RYAN Stearn took a sublime hat-trick as Swanage swept aside Hamworthy Recreation by 128 runs in the Dorset Cricket League Cup.

Swans batted first and started well through John Lewis and Mike Nash.

When Nash fell for a fluent 21, Lewis was joined by Mike Hernandez and together they also added a half-century stand before Lewis fell for an excellent 41.

Hernandez who, well supported by the lower order, was finally dismissed for an exquisite 61 but not before he had helped guide his side to 237 for nine at close.

In reply, Hamworthy were soon in trouble due to some brilliant bowling by Hernandez.

Their progress was halted still further by the in-form leg-spin sensation Steve Kent, who took 4 quick wickets.

He was ably supported by Stearn, who also claimed four wickets including a match-ending hat-trick as Hamworthy were skittled for 109.

The second XI have also been in action, taking on local rivals Wareham.

After the loss of two early wickets, Swans recovered thanks to a brilliant partnership of 160 between Geoff Willcocks and Pete Baczala. Willcocks recorded his first-ever century (109), which included 13 boundaries, while Baczala closed on 77 not out.

Swans ended on 264 for four and that proved more than enough, as Wareham fell 70 runs short with Freddie Long taking three wickets.