On Saturday 22nd February, Burridge men’s indoor team competed in the semi-final and final of the Hampshire Cricket Board Indoor Cup Competition at the Ageas. In the semi-final they played a spirited Chandlers Ford and Compton team. Burridge set a total of 120-4 having been 70-4. CF and C chipped away and only came up 10 runs short.
In the final Burridge faced another young side in Hook and Newham. Burridge performed much better with the bat and set a target of 148. Burridge remained in control throughout and won comfortably. See scorecard.
Burridge qualified for the finals by competing in and winning the South Hants Indoor Cricket League. In recent years they have won the league in 16/17, 17/18 and 18/19 and are currently top in the 19/20 season. They have also won the cup competition for the last two years, 17/18 and 18/19.
Their success in the HCB Indoor finals earned them a place in the last 32 of the National competition and a match against Wimbledon CC, the Surrey Cup winners, the following day. Two of the more regular players, Stanners and Rich Kenway had returned from their hols and were available for the Sunday fixture.
It was a good toss to win. It was obviously a new venue for the team, a solid wall sports hall unlike the softer boundaries at Fleming Park or The Ageas. Burridge chose to bowl. Dan Stancliffe and Sully White bowled the first four overs, very tight and speedy. Dan bowled one wicket and then Andy Peck took another in the 5th. 23-2 off 5. Scoring was either difficult or the bowling good. There appeared to be very few opportunities to run three. None of the Wimbledon batsmen ever looked comfortable and the wickets fell at regular intervals. Andy took another Brad Griffiths took two and there was one run out. It was all over in the 10th, Wimbledon all out for 52.
Richard Kenway and Suji Wickramasinghe opened for Burridge. A steady pace, the target per over was simple if they kept wickets in hand. No real scares and the pair chipped away with the bonus of the odd extra. The meagre target was reached in 7 overs and one ball for the loss of no wickets. Everyone in the team played their part.
Burridge have now qualified for the London and South East finals at Canterbury on 8th March where they will play Purley-on-Thames from Berkshire in the first semi-final. Should they win two matches they will qualify for the National finals at Lords. Good luck and COTR.