SWANAGE'S star all-rounder, Pete Richards, made a sensational first appearance of the season for the club.

Competing for the second XI, Richards provided a remarkable innings of 144 not out from just 72 balls against Wareham in Division Four of the Dorset Cricket League.

His innings included 27 boundaries, which were struck to all four corners of Days Park.

He was ably supported by Jon Gregory, who smashed 71 not out (which included 14 boundaries) - together they amassed 197 runs off the final 16 overs which enabled Swanage to post a incredible total of 373-3 from their allotted 40 overs.

This partnership was made possible due to the foundation that was set up by the in-form Thomas Wells and Simon Goldsack who scored 46 and 37 in the early part of the innings.

In reply, the visitors were soon in deep trouble because of the scoreboard pressure they were up against and when their star batsman, Ashley Hayes, was dismissed for a quick-fire 55, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.

The pick of Swanage's bowlers were leg-spinner Mike Gould and in-swinging seam bowler Steve Ramsay, who claimed four and three wickets respectively.

This enabled the hosts to dismiss their Purbeck rivals for 161 to complete an amazing 210-run victory. This moves Swanage seconds up to third place.

Also, on Saturday, Swanage's first XI travelled to Compton House in their latest Division One encounter.

Swanage got off to a flying start through Mark Stacey - who struck a half-century at more than a run-a-ball.

He was well supported by Tom Rutherford who made a well-constructed 27, however, when they both fell in quite succession the visitors innings fell away, dismissed for a below-par 221.

In reply, the hosts got off a solid start despite the best efforts of debutant Antony Mahesh.

They continued to have the run-chase firmly under control and despite both Freddie Long and Ryan Stearn taking a brace of wickets each, Compton House reached their target with four overs to spare to complete a six-wicket victory.