On Saturday, Swanage played host to Compton House in their latest Division One encounter. The visitors got off to flying start - reaching 50 in just the 7th over despite the best efforts of Ben Hodder & Ryan Stearn.
The hosts fought back with two fantastic spells of seam-bowling from Charlie Dyke & Antony Mahes - who claimed 3 and 2 wickets respectively, to help reduce the visitors to 144-8 in the 32nd over. However, their 'star' batsman remained and together with the visitors' captain - they compiled an incredible partnership of 87 in just 12 overs to enable the visitors to post a competitive total of 235-9 from their 45 overs.
In reply, Swanage recovered from the loss of an early wicket with a stand between Mike & Sid Nash. However, when Mike was dismissed for a fluent 21 going for one expansive drive too many, 2 other wickets fell quickly and the hosts were in trouble at 61-4. At this point, Sid was joined by Craig Wells - together they batted beautifully putting on a spectacular partnership of 75 at 5-runs-an-over. Sid particularly excelling, striking the ball majestically to all four corners of Days Park - including an exquisite cover drive to bring up his maiden 1stXI half-century. When he was caught out attempting his 10th boundary for a sublime 60, the momentum was maintained when Wells was joined by Mahesh. They batted very enterprisingly, putting on 45 at 7-runs-an-over and at 180-5 in the 39th were well placed to chase down their target. However, when Wells for 39 and Mahesh for 22 were both brilliantly caught in the same over the innings stalled spectacularly. This led to a disappointing defeat which leaves Swanage in 6th place in the table 30 points clear of relegation.
Also on Saturday, the 2ndXI travelled to local-rivals Wareham in their latest Division Four clash. The hosts batted first and were soon in trouble against some fantastic swing bowling by both James Harding and Steve Ramsay which reduced Wareham to 85-5. Despite this, some great batting by the hosts lower-order, enabled them to post a respectable total of 203-8 from their 40 overs.
In reply, the visitors got off to disastrous start losing 2 quick wickets. The innings was rescued by a partnership between Simon Goldsack and Geoff Willcocks. However, when Goldsack was dismissed for 25, this led to a flurry of wickets and the only other support which Willcocks received was from Ross Carroll who made 21. The visitors were finally dismissed for 164 with Willcocks left stranded on 69. This result means the visitors remain in third place just above their local rivals.
Swanage 1stXI produced their most complete 'TEAM' performance of the season to record a sensational last-ball win at Witchampton in their latest Division 1 encounter.
After being asked to bat on a slightly green, tinged looking wicket, Swanage recovered from the loss of an early wicket with a half-century partnership between Mike & Sid Nash when they were both dismissed in quick succession with Mike making a fluent 31. The momentum of the innings was maintained by a fine stand between Antony Mahesh and Mark Stacey. When Mahesh fell for an enterprising 36 and Stacey made 28, the visitors were in the precarious position of 165-7. However, due to useful contributions from the Swans lower-order of Ben Hodder, Steve Kent and Freddie Long the visitors were able to post a very respectable total of 206.
In reply, the hosts made a disastrous start losing 3 quick wickets to the excellent swing bowling of Hodder and Long. Despite this poor start, the hosts re-built brilliantly through their 'star' batsman and were well placed for victory at 164-5 with 8 overs to go. However, when he was brilliantly dismissed by Mahesh - who was well supported by Charlie Dyke and some good wicket-keeping by Tom Wells, the momentum 'swung' back to the visitors. The game continued to 'ebb and flow' until the last over was reached with the hosts needing just 7 runs to win. However, Ryan Stearn bowled an immaculate over - only conceding 4 runs to enable the visitors to record a third successive win and consolidate their place in 7th position and move 30 points clear of the relegation places.
Also, on Saturday, the 2ndXI played hosts to Bradford Abbas in their latest Division 4 clash. Swanage batted first and they, also, recovered from the loss of an early wicket with a half-century partnership between John Lewis and Tom Rutherford. When Lewis fell for a solid 36 - Rutherford was joined by Simon Goldsack. They batted very enterprisingly until Rutherford was brilliantly caught going for his 13th boundary for a sublime 66. The momentum of the innings was maintained by another fine partnership between Goldsack and James Harding. Goldsack finally perished in the quest for quick runs - making a run-a-ball 45, Harding remained undefeated on 36 as Swanage posted a very competitive total of 244-7 from their 40 overs.
