DINTON seconds travelled to the New Forest where they defeated Paultons 3rd XI by 54 runs, with Nick Gale, pictured, blasting his first century of the year.

Dinton’s batsman had to work hard at the start against the new ball but once they settled, they were able to be more positive. The first wicket yielded 83 runs before John Peace was caught on 23.

Nevertheless, Gale took complete control, cutting loose and dispatching the ball across the field for a ton.

Gale had great support from Simon Rawlins (30) who kept him going as he approached the 150 mark. The second wicket partnership of 168 was broken in the 40th over. The innings finished soon after on 265, with Gale 170 not out, which was the fifth highest individual score in the club’s 93-year history.

The home side needed to respond positively in reply by chasing down the large target set by Dinton.

And although always behind the rate they were not far behind.

Dinton did not feel completely safe until Rich Cridge (2-38) had S y d o n h a m caught in the deep for a fine 73.

Dinton were disappointed not to bowl their hosts out to get maximum points.