SWANAGE sealed an important victory in Dorset Division One after overcoming Portland Red Triangle by five wickets.

The visitors got off to a sensational start when Ben Hodder removed the hosts’ star batter in the first over and continued to bowl beautifully, helping to reduce Red Triangle to 15-2.

Portland were constantly under pressure and lost wickets at regular intervals due to some exceptional seam-bowling by both Freddie Long and Ryan Stearn.

They were well supported by the leg-spin of Steve Kent. They took five wickets between them and ripped through the hosts’ middle-order.

Fittingly, the innings was wrapped-up when Hodder claimed his third wicket to dismiss the Islanders for a below-par 211.

In reply, Swanage got off to a great start through Mike Nash and some sensational power-hitting by Charlie Dyke - who smashed six boundaries in a rapid-fire 38.

The momentum of the innings was maintained by Mark Stacey - who drove and pulled the ball fiercely, smashing 48 off just 36 balls including nine boundaries.

However, when he was brilliantly caught on the boundary, Swans still needed nearly 80 runs.

At this point, Swanage's two all-rounders Anthony Mahes and Tom Wells constructed a match-winning partnership.

Wells batted beautifully, making 36, and Mahes struck the ball majestically scoring 29 and, although, they both fell in quick succession towards the end, Swanage secured a valuable five-wicket win to ease their relegation worries.

Elsewhere, Swans’ seconds played host to the high-flying, unbeaten league leaders Royal Challengers.

The hosts batted first and recovered from the loss of an early wicket with an 80-run partnership between John Lewis and Tom Rutherford.

When they both fell in quick succession for 46 and 42 respectively, Swanage's two all-rounders - James Harding and Steve Ramsay joined forces to put together a half-century stand.

Harding made 29 and Ramsay 37 to enable Swans to post a competitive score of 213-7 from their 40 overs.

In reply, the visitors got off to a positive start despite the best efforts of Ramsay, and, although, Harding claimed three wickets with his seam bowling and Sid Nash bowled his leg-spin beautifully, the visitors recorded a convincing six-wicket victory.