WITH Swanage's first XI game at Hamworthy rained off, the seconds took centre stage, entertaining high-flying Bere Regis at Day's Park.

Swanage won the toss and elected to bat, but were soon in trouble at 14 for two. However, the innings was rescued by a half-century partnership between Simon Goldsack and Freddie Long.

When Goldsack was dismissed for 24, two quick wickets fell. Despite this, Long found another willing partner in Nilan Weeraddanana who smashed a cameo innings of 27. The momentum of the innings then stuttered when he and Long were both dismissed in quick succession, but not before Long had completed his first half-century in league cricket (58). This enabled Swans to post a competitive total of 152 for eight.

In reply, the Bere Regis opening batsmen were subjected to a sensational spell of hostile swing bowling by Harry Long. He was aided by some spectacular catching by Sid Nash to claim a brace of wickets to help reduce the visitors to 33 for three. Although, after this and despite the best efforts of Swans' bowling attack which included Ron Barker, Nash, Mike Wells and Lily Wood, the visitors reached their target for the loss of just one more wicket with two overs to spare.

The six-wicket success sees Bere Regis move up to second in Division Four, with Swans in sixth.

Swans third were also in action, taking on an experienced Marnhull outfit.

Swanage got off to a great start with Pete Barker, Andrew Hancock and Dave Morton all taking a wicket each. However, the visitors' middle-order batted superbly, enabling them to finish on a mammoth total of 275 for four off their 40 overs.

In reply, Swans were in a very precarious position at 46 for eight after coming up against some very hostile seam bowling by the visitors.

The innings was given some respectability due to a brilliant 70-run partnership between Mike Gould (29no) and Brandon Mahadeo (35no), but Marnhull eased to victory.