On Saturday, the 1stXI travelled to Portland in their latest Dorset Funeral Plan Division One clash.
The hosts batted first and were soon under pressure due to the efforts of Captain 'Marvel' - Ben Hodder and returning 'star' bowler - Mike Hernandez. Despite this, an excellent 4th wicket partnership of 85 enabled the hosts to post a respectable total of 179-9 from their 40 overs.
In reply, Swanage recovered from the loss of 2 early wickets with an excellent 3rd wicket stand of 66 between Craig Wells 45 and Mark Stacey 27. However, when they both fell in quick succession, the momentum switched back to the hosts. Although, it changed again with a brilliant partnership between Tom Salmon 39 and Lewis Kirby 21 enabling Swanage to reach 173-6. The momentum of the game, then, swung dramatically (again) back to the hosts as their final 'change' bowler came into the attack and took 3 wickets in the space of just 9 balls to leave Swanage, agonisingly 4 runs short of their target.
Also, on Saturday the 2ndXI continued their impressive winning-streak by making it 3 wins out of 4 with a second successive nail-biting 12 run victory over Broadstone at Days Park.
The hosts were asked to bat first in overcast conditions, however, got off to a fantastic start with a half-century opening partnership between Mike Nash and Mike Wells. But, when Nash fell for a fluent 29, wickets began to fall at regular intervals until Wells was joined by firstly, Freddie Long and, then, Geoff Willcocks with 2 crucial partnerships to halt the visitors momentum. There was then, also, another important stand between Wells and Harry Long. This enabled Swanage to post a competitive total of 193 off their 40 overs with Wells 'carrying' his bat for a majestic 64 not out - which included 8 boundaries.
In reply, the visitors, also, got off to a good start despite the best efforts of Charlie Dyke and Mike Nash and at 81-2 off just 20 overs looked well-set to chase down the hosts total. Although, the game changed with the introduction of Swanage's in-form spin 'twins' Ron Barker and Sid Nash, between them, they bowled 16 overs conceding just 48 runs and claiming 4 crucial wickets. Despite this, it was left to the returning Dyke and Mike Nash aided by some exceptional fielding by Tommy Battrick and Sam Willcocks to help restrict the visitors to 181-8.
On Saturday, the 1stXI entertained second-placed Stalbridge in their latest Dorset Funeral Plan Division One encounter.
Having put the visitors into bat in overcast conditions, this decision seemed to be justified when the visitors were restricted to 72-2 off 22 overs due to some excellent bowling by Ben Hodder, Steve Kent, Steve Ramsay and Ryan Stearn. However, at this point, the visitors 'star' batsman Stuart Sweatman was joined by Josh York - they proceeded to put-on a match-winning partnership of 160 to enable the visitors to post an imposing total of 236-5, with Sweatman finally being dismissed in the last of their 40 overs for 135.
In reply, Swanage got off to an excellent start, with a half-century opening stand between John Lewis and Mike Nash. Despite this, when Nash fell for a solid 21 - this led to a 'flurry' of wickets including Lewis for a 'fluent' 39 as Swanage 'stuttered' to 95-5. The innings was rescued by a run-a-ball partnership of 66 by Hodder and Kent. Hodder was finally dismissed for an enterprising 48, however, Kent remained unbeaten on 29 as Swanage secured a 7th point reaching 171-7.
Also, on Saturday the 2ndXI travelled to high-flying Poole for their latest Division 4 clash.
Swanage batted first and, also, got off to a brilliant half-century opening partnership between David Alcock and the in-form Mike Wells. However, when Alcock fell for a solid 26, four further wickets fell in relatively quick succession - including Wells for a fluent 44. The innings was rescued by Charlie Dyke and Simon Goldsack who made 28 not out and 22 respectively enabling Swanage to post a competitive total of 181.
In reply, the hosts got-off to a blisteringly fast start and at 122-3 in just the 23rd over were well-placed to push-on for victory. But, the complexion of the game changed completely with the introduction of Swanage's 'spin-twins' Goldsack and Sid Nash. Together, they proceeded to take the remaining 7 wickets for the addition of just 52 runs. Fittingly, Goldsack completed a remarkable, nail-biting victory by just seven runs when claiming his 4th wicket to move his team into fourth place.
