HELENSBURGH Cricket Club’s captain says he hopes the buzz created by England’s dramatic World Cup win will inspire the town to support their local team as they bid to reach a final of their own this weekend.

A worldwide TV audience of millions watched Eoin Morgan’s team triumph by the narrowest of margins in a ‘super over’ against New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday.

And while Helensburgh’s Gray-Nicolls Challenge Cup semi-final against Strathmore this Sunday won’t quite match that level of intensity, captain Gregor Chambers says he hopes people will come along and give his players their support.

Helensburgh reached the last four courtesy of a seven-wicket win over Stenhousemuir in the quarter-finals on July 7, while their Forfar opponents saw off Aberdeen Grammar School FP by 75 runs.

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Chambers said: “It’s several years since we progressed this far in the Challenge Cup, so everyone is looking forward to what is a massive game for us.

“Cricket is obviously buzzing with the success of the World Cup and the epic final we saw last Sunday.

“I can’t quite promise that level of game, but the previous rounds have proven to be exciting, so it would be great to have people come along and watch.

“The game starts at 1pm, and is only 40 overs a side, so I hope people will come along.”

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Alex Todd, the veteran chairman of the Helensburgh club, added: “We’re looking forward to hosting Strathmore on Sunday.

“The club will be open, so refreshments will be available throughout.

“If you’ve been inspired by the recent World Cup, you’re a former player who’s missing the game, or a complete novice and want to give it a try, then we can accommodate you.

“Our junior section is growing. All Stars has been a massive success and our older juniors are now breaking through into senior cricket.

“We’re looking into a beginners’ group for adults as well, having been approached by several parents – mostly mums – who want to give it a try.

“So why not come along? If I can still play at my age, then there’s no reason why anyone can’t give it a go!”

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The winner of Sunday’s tie at Ardencaple will face either Dundee High School FP or Perth Doo’cot in the final, scheduled to be played in Coatbridge on August 11.

Sunday's match, starting at 1pm, is the second of another home double-header for Helensburgh, who also play host to table-topping Dumfries in a WDCU first division fixture on Saturday, July 20.