DORCHESTER skipper James Dunham is looking for back-to-back titles as Poole Town visit Dorchester Rec tomorrow (1.30pm).

Dunham’s men captured the Premier League title last season and could wrap up the coronavirus-shortened Dorset ‘Thank You NHS’ League Division One trophy against Poole.

Both sides have been at the forefront of the Dorset League during the last few years, making for a titanic battle.

Speaking to Echosport, Dunham said: “Since we’ve been back in the nets and playing cricket we’ve been looking to win games and have a happy club.

“I know that winning isn’t everything, but it keeps the momentum that we had from last year.

“Both teams will be looking to win. If you look at the way the season finished last year, the top two teams have made the final this year.

“Poole topped a very strong group, so absolute credit to them. It shows the depth of the group and how strong it was, because it went down to net run rate.

“We get on really well with Poole so it will be a good day and a very competitive game.”

Dorchester make just one change as Will Caldwell (unavailable) is replaced by Jim Ryall.

Dorchester: Ryall, Peach, Carty, Mitchem, McKay, J Caldwell, Richardson, Barrett, Roe, Thompson Dunham.

The county town’s second team will also be vying for league honours in Division Three at Verwood.

Rob Nobbs, who took the captaincy for 2020, has led his troops to five straight maximum-point victories – the only team in Dorset to achieve 100 points from a possible 100.

Nobbs warned against complacency. “Their captain (Charlie Gajic) is the one we’ve got to watch out for,” he said.

“Selection was the worst one we’ve had because everybody’s available, so you’ve got to let some people down – that was difficult.

“We’ve got Eral Anderson with us this week – that’s how strong the club is. There’s decent players that are not getting in the first team.

“We’re not going to be complacent, it’s going to be a tough game.”

Dorchester Seconds (from): Nobbs, Beasley, Anderson, Cole, J Foot, Gray, Morris, King, Power, Porter, Peak, Scott.

Back in Division One, Bere Regis tackle Bournemouth Seconds in the battle for third place.

Bere captain Brian Keegan said: “It’s the unknown because looking at the scorecards they’ve had a mixture of players and the ability to play first-teamers as well.

“We’ll be wary of them, try and play our game and see where it takes us bearing in mind we don’t know what we’re coming up against.

“Hopefully we’ll just build on the last couple of weeks and keep inching forward in the bigger plan – be competitive next season.

“Six games, you feel like you’ve just started and it’s finishing already. In the scheme of things, we’re also grateful that we got to play cricket.”

Rich Payne comes in for Crispin Brown (unavailable).

Bere: M King, Payne, Rich Cole, Murphy, Proffitt, S Goodhew, T Goodhew, Griffiths, Keegan, Walbridge, Rogerson.

Also in Division One, Martinstown welcome Wimborne & Colehill to Lower Ashton Farm in a play-off for seventh spot.

Captain Sam Kershaw is unavailable. Ed Nichols takes over the reins and described the clash as the best the Villagers could have got.

He said: “Wimborne are a really strong side, they have been the whole we’ve been in the Prem.

“Equally, it’s the best draw we could’ve got because they’re a friendly side and very enjoyable to play against.

“We have good games and they normally come out on top, although we did beat them last game at home a couple of years ago.

“They play a positive style of cricket and have a good mix of youth and experience, so it should be a good challenge for us.”

Tom Pope, Fraser Hill and Nathan McNab replace Kershaw, Ryan Blair and Matt Camp.

Martinstown: S Williams, Maltby, Nichols, White, Ja Stewart, T Pope, Hill, McNab, Rimmer, Je Stewart, Durant.

In Division Two, Weymouth are vying for fifth place with Winton after both sides finished third in their groups, although the Seasiders achieved three wins to Winton’s two.

Weymouth skipper Harry Mitchell is expecting quality opposition.

He said: “As a team we don’t really know too much about them or what players they’ve got.

“We’re going into the unknown. They’re a Bournemouth side so I expect they’ll be quite strong.

“They came third in the other group, which was tougher, so we’re expecting a good game.

“I’m quite happy with what we’ve done this season. We’ve bedded some youngsters in, given young guys more of a starring role and I’ve understood my team a lot more.

“It’s been a good season to learn from and moving forward we’re well placed.”

Weymouth are set to make at least three changes and will pick from a squad of 12.

Weymouth (from): James, Womble, Urumancheri, Guyett, Mitchell, Beals, P Sapsworth, J Sapsworth, Puckett, Greening, Wilson, Somaratne.

*Portland finish 11th in Division One after Broadstone scratched.


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