely that there would be a bit in the track for both bat and ball. Against all the odds and in stark contrast to Friday's hapless weather forecast, the clouds relented early doors for the first time in weeks. The sun proceeded to beat down on the players, vindicating the decision to bat first.
Bere's captain had decided on a cabinet reshuffle at the top of Bere's batting order. Dean Inzamerritt's season long partner in crime-Russ 'Eric' Hewitt moved to number 4 with the returning Kev Brown batting at the top of the order. The emphasis had shifted to quick runs being added at the top of the order. After Inzamerritt had been dragged from the treatment table in the Bere dressing room, he waltzed to the middle with Browner with the heat ever increasing.
The first ten overs were workmanlike for Bere, carving out 25 runs with the Christchurch bowlers edging the contest. Thirteen runs from the 11th over from Brown soon tipped the balance in favour of Bere, then he was bowled after walking into an off-drive and got an inside edge onto his stumps. Andy Kent was number three, and after a couple of tentative pushes, he struck two boundaries in one over through third man, and Bere's score was carried into the fifties when Kent fell to a catch at mid-off. Inzamerritt had hung around for 20.2 overs for his 10. He departed after clipping one straight to gully off the Christchurch spinner. He had faced an agonising 59 deliveries and occupied the crease for 67 minutes.
Unaccustomed to batting at four for some many years, The Monstaah was tasked with re-building Bere's innings with Hristo Oram. With the home side's bowlers turning the screw, Bere had to knuckle down for a respectable score. The pair added 47 vital runs for the fourth wicket, including a sweetly struck six from Oram, which bounced off the clubhouse veranda into the bar, then narrowly missing the signed Matt Le Tissier novelty mirror. Bere's wickets were falling too regularly for the skipper's liking.
Ian Hardy and Sir Charles Way hit a rapid 23, and together with Bere's tail end they added 59 runs for the last wicket to fall, and from 7 overs. Bere had set a less than expected 164 to win from 45 overs. A total that was deemed by many to be some 40 or so runs short.
For the first time this season, young all-rounder Nick White was included in the Saturday ranks, following his tutorship under The Poom on Sundays. After the useful knock he played at the end of Bere's innings, he was invited to open the bowling with Ian 'Dangerous' Hardy. The Bere skipper employed a conservative field, with just the two close catches, with everyone else saving the single.
Christchurch were expected to take up the chase right from the off, and they duly fulfilled this expectation by hitting 21 runs from the first 4 overs. Dangerous Hardy struck in the fifth over with a vicious yorker length delivery that removed Christchurch's number two. He was backed up by the young White some 3 overs later, who got one to nip back clipping middle stump to account for the home side's number three. Hardy got his second and third wickets 11 balls, with White catching the dangerman opener. Christchurch were in a spot of bother at 57 for 4. Their plight deepened as wickets 5 & 6 tumbled, once again the verdict bowled.
Bere were on top, but were unaware that danger was just around the corner. The match was seemingly out of the home side's reach until their number eight batsman had ideas to swing the balance. He was strongly supported by the lower order and with some powerful clean hitting, Christchurch homed in on their target, with overs not being an issue. Bere's bowlers had conceded 45 runs from 8 overs, but had vitally claimed 3 wickets setting up a grandstand finale.
The game had ebbed and flowed throughout the final stages, bringing out the optimum best out of batsmen and fielders. Bere's veteran bat, Russell Hewitt was patrolling the third man boundary, which was uncharted territory for him. His 100% commitment came to the fore as he chased down the ball that was heading for the ropes along with Bere's hopes. He skidded on the astro turf path laid out across the outfield, collected the ball and his return to Andy Kent behind the stumps was pinpoint accurate.
That crucial period enabled the Bere bowlers to pin Christchurch down, and Chris Holland returned for a spell of bowling at the top end. He maximised the bounce in the pitch and bowled Christchurch's top scorer, then followed this up with another to clinch and unlikely victory. It was a spirited performance from Bere in the field, a supreme all round team effort that maintained their push at the top. Also a great game of cricket, played once again in the true, competitive but friendly spirit.
To some it seemed almost beyond belief that one year had passed since the visit of tourists-Fillongley. An enjoyable time was had by all last July, when their players and families came to Bere. Fillongley, a village north of Coventry in Warwickshire compete to a high standard within their local leagues. This year they had reached the last 16 of the National Village Knockout competition, and only the previous day had they been knocked out by Co , a village in the Malvern Hills, and including a player none other than former Bere favourite Pete 'Tommo' Thompson.
So Fillongley had travelled across the Midlands, then down to their base camp at Weymouth, then finally on to Bere for the first leg of their tour, and a twenty overs a side game. It was evident that the tourists had a squad with a great deal of depth as they fielded only two of the players that had played in the National Village Knockout game.
Bere once again used the game as part of the ongoing learning curve for the youth stars that have emerged from the Gordon Tucker Youth Academy. Fillongley batted first, and made ominous signs at the start with some positive running between the sticks, and some superb clean hitting through the line. Bere's out cricket was sloppy as the extras played their part.
Matt Tatchell bowled with control and accuracy and was the pick of the Bere bowlers, as he recorded the first success with the tourists on 57 for 1. Shane Hewitt had another tidy spell behind the stumps with 3 catches. The tourists had put the hammer down from the start, and set Bere a target of 167 to win, a shade over a mammoth 8 runs an over. For the home side to win, it would require an effort of Herculean dimensions.
