Hailsham Community College Cricket Academy Under-13s are the champions of Sussex after a thrilling triumph at the County Indoor Cricket Finals.
Qualifying with an unbeaten record of four wins, the team travelled to the County Ground, Hove, in high spirits.
Seven teams from across the county – some from cricketing strongholds – took part. The Hailsham lads beat Shoreham Academy, posting a competitive 67-4 from their six overs and restricting their opponents to 45-5, and Sackville, scoring an impressive 72-3 with 48 all out in reply, on their way to the final against Warden Park.
This proved a great battle between 12 highly talented young players.
Playing under the pressure of the occasion, anxious Hailsham limped to 56-5 in their six overs.
With two overs remaining, Warden Park required 19 runs and had two wickets in hand. The penultimate over went for 12 but they did lose a wicket – seven needed, a mix-up with the batsmen’s running and a run-out chance was smartly taken to seal a dramatic victory.
Hailsham Cricket Club’s director of cricket Rob Wilkinson said, “This is the first time that the college has entered this tournament and to win against an outstanding field of teams is a tremendous effort.
“The boys have worked hard for months and this is their just reward.”