PUDDLETOWN Reserves of Division Three are the first team into the semi-finals of the Doug Read Knockout Cup after they put out Hazelbury Bryan in dramatic fashion.

Three for nine from Mark Lewis restricted Puddletown to 95 despite 37 from Jamie Edwards and Hazelbury seemed on course for victory until a dramatic final over from Laurie Stevens, who bowled the last three batsmen to leave Puddle winners by just two runs.

Puddletown first team are also still in contention for the cup, as they were much easier victors by over 100 runs against Dorchester Casuals.

Skipper Lucas Allen led the way with 77 runs plus a catch and a run out, but man of the match was Joshua Richardson who smashed an unbeaten 87 from only 43 balls.

Puddletown Reserves were also successful in their bid for Division Three glory.

Steven Chaldecott took three wickets for just one run to restrict Rugby Club to only 67 and, despite two wickets each for A Church and S Roberts, Puddletown had five wickets to spare.

Frampton kept up their challenge with two good wins, Charlton Down Reserves were restricted to 83-5 and Frampton paced their innings well for an eight-wicket win.

Chas Duerdoth then destroyed the New Look batting with five for seven as Frampton completed a 10-wicket victory.

Dorchester Colts and Cattistock Reserves played home and away matches against each other, with Cattistock coming out on top both times.

Firstly, Bradley Mullins (51no) helped his side to 136-5 before Ian Mapstone’s three for 16 left Colts 21 runs short.

In the reverse fixture, Nathan Quinn took three for 23 for the Colts, but it was Harry Angel’s 86 and that man Ian Mapstone again with two for eight that left Cattistock with a 47-run win.

Charlton Down continue to struggle in Division Two, as Cerne Valley’s James Ellwood (65) helped his side to 138-4, despite Dan Stevens’ two for 17 in his four overs, but Mike Collinge with two for 14 in his spell kept Cerne 28 runs ahead at the end.

Chris Haynes reached 100 not out for Hazelbury Bryan and James Green took three for 21 to leave Charlton Down 27 runs adrift this time.

Simon Mitchem was in form again for Abbotsbury with 53, but this was eclipsed for Plush by Pete Moxom who scored his second century in succession with 106 not out as Plush won by 36 runs.

The big match in Division One saw the top two meet in a contest which went comprehensively in favour of St George’s.

Ross Baker and Sean Walbridge had four Martinstown batsmen back in the pavilion before a run had been scored and when this was backed up by Rob Cole with 4-23, Martinstown could reach only 76.

St George’s had few problems in passing this total for a six-wicket win.

Cattistock kept up their challenge with a 20-run victory over Bere Regis, Steven Tucker leading the way with 66.

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