SWANAGE Cricket Club were able to field three Saturday sides for the first time ever, after the recreational game was given the green light to return.

A completely new pitch behind the cricket club, prepared by Craig and Sam Wells, played well throughout in a closely-fought contest between Swanage’s third team and Poole.

Batting first, Poole lost an early wicket to Lily Wood (one for seven) who opened the bowling with her brother Alex.

Poole batted well throughout but wickets continued to fall with Sam Willcocks next to strike.

Spin twins Sid Nash and Dave Morton kept things tight and were both unlucky not to take a wicket, as was Andrew Hancock who bowled with great pace.

A flurry of late wickets from Pete Barker, Matt Dunster and Mike Nash left Poole posting a competitive 194 from their 35 overs.

Swanage got off to a great start with Chris Wood (34) and Dunster (19) opening the batting.

Willcocks (18) and Tim Ives (20) kept Swanage in charge before a key innings of 47 by Lily Wood which included nine fours and a six.

Just as she took her side to the brink of victory, a flurry of dismissals left Swans 179 all out.

“A defeat but a momentous day for the club,” said club chairman, Ron Barker.