The new captain of Dorset County Cricket Club is confident his side can enjoy a successful MCCA season when they open their account on Sunday.
Dorset host Wales in a Trophy clash at Dean Park (11am), with skipper Chris Park hopeful the experience of Somerset’s Max Waller will rub off on his side.
“We want to hit the ground running really, and it’s absolutely crucial we get off to a winning start” he said. “We’ve had a good pre-season including a confident win over a Hampshire side – so hopefully we can take that momentum forward with us.”
Park believes his team will face stiff opposition on Sunday, but have put last season’s 10-wicket defeat against Wales behind them.
Waller, who is available on a game-by-game basis from LV= County Championship giants Somerset, could be vital in securing victory on Sunday – but Park is more concerned about building consistency this season.
“Max will obviously give us a confidence boost, but what we really want this season is a settled team” he said.
“We had such a disappointing time last year and that was partly down to using too many players. We will be looking to keep a solid group of Dorset-based guys together, and hopefully that will help us go from strength to strength.”
Park will be taking on the role as captain in his first competitive game for the county after Tom Hicks announced he would stand down in January.
The former Northamptonshire player believes playing as wicket keeper puts him in an ideal position to oversee his side.
“I’ve captained many sides before, so it seemed like the perfect fit once the position was available” explained Park.
“I’m looking forward to having a bit more responsibility and as wicket keeper I find I get to see everything, which puts me in an ideal position to tinker with things.
“We’re looking to make a fresh start with a clean slate, but I won’t be afraid to make changes if I have to.”
Dorset team to play Wales: Max Waller, Mike Porter, Josh Lawrence, Jake Lintott, Aaron Williams, Chris Park (c) (wk), Tom Hicks, Ed Denham, Mark Wolstenholme, Sam Thomson, James Hayman.