DORCHESTER skipper Simon Mitchem is keen for his side to be more positive with the bat, insisting they need to back their abilities throughout the order.

The county town side got bogged down at the crease in their 55-run loss against Martinstown last time out – a result that was only their fourth defeat of the campaign.

And with Sherborne set to visit the Rec tomorrow (1pm), Mitchem has called for his side to approach their batting innings with real intent.

He told Echosport: “I think when we are one or two wickets down we have just got to back ourselves and be a bit more positive when we go out to bat.

“Rather than just settling for two and over and trying to survive, we should back ourselves to score runs.

“We are a good batting side, we have plenty of batsmen. You get one or two down and people just think you have to stay there but you have got to try and be positive and keep the rate ticking over – we didn’t do that very well last Saturday.”

He added: “It’s maybe not a case of people being aggressive, it’s having positive intent.

“If you get a bad ball you have got to make the most of it and you have got to take it on.

“We definitely need to try and be more positive and kept he rate ticking. That is something for us to work on.”

Dorchester will be looking to show Sherborne their batting prowess after a dismal display saw them skittled out for just 94 when the two sides met earlier in the campaign.

The county town side, who sit third in the division at present, are set to welcome back James Dunham and Quenton Miller this weekend, in place of Jack Owens and Ben Macklin.