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1st XI through to Ray Tyler semi final and hat-trick for Alex Woods

Sefton Park 1st XI are through to the semi-finals of the Ray Tyler Knockout after a tense 13 run victory over Wavertree at Croxteth Drive.

Inserted, Sefton were reduced to 60-6 but James Stirling batted on for 62 as the side recovered to post 162 all out from 41.3 overs; Tom Spilsbury's 19* batting at ten the next best score.

Wavertree's response was always on track to finish on a very similar score. Jimmy Dixon took three early wickets to reduce the visitors to 28-3 and Spilsbury (2-26) kept up the pressure in the middle overs but Wavertree reached 103-5 with 17 overs to go. Ben Percival then struck twice (2-29) followed by two wickets for the returning Niamat Karyab (2-24) to turn the game Sefton's way at 126-9. A last wicket stand of 23 brought back memories of Saturday's one wicket defeat before Dixon (4-37) struck with his final ball to win the game. Wavertree finishing 13 runs short with 12 balls still to be bowled.

Sefton will play Highfield at home in the semi-final.


Jack Clemens (46), Shadab Khan (32) and Andy Fallows (20) helped James Whittaker's Sunday XI post 167 all out at home to Wigan in the 3rd XI (Sunday) Premier Division.

Andy completed a good performance with 3-59 as the visitors were bowled out for 114.


Alex Woods took a hat-trick in his side's 26 run win at Caldy in the 3rd XI (Sunday) First Division (South).

Alex scored 35, brother James 29, Chris Slater 30 and Ian Dawes 33 not out as Sefton scored 177-7d in 39 overs.

Alex finished with bowling figures of 5-33 and Dawes 2-44 before, having switched their usual roles for most of the innings, James Woods came on to take the last two wickets in six balls to close the Caldy innings on 151.



Brothers James and Alex Woods celebrate a win and a hat-trick for James.



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