DINTON made the short trip to Wilton on Saturday and with their hosts in third it had all the makings of a good local derby.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first although this did suit the hosts as they were keen to bowl first anyway.

Dinton's innings was almost a carbon copy of last week's as they again lost two early wickets.

Once Andy Nuttall joined Ben Coombes at the wicket the balance was redressed.

The pair added 50 for the third wicket it wasn't all one-way traffic and the bounce of the artificial pitch could, if the ball was put in the right place, at times make batting tricky.

The pair were parted in unfortunate circumstances as Nuttall (31) edged behind and was dropped by first slip only to watch the ball be parried up in to the waiting wicket keepers’ gloves.

Coombes continued in a positive way and found a good partner in Simon Rawlins as Coombes passed yet another 50.

As so often he wasn't finished there. He smashed Wayne Gray for four sixes in an over the second of which brought up his century.

He had added 98 with Rawlins before Toby Allan (2-45) bowled him for a fine 113.

Rawlins controlled the final overs well taking his team to 252-6. Rawlins himself finished on 38 not out. McDonald for Wilton was the pick of the hosts bowling taking 2-32

After tea Dinton made early inroads in the visitors batting line up reducing them to 24-2.

A wicket each going to Sean Howell (1-38) and James Nuttall (1-25).

So as to not allow the batsman to settle Dinton changed tactic bringing on their slower bowlers and it was Andy Nuttall (2-20) who made the important breakthrough dismissing Wilton’s skipper Jon Shergold for 13 just a he was looking like getting into his stride.

At 65-3 after 15 overs Wilton were all but out of the match but no one told Ganesh Srakaron who swung at any ball with width.

He dispatched the ball all around the outfield. He added 44 with Glyde (49) for the fifth wicket. He passed 50 and had moved on to 62 when his luck ran out being bowled by Rich Cridge (2-19).

With attacking fields set as Dinton kept searching for wickets, runs were coming quite quickly.

In the end Wilton finished 78 runs short of their target two late wickets from Rawlins (2-5) meant Dinton finished the game with 23 points.

This moves then up to fourth keeping the pressure on the top three. Two of which Dinton are still to play.

On Saturday, Dinton host OT and Romsey and will be looking to keep the pressure on the leaders.

Ben Coombes travelled to Southampton Hospital to hand over the cheque from their charity game held at the club.