In reply, the visitors were soon under pressure due to some fine seam bowling by Harding. This was maintained by the hosts spin-twins of Ron Barker and Mike Gould - together they claimed 4 wickets to remove the visitors middle order. They never recovered from this and were finally dismissed for 171. This convincing win consolidates Goldsack's teams 3rd position in the league.
On Saturday, the 2ndXI played host to Marnhull in their latest Division Four clash. The hosts elected to bat first and recovered from the loss of 2 early wickets with a match-winning partnership of 113 at a run-a-ball between Jon Gregory (61) and Simon Goldsack (51). They both played some majestic cover drives and fierce pull shots - each striking 8 boundaries. When they both fell in quick succession, the momentum of the innings was maintained by useful contributions all the way down the order from Ross Carroll, Tony Fowle & James Harding. This enabled the hosts to post a competitive total of 219.
In reply, the visitors were soon under pressure due to some excellent seam bowling by Harding and Harry Long. The opening bowlers were well supported by the whole team, particularly, the leg-spin of Sid Nash and the swing of Steve Ramsay. This enabled Swanage to dismiss the visitors for 183 and secure a sixth-straight victory to set them up perfectly for their top-of-the-table clash at Days Park this week.
Also on Saturday, the 1stXI travelled to Hamworthy in their latest Division 1 encounter. The hosts got off to an exhilarating start despite the best efforts of Ben Hodder and Freddie Long - reaching 100 in just the 10th over. The incredible momentum of the innings was maintained by some sensational power-hitting by the hosts middle-order with only Steve Kent's leg-spin able to bring any control to proceedings. Although, he took 2 wickets, the hosts were able to post a mammoth score of 349-9 from their 45 overs.
In reply, the visitors got off to a flying-start themselves though Charlie Dyke and Mike Nash - together they put on 70 runs at 9 an over. However, when Dyke was dismissed for an enterprising 39, inevitably, wickets began to fall due to scoreboard pressure and when Nash was out attempting his 8th boundary for (37) the innings fell away. Swanage were finally dismissed for 179 leaving them just above the relegation zone with some crucial matches coming up at the start of the start of the second-half of the season.
The 3rdXI, also, had an amazing victory over their Parley counter-parts. Swanage batted first and reached the formidable total of 288-7 from their 40 overs with half-centuries from David Alcock (92), Tim Ives (72) and Matt Dunster (54).
In reply, Swanage's youngsters - Dylan Church and Ethan Stacey both claimed a brace of wickets as Swanage were able to restrict Parley to 191 securing their 2nd win of the season.
On Saturday, Swanage 2ndXI travelled to Ashmore in their latest Division Four encounter.
After electing to bat, Swanage recovered from the loss of an early wicket with a solid partnership between 2 of their young 'stars' Sid Nash & Thomas Wells. When Nash was unluckily dismissed for 21, Wells was joined by Mike Nash - together they put on a stand of 80 at 8 runs an over. Wells was finally dismissed for a 'sparkling' 51 which included 8 boundaries. The momentum of the innings was maintained by Simon Goldsack, when he joined Nash - they added 85 runs at a run-a-ball, until Goldsack was dismissed for an excellent 39. Nash continued to bat fluently and was finally caught out of the last ball of the innings going for his 11th boundary for 77, enabling Swanage to post a competitive score of 234-8.
In reply, the hosts got off to 'blisteringly' quick start until Ron Barker made an important breakthrough. The pressure was maintained on the hosts by the first-change bowlers of Ross Carroll & Mike Gould - who both claimed a brace of wickets. The wickets continued to fall at regular intervals - especially when 'captain' Goldsack introduced himself with his off-spin and the swing bowling of James Harding. However, the hosts continued to have a chance due to the outstanding performance of their opening batsman. When Goldsack took his 4th wicket just after he completed a majestic century, the hosts needed 30 runs off the last 4 overs. In what turned out to be an inspired move, Goldsack re-introduced the leg-spin of Gould - who bowled beautifully under pressure (particularly in the last over) to help the visitors to a nail-biting, 4 run victory to move them into second place in the Division.
