SKIPPER Ryan Norman was left to rue Swanage’s “poorest performance of the season” as they surrendered top spot for the first time in the Premier Division of the Dorset Funeral Plan League.

Swans were sent packing by Poole Town at Poole Park – with captain Badrul Alam playing a starring role in the hosts’ 92-run victory, their fifth win in succession.

Alam (86) remained undefeated and rescued Poole following an early collapse as they recovered to post 205.

Having watched them slump to five for three, Alam shared 50-plus stands with Tom Robinson (30) and Lewis Marais (29) before adding late runs with Dave Miller (17) and JP Cronje (17).

Rob Hatchard (3-42) was the pick of the Swans bowlers with Mike Hernandez (2-18), Pete Richards (1-29) and Norman (1-54) also among the wickets.

Although Francis Kerins (33) and Craig Wells (20) made starts and guided them to 63 for two, they received little support as Alam (5-29) continued his fruitful afternoon.

Hatchard (15) and Norman (12) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures as Swans were routed for 113 (Robinson 2-15, Josh Dennis 1-10, Joe Wormington 1-19, Cronje 1-22).

Norman said: “It was our poorest performance of the season and it cost us against a good side.

“We need to bounce back against Wimborne on Saturday.

“We have lost top spot for the first time this season and now must react. We didn't play to our plans and that cost us.”

Broadstone replaced Swanage at the top following their 32-run victory over Stalbridge at The Delph.

Luke Carter (104*) and Connor Tarr (56) shared 91 for the fourth wicket as they posted 258 for seven (Joe Manley 31*).

Mike Holm (5-41) and Matt Spraggs (2-26) helped stop the visitors at 226 for nine.