Dorset Saturday League: Wayfarers fall to Swanage defeat

Dorset Saturday League: Wayfarers fall to Swanage defeat

Dorset Saturday League: Wayfarers fall to Swanage defeat

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SWANAGE increased Ferndown Wayfarers’ misery at the bottom of Premier One Group B with a four-wicket win over their rivals at Dolmans Farm.

Home skipper Karl Jensen won the toss and elected to bat on a good-looking wicket and large outfield.

Swanage’s opening bowlers struggled to get their lengths right against Rob Bowering and Dean Elsworthy and Wayfarers raced to 100 runs without loss after 20 overs.

Elsworthy departed lbw to Ricky King for 58 before Bowering (56) was dislodged by youngster Jem Warner.

Warner and fellow spinner Ian Booth took wickets regularly and only Leigh Dunham (44) and Adi Skirrow (19) managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over with any significance.

Wayfarers were bowled out for 241 with Booth picking up four for 35 and Warner two for 32. Ryan Norman also claimed two for 34.

Matt Thomas (28) and Francis Kerins (16) got the reply off to a strong start but when both departed with the score on 66 for two, it was left to Booth and Mike Salmon to rebuild.

Booth moved through the gears and Ben Baczala (19), Mike Hernandez (12) and Ryan Norman (10*) all helped out.

An unbeaten 103 was vice- captain Booth’s first century of the season and ensured victory for his side with more than two overs to play.

Elsewhere in Group B, Wimborne & Colehill triumphed over Stalbridge by 57 runs at the Leaze.

After electing to bat, the home side were dismissed for 239 in just inside 50 overs.

Top-order batsmen Tom Caines (79), Jon Wilton (41) and Simon Woodruff (32) provided the bulk of the runs.

For Stalbridge, Steve Forshaw claimed three for 20 and Stuart Sweetman three for 46.

Stalbridge arrived at the crease and were soon under pressure from James Williams, who dismissed Oliver Calcott (13) and Greg Willows (15).

Chris Cornish did further damage with a couple of wickets in the middle order and despite a stubborn unbeaten 29 from Chris Hedges, Stalbridge fell short with 182.

In Premier One Group A, Poole Town destroyed Broadstone by 158 runs.

Poole totalled 245 for eight from their allotted overs and then ripped apart Broadstone’s reply, skittling their opponents for just 87.

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