South Wilts opening seam bowler Matt Burton has left the Bemerton club to join West of England Premier League Bridgwater.

The 26-year old, who has taken close on 150 first team wickets for South Wilts and has been a key player in the club’s recent successes, said: “It was obviously an extremely difficult decision to make but I want to test myself in another league and see how I get on.

“I’m joining a good squad and a great club at Bridgwater, who are one of the lead WEPL clubs.”

Swapping South Wilts for Bridgwater will mean a 130-mile round trip for home matches, in addition to away games in Bath, Bristol and Taunton.

“It’s definitely a few more miles in the car but that doesn’t bother me. I’m just looking forward to getting going and challenging for the WEPL title, which Bath have won for the past two seasons.

“I’m not getting paid,” emphasised Burton, who played county Second XI cricket for Hampshire and Worcestershire last season.