Burridge newcomers forced to wait for Southern Premier League debuts

Jack Paskins has been forced to wait for his Burridge CC debut after making a big leap up the grassroots ladder.

Friday, 8th May 2020, 4:04 pm
Updated Friday, 8th May 2020, 4:06 pm
Jack Paskins pictured in batting action for Locks Heath in the SEPL Division 3 at Portsmouth & Southsea, 2015. Picture: Allan Hutchings

Paskins enjoyed a great year last summer with Locks Heath in County Division 3 South of the Hampshire League.

Having made his debut in 2006, he struck his maiden league ton - 108 - against Hythe & Dibden in late May and followed that up with 113 against Ventnor a few weeks later.

He ended with a best-ever 453-run haul, after hitting 337 in 2018 and 241 in 2017.

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After only previously taking two five-wicket hauls in his career, Paskins also took five wickets twice in a HL game in 2019.

He completed a memorable game against Hythe by taking 5-47, as well as 5-34 against Woodgreen later in the season.

They helped him end with 21 league wickets, his highest ever haul.

Burridge had also signed Will Donald ahead of the 2020 Southern Premier League season, which will not start until early July at the earliest due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The left-handed all-rounder has moved to the area after skippering Whitby in the North Yorkshire & South Durham League.

The 22-year old Newcastle University graduate topped the NY & SD League Division 1 batting charts last season with 649 runs, including one century and five half-centuries.

He also featured in the top ten bowling averages, taking 39 wickets with his left-arm spin for Whitby, who finished fourth in Division 1 - the league below the main ECB competition.

In all, Donald has made 3,385 league runs for the Yorkshire seaside town club - two hundreds and 18 fifties – and taken 269 wickets, including nine five-wicket hauls.

Pace bowler Oli Southon has returned to Burridge, having spent last summer with the Hampshire Academy.

He spent the winter on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

The 19-year-old helped Burridge to runners-up spot in his debut season with the club in 2018, taking 34 wickets.

He was less successful last year, taking nine wickets in as many SPL appearances for the Academy.

But he did take seven wickets in three 2nd XI Championship appearances at just 9.00 apiece.

The Portsmouth-born seamer had previously made his debut in adult cricket for Fareham & Crofton as a 13-year-old in the Hampshire League in 2014.