On Saturday, the 1stXI played host to Beaminster in their latest Dorset Funeral Plan Division 1 clash. Swanage batted first and got off to a great start with an excellent opening partnership of 88 between John Lewis and Mike Nash. When Lewis was run out for a solid (35), Nash was joined by Craig Wells and the momentum was maintained as they put on a stand of 75 at 8 runs an over before Wells fell for an enterprising (35). Nash was then, also, ably supported by Ben Hodder who smashed a quick-fire (33). Nash batted sensationally smashing the ball to all four-corners of Days Park, however, just after hitting his 16th boundary, he was unluckily dismissed for a run-a-ball (98). This brilliant team effort enabled Swanage to post a formidable 233-7 from their 40 overs.In reply, the visitors, also, made an excellent start reaching 74-0 despite the best efforts of Charlie Dyke, Hodder, Steve Ramsay and Ryan Stearn. However, the innings changed completely with the introduction of Swanage's leg-spin 'sensation' Steve Kent - who claimed an exceptional 5-wicket haul to dismantle the visitors top-order. This helped Swanage complete a comfortable 95 run victory to move them up to 5th in the league.
Also, on Saturday, the 2ndXI travelled to high-flying Cattistock in Division 4. The hosts got off to a flying-start and were well-placed for a mammoth score at 155-2 off just 22 overs, however, the introduction of two of Swanage's young 'stars' Sid Nash & Freddie Long, wrestled back the initiative as between them they took 3 wickets and 2 respectively to help restrict the hosts to 211 all out - their lowest total of the season.In reply, Swanage were reduced to 33-3 due to some hostile, seam bowling by the hosts. Despite this, the innings was given some respectability by a partnership between Josh Evans and Thomas Wells - another of the club's promising youngsters, who made (33) and (25) respectively, but, once they both fell in quick succession the innings fell away and Swanage were dismissed for just 112.
On Saturday, the 1stXI travelled to the high-flying, unbeaten league leaders Puddletown in their latest Dorset Funeral Plan Division 1 encounter.
Having elected to field first in overcast conditions, all Swanage's bowlers worked excellently in-tandem to reduce the hosts much-vaunted batting line-up to 84-6. With 'skipper' Ben Hodder leading the way, ably supported by Steve Kent, Steve Ramsay and Ryan Stearn. However, an exceptional 7th wicket partnership enabled the hosts to post a respectable 162-7 from their 40 overs.
In reply, the visitors got off to the worst possible start losing 2 quick wickets. Despite this, the momentum changed with an enterprising half-century partnership between Mark Stacey and Craig Wells. However, when the in-form Stacey was spectacularly caught for a fluent (42) and Wells (21) departed in quick succession the momentum 'swung' back to the hosts. In an amazing game - which 'ebbed and flowed' both ways, Swanage, then looked to be in-control with Hodder and John Gregory batting superbly, but, when they, also, both fell in quick succession for (31) and (21) respectively. The momentum 'swung' back to the hosts (again) for a final time and Swanage were left agonisingly 9 runs short of their target.
Also on Saturday, the 2ndXI played hosts to Portland in Division 4. The hosts batted first and despite (29) from Sam Willcocks were in deep trouble at 94-6. However, the innings was rescued by a brilliant partnership of 71 between Harry Long and Mike Wells. When Long fell for (28), Wells was joined by Sid Nash together they increased the tempo still further with Nash 'smashing' a quick-fire (25) and Wells who remained unbeaten on (55) - with 8 boundaries. This enabled Swans' to post an imposing total of 211-7.
In reply, the visitors were soon under severe pressure due to sensational bowling by both Josh Evans and Lily Wood. The pressure was maintained on the visitors by Pete Barker and Nash as Portland were restricted to just 156-6. This comprehensive victory made it 3 wins out of 4.
On Saturday, the 1stXI hosted Compton House in their latest Dorset Funeral Plan Division 1 encounter. Swanage batted first and got off to a solid start with a half-century opening partnership between John Lewis and Mike Nash. Although, they were both dismissed in quick succession after making (32) and (29) respectively, the momentum of the innings was maintained by the in-form Mark Stacey - who batted beautifully for his second consecutive half-century (66). He was ably supported by Ben Hodder who struck a fluent 39 and Craig Wells who remained unbeaten on 48 as Swanage amassed a very imposing total of 256-7 from their 40 overs.
In reply, the visitors were soon under pressure due to some fantastic seam and swing bowling by both Hodder and Ryan Stearn who claimed 3 and 2 wickets respectively to reduce the visitors to 55-5. The visitors never recovered from this with wickets continuing to fall regularly to Steve Ramsay, Nilan and Steve Kent as they were finally dismissed for just 93.
Also on Saturday, the 2ndXI travelled to high-flying Royal Challengers and were soon in deep trouble against some very hostile pace bowling and were reduced to 77-7 with only Sam Willcocks (27) providing any resistance. However, the innings was rescued by a brilliant half-century stand between Charlie Dyke and Sid Nash. However, when Nash was dismissed for 44 - which included 3 'huge' sixes and Dyke fell for 49 - with 7 boundaries soon after, Swans were dismissed for a below-par 184.
In reply, the hosts produced a devastating display of power-hitting to reach their target of just 23 overs for the loss of only 4 wickets.
