CRICKET: Womble wary of Wayfarers

Dorset Echo: UNAVAILABLE: Simon Browne UNAVAILABLE: Simon Browne

WEYMOUTH v FERNDOWN WAYFARERS

WEYMOUTH captain Kieron Womble knows Ferndown Way-farers’ position at the bottom of Dorset Premier One will count for nothing when the sides meet at Redlands tomorrow (1pm).

The Wayfarers finished second to champions Parley last season but have struggled in the opening weeks of the new campaign.

They are yet to win a fixture and were bowled out for just 73 by Poole Town last Saturday – they ended up on the wrong end of a 191-run thumping.

Weymouth, on the other hand, beat Stalbridge in their previous outing and sit fourth in the standings, level on points with third-placed Swanage.

But Womble isn’t reading anything into league positions this early in the season.

“You need to get the first lot of games out of the way before you can really see where you are in the league,” he said.

“We played Ferndown last season and they were quite strong all round, particularly in the batting department.

“I think they are missing a few key players who have moved on, but they are still a good team and I’m sure they will be dangerous.

“Taking early wickets is going to be important and it’s something we’ve been doing recently.

“It’s all about getting teams on the back foot and if we can do that then we’ll have a chance.

“We’ve really hit the ground running and effort-wise we can’t give any more than what we are.”

Neil Walton, Dan Hutchens and Simon Browne, who all performed so well during the success over Stalbridge, won’t be available for the Seasiders.

*Weymouth would like to thank JD Wetherspoon, the Famous Old Spa and match ball sponsor Tom and Erin’s Fancy Dress Shop for their continued support.

n Portland Red Triangle will be looking to put pressure on both Cattistock and Cerne Valley at the top of County Division Two tomorrow, as they travel Wimborne and Colehill Thirds in an attempt to win their third game of the campaign (1.30pm).

And after last week’s comfortable victory away at Sturminster & Hinton, the club’s second XI entertain Lytchett at Reforne (1.30pm).

Skipper Grant Neven is full of confidence that his charges can reproduce another excellent all- round display.

He added: “Last week we played to our potential and proved that on our day we are more than a match for most.

“We are forced into a couple of changes due to work commitments, but welcome back Gareth Price and Luke Strong into a side hoping to build on last week’s win.”

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