DORSET are on course to complete a comprehensive win over Cheshire after outplaying their Unicorns Championship Western Division rivals on day two at Chapel Gate.

Resuming on 46 for four, Cheshire were skittled for 125 before Dorset compiled 267 for six declared from 72 overs for an intimidating lead of 428 until Cheshire wobbled to the close, reaching 24 for two from 10 overs at stumps.

Dorset have dominated the encounter and showed no mercy when resuming from day one as Brad Currie racked up five for 51.

Jigar Naik (2-23) helped wipe out the tail as Cheshire surrendered a first-innings deficit of 161.

Dorset skipper Luke Webb promoted himself to open and duly notched 51, while Alex Eckland followed up a maiden Minor Counties ton with 73. Harry Fisher (86) also impressed with a second straight half-century as Cheshire toiled in the field on a warm day.

Eckland and Fisher shared 121 for the fourth wicket – their second consecutive century stand in this match, bringing their cumulative partnership to 267 runs across both innings.

Simon Normanton claimed three scalps including Fisher, Ed Ellis (5) and Alex Turner (0) while Andrew Jackson removed Ryan Scott (28) and Eckland.

But the damage had been done by Dorset’s belligerent batsmen andCurrie, following on from his superb first-innings figures, took the early scalp of Ben Aitchison (8) in Cheshire’s second innings.

Dorset drove their advantage home when Naik bowled Jackson (7) late on as the visitors ended the day 404 runs in arrears.