Burridge push relegation rivals Totton deeper into trouble

Cameron Valnte

Cameron Valnte

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Burridge are off the ECB Southern Electric Premier League basement and have planted Totton & Eling in serious relegation trouble after a 48-run win in their Botley Road cellar dweller clash.

The result enabled last season’s Division 1 champions to swap places with Totton, who began the day in second from bottom place, but now trail Burridge by ten points with two games left.

Defending 218-9, a total built around Jamie Richards (67) and latterly skipper Rick Ankers, who made an important 42, Burridge rested uneasily after an hour as Totton progressed to 84-1, with South Australian Cameron Valente a presence at the crease.

But when second-wicket partner James Haggaty (27) was bowled round his legs by the effective spin of Seth Jackson, Totton’s threadbare batting fell apart.

Three wickets in four balls in a game changing 24th over by Dan Stancliffe (3-28) swung the match – and possibly the outcome of the relegation struggle itself.

Stancliffe, who has spent much of the summer in Burridge’s promotion chasing Hampshire League second team, bowled Tom Beresford and Azeem Hamid either side of trapping Josh Metcalfe leg before.

Valente (56) found himself stranded at the non-striker’s end as Totton slumped to 85-5, but stayed around long enough to bring up his half-century before chopping a ball from Geoff Dods (3-31) into his stumps at 112-6.

It left Nick Jenkin (25) and Luke Evans (20) to keep Totton afloat.

The game effectively lost, Totton needed to garner as many batting bonus points as they could – the visitors finishing with six in the bag after eventually being dismissed in the gathering gloom for 170.

Valente, with 15 runs and 29 wickets, a pivotal figure in Totton’s struggles, took 3-24 and was involved in two run-outs as Burridge made 218-9, the third-wicket partnership between Richards and Dods proving significant, as was the late stand involving Ankers and Stancliffe, who hit a handy 15 not out.

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