DORSET are in the box seat heading into the final day of their MCCA Championship Western Division clash with basement side Wales.

Dismissing the hosts for a paltry 166 today gave Chris Park’s troops strong hopes of victory at Usk CC.

Resuming on 234 for four, Ed Ellis and Mark Wolstenholme chipped in with a handful more runs to increase to 268 Dorset’s total with 90 overs up.

The 22-year-old Ellis top-scored for the visitors with 82, while the experienced Wolstenholme was also unbeaten as he made 26.

That added to a half-century from Alex Eckland (57) and several useful knocks from the top order put Dorset in a good position.

Wales’s response was underwhelming and they were on the ropes at 77 for five, matters barely improving after that for the home side.

In-form off-spinner Jigar Naik again took the plaudits (4-10), with Brad Currie (3-56) and James Hayman (2-53) also impressing.

Dorset then lost opener Gordon Whorlow on the second ball he faced and although it was far from a vintage batting performance, Dorset led by 201 at the close.

The visitors are due to resume on 99 for four tomorrow, with Ellis on 23 and Josh Digby on five.