Ageas Bowl debut for t20 hopefuls Burridge

Rick Ankers
Rick Ankers
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Burridge skipper Rick Ankers will lead his side out in their maiden Southern Electric t20 Cup final tonight (7pm).

The Botley Road outfit go into the Ageas Bowl clash with 2006 champions South Wilts as massive underdogs.

But their brilliant campaign to date has proved the Salisbury side can take nothing for granted.

Burridge, who are flying high at the top of Southern Electric Premier League division one – and closing in on promotion to the top flight – brushed aside premier division foes St Cross in round one of the t20 competition.

Big-hitting batsman Scott Mills proved the class act that day as he smashed 82 in his side’s match-winning total of 162 for eight. Paul Ancell then took four for 10 to see Burridge into round two, where Mills was at it again.

This time he hammered 86, while Shu Chowdhury crashed 65 in a daunting 227 for four at Hartley Wintney.

Geoff Dods returned figures of four for 37 as Burridge won by 58 runs.

Division two outfit Langley Manor were brushed aside by six wickets in the quarter-finals as Sam Lavery’s unbeaten 55 saw Burridge overhaul a target of 143.

And Sarisbury were no match in the semis, either.

Chasing down a modest 99, Derek Kenway (37) and Lavery (33 not out) made certain of a place in the Ageas Bowl final with premier division pacesetters South Wilts.

Entry to tonight’s Ageas Bowl showdown is free, while there is no charge for parking.

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