Silky skills boost Burridge

Rick Ankers
Rick Ankers
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Rick Ankers believes overseas batsman Jordan Silk could be the key to firing Burridge into the Southern Electric Premier League division two promotion race.

The talented Australian played a match-winning knock in blustery conditions as he registered 91 on Saturday.

It was his top score of the season, helping seal a 45-run success over New Milton as Burridge made it three wins on the bounce.

Penrith’s Silk has taken some time to adapt to his new surroundings.

But the Burridge skipper is confident that his 141-ball innings – which included seven fours and four sixes – will be a vital turning point.

Ankers said: ‘It was an absolutely outstanding knock from Jordan.

‘He was really unlucky not to get 100.

‘On any other day, it would have been worth about 150 with those conditions he had to bat in.

‘He’s used to playing on quick decks in sunny Sydney.

‘But he’s come over here and it was like a force nine gale, I kid you not.

‘He told me that he spent the first four overs just working out how to stand up in it!

‘But he’s enjoying challenging himself to adapt to score in difficult conditions.

‘He’s a really great lad, he is getting great experience and he’s the best overseas player I’ve seen.

‘And in all my years of playing, I’ve never seen a better fielder than him.’

With Burridge put into bat after losing the toss, Silk and Alex Styles (38) dug in for an 84-run stand.

That followed the early blow of losing run-machine Derek Kenway cheaply.

They patiently rebuilt the innings to 93 for one.

However, Burridge then found themselves in big trouble as they fell to 106 for five.

Silk was seemingly running out of partners until Paul Ancell (30) joined him in the middle to put on a crucial partnership worth another 70 runs.

That allowed Burridge to post 186 for eight – a decent score in the tough conditions – before the Burridge bowlers tore through the New Milton batting line-up.

Greg Thew (three for 25) and Sully White (three for 25) reduced New Milton to 39 for six.

But while the visitors rallied, Silk then popped up with an important run out to remove the dangerous Dave Crossley (31).

And the New Forest outfit were eventually dismissed for 115, well short of the target.

With runs throughout the side and his bowlers performing well, it makes Burridge a team to fear.

But Ankers is refusing to set out the targets for his side after last year’s battle to avoid the drop which they achieved narrowly.

Ankers said: ‘We’re just putting it all together at the moment.

‘We’re third but to be honest, we should have won all five matches. We mucked up the first two weeks.

‘I believe with the team and the players we’ve got, we should be challenging right up there.

‘But it’s a very interesting league this year.

‘All the teams can beat each other.

‘We know we’ve just got to keep winning and we’ll see where that takes us.’