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Saturday, June 17th: First XI defeated at Highfield in a day of high scores

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

First XI

Sefton Park 259 for 5 dec. (54 overs)

C Bellis 96, B Percival 70, P Horton 42

Highfield 261 for 6 (43.1 overs)

D Kelly 2 for 35

Highfield won by 4 wickets

Second XI

Formby 223 for 8 dec. (44 overs)

M Rafi 3 for 37, T Spilsbury 2 for 80, P Ostler 3 for 64

Sefton Park 225 for 7 (37.5 overs)

S Aitchison 80, N Paul 35, M Rafi 48, T Spilsbury 21 not out

Sefton Park won by 3 wickets

Third XI

South Liverpool 280 for 7 dec. (42 overs)

E Cantwell 2 for 77, R Brady 4 for 53

Sefton Park 155 for 7 (35 overs)

A Woods 29, P Morris 27 not out, Sahah 27

Match drawn

Fourth XI

Fourth XI 201 for 3 dec.

J Vinu 40, R Kennedy 39, J Ledbury 35, P Elliott 23 not out

Irby 181 all out

I Ahmed 3 for 35, Malitziq 2 for 28, J Vinu 2 for 16, P Elliott 3 for 25

Sefton Park won by 20 runs

The First XI travelled to Wigan to play Highfield., they won the toss and decided to bat first.

This looked a good decision as openers Ben Percival and Chris Bellis put on 149 for the first wicket, Ben was first out with 70 and then Chris for 96. Skipper Paul Horton added 42 runs and they were able to declare on 259 for 6 in 54 overs.

In reply, with the score at 116 for 3, the game looked in the balance but Sudip Chatterjee and Madduma Lakmal put on 109 for the fourth wicket. Chatterjee was eventually out for 138 in 106 balls which enabled Highfield to pass the Sefton total in the 44th over with 6 wickets down and 3 overs left. Dan Kelly finished with 2 for 35

Paul Horton said that the first team played really positive cricket but dropped six catches and their pro made the big innings otherwise it would have been totally different.

The Second XI welcomed Formby to Sefton Park. The Visitors won the toss and decided to bat first.

They put on a strong batting performance held together by their opener George Evans who scored 101 not out. On the completion of his hundred, they declared on 101 for 8 in 44 overs. Mohammad Rafi finished with 3 for 37, Tom Spilsbury 2 for 80 and Pete Ostler 3 for 64.

Sefton's reply did not begin well with both openers dismissed with the score on 15. Scott Aitchison and Nathan Paul (35) put on 59 for the third wicket. Scott and Mohammad Rafi then put on 116 for the fourth wicket before they were both out with the score on 190 Scott finished with 80 and Rafi 46. It was then left to Tom Spilsbury with 21 not out in 25 balls to steer Sefton home to a 3 wicket victory

(above) Scott Aitchison about to take a catch in the Second XI's victory over Formby

(above) A wicket for Pete Ostler

(above) A wicket for Mohammad Rafi

(above) Scott Aitchison score 80

(above) Mohammad Rafi scored 46

South Liverpool were the visitors on the Lower Ground for the Third XI fixture.The Visitors batted first and went on to declare on 280 for 7 in 42 overs. Eleanor Cantwell took 2 for 77 and Ronan Brady 4 for 53.

Without ever having much chance of victory, Sefton held on for a comfortable draw, finishing on 155 for 7 in 35 overs, Alex Woods scored 29, Sarhad 27 and Paul Morris 27 not out.

(above) James Daniels opened the Sefton innings and scored 14

(above) Alex Woods scored 29

The Fourth XI were back at Irby, this time playing their fourth XI. Sefton batted first and declared on 201 for 3 with Joash Vinu scoring 40, Rob Kennedy 39, Jo Ledbury 35 and Pete Elliott 23 not out.

In an exciting finish Irby were dismissed 20 runs short with 2 overs to spare.

Ibrahim Ahmed took 3 for 36, Faisal Malikzia 2 for 28, Joash Vinu 2 for 16 and Pete Elliott3 for 25

A day of a lot of excitement and runs

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