Top batters host best bowlers in league showdown

Burridge's Derek Kenway shows his batting prowess during a recent game against Portsmouth & Southsea

Burridge's Derek Kenway shows his batting prowess during a recent game against Portsmouth & Southsea

Chris Stone

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The best batting line-up takes on the top bowling attack in Southern Electric Premier League division two tomorrow, with both Burridge and Sarisbury Athletic still very much in the promotion hunt.

Burridge boast Derek Kenway, Jordan Silk and Alex Styles in their ranks, with all three in the top bracket of the division’s batting statistics.

Kenway (341 runs), Silk (316) and Styles (219) are among the most prolific across all three divisions, while Sarisbury’s Dan Goldstraw and James Ingram are considered to be among the top seam bowlers in the league.

Athletic skipper David Banks knows his side’s bowling is functioning better than their batting at the moment.

But he believes his men could take advantage of the fact that Kenway is unavailable for Rick Ankers’ side this weekend.

Banks said: ‘We’re bowling really well but just can’t get any runs at the moment – but that seems to be the case everywhere.

‘They have got a very good overseas player this season (Silk), and in Derek Kenway they have one of the top batsmen in the whole league.

‘He (Kenway) is a good mate of mine and I know he is away this weekend so it will be interesting to see how they cope without one of their main boys.

‘But I think we’ve got the best bowling attack in the league.

‘Dan Goldstraw and James Ingram are outstanding bowlers, even though James hasn’t taken that many wickets so far.

‘We’ve got a good all-round seam attack but we probably lack a spinner.

‘But nobody has scored 200 against us yet, which is a good sign.’

Sarisbury continue their quest on two fronts this weekend, with their league quest for promotion followed by a Southern Electric t20 quarter-final at Alton on Sunday.

‘We’re still in the hunt for promotion, even though we have slipped down the table,’ said Banks.

‘We went down from second to seventh when we lost to Hartley Wintney but I think it’s still wide open.

‘Every team has lost at least two games and we’ve still got to play everyone again. Burridge have done well but they lost last week so we’re looking forward to it.

‘But it’s a big weekend for us. It’s an important derby and then there’s the quarter-final of the t20.

‘We just hope that the weather holds off.’

BURRIDGE: Alex Styles, Jordan Silk, Cameron White, Rick Ankers, Clive Slaughter, Greg Thew, Jamie Rood, Paul Ancell, Jez Wright, Sully White, Nick McMurray

SARISBURY: Archie Norris, Ricky Rawlins, Matt Journeaux, Lewis Mitchard, David Banks, Adam Sharp, Fraser Moon, Dan Goldstraw, Phil Jewell, Adam Cresser, James Ingram.

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