However the track was reliable with a rapid outfield and short boundaries. With a bucket of luck Bere had a chance. After the Slickster was bowled, Herbie Swann stepped into the limelight after a spell in the wilderness. He was returning from a month's sabbatical in Northern Spain on a scouting mission. With Steve Cheeseman, Swanners brought his urgent batting and keen strike rotation to the fore. They added 46 for the second wicket, until Cheeseman picked out short mid-wicket and fell for 28.
Swann and Poom then perished and Bere's hopes dived, but Matt Tatchell gave an indication of the form his has been in all year. He added 44 to the total with a fusillade of 4's and 6's taking the Bere total past the three-figure mark. Bere's middle order had collapsed like a pack of badly stacked cards, until Texas Tom Bennett and Shane Hewitt restored some parity with an 8th wicket stand of 45, taking Bere to 155, however the 21 runs needed off the final over proved a bridge too far for Bere's young charges.
All retired to the bar for talk of tours, cricket tales and general merriment, mainly at the expense of veteran Alan 'Vasbert' Green who reaches 50 this year, and is expected to appear in fancy dress for his celebratory cricket match in late August.
Bere's evening league campaign entered a critical phase with fixtures coming thick and fast due to the fading light in the Summer evenings. The latest challenge for Bere was to travel to Charlton Down near Charminster to meet B.A.E. who were lying in the bottom two of the division, and Bere were pushing for promotion in what has been an experimental yet enjoyable term.
Sadly the recently built ornate changing rooms were closed due to vandalism so the players were forced to prepare in the spacious car park. So After cries of "put those Speedo's away", Bere fielded first. It became evident that they were to play on the same artificial pitch that prompted calls of "don't let him bowl, as he won't get it on the mat". Comments aimed at Bere's premier leg spinner Dean Rogerson. He was absent on parade due to strained thumb ligaments, and will be out of action for some weeks to come.
Already on the injured list was Rick Davis, who was proud to score as his son Gren was in the side. Chris Oram struck with the second ball of the first over when Pete Macklin took a sharp chance at close mid-off. Then Steve Cheeseman removed the other opener in the next over, splaying stumps, putty and stones everywhere. Replacing the stumps at both ends was a nightmare for the various umpires standing in the game.
A gritty stand of 29 took the home score to 35, then the wickets tumbled like confetti with 20 runs being scored before BAE were allout. First change bowlers Iain Macklin and Gren Elphinstone-Davis cleaned up, claiming figures of 3-6 and 4-14 respectively.
The tried and tested combination of youth and experience at the top of Bere's batting order has brought dividends. Needing 56 to win, both Texas Tom and The Monstaah could afford to take it easy. For 14 overs it looked like a ten wicket win for Bere was on the cards. It was the young Texas Bennett that led Bere home with 21 not out, setting up an exciting week to follow that will decide the Regis' destiny in the division.
Coming off the back of a vital energy sapping win at Christchurch, Bere were eager to regain the form needed to finish at the top of the pile in Saturday Division Three. Summer had eventually arrived, with temperatures in the late twenties, just like Dean 'The Postman' Rogerson who will not be delivering for a while after a recent hospital visit. He returned with his right hand in a cast, which is not good news for Bere and their elite spinner. His deputy has been Nick White, who turned in a tidy showing at Christchurch keeping his place for the Bournemouth showdown.
Skipper Gilersuriya kept faith with the two opening batsmen after the visitors asked Bere to bat. Kev Brown and Dean Inzamerritt were the pairing given the job of putting Bere in the driving seat. Browner gave Bere a lightning start with 5 boundaries in 11 balls, raising the run rate over the 5 an over barrier. He reached 25 and was looking set for a long innings when he was called for a second run, then was run out by a direct throw from deepish third man.
Inzamerritt groped around for 15 deliveries before he gave the scorers a reason to sharpen their pencils. Not content with this, he hit four boundaries in an over with some glorious off-side shots. The wicket was already playing so well, that the batsmen could feel comfortable on the front and back foot, playing a range of strokes. The sudden upturn in heat had also transformed the outfield, so Bere were expectant of a 220 plus score.
Andy Kent has rarely been dislodged from his number three slot, and has found some form with the bat of late. He comfortably played himself in on a track suited to his style. With Inzamerritt, he eased the score along for 8 overs picking off the odd bad ball, and exchanging the strike.
The crowd were watching from Hewitt Hill at the high eastern side of the ground, and were baying for runs and incident. There was a noticeable lift in the temperature as the cloud over lifted and moved northwards. This effected the outcome of the game, as batting became easier.
Suddenly Inzamerritt and Kent were starting to party, and they ensured that Bere's run rate stayed above the 4 runs per over mark. They cruised to 91 for 1 off 20 overs with no problem. There was terrace talk of a record stand being witnessed, and over by over they pushed towards the 170 target needed for full batting points.
Kent gave onlookers a masterclass in the execution of the pull shot as he went past 50 runs and beyond. Both batsmen approached their half-centuries simultaneously but Kent to the plaudits first, with Inzy notching an over or so later.
The larger one of the pair then looked to open his shoulders, but he guided an on-drive straight to mid-on. He had hit a crucial 51 from 82 balls in 121 minutes including 9 fours. Andy Kent was less pedestrian on reaching his milestone. He was caught behind for 64 from 85 deliveries, with 11 fours in 93 minutes. They had indeed broken the previous record stand of 117 by adding 131 for the second wicket in 27.4 overs, also in 93 minutes.
Inevitably Bere's scoring slowed with the loss of four wickets in seven overs. The pinch hitters did their job realising a vital 39 runs from the last six, with the total ending on 219 for 7.
