SWANAGE CC's first and second XIs both fell to defeats this weekend.

After electing to bowl first, Swanage were soon under pressure against Poole’s phenomenal opening pair, who batted positively with both some enterprising running between the wickets but also with some belligerent drives and pulls.

Their partnership was finally broken by Swanage leg-spinner Sid Nash at 171.

He went on to claim a brace of wickets as the hosts reached 237-3 from their reduced allocation of 42 overs (due to the heavy rain which fell).

That downpour left quite testing conditions for Swanage when they came out to bat against a high-class bowling attack. The only real resistance came from Mike Hernandez, Nash and Craig Wells as the visitors were restricted to 137-8.

In their game the seconds also elected to bowl first, allowing the visitors to get off to a solid start despite some excellent swing bowling by Ed Cross & Lily Wood.

Swanage's leg-spin star Steve Kent was introduced to great effect, bamboozling the visitors’ middle-order - recording astonishing figures of 8-3-9-4 to help reduce them to 104-9. The visitors’ last pairing added a crucial 36 runs for the last wicket.

Swanage’s response was weak, reduced to 8-5 in just the fifth over, a start they could not recover from, managing a meagre total of 70.