DORSET recorded their first Minor Counties Championship victory of the campaign, easing to a six-wicket win over Herefordshire at Colwall.

The visitors had started the final day in the driving seat having reduced Herefordshire to 117 for eight in their second innings – giving the hosts a lead of just 86.

And they claimed the final two wickets quick succession with Herefordshire adding only 10 runs to their overnight total.

Firstly, Dorset’s Mark Wolstenholme (3-42) had Peter Burgoyne caught by fellow opening bowler James Hayman for 67.

And spinner Jigar Naik finished with impressive figures of seven for 47 after finally removing the resilient Jamie McIlroy, stumped by skipper Chris Park.

McIlroy had frustrated the Dorset attack during the evening session on day two, facing a painstaking 58 deliveries for his two runs.

Tasked with chasing 97 for victory in their second innings, Dorset lost opener Ed Ellis to only his second ball in the first over and the rocky start continued when Luke Webb (17), Sam Collins (28) and Naik also returned to the shed.

But Bashley skipper Michael Porter (26) and North Perrott’s Alex Eckland (24) steadied the ship with an unbeaten stand of 46 to guide them to victory on 100 for four.

Victory meant Dorset picked up 23 league points in total, giving them a return of 39 from their opening three fixtures.