With a healthy amount of runs on the board, the Bere captain could afford to employ an attacking field at the start, although as events unfolded this would dramatically change. Bournemouth knew they had to be positive from the outset, and they got the start they wanted after ten overs in terms of the number of runs, but Bere were more satisfied by snaring four wickets.
Ian 'Dangerous' Hardy had conceded early runs but had made the inroads into the visitors' batting. With two run outs engineered by Chris Oram and Chris Holland; Bournemouth's explosive start had been tainted by the loss of those four wickets. Four became five when Steve Cheeseman clean bowled their number six as he was looking ominous. Run rate comparisons confirmed that Bournemouth were always in check with the required rate, yet the wickets had taken their toll.
A period of re-building followed, and it appeared that Bournemouth had effectively thrown in the towel. The Merritt who was delighting the home favourites whilst fielding at deep mid-wicket, caught a blinding catch running a full 10 yards in from the boundary. The spectators' view improved. Chris Holland was used as the fourth bowler, and he claimed a wicket with keeper Andy Kent taking the simplest of catches. Nick White, who had opened the bowling returned to take the ninth wicket and Bournemouth were 145 for 9 with just under 10 overs left.
Bere did as Bere do in these circumstances by relaxing and Bournemouth seized the initiative with some classical late order batting. Their final wicket harvested 71 runs in 41 balls, with the Bournemouth number 9 top scoring on 65, making great use of the strip and the gaps in the on-side with great aplomb. He was well assisted by the visitors' experienced number 11. Nails were being bitten, hearts fluttered, lager was being drunk as Bere suffered a hammering with Bournemouth only needing 24 off the last two overs. They managed only 5 from over number 44.
Holland bowled the final and tense over. Bournemouth needed 19 to win, 18 to tie. From the first four balls, they scrambled 8 runs leaving two big hits for victory. The penultimate ball was clubbed through deep mid-wicket straight at Chris Oram, fielding on the infamous ridge. He was fully expected to field and return to the bowler, however he was outdone by the bounce, and the ball went through him and over the rope. The final ball was hit with power, but just ten yards squarer, this time directly at skipper Gilersuriya. Hats were ready to be thrown, and heads poised to drop, but the leader collected the ball at the third attempt and got the ball back to the waiting Holland covering the stumps at the non-striker's end. Bere had scraped home by just three runs, a sapping encounter too close for comfort, but 19 points nonetheless. A treacherous trip to Fovant next week awaits.
Bere's penultimate game in the Read & Woodruff Dorchester & District Evening League against Herrison Youth was postponed until 7 August, so what was their final game -away to Cheselbourne, became their last encounter. Bere's weekend would be collectively the furthest distance they would have to travel during the 2002 season.
So Bere finally came up against table-topping, big hitting Cheselbourne. There were three previous cancellations of this fixture, so both sides were more than happy to complete the match. Bere remained in second in the division after a solitary defeat earlier in the campaign against The Post Office. They were fully aware that this game would be a supreme test, way beyond what they had encountered before.
The selectors shuffled the pack with a slant on experience for this one. Nick 'The Greek' Carruthers re-assumed the reigns as captain. There can barely be a more rural setting for cricket in Dorset, than Cheselbourne's ground that nestles in a steep-sided valley just north of the village.
Bere seemed prepared for the onslaught as the Greek won the toss and fielded. Short boundaries and massive hitting meant Bere would have to bowl and field at their optimum best. The opening bowlers managed to induce the opening bats to play and miss, however they were punished for 90 runs between them. It was estimated that 15-25 runs had been let slip in the fielding for Bere. Nick White snapped up a well-judged catch at mid-wicket for Bere's first success, and Chris Oram took two wickets as the Poom swooped for a rare, almost collectors item catch at deep point.
Wit the Cheselbourne openers gone, their middle order maintained the momentum, although Nick White once again impressed with the ball, confirming his status as the side's leading wicket taker. The scoring rate slowed but the home side showed why they are top hitting an awesome 129 off a reduced 18 overs due to the match being played in August in failing light.
Bere's line up was crammed with batting experience and an explosive start to their reply was essential. Bere's hopes initially rested on the gigantic shoulders of Dean Inzamerritt, and strokeplay of Peter Macklin. Seven runs an over were needed, and Macklin notched a boundary in the first over with a textbook off-drive. Shortly he was dismissed by a great catch at point some 9 balls later. His partner soon followed him and Bere slumped to 11 for 2.
Two brand new batsmen in the middle gave Cheselbourne the undoubted edge, and Russell 'The Monstaah' Hewitt and Martyn 'Poom' Price nudged the innings along, but Bere were falling behind with every ball. Cheselbourne were on top of their game, bowling and fielding with enthusiasm with Bere having no answer. The 12th over was the final nail in the coffin for Bere as they had lost three wickets in four balls with the Oram, Black Book and The Poom all doomed to evening league history. The latter did manage to nail a big six over long-on to ensure damage limitation.
Nick White failed, and four Bere wickets fell with the score on 54. Twelve runs per over was the ask as once again Shane Hewitt and Steve Cheeseman met in the middle. With some positive batting and running, they recorded 43 unbeaten runs for the 8th wicket, leaving Bere a distant yet respectable 32 runs shy. Their first tilt at the title had faded in the August sun as it disappeared over the hills to the west.