Also on Saturday, the 1stXI played host to the unbeaten, table-topping Blandford. The visitors batted first and got off to a sensational start despite the best efforts of Charlie Dyke & Ben Hodder. The visitors continued to bat positively and by keeping wickets in hand were able to continue to bat in a very positive manner with only Freddie Long & Antony Mahesh making any impression on their middle-order. Thus, enabling the visitors to post a formidable total of 258-5 from their 45 overs. In reply, Swanage got away to an excellent start due a quick-fire 29 from the in-form Mark Stacey. However, due to the scoreboard pressure which the hosts were under, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and it was only due to some superb lower-order hitting by both Phil Eades & Dyke - who struck 33 and 26 respectively allowing Swanage to post 225-9.
The 1stXI were involved in another final over nail-biting finish against Wimborne at Days Park in their latest Division One clash. The visitors batted first and were under pressure due to some excellent bowling by Freddie Long & Ryan Stearn restricting them to 67-3 off 19 overs. The visitors' middle-order started to accelerate, batting much more positively and by keeping wickets in hand were able to reach a competitive total of 245-4. In reply, the hosts recovered from the loss of an early wicket through a partnership between Pete Richards and Mark Stacey. When Stacey was unluckily dismissed for a fluent 35, the momentum of the innings was maintained by Antony Mahesh and Long - together they put on a half-century partnership at 7 runs an over. When Long was dismissed, Mahesh was joined by Steve Kent together they batted positively and looked to be guiding Swans to victory until Mahesh was brilliantly caught attempting to smash his 13th boundary for a sublime 73. Kent was joined by Charlie Dyke - who struck 4 boundaries making 22 off just 11 balls. At the start of the last over, Swanage needed 10 to win. The victory was secured by Kent smashing 2 boundaries - the second of which was off the penultimate ball to remain undefeated on 29 and secure a memorable win for Swanage.
Swanage's 15-year-old 'star' all-rounder Sid Nash struck his maiden century in a comprehensive victory for the 2ndXI in their latest Division 4 encounter at Broadstone. Broadstone batted first and got off to a flying start despite the best efforts of Sam Marks & Lily Wood. The hosts continued to bat positively throughout their innings and were rewarded with a very respectable total of 230-4 from their 40 overs.
In reply, Swanage made a solid start against some hostile, seam bowling. Having seen off the opening bowlers, John Lewis & Nash's partnership blossomed with some fierce cover drives and pull shots in particular. Fittingly, Nash brought up his maiden century with a towering six - his 17th boundary off 85 balls. Although, he fell shortly after for 103, he had played his part in a match-winning stand of 192. Despite the fact Swanage lost a further wicket, Lewis struck the winning runs with his 12th boundary to remain undefeated on 87 to secure a comprehensive 8 wicket win.
Swanage's 'star' all-rounder - Pete Richards made a sensational first appearance of the season for the Club with a truly remarkable innings of 144 not out from just 72 balls. His innings included 27 boundaries which were struck to all 4 corners of Days Park. He was ably supported by Jon Gregory who smashed 72 not out (which included 10 boundaries) - together they amassed 197 runs off the final 16 overs which enabled Swanage to post an incredible total of 372-3 from their allotted 40 overs. This partnership was made possible due to the foundation that was set up by the in-form Thomas Wells and Simon Goldsack who scored 46 and 33 in the early part of the innings.
In reply, the visitors were soon in deep trouble because of the scoreboard pressure they were up against and when their 'star' batsman - Ashley Hayes was dismissed for a quick-fire 55, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. The pick of Swanage's bowlers were leg-spinner - Mike Gould and in-swinging seam bowler - Steve Ramsay, they claimed 4 and 3 wickets respectively. This enabled the hosts to dismiss their 'Purbeck' rivals for 161 to complete an amazing 211-run victory. This moves Swanage up to third place in Division 4.
Also, on Saturday the 1stXI travelled to Compton House in their latest Division 1 encounter. Swanage got off to a 'flying-start' through Mark Stacey - who struck a half-century at a run-a-ball, he was well supported by Tom Rutherford who made a well-constructed 33, however, when they both fell in quite succession the visitors innings fell away and the visitors were dismissed for a below-par 221.In reply, the hosts got off a solid start despite the best efforts of debutant - Antony Mahesh. They continued to have the run-chase firmly under control and despite both Freddie Long and Ryan Stearn taking a brace of wickets Compton House reached their target with 4 overs to spare to complete a 6-wicket victory.
