CRICKET: Leach back in the Dorset ranks

Dorset Echo: IN THE SIDE: Jack Leach IN THE SIDE: Jack Leach

DORSET skipper Chris Park is delighted to welcome back Jack Leach into his squad for a pivotal contest against Wiltshire in their Unicorns Knockout Trophy campaign tomorrow (11am).

The 22-year-old left-arm spinner, pictured, made his debut for Dorset as a youngster and was part of the 2010 Minor Counties Championship winning side.

Captain Park insists it is great to have him back on board.

“Jack is a great lad, the lads love him and it will be good to have his first-class experience in the side on Sunday,” Park told Echosport. “It works both ways, for us as a minor county, it is our job to help produce first-class cricketers for the likes of Somerset and Hampshire and Jack played for us when he was in the Somerset academy, so to get him back for a game is really good.”

In the professional ranks, Leach boasts best first-class figures of 5-63 for Somerset, taken against Warwickshire at Taunton last term.

Visitors Wiltshire claimed a convincing 80-run success when the two sides met in pre-season, without a single Dorset batsman scoring over 40.

And with his side being rolled over for just 149 against Devon last week, 30-year-old Park believes that former captain Tom Hicks’ inclusion will aid their batting woes.

He added: “With Tom back in the side it gives us a bit more experience and he has more of a calming influence on what is quite a young middle order.”

Hicks, pictured, and Leach are joined by Michael Porter, Luke Webb and James Hayman in the XI. Lewis McManus, Massor Khan, Aaron Williams, Ryan Scott and Matt Carpenter all drop out of the squad.

Charlie Esson also comes in as 12th man.

Dorset: Lintott, Porter, Lawrence, Webb, Leach, Park, Hicks, Thomson, Denham, Wolstenholme, Hayman, Esson

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