STALBRIDGE 66 (4pts) lost to PUDDLETOWN 103-9 (17pts) by 37 runs

PUDDLETOWN were in devastating form with the ball once again as they dealt a hammer blow to title rivals Stalbridge, beating them by 37 runs.

The victory extends their lead over Stalbridge to 50 points in County Division One.

Puddletown had struggled badly in their innings, limping to 103-9, thanks largely to James Mitchell's 32.

But as so often has happened this season, their bowling saved the day as Stalbridge were blown away for 66, Dave Morris rolling back the years with 4-15.

Speaking to Echosport, Puddletown captain Adam Barrett was ecstatic with the victory.

"To defend just 103 runs against a top side like Stalbridge is a truly magnificent effort.

"After losing the toss and being inserted to bat, we knew we were up against in tough conditions, but the middle order dug in and got us to three figures.

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"We've seen it in other games this season, if we can take early wickets we always have the potential to roll a side cheaply. Fortunately for us we managed to do exactly that.

"The bowlers were excellent and were duly backed up by some sharp fielding. Confidence is really high at the moment so fingers crossed we can keep it that way throughout the back end of the season."