Following the defeat away to Cheselbourne in the evening league, five of Bere's Saturday players had to pick themselves up for the long trip to Fovant the next day. This was uncharted territory for Bere as last season Fovant's ground was out of bounds due to Foot and Mouth restrictions. There were rumours that 'The Ram' was to be brought out of retirement. A reference to Dean Inzamerritt's colossal sleeveless jumper that was last seen at Roke Farm sheep dip.
Fovant's idyllic ground lies in the shadow of a long line of South Wiltshire hills, decorated with intricate carvings of regimental badges set into the chalk in the hillside. Bordering the picture book ground is a statuesque country house at long on and off. Legend states that a case of champagne awaits the batsmen who can manage to hit the ball through the top window of the house.
Bere arrived early and the team had ample opportunity to take in the surroundings and assess the wicket. After a team-wide consultation it was overwhelmingly agreed that should Bere win the toss, then they should bowl first. Bere's season has taken many twists and turns, was effectively hinging on the mere flip of a coin at 2.00pm. Disaster struck when the home side struck the first blow by winning the toss and fielding. The wicket was as green as any cricketer would se this year, with a ridge just short of a length that would give batsmen problems.
Bere's leader kept faith with openers Kev Brown and Russell 'Eric' Hewitt for first use of the pitch. They were soon fending off lifting deliveries from the danger end yet they weathered the storm to give Bere a steady if not spectacular start. On a pitch where it was bested suited to play from the crease, Browner was stumped whilst wandering for 13. It was left to Inzamerritt to join the Bear and steer Bere's innings forward.
The second wicket fell at 119, some 75 runs later, and all looked set for a final 10 over assault. Fovant's bowlers had been patient and well managed. They turned the screw by capturing Bere's last 9 wickets for a meagre 27 runs. The result of wild shots and unforgiving bowling. It was a calamitous showing, ranking alongside some of Bere's worst moments in the brief history. Their total ended on 146, around 40-50 runs short of the desired figure of 180-190.
Dorset was strewn with storm clouds, with local flood warnings. Wiltshire fared better, with more sporadic rain. A heavy downpour did manage to move across during the tea interval, which threatened to end the game. The clouds relented and only two overs were lost leaving a reduced total of 140 for Fovant to win the game. Bowling and fielding was not going to be easy with the wicket and the outfield decidedly wet.
The home side were visibly confident of surpassing their target, and they were upbeat at the start, taking on Bere's bowlers. Ian 'Dangerous' Hardy bowled with all his might, yet got no luck from the wicket's variable bounce and Bere's fielders. Four catches were spilled prompting shouts of "Fred Karno's in town". Bere had turned in a lame performance, being a shadow of former displays. Fovant were good value for the win inside 33 overs. Bere made the lengthy journey home in reflective mode, and have four games to ignite their promotion push.
Bere slumped to their second defeat of the season against a ten man Parley side. In the unusually hot weather Bere fielded first and were soon made to toil as Parley put on over 50 for the first wicket partnership. However a combination of good bowling and poor batting saw Parley bowled out for 126. Confidence was therefore high as league leaders Bere went in chase of the required runs. This confidence was soon shattered as a number of quick wickets fell leaving Bere struggling. There was no hero of the day though for Bere as they were uncharacteristically skittled for just 66 to give Parley a convincing win over the league leaders.
PARLEY II 126ao BERE REGIS 66 ao. PARLEY II won by 60 runs.
For the second time in three weeks Bere's Sunday XI faced the league leaders. After beating the then leaders Speedliners, Branksome were the next table toppers to come up against Bere, who were eager to banish the memories of an appalling performance in the away match in May. Fielding first, Bere soon took vital early wickets with Matt Tatchell and Paul Fripp both getting wickets. Following injury to Fripp, Nick White joined the action and soon bagged three wickets to leave Branksome rocking. A late wicket stand forced the score over 100 before Bere were able to finally dismiss Branksome for 142 in the 39th over which therefore gave Bere an extra five overs to get their required total. Despite two early wickets, Bere were able to edge slowly towards their target with good innings' from Alan Green, Matt Tatchell and Pete Macklin. However despite building a base to their innings' all three were dismissed for scores between 18 and 30. This left Dave Scott and Shane Hewitt with the task of guiding Bere to victory. With some big hits from Scott and some canny shot play from Hewitt, Bere were in touching distance of victory before they both were sent back to the pavilion. With a big crowd gathered in the sunshine it was left to the injured last wicket pairing of Paul Fripp and, the skipper, Martyn Price to eventually guide Bere to a famous one wicket victory and to keep their promotions hopes alive.
BRANKSOME 142 ao (Tatchell and White 3 wickets apiece) BERE REGIS 143-9 (Tatchell 30 Hewitt 20) BERE REGIS WON BY ONE WICKET
League Leaders Bere Regis travelled to bottom side Colehill 2nds looking to continue their rich vein of form. Despite being bottom of the League, the trip to the picturesque Colehill ground was not one that Bere were relishing following heavy defeats in recent years. Batting first Bere were never comfortable and were bowled out for 166 in 37 overs which gave Colehill 53 overs to get the required 167. Bere however showed why they were top of the league and were able to dismiss their opponents for just 87 to give them a 80 run victory.
BERE REGIS 166ao (Andy Kent 32, Ian Hardy 26) COLEHILL 2nds 87ao (Ian Hardy 4-7 from 12 overs) BERE REGIS WON BY 80 RUNS
The short journey to our local rivals Wareham is another trip not particularly relished by the Bere players due to their artificial wicket. After winning the toss Wareham elected to bat and immediately set about putting a big total on the board with 28 runs coming off the first 3 overs. However Bere continued to plug away and were able to dismiss Wareham for 146. With the skipper absent, Nick Cheeseman was promoted to the no.2 position and along with Reg Fripp put on a 50+ opening stand before being dismissed. Stand-in skipper Alan Green soon followed with a golden duck. With rain now falling the sides managed to squeeze in 25 overs in order to get a result. Thanks to the good start by Fripp & Cheeseman Bere ended up winners on a faster scoring rate.
