Burridge have dream day at the office

Derek Kenway in action
Derek Kenway in action
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Burridge got their taste of cricketing Utopia in a record-breaking 251-run demolition of Paultons.

Alex Styles and Derek Kenway combined to set a new Southern Electric Premier League batting record after smashing a staggering triple hundred opening partnership.

The openers both cracked centuries to set up Burridge’s first victory of the new division two season with a 327-run first-wicket stand.

But the team’s efforts were not just with the bat.

Paul Ancell then picked up five wickets for 15 runs, finishing the Paultons innings with a flourish at 109 as he completed a hat-trick to wrap things up.

Delighted skipper Rick Ankers felt it was hard to think of a better day in his cricketing career.

He said: ‘You don’t get too many better days playing cricket than that. It was like a dream day of cricket.

‘We’ve been waiting for a performance like that for two years – for everything to drop together – and it finally happened.

‘All things considered, I’d say it clicked together pretty well really – especially as it was our first win of the season.’

Burridge amassed 360 for two from their 50 overs after a brutal assault on the poor Paultons bowlers by Styles and Kenway.

Styles smashed 170 with 17 fours and eight sixes in his 144-ball knock.

Former Hampshire man Kenway hammered 144 with 16 fours and three sixes in his 143-ball innings.

Their stand destroyed the previous league record for any partnership of 302 – by Ben Edgell and Ryan Bishop for New Milton against Sparsholt in 2006.

Ankers said: ‘It was an outstanding innings from both of them but particularly Alex.

‘I was so pleased for Alex.

‘We know that he is such an explosive batsman and we’ve been telling him for years that if he stayed in and batted for 50 overs, he’d get 150. He got to 170 in 44!’

Styles took 121 balls to bring up three figures and then went ballistic.

He needed just 23 more deliveries to reach 170 as he despatched almost everything to the boundary, allowing his more senior partner a breather.

Ankers said: ‘There was a period after they had both got to 100, where Dessie (Kenway) faced about four balls.

‘And Alex was just hitting almost everything coming his way for a four or six.

‘Kenway said to me afterwards “it was great because I was knackered. I could just stand at the other end watching Stylo smash everything to the boundary”.

‘It was pretty amazing to watch for all of us.

‘But then for Paul Ancell to get five for 15, including a hat-trick to finish the game off was a fantastic day.’