SWANAGE tasted defeat for the first time this season as a modest performance with the bat left them with a mountain to climb.

Swans battled to 163 all out against Hamworthy Recreation, with the hosts cruising to their target in the 35th over with four wickets remaining.

The loss left the Purbeck side fifth in Dorset Division One on 26 points.

Sean Mulley starred with the ball for Hamworthy, claiming three for 17, after they won the toss and elected to field.

Contributions from Jack Satterley (2-40) and Gerard Benfield (2-21) prevented Swanage from building a sizeable total.

Ben Hodder topped the Swans scoring with 34 off 74 balls but Simon Goldsack (21), David Goldsack (22) and Steve Kent (17no) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

In reply, Pete Richards claimed the early scalp of Alex Peel for eight, however, a 60-run partnership from Sean Mulley and Gordon Frazier drove Hamworthy to 79 before three wickets fell without a single run added.

Kent removed Mulley for 19 and then Satterley first ball before Frazier (27) was dismissed by Ryan Norman.

Matthew Avery’s unbeaten 50 anchored the innings. Mike Wells picked off Ian Peters and Nathan Holness in quick succession to leave Hamworthy 131 for six but Matt Gordon (18no) joined Avery to rack up the final runs.