DORSET captain Luke Webb has labelled tomorrow’s showcase clash with Hampshire as “a great opportunity” for his side.

Webb leads Dorset at Wimborne’s Leaze ground in a 50-over match tomorrow (11am), the match providing both teams with middle time.

Hampshire are gearing up for their Royal London Cup campaign from Friday, August 5, while Dorset face Berkshire in the NCCA Trophy semi-finals on Sunday, August 7.

Several senior Hampshire players will be preparing for The Hundred with their franchises and the county is therefore expected to field many of its brightest future talents.

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It comes after Dorset have played a significant role in developing the likes of Felix Organ, Scott Currie, Tom Prest, Lewis McManus and more in recent seasons.

Speaking to Echosport, Webb told of the chance that now lies in wait for Dorset’s stars to catch the eye with major county spotlight on them.

He said: “The side Hampshire will have out I’m pretty sure will have a decent Dorset contingent in it.

“Giles White (Hampshire director) and our director Nick Eckland said how valuable the partnership is for both counties.

“It’s great that so many players have gone through and are making an impact for Hampshire.

“It will be a great opportunity and to the credit of NCCA cricket most games are played to a really good standard and most teams have a couple of pro players.

“The chance to play against Hampshire, a professional side, is really good and for us it’s come at the perfect time ahead of our semi-final.”

Webb is quietly optimistic of Dorset’s chances of victory off the back of a successful white ball season.

He said: “For us, it will quite simply be to go out and execute our plans ahead of the semi-final.

“If we do that well against Hampshire, we’ll come close to a result I’m sure. Obviously, we’re playing a very good side and it’s going to be a challenge.

“That’s what we want. We’re definitely using it as a great opportunity to nail our skills and gameplan ahead of the semi-final.”

Hampshire Academy products Joseph Eckland and Eddie Jack could feature for Dorset, while Connor Smith could play having impressed for Hampshire Seconds this season.

Dorset: Webb, Soames, Scott, Young, A Eckland, J Eckland, Woodruff, Jack, Pack, Smith, Breckon. 12th man: Fisher