Chowdhury blasts second straight ton

Skipper Rick Ankers, right, is happy with progress
Skipper Rick Ankers, right, is happy with progress
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Shu Chowdhury blasted a second successive century for Burridge as they turned up the heat in the Southern Electric division one promotion race.

Last time out, the batsman hammered 187 in the win over Rowledge.

He followed that on Saturday with a blistering 137 in his side’s four-wicket success over Fawley.

Chowdhury took just 100 balls and battered 20 fours and four sixes with some outlandish strokes as Rick Ankers’ side kept the pressure on leaders Sarisbury Athletic.

Fawley posted 251 for six from their 50 overs as Geoff Dods (three for 69) picked up some expensive wickets.

But when Chowdhury eventually fell, he’d already scored 137 out of Burridge’s 198 for four to ensure the job would be done by the 37th over.

Ankers said: ‘It was unbelievable. Chasing down 252 with 14 overs left is some going.

‘Shu is a seriously good player. He’s got a wonderful eye and a really, really good technique.

‘We know he can smash everything but we’ve been saying to him all year that it’s just about picking the right ball.

‘He is going really well at the moment and is just absolutely full of confidence.

‘He was playing some outrageous shots because he is in such good form.

‘He was flicking them over his head like Dilshan and then the next ball he was crashing them through mid-wicket.

‘You had to see it to believe it.

‘We got him from Totton. I met him for a beer and convinced him to come along and he hasn’t looked back.’

With just one defeat from nine games, it has been a fine run for the Southern Electric T20 cup finalists, who have shown they are genuine promotion contenders.

Ankers said: ‘We just want to keep things going as they are.

‘There is a great spirit and we haven’t got any idiots in the team.

‘Everybody is enjoying everyone’s success.

‘But it was a very convincing win and we’re playing good cricket at the moment.’

Elsewhere in division one, Sarisbury skipper David Banks shrugged off his impending disciplinary hearing to lead his side to a tight three-wicket win over Andover.

Chasing 191 to win, after Pete Hammond claimed three for 36, Sarisbury were making hard work of it when they were reduced to 57 for four.

But Jack Lovett (38) made a useful contribution, before Banks (41 not out) ensured his side stayed top of the pile, while Dan Goldstraw (16 not out) backed him up at the end.

Hambledon gave themselves some breathing space from relegation worries with a three-wicket win over Hartley Wintney.

Captain Dan Hewitt (61 not out) and Ian Turner (30 not out) put on 47 runs for the eighth wicket to guide their side to victory in the penultimate over.

Hartley Wintney posted 174 for eight but the Dons stumbled to 42 for four and 130 for seven as they looked to be heading for defeat.

However, Hewitt and Turner repaired the damage for a crucial win.