SKIPPER Ryan Norman believes his Swanage team's passion is the key factor behind their superb start to the season.

The Day's Park side stormed to a nine-wicket win over lowly Shillingstone in the Dorset Funeral Plan League, extending to four wins out of four their flying run.

Swans top the embryonic Premier League standings and Norman was delighted by another strong display from his team.

He told the Advertiser: "Another strong bowling and fielding performance gave our batsmen a small total to get.

"Good batting from John (Lewis) and Francis (Kerins) saw us through what could have been a tricky 30-minute period before tea.

"After the break, Francis and Ian (Booth) batted fluently to complete a comfortable run chase.

"As a team we are loving our cricket and the results are showing this."

Swanage won the toss and elected to bowl first. The visitors were soon put under pressure by Rob Hatchard and Norman and this intensity was maintained by Booth, Steve Kent and Mike Nash.

However, the standout performer for the fourth game in a row was Pete Richards, the leading wicket-taker in the league.

He delivered a masterclass of swing bowling to claim his second four-wicket haul of the season and help skittle the visitors for 126.

In reply, Swanage got off to a solid start as Lewis and Kerins put on 38 for the first wicket.

When Lewis fell for 11, Kerins was joined by Booth, who finished unbeaten on 59. Kerins also played superbly, ending on 44 not out.