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Dramatic climax as Stirlands go up thanks to six hit off last ball

STIRLANDS have been celebrating after grabbing promotion in dramatic fashion thanks to a Seaford batsmen smashing a six in the final ball of their game against Rottingdean. Seaford had a late, late win with a last wicket stand of 62 with Callum Scott getting 56no to ensure the win by one wicket off the last ball with a six. And with a draw at Southwater in Sussex Premier League 1st XI Division 4 it meant Stirlands came second to Slinfold and saw off a challenge from third place Rottingdean to claim the place with just a 10-point margin. Stirlands won the toss and elected to bat and Ajinkya Deshpande top scored in the innings with 39, while captain Torquil Deacon made 28, Ned Renwick hit 22no and Daniel Beal made 24 as they reached 185 for 8 dec (51 overs) In reply Southwester got to 174 for 5 (37.1 overs) — with Dominic Fecher and Deshpande taking two wickets each — and the draw gave them promotion. The triumph comes a day before the club’s starlets won the Sussex Cricket Federation’s SU10 Cup by defeating Preston Nomads in an exciting contest. And only two weeks ago, the Stirlands U13s (pictured above) became county champions after bowling Lindfield out for 58. Meanwhile, Chichester Priory Park 1st XI just missed out on promotion. They won by 103 runs at Crawley in Sussex Premier League 1st XI Division 3 but it wasn’t enough to climb in to the promotion placings. Crawley won the toss and fielded and Peter Lamb top scored with 79 as the visitors declared on 161 for 9 (42 overs). In reply, the home side could only struggle to 58 all out (31.1 overs), largely due to Matthew Geffen, who was in fine form with the ball and took five for 20 Chichester Priory Park 2nd X lost by 50 runs to Pagham at Priory Park in Sussex Cricket League 2nd XI Division 2. Priory Park won the toss and elected to field and Pagham made 182 for 10 (49.4 overs) In reply, the home side scored 123 for 10 (38.3 overs). champions Middleton secured Premier League cricket thanks to a draw with Bognor — but skipper Sean Heather was left holding the baby! For the Middleton captain’s wife Bridget gave birth to their third son on the morning of the momentous Sussex Premier League 1st XI Division 2 encounter. The club tweeted: “Huge congratulations to Sean Heather and his wife Bridget on the birth of their third son this morning.Welcome Milo!” Will Burrows hit 69 and Ben Ferbrache made 55 as the home side scored 219 for 8 (53 overs) after winning the toss and batting.They were up against an in-form Joe Ashmore who took six wickets for 47 before top scoring with 60. The visitors made 154 for 6 (43 overs) with Zayne Bux hitting 32 and Elliott Clarke contributing with a knock of 20. Middleton 2nd XI drew at Findon to finish third in the Sussex Premier League 2nd XI Division 2. Middleton made 168 all out (38 overs) with Stuart Nelmes making 29, Toby Macer hitting 28 and Matthew Robinson scoring 23. Findon got to 139 for 9 (43 overs) before the rain fell. Adam Rawnstrone and Russell Talman both took three wickets each. Rock-bottom Pagham 1st XI drew with recon-from-bottom strugglers Crawley Eagles in Sussex Premier League 1st XI Division 2. The home side reached 224 all out (51.1 overs) with Eranga Dissangge smashing a century. The Eagles scored 202 for 4 (27.2 overs)

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