Sublime batting from Morton wipes out Burridge

Tom Morton

Tom Morton

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TOM Morton powered a Premier Division best 161 as South Wilts warmed up for Saturday's crunch visit to table-topping Havant by racking up a massive 300-plus total for the second consecutive week before completing a comprehensive 169-run victory over newly-promoted Burridge at Lower Bemerton.

The South Wilts captain led his side to a thumping 345-6 declared - a score Burridge were never likely to threaten.

They were dismissed for 176, with James Hibberd taking 5-30 and left-arm spinner James Hayward 3-17.

Morton, who made a personal best double century against Warminster in the ECB Royal London national club championships in April, completed the SPL's joint 11th highest individual score when he reached 161.

He got to his 50 off 31 balls, 100 in 64 and 150 off 114 deliveries, cracking six sixes and 22 fours.

Morton, whose side stand seven points behind unbeaten Havant in advance of this weekend's top-of-the-table clash, shared a century second-wicket stand with Jack Mynott (50) and was still at the crease when Hayward chipped in with an unbeaten 57.

The South Wilts score was the ninth Premier Division highest total and surpassed the 334-7 made by the defending champions against Ventnor last season.

Former Hampshire batsman Derek Kenway (57) and Jamie Richards (33) took the Burridge reply to 87-2, but from 148-4 the innings fell away.

Two went down at 148, two more at 163 and then the last pair to Hibberd to leave Burridge 176 all out.

  • South Wilts went out of the ECB Royal London National Club Championship when Frocester ran up a towering 292-5 before completing a comprehensive 126-run victory in Gloucestershire. Joe Cranch (66) top scored for South Wilts, who fielded only five regular first team players and were dismissed for 166.

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