South Wilts’ unbeaten run came to an abrupt end after a thrashing for the second time this season at the hands of Burridge at The Ridge.
South Wilts were as-good-as out of the contest before lunch, being reduced to 34-6 after Hampshire under-17 Oliver Southon bowled a spectacular spell of 5 for 6, starting with the wicket of in-form Mynott with only the third ball of the day. Only one player in the top seven made it to double figures, with South Wilts in further strife as the experience of Nicholas McMurray did for Hayward to leave the innings in turmoil at 55-7.
A captain’s innings from Hibberd, ably supported by debutant Joe Weld, did lift the score to three figures, as 57 was added for the 8th wicket in a typically counter-attacking knock by the experienced all-rounder. Burridge began to lose some discipline as well, with three catches going down in the field. Unfortunately, the end of the innings came as quickly for the visitors as the start, with Hibberd first falling to the off-spin of Richard Lock for a 38-ball 43, followed by a second wicket for McMurray without the score being added to, Weld falling for 23 with South Wilts still shy of a first batting point. McMurray’s final wicket curtailed the innings on 118, as he took 3-35 to support the fantastic work of Southon earlier (7-1-20-5).
Despite the paltry total, Luke Evans and Arthur Godsal did give South Wilts a glimmer of hope, as Burridge fell to 35-3 early in the piece. However, once Evans’ 6-over spell ended on 2-26, and spin was introduced into the attack, the innings was over in a flash. No more wickets fell as 118 was chased down in only 15 overs, with Joe Collings-Wells and Richard Lock both scoring unbeaten 40s at far better than a run-a-ball to cap off a disastrous day for South Wilts.
Despite achieving only a solitary bowling point, South Wilts have remained top of the league, with Burridge hot on their heels in second. Without the distraction of a World Cup quarter-final, South Wilts need to put this defeat behind them as they host fourth-placed Bashley on Saturday.