SWANAGE’S relentless performance saw Poole Town put to the sword on Saturday as Ian Booth’s men registered an impressive 110-run home victory.
Visiting skipper Kristian Wilson won the toss and put Swans in to bat, a decision which was immediately punished by the hosts’ openers Matt Thomas (39) and Mike Salmon (54).
Consistent scoring saw the Swanage pair amass 96 from the first 18 overs.
Nick Heckford (2-28) bowled Thomas before providing the delivery for Salmon’s dismissal at mid-on but the home side continued to march on.
Youngster Francis Kerins, recently returned from Wimborne & Colehill, joined skipper Booth and together they hit regular boundaries regularly and never allowed the visitors any respite in the heat.
In 20 overs, they put on 123 at a run per ball. Booth finally fell for 79 in the 48th over, while Kerins was caught out off visiting skip- per Wilson’s (2-65) bowling on 52.
There was a late flurry of wickets in the hunt for more runs with Richard Armstrong (2- 33) picking up a brace late in the day, but Swans finished their allotted 50 overs on a robust 264 for six.
After tea, the visitors began their response well and kept wickets intact while putting away the bad ball.
However, Mike Hernandez (2-12) and Rob Hatchard (3-30) set about their task with gusto with Poole’s experienced man Steve Wilson (34) unable to settle a decent partnership.
The match was effectively over as a contest as Town limped to 82 for seven by the 28th over, and while David Miller (15) and Jamie Thomas (24) showed some resistance, leg-spinning prodigy Jem Warner (3-33) cleaned up the tail as Poole were dismissed for 154.