DORCHESTER captain James Dunham is aiming to “capitalise” on the improved pitch provided by opening batsman and groundsman Jim Ryall with victory over Sherborne at Dorchester Rec tomorrow (1pm).

Ryall re-joined the county town side after a brief spell at Cerne Valley and has prepared the pitch and outfield for the past season.

Dunham believes the county town side can now reap the rewards as they look to make the Rec a fortress in the Dorset Funeral Plan Premier League.

He told Echosport: “Jim’s done great work in the winter and provided a good pitch. The ground looks great so we’re looking to capitalise on that with another home win this weekend.

“It offers a bit for both (bowler and batsman), it’s Jim’s second home – he’s living there at the moment!

“He’s putting a lot of hours in before and after his current work. Big credit to the groundsman. (The pitch is) a bit more consistent this year.

“That’s shown in our opponents’ views at the end of the game, as well.”

Dorchester defeated reigning champions Wimborne & Colehill by 13 runs at the Rec on the opening day before losing by 55 runs to 2017 title-winners Broadstone.

After a tough start, Dunham is not taking Sherborne for granted.

He said: “It’s a bit of a funny league this year. Sherborne had an interesting match where they tied with Poole and they’re a good side. It’s always a good game with Sherborne, always very competitive. It should be an interesting match and one we’re all looking forward to.”

Dunham and Josh Richardson (both unavailable) are replaced by Martyn Richards and ex-Weymouth seamer Rob Nobbs, who will make his debut for the club.

Dorchester: Ryall, Owens, Mitchem, Anderson, Belt, Richards, Peak, Barrett, Roe, Nobbs, Walklett

Dorchester Seconds visit Sherborne Seconds in County Division Three.