WAREHAM 146ao BERE REGIS 100-2 (score to be confirmed) BERE REGIS WON ON A FASTER SCORING RATE
Bere faced the daunting trip to Weymouth to face the previously unbeaten Speedliners to wrap up the first half of the season. After winning the toss Bere put their opponents into bat and were rewarded by getting three early wickets. Speedliners finally finished on 170-9 off their 45 overs. Although all Bere bowlers bowled well, Pete Macklin was the star taking 5 wickets.
Bere reply started well with Sir Reginald and the Poom putting on 51 for the opening stand before Reg perished at long on. Despite a mini-collapse in the mid-order, teenagers Pete Macklin and Nick White put on a stand to almost secure victory before White was out with just 9 runs required. With the help of Paul Fripp, Macklin guided Bere to their best victory in years and sparked celebrations which lasted long into to the night (despite the lack of Fish & Chips available!).
Bere Regis' Saturday XI kept their place at the top of the league at the half way stage of the season with a magnificent victory over second placed Blandford II. Batting first, Bere managed 169-5 off their 45 overs with Russell Hewitt scoring 62 not out. Despite a weakened bowling attack Bere were able to bowl out their opponents for 142.
Not a good cricketing weekend for Bere Regis!
Bere Regis Saturday XI lost their first game of the season away to Poole OG's II. Batting first Poole managed 170-8 with Steve Cheeseman for Bere getting four wickets. In reply Bere were all out for 116 therefore losing by 54 runs.
Sunday XI lost to old rivals Moordown II by five wickets. Bere were bowled out for just 76 (highest scorer Reg Fripp 25). In reply Moordown II scored 77-5 to secure victory.
Bere Regis 200-6
Bere won to remain unbeaten and top of the League.
Bere Regis vs Lytchett Minster CANCELLED due to waterlogged pitch.
18 May CHRISTCHURCH 44 allout (I Hardy 3-8, R Davis 4-18) BERE REGIS 47 for 1 (R Hewitt 24)
19 May MOTCOMBE 75 for 9 (R Fripp 4-6) BERE REGIS 76 for 1 (R Fripp 47no, A Green 23no)
25 May BERE REGIS 214 for 8 (R Hewitt 75, C Oram 34, C Holland 39, I Hardy 28) BOURNEMOUTH & B'MTH OB II 87 for 5 *Bere Regis won on faster scoring rate
1 Jun BERE REGIS 212 for 6 (C Way 117, D Rogerson 36) FOVANT 160 allout (C Oram 5-32, R Davis 3-25)
2 Jun BERE REGIS 343 for 5 (M Tatchell 127, M Price32, A Green 44, D Scott 67no) GILLINGHAM 80 allout (P Fripp 3-17)
8 Jun FERNDOWN 114 allout (C Oram 4-27) BERE REGIS 117 for 7 (R Hewitt 23, C Way 36)
12 Jun BERE REGIS 95 for 6 (R Hewitt 46) CERNE VALLEY 77 allout (C Oram 6-17, A Green 2-11)
For Bere's Saturday skipper, Peter Cheeseman, the local papers' back pages have given for pleasant reading after Bere's whirlwind start to the 2002 campaign. Their record as at 9 June read played 6, won 6 with some hefty challenges behind them. Bere have only dropped four points from a possible 120, being more than impressive on their travels this season as well as at 'Fortress Rec'.
Big wins against potential powerhouse opposition like Christchurch and Bournemouth & Bournemouth OB's have added impetus to the already seismic campaign. A gritty performance at home to a combative Fovant side, when the visitors were 113 for 0 after 18 overs, confirmed Bere's position in the ascendancy. In that game a Herculean effort from Sir Charles Way saw him achieve a personal milestone on reaching 117 out of Bere's imposing 212, and his form of late has coincided with Bere's reversal of fortune.
Bigger tests lie ahead in the next three weeks, with two games at home before the season mid-point, so for the present Bere will be applying the oldest of footballing clichés, 'taking each game as it comes'.
The thoroughly miserable weather of late has more than frustrated Bere's Sunday efforts. Barely a glimpse of summer sun has given Bere's youthful set up a chance to express themselves. The last four weeks has seen only two games, with two victories being harvested with Bere hardly breaking sweat. The win at home to Motcombe was completed in quick time with a complete all round performance from veteran campaigner Reg 'Calypso King' Fripp taking 4 for 6 with the ball and 47 not out with the bat. Alan 'The Egdon Express' Green ably assisted him in Bere's nine-wicket triumph.
At home to Gillingham it was sad to see that the visitors could only muster 8 players. However to their endearing credit they stuck to their task manfully, and in the face of a Matt Tatchell and Dave Scott onslaught they maintained their discipline for a youthful outfit. Bere amassed a club record 343 for 5, with Tatchell completing his maiden ton, and Scott hitting a rapid half century. Bere marched on and remained third in the table with the big guns of Speedliners and Branksome coming to a cricket pitch near you soon.
