ABBOTSBURY 141-7 (5pts) lost to BRADFORD ABBAS 244-4 (18pts) by 98 runs

ABBOTSBURY found bottom-placed Bradford Abbas a different prospect to the side easily beaten in the opening fixture of the season as the Swans fell to a heavy defeat at home in County Division Four.

After a successful call of the toss by visiting captain Darren Walters, who chose to bat first, it was the hosts who struck the first blow as Elliott Gunn (1-44) found the edge of Edd Broom’s bat, wicketkeeper David Worsdell completing the catch.

However, Bradford Abbas were able to move the total past 100 without further loss, despite Chas Duerdoth’s (1-38) fiery opening spell, before the ever reliable Krishnan Subramanian (2-30) snared opener Walters (31) lbw.

The same bowler soon followed up by dismissing Connor Wills (5) cheaply, Frank Pittman taking a sharp catch at slip, but Abbotsbury hopes of running through the batting order were snuffed out by an excellent century by Dan Rigdon, with good support from Ben Williams (41).

Rigdon remained unbeaten on 141 with Williams providing the only other success for Abbotsbury when George Higgins safely pouched a catch at point, as the visitors posted an imposing target of 244 for the Swans to chase.

Stand-in captain Worsdell pushed Duerdoth up the order to open with Pittman but unfortunately for the Swans was dismissed cheaply as a short ball from Jake Williams (1-22) was gloved behind in only the second over.

The rest of the top order then proceeded to fall cheaply with Bradford Abbas tightening their grip on the match as the Swans limped to 34-4 in the 17th over.

However, a century stand between Worsdell, who scored a well-crafted 58 and Simon Pittman, who hoisted two sixes in his 47, added some respectability to the scoreline.

Both batsmen were eventually dismissed in the closing overs with batting points being chased but the Swans ultimately fell well short of Bradford Abbas’ total.

This week, the Swans will be hoping for a better result when they travel to Wimborne & Colehill Thirds.

Abbotsbury know a win will move the sixth-placed side above their hosts into the relative comfort of mid-table.