Gatting shows his county class for Burridge

Joe Gatting   Picture: Neil Marshall
Joe Gatting Picture: Neil Marshall
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Joe Gatting showed just what he can do as he helped Burridge break their duck with a five-wicket win over previously unbeaten Alton.

Gatting, who is hoping to force his way back into the Hampshire reckoning, blasted 60 runs off just 35 balls as the visitors overhauled Alton’s 184 for six.

The 27 year old agreed to play at Burridge this summer in a bid to recapture his form and force his way back into county cricket.

Burridge captain Rick Ankers feels the ex-Sussex player is good enough to achieve his ambition.

‘Joe was very positive on a tricky, slow wicket,’ said Ankers.

‘You can see he is a quality player who can get a lot of runs for us.

‘It was important to get off the mark and must look to keep the momentum going.

‘This was a solid professional team performance and I have to be pleased with it.

‘We were a bit wobbly in the first 15 overs but managed to pull it back.

‘After that we controlled the game.’

The hosts were limited to 184 for six with South African bowler Geoff Dodds bowling a crucial maiden over at the death.

The Cape Town bowler is another Burridge player hoping to break into county cricket.

Off-spinner Seth Jackson also bowled well to restrict Alton’s ambitions.

In reply, Joe Collings-Wells (27) and James Richards (27) made useful contributions to back up Gatting.

Hampshire Academy bounced back to winning ways with a thumping 146-run win over Bashley (Rydal).

Opener Joe Weatherley (123) helped by Brad Taylor (61) and Andy Gorvin (37) saw the Academy reach 290 for six off their 50 overs.

Taylor (four for 16) and Mason Crane (four for 44) ripped through the Bashley batting.

Title favourites South Wilts proved too powerful for Ventnor as the Islanders slipped to an 88-run defeat.

Needing 237 to win the visitors were bowled out for 175 with Rob Snell (38) providing the main resistance.

Sarisbury Athletic paid the price for a poor batting display in their 22-run defeat at Lymington.

Dan Goldstraw was the pick of the Athletic bowlers (three for 34) as the hosts were bowled out for 192 runs.

The visitors fell short however despite the excellent effort by Ryan Burl (74) and Ricky Rawlins (30 not out).