SEVEN was certainly a lucky number for Swanage's 16-year-old county sensation Freddie Long on Saturday.

He produced a devastating match-winning spell of hostile, swing bowling to help Swanage secure a crucial victory against Marnhull at Day's Park in Dorset League Division One.

The visitors elected to bat on a blisteringly hot day, but were soon under serious pressure due to Long's heroics.

After taking a wicket in the first over, Long never looked back, finishing with incredible figures of 7-4-21-7 to help reduce the visitors to 43-7.

His quest to take all 10 wickets was halted by Steve Kent, who claimed a brace with his leg-spin, and Anthony Mahes, who took the final visitors wicket to restrict Marnhull to a meagre total of 93.

In reply, despite the hosts losing a brace of wickets both at the start and the end of their run chase, they recorded a convincing five-wicket win to move them up to seventh in the league. The main contributors were Mike Nash (37), Tom Wells (22) and Sid Nash (19).

Also on Saturday, Swans' second XI travelled to their counterparts at Winton in Division Four.

The visitors elected to bat first, but, were blown away by the hosts' opening bowlers and were reduced to 25-5.

The innings was given some respectability by a half-century stand between Ed Cross & Phil Eades.

However, when they were both dismissed in quick succession for 41 and 25 respectively - the visitors were shot-out for just 123.

Despite the best efforts of Ron Barker and James Harding, the hosts cruised to their target with few alarms to record an emphatic eight-wicket victory.

The third XI visited Marnhull in Division Six. The visitors made a respectable 185-8 with Tim Ives (61) and David Alcock (35) excelling.

In reply, the hosts were soon under pressure due to brilliant bowling by Sam Wells & Lily Wood - who took two wickets apiece. They were well supported by Dylan Church & Ethan Stacey, however, they could not prevent the hosts from clinching a narrow three-wicket win.