Portsmouth News

Burridge complete marquee signing


Burridge have pulled off a marquee signing in all-rounder Will Donald.

The left-hander has at last moved to the south after skippering Whitby in the North Yorkshire & South Durham League.

The 23-year old Newcastle University graduate topped the NY & SD League Division 1 batting charts in 2019 with 649 runs, including one century and five halfcentur­ies, writes MIKE VIMPANY.

He also featured in the top ten bowling averages, taking 39 wickets with his left-arm spin for Whitby, who finished fourth in Division 1 - the league below the main ECB competitio­n.

In all, Donald has made 3,385 league runs for Whitby – two hundreds and 18 fifties – and taken 269 wickets, including nine fivewicket hauls.

Donald had been due to play for Burridge last season, but his move delayed due to the pandemic.

He made his debut in the ECB Southern Premier Division game against Lymington at Botley Road at the weekend. It was an inauspicio­us first appearance, as he was dismissed for just a single as the visitors claimed a 29-run victory.

It was the only

Premier Division match that survived the heavy early morning rain that washed out all bar four of the 20 scheduled games across the board.

■ Finn Coleman turned in a fine all-round display as Burridge 3rds lost a Hampshire League nailbiter to Langley Manor 3rds.

Coleman’s 3-15 haul off eight tight overs had helped restrict Langley to 138-9 from their 40 overs.

Coleman then top scored with 32 as Burridge finished agonisingl­y short on 134-7. Dominic Osborne (28) and Duncan Field (26) were also in the runs, but Thomas Keil’s 4-14 spell off eight overs helped tie batsmen down.

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