After a stunning run of form at the end of the season, Alton made it back into the top division of the Southern Premier League.

They won their last seven games of the season to pip Sarisbury Athletic to top spot, beating Basingstoke by 44 runs in an emotion-charged final day of the season.

Here, photos by Richard Lynn capture the day’s action – the key performers, the delight as wickets fell and victory edged ever closer, and the celebrations as they finally clinched victory and were declared champions.

Now it’s a case of roll on next summer – and a chance to compete against the best talent the region has to offer...