Burridge were the surprise packages last season, finishing runners-up to Havant in the ECB British Gas Southern League.
They’ve lost influential Cape Town all-rounder Geoff Dods, but are confident of progressing and establishing themselves as one of the front line Premier Division clubs.
Dods, 27, pictured, scored in excess of 1,600 runs and took over 125 SPL wickets in his four seasons with Burridge.
But he is plying his trade with Hucknall in the ECB Nottinghamshire Premier League this summer.
His departure will weaken arguably the most potent seam attack in the Premier Division, but Andy Stancliffe, Nick McMurray and Sully White, backed up by Dan Hewitt, will still be a handful.
Hampshire’s Ryan Stevenson has been registered as the club’s ‘professional’ but the former Torquay man continues to be troubled with back problems.
Portsmouth University’s Marcus Campopiano is an interesting new recruit from Sussex Premier League side Cuckfield and will stiffen the top order batting.
Brighton Mugochi, the hero of two amazing last over finishes with Solent in recent BUCS Championship matches, is the club’s new overseas player.
Mugochi, 28, hails from Zimbabwe (where he played franchise cricket) and is a left-hand all-rounder who has starred for Henfield in lower division Sussex League cricket in recent seasons.
He was prolific with both his left-hand batting and left-arm spin bowling in 2016 but, despite his efforts, Henfield were relegated into the West Sussex League this term.
Dods apart, Burridge will have all their top order batsmen on duty again and are optimistic former Hampshire opener Derek Kenway will play again.
They were formidable in 50-over cricket last summer, winning all seven pennant matches – but the visit of Bashley (Rydal) to Botley Road next Saturday will provide a stern test of their pedigree.
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