Burridge celebrate maiden win over South Wilts
Burridge powered to a first-ever success over South Wilts in the Southern League premier division with a five-wicket win at Wilton Road.
The victory lifted Rick Ankers’ side back into second spot behind Havant, who they meet on the final day of the season.
Opening bowlers Nick McMurray (three for 20) and Dan Stancliffe did an excellent job up front – reducing the hosts to 56 for five after they had chosen to bat first.
Sullivan White also took wickets as the home side were limited to 216 for eight.
‘On a flat pitch with a bit of pace we felt around 250 was a par score,’ said Burridge vice-captain Dan Hewitt.
‘We did well to keep them below that.
‘Our opening bowlers did a fantastic job.’
Hewitt (88) helped get the Burridge reply off to a flier.
Geoff Dods (36) made a steady contribution before Lee Savident hit a 30-ball half-century to take the game away from the reigning champions.
‘It feels good to get a rare win over South Wilts,’ added Hewitt.
‘Havant are a full 22 points in front of us but all we can do is keep playing the way we are and see where it gets us.
‘We are really looking forward to meeting Havant in the final game.
‘It is always good to test yourself against the best.’
A poor batting display paved the way for Portsmouth’s seven-wicket defeat at Basingstoke & North Hants in division one.
Aussie opener Fraser Hay (80) and Jack Marston (21) put on 86 for the first wicket but after that the visitors crumbled to 164 all out.
Sarisbury Athletic produced a dominant performance to secure an eight wicket home win over Rowledge.
Ricky Rawlins (two for 25) was the pick of the home bowlers as Rowledge were limited to 210 for nine.
Matt Journeaux (66) and Jack Lovett (81) then led the hosts to victory with a 146-run second wicket partnership.
The win keeps Sarisbury three points clear at the top and on course to secure promotion back to the premier division.