Strugglers suffer losses

George Bailey is bowled for a duck against Essex. Picture: Neil Marshall

Hampshire fall to Essex loss

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BURRIDGE were unable to build on last week’s win as they crumbled to a 92-run defeat to St Cross.

Rick Ankers’ side have had a patchy start to the season but appeared to have turned the corner with a thumping victory over Ventnor last time out.

Burridge turned in a decent display in the field to bowl St Cross out for 235 as Dan Stancliffe (four for 26) and James Nussbaumer (three for 37) picked up the wickets.

But it was the batting that let them down, going from 88 for two to 113 for eight as the wickets tumbled with William Steward (31) top-scoring in their total of 153.

The result left Burridge second from bottom but Ventnor are in danger of being cast adrift after a sixth defeat in seven outings.

This time it was Alton claiming the win at Newclose as the Islanders were bowled out for 125.

Sean Willis (57) struck a half-century but he was eventually one of four wickets for Julian Ballinger (four for 16).

Charlie Calloway (two for 27) gave Ventnor some early hope but Alton recovered to ease home.