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CRICKET: Baptism of fire for Dorchester young guns
12:55pm Sunday 25th August 2013 in Sport
PARLEY 316-9 (20pts) beat DORCHESTER 104 (5pts) by 212 runs
DORCHESTER’S young guns were given a real baptism of fire on Saturday as Parley showed just why they are the Dorset Premier League champions this season.
Having said that, the visitors were reduced to 130-6 batting first and had it not been for a century from Roshan Embalagama (114) they would not have compiled the huge total they did.
The hosts’ young side, which included one 14-year-old and two 15-year-olds, were unable to deal with the Parley bowling attack and eight wickets were lost for 40 runs on the way to 104 all out.
Dorchester captain Dan Belt, although disappointed with his team’s fielding in particular, felt his youngsters could learn a lot from the experience.
“I had 11 players and that was about it,” he said. “We had to make a few changes before the game because the seconds were short so the players I did have were very young and inexp-erienced.
“We had a 14-year-old, two 15-year-olds and a couple of guys who are 17.
“They are very inexperienced and it’s a learning curve for them in games like this against the team that have won the cham-pionship.
“I’m sure they will take the positives out of it and learn from the mistakes they made.
“We’ve got one game left to get the kids in again and then straight away we’ll start looking forward to next season and see what we can do to improve the club.
“I’m sure we’ll be able to get some players in and get back up to the top flight as soon as possible.”
On the match itself, Belt added: “Our inexperience showed in the field. Reducing them to 130-6 then seeing them get to 316 was disappointing.
“Roshan batted well and we didn’t bowl badly, just inexp-erience in the field cost us runs and we were lacking that one extra bowler.
“Our batting let us down as well and when you’re chasing a total like that, you’ve either got to go for it or try and block out and get as many points as you can.
“They had two good spinners that utilised the pitch pretty well and did the damage.”
James Dunham (2-46) and Sam Goodhew (2-40) were the pick of the Dorchester bowlers, while Joe Power claimed three wickets from his 10 overs, albeit for 82 runs.
Embalagama, who put on 116 for the seventh wicket with Matt Stickland (31), made the home side toil in the field until he was caught by Pete Diffey off the bowling of Power.
Dorchester were going reason-ably well in reply at 49-2 but a major collapse saw them only just creep over 100, with Greg Holland finishing unbeaten on 19.
Broadstone are relegated Dor-chester’s opponents at the Rec on the final day of the season this Saturday.