Ankers: We don’t fear Sarisbury

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Rick Ankers has told runaway Southern Electric division one leaders Sarisbury Athletic: We don’t fear you.

Second-placed Burridge travel the two miles to Allotment Road attempting to become the first club to lower Athletic’s colours this season, with Sarisbury reeling off seven straight wins.

The fact the two clubs have also been drawn together in the T20 Cup semi-finals adds some spice to the occasion.

But the Burridge skipper believes his side can make their opponents do the worrying.

Ankers said: ‘I think we can beat them.

‘You should never go into a game thinking you can’t win.

‘To be honest, I don’t know many of their players myself.

‘A few of our lads have suggested we need a plan to deal with this person or that person but I have told them “let’s just look after our own game.”

‘I’m not interested in what their players have done in the past. Let’s see what they do in this game.

‘We have just got to look after our own game and then maybe they can worry about us.

‘Apparently we are big rivals. But I think they are a club that are just around the corner from us.

‘I’ve never played a game against them, I have never set foot on their ground but I’m looking forward to it.’

Opposite number David Banks believes victory in this clash could see his men put one hand on the title.

He said: ‘It looks like a two-horse race so obviously it’s a big game.

‘If we win, it would be massive. We would be 40-odd points ahead of them.

‘It would give us a nice cushion. This game won’t win the league for us but it will certainly go a long way towards it.

‘Both games were rained off last season, which was a big shame but we’ve made up for it because we’ve drawn them in the T20 Cup.

‘So we could have a whole new rivalry by the end of these games!’

Banks knows the Kenway brothers from his days at BAT and admits he would be looking in that direction, if he could sign any players from their opponents.

He said: ‘They are a dangerous side and it will be strange playing against a couple of my best mates from over the years in Derek and Richard Kenway.

‘I know them both. If I was choosing to have one of their players in my side, it would be Derek.

‘He’s a very, very good player. I don’t think he’s got many weaknesses.’

In the Southern Electric T20 Cup, Burridge picked up a six-wicket win over Langley Manor, while Sarisbury stormed past Lymington by 34 runs.

That leaves them one game away from the final at the Ageas Bowl.

But Ankers maintains the league is the priority.

He said: ‘We would take promotion before the T20 cup.

‘For the growth of the club, to get into the top division would be better.

‘We have got players of various ages and every single one of them should have a crack at playing in the premier division.’

Burridge are missing medium pacer Nick McMurray but Sarisbury are at full strength.

SARISBURY: Ricky Rawlins, Archie Norris, Pete Hammond,

Matt Journeaux, Dave Banks, Michael Bond, Joe Lovett,

Dan Goldstraw, James Ingram, Phil Jewell, Mark Miller.

BURRIDGE: Rick Ankers, Richard Kenway, Shu Chowdhury,

Derek Kenway, Scott Mills, Geoff Dods, Paul Ancell, Jamie Rood, Greg Thew, Seth Jackson, Suji Wickramasinge.