SWANAGE became the latest side to fall to in-form Stalbridge in Dorset Cricket League Division One.

Second-placed Stalbridge have been beaten just once this season and a match-winning partnership of 160 between Stuart Sweatman and Josh York powered them to a 65-run victory over the Swans.

Having put the visitors in to bat in overcast conditions at Day's Park, good bowling from Ben Hodder, Steve Kent, Steve Ramsay and Ryan Stearn restricted Stalbridge to 72 for two off 22 overs.

However, Sweatman (132) and York (62) then embarked on a fine innings, to set an imposing total of 236 for five.

In reply, Swanage got off to an excellent start, with a half-century opening stand between John Lewis (37) and Mike Nash (20).

But when Nash fell, a flurry of wickets followed as Swans stuttered to 95 for five.

The innings was rescued by a run-a-ball partnership of 66 between Hodder and Kent. Hodder was finally dismissed for an enterprising 47, however, Kent remained unbeaten on 25 as Swanage secured an extra point, reaching 171 for 7.

Also, on Saturday the second XI travelled to high-flying Poole for their latest Division 4 clash.

Swanage batted first and 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 flew out the traps, and at 122 for three 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 spinners Goldsack and Sid Nash. Together, they proceeded to take the remaining seven wickets for the addition of just 52 runs.

Goldsack completed a remarkable, nail-biting victory by just seven runs when claiming his fourth wicket to move his team into third place.