Stancliffe bags a hat-trick – but Burridge lose incredible Southern Premier League cup tie to Hampshire Academy

Dan Stancliffe claimed a hat-trick for Burridge against the Hampshire Academy - but still finished on the losing side in an incredible Southern Premier League Premier/Division 1 East cup group tie.

Sunday, 30th August 2020, 2:30 pm
Dan Stancliffe took a hat-trick for Burridge, but still finished on the losing side. Picture Ian Hargreaves

Stancliffe took 4-20 as the Academy - minus a handful of players who are in Australia’s Ageas Bowl ‘bubble’ - were shot out for just 65 at The Ridge.

But that was still enough for victory as Burridge were skittled for 59 - all 20 wickets in the game falling for just 124 runs in 52.5 overs.

Only one batsman managed double figures - Academy’s Dom Kelly, who was batting at No 7 - while extras (13) top scored for Burridge.

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Stancliffe’s hat-trick was spread across two overs.

With the last ball of his fourth over, he bowled Tom Prest (5). And with the first and second balls of his fifth, he repeated the feat to dismiss Fletcha Middleton (1) and George Metzger (0).

With Sullivan White having accounted for Charlie Mumford in between those overs, four wickets had tumbled in the space of nine deliveries.

Stancliffe struck again to dismiss Huw Wheeler with Mohammad Abbas (3-22) and Alec Damley-Jones (2-9) mopping up the lower order and tail.

If Burridge thought victory was a formality after that, they soon had a rude awakening as they slumped to 10-3.

Kelly dismissed Jack Paskins (1) and Chris Blake (0) with new ball partner Ben Huntley removing Joe Collings-Wells (2).

Skipper Hilio De Abreu (8) was one of four batsmen dismissed by Finn Catherwood-Smith (4-11 off seven overs) as Burridge chalked up the lowest score in the Southern Premier League Cup this summer.

The Academy gifted their hosts seven wides, with only two Burridge players scoring more with the bat.

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St Cross 2nds extended their 100 per cent record in the group to four games with victory over Alton.

They were boosted by the appearance of Felix Organ and Harry Came, who had appeared for Hampshire in their opening four Bob Willis Trophy ties.

Ex-Hampshire player Jason Laney was also included the side that caned Alton by eight wickets.

Michael Heffernan (29) and Mark Heffernan (28) top scored as Alton, put into bat, were bowled out for 109.

That was never going to be enough against a side with St Cross’ top order, especially after Laney (21) and Steven Hirst (48) had put on 49 for the first wicket.

Came (20 not out) and Organ (18 not out) guided the hosts to a comfortable win - the latter sealing victory with a six.