CRICKET: Saints march on in Knockout Cup defence

BIG SEASON AHEAD: The Cattistock team ahead of their recent match against Beaminster

BIG SEASON AHEAD: The Cattistock team ahead of their recent match against Beaminster

First published in Sport

THE line-up for the quarter-finals of the Knockout Cup is almost complete, with holders St George’s one of seven sides definitely through to the last eight.

Saints breezed through their round two clash against Charlton Down Seconds, knocking off the 53 runs they required without losing a wicket.

Mark James had earlier taken 2-6 to limit the visitors to 52-6 before an unbeaten 23 by Matt King saw Saints home with ease.

Last year’s runners-up Charlton Down are out of the competiton thanks to a 20-run loss to Puddletown.

Chasing just 85 for victory, Charlton Down were undone by Mike Hoffman who claimed brilliant figures of 4-5 as the away side could only muster 64.

In another low-scoring tie, Frampton overcame Puddletown RFC by eight wickets.

Batting first, Puddletown were all out for 57, Dave Bentley taking 3-4, then 32 from the bat of Michael White guided Frampton to victory.

A half-century from Dave Cleave (59) proved vital for Hazelbury Bryan in their triumph over Abbotsbury, and 46 not out from Dave Griffiths helped Bere Regis to a 14-run success against Cattistock.

In the league, Martinstown saw off Charlton Down to get their campaign off to a great start.

Danny Way destroyed the Charlton Down batting order with 5-7, as the visitors were skittled out for a meagre 26 in pursuit of Martinstown’s 159-5. Ed Nichols scored 61 for the hosts.

St George’s made it two wins from two as they defeat Dewlish by seven wickets.

It is now three victories on the spin for Snookes Pirates in Division Two, their latest two points coming via a 41-run toppling of Puddletown.

But not even an unbeaten 55 by Jon Stiles could prevent Cerne Valley losing out to Frampton, who secured a first success of the campaign.

Plush’s Declan Chubb (4-10) was the pick of the bowlers as his side came up short against Hazelbury Bryan, the former going down by 30 runs.

Meanwhile, in Division Three, there were wins for Cattistock Seconds, Puddletown Reserves and Casuals, with all three fixtures turning out to be relatively low-scoring encounters.

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