No pressure on Burridge as rivals holds cards in title race

BURRIDGE host Ventnor tomorrow with the message being to continue playing with freedom in the Southern League premier division.

Friday, 5th August 2016, 7:30 am
Nick McMurray

An emphatic nine-wicket win against New Milton gave Rick Anker’s fourth-placed side another boost.

They are 20 points behind leaders Havant.

Burridge vice captain Dan Hewitt believes all the pressure is on the sides currently above them in the table.

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He said: ‘We are enjoying our cricket and we are in a lot better place this summer.

‘It’s a much better feeling and we’ve earned the right to enjoy it.

‘We’re not looking at the results of other teams every week.

‘We’re playing free, fearless cricket.

‘Our bowling unit is the best seam attack in the league.

‘In week five we had a good game against Ventnor.

‘It was an all-day match and they have a very, very good overseas player, Alex Glendenning, from Sydney.

‘He has the potential to disrupt a game to put it midly.

‘It’s a shame to see Ventnor haven’t been doing well because they are a good side.’

Havant host South Wilts as top plays second tomorrow.

But Burridge have some tough games of their own coming up as well.

Hewitt added: ‘We’ve still got Havant, South Wilts, Lymington and St Cross to play.

‘To really be pushing for silverware we’d have to get good results out of those games.

‘We’re a decent bunch of players and can win any game.

‘Havant are a very good side, though.

‘When they are able to bring Rob Gibson back in it shows their quality.

‘They strengthened in the summer and they can bring players up from their second team as well who are good quality cricketers.’

Nick McMurray starred again with five wickets as New Milton were bowled out for just 76 runs.

Hewitt praised the Burridge bowlers.

And he felt the key to Saturday’s win was a the team’s relaxed approach.

He added: ‘We played our natural game and did well to get them out so cheaply.

‘The deck favoured bowling a bit but it was not a 76-all-out wicket.

‘Nick McMurray is hammering it out and bowling long spells.

‘His line and length is good and he’s doing a great job with the new ball.

‘I expect he’s glad we’re back to the 10 over spells now rather than the 17 to 25 overs he was bowling before.’