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CRICKET: Dorchester's aim is a maximum haul
DORCHESTER v BROADSTONE SECONDS
MAXIMUM points should be Dorchester’s aim when they welcome winless Broadstone Sec-onds to the county town tomorrow (1pm).
That is the opinion of captain Dan Belt as he tries to lift his team following last weekend’s batting collapse against Sher-borne.
On paper, Dorchester should have few problems seeing off their visitors, who are yet to win a game this season in Premier Two.
Along with two cancellations and an abandonment, Broadstone have lost eight times in all so far, including an 84-run defeat to Dorchester at the end of May.
They sit 21 points adrift of seventh-placed Blandford at the foot of the table, while Dorchester lie third, 13 points behind leaders Martinstown.
“Last week was disappointing but we need to move on and forget that happened,” said Belt.
“The wicket at Sherborne didn’t help us when it got wet but at the same time people gave their wickets away.
“We need to try and build partnerships tomorrow and make sure we aren’t bowled out for 87 again.
“We can be quietly confident of getting a win against Broadstone, though we still have to treat them as if they are one of top sides.”
He added: “We’re in third place but we can’t relax because you carry your points through with you when the league splits.
“The more points we get now, the better it will be for us in the second half of the season, and in these sorts of games we need to get the 20 points to keep up with the top two.
“We play Martinstown in a couple of weeks and a win there would get us right back into it.”
Quenton Miller is unavailable for Dorchester tomorrow so Matt Porter returns to the side.
On Porter’s qualities, Belt said: “Matt is a bit of an all-rounder who can bat and bowl, and is good in the field.
“He’ll come in and give it his all for the team.”
Frontrunners Martinstown host Bere Regis and Sherborne go to Shroton, the side currently in fifth.
Elsewhere, Dorchester Seconds will look for a sixth victory of the campaign at Stalbridge Seconds in Division Two
Dorchester: Caldwell, Moxom, Belt, Guppy, Porter, Scott, Mitchem, Foot, Power, Morris, Dunham
Match sponsor: JW Scaffolding
Match ball sponsor: Durnovaria Wine Bar