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CRICKET: Revenge mission for Dorchester
DORCHESTER captain Dan Belt pulled no punches in the build-up to his side’s clash with Wimborne & Colehill Seconds and is eager to claim revenge at the Rec tomorrow (1pm).
Belt’s troops suffered a surprise 28-run defeat to this weekend’s opposition as they collapsed chasing 156 for victory during the reverse fixture in May.
And now the side’s are set to meet again, the skipper issued a rallying call to the rest of his squad to “put things right”.
“We want a bit of redemption and we just want to be able to get another game in against them to put things right.” Belt told Echosport.
“It was the batting that went wrong last time against them and last week we batted much better so if we can carry on like that and not repeat what we did at their place, we should be okay.
“We should have definitely won last time, we were only chasing around 150 on a half-decent wicket with a fast outfield, but a few decisions went against us. We just need to forget that really and focus on this week.”
Dorchester will be unchanged from last weekend’s convincing win over Blandford, and find themselves level on points at the top of Premier Two with neighbours Martinstown.
But although his side are set for a spot in the top four when the leagues divide later in the campaign, Belt insists his side need to get ahead at the top of the table before the split.
“From this point, if we keep winning we are in the driving seat really,” he added.
“We just need to pick up as many points as possible before the split, we are not sure who the fourth team will be yet but we have beaten everybody so far except Wimborne and we are obviously confident that we can do the job against the other teams if we need to again.”
Dorchester: Belt, Moxom, Caldwell, Miller, Guppy, Power, Dunham, Mitchem, Scott, Foot, Morris
Match sponsor: Number 35 Cafe
Ball sponsor: JW Scaffolding
Elsewhere, Portland Red Triangle and Weymouth Seconds lock horns in a local derby at Reforne (1.30pm).
Last time the two sides met, Portland comfortably came out on top, posting more than 300 runs batting first in a 144-run win.