BURRIDGE just about held their nerve to edge home in a nail-biting Southern Electric Premier League premier division clash with Sarisbury Athletic.
Rick Ankers’ side claimed a one-wicket success against their neighbours as last pair Seth Jackson (10 not out) and Nick McMurray (nought not out) saw their side home with five balls to spare.
Sarisbury posted 213 all out as they were dismissed in the 57th over of the timed clash.
Ryan Burl (70) was the mainstay of the innings but Lee Savident (three for 44) collected important wickets along the way to check the home side’s progress.
The game was in the balance when Burridge were reduced to 139 for six but Geoff Dods (58) and Jamie Rood (13) then put on 61 and appeared to be steering their side to victory.
But with the finishing line in sight, Burridge lost three quick wickets as Burl (five for 68) dragged Sarisbury back in the contest.
It left the last pair needing five runs but Burl’s first ball of the final over was a rare full toss, which Jackson put away to the boundary and the delight of his captain.
Ankers said: ‘It was a bit of a rollercoaster.
‘We started well but they are a good side and they kept coming at us. We had the best player on the park batting for us in Geoff Dods.
‘I was confident we would get there when him and Jamie Rood were out in the middle.
‘But I might have worried slightly at the end.
‘It was harsh on Ryan Burl because he bowled really well and probably didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.
‘There was a lot of tension but we were all on the boundary and shouted “hit me” as we saw it was a full toss.
‘It was a very good game and played in a really good spirit.’