DINTON claimed a second successive win on home turf when they hosted Langley Manner V XI on Saturday.
Dinton went in to bat first and, as so often this season, lost wickets at regular intervals. Skipper Rich Cridge, however, stood firm with 48 before being the eighth man out when he was bowled by one that kept low.
With the biggest partnership being 38 between Cridge and Dave Roberts (18), a competitive total was always going to be tricky as it proved when they were bowled out for 128, in just the 33rd over.
Under 14 Elliot Ponting was the pick of the visiting bowling - taking 3-26 with his in-swingers. He found good support from the slightly more experienced Paul Ferris, who also took 3-40.
The visitors’ innings was almost a carbon copy of the hosts’ and Dinton reduced Langley to 19-3 after just nine overs.
Ponting, who was having a good all-round game, was joined by Livs Stokes and the pair added 20 as they found the momentum.
Paul Ferris (21) joined the watchful Stokes and, in a dangerous looking partnership of 39, they moved their team to within sight of victory.
But the returning Sean Howell had other ideas, taking the all-important wicket of Ferris. This proved the decisive moment as Cridge joined in with three quick wickets to seal the game for the hosts.
It was a day to remember for Cridge, who completed his maiden league five-wicket haul, which contributed towards the 17-run win.