After a series of cancellations and one league withdrawal, the fledging season for Bere's evening league side has got off to a slow start, playing only three games in 7 weeks. The only encounter was played out on a increasingly damp June evening when floodlights may have been applicable. Bere hosted Cerne Valley and batted first with stalwart batsman Russ 'The Monstaah' Hewitt leading from the front. It was his 46 out of Bere's 95 for 6 that proved the vital contribution in Bere's innings and the platform for victory, coupled with a devastating spell of 6-17 from Chris Oram that ended Cerne hopes with an 18 run win.
Bere Regis Sports Club Cricket Results
4 May NSA Dorset Cricket League Sat. Div 3
COLEHILL II 123 allout (I Hardy 5-29, D Rogerson 4-28)
BERE REGIS 125 for 2 (D Merritt 45no)
5 May NSA Dorset Cricket League Sun. Div 6
BERE REGIS 205 for 7 (R Fripp 25, M Tatchell 24, P Macklin 43, M Price 35)
WAREHAM 107 allout (M Tatchell 3-25, P Fripp 3-30)
8 May Read & Woodruff Dorchester & District Evening League DIV. 3
BERE REGIS 135 for 6 (C Way 30, D Rogerson 28, P Macklin 37)
HAZELBURY BRYAN 53 allout (D Rogerson 4-16, N White 2-8)
9 May Read & Woodruff Dorchester & District Evening League KO cup 2nd
DORCHESTER CASUALS 110 for 3 (S Cheeseman 2-37)
BERE REGIS 64 for 6 (C Way 32)
11 May NSA Dorset Cricket League Sat. Div 3
BERE REGIS 177 for 8 (R Hewitt 74, D Rogerson 20, C Way 33)
PARLEY II 161 allout (C Holland 3-44)
12 May NSA Dorset Cricket League Sun. Div 6
BERE REGIS 94 allout (P Macklin 29)
BRANKSOME 95 for 2
Bere's premier eleven were given a season's curtain raiser at home to Colehill 2nds. It was cup final day, so there was at least one distraction for both teams. One year ago, the heavens opened for a solid two months giving Bere's industrious groundstaff a number of headaches. Twelve months later, the weather was most favourable, and Mr Peeks and his helpers had plenty of opportunities to preen the ground into the top condition that can be currently witnessed.
With the local grass doctor weaving his magic on the outfield, Bere not only had a pristine wicket to play on, they also had a front room carpet to field on. Rarely has the BRACA (Bere Regis Alcoholic Cricket Association) looked in better shape.
The same could not be said of some of Bere's squad, who mostly appeared to have a Winter of content. Tough challenges, epic encounters lie ahead. Firstly Colehill won the toss and decided to bat. Bere's ranks were bolstered by the re-signing of strike bowler Ian Hardy. Bere skipper Peter Gilersuriya threw the match ball to Hardy for the first over. Sixteen deliveries into the game, the visitors' captain had been removed in what was to be the first of Hardy's five-wicket blast. It was a great spell and just what the captain ordered.
Bere had Colehill reeling on 56 for 7, after Nick 'The Black Book' Carruthers produced a moment of sublime wicket-keeping to stump the resolute Colehill number three. Bere's tendency to relax in such situations returned with a vengeance. They allowed Colehill to creep back in and earn a foothold on proceedings. After a slack period of 12 overs and 53 runs, Dean 'The Postman' Rogerson cleaned up the tail giving Bere an additional 7 overs on top of their 45 to reach 125 for victory.
A tea time wake-up call was heeded by all the team, as the target was going to be difficult on a slowing wicket. Bere's batting colossus Russell 'The Bear' Hewitt was removed from the equation when he middled an inviting hip high full toss, only to pick out a surprised mid-wicket with precision. Andy Kent batted at number three, and with opener Dean Inzamerritt they nudged towards the goal. The schoolmaster Kent was dismissed leg before as Bere's full pitched delivery jinx continued.
Bere's task was beginning to shrink like Inzamerritt's waistline when they needed 48 from 31 overs. they cruised home with The Postman hitting a rapid 18 not out, and Inzamerritt finishing on 45 not out, incurring a citation for jug avoidance in the bar. Bere started the season with a maximum, and look forward to a tricky away match with Parley 2nds.
Bere's Saturday side continued their fine start to the season with a maximum points, 15 run win. After the quick dismissals of Carruthers and Kent, Hewitt and Rogerson began repairing some of the damage the early wickets caused before a rash shot from Rogerson saw him depart for 20. This welcomed Sir Charles Way back into the Bere batting line up after a lengthy absence. The veteran pairing of Hewitt and Way rolled back the years and put Bere back on course for their target of 170 and maximum batting points.
After the dismissal of this pairing Bere went on the attack and sacrificed wickets in their quest for 170. This was eventually achieved thanks to Peter "Napoleon" Cheeseman who showed the benefits of his weeklong training regime in the depths of France when scrambling back for a second run of the final ball.
The ever dependable Rick Davis took the first two wickets of the Parley innings when first bowled the Parley No.1 for a duck and then trapping the No.3 their opener leg before. Not to be outdone Ian Hardy gained Bere's third wicket of the afternoon when Mark Bennett held onto his first catch of the afternoon and a quick victory was beginning to look a possibility.
However Bere's optimism began to falter when a 124 run 4th wicket partnership began to swing the game away from Bere and to ensure a tight finish. Chris Holland was finally rewarded for an excellent bowling stint when Bennett caught a Parley batsman immediately after he reached his 50. Bere then began to regain control of the match although tension was increased when a Parley tailender took the game to Bere and began to hit the bowling of Bennett to all parts of the ground.
