Burridge sentenced to third successive Southern Premier League defeat as Hampshire Academy maintain 100 per cent run

Sam Ruffell continued his fine form as Hampshire Academy inflicted a third successive Southern Premier League defeat on Burridge.

The Academy top the table after their third straight victory, a four-wicket triumph after being asked to chase 263.

Ruffell recently hit two hundreds in a row - 113 for Lord Wandsworth College against the Royal Grammar School Guildford and 117 for Hampshire Pathways in an under-18 county match against Wiltshire at South Wilts.

This time he hit 66, with six boundaries, as a very young Academy XI timed their run chase to perfection, winning off the first ball of their last over.

Burridge batsman Joe Collings-Wells hit 68 in his side's loss to the Hampshire Academy. Picture: Andrew Hurdle

Opener Tom Cheater had top scored with 79, with Ruffell helping him add 125 for the third wicket.

Kent-born Archie Fairfax-Ross, who has been playing for Hampshire in the 2nd XI T20 competition recently, ended unbeaten on 45.

He shared an unbroken stand of 35 with Louis Prichard, the son of former Essex batsman Paul Prichard, who has joined the Hampshire coaching staff this year.

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Former Portsmouth Grammar School pupil Joe Collings-Wells (68) and Azimunnoor Chowdhury (36) had put on 111 for the first Burridge wicket after skipper Hilio De Abreu had elected to bat.

De Abreu followed up by top scoring with 70 at No 4, and Dan Stancliffe added 30 off 20 balls late on.

But Burridge’s last three wickets all fell with the score on 262 with opening bowler Ethan Martin and Prichard both taking 3-50.

The Academy take on Bashley next weekend, and are likely to have their Millfield School contingent available.

That includes Dominic Kelly, who recently became the fifth youngest player of all time to make their Hampshire first class debut.

He was just 16 years and 225 days old when the four-day game against the touring Sri Lankan Development XI began at The Ageas Bowl earlier this month.

Batting at No 7, the Winchester-born player had previously scored 72 for Hampshire in a 2nd XI match against Surrey.