DORSET appear to be closing in on victory in their final Unicorns Championship match of the season against Cornwall at Dean Park.
Chris Park’s team lead their visitors by 158 runs with just the final five wickets to find after a strong second day in this low-scoring contest.
Mark Wolstenholme (5-65) stamped his authority on proceedings with a quick-fire treble to tidy up the tail-end as Cornwall were restricted to 147 in their first innings.
But Dorset’s quest to build on their 57-run lead got off to sluggish start as Michael Porter and Ryan Scott fell for single figures with the hosts restricted to 22 for three.
Their tally was boosted by a belligerent performance from Jake Lintott (47) but the hosts were still struggling with deliveries from Neil Ivamy (4-71) and laboured to 110 for seven.
Wolstenholme (25), Sam Thomson (24*) and James Hayman (21) put up a strong fight as Dorset eventually mustered 189, taking the ball with a healthy lead of 246.
Tom Hicks tumbled two wickets with Wolstenholme, Hayman and Lintott all claiming scalps as Cornwall finished the day on a meagre 88 for five.