Burridge defeated in T20 final

Jamie Rood, left, rues a missed opportunity as James Hayward powers towards a match-winning century in Burridge's defeated by South Wilts in the Southern Electric t20 final at the Ageas Bowl. July 24, 2013. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
Jamie Rood, left, rues a missed opportunity as James Hayward powers towards a match-winning century in Burridge's defeated by South Wilts in the Southern Electric t20 final at the Ageas Bowl. July 24, 2013. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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Burridge might have known they were underdogs before they went down by 72 runs to South Wilts in the Southern Electric T20 Cup final.

But if Rick Ankers’ side had hopes of springing a major surprise, they were dashed inside about seven overs of one of the more brutal cup finals you will ever see.

Once South Wilts had bludgeoned their way to 92 without loss in those 42 deliveries, Burridge were effectively already toast.

And the South Wilts skipper, James Hayward, was the chief destroyer.

His extraordinary 130 from just 50 balls included 10 sixes and 10 fours and was the best individual score in the Southern Electric T20 Cup.

But Burridge might have known what was in store early on when Derek Kenway’s first two overs went for 36 runs as Hayward made full use of the short leg side boundary with a blistering attack.

It didn’t improve too much for the former Hampshire man, either, as his four overs ended with the kind of numbers normally reserved for Jade Dernbach in England T20 fixtures as he returned figures of one for 63.

Team-mate Seth Jackson didn’t fare much better, seeing his first two deliveries sail over the rope before eventually finishing with one for 61.

Geoff Dods (three for 42) and Suji Wickramasinghe did well (nought for 23) but when a team is 131 for one after 12 overs, you are always up against it.

With South Wilts eventually posting a mighty 233 for six, Burridge must have known the game was up.

But they battled bravely in their innings, Shu Chowdhury (29) getting his side off to a good start after Scott Mills (one) was caught in controversial style by Ryan Burl, who appeared to have a foot over the rope.

Kenway (43) then sought instant revenge for his punishment and led the charge as Burridge briefly raised hopes of getting back into the game.

But when Kenway skied one into the grateful gloves of Tom Morton, the trophy was effectively sealed.

Pride and dignity was intact for Burridge who closed on 161 for nine but South Wilts were simply the better side on the night.