CRAIG Wells shone with bat and ball as Swanage strengthened their grip on third spot in Dorset Division with a one-wicket win at Marnhull.

The hosts got off to a solid start, despite an excellent spell of swing bowling by Ben Hodder, and at 63 for two off 16 overs had set the foundations for a big total.

However, the game changed completely with the introduction of Swanage's spin pair Steve Kent and Wells. Together they bowled in tandem, taking seven wickets for just 48 runs in their 15 overs, added by some sensational wicket-keeping by Phil Eades, the hosts were finally dismissed for a below-par 151.

In reply, Swanage got off to the worst possible start losing two wickets in the first over.

Despite this, the innings was rescued by a half-century partnership between Simon Goldsack and Wells. However, when Goldsack was dismissed for 18, Swanage lost three more wickets in quick succession and were in a precarious position at 66 for six.

At this point, Wells was joined by the in-form Kent and together they put on a match-winning stand of 65 at a run-a-ball, but, when Wells was dismissed for an excellent 54, Kent soon followed for an enterprising 35, Swanage were left in a perilous position at 139 for nine with just two overs remaining.

However, Swans were led to a remarkable, nail-biting victory by Eades - who smashed the returning hosts' opening bowler for two huge sixes to guide his Swans to a memorable win and third place in the league.

Also on Saturday, the second XI played host to a very-powerful Wimborne side. After electing to bat, Swanage were soon in deep trouble against the visitors' hostile opening bowlers and were left reeling at 18 for five.

The innings was given some respectability with a 35-run partnership between Sid Nash and Harry Long. But, when they both fell in quick succession for 21 and 19 respectively. The hosts were shot-out for just 108.

In reply, both of Swanage's opening bowlers Charlie Dyke and Mike Nash claimed an early wicket to give the hosts a glimmer of hope, but, the visitors cruised to their target with no further loss to record a convincing win and leave Swanage in mid-table.