Cricket: Belt's men keep title race alive

IN THE THICK  OF IT: Dorchester skipper Dan Belt

IN THE THICK OF IT: Dorchester skipper Dan Belt

First published in Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

BERE REGIS 119 (2pts) lost to DORCHESTER (20pts) 121-3 by 7 wickets

IT’S as you were at the top of the Premier Two table following wins for Dorchester and Sherborne at the weekend.

Sherborne preserved their 11-point lead in first place courtesy of a seven-wicket triumph against Martinstown, while Dor-chester eased to a victory by the same margin at Bere Regis.

The two now meet in the penultimate fixture of the season on Saturday with Dan Belt’s county town side needing to win to take the race for the championship to the last day of the campaign.

Dorchester kept their title hopes alive thanks to an impressive display with the bat and ball at Bere, who were bowled out for just 119.

Having already dismissed one of the Bere openers, Pete Moxom returned to claim the last three wickets to fall – the hosts lost their last four batsmen for no runs.

Belt then scored a half-century as Dorchester cruised home with wickets and overs to spare.

“It was a good to get back to winning ways and we produced a great all-round team performance,” said Belt.

“I won the toss and bowled first because I thought there might be something in the wicket.

“It was actually quite slow and low and didn’t do too much, but we bowled them out for 119.

“Pete Moxom took four wickets and Simon Mitchem bowled well to take three.

“In reply, we lost Pete and Dan Morris early but me and Will Caldwell put on 79.

“Will finished not out on 33 and Marcus Evans was unbeaten on 19 to see us home.”

He went on to add: “Sherborne beat Martinstown so still have an 11-point lead.

“The game between us on Saturday is huge for both teams because if they win they will have won the league.”

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