Sarisbury can’t Bank on an easy win

Derek Kenway hopes Burridge can set up a title decider
Derek Kenway hopes Burridge can set up a title decider
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Sarisbury Athletic can take a big step towards the Southern Electric Premier League division one title by seeing off struggling Hambledon at Allotment Road.

A maximum point win will see them hold a clear advantage over Burridge.

The two teams meet on the final day and Sarisbury captain David Banks knows his side must get the job done tomorrow.

He said: ‘We are in pole position but cannot afford to take anything for granted.

‘Hambledon probably still need a win to be safe so can be dangerous. We beat them easily earlier in the season but will treat them with respect.

‘It is important we keep our nerve and win this one.’

The home side draft in 19-year-old Toby Mitcheson for bowler Dan Goldstraw, who is away on holiday.

Hambledon captain Dan Hewitt accepts his team face a big task to upset the leaders.

‘We have the potential in our side to upset them with batsmen who are capable of big runs,’ said Hewitt.

‘A few of our more experienced players need to step up to the plate.

‘They have bowled us out cheaply once already this season and we will need to manage their better bowlers.

‘If we can knock Sarisbury over it will give us big breathing space ahead of our relegation showdown against Rowledge in our final game.

‘I would still back us to beat Rowledge at our place.’

Hewitt, however, is missing key players for the tough test.

Rob Atkins, Richard Marshall, Jack Lavous, James Atkinson and Rory Prentice are all absent.

Will Mann, Kyle Shinn, James Marshall and Will Bond all return.

‘The players coming in all have senior experience behind them,’ said Hewitt.

Burridge go to New Milton and need a win.

Vice-captain Derek Kenway is hoping to set up a title showdown in the final game against Sarisbury.

‘First we have to beat a talented New Milton side,’ said Kenway.

‘We will give it everything we have got and see where it takes us.

‘Our only doubt is my brother Richard who has an elbow injury.

‘Hopefully he will man up and make himself available.’