JUBILANT skipper Steve Trembath saluted his Broadstone players after they had clinched the Dorset Funeral Plan Premier League title for the second time.

James Park’s unbeaten century paved the way for Broadstone’s 98-run win over Martinstown at the Delph with Jono Colegate and Ashley Collison among the wickets.

Park (106) received support down the order from Colegate (42) and Mike Holm (37) as the hosts piled up 254 for six.

And Colegate (4-20) and Collison (3-25) ensured the visitors would be stopped at 156 with Holm, Trembath and Matt Spraggs taking a wicket apiece.

Trembath said: “It was a great feeling to get over the final hurdle and win the league, exceeding all expectations.

“We have a great set of players who give 100 per cent every game and, no matter what situation we have found ourselves in, team spirit has remained high and got us over the line.

“We have a great set up at the club and the team is surrounded by members who always go the extra mile to support us.

“Luke Carter has shown his class and, rightly so, has ended up the leading run-scorer in the league. He has the ability to take games away from teams single handedly and we have been over-reliant on his runs in the past.

“It's great to see this year that others around him have taken on the responsibility of scoring runs and allowed him to play his natural game. Against Martinstown, James Park was a classic example, stepping up to hit an unbeaten century when others had failed.

“With the ball, it's great to have so many options as a captain. Mike Holm has remained the go-to man, as he has for many seasons, using all his experience to churn out wicket after wicket.

“Matt Spraggs remains the wily veteran and has taken some key wickets for us, as has Jono Colegate who can push it through quicker than anyone else in the league on his day.

“Overall, I couldn't be happier with how the team have performed this year and the spirit within the group is something to be proud of.

“I have to give a special mention to the groundstaff with the pitches at the Delph this year being the best they have ever been. We really appreciate how much hard work takes place each week to get them to a high standard.”

Chairman Mark Munday added: “It’s a great day for the club winning the Premier League and the seconds surviving in the second tier.

“Some clubs in the east of the county have tried to reach the Southern League but Broadstone have always enjoyed playing in the Dorset League and support the aims of the league committee trying to achieve higher standards within Dorset and to gain ECB Premier status.

“Some of the cricket this year has been of a high standard with tough games against Poole, Swanage, Dorchester, Wimborne, Shroton and Sherborne.

“We have enjoyed visiting the new clubs to the Premier with some fantastic grounds. The club wants to thank all its opponents who have all played in the right way.

“Broadstone has an ethos of playing to win but, more importantly, enjoying the game and the company of your team-mates and your opponents and that will never change.”

And club president Paul Triniman said: “The senior league title has been crafted from a great team spirit this year which has importantly filtered down through the teams. Playing cricket is about enjoying yourself – that’s critical to remember.”