WIMBORNE & Colehill require just four points from their final game of the season to be crowned Dorset Funeral Plan Premier League champions.

The Minstermen, who visit Martinstown on Saturday, ensured there would be no slip in their penultimate fixture when they crushed Shroton by nine wickets.

Should they fail, Poole Town, who beat Martinstown by 23 runs, could snatch the title by claiming a maximum-point victory at Bere Regis.

Wimborne & Colehill’s latest win was built around an impressive display with the ball as they restricted Shroton to 122 for eight from their 50 overs.

Ed Bartlett (3-24), Tom Caines (2-17), Harrison Bowles (2-27) and George Bartlett (1-18) all returned tidy figures as the visitors struggled for runs at the Leaze.

And had it not been for a seventh-wicket stand of 72 between Matt Pike (73), who remained undefeated, and next highest-scoring batsman Chris Middle (12) it could have been over sooner.

The Minstermen wasted no time in knocking off the runs with James Miller sharing partnerships of 62 for the first wicket with Colin Randall (25) and 63 for the second with Mark House.

Miller (82) hit 15 fours in his 68-ball stay and was undefeated as Wimborne & Colehill eased to victory at 123 for one from just 20.4 overs.

Joe Wormington and Joe Wilson starred with the ball as Poole Town kept alive their title hopes by seeing off Martinstown in a low-scoring affair in Poole Park.

Wormington (4-21) and Wilson (3-20) helped the hosts dismiss Martinstown for 112 in pursuit of Poole’s modest 135.

Earlier, Sam Crisp and Dameth Gunawardena had claimed the wickets of Martinstown openers Monty Payne and Tom Pope before Wormington and Wilson polished them off.

Important contributions from Tom Robinson (39), Ian Musselwhite (21) and Badrul Alam (21) helped Poole post a winning target.

Reigning champions Broadstone suffered a third defeat in four after going down by seven wickets against Dorchester at the Delph.

Luke Carter (75) and Daniel Cook (32) put on 70 for the second wicket as the hosts made an encouraging start.

But after Carter, who hit nine fours and three sixes in his 100-ball stay, had been fourth man out with the score on 153, wickets continued to tumble as Broadstone were dismissed for 223.

Although Will McKay fell cheaply after being bowled by Mike Holm (1-34), Nick Roe (29) and Eral Anderson put on 82 for the second wicket as Dorchester motored.

Once Roe had gone, trapped in front by Ashley Collison (1-43), Simon Mitchem joined Anderson (71) to keep up the momentum, the pair sharing 55 for the third wicket.

Although Ben Priest (1-63) bowled Anderson, Broadstone failed to take any further wickets and an unbroken stand of 82 between Mitchem (70) and Dan Belt (26) saw Dorchester to 224 for three.

Swanage went down fighting with their relegation confirmed following a four-wicket victory over Bere Regis at Day’s Park.

Mike Hernandez (3-39), Ryan Norman (2-53) and a wicket apiece for Ben Hodder, Elliot Baczala and Craig Wells helped them restrict Bere Regis to 223 for eight.

After Robert Murphy (46) had scored freely, the visitors’ total was built around a fourth-wicket partnership of 55 between Tim Goodhew (33) and Richard Cole (23) and a seventh-wicket stand of 53 between Richard Payne (33) and Dave Griffiths (21*).

Swanage were thankful to two important partnerships with Wells (42) and Simon Goldsack (27) sharing 63 for the third wicket as they reached 84 for three.

And after both had departed, Norman (50) and Baczala (49*) put on 80 for the sixth wicket to take Swanage to within touching distance of their target.

Despite the best efforts of Matt King (2-45) and Murphy (2-37), Bere Regis were unable to prevent Swanage from crossing the line at 224 for six with eight balls in hand.