Burridge ready to unleash Silky skills

Burridge overseas player Jordan Silk
Burridge overseas player Jordan Silk
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Rick Ankers believes his new ‘dynamite’ Australian batsman is primed to ensure Burridge have no need for more great escape fireworks this season.

The skipper oversaw a remarkable late turnaround in fortunes at Botley Road last term.

His side were rooted to the bottom before snatching six wins from their final eight matches to beat the drop on the final day.

Ankers is now hopeful his side will be looking further up the table this year, especially with the acquisition of New South Wales under-19 batsman Jordan Silk.

And he is keen to unleash the talent on division two.

Tipped to play in his state’s senior side, the talented youngster hails from Penrith Cricket Club and replaces Byron van der Merwe at Burridge.

Ankers said: ‘We’ve got Jordan from A Grade cricket in Sydney and I suspect he is going to be absolute dynamite.

‘From what I’ve seen so far, he’s got a fantastic technique and he’s the best fielder I’ve ever seen.

‘It will be interesting to see how he gets on in our conditions but he looks a serious player and I’ve got high hopes for him.’

After such a slow start to last season, Ankers is hopeful his team will be quick out of the blocks this time around and avoid the pressure of do-or-die games in the final two months of the campaign.

He said: ‘It was tough but it was a great achievement to stay up last season.

‘Some people said we only started winning when I stopped drinking on a Friday night but that’s definitely not true because I drank exactly the same amount!’

Sarisbury, who were promoted from division three last term, have their own top signings after drafting in former Hampshire left-armer Dan Goldstraw and Ricky Rawlins from Totton, while Jack Lovett has signed up from Trojans.

New skipper David Banks said: ‘We’re aiming for a top-three finish.

‘With Dan Goldstraw, I would say we have a bowling attack to rival some teams in the top division.

‘Some of the players are going into the unknown but we’re looking forward to it.’

Sarisbury Athletic: Archie Norris, Ricky Rawlins, Jack Lovett, Pete Hammond, David Banks, Matt Journeaux, James Ingram, Lewis Michard, Dan Godlstraw, Paul Friedrich, Phil Jewell

Burridge: Alex Styles, Derek Kenway, Jordan Silk, Cameron White, Rick Ankers, Pete Wilde, Paul Ancell, Greg Thew, Jeremy Wright, Sullivan White, Clive Slaughter