13 Sept: Mark Potter has explained that Dorchester will not be progressing the concept of a combined County 3 team (Dorwey) with Weymouth, at least for this 19/20 season. On reflection, they feel it is stretching their playing resources just too much at this time. And Dorchester understandably also feel they might take on commitments difficult to entirely fulfil.
However, they will now explore giving some members graded match experience through a new Bacchus West division, hopefully involving Weymouth and Purbeck. Although Bacchus teams have typically been <100 grade, captains can play players graded higher, but with the proviso their opponents are advised in advance – thus giving them the chance to play stronger players themselves and make the match competitive.
Bacchus has no entry fee for teams; games must be played with clocks and recorded to give match experience and to count for grading. Clubs may incur fees from the ECF if players are non-ECF members and play more than 3 matches in Bacchus in 1 season. Bacchus fixtures and results are posted on LMS.
Well done to Mark Potter and the Dorchester club for exploring the potential for a combined team. Perhaps next season it might be worth considering again. Last season in the B&DCL, New Milton and Highcliffe had a combined team in B&D 5, which competed well.