Burridge aim to get back in saddle

David Kenway is dismissed as Burridge are defeated by South Wilts in the Southern Electric t20 final at the Ageas Bowl. July 24, 2013. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography

David Kenway is dismissed as Burridge are defeated by South Wilts in the Southern Electric t20 final at the Ageas Bowl. July 24, 2013. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography

Tom Alsop hit an unbeaten century. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Rick Ankers believes his Burridge team will be unaffected by their heavy defeat in the Southern Electric T20 Cup final.

The Burridge skipper saw several of his bowlers put to the sword by South Wilts’ James Hayward, who smashed a sensational 130 in his side’s mammoth total of 233 for six.

While Burridge turned in a brave response with the bat, they still went down to a 72-run defeat.

But Ankers has no fears of a cup final hangover ahead of the league leaders’ division one trip to Hartley Wintney.

And he has backed his bowlers to shrug off their chastening experience.

Ankers said: ‘I’m not worried about that at all.

‘We will jump back on it against Hartley Wintney and take it from there.

‘I don’t think the cup final is going to have any effect on us whatsoever.

‘We’ve just got to keep going at it and sticking to what we do well.

‘Playing against a side like South Wilts won’t knock our confidence.

‘They are top of the premier division and you don’t get there unless you are a good side. They played brilliantly on the night.

‘We gave it a really good go but they just had too much for us.

‘But we are all still determined to get promotion and I think our bowlers will be wanting to get back on it as soon as possible.’

Burridge replaced rivals Sarisbury Athletic in top spot after a 10-point deduction for the Allotment Road outfit, while skipper David Banks has been handed a five-match ban.

That suspension is due to start tomorrow, depending on an appeal hearing, which will take place this evening. But with or without him leading the side, Athletic will travel to New Milton boosted by the 97-run success over Hook & Newnham last weekend.

Hambledon, who went down to Burridge by seven wickets at Ridge Meadow last Saturday, visit Liphook & Ripsley.

Batsman Jack Lavous is ruled out, so Reggie Marshall is primed to step up to open the innings – while James Atkinson also returns.

But the Dons’ fragile batting remains a serious concern as they bid to stay away from relegation trouble.

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