Relegation battle down to final decider

Joe Gatting. Picture: Neil Marshall
Joe Gatting. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Burridge and Sarisbury Athletic will battle it out in a winner-takes-all relegation decider next weekend after both clubs went down to defeat again.

The Southern Electric premier division strugglers have not registered a win between them since mid-July and it all comes down to Saturday’s encounter at Botley Road to see which club escapes the drop.

Burridge suffered a fifth straight defeat as South Wilts were crowned champions with a 33-run victory.

Joe Gatting (three for 29) impressed with the ball in South Wilts’ 176 all out.

But despite Gatting’s 26 and skipper Rick Ankers (24), Burridge were bowled out for 143.

Sarisbury, who have not tasted a win since July 4, went down to a seven-wicket loss at home to Bashley (Rydal).

Basil Akram hit 48 in their total of 195 but the New Forest club eased to their target.

Ventnor continued their fabulous recent run of form with another win, claiming a 95-run success over Hampshire Academy.

James Cheek (58) top-scored in the Islanders’ 199 for nine.

The Hampshire youngsters were then unable to live with Adam Wilson (four for 21), Tom Friend (three for 19) and Danny Briggs (two for 26) as they were bowled out for 104.

It meant a fourth straight win for Ventnor, which has seen them clamber well clear of the relegation battle after being rooted to the bottom of the table for much of the season.

In division three, Waterlooville’s hopes of climbing back into the division three promotion race suffered a fatal blow as they fell to a 62-run loss at Trojans.

Ville were bowled out for 163 in reply to Trojans’ 225 for eight.

Havant II need results to go their way to sneak into the top two.

But they kept up their own hunt with a 58-run win over Basingstoke II.

Gosport Borough went down by just one run in a thrilling clash with Lymington II.

In division two, Portsmouth are already promoted but crashed to a four-wicket loss to Bashley II.