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BERE Regis won six straight Dorset Funeral Plan Premier League victories with an 84-point victory over Broadstone at Bere Regis Rec.

The victory also maintains Bere’s chances of finishing third in what would be the best ranking since his promotion in 2017.

Their triumph was based on a solid 228-6 inning – their biggest home score this season.

It came after Broadstone won the toss and chose to line up, with forerunners Matt King (28) and Dave Griffiths (19) guiding Bere to 52-0.

However, the introduction of first change player Pete Russell (3-37) turned the tide as Broadstone struggled to put Bere in trouble at 87-5.

Rob Murphy and Rich Payne joined forces for the sixth wicket and amassed a revolutionary stand of 82.

The duo managed to hit in the playoffs, with Payne’s 44 coming from just 51 balls.

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Murphy (63 no) also accelerated, hitting two sixes and reaching his half-century, sharing 59 with Rich Cole (20 no) to allow Broadstone to win 229.

Payne (2-14) was fit with the ball in Broadstone’s reply, sending Rich Poole (0) and Sean Hatton (8) back to the flag.

Then Bere’s infamous spin attack took over, with Griffiths (1-25) bowling Simon Leadbeater (2).

Caleb Rowe (42) handed a penalty with four sixes and two fours as he led the retaliation, but Bere sidestepped his big blow.

Sean Walbridge snatched the middle order with his lethal combination of economy and big turn, claiming 5-13 on nine overs as he slashed the visitors from 85-3 to 95-8.

Ben Jack (17 no) and Peter Thompson (15) pulled off provocative late runs, but youngsters Tom Munnings (1-24) and Cameron Robertson (1-0) polished Broadstone’s tail to secure the victory.

Speaking to Echosport, Bere skipper Brian Keegan said: “When Caleb left it was practically the end of the game.

“The wickets were split except for Mr. Walbridge again, with 5-13.

“He’s played well all season, but the last two games he’s just found that little extra pace.

“It’s like he could close his eyes, turn his arm around and he would always land in the right place. He played extremely well.

“I can’t talk about the team enough. They all did a shift, as they have done throughout the season.

“We’ve had quite a bit of success over the past six weeks so I’m more than happy. ”

Elsewhere, second-placed Bere Regis Seconds can no longer win the County Division Four title after their match against Broadstone Thirds fell in the rain.


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