On Saturday, the 1stXI travelled to Weymouth for their latest Dorset Funeral Plan Division 1 encounter.
The hosts got off to a great start by taking 2 early wickets to put Swans' on the back-foot. The hosts continued to take wickets at regular intervals and despite a good partnership between John Lewis (22) and Craig Wells along with some enterprising batting from Steve Ramsay Swans' were restricted to just 142-8 off their 40 overs with Wells finally being dismissed for (44) in the last over.
In reply, Swans', also, took 2 quick wickets to put the hosts under pressure and when Ben Hodder took his 3rd wicket to leave the hosts at 92-5 the game was very much in the balance. However, the hosts held their nerve and reached their target with no further loss to complete a comfortable win. Also, on Saturday the 2ndXI played host to Ashmore in Division 4. Swanage batted first and got off to a great start with a half-century partnership between Freddie Long and Mark Stacey. When Long fell for a solid (30), Stacey was joined by Thomas Wells who struck a quick-fire (27) to combine with Stacey for another half-century stand to set a platform for a big score. Stacey finally fell for (76) - which included 10 boundaries.
At his point, the momentum was maintained by Dave Goldsack who smashed a rapid (49) to enable Swanage to post a formidable 249-9 from their 40 overs. In reply, the visitors were soon under pressure from some excellent bowling by Lily Wood and Sid Nash. Nash was the outstanding performer with his leg-spin - claiming 3 wickets, he was well supported by Mike Wells who took a 'brace' of wickets and Ron Barker as the visitors were restricted to 167-9 to secure a second consecutive victory for the team.
On Saturday, the 1stXI travelled to Witchampton in their latest Dorset Funeral Plan Division 1 clash.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat on a grassy, green looking pitch and were soon in trouble against some exceptional seam bowling by Ryan Stearn who took 3 wickets to help reduce Witchampton to 33-3. The pressure was maintained on the hosts by Swans' leg-spin sensation Steve Kent who, also, claimed 3 wickets and Mike Nash who 'bagged' a brace to reduce the hosts to a below-par total of 123.
In reply, Swans' got off to the worst possible start losing 2 wickets in the first over against some very hostile, swing bowling. The visitors never recovered from this, and despite the best efforts of Kent and John Lewis, Swanage were restricted to 52-8. Swanage were given a 'glimmer' of hope with a 9th wicket partnership of 42 by Phil Eades and Steve Ramsay. However, when the hosts 'star' bowler returned the innings was soon finished-off and Swanage fell to a very disappointing defeat.
Also on Saturday, the 2ndXI played host to Witchampton in Division 4. After winning the toss and electing to bat on a beautiful-looking pitch, Swans' got off to an excellent start with 2 half-century partnerships between firstly, David Alcock (21) & Freddie Long and, then, Long & 'skipper' Simon Goldsack (33). When Long finally departed for his second consecutive half-century (55), the momentum of the innings was maintained by a quick-fire (37) from Liam Blake to enable Swanage to post a very competitive total of 222-8 from their 40 overs.
In reply, the visitors were soon under pressure against some exceptional seam-bowling by David Goldsack and Lily Wood to reduce Witchampton to 14-2. Despite the best efforts of Swanage's spin 'twins' of Ron Barker and Sid Nash ably assisted by some brilliant wicket-keeping by Thomas Wells the visitors were in a good position to reach their target at 140-3. However, at this point, Nilan Weeraddanana was introduced and changed the complexion of the game completely. He bowled an extraordinary spell of swing bowling claiming a five-wicket haul and together with the returning Dave Goldsack who finished with 4 wickets, this helped Swans' claim an excellent, nail-biting 10 run victory.
The 3rds were also at home and after losing early wickets the score was bolstered by back to back 50 partnerships between Tim Ives (57) and Lily Wood (20) and then Tim and Mark Savage (22). Sadly a flurry of late wickets after shot of the day form Gary Marsh meant Swanage didn't bat their overs and were all out for 160. Freya Cutler took 5 wickets for Parley
After early wickets from Lily and Mark and a great spell by Ross Swanage had a sight of victory before solid batting from Parley took the game away from them - Swanage losing by 6 wickets.
Finally Game 4 of C v Chaz inter club only got half way as Team C batted first. Andy Lyons scored a second 50 of the season and there were runs at last for Matt Dunster with an excellent 39 as Team C ended on 137 with 2 wickets each from Lily and Charlie.
It now all comes to the finale next week with a time game that C needs to win to square the series.
The 3rdXI were involved in a thrilling-game at Winton. Swanage made a respectable 160-7 built around a 90-run partnership between Tommy Battrick and James Harding. Battrick completed his half-century (54) and Harding made a 'fluent' (29).
In response, the hosts got off to a great start, however, they were put under pressure in the middle-overs by Harding - who claimed 3 wickets, Alan Marks, Mark Savage and Lily Wood. Despite this, the hosts secured victory by just 2 wickets in an enthralling encounter.
