BERKSHIRE 301 & 207-8 lead DORSET 86 & 38-0 by 384 runs

DORSET subsided to 86 all out as Berkshire took control of their NCCA Championship Western Division One clash at Finchampstead.

Dorset, unbeaten in their previous two games, lost eight wickets for 17 runs in their first innings to hand Berkshire a 215-run lead.

Away skipper Luke Webb (38) and Alex Eckland (19) resumed after day one on 31-2 and built to 69-2 before disaster struck.

The duo fell in quick succession to Euan Woods (4-16) as Berkshire twisted the knife, Chris Peploe then taking a staggering 4-8 from 14 overs to end Dorset's misery.

Berkshire, the reigning three-day champions, stretched their legs in a positive second innings.

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Richard Morris (49) and Andy Rishton (46no) fired meaty contributions as Berkshire declared on 207-8 despite the efforts of Josh Digby (3-81) and James Trodd (3-23).

Dorset again had to navigate a mini session at the end of the day, this time more successfully as Digby (10no) and Oli Soames (24no) took the visitors to 38-0 at stumps - facing a deficit of 384 runs.