Dorset Funeral Plan cricket league awards evening

The battle to be crowned champions of the Dorset Funeral Plan cricket league went down to the very last weekend.

And it was Broadstone who pipped Swanage to the Premier League title and picked up their trophy at the annual awards evening.

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and Premier League champs Broadstone I. (l-r) Steve trembath, Ashley Collison, Mike Holm

Well led by Steve Trembath and with leading run scorer Luke Carter in the top order, the Broadstone outfit deserved their prize.

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and Ryan Norman of Swanage I. Prem League runners-up

The two teams who came second and third in Division 1 last year took the two top spots in 2017.

Christchurch have a Premier League set-up, but were pipped to the top spot by Bere Regis who have been on the verge of promotion for the last six years – but this year dominated with 44 points separating them from Christchurch.

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and Richard Cole of Bere Regis I. Div 1 champs

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and Gareth Williams of Christchurch. Div 1 runners-up

Division 2 also went down to the wire and was a final day shoot-out between two clubs who previously have graced the Premier League.

In the end Portland Red Triangle saw off the challenge of Compton House.

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and Matt Randell and Simon Barrett. Portland RT. Div 2 champs

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and Jonny White and Sridhar Ramakrishnan of Compton House. Div 2 runners-up

The runners-up in Division 3 were 7th half way through the season, but six wins in the second half saw Beaminster clinch second place.

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and John Block of Beaminster. Div 3 runners-up.

Continuing their remarkable rise through the league and winning the Div 3 title by a whopping 81 points were Charlton Down who went through 2017 unbeaten.

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and Charlton Down. Div 3 champs and team of the season. (l-r) Tommy Tucker, Roger Frampwell, Joe Meller, Richard Fagence

Puddletown who were promoted to Division 4 in 2015, consolidated last year and this time round were runners-up. Beating them to the title were Shaftesbury who lost just one match all season.

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and Matt Boatwright and Chris Pym. Shaftesbury I Div 4 champs

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and Adam Barrett, Adam Weir and Graham Heron. Puddletown Div 4 runners-up

Runners-up in Division 5 were the only team in the whole of Dorset Saturday and Sunday cricket who didn’t lose a game to the weather – Portland Red Triangle 2nds.

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and Oliver Whisker of Portland Red Triangle. Div 5 runners-up

The winners of Division 5 had been relegated last year, but bounced back with a great season – Swanage 2nds.

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and Pete Barker and Tim Ives from Swanage II. Div 5 champs

Bradford Abbas lost just two games all season in Division 6, but couldn’t move into the top spot which was occupied for the almost the whole season by Bere Regis, who lost only one game.

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and Andy Kent from Bere Regis II. Div 6 champs

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and Darren Walters of Bradford Abbas. Division 6 runners-up

There were also some special awards presented at the evening held at Wimborne and Colehill CC.

The groundsman’s award saw Shroton and Wimborne and Colehill receiving special mentions, but the winner was Hamworthy Recreation, with Gavin Fisher picking up the trophy.

Nick Douch, left, of sponsors the Dorset Funeral Plan with Gavin Fisher, groundsman of the year. Hamworthy.

There were two fair play awards handed out at during the evening by Merrick Wilkinson, chairman of Dorset Association of Cricket Officials (DACO).

Cerne Valley won the Division 1 award while Stalbridge won the award for the Premier League.

Nick Douch, left, of sponsors the Dorset Funeral Plan and Howard Batten of Stalbridge with the DACO fair play award for Prem Div, and Merrick Wilkinson, chairman of DACO

Nick Douch, left, of sponsors the Dorset Funeral Plan and Dave Portch of Cerne Valley with the DACO fair play award for Div 1, and Merrick Wilkinson, chairman of DACO

The Achievement award was won by Simon Proffitt of Portland Red Triangle who took 42 wickets including a seven wicket haul, a six wicket haul and three centuries. Club chairman John Walker picked up the trophy on his behalf.

Nick Douch, left, of sponsors the Dorset Funeral Plan with John Walker, chairman of Portland RT, picking up the performance award for Simon Proffitt.

And the team of the season award saw special mentions for Bere Regis, Swanage and Broadstone but the winner is a club that started life only 12 years ago.

Charlton Down had an unbeaten season and recorded their fourth successive title and deservedly took the team of the season award.

Nick Douch, left, from the Dorset Funeral Plan and Charlton Down. Div 3 champs and team of the season. (l-r) Tommy Tucker, Roger Frampwell, Joe Meller, Richard Fagence

John Ridout, chairman, of the league, thanked the sponsors – The Dorset Funeral Plan – and said: “It was great to see many new faces at the awards evening and celebrate a season that saw plenty of exciting finishes.

“I congratulate all the winners and we now start preparations for next year.”

Nick Douch, from the sponsors, said: “We’ve been sponsoring Dorset cricket for more than ten years and my family’s association with Dorset cricket goes back many decades.

“It is always a pleasure to hand out the awards to the winners and runners-up and to witness the friendly rivalry between clubs.”

 

Notes to editors

The Dorset Funeral Plan is run by the The Douch Family Funeral Directors that have been helping families with funeral arrangements for over 100 years. Branches include Douch & Small, A E Jolliffe & Son, Albert Marsh, James Smith, Ives & Shand and Lesley Shand Funeral Service. They’re based in Ferndown, Wareham, Poole, Upton, Wimborne, Swanage, Blandford and Corfe Mullen.

 

Editor’s Note: For more information please contact: Ed Baker, Deep South Media, on 01202 534487, or Ed Baker on 07788392965.