DORSET captain Chris Park has labelled his side’s clash with Berkshire in the Unicorns Trophy at North Perrott tomorrow (11am) as a “must-win” game.
The hosts face their table-topping opponents knowing only a win will suffice if they are to progress to the next stage of the competition.
Dorset currently lie second on four points, while Berkshire boast a 100 per cent record with three wins and six points, but Park is up for the challenge of facing the current leaders.
“We’re looking forward to it as it’s a big game for us – a must-win.
“We’ll have to play proper cricket against a good Berkshire side that we know very well. We lost against them very heavily last summer,” Park told Echosport.
Despite that crushing 327-run defeat, Park is heartened by his team’s recent form – both away and at North Perrott.
He said: “We had a good victory against Cornwall a couple of weeks ago and we have had some good results at North Perrott.
“So it’s a friendly ground for us and a good batting pitch too.”
One player set to enjoy home advantage is North Perrott’s opening batsman Gordon Whorlow, who was recently called up by Dorset after impressing for his club and the Dorset Leopards development team.
Park is confident in Whorlow’s ability and says his progression from the Leopards squad proves the development side is a good initiative.
“The scheme working and Gordon got a great fifty against Millfield School. He’s started the season really well.
“We are looking at the Leopards and watching their form closely.
“Gordon’s playing at his home ground, so it’s a case of having home comforts and familiarities for him but it’s about the team not just one player,” he said.
Dorset: Whorlow, Ellis, Porter, Webb, Naik, Waller, Park, Thompson, Wolstenholme, Currie, Hayman, T Barber.