Sean Terry is determined to use his spell at Burridge as a springboard back into the Hampshire side after making a winning return from injury.
The 22-year-old batsman – and son of former Hampshire opener and manager Paul – is highly-regarded at the Ageas Bowl and has already played six first-class games for the county, ending last season in the team.
After being given permission to play for the newly-promoted Southern Electric Premier League premier division outfit, when he is not selected for the county this term, Terry then suffered a broken elbow early in the season when he was struck by former team-mate Chris Tremlett in a Hampshire second-team game.
But he more than played his part on his debut, hitting 32 as Burridge claimed a narrow 26-run success at Totton & Eling in a low-scoring game.
Terry said: ‘I would have taken 32 before the game.
‘I was pretty tired by the end of it and the arm was a bit sore but it’s just good to be back playing.
‘It’s been a long two months out. I was hitting the ball nicely and had a good pre-season.
‘It’s frustrating but it’s one of those things you can’t control.
‘Finishing in the team last year and doing well, I thought I was very close to the Hampshire team so I was disappointed not to play at the start of the year.
‘But Dale Benkenstein has come in and told us we will be rewarded for playing and training hard. Then I got injured.
‘Now if I get back to where I was before I broke my elbow, hopefully an opportunity comes.
‘I don’t think I can be any more ready – I just need to get back to scoring runs.’
While he admitted he was nervous before his return, Terry didn’t show it.
Alongside opening partner Shu Chowdhury (32), the pair shared a 50-run stand on a tricky batting deck before a steady procession of wickets then saw Rick Ankers’ side bowled out for 165.
But it proved to be more than enough as Nick McMurray (four for 49) and Greg Thew (four for 52) ensured Totton laboured in their reply, eventually seeing their hopes end at 139 all out.
Terry said: ‘Coming back for my first game, I was a bit nervous because I hadn’t really faced any bowlers. Being in a match environment is a bit different.
‘I started okay, had a spell where I wasn’t great and was just starting to get into it. Then I got out.
‘Nobody believed me but I was trying to convince the lads that 180 would have been fine on that wicket.
‘We ended up getting 165 and that was enough.
‘We bowled well enough and it was a good win.’
The victory was more proof that Burridge are capable of bridging the gap after last season’s promotion and Terry is convinced they will stay up.
He said: ‘They are a great bunch of lads at Burridge.
‘I played there a few years ago so it’s a bit of a homecoming for me.
‘Getting two wins early takes a bit of pressure off and I’m sure we will be fine.’