Cricket: Dorset set for Trophy clash with Devon

Bournemouth Echo: IN ACTION: Lewis McManus IN ACTION: Lewis McManus

DORSET will be hoping Lewis McManus can maintain his impressive start to the season when he lines up in their Unicorns Knockout Trophy clash against Devon on Sunday.

Poole-born McManus, who is on a scholarship contract with Hampshire, is also permitted to turn out for his home county under the terms of a new ECB directive.

The 19-year-old highly-rated wicketkeeper and right-handed batsman hit two centuries on his first-team debut for Hampshire against Cardiff MCCU at the Ageas Bowl this week.

McManus, who featured in England’s Under-19 World Cup campaign over the winter, scored 108 and 106 not out as Hampshire drew the three-day friendly.

He was due to play for Dorset against Hampshire in Thursday’s T20 double-header at Dean Park, which was washed out, and will be hoping for better weather when they face Devon in Sidmouth (11am).

McManus said: “I am pretty committed with the Hampshire stuff but, when I get the chance, I really like playing for Dorset.

"That is where I started so I really enjoy playing three-day and one-day cricket for them when I can.”

Dorset opened their Knockout Trophy campaign with a convincing 32-run win over Group One rivals Wales at Dean Park five days ago with Somerset’s Max Waller playing a starring role.

Waller, who is unavailable to face Devon, is one of four changes with McManus, Masoor Khan, Ryan Scott and Matt Carpenter coming in for Michael Porter, Tom Hicks and James Hayman.

Dorset: (from) McManus, Khan, Lawrence, Williams, Lintott, Park, Scott, Wolstenholme, Denham, Thomson, Carpenter, Martin.

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