SWANAGE slumped to a 67-run defeat at home against Poole Seconds in Dorset League Division One.

The visitors batted first and got off to a solid start, reaching 61-1 off 14 overs despite the best efforts of Ben Hodder and Freddie Long.

Poole continued to bat positively and, by keeping wickets in hand, at 199-3 in the 39th over were well set for a massive total.

However, the hosts fought back with some fantastic seam bowling by both Anthony Mahes and Charlie Dyke - who claimed four quick wickets to help restrict the visitors to 231-9 from their 45 overs.

In reply, Swans got off to a disastrous start, losing two quick wickets.

The innings was rescued by an excellent knock of 31 by the in-form Tom Wells. However, when he was brilliantly caught out, another three wickets fell in quick succession leaving the hosts in the precarious position of 110-7.

The score was given some respectability by Steve Kent and Long who scored 28 and 21 respectively but when they were dismissed in the same over, Swans were finally dismissed for 164.

Swanage are now eighth in the division, with two wins and six defeats from their opening eight games. Poole are third in the division.