Burridge keep pressure on Salisbury

Burridge's Sam Lavery
Burridge's Sam Lavery
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Burridge set up a final-day decider with title-favourites Sarisbury Athletic in Southern Electric Premier League division one.

A three-wicket win at New Milton ensured there will be plenty to play for on Saturday.

Sarisbury hold a 15-point advantage ahead of the big match between the sides.

But Burridge captain Rick Ankers believes his men could cause a shock.

He’s predicting an exciting day of action.

‘Sarisbury are in pole position and it is theirs to lose,’ said Ankers.

‘Not only do we have to win but need to get four more bonus points than them.

‘We have beaten them convincingly twice already this season – once in the league and again in the T20.

‘I think we will beat them again but whether we get enough points to overhaul them is a different matter.

‘It should make for a very interesting day’s cricket.’

Burridge had to work hard for their win at New Milton.

The hosts lost three wickets for just three runs as Nick McMurray delivered an inspired opening spell – before New Milton recovered to a 187-run total.

In reply, Burridge fell to 90 for six before Sam Lavery and Scott Mills won it with a 75-run partnership.

‘It was a good win in the end for us,’ said Ankers.

‘I should imagine Sarisbury will be very wary of us next week.

‘Nick McMurray is bowling out of this world and they know all about Geoff Dods.

‘We also have some of the best batsmen in our league.

‘They only need a few points but stranger things have happened.’

Sarisbury enjoyed a comfortable 104-run win over Hambledon.

Archie Norris (18), Ricky Rawlins (32), Mark Miller (37) and Joe Lovett (40) all made runs and chasing 214 proved too much for Hambledon.

However if Sarisbury win the title, captain David Banks still doesn’t know if they will go up after they were denied last summer due to ground grading.

‘We just want to go and win the game so that we end up as champions again with no argument,’ said Banks.

‘We still don’t know what will happen.

‘It is annoying because everyone who plays at our ground comments on how beautiful it is and how good the wicket plays.

‘The problem is one of the boundaries is a couple of yards short of the required distance.

‘It will be frustrating to win the league two years running and not get promoted.’