SWANAGE slumped to a disappointing 52-run home defeat against Dorset Cricket League Division One's bottom side Compton House at Days Park.

The visitors got off to flying start - reaching 50 in just the seventh over, despite the best efforts of Ben Hodder and Ryan Stearn.

The hosts fought back with two fantastic spells of seam-bowling from Charlie Dyke and Antony Mahes - who claimed three and two wickets respectively, to help reduce the visitors to 144-8 in the 32nd over.

However, their star batsman Giles Reynolds (111no) remained and together with the visitors' captain Piers Griffiths Jones - they compiled an incredible partnership of 87 in just 12 overs to enable the visitors to post a competitive total of 234-9 from their 45 overs.

In reply, Swanage recovered from the loss of an early wicket with a stand between Mike & Sid Nash.

However, when Mike was dismissed for a fluent 19, going for one expansive drive too many, two other wickets fell quickly and the hosts were in trouble at 61-4.

At this point, Sid was joined by Craig Wells - together they batted beautifully putting on a spectacular partnership of 75 at five-runs-an-over.

Sid particularly excelling, striking the ball majestically to all four corners of Days Park - including an exquisite cover drive to bring-up his maiden first XI half-century.

When he was caught out attempting his 10th boundary for a sublime 60, the momentum was maintained when Wells was joined by Mahes.

They batted very enterprisingly, putting on 45 at seven-runs-an-over and at 180-5 in the 39th were well-placed to chase down their target.

However, when Wells for 38 and Mahes for 20 were both brilliantly caught in the same over, the innings stalled spectacularly. This led to a disappointing defeat which leaves Swanage in sixth place in the table, 30 points clear of relegation.