Dorchester is ready for the Cattistock fight


DORCHESTER captain James Dunham backed the defending champions to keep the winning train rolling ahead of a winless visit to Cattistock & Symene tomorrow (1pm).

Dunham’s men lead the Dorset Funeral Plan Premier League by 16 points from Martinstown in second after successive wins.

And with games against the Foxes this weekend and then against his fellow wrestlers Christchurch ahead of a weekend off, Dunham is aiming for a good end to the first half of the campaign.

Speaking to Echosport, he said: “I told the boys when we lost to Bere Regis that when we won the championship in 2019 we lost the second game of the season.

“From there we were eight unbeaten after that. It is important to start the second half of the season by winning the next two games.

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“It would be nice to go into the second half with just one game lost.”

Dorchester makes two changes as James Caldwell and Dan Morris (both unavailable) retire, with Josh Richardson and Brandon King replacing them.

Dorchester: Ryall, Legg, Anderson, Mitchem, Owens, Belt, Richardson, Barrett, Roe, Dunham, King.

* Trouble Dorchester Seconds host Corfe Mullen in County Division Two tomorrow (1:30 p.m.).

Elsewhere, division rivals Martinstown host Wimborne & Colehill at Lower Ashton Farm tomorrow (1pm).

Will Maltby, 17, will lead the team despite the unavailability of skipper Sam Kershaw.

And Kershaw said his team were “ready to right some wrongs” after the losses to Dorchester and Poole.

He said: “The guys have definitely felt the impact of the two losses and really want to get back to the winning streak.

“They were two pretty disappointing losses the way we lost them.

“We showed a good fight last week to get (Poole) eight losses, so hopefully we can combine everything and go well this Saturday.

“Training has gone well this week so we are ready to right some wrongs.”

Martinstown: S Williams, Gerety, W Maltby, G Pope, T Pope, White, Wylie, Andrews, Je Stewart, Trotter, Durant

* The Martinstown Seconds will visit second-placed Chalke Valley in County Division Three tomorrow (1:30 p.m.).

Dorset Echo: Will Maltby, right, will be Martinstown skipper aged just 17 Photo: GRAHAM HUNTWill Maltby, right, will be skipper Martinstown aged just 17 Photo: GRAHAM HUNT

Béré Régis have a goodbye weekend but get back to the action at Broadstone on Saturday June 19th.

Meanwhile, the leaders of County Division 1 Puddleville will look to keep the momentum going tomorrow (1:30 p.m.) when they face a tricky away game against Marnhull.

Puddle captain Adam Barrett, who led his team to five wins in six games, admitted he knew very little about his opponents.

“I don’t think I’ve played Marnhull before, so to be honest I’m not sure what to expect,” he said.

“Historically they have played well in this division so as always we are going to come into the game expecting a tough competition and trying to play the best cricket we can.”

Puddletown makes a change from the squad that beat Hamworthy last weekend as Steve Chaldecott comes in to replace Mike Hoffmann.

Puddleville: C Chaldecott, Snow, Mitchell, Barrett, Weir, Eastment, Ry Norman, Re Norman, S Chaldecott, D Morris, J Morris.

* Puddle Channel 2 will visit Dorchester Thirds in County Division Five North and West tomorrow (1:30 p.m.).

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Still in Division 1, Portland Red Triangle are in action at fourth-placed Hamworthy looking to close the 15-point gap between the two teams.

Matt Randell’s men beat Beaminster by four wickets last time around, but the Triangle skipper respects the quality that Rec has in his arsenal.

He said: “I like to think that we go into every game thinking we’re going to win, but we sure know it’s going to be a tough test.

“Looking at some of their results, they had very good results. Against Compton House, they scored 309 and beat them convincingly.

“Then they also had results where they got knocked out and didn’t look as good.

“So anyone can beat anybody in this league. I would say we’re pretty confident at the start, but we know they’re going to be a very good team.

Portland welcomes Chris Theakstone (ankle) but Tim Forshaw (hamstring) could play for seconds.

Rich Samuel and Ryan Price are absent due to professional commitments, but Rob Townley arrives.

Portland: D Adkins, Randell, Price, Laws, Theakstone, M Barrett, J Adkins, S Barrett, Edwards, Cameron, J Marsh.

* Portland’s second team is in action at home against Bere Regis Seconds in County Division Four.

Dorset Echo: Chris Theakstone, left, returns for Portland Photo: GRAHAM HUNTChris Theakstone, left, returns for Portland Photo: GRAHAM HUNT

To finish, Weymouth tomorrow (1:30 p.m.) will face the promoted Witchampton, who has impressed so far to take second place in the Premier League.

The Seasiders aim to build on their five-wicket win over Swanage last time around.

But Captain Harry Mitchell was cautious before facing the witches.

He said: “It’s still an unknown event, a bit like last weekend.

“Playing there before is pretty weak and slow and looking at the results at the start of the season the scores are low.

“We’re going to have to kick well and with the ball in hand, put it in good areas – let the pitch do the talking.

“They are going to be particularly strong at home this season, they have a lot of experience and some of their young boys are starting to improve.

“It’s going to be a close game.

Shafeek Urumancheri, Kieron Womble and Jonny Armfield return for Weymouth, with Tom England, John Wilson and Sami Rathnayake missing.

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* The Weymouth Seconds host Bradford Abbas at Redlands in Division Five North and West of the County tomorrow (1:30 p.m.).

*Abbotsbury will host Sherborne Seconds in County Division Three tomorrow (1:30 p.m.).


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