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Friday, June 30th - a week of wins and an Australian visit!

It's been a busy week for Sefton Park's various sides but a successful one so here's a bit of a recap..

On Monday, June 26th, an under 18s side made the short trip to Liverpool, in the Liverpool Competition Junior League, where they were bowled out for 89 with Leo Spilsbury (29) and Sarhad Rushtom (21) the standout batters. Despite the modest total, Sefton's young bowlers got to work and dismissed the hosts for 80 with Caitlin Summers (4-15) the pick of the attack in a nine run win.

On the same night, the Women's Softball team travelled to Maghull, full of confidence after finishing second at the Women's Softball Festival at Runcorn CC the day before. Batting first, the visitors gained a net score of 297 (teams start on 200 and lose five runs each time a wicket falls) after making 107-2 from their 16 overs. Lauren Rutland (25) and Liz Killick (18) top scored. Some outstanding bowling from Priyanka Meenamkuzhy Hariharan (3-17) clinched a 22 run win.

The victorious Women's Softball team

On Wednesday afternoon we welcomed a side from the Shaun Brown Cricket Academy on tour from Australia who took on a side made up of various Sefton Park juniors. A great game was played in good spirit with the Australian youngsters impressing with their skills - especially with the bat. Thank you goes to the Australian's coach Damian Bonnar who was full of praise for our juniors and even presented some kit to our players as a reward for their performances. Well done to all who played.

Australian cricket coach Damian Bonnar was full of praise for Sefton Park's juniors

While the Australians were playing on the top pitch, the lower pitch played host to a quarter final tie in the Lancashire Cricket Foundation U11s Girls Softball Competition between Sefton Park and Liverpool. A brilliant performance by the girls saw them through to the semi finals with highlights including four wickets from Abi Summers and a partnership of 35 runs between Melody Bowman and Beatrice Shovlin. Well done girls!

The victorious Sefton Park U11 girls with coaches Sarah John and Sarah Jackson

On Thursday, June 29, Sefton Park 3rd XI took on Liverpool Superkings in the second round of the Embee Trophy at Croxteth Drive.

Matthew Young's unbeaten 70 and 43 from Mike Heaney were the highlights as Sefton Park posted 134-6 off their 20 overs. Pete Elliott (3-22) was the pick of the bowlers as Superkings were bowled out for 108.

A successful night for the 3rd XI, led by Charlie Daniels

The under 13s headed for Rainhill in the Liverpool Competition Junior League with Harry Parker (33) and Ben Lester (32) doing a fine job at the top of the order as Sefton Park posted 129-3. Ben then performed with the ball taking 3-7 as Rainhill were restricted to 116-8.

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