Dorset Saturday cricket: Peril for Parley as Poole Town's Thomas goes nap

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REIGNING champions Parley were defeated for the second time this season as Jamie Thomas’s five-wicket haul helped Poole Town edge to a 19-run victory.

Dolphins endured a shaky start on 22 for two before Mike Porter (39) was joined by Ciaran Quinn (65) at the crease to rack up 79 for the third wicket.

Quinn settled in for a long stint before Parley’s Jamie Hicks (3-26) eventually saw him off.

Joe Wormington added a useful 16 which proved pivotal in the final reckoning as the Poole Park outfit set a target of 197.

Up stepped Thomas (5-31) to dismiss visiting opener Ollie Shrubsole before Luke Condron was clean bowled for a first-ball duck.

Ollie Green also failed to score when Thomas took his wicket within one over and when Rob Viney (17) became his fourth victim, Parley were reeling on 34 for four.

Tom Jacques (29) tried to stem the flow before former skipper Roshan Embalagama (49) succeeded in arresting the slide alongside George Wilson (27).

The match was back in the balance at 154 for seven but Wormington (2-36) made another telling contribution, claiming the wickets of the in-form duo before Parley’s innings ended on 178.

Victory saw Poole move to within four points of their rivals at the summit with Weymouth on the coattails after a resounding 175-run victory over backmarkers Ferndown Wayfarers.

Chasing 218 for victory, the top flight strugglers managed a paltry 43 on their way to a crushing defeat which left them as the only side in the division without a victory so far this season.

Ben Baczala’s sturdy 80 was not enough for Swanage who were comfortably caught by hosts Broadstone at the Delph.

The visitors were put in to bat and laboured from the off, despite the best efforts of openers Mike Salmon (34) and Matt Thomas (19).

At 81 for three, Baczala carried the fight before teaming up with Ryan Norman, who registered 39 off just 21 balls, to put on 64 for the seventh wicket and Swans who went on to register 247 for nine off 50 overs.

But Broadstone’s batsmen were in uncompromising form and completed a six-wicket victory with more than five overs to spare as Luke Carter (65) and Pete Russell (40) produced 110 runs from their opening partnership.

The home duo fell in quick succession but Sean Hatton (43*) steadied the ship alongside James Brown (39) before Steve Trembath (46*) joined the party in an unbeaten stand which produced a match-winning 72.

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