SWANAGE were pipped for the Dorset Funeral Plan League title by Broadstone despite a final-day victory at Dorchester.

Ryan Norman's side did all they could in triumphing by 42 runs but Broadstone made no mistake as they picked up a 20-point win at home to Martinstown.

Seven days previously, Broadstone had hit the summit after convincingly beating Swans by 121 runs.

Despite missing out on silverware by a six-point margin, skipper Norman will no doubt view the season as a success given he had hoped to avoid relegation at the start of it.

Swans won the toss and elected to bat first, looking solid en route to 95 for one.

However, there was a wobble when Craig Wells (34), Simon Goldsack (4) and Tom Salmon (31) were removed in quick succession, leaving the visitors on 112 for four.

Pete Richards (13) followed not long after but Robert Hatchard (36) and Norman (56*) rebuilt the innings as Swans made it to 221 for six off 50 overs.

Mike Hernandez made an early breakthrough with the wicket of Dorchester's Dan Belt (4) and the home side were soon sitting on a precarious 67 for four.

Sean Fitzgerald (27) and Mike Peak (57) steadied the ship for a time but both were run out by Dan Salmon.

Dorchester collapsed from 154 for five to 179 all out, Norman taking three for 33.