POOLE Town's hopes of clinching the Dorset Premier League title were dashed by final-day defeat to Shroton.

Having topped the table with two games remaining, Poole went into the weekend trailing leaders Dorchester by 12 points having lost to Wimborne seven days earlier.

And needing to win to have any hopes of taking the trophy, Poole suffered disappointment against bottom-half Shroton.

Having bowled out their visitors for 155, Poole were set a revised target of 154 for victory, but they fell well short, dismissed for 125 to lose by 29 runs.

Their result proved academic as Dorchester cruised to victory themselves to clinch the title.

Broadstone end the season in third following a six-wicket win at Stalbridge.

Louis Dalrymple and Ashley Collison took two wickets each as Broadstone reduced the home side to 202 for six.

Both sides were given just 45 overs apiece due to rain, but Broadstone reached their revised target of 225 with four overs to spare thanks to good knocks from James Park (45), Daniel Cook (78) and Mike Holm (34no).

Christchurch leapfrogged Wimborne & Colehill into fifth by defeating them on the final day at Hurn Bridge.

Tom Marsh led the Christchurch attack with figures of four for 28, although Colin Randall (30) and Tom Butcher (54) helped Wimborne posted a target of 178.

That figure was altered to 187 due to the weather and half centuries from Ben Rayner (59) and Liam Bowater (52) saw Christchurch to a five-wicket victory.