Swanage 145ao Cattistock 258-6.
Hamworthy Recreation 164-6 Swanage 163ao
Swanage 268-7 Shillingstone 179ao - details to follow.
On a wet and grey day the seconds fell to their third defeat of the season away to Wimborne and Colehill. Partnerships of 67, between Pedro, who carried his bat for 89 not out and Tim(30), and 108 between Pedro and Mike(53) before a rapid 16 from Geoff, were the back bone of the 221 total. The question was - would it be enough? As the drizzle fell, the ball became slippery and increasingly out of shape.
The frustrated Swanage bowlers were not supported in the field as a series of dropped catches gave Wimborne a great opening partnership of 140. A few late wickets kept the Swans in with a chance but Wimborne were able to secure victory with 3 overs to spare.
Swanage 221 - 5 Wimborne and Colehill 223 - 3
Swanage 2nds v Martinstown
In an exciting finish Swans fell just short of the 265 required ending up with 12 points despite losing. Bowling first Swans were immediately under pressure as the Martinstown openers hit the ball to all parts. Pete Barker kept it tight with 1-26 in 8 overs. Jon Gregory bowled well but it was Matt Dunster and Charlie Dyke who were finally able to keep the runs in check as they took 3 wickets each. The formidable total looked far away after the early loss of Simon Fitch but a partnership of 50 between Pete Baczala (59) and Tim Ives, followed by a 100 partnership between Pete and Scott Orchard (66) kept Swanage in the match. A rapid partnership of 69 between Charlie (41) and Jon (22) at the end nearly swung it but the seconds fell just short. A great game played on a fantastic pitch and over 500 runs scored. Martinstown 264 - 8 Swanage 258 - 5
Swanage 2nds v Chalke Valley
Swanage batted first and openers Dessie and Chris encountered an amazing first over which saw 14 runs without a run off the bat. As the Swans raced passed last year's total of 36 all out things were looking good. A partnership of 40 between Scott and Tim took (29) us towards our first batting point before a mini collapse saw us tumble to 108 - 6. Determined batting by Simon (31) and Tia with a partnership of 33 saw Swanage to just shy of 150 before Swanage collapsed again to 148 all out. In reply, Chalke's Southern League player, Joe Weld, dominated proceedings despite excellent bowling by C and Ryan. Two fabulous catches by Ryan and Simon were the highlights as well as a master class in fielding by Tommy and Geoff's efforts behind the stumps. Ron's attempts to buy wickets late on and gain some points were only rewarded the once as Tommy crowned his performance with another excellent catch, but Chalke ran out winners by 7 wickets leaving Swanage with only 4 points despite their best efforts. Swanage 148 all out Chalke Valley 150 - 3