The highly anticipated clash with a strong Sherborne side took place on a rather damp looking Poole Park. With this in mind Sherborne decided to bowl first. Allum (11) and Aryan (8) blunted the new ball bowling attack and took the score up to 21 before Aryan chipped one to mid off. Allum was then unfortunately run out and Poole were 29-2. Another 50 partnership between Allam (67) and Quinn (32) set a fine platform for the rest of the innings. Kear (60) joined Allam when Quinn was out with the score on 88-3. There then followed a superb 107 partnership with some excellent shot selection and superb running between the wickets. Alam was the first to go with Kear following soon after and the score on 203-5. Marais and Armstrong ensured a strong finish and Poole ended their 45 overs on 223/5.
With a strong batting line up Poole knew that they would have to bowl and field well to ensure victory. The league’s best batsman, Lawrence, came out all guns blazing and the boundaries started to flow. Alam(2-50), proving once again what a superb all round player he is, had Rocca caught behind and when Kirk (1-54)had Kennedy well caught by a diving Alam, Sherborne were 43-2. Alam then had Lawrence caught by a tumbling Armstrong and Poole were on top with Sherborne on 60-3. Wickets then began to fall at regular intervals with Armstrong (2-24), Wormington (2-20) and Wilson (1-33) all playing their part. At 129-8 Sherborne were a long way from home but a fine counter attacking 9th wicket partnership took the score up to a respectable 181-8. However, Poole came away worthy winners by a 42 run margin.
Poole Town CC - 223/5 (45 Overs)
Alam - 67
Kear - 60
Parfitt - 1/24
Sherborne CC - 181/8 (45 Overs)
Lawrence - 49
Wormington - 2/20
Armstrong - 2/24