GOLF: Dudsbury's Lee Thompson narrowly missed out on victory at the Cumberwell Park Players' Championship despite a spirited late challenge.

Mark Searle (High Post GC) took the honours after shattering the course record with a 10-under-par 61, followed by a level-par effort.

Searle increased to four shots his lead at the turn on day two but Thompson kept chipping away, making four of his seven birdies in five holes from the third.

A final gain at the 17th took him to nine under and in with a chance. But Searle’s calm two-putt for par from eight feet was just enough.

Thompson said: “I was six back at the start of the day and my target was simply to go as low as I could. I haven't been playing a lot but to finish second was really satisfying.”

Dudsbury GC's Mark Wiggett shot two straight rounds of 69 to finish five behind Thompson.