Adams stars as Burridge struggle

Jimmy Adams. Picture: Neil Marshall
Jimmy Adams. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Burridge insist they can have no complaints after being put to the sword by a Hampshire star for the second straight weekend.

The Southern Electric Premier League premier division side are battling to avoid the drop from the top flight and their eight-wicket loss to St Cross was a fourth straight defeat.

But their cause was not helped when Jimmy Adams – who missed out on selection for the Natwest T20 Blast quarter-final the night before – turned out for his old club side and struck an unbeaten 102 just seven days after Danny Briggs did the same thing and hit 92 to fire Ventnor to victory.

In fairness, Burridge have been able to field Joe Gatting for much of the season so they are not without county experience in their own ranks, while St Cross also selected talented Hampshire youngster Joe Weatherley.

And Burridge player-coach Sam Lavery believes it’s a good thing to come up against top county players.

Lavery said: ‘When you come up against a guy like Jimmy Adams, who has scored however many first-class hundreds, it’s pretty tough.

‘Ventnor had Danny Briggs the week before so we have been a bit unlucky of late.

‘But you want to play against these guys.

‘They are good cricketers and they’ve played brilliantly against us.

‘We don’t have an issue with it at all.

‘It’s more of a challenge and hopefully it sets us up for the games where there won’t be a Jimmy Adams or a Danny Briggs up against us.’

A few home truths were dished out after the defeat to the Islanders last weekend and Burridge showed much more in this encounter.

Joe Collings-Wells (36) was trapped leg before wicket to Adams’ occasional medium pace after the opener had put on 82 with Will Steward (43).

With Rick Ankers unavailable, Geoff Dods skippered the side and hit 61 as Burridge looked destined to post at least 250.

But the innings fell away in the final 10 overs as Weatherley (four for 44) and a hat-trick from Matt Stokes (three for 27) checked the Burridge progress as they closed on 217 for nine.

With Adams showing signs of a return to form after a disappointing season, he hit 11 fours and one six on his way to three figures and guided his side to their target with seven overs to spare.

Lavery said: ‘We had a tough chat after the Ventnor game and we achieved about 95-per-cent of what we wanted to achieve in this one.

‘We batted pretty well for the most part and we should have posted 250 but just lost our way in the last 10 overs.

‘Then the bowlers did a good job so it was actually an encouraging step in the right direction from the previous week.

‘We lost the game but the positive thing was that we played some really good cricket.’