Stirlands hit back to notch first victory

AFTER a 10-wicket loss in their opening game of the Sussex division three west league season away at Steyning, Stirlands Cricket Club entertained Wisborough Green looking to open their account for the season and make amends for their poor performance the week before.

Wisborough won the toss and elected to bat on a typically-good Stirlands wicket. Stirlands’ opened the bowling with Australian seamer Anthony Butler, and spinner Struan Cameron and the pair bowled with great control with Wisborough crawling along at under two an over for the first 20 overs.

Cameron made the breakthrough, bowling Tim Monday for 22 with the score on 42. Only Alex Edwards provided any meaningful resistance with 67 not out, as Wiborough finished on 162-9.

Cameron bowled unchanged throughout and finished with impressive figures of 5-72.

Stirlands started their chase knowing they could not afford to hang around should rain arrive and deprive them of their first win of the season.

Sean Heather and Stuart Hanks batted with purpose, although the rain did arrive nine overs into the chase, with Stirlands 60-0.

Thankfully, it cleared, and Stirlands resumed, with Heather and Hanks increasing the scoring rate, trying to get the job done as quickly as possible. A slight wobble saw them lose three wickets for nine runs, going from 107-0 to 116-3, but they eased home in 26 overs for 28 points,

Skipper Sean Heather scored a dominant 68 off 52 balls, Stuart Hanks 34, and Nick Hunt an unbeaten 34.

Stirlands play their first local derby of the season next week as they travel to Bognor Regis.