SUPER Swanage brought an end to their impressive Dorset Cricket League Division One campaign with a seventh consecutive victory.

They made heavy weather of their final opponents, a Beaminster side with just one win all season.

But they did eventually take victory, winning by one wicket to end the season in second spot, with 11 victories from their 18 outings.

Having elected to bat first, Beaminster were soon in deep trouble against some sensational seam bowling by Mike Hernandez and Ryan Stearn, who both claimed three wickets as the hosts were left reeling at 45 for seven.

Their innings was rescued by captain Ross Baker (72), with Oliver Bareham adding 27. But Beaminster were all out for 149 off 36.3 overs, with Sid Nash (2-49) also contributing well with the ball.

In reply, Swanage also found themselves in early peril at 38 for five.

The recovery was started by a 40-run partnership between Freddie Long and Ben Hodder, before the former was dismissed for 22.

Hodder (55) was joined by all-rounder Steve Kent (21) to help power the score along to 128 for six.

But there was to be a nervy finish as wickets tumbled.

It was left to the tail to secure the dramatic win, with Hernandez striking a cover drive in the penultimate over to ensure Swanage stayed in second behind champions Puddletown.

Also on Saturday, Swans' second XI recorded a sensational victory over champions Cattistock at Day's Park in Division Four.

The visitors batted first and made a formidable 241 for six from their 40 overs despite some excellent bowling by the hosts from Ron Barker, Ed Cross, Simon Goldsack - who took a hat-trick - and Harry Long.

In reply, Swanage recovered from the loss of two early wickets with an exceptional century partnership between Mike Wells and Goldsack.

When Goldsack fell for an enterprising 50, Wells was joined by his brother David who smashed an unbeaten run-a-ball 40.

Fittingly, just after hitting his 16th boundary, Wells struck the winning runs to remain unbeaten on 87 to record a remarkable win for the hosts to finish their season in a very respectable fifth position.

Swanage first XI photo: (back row - Phil Eades, John Lewis, Ben Hodder, Steve Kent, Mike Nash, Pete Dyer - scorer. Front row - Mike Hernandez, Ryan Stearn, Craig Wells, Mark Stacey, Freddie Long, Sid Nash)