Sarisbury keen to break Burridge hoodoo

Sarisbury bowler James Ingram
Sarisbury bowler James Ingram
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SARISBURY ATHLETIC II captain Jon Floyd insisted it is time to end the Burridge II hoodoo as the two neighbours go head-to-head in Hampshire League division one action at Allotment Road.

Both teams still hold promotion ambitions despite making inconsistent starts to the campaign.

Sarisbury moved into fifth spot with a convincing eight-wicket win over Hayling Island last time out, while Burridge are languishing in mid-table.

Ian Hardcastle’s side have lost three of their opening six games and are desperate to bounce back from their eight-wicket mauling by Portsmouth & Southsea last weekend.

They will need to show a big improvement in their batting after being skittled out for just 70 runs by the visitors.

Meanwhile the home skipper is boosted by the availability of his strongest squad of the season, but remains wary of Burridge who have held the whip hand over them in recent years.

‘We always seem to struggle against Burridge and cannot afford to take them lightly,’ said Floyd.

‘They always give us a hard time.

‘A lot always depends on who they have available.

‘I am confident, though, that with the team I have out we can get the better of our bogey side.

‘I am able to call upon the strongest side we have ever fielded in this league.’

The Sarisbury bowling attack will be led by 28-year-old James Ingram, who is dropping down from the senior side for a couple of games because he hasn’t been regularly available.

He is also joined by talented top-order batsman Sam Floyd and regular wicketkeeper Dan Clouting.

Put them alongside the in-form pair of Tre Manders and Pete Hammond, and Athletic look a formidable outfit.

Manders and Hammond put on 214 runs in a third-wicket partnership against Hayling, with both players notching unbeaten centuries.

Bermuda international squad member Manders is likely to be available for up to seven games and is expected to make a big impact.

Floyd is licking his lips at the prospect of unleashing his big-hitters against Burridge.

‘James (Ingram) is a quick, opening bowler and will considerably strengthen our bowling line-up,’ added Floyd.

‘He will spearhead our bowling attack which is an area we have been lacking in so far this year.

‘Manders and Hammond both showed the quality of their batting last weekend and having the other two players back also makes us stronger in that area again.’

Floyd knows that back-to-back wins will help his side maintain pressure on the leading clubs.

‘Hayling may not have had the strongest bowling attack but it was still a good win for us,’ he said.

‘With our senior side playing Gold Standard in the Southern League we are looking to go up to narrow the gap between the playing standard of the two teams.’