AFTER two weeks on the road Dinton were back at home this Saturday hosting Southampton Travellers II, writes RICH CRIDGE.

Dinton won the toss and batted first and immediately found themselves in trouble losing a wicket to just the second ball of the game.

The ball had the upper hand in the opening overs as Dinton struggled to make a positive start.

Ian Burrows in particular was a throne in Dinton's side conceding just one run from his first six overs and when he had Nick Gale caught at slip the score on just 16.

Dinton were under pressure for one of the few times this season.

Simon Rawlins joined Ben Coombes who had dropped anchor at one end.

Rawlins decided that the best form of defence was attack and he reeled off a few lofty blows the pair added 53 before Rawlins was caught on the long on boundary for 27 with score on 69.

At the half way point with the home side on 69-3 there still a lot of work to be done for a reasonable total to be posted.

Rich Pearce had joined Coombes and the pair were watchful to start with content to work the ball into gaps while still punishing anything loose.

It wasn't until the last 10 overs that the score started to motor as the change bowling struggled to contain Pearce and Coombes, the 200 was passed in the 36th over shortly before Coombes brought up his fourth century of the season.

It took a run out to part the pair. As a quick single was called the batsman bumped into each over leaving Coombes short of his ground, run out for exactly 100.

The innings closed on 231-4 Pearce 78 not out. Ian Burrow was by far the pick of the Travellers bowling taking 2-7 from his 8 overs.

After tea the visitor’s innings began much like Dinton's as three quick wickets were lost. Two falling to birthday boy James Nuttall (2-11).

The introduction of Sean Howell only added to the Southampton Travellers woes as he put in his best spell of the season.

Getting the ball to move both ways he caused trouble throughout, he finished with 3-24 and Travellers 87-7.

The eigth wicket stand of 49 frustrated the home side as Shane Smith (23) and Jack Cox (30) did there best to stop Dinton gaining maximum points.

It was left to veteran Martin Stennings (2-23) to part the pair bowling each one in the same over.

Skipper Rich Cridge (2-30) concluded proceeding bowling the last man to seal a 97 run victory for this team the 11th straight win of the season.

Next week Dinton travel to fourth place Broughton looking to make it 12 wins from 12.