Sixth spot for town’s cricketers

THE Swanage 1st XI cricket team won eight of their 18 games this season to finish 6th in Division 1.
The batting highlight was Craig Wells’ unbeaten century, and there were half-centuries from Antony Mahes, Mike and Sid Nash, Mark Stacey (2) and Wells (3).
The outstanding bowling performances were Freddie Long’s 7-wicket haul and 5 wickets by Mahes.
There were also useful contributions from Charlie Dyke, Ben Hodder, Steve Kent, Harry Long, Sid Nash and Ryan Stearn.
The 2nd XI won 11 of their 16 matches to finish 3rd in Division 4.
The highlights of their batting were centuries from Renier de Kock, Sid Nash and Pete Richards. There were also half-centuries from Phil Eades, Dave Goldsack, Simon Goldsack (3), Jon Gregory (2), John Lewis, Harry Long, Mike Nash, Tom Rutherford, Tom Wells and Geoff Willcocks.
The outstanding performers with the ball were Ron Barker, Ross Carroll, de Kock, Dave and Simon Goldsack, Mike Gould, James Harding, Mike and Sid Nash, Steve Ramsay and Sam Marks.
The 3rd XI won 5 of their 14 ties to finish 5th in Division 6.
The highlight of their batting was the 271-run partnership between Tim Ives, who made 135, and David Alcock, who scored 120. There were also half-centuries from Alcock (2), Matt Dunster, Ives (3) and Sam Wells, as well as some useful contributions from Andrew Hancock.
The bowling highlight was Ethan Stacey’s 5-wicket haul, as well as, consistent performances from Pete Barker, Carroll, Dylan Church and Sam Wells.
They were all aided by some excellent wicket-keeping displays from another of Swanage’s young ‘stars’, Seb Wright.
As well as the adult sides, all of the youth teams from the Under-8s right the way through to the Under-15s performed admirably in their respective leagues.
The girls/ladies team also performed brilliantly at their cricket festivals.
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