Unlike his beloved Cherries, Bennett responded to this punishment and returned to clean bowl the tailender. The third run out of the Parley innings soon followed before Holland sealed the maximum 20 points for Bere when he clean bowled the final batsman with just one over to go.
Most of Bere's Sunday squad had emerged from the Winter with a distinct and more focussed look. They had reaped the benefits of attending the Jimmy Green Milton Training Camp, with conditions more hostile than its X-Ray equivalent. Martyn 'Poom' Price assumed the captain's role after a bloodless coup, and much was expected of his young (and not so) charges. Their first encounter of what may become an epic season was at home to local rivals Wareham. So the Poom was keen to get the campaign off to a flying, magnanimous beginning.
Bere's Sunday XI matched their Saturday counterparts by also picking up a maximum 20 points in their opening game of the 2002 campaign. After being put into bat by a depleted Wareham side, Sir Reg and the Poomster, the new skipper of the side, carried on where they left of last year and built a solid 70 run partnership before the Poom was bowled for 35. The team's Catering Manager, Alan Green, was the next batsmen to enter the arena and continued his form from the winters' indoor league by being involved in two run outs.
First out was the unlucky Sir Reginald who was left stranded after the bowler deflected a straight drive by Green onto the stumps. Batsman no 4, The Slickster, was Greens next "victim" when confusion reigned and the Slick was adjudged to be out of his ground by the proverbial mile. The remaining Bere Batsmen all sighed with relief when Green was eventually bowled for 20.
With part time bowlers now being used, and the dismissal of Run Out King Green, Bere's batsmen were now queuing up to get into the middle. After a quick cameo by Tatchell, teenagers Pete Macklin and Nick White added more vitals runs before Macklin was dismissed for a quick fire 43 before Bere Innings closed on 206-7 from the allotted 45 overs.
After the tea interval the new skipper decided to open with the two unused batsmen Paul Fripp and Rick Davis. Both responded with early wickets, including 3 in an over for Fripp, to leave Wareham rocking. With little chance of securing victory our opponents were now just looking for as much batting practice as possible and to frustrate the Bere bowlers. Despite a quick burst of wickets by Matt Tatchell the Wareham tail end stood firm doggedly keeping out everything the Bere bowlers could throw at them. With just one wicket needed for full points the new skipper turned to his predecessor Green for one last effort for the 20 points. Green repaid the Poom's faith in him and turned from villain to hero when he somehow managed to dislodge the bail without seemingly touching it and gave Bere perfect start to the season with a 97 run victory.
With a powerful performance behind them, Bere travelled to Wallisdown Rec, to meet the much-fancied Branksome. The wicket looked true, and could harvest a lot of runs. Although this theory was to be short-lived. Sunday supremo Martyn 'Poom' Price was confident in skippering a side packed with batting talent. He chose to bat having won the toss.
The Poomster was soon to rue his decision when he was back in the dressing room without troubling the scorers. Green was soon to follow after scoring just two runs and Sir Reg ensured the nightmare continued when he was bowled. Tatchell and Slickster then went on the offensive against the Branksome bowlers, both hitting huge sixes before Tatchell unluckily saw the ball trickle onto his stumps. Pete Macklin continued his good early season form before the second harsh lbw decision of the day saw him dismissed for 29. The wickets continued to fall before last pairing Paul Fripp and Steve Cheeseman added vital runs to ensure Bere got at least one batting point.
Bere now needed early wickets to have any hope of winning. Matt Tatchell duly delivered in the third over when he cleaned bowled one of the Branksome openers. However, despite a wicket for Paul Fripp, Branksome were never really troubled and eased their way to a comfortable eight wicket win leaving Bere to contemplate a "bad day at the office" before turning their attentions to the next game, even Bere's veteran seamer Vasbert Green was outpaced in the outfield at square leg by an elderly courting couple.
It was a bold venture for the club. At the Annual General Meeting last year, it was decided that the club should take the plunge, and play evening league cricket in 2002. Only a handful of hardcore members can remember Bere's forays into the Purbeck Evening League back in the mid 1980's. So the return of the 20 over game to the Rec was awaited with eager anticipation. Being the brain child of Bere youth cricket supremo-Gordon Tucker and ladies' man Nick Carruthers, the evening league was to present Bere's emerging young talent with a competitive base to build on. Also it is hoped that entertaining cricket will be played on those balmy nights at The BRACA.
The inaugural fixture was at home to Hazelbury Bryan, and was a journey into the unknown for both home and away sides. With the Black Book unavailable, it was Peter Macklin who took a step into the breach as captain. The young Macklin won the toss, and elected to bat, giving Bere's openers-Russell 'The Monstaah' Hewitt and Sir Charles Way a chance to put a decent score on the board from this 18 overs per side contest. The latter had returned to Bere colours after a two-year absence.
The early overs provided Bere with a feast of runs as Way tucked in, and Hewitt was happy to pay the perfect foil in the anchor role. They added 39 for the first wicket, when Way holed out at mid-on after checking his shot for a breezy 30 off just 14 balls. Hewitt fell shortly, leaving Dean 'The Postman' Rogerson at the crease with the young captain-Macklin. There was barely a pause for breath during the express partnership of 51 from 8 overs. Macklin smote a glorious six over long-on in his way to 37 from 19 balls, with The Postman (he always delivers) reaching 28 from 20 deliveries.
Bere lost three quick for as many runs, and their momentum was curtailed. Parity was restored when debutant wicket keeper Shane Hewitt added 20 for the seventh wicket with Steve Cheeseman. Young Shane delighted the sparse crowd with two exquisite late cuts for four. The spectators were grateful, being huddled in their fleeces amidst the plunging temperatures. Bere set an intimidating target of 136 to win off 18 overs in rapidly failing light.
