DORCHESTER believe the pressure is all on Dorset Premier League leaders Poole Town this weekend going into an exciting final day of the season.

With eight points separating the sides, Dorchester travel to near neighbours Bere Regis, while Poole entertain Sherborne (both 1pm tomorrow).

Dorchester are gunning for a fourth straight Premier title, having pipped Poole on the final day last season.

Wimborne can also win the league but will have to hope Dorchester and Poole are thumped, while picking up 20 points themselves.

Speaking to Echosport, vice-captain Jon Legg revealed Dorchy are ready to put in a “big shift” as the burden of league leaders sits heavy on Poole’s shoulders.

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He said: “The mood is fantastic as it has been all season. We’re looking forward to the final game and the boys are ready to put in a big shift.

“The pressure is most definitely on Poole this weekend. They were in the same position last season and didn’t capitalise.”

Bere, though, are in an identical situation to last season, with a chance to influence the league's outcome.

Their victory over title-chasing Poole on the final day handed Dorchester victory in 2021.

Home skipper Brian Keegan said: “We’ve got one game left, renewing rivalries with them.

“We have to put aside our performance last Saturday. We should be looking to test ourselves and see how far we can get.

“As far as we’re concerned we’re there to get the 20 points and however that affects Dorchester, that’s Dorchester’s area to deal with.

“We’re there to represent Bere Regis and hopefully get the points, that’s all our concern is.

“Obviously, Dorchester and Poole are fighting for the title and good luck to both of them.”

Dorchester make three changes to the side that beat Cattistock & Symene by three wickets last time out.

Ben Macklin, Ben Alford and Matt Porter miss out with Dan Belt, James Dunham and Eral Anderson returning.

Bere have one change with Tom Munnings making way for Matt King.

Dorchester: Belt, Legg, Ryall, Mitchem, Anderson, Rajendar, King, Barrett, Dunham, Baker, Nobbs.

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

Bere Regis main sponsor: Booth Gadenne

Bere Regis first XI match ball sponsor: Dorset Reclamation

Bere Regis second XI match ball sponsor: Dorset Property Surveys

Dorchester Seconds host Weymouth in County Division Two tomorrow (1.30pm), while Dorchester Thirds have played all their games and will finish seventh unless Bournemouth Fifths take 20 points at Lytchett.

Bere Regis Seconds visit Cattistock & Symene in a County Division Three dead rubber tomorrow (1.30pm).

At the other end of the Premier League, Puddletown are fighting for their survival.

They, along with Christchurch and Cattistock & Symene, could go down in the only relegation spot.

Puddletown, who visit Broadstone tomorrow (1pm), must better Christchurch’s haul of points by ten.

Meanwhile, Cattistock & Symene can guarantee safety by earning eight points at home to Wimborne.

Puddle, though, realistically need to beat Broadstone and hopes are high after a 46-run win over Bere Regis on Saturday.

Skipper Adam Barrett said: “I’ve realised we’ve actually won more games than the two teams above us.

“There’s a bit of frustration. When we lose, we lose properly with one or two points.

“That’s a takeaway from this season that perhaps Christchurch and Cattistock have more nous, knowing that you’ve got to pick up points from losing games.

“That’s probably why they’re in a stronger position than we are but it’s a case of us trying to win if we want to stay in the league.

“Regardless of how things go, it’s not all down to this weekend. We want to give ourselves a chance.

“Teams tend to score well up there so you’re always going to be in with a chance and there will be opportunities to take wickets.

“We’re going to have to give it our all, play our best cricket and see where that leaves us.”

Puddletown are without in-form batter Ollie Shrubsole and Barrett (finger).

Puddletown: Re Norman, Mitchell, Ry Norman, J Morris, Allen, Snow, Weir, S Chaldecott, Edwards, Eastment, AN Other.

Puddletown Seconds finish their County Division Five season at Poole Town Fourths and can guarantee their safety by taking five points.

Martinstown are also in Premier League action and could do Puddletown a favour should they beat Christchurch at Hurn Bridge tomorrow (1pm).

Martinstown scored in excess of 400 at Christchurch in a mammoth batting display last season but captain Charlie Durant expects a different game this time.

He said: “It’ll be a much tougher game because there’s a lot riding on it for them. They’ll be bang up for it, they’ve got Premier League status to protect.

“They know if they win they can stay up. I’m sure they’ll have their best players out and can give it a right good go.

“The importance for us was the Cattistock game. Everyone wants to finish on a high and we’ve regularly done that down the years.”

Martinstown are without Ed Nichols, Sam Kershaw and Will Maltby.

Martinstown: Lewis, S Williams, House, R O’Brien, S O’Brien, F Williams, Blair, Durant, Read, B Fry, Spink.

Martinstown Seconds must take 20 points against Division Three relegation rivals Kingston Lacy and only afford them two points to stay up tomorrow (1.30pm).

In Division One, Portland Red Triangle visit Stalbridge with the hosts facing a slim chance of relegation tomorrow (1.30pm).

Stalbridge must take seven points against fourth-placed Portland to guarantee their place in Division One next season.

Portland skipper Matt Randell said: “They'll need to win it more than we do, we just want a strong end to the season going into next year.

"It would be nice to win but certainly from a points position they need that more than us. That doesn't mean we're going up there not to win.

"It's a long way to travel to go up there with a losing mentality."

Portland are without Simon Proffitt and Joe Adkins, but Ryan Price and Ray Emery come in.

Portland: Laws, Randell, Price, Russell, Emery, Edwards, Samuel, Potts, Griffin, J Marsh, R Marsh.

Finally, in Division Two, Weymouth are fully focused on a derby win at Dorchester Seconds.

Seasiders’ skipper Harry Mitchell is looking to back up a huge 161-run win over Corfe Mullen last time out.

Weymouth are one of four teams separated by five points, all fighting for fourth place.

Mitchell said: “Dorchester are already relegated and we’re mid-table but I still think it’s going to be a competitive game.

“Both teams are going to put out a good performance and I expect them to be stronger than recent weeks.

“We just want to finish on a high, simple as that. There’s no hiding away, it’s a rivalry.

“It’s been a difficult season with lots of hiccups along the road but we’re building for next year.”

Weymouth: Mitchell, Womble, Beals, J Sapsworth, J Armfield, Taylor, Urumancheri, Rogers, Guyett, Somaratne, Lark.

Division Six champions Weymouth Seconds host Cattistock & Symene Thirds at Redlands tomorrow (1.30pm).