Cricket: Park praises bowlers after Dorset cruise to 10-wicket success in Wales

HAPPY: Dorset captain Chris Park

HAPPY: Dorset captain Chris Park

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CAPTAIN Chris Park heaped praise on his bowling attack after Dorset completed an emphatic 10-wicket victory over hosts Wales today.

The Dean Park side had only four fit bowlers for the MCCA Championship clash as Mike Kitson pulled a thigh muscle playing for Bournemouth on Saturday.

Nevertheless, Mark Wolstenholme, James Hayman, Sam Thomson and Jake Lintott were in superb form as they bowled out the hosts for 124 and 114 in the two innings.

That allowed an unbeaten knock of 22 knock from Masoor Khan to seal victory for Dorset with a day to spare.

Park told the Daily Echo: “Mark and James were fantastic in the game. The work they did was excellent and then Sam and Jake came good.

“We only had Mike available to us as a batsman so that heaped pressure on the four bowlers and I was delighted we managed to win.

“We took our chances in the field and never took our foot off the pedal. To win every session was fantastic.

“It was a massive team effort right from the first session on Sunday, where Mark got us off to a great start with five wickets.

“The pitch was atrocious and although it played into our hands to bat second, the ball was turning and bouncing unevenly. To fight our way to 217 on Monday morning was a massive effort.

“Luke Webb stepped up and batted more than 140 balls for his 57 which really held the innings together and people like myself, Ryan Scott and Mark played round him.

“There was a bit of pressure on the bowlers to back up a 95-run lead and they all contributed massively.”

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