Champions Burridge got their ECB Southern Premier League title defence up and running with a nail-biting one-run win over Alton at the Jubilee Ground.

All three results were possible when teenager Francis Moore began the 50th and final over with Alton's last pair at the crease and the Brewers total at 199-9 - two runs shy of overhauling the visitors' 200 all out.

As 'Thomas the Tank Engine' chugged past on the Watercress Line, billowing smoke and soot all over the outfield, so everything hinged on Tom South (26).

He had lost four partners as Alton dipped from 156-5, but had eked out 19 precious runs with last man Zach Gadsby.

South had been dropped at mid-wicket shortly before, but with victory in sight, the left-hander went to hook the first ball of Moore's final over - only to nick it into gloves of one-time Lymington wicket-keeper Ed Molloy, who snared his third catch of the innings.

It was heartbreak for South - and Alton, who cemented their reply around a half-century by Dan Harris (56) and were looking comfortable at 137-3 while youngsters Sam Ruffell (24) and Ben Rolfs (26) were at the crease.

But when Moore (3-20) dismissed the pair, Alton shuddered losing five wickets for 25 runs, Inayat Ullah  (3-36) doing the damage as the Brewers lurched to 162-8.

Earlier, Burridge fell from 88-1 - Joe Collings-Wells (39) and Jack Paskins (24) repairing the early loss of Cape Town run gun Matt Goles - to 118-7 (South 3-34) before the lower-order got them out of trouble.

Burridge's last four Oli Southon (20), Dan Stancliffe, Ed Molloy and Sully White all scored important runs as Burridge rallied to make 200 and an additional batting bonus point.