The 3rdXI entertained Wimborne who won the toss and batted first. Despite being damp the pitch played well as did a series of Wimborne's young batters with Rhys Williams(67) and Alfie Ingram(96) both impressing as Wimborne reached 259 - 4. Only Ed Cross was able to keep the runs down with an impressive 8 over spell for just 27 runs whilst Jacob Pope took 2 wickets.
Lots of Swanage batters made good starts but the wickets fell at regular intervals and Swanage were well behind the run rate. It was however a memorable day for Ed Cross - who made his first half-century (66) for the club and some with some excellent support from Gary Marsh (17), Sam Marks (18) and finally Tom Wollen the 3rds posted their highest score of the season of 197 - 9 losing by 62 runs.
Sadly Sunday was a complete wash out with the U8s, Women's Team and Sunday XIs all having their matches cancelled.
Also on Saturday, the 3rdXI recorded their second victory with a convincing 8 wicket win at Lytchett. The hosts were soon under pressure due to some great bowling by both Pete Barker and Sam Marks - who claimed his first 5-wicket haul for the Club to help dismiss the hosts for just 156. In reply, Swans' cruised to their target for the loss of just 2 wickets with Tim Ives making a sublime, unbeaten (71) - which included 9 boundaries in a partnership of 125 with Harry Long who ended on a well made 46 not out.
On Sunday, Swanage hosted Cerne Valley in a 40-over match.
The visitors won the toss and, unsurprisingly, elected to bat on a blisteringly hot afternoon. The visitors were soon under pressure due to some fantastic bowling by both Pete Barker and Charlie Dyke. This was maintained with some really economical bowling by Jack Battrick, Andrew Hancock and Sam Willcocks - who all claimed a wicket. Sid Nash, also, bowled well taking a 'brace' of wickets, this helped restrict the visitors to 185-8.
In reply, Swanage were, also, soon under pressure losing 3 quick wickets, despite this, Tommy Battrick batted brilliantly making 37. However, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, until the complexion of the game changed with an excellent half-century 7th wicket partnership between Mike & Sid Nash. Sid batted brilliantly making 32 - which included 2 'huge' sixes - when he departed Mike was joined by Pete Barker - who batted very sensibly making 15. When he departed, Nash was joined by Hancock and 16 were still needed to win. He defended very well, until fittingly, Nash hit the winning runs in the penultimate over with his 10th boundary to remain undefeated on 60.
A great weekend for the Swans with both the vets and the youngsters to the fore.
The 3rds batted first against a strong Winton team over on the Nursery Ground. Some strong Winton bowling kept Swanage under pressure throughout and only Chris Wood (24) and Andrew Hancock (11) made it to double figures. Three runouts didn't help the cause as Swanage were dismissed for 107.
Winton's openers showed how it should be done as they compiled an unbroken 111 partnership to win the game by 10 wickets. Pete Barker (8 overs for 14) was the pick of the bowlers whilst Andrew Hancock was brilliant once again in the field pulling off some remarkable stops.
With Sunday's match cancelled there was an opportunity for an inter club match. Stand out performances came from Sid Nash with the bat as he passed 50 for the first time for the adult teams. Battrick's, Tommy and Jack also had good games - Jack taking 3 wickets and nearly grabbling a fourth. Team C ran out winners as team Chaz never really got their innings going.
The 3rds came off second best against a strong Poole side. Fielding first Pete Barker kept things tight as well as getting an early wicket but some strong Poole hitting meant Swanage were always up against it. The wickets were shared around with Gary Marsh, James Harding Tommy Battrick all getting one and Sam Marks taking a wicket on his debut. Mike Gould bowled well taking a couple of wickets. With Poole finishing on 226 - 8 Swanage needed to bat well but sadly were not able to do so against some good Poole bowling and fielding. Only Tim Ives reached double figures with 20 as the 3rds were skittled out for 47 and an early return to Swanage.
On Sunday Swanage hosted a far too strong Wessex Pilgrims who racked up 274 - 2 in their 35 overs. With a full side plus some Surrey league players you have to wonder what was to gain for them against a Swanage side comprised mainly of youngsters!!!! Swanage batted well ending on 183 - 6 with Andy Lyons scoring 50 and Charlie Dyke just falling just short on 49.
Captain Pete Barker said it was one of the hardest Sunday games I've ever played in and went on to thank his team for their attitude and spirit in keeping going on such a hot day and against such a tough side. He also thanked the support of those watching adding he felt proud of all those players and supporters from Swanage who were there. Finally he added a heartfelt message - Up the Swans a club forever in my heart - neatly summing up the feelings we all know he has for the club.
50s Freddie Long and Andy Lyons.