On Saturday, the 1stXI played host to 'high-flying' Witchampton in their latest Division One encounter.
The visitors batted first and got off to a 'flying-start' despite the best efforts of Charlie Dyke and Freddie & Harry Long. The momentum of their innings was stalled by Swanage's 2 leg-spin 'stars' Steve Kent & Sid Nash - they bowled 18 overs in-tandem claiming 3 wickets. Despite this, the visitors lower-order batted very enterprisingly enabling them to post a competitive total of 244-7.
In reply, the hosts got off to a disastrous start losing 3 quick wickets - which they never recovered from. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, with only Steve Kent (24) and Mike Nash (21) putting up any resistance as the hosts were shot-out for a meagre 104.
The first league matches took place this Saturday with the 1sts at home to Portland the 2nds away to Royal Challengers and the 3s away to Dorchester. Despite 3 defeats there was much to celebrate as the Swanage youngsters came to the fore. The standout performance was by Ethan Stacey who took 5 wickets on his debut for the 3s at Dorchester as he bamboozled the opposition with his leg spin.
Swanage 1sts batted first on a blisteringly hot day at Days Park and got off to a great start through John Lewis and Mike Nash with a 75-run opening partnership at 5 runs an over. When Lewis departed for an excellent 35, Nash was joined by Mark Stacey and they kept-up the momentum with an exceptional century stand at a run-a-ball until Stacey was dismissed for a sublime 58. Nash, then, formed another partnership with Craig Wells until he was brilliantly caught out for a majestic 75 - which included 11 boundaries. Wells continued to bat enterprisingly making a fluent 41, however, when he departed the innings fell away and Swanage finally finished with 270-7 off their allotted 45 overs.
In reply, the visitors got off to a flying-start through their ex-Dorset 'star' Proffitt who raced to a half-century in quick-time to put the hosts on the 'back-foot'. The visitors appeared to be cruising to victory until Swanage introduced their 2 young-gun's Freddie Long & Sid Nash - together they claimed 3 quick wickets, although, Proffitt continued to bat brilliantly. The hosts continued to take wickets at regular intervals with both Ben Hodder & Steve Kent excelling. When Proffitt was finally dismissed for an exquisite 117, the hosts scented victory as the visitors still needed 35. Despite the hosts best efforts, the visitors managed to reach their target off the penultimate ball to secure a nail-biting 1 wicket win.
The 2s had a difficult day against Royal Challengers who scored 278 in their 40 overs. There were 2 wickets apiece for Simon Goldsack and Mike Gould. In reply Swanage struggled from the off collapsing to 66 all out with Tom Wells top scorer on 26.
The 3rds had their first victory of the season with an excellent team performance as they beat Cattistock and Symene by 98 runs. Batting first on a difficult track the 3rds built their score of 164 - 5 around 3 good partnerships between James (24) Tim (69) Sam (16) and Gary (22 no). After a good start, C and S fell apart after a brilliant bit of fielding by James to run out one of their openers. He also took 2 - 19 along with Pete Barker 3 - 41. Before Sam - 4 overs for 1 run and Alan Marks - 3 wickets for no runs finished the game off. 3 catches from Pete made it a great day for the 3s.
In their previous game against Lytchett the 3s had also scored 164 built around an excellent 45 from Matt Dunster. Despite some excellent bowling and the encouragement of the huge crowd, the 3s fail to break a stubborn 7th wicket partnership as Lytchett ran out the winners. However, their 3 defeats have all gained valuable points to go along with this weekend's victory and they sit mid-table.
The 3s also conceded a big score though with shorter boundaries than even the Nursery Ground it was not a surprise!!! Batting first Dorchester got off to a great start before 2 wickets from C. After that the youngsters took over as James took 3 - 30 and Ethan a debut 5 - 42 as Dorch ended on 246 all out.
Woody (47) and Matt (35) gave Swanage a good platform. Swanage batted well but they were always behind the run rate as the other batters failed to build on the start they did however reach a respectable 164 all out securing 9 points in defeat.