> 2013 News We have some great friendly fixtures lined up for your entertainment during April 2013. We start on Sunday 7th April at South Wilts CC where we take on Wiltshire, with play commencing at 11:00. The following weekend sees us take on Gloucestershire 2nds on Saturday 13th at Dean Park and on Sunday 14th we travel to The Ageas Bowl to face Hampshire 2nds. The following weekend (Sunday 21st) we host Wales Minor Counties in the first match of the MCCA KO Trophy Group 4.;
Captain's Preview 2013 Season
On the eve of the first cricket weekend of the season, there are still a few flakes of snow in the air and I hope the sun battles through and the rain stays away more than it did for us last year – surely it can’t be any worse?
Weather aside, I am as excited as ever about Dorset’s prospects this season. We have a real batch of exciting young players coming through and I expect a few new names to shine this year as we aim to be more energetic, fit and vibrant as a unit, whilst losing none of the traditional hardness and experience which has won through for us in tight positions over the years. Keep an eye out for Masoor Khan, Jake Lintott and Michael Porter with the bat and Simon Beetham and Ben Ladd-Gibbon with the ball among the younger members of the squad. Also, we hope to see plenty of young Lewis McManus with the keeping gloves – another home-grown under 18 player.
Aaron Williams continues as vice-captain, but is out for the warm-up games, whilst we’ll be looking to the Park brothers, Ed Denham, Scott Barlow, Mark Wolstenholme and Matt Metcalfe to add experience with the ball and in the middle order.
Hopefully, the squad will also be boosted by Jack Leach, Max Waller and last year’s record-breaker Chris Jones when they are not on Somerset duty.
Coach Alan Willows and I are both confident that we can make a challenge on both one-day and three-day fronts, having lost out in the last over of our semi-final last year. We also have the excitement of a Twenty20 match against Somerset at Sherborne School for Arul Suppiah’s benefit on April 30th which we hope all of our followers will support.
Above all, we hope for entertaining and winning cricket for the Leopards in 2013.
2012 Season 24th July 2012 - 1,323 runs, 31 wickets and 7 records - That's Entertainment!!
At long last Dorset were able to host 3 days of uninterrupted cricket at the magnificently presented scenic setting of Dean Park, Bournemouth.
Having won the toss, Dorset elected to bat and so it was, in brilliant sunshine, that Nick Park & Chris Jones took to the field. There were some smiling faces around as the home team reached 80 before the wicket of Park (37) fell to Joe Leach in the 23rd over.... this was the best opening partnership of the season! With the 2nd wicket falling at 98, Jones was joined by Aaron Williams and that pair broke the record partnership for the Dorset Championship 3rd wicket by setting 240, the previous record having stood since 1929. Unfortunately that saw the end of Jones' innings for a splendid 175 (20x4, 1x6), a personal best for Dorset. When skipper Tom Hicks (18*) declared the first innings on 401-4 after 89 overs, Williams had scored 124* (14x4), also his personal best for Dorset. Shropshire used 8 bowlers but were unable to collect more than 1 bowling point.
At Close of Play on day 1, Shropshire were sitting comfortably on 49-0 from 19 overs but by the time the same number of overs had been bowled the following morning, they had been reduced to 93-4 by the twin spin attack of Tom Hicks (25-8-99-3) & Jack Leach (30-4-106-4), including the valuable wicket of Ed Foster for 54. Excellent batting from Rob Foster (59), Jono Whitney (110) and Anthony Parker (46) ensured that Shropshire completed their innings on a very respectable 330-7.
Dorset's 2nd innings was all about that man Jones again! By the time he'd reached 130 he had broken the Minor Counties Championship record for the highest aggregate score by any batsman scoring two hundreds in one match (the previous being 304 set by EW Whitfield for Surrey v Devon in 1938); 150 and he was the first Minor Counties batsman to score two 150's in one match and, by the time he was dismissed for 188, he'd beaten the existing Minor Counties aggregate score (341 Ernest Garnett for Berkshire v Wiltshire in 1908) with a total of 368 runs for the match as well as breaking his personal best, again. Chris Park (39) and Ed Denham (46) helped Dorset reach a total of 322 and most notable of the Shropshire bowlers was debutant Elliot Green who, despite only bowling a few overs, returned figures of 4-1-11-3.
Shropshire, set a target of 394 from a minimum 74 overs, must have been wincing when the first two wickets fell for just 25 runs. However, splendid partnerships of 119 between James Ralph (86) & Stephen Leach (38) then 97 between Jono Whitney (43) & Rob Foster (55) moved them on to 241-5 in the 61st over. Unfortunately there was very little wag left in the Shropshire tail and they were eventually dismissed for 270 after 78.5 overs, leaving Dorset the winners by 123 runs. Jack Leach was, again, the main workhorse of the Dorset attack with figures of 24.5-9-50-4
Dorset 23 points, Shropshire 5 points.
Three days of fabulous weather, fantastic cricket from both sides and a splendid victory for Dorset CCC who now join Wiltshire in second place, behind Cornwall, in the Western Division table with just two fixtures left to play.