SWANAGE'S second XI racked up their sixth successive victory to go third in Division Four of the Dorset Cricket League.

Hosting Marnhull seconds, Swans elected to bat first and recovered from the loss of two early wickets with a match-winning partnership of 113 at a run-a-ball between Jon Gregory (61) and Simon Goldsack (51).

They both played some majestic cover drives and fierce pull shots - each striking eight boundaries.

When they both fell in quick succession, the momentum of the innings was maintained by useful contributions all the way down the order from Ross Carroll, Tony Fowle and James Harding. This enabled the hosts to post a competitive total of 219.

In reply, the visitors were soon under pressure due to some excellent seam bowling by Harding and Harry Long.

The opening bowlers were well supported particularly by the leg-spin of Sid Nash and the swing of Steve Ramsay.

This enabled Swanage to dismiss the visitors for 183 and secure another victory to set them up perfectly for their clash with league leaders Royal Challengers at Day's Park this week.

Meanwhile, Swanage's first XI were well beaten at Hamworthy in Division One.

The hosts got off to an exhilarating start despite the best efforts of Ben Hodder and Freddie Long - reaching 100 in just the 10th over.

The incredible momentum of the innings was maintained by some sensational power-hitting by the hosts' middle-order, with only Steve Kent's leg-spin able to bring any control to proceedings. Although he took two wickets, the hosts were able to post a mammoth score of 349-9 from their 45 overs.

In reply, the visitors got off to a flying start themselves though Charlie Dyke and Mike Nash - together they put on 70 runs at nine an over.

However, when Dyke was dismissed for an enterprising 39, inevitably, wickets began to fall due to scoreboard pressure and when Nash (37) was out attempting his eighth boundary, the innings fell away.

Swanage were finally dismissed for 179 leaving them just above the relegation zone.