Winterbourne were crowned North West Division 5 champions – their first Hampshire League silverware - after a comprehensive 91-run win over fourth placed Dinton. Needing 21 points to be certain of the title, they piled up an impressive 288-5 before restricting Dinton to 197-6.

They got off to the best possible start with openers Jamie Harvey (66) and Rich Pearce (24) sharing an 89-riun start as Winterbourne set to work on the first target of scoring 200 runs to achieve maximum batting points.

Sam Parker and Christian Pain (46), both past HL title winners with Woodgreen and Hyde, respectively, went on a run fest, with Parker smashing the ball to all parts of the ground, dealing mainly in boundaries with nine sixes in his 118.

Pain holed out at long off for 46, but by this time Winterbourne had already passed the 200 mark. Parker notched up another fine century with a maximum, finally out last ball of the innings for 118. Pick of the bowlers was Dan Sycklemore (3-48), but Winterbourne’s total of 288-5 presented Dinton with a huge challenge.

With four wickets needed for Winterbourne to clinch the magic 21 points, Dinton gave the champions designate something to think about early on, as veteran opener Andy O’Neill (29) looked in good touch along with Dan Sycklemore (33), the pair sharing a fifty partnership.

Disaster struck when O’Neill was run out and soon after, when Chris Breeze dismissed Sycklemore, Winterbourne had the match under control.

But Winterbourne were kept waiting for the vital two further wickets, which eventually came courtesy of Mark Styles as he firstly bowled Nuttall (12) and then took a brilliant caught and bowled to dismiss the dangerous Ben Coombes (10)

Sam Parker and Max England took two further wickets as the game petered out into a slight anti-climax as Dinton closed on 197-6.

Winterbourne eventually finished three points clear of Whiteparish who will also be playing County 4 cricket next season.