DORCHESTER’S star all-rounder James Caldwell has received a call-up to the Dorset squad to face Devon tomorrow (11am).

Dorset take on their neighbours in two Twenty20 games at The Parks in Bridgwater, with Caldwell named in a squad of 12.

Caldwell has been in electric form for the current Dorset Premier League champions, particularly with the ball.

In three matches he has taken 9-42 from 22 overs including a stunning 4-5 against Martinstown last weekend.

Dorchester captain James Dunham admitted the former Sherborne School student has been in a league of his own.

“I said last week about him being on a different pitch,” Dunham told Echosport.

“He’s shoulders above everybody this year. Since we were allowed to play cricket again in lockdown I know how much we all wanted to get down the nets, train and play.

“Jimmy’s put in a lot of work this year and he’s enjoying his cricket as much as he ever has done – that shows in his performance with the bat and ball.

“He’s absolutely class and fully deserves his call-up.”

Dunham revealed Caldwell is keen to test himself at National Counties level.

He said: “I’ve spoken to James quite a lot about it and he’s looking forward to the challenge.

“He knows a couple of people in the squad so he’s looking forward to seeing them and testing himself.

“It’s a big step up from what he’s playing but he’s definitely ready for it. The club is very excited to go up and support him.

“It’s great for our youth to look up and see someone who plays for Dorchester can now play (National) Counties cricket – that’s what it’s all about.”