The onus of opening the bowling fell to Nick White and Steve Cheeseman. After a tidy first over, Cheeseman bagged the first wicket of the season, bowling the Hazelbury opener with his third delivery. Bere never looked back from that point, powering past the visitors. Nick White bowled with accuracy and controlled pace with figures of 2 for 8, claiming the visitors' danger man. The Postman was brought into the attack during mid innings, and as with many of his outings, he cleaned up earning his nickname. A match clinching 4-10 from Rogerson ended 'Bryan's hopes and Bere kick started the evening league campaign with a bang.
Bere having got a bye in the knockout cup of the evening league, were given the worst possible scenario in the hunt for a quarter final place. The draw confirmed that Bere had to travel to Dorchester Casuals in the second round. Casuals had won division one of the league the previous season, and are viewed by many as the benchmark for league/cup domination. The scene was set as Bere travelled to Dorchester Rec for a 16 over per side encounter with light being dark in the extreme.
Casuals decided on setting a target on winning the toss, and could be confident given the strength of their batting line up. Bere's bowlers were more than aware of the need for restricting the flow of runs early on, as any score over 100 would be formidable. The return of the Mack (in the shape of Iain Macklin) shared the opening attack responsibilities with Steve Cheeseman. It was Cheeseman who struck with a wicket in his third over, and Bere kept the all important run rate in check.
A combination of rusty fielding and powerful batting enabled the Casuals to reach 110 off their 16 allotted overs, giving Bere a monumental task in the poor light. The opening bat partnership of Hewitt and Way got Bere off to a reasonable start, with The Monstaah finding the middle of the bat, until he chopped a low one on for 11. Sir Charles then lead the 'Way' with 32 and carried his bat to the final over for a top scoring 32 out of 64. At stumps Bere were 46 runs adrift, the Casuals being too strong on the night.
|DATE||OPPONENTS||HOME/AWAY||TYPE OF MATCH|
|2-May-02||DORCHESTER CASUALS||AWAY||DDECL (Cup 2nd Round)|
|4-May-02||COLEHILL II||HOME||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|5-May-02||WAREHAM||HOME||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|11-May-02||MILTON ABBAS U11||AWAY||YF|
|11-May-02||PARLEY II||AWAY||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|12-May-02||BRANKSOME||AWAY||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|17-May-02||MILTON ABBAS U15||AWAY||YF|
|18-May-02||CHRISTCHURCH||HOME||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|19-May-02||MOTCOMBE||HOME||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|25-May-02||BOURNEMOUTH & OB II||AWAY||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|26-May-02||SHERBORNE||AWAY||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|27-May-02||MILTON ABBEY SCHOOL||HOME||F|
|1-Jun-02||FOVANT||HOME||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|2-Jun-02||GILLINGHAM II||HOME||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|8-Jun-02||FERNDOWN||AWAY||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|9-Jun-02||POOLE OG & POOLE OG III||AWAY||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|15-Jun-02||WEYMOUTH III||HOME||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|16-Jun-02||LYTCHETT MINSTER||HOME||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|22-Jun-02||MILTON ABBAS U13||HOME||YF|
|22-Jun-02||POOLE OG & POOLE OG II||AWAY||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|23-Jun-02||MOORDOWN II||AWAY||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|25-Jun-02||MILTON ABBEY SCHOOL||AWAY||F|
|29-Jun-02||BLANDFORD II||AWAY||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|30-Jun-02||SPEEDLINERS||AWAY||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|6-Jul-02||COLEHILL II||AWAY||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|7-Jul-02||WAREHAM||AWAY||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|13-Jul-02||PARLEY II||HOME||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|14-Jul-02||BRANKSOME||HOME||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|20-Jul-02||CHRISTCHURCH||AWAY||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|21-Jul-02||MOTCOMBE||AWAY||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|27-Jul-02||BOURNEMOUTH & OB II||HOME||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|28-Jul-02||SHERBORNE||HOME||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|2-Aug-02||MILTON ABBAS U11||HOME||YF|
|3-Aug-02||FOVANT||AWAY||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|4-Aug-02||GILLINGHAM II||AWAY||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|10-Aug-02||FERNDOWN||HOME||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|11-Aug-02||POOLE OG & POOLE OG III||HOME||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|17-Aug-02||WEYMOUTH III||AWAY||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|18-Aug-02||LYTCHETT MINSTER||AWAY||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|24-Aug-02||POOLE OG & POOLE OG II||HOME||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|25-Aug-02||MOORDOWN II||HOME||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|31-Aug-02||BLANDFORD II||HOME||NSA DCL SAT 3|
|1-Sep-02||SPEEDLINERS||HOME||NSA DCL SUN 6|
|NSA DCL SAT 3||NATIONWIDE SUN AWNINGS DIV 3 (SAT)||NSA DCL SUN 6||NATIONWIDE SUN AWNINGS DIV 3 (SUN)|
|TOUR AWAY||B.R.C.C TOUR 2002||F||FRIENDLIES|
|TOUR HOME||TOURING TEAMS||DDYM||DORSET DISTRICT YOUTH MATCH|
|YF||B.R.C.C. YOUTH FRIENDLIES||*||ARTIFICIAL PITCH|
|DDECL||R EAD & WOODRUFF DORCHESTER & DISTRICT EVENING LEAGUE DIV 3|