BEN Coombes made Dinton club history as he became the first player to pass 1,000 runs for the season, as Dinton secured the Hampshire League Division Two North West crown.

This was despite suffering their first defeat of the campaign at the hands of Totton and Eling III.

Dinton won the toss and on a good-looking track decided to bat first. The victors made a bright if steady start the 50 mark being past in the 14 over shortly before Totton made their first breakthrough Tom Patrick being caught behind for 21.

It was the home side's changed bowlers who made life tricky to their visitors Nigel Bungay (2-41) and Singh (2-39) in particular looked the most threatening.

It was just after the drinks the league title was sealed with yet another boundary struck of the bat of Ben Coombes.

When Simon Rawlins (25) joined Coombes at the wicket the pair looked to up the run rate which they managed to but as it turned out not significantly enough for Dinton to pass the 200 run mark.

Ben Coombes fell from the penultimate ball of the innings but not before it had brought up his fifth hundred of the season and in doing so he pasted the 1,000 run mark for the season. Dinton closing their innings on 195-5.

After tea although the home side lost a wicket in the opening over they were soon into their stride Will Perrins in partnership with Stewart they dispatched the ball of all parts on the ground they added 120 together for the second wicket in just 18 overs.

A shell shocked Dinton swapped their bowlers around searching for a combination that might bring the brake though.

It was Andy Nuttall (2-31) who got the important second wicket Stewart caught where else but on the boundary for a very well made 79.

Perrin fell a couple of overs later to the spin of Nick Gale (2-15) the game now swung back in the favour of the victors slightly.

Wickets fell regularly making Totton’s job no easier.

But in the end Dinton were not really able to recover for the start that Totton had. The host bringing up the winning runs with 12 balls to spare.

Although disappointed not to go through the season undefeated this could not take anything away from the great season Dinton have had.