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County cricket: Somerset leg-spinner Max Waller to top the order for Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: DORSET RETURN: Somerset leg-spinner Max Waller DORSET RETURN: Somerset leg-spinner Max Waller

DORSET have included leg-spinner Max Waller in their 12-man squad to take on Wales in Sunday’s Unicorns Knockout Trophy opener at Dean Park (11am).

The former Bashley man, who last represented Dorset when they won the Minor Counties Championship title in 2010, comes in having received the green light from his professional county Somerset.

“I'm delighted that he has made himself available,” said skipper Chris Park.

“His inclusion will fill the team with confidence, he is going to open the batting having opened for the Somerset II this season.

“In pressure situations he can be the go-to man, he is a brilliant fielder and will set the standard in the field straight away. Being a professional cricketer he will breed confidence through the side.

“Hopefully, we will get to see a little bit more of Max in the side this year, but for himself personally he will want to perform well to stake a claim for Somerset’s first team.”

With Waller boosting the Dorset ranks, Park is keen for his troops to get off to a fast start after a lacklustre campaign last term.

The skipper added: “It’s something we have spoken about already.

“It will be nice to lead the side out at Dean Park but for me, nothing is going to change in my routine and my normal game-to-game structure.

"I believe in all of our players to do their jobs and carry out their individual roles, if that happens, the cricket will look after itself.”

Visitors Wales will also be looking to get their first win on the board after they had their opening day fixture abandoned against Cornwall last Sunday.

Dorset: Waller, Porter, Lawrence, Lintott, Williams, Park, Hicks, Denham, Wolstenholme, Thomson, Hayman, Scott.

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