July 10, 2003

Brent scheduled to make Burridge re-appearance

Zimbabwe seamer Gary Brent will be eager to get in some long awaited bowling pratice when he makes his anticipated Southern Electric Premier League, Division 2 return for Burridge at Lymington tomorrow.

Brent 27, bowled only one over in two appearances for Zimbabwe in the current triangular series against England and South Africa, and is itching to get his hands on the ball again.

Left out of yesterday's THURS match against South Africa at the Rose Bowl, Brent has played four Test matches and 41 One Day Internationals since his last appearance for Burridge in 1999.

But he won't be playing against his old Harare adversary Danny Peacock, who has also played for Zimbabwe in the past.

Peacock, who now captains Lymington, has been told by his doctor not to play cricket again until his broken finger mends properly.

"I copped quite an earful from the doc when I went to see him this week and he's told me in no uncertain terms not to play until I'm fit again," Peacock admitted.

Leaders St Cross Symondians have established a healthy 18-point lead at the top following unexpected defeats for Old Tauntonians & Romsey and Easton & Martyr Worthy last weekend.

St Cross will be up against Nick Wolstenholme, their former top order batsman, when they visit near neighbours Sparsholt, who continue to be without top run scorer Tim Richings for the Norman.Edwards ground derby.

Easton, draw away to Findon (West Siussex) in the National Village Championship last 16, face a vital home game with OT's at Cockets Mead.

Hursley Park receive winless Purbrook, while Gosport Borough's prospects of staying in Premier 2 will weaken if they lose - and suffer the double - to United Services at Privett Park.