Sarisbury chase double success

Nic McMurray

Burridge stepped up to turn form book around

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Sarisbury Athletic believe their Southern Electric division one title hopes could be affected by two successive derby days.

David Banks’ side have been invincible so far this season, with six straight wins and a healthy lead at the top of the table.

They are also in T20 Cup quarter-final action on Sunday as they host Lymington.

But despite a rich vein of form, Banks is wary of tomorrow’s trip to Hambledon – and the game against Burridge next weekend.

The Sarisbury skipper said: ‘It’s going to be a tough one because the wicket is not going to suit us and Hambledon have got some decent players.

‘They know how to play on their own ground so that will make it that bit more difficult.

‘But then we have got Burridge the week after that.

‘So this is a vital time in the season for us and we can’t let our standards slip. Burridge have only lost one game and we’re unbeaten so that should be a tough game as well.

‘We need to come through this little spell.’

The Dons, however, are not as strong as they could be as they will be missing Ian Turner, Will Mann and James Atkinson tomorrow.

And skipper Dan Hewitt has turned bookmaker, even offering live odds on his team’s opponents.

He said: ‘I said at the start of the season that Sarisbury were my tip to win the league and I would have priced them up at 2/5 at the start of the season and 1/10 now.

‘It doesn’t surprise me that they are undefeated. They have a well-balanced side full of players who can take a game away from you.’

Burridge, who host Langley manor in the T20 Cup on Sunday, entertain New Milton tomorrow.

In division two, United Services returned to form last week with a four-wicket success over Sparsholt.

Lee Carroll’s side travel to Langley Manor as they try to make it two on the bounce.

Ventnor will attempt to continue their march at the top of the tree in the premier division as they host Hampshire Academy.

The Islanders saw their game abandoned last weekend but have the in-form Travis Head in their ranks.

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