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Top man: Paul Stirling is all time leading scorer in Abu Dhabi T10. Credit: INPHO/Pankaj Nangia

Top man: Paul Stirling is all time leading scorer in Abu Dhabi T10. Credit: INPHO/Pankaj Nangia

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Top man: Paul Stirling is all time leading scorer in Abu Dhabi T10. Credit: INPHO/Pankaj Nangia

Paul Stirling has finished his Abu Dhabi T10 league campaign as the all-time leading scorer in the tournament.

The Ireland vice-captain took the record when scoring 57, from 20 balls, in the Eliminator match on Friday which sealed a semi-final place for the hosts.

Defeat to eventual runners-up Delhi Bulls in the last four game, however, condemned the Abu Dhabi side to the third-place play-off when Stirling, who had played all the previous 12 games, was eventually given a rest.

He was dismissed for 10 in his final game to finish with 213 runs, consisting of 20 fours and 18 sixes, at a strike rate of 220 to take his record tally to 739 runs from 34 innings.

Three other Ireland players were involved in the tournament, with Josh Little and Curtis Campher each taking seven wickets from eight and nine matches respectively, but Gareth Delany was given only one game by his Northern Warriors side.

Little and Delany, however, are both on their travels again, with left arm pace bowler Little going on to Sri Lanka to play for the Dambulla Giants in the Lanka Premier League while Delany was called up on Friday night to join Harry Tector at the 10-team US T20 League in Florida, which also gets under way today.

Both their teams are in the first day action with Delany playing for Samp Army who start the tournament and Tector will be playing for the Florida Scorpions who play the evening match.

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As the Grand Final takes place next Monday, and the tournament is being held at the venue of Ireland’s five-game white-ball series against United States, Delany and Tector will await the arrival of the rest of the Ireland squad on December 16. The first T20 international is on December 22.

Little, meanwhile, has been excused from the two T20Is to continue his participation in the LPL, which does not end until Christmas Eve, but he will join the squad for the first of three one-day internationals on Boxing Day.

Because of the time difference Little should be first into action today (9.30am GMT) and indeed the Giants are due to play the first match in the series of daily double-headers tomorrow and Wednesday as well.

All the games are free to view on Freesports.


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