David Banks felt his Sarisbury side played with extra motivation after he had the book thrown at him by the Southern Electric Premier League disciplinary panel.
The Allotment Road skipper was hit with a five-match ban and his side deducted 10 points – which knocks them off top spot in division one – after their recent controversial clash at Liphook & Ripsley.
He was charged with ‘committing multiple acts of dissent to umpiring decisions and, as captain, failing to set the required standards to his team and failing to control his team’.
But after Banks launched an appeal, which will be heard this week, his side carried on with the job of blazing the trail at the top of the division as Archie Norris hit a chanceless 102 to inspire his side to a 97-run victory over Hook & Newnham Basics.
Joe Lovett (40) and Michael Bond (32 not out) provided some useful support further down the order.
But it was Norris who anchored the innings, with his 125-ball knock including 13 fours and one six – and making him Sarisbury’s first centurion of the season.
And Banks, whose ban does not start until next week, was delighted with his side’s response to a turbulent week.
He said: ‘We’re appealing the decision so I can’t talk too much about it at the moment. But, obviously, I don’t agree with it.
‘I think it fired us up a bit more. We are determined to crack on and win the league to answer a few people.
‘It was a great performance. Archie hit a brilliant hundred and was then backed up down the order.
‘I think we scored 150 off the final 13 overs and then we bowled very well to get the job done. It was a really good team performance but I’m sure a few people were looking for our result to see how we reacted.
‘I think they got their answer and we responded brilliantly.’
After posting 265 for six, it always looked too many for Hook to chase, especially when James Ingram (three for 19) led the charge.
Sarisbury’s nearest rivals Burridge, who have taken over at the summit, kept up their charge with a comfortable seven-wicket success at Hambledon.
The Dons struggled with the bat once again and were bowled out for 162 as Jack Lavous (37) and Joe Collings-Wells (35) were the only men to make significant contributions.
Paul Ancell (three for 33) and Geoff Dods (three for 42) did most of the damage for Rick Ankers’ in-form outfit, although the skipper suffered a nasty cut above the eye that required three stitches when in the field.
While Shu Chowdhury (34) failed in his quest to hit a third successive century, Derek Kenway (63 not out) and Dods (24 not out) guided their side home with an unbeaten partnership of 65 on another tricky batting deck at Ridge Meadow.
And the new leaders did it with plenty to spare as they reached the target with more than seven overs left.
It was the ideal preparation for Burridge, who now face South Wilts in the Southern Electric Premier League T20 Cup final at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday (7pm), with Ankers expected to be fit for the clash.