Chowdhury leads Burridge charge

Burridge's Rick Ankers
Burridge's Rick Ankers
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Shu Chowdhury will bid for the rare feat of a third successive century when Burridge travel the short distance to Hambledon tomorrow in their Southern Electric division one encounter.

The Burridge batsman has been in sensational form in the past two weeks for his promotion-chasing side, hitting 137 in the four-wicket win over Fawley last weekend.

After his astonishing 187 against Rowledge the week before, Chowdhury could yet be on for more than 500 runs in the month of July alone.

And skipper Rick Ankers is hopeful his gun batsman can keep firing, even on a Ridge Meadow pitch that has not been receptive to high scores this term.

No teams have gone beyond 200 this season on the Dons’ home patch and Fawley have the highest total of 185 for three, batting second.

The fact that Joe Collings-Wells’ 76 not out is the top individual score at the venue in division one this season shows a few of the difficulties the other batsmen have faced and that Chowdhury will be looking to overcome.

Ankers said: ‘Shu is just absolutely on fire at the moment.

‘He is playing like a man who is full of confidence and you can understand why after those two innings.

‘We’ve got the T20 Cup final next week and we want him in the sort of form for that game.

‘But we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves.

‘It’s always a tough game at Hambledon and we certainly won’t be taking anything for granted.

‘But we are playing a lot of good cricket at the moment.’

Hambledon, meanwhile, registered an important three-wicket win over Hartley Wintney last weekend but bowed out of the ECB Village Knockout Cup with a disappointing display against Wraysbury last Sunday.

Their problems could see some changes to the batting order, with Rob Atkins primed to move down from his regular number-three spot in a bid to find some runs.

Elsewhere in the division, leaders Sarisbury Athletic will aim to keep Burridge at arm’s length with a home clash against Hook & Newnham Basics.