Birdham boys causing a Stir in Sussex League

On a very warm day, Stirlands notched their fourth Sussex division three west win on the bounce at home to Slinfold.

They won the toss and elected to field and opening bowlers Chris May and Anthony Butler started well, Butler removing Steven Haines for four.

They created chances to remove Daniel Graycon and Guy Thorne but were not able to hold on to them.

Slinfold made Stirlands pay, putting on 85 for the second wicket with Thorne in particular playing well. At drinks Slinfold were 120 for two with 26 overs left.

Stirlands resumed with intent and with in-form Struan Cameron and Nick Hunt bowling in tandem, they were able to get control and put pressure on the Slinfold batters.

They bowled unchanged and were able to restrict Slinfold to 196 for eight from their 53 overs. They felt disappointed not to be able to bowl Slinfold out and get their full bowling points.

In reply, openers Sean Heather and Stuart Hanks were hoping they could continue their good starts to the season - and they did, playing very aggressively and not letting the Slinfold bowlers get into a rhythm.

At 60 for no loss from 12 overs Hanks decided he would get his head down and make sure he stayed in for a big one.

Heather continued his good form and played aggressively, punishing anything loose and not letting the bowlers settle.

Hanks brought up his maiden half-century for the club to huge applause from the home crowd. He and Heather gave Slinfold very little to get excited about and as the runs ticked down with overs to spare they knocking off the remainder with little risk.

Hanks hit his eighth four to secure a ten-wicket win and Stirlands’ fourth win in succession.

Hanks finished on 73 not out and Heather 104 not out, his third century in a row - meaning 26 points secured, and although they will feel little disappointed not to gain all 30 points on offer they will take their winning momentum to another form team, Pagham, this week.

Stirlands’ second XI travelled to Slinfold looking for their first win of the season.

James Lynch won the toss and elected to bat and Mike Clowes made 77 in a respectable total of 208 for eight.

In the reply, Lynch and Joe Viner bowled well and reduced Slinfold to 89 for five before Ollie Viner and Danny Graham made it 121 for eight. Two wickets in two balls by Lynch completed the win.