Dorset Funeral Plan Cricket League presentation evening

Premier League winners Dorchester (l-r) Dan Belt, Nick Douch from sponsors The Dorset Funeral Plan, Jim Ryall, James Dunham, Nick Roe, Simon Mitchem, Josh Foot

Dorchester Cricket Club collected the trophy for winning the 2019 Dorset Cricket Board Premier Division after a thrilling season.

Skipper James Ryall was presented with the cup by Nick Douch from sponsors The Dorset Funeral Plan.

The presentation evening was held at The Leaze, home of Wimborne and Colehill Cricket Club.

Dorchester last won the title in 2008 and have finished in the top four places for the last three seasons

Winning six of their last seven games saw them pip Poole Town CC to the title.

Nick Douch from sponsors The Dorset Funeral Plan presents the Premier League runners-up trophy to Ben Pocknell of Poole Town CC. Poole Town’s third team were Division 5 champs

Jack Owens with the bat and the retiring Dan Belt with the ball were the stand-out performers.

In Division 1 it was Cattistock CC who took the crown and will be playing in the Premier League next season.

Nick Douch from sponsors The Dorset Funeral PLan (left) presents the Div 1 winners trophy to Cattistock. (l-r) Nick Douch, Bradley Damen, Jon Legg, Liam Toohill, Ben Golledge.

Their batting line-up was just too good for opponents this year with Jon Legg, Liam Toohill and Steven Tucker all scoring heavily.

Having been relegated from the Premier League in the 2018 season, Swanage I  regrouped and were runners-up in Division 1. Captain Ryan Norman led from the front with 38 wickets.

Nick Douch from sponsors The Dorset Funeral Plan presents the Division 1 runners-up trophy to Ron Barker, chairman of Swnage CC

Witchampton will finally leave Division 2 after having been in it almost permanently since 2006. And the leave it in the best way – as champions. Adam Croker’s runs and a solid bowling attack led them to the title.

Nick Douch, centre, presents the trophy for Div 2 winners to Witchamtpon. (l-r) Adam Croker, Gavin Wayman, Nick Douch, Stefan Taylor, Marx Hayter

Beaminster came runners-up in Division 2 but had the outstanding cricketer in the league in Daniel Swift. He scored 613 runs and took 30 wickets.

Nick Douch from sponsors The Dorset Funeral Plan, presents the Div II runners-up trophy to Ross Baker of Beaminster CC

In Division 3 Corfe Mullen took the title having battling back from their annus horribilis of 2015 when they lost a team and dropped three divisions.

Nick Douch from sponsors, The Dorset Funeral Plan, presents the Division 3 winners trophy to Zeesham Haider of Corfe Mullen

Michael Jordan was the stand-out player with 536 runs and 24 wickets.

Coming runners-up in Division 3 were Dorchester IIs. It was an incredibly tight finish with five teams contesting the two promotion spots.

Nick Douch from sponsors The Dorset Funeral Plan presents the Div 3 runners-up trophy to Malcolm Stroudley from Dorchester II

And chalking up a fine set of results in Division 4 that led them to the title was Chalke Valley. Star of their season was Joe Weld who scored 2,209 runs and took 28 wickets.

Nick Douch from sponors The Dorset Funeral Plan presents the Div 4 winners trophy to David Brown of Chalke Valley. Chalke Valley also won the Team Achievement award

Martinstown IIs were runners-up in Division 4 with Steve Gerety scoring 650 runs and taking 19 wickets.

Nick Douch from the sponsors presents the Div 4 runners-up trophy to Matt Rimmer of Martinstown II

In Division 5 it was Poole Town IIIs who prevailed following some lean seasons. It was a team effort with the bat and Dan Winwood and Kev Wrigley did plenty of damage with the ball.

Nick Douch from sponsors The Dorset Funeral Plan presents the Premier League runners-up trophy to Ben Pocknell of Poole Town CC. Poole Town’s third team were Division 5 champs

Coming runners-up in Division 5 were Symene, a fine effort having just come up from the lower division.

Nick Douch of sponsors The Dorset Funeral Plan presents the Div 5 runners-up trophy to Graham Bartlett of Symene CC

The Division 6 the eventual champions led from start to finish and Weymouth IIs only lost one game in the whole campaign – bouncing straight back up following relegation last year.

And coming runners-up in Division 6 were Puddletown IIs in the first ever season.

Puddletown CC – Div 6 runners-up. (l-r) Nick Douch from the sponsors, The Dorset Funeral Plan, Barry Knight, David Stevens and Graham Heron

A number of special awards were also presented with Hamworthy Rec retaining the groundsman trophy – it has now been theirs for three years in a row.

Nick Douch from sponsors The Dorset Funeral Plan presents the groundsman award to Stuart Platts of Hamworthy Rec. Gavin Fisher is the groundsman

The DACO Fair Play awards went to Wimborne and Colehill in the Premier League and Shillingstone in Division 1.

Nick Douch from sponsors The Dorset Funeral Plan presents the DACO Premier League Fair Play award to John Ridout of Wimborne and Colehill CC.

Nick Douch from sponsors The Dorset Funeral Plan presents the DACO Div 1 Fair Play award to Clive Nelson representing Shillingstone

Club of the season were Chalke Valley who lost only one game and player of the season was Jon Legg who made 871 runs and took 27 wickets for Cattistock.

Nick Douch from sponors The Dorset Funeral Plan presents the Div 4 winners trophy to David Brown of Chalke Valley. Chalke Valley also won the Team Achievement award

Nick Douch from sponsors The Dorset Funeral Plan presents the individual award to Jon Legg of Cattistock. John scored 871 runs and took27 wickets

Nick Douch from sponsors The Dorset Funeral Plan said: “My family’s connection with cricket in the county go back a century and it is wonderful to still be involved.

“I’d like to congratulate all the winners, particularly Dorchester for taking the Premier League title.

“Another real positive this year is the improvement of the playing surfaces, which makes the games more enjoyable for everyone.

“As we all know, leagues and clubs simply don’t exist without the volunteers who sacrifice much of their own time – they all deserve our thanks.”

John Ridout, chairman of the league who took the fourth hat-trick of his career during the season, said: “It’s been a great year with some close exciting matches, leagues that went down to the wire and some super individual performances.

“I’d like to thank the sponsors, The Dorset Funeral Plan, for their continued support and to all involved in Dorset cricket.

“Well done to all the winners who collected their trophies – we now start to look ahead to the 2020 season.”

 

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