SKIPPER Ian Booth hailed pacemen Ricky King and Elliott Baczala for their “demolition job” following Swanage’s eye-catching 73-run win over reigning champions Parley.
King and Baczala rocked the visitors with a devastating opening spell at Day’s Park, sending shock waves through Premier One on a rain-ruined second Saturday of the season.
Defending a modest 130 for eight – and in the only top-flight clash to finish – King and Baczala ripped through the Parley top and middle order, helping reduce them from 32 for one to 41 for eight.
King (4-21) and Baczala (3-23) gave Parley a torrid afternoon before Ryan Norman (1-7), Jem Warner (1-3) and Booth (1-2) came on to polish them off for just 57.
Swanage, who finished fourth from bottom last season, lost the corresponding fixture by six wickets and suffered a 10-wicket defeat at the hands of the champions at Dean Park.
Captain Booth said: “It was a brilliant win against last year’s champions who, although weakened, were still a very handy side with two Dorset players in their ranks.”
Swanage’s total owed much to an opening stand of 69 between Mike Salmon (34) and Rob Hatch-ard (26) with Francis Kerrins (20) the only other batsman to make a significant contribution.
And although Parley trio Luke Condron (2-25), Sam Thomson (2-12) and Ollie Shrubsole (2-26) all did their bit with the ball, their respective efforts ultimately proved in vain.