SWANAGE fell to a second straight defeat in the Dorset Cricket League, beaten by five wickets at Weymouth.

The hosts got off to a great start, taking two early wickets to put Swans on the back foot. Wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals and despite a good partnership between John Lewis (22) and Craig Wells, along with some enterprising batting from Steve Ramsay, Swans were restricted to just 142 for eight off their 40 overs with Wells finally being dismissed for 44 in the last over.

In reply, Swans also took two quick wickets to put the hosts under pressure and when Ben Hodder took his third wicket to leave the hosts at 92 for five, the game was very much in the balance.

However, Weymouth held their nerve and reached their target with no further loss to complete a comfortable win.

Meanwhile, the second XI played host to Ashmore in Division 4.

Swanage batted first and got off to a great start with a half-century partnership between Freddie Long and Mark Stacey. When Long fell for a solid 30, Stacey was joined by Thomas Wells who struck a quick-fire 27 to combine with Stacey for another half-century stand to set a platform for a big score. Stacey finally fell for 76 - which included 10 boundaries.

The momentum was maintained by Dave Goldsack, who smashed a rapid 49 to enable Swanage to post a formidable 249 for nine from their 40 overs.

In reply, the visitors were soon under pressure from some excellent bowling by Lily Wood and Sid Nash. Nash was the outstanding performer with his leg-spin, claiming three wickets. He was well supported by Mike Wells, who took a brace of wickets, and Ron Barker as the visitors were restricted to 167 for nine to secure a second consecutive victory for the second XI.