SWANAGE recorded their fifth Dorset Division One success of the season after overcoming Hamworthy by five wickets.

Visitors Hamworthy won a crucial toss on a blisteringly hot day and elected to bat.

However, they lost two quick wickets due to some exceptional seam bowling by both Mike Hernandez and Ben Hodder.

Despite the best efforts of Craig Wells and Nilan Weeraddanara. The visitors’ middle-order wrestled the momentum away from the hosts with two half-century partnerships.

But Swanage fought back with some brilliant fielding and a good all-round team bowling effort enabling them to reduce the visitors to a below-par 221-8 from their 40 overs.

In reply, Swanage got-off to a solid start with another half-century partnership between John Lewis and Mike Nash.

But, when they both fell in quick succession for 23 and 19 respectively. This led to the loss of three more quick wickets and at 94-5 in the 23rd over, Swanage were under pressure.

At this point, all-rounder Steve Kent joined the returning Tom Salmon - they embarked on a match-winning partnership of 130 at nearly nine runs-an-over.

Salmon was at his destructive best, smashing 10 sixes and 5 fours to all corners of Days Park - losing five balls in the process!

Fittingly, he cleared-the-ropes to complete a memorable victory for Swanage, finishing unbeaten on 110 from just 66 balls - he was ably supported by Kent, who drove and pulled the ball majestically hitting 55 off just 52 balls including eight boundaries.

The win moved Swanage up to third place in the league table.

Also on Saturday, the club’s second XI travelled to high-flying Bere Regis in Division Four.

Again, the hosts won a crucial toss, and batted first on a swelteringly hot afternoon.

Bere got off to a great start but the momentum of their innings was halted by Charlie Dyke and Sid Nash, between them they took six wickets and helped restrict the hosts to a below-par 185-7 off their 40 overs.

In reply, Swanage recovered from the loss of two quick wickets with a half-century partnership between Freddie Long and David Alcock. However, they both fell in quick succession for 39 and 29 respectively.

This put Swanage on the back-foot, from which they never recovered and despite the Goldsack brothers Simon (25) and Dave (22) putting on a partnership, the visitors were dismissed for 146 in reply.