SWANAGE kicked off their Dorset Cricket League Division One campaign with a one-wicket loss to Portland Red Triangle.

Swans batted first at Day's Parker, starting well with John Lewis and Mike Nash producing a 75-run opening partnership.

When Lewis departed for an excellent 31, Nash was joined by Mark Stacey and they kept-up the momentum with an exceptional century stand at a run-a-ball until Stacey was dismissed for a sublime 57.

Nash then formed another partnership with Craig Wells until he was brilliantly caught out for a majestic 72 - which included 11 boundaries.

Wells continued to bat enterprisingly making a fluent 41, however, when he departed the innings fell away and Swanage finally finished with 270 for seven off their allotted 45 overs.

In reply, the visitors got off to a flying-start through their ex-Dorset star Simon Proffitt who raced to a half-century in quick-time to put the hosts on the back-foot.

The visitors appeared to be cruising to victory until Swanage introduced their two young-guns Freddie Long and Sid Nash - together they claimed three quick wickets, although, Proffitt continued to bat brilliantly.

The hosts continued to take wickets at regular intervals with both Ben Hodder and Steve Kent excelling.

When Proffitt was finally dismissed for an exquisite 117, the hosts scented victory as the visitors still needed 35.

Despite the hosts' best efforts, Portland managed to reach their target off the penultimate ball to secure a nail-biting one-wicket win.