Stirlands are through to their cricket ‘Champions League final’

The Stirlands under-14 finalists
The Stirlands under-14 finalists
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Stirlands’ under-14s are through to their own Champions League final at the County Ground in Hove after beating Three Bridges.

Three Bridges elected to bat in the 20/20 semi-final and the Stirlands opening bowlers started well, backed up by some enthusiastic fielding.

Dom Fecher removed the dangerous Delaney. Scoring at a strike rate of more than 100, he was smartly stumped by Renwick.

Rain causing a delay but on the srestart, slippery conditions did not deter Stirlands. Captain Viner introduced himself and Briance into the attack and the mini spin twins conceded only 28 runs in eight overs.

With the pair backed up by more magnificent work behind the stumps by Renwick, the visitors were reduced to 80 for six by the 17th over. Jake Cook and Fergus Guiry held their nerve towards the end as Three Bridges set Stirlands 107 for victory.

Fecher and Renwick started confidently for Stirlands before the former was outthought by Delaney, clean bowling him for seven.

Jake Moores wanted to finish the game early, but after making a swashbuckling 11 he fell to the first of two well-taken catches by Three Bridges to reduce Stirlands to 39 for two from six overs.

Mugford joined Renwick and both batted sensibly, building a partnership under increasing pressure and multiple bowling changes.

Despite a late flurry of wickets, Stirlands got home with with five balls to spare as man of the match Renwick smashed another boundary to finish on 41 not out to go with his excellent work behind the stumps.

Stirlands will face Brighton in the final - probably as underdogs - but history has shown this side likes to win silverware so they will be working hard to lift the trophy.