DORCHESTER captain Dan Belt is targeting maximum points against Christchurch at Dorchester Rec and insists his side will not let their guard down tomorrow (1pm).

In what is shaping up to be one of the most thrilling finales to a Dorset Premier League season in recent times, just nine points currently separate the top three.

Poole lead the way, seven points ahead of Dorchester who moved two points clear of former leaders Wimborne after a three-wicket win over the Minstermen last time out.

With four games left, it means all three teams have an excellent chance of being crowned champions – something Dorchester are looking to do for the fourth consecutive year.

READ MORE: Dorchester beat Wimborne by three wickets

Speaking to Echosport, Belt said: “They’re a dangerous team and we certainly can’t let our guard down after such an important win on Saturday.

“We’ve got to go into this game with the same kind of thoughts as the Wimborne game trying to get as many points out of Christchurch as we can.

“Confidence is up there. We’re a confident bunch anyway but getting a win like that is a massive boost for the week ahead.

“It’s great fun to have this competitiveness. You know you’re in a proper battle when it’s this close. To have three teams that close – everyone’s looking forward to it.

“It’s a chance for everyone to make a name for themselves.”

Dorchester replace Eral Anderson and Jack Owens with Jon Legg and Billy Baker.

Dorchester: Carty, Ryall, Anderson, Peak, Mitchem, Rajendar, Belt, Owens, Barrett, Dunham, Nobbs.

Dorchester Seconds visit Shillingstone in County Division Two tomorrow (1.30pm), while Dorchester Thirds have a bye weekend but return to action on Saturday, August 20 at home to Cattistock & Symene Thirds.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, an enormous game between Puddletown and Cattistock & Symene takes place at Plush tomorrow (1pm).

Bottom side Puddletown are nine points adrift of Cattistock & Symene in the final safe position, with one team going down.

Puddletown won the reverse fixture between the league’s current two bottom sides and skipper Adam Barrett describes the return clash as a “must-win” game.

He said: “It’s fair to say it’s a must-win game for Puddletown.

“Cattistock have the advantage nine points ahead of us but in our camp we really need to win this game to have any chance of staying up.

“If we were to lose, it’s not just a case of us not picking up points, it’s also Cattistock pulling away further.

“If they were to beat us, they’re probably going to be more than 20 points ahead which means we’ll have to win two out of our last three to stay up. This is a massive game.”

Puddletown are strengthened by the return of Adam Weir and Callum Chaldecott.

Puddletown: Snow, Re Norman, Wint, Mitchell, Barrett, C Chaldecott, Weir, Ry Norman, D Morris, J Morris, AN Other.

Puddletown Seconds host Portland Red Triangle Seconds in County Division Five tomorrow (1.30pm).

Bere Regis may be best of the rest outside the Dorset Premier League’s top three but Brian Keegan’s men can still have a say in the title battle when hosting leaders Poole Town tomorrow (1pm).

Bere suffered a batting collapse at Poole Park in the reverse fixture and Keegan is keen to see an improved display – his first priority over disrupting Poole’s title chase.

He said: “They’re top of the table for a reason and they’re always there or thereabouts, they always seem to be in the top two.

“But we’re good enough to win, we proved that at their place (last season) but the bottom line is we’re going to have to perform a lot better than we did when we travelled there this year.

“We want to test ourselves and hopefully we can get over the line.”

Gordon Fraser and Lyndon White are replaced by Rich Cole and Rich Payne.

Bere: M King, Russell, S Goodhew, Robertson, T Goodhew, Rich Cole, Payne, Rogerson, Murphy, Keegan, Munnings.

Bere main sponsor: Booth Gadenne

First XI match ball sponsor: Age Well Dorset Physio

Second XI match ball sponsor: Dorset Reclamation

Bere Regis Seconds visit Kingston Lacy in County Division Three tomorrow (1.30pm).

Meanwhile, Martinstown are peering over their shoulder in the Premier League after five straight losses.

Charlie Durant’s side are just 29 points clear of Puddletown and welcome Broadstone to Lower Ashton Farm tomorrow (1pm).

Martinstown held a team social in midweek and Durant hopes the move will serve his team well on the pitch.

Durant said: “Last season there was a lot of good feeling around the club. When you’re winning everyone wants to be at training and there are socials going on.

“When results aren’t going your way, everyone shies away and makes plans for their weekend.

“We’ve tried to push training and we’re all going to the pub, so we’ll hopefully get everyone back together.

“I haven’t seen some of the twos for a few months, people don’t come to training. So it’s about getting back to how we were last season – it’s chalk and cheese.”

Archie Gardner, Ryan Blair and Tom Pope are replaced by Henry Lewis, Sam Kershaw and Dave Trotter.

Martinstown: Nichols, S Williams, W Maltby, Kershaw, R Gerety, Lewis, F Williams, Coombs, Durant, McNab, Trotter.

Martinstown Seconds visit Poole Town Thirds in Division Three tomorrow (1.30pm) looking to close a six-point gap to Kingston Lacy in the final safe position.

In Division One, Portland Red Triangle sit fifth but remain 29 points above the drop zone in what is a congested bottom half of the table.

Matt Randell’s men entertain surprise leaders Witchampton tomorrow (1.30pm) looking to build on a handsome six-wicket win over Poole Town Seconds.

He said: “They won a fair few games. If you’d said they were going to be fighting for promotion at the start of the season a lot of people would be surprised.

“The pressure’s on them. We’ll just go out and enjoy ourselves, they’ll want to take it seriously and get the result.

“We’re not going to change the way we play. They’re definitely a beatable side.”

Portland are without Matt Barrett, Dave Adkins and Ryan Price but Simon Proffitt, Eddie Moles and James Potts return.

Portland: Laws, Proffitt, J Adkins, Randell, Russell, Cameron, Edwards, Potts, Moles, J Marsh, Griffin.

Portland’s neighbours Weymouth are meanwhile looking to close in on third place in County Division Two.

The Seasiders are fifth but trail tomorrow’s opponents Parley Seconds in third by only 12 points.

Vice-captain Lloyd Beals is looking for a string of good results to end what has been an up and down season on a high.

He said: “The inconsistency is painful at times. When we’ve lost, we’ve lost convincingly.

“In recent seasons we’d taken teams all the way and made them work for the win, losing six games in the final over during the 2019 season.

“We play to win every game and finish as high as we can, when all the points are settled we’ll be exactly where we deserve to be.

“Stringing some wins together now, hopefully, should gather some momentum into next season.”

Weymouth welcome back skipper Harry Mitchell, Kieron Womble, Paul Payne, Alex Lark and Jack Taylor for the clash.

Weymouth: England, Beals, J Sapsworth, Womble, Payne, Taylor, Mitchell, Lark, Urumancheri, Guyett, Hoyes.

Unbeaten Weymouth Seconds visit Bournemouth Fifths in County Division Six tomorrow (1.30pm).