This weekend see’s the start of T20 campaigns for both the men’s and women’s Dorset County teams.
The Men will be playing in the National Counties Cricket Association (NCCA) competition, which is the level below the professional County game, with the Women competing in the national England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) competition which will see current and former professional players competing.
Last year saw the men reach the finals day of the competition but unfortunately saw them lose in the semi-final to Cambridgeshire. Having appointed a new Head Coach for this year in Paul Lawrence and with the exciting new white ball signing of Ross Whiteley, team captain Luke Webb is very upbeat about the team’s chances of returning to Tring Park CC for finals day. “Having got to finals day last year, one area we identified we probably need to improve is power in the middle order and Ross certainly provides that” said Webb. With one of the youngest sides in the competition, Paul Lawrence was quick to talk about the impact Whiteley could have on the side “It was important that we brought in a player who would share his experiences and when we approached Ross, we had no doubt that he was the person for us”.
Sherborne School (DT9 3HS) is the venue for this Sunday’s game against Herefordshire and, with 2 matches to be played in one day, the first game starts at 11am. Admission is free.
The County Women’s team have faced a winter of rejuvenation. With a new Head Coach too, in Steve Wilson, supported by a new Team Manager, Charlotte Mandale, they aim to drive the promising squad forward. Unfortunately, their first game has fallen foul of the weather but they are in action again next Sunday, away to Wiltshire at Westbury CC (BA13 3PT).
Both teams T20 fixtures have two games on each day with the first starting at 11am and the second game at 2:30pm.
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