OLD Bournemouthians surrendered the Dorset Sunday title after a woeful start with the bat led to an eight-wicket thumping in their championship decider at Dewlish.
Malick Kudmany’s men were left reeling by a three-wicket blast having put just eight runs on the board at the Cheselbourne Cricket Ground as openers Shanthan Godula and James Dugan fell for single figures before Nicholas Reeves was dismissed for a duck.
Max Huntley (33) briefly stemmed the tide, producing a 58 for the fourth wicket alongside Christian Blake but the downward spiral was set to continue as the visitors laboured to 85 for seven.
Tailenders Thomas Jeans (28*) and Robert Fenwick (39) added much-needed impetus but Old Bournemouthians’ total of 154 for nine was never likely to be enough.
And so it proved as Tom Hewish won the match with an unbeaten knock of 91 from 103 deliveries.
Fellow opener Stephen Hillier managed 31 before being dismissed by Richard Rampersad, and although Dewlish’s Dan Belt quickly followed, Lewis Chutter (24*) teamed up with Hewish to secure victory with five overs to spare.
Winton finished bottom of the pile after being bowled out for 91 at St Georges. The hosts racked up 92 for two, while Swanage avoided the wooden spoon despite their 190-run hammering at Portland Red Triangle.
The home side registered an imperious 313 for five before wiping out the Swans for 123.