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Saturday 18th May - Four defeats but some good performances and a cup win

Updated: May 20

First XI

Orrell Red Triangle 192 for 4 dec. (51.1 overs)

N Olejniczak 3 for 48

Sefton Park 148 all out (41.5 overs)

R Forsyth 32, J Stirling 34, P Kelly 35

Orrell Red Triangle won by 44 runs

Second XI

Wallasey 119 all out (46. 3 overs)

Dave Kelly 3 for 9, J Lavery 2 for 23, S Rustom 3 for 13

Sefton Park 118 all out (33 overs)

J Rogers 28, K Patel 28, P Ostler 23

Wallasey won by 1 run

Third XI

Sefton Park 166 all out

R Bhardwaj 22, S Khan 29, J Woods 20, C Slater 23, C Mitchell 25

Ormskirk 167 for 7

C Mitchell 2 for 29, J Woods 2 for 26, F MalikZai 2 for 29

Ormskirk won by 3 wickets

Fourth XI

Sefton Park 167 all out

J Ledbury 30, S John 50, P Barlow 24

New Brighton 168 for 4

New Brighton won by 6 wickets

The First XI welcomed Orrell Red Triangle to Sefton Park, with the hosts hoping to add to their run of three consecutive wins at the start of the season. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. Sefton claimed an early wicket with the score on 14 but then Orrell put on 95 for the second wicket which was eventually claimed by Australian Noah Olejnilzak. Noah went on to claim the next two wickets as Orrell declared on 192 for 4 off52 overs. Noah finished with 3 for 48.

Sefton went into bat with some optimism but soon found difficulty coping with Sri Lankan slow left arm bowler Duvindu Tillakaratne, who is the son of former Sri Lankan international Hashan Tillakaratne. They soon lost the top four batters with the score on 9. Daniel Kelly scored 12 to take the score to 25 for 5. At 29 for 6 Huzaifa Zubair joined Richie Forsyth in the middle and they took the score to 67 for 7 when Huzaifa was out for 9 following a drinks break. Richie was out for a solid 32 with the score on 84 for 8. Then followed a stand between James Stirling and Peter Kelly which gave the crowd some hope. but eventually James was out for 34 and Pete for 35 and Sefton were dismissed for 148. A 44 run defeat that looked like it was going to be a lot worse at one point but for a spirited performance from the tail.

Duvindu Tillakaratne finished with 8 for 47.

(above) a successful appeal for LBW with the bowler Noah Olejnikzak

(above) Richie Forsyth scored 32 for the First XI in their home defeat by Orrell Red Triangle

(above) Dan Kelly scored 12

The Second XI, still looking for their first win were away at Wallasey. The home side won the toss and batted first. Runs never came easy and with Dave Kelly taking 3 for 9, Jack Lavery 2 for 23 and Sarhad Rustom 3 for 13 the hosts were dismissed for 119 in 46.3 overs.

Sefton made a good start in their reply with Jeremy Rogers and Kaash Patel both scoring 28 but when they both out with the score on 58 followed by Alex Woods on the same score, things became more difficult. Pete Ostler scored a valuable 23 but when he was out, Sefton were one run short of the Wallasey total as they were bowled out for 118 off 33 overs.

The Third XI played Ormskirk's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Sefton batted first but the innings struggled to 50 for 4. Then a series of "twenties" from Rhajiv Bhardwaj (22), Sarhad Khan (29), James Woods (20) Chris Slater (23) and Chris Mitchell (25) enabled them to reach 166 all out.

In reply, Sefton did not make things easy for the visitors and in the end, a good game finished with a three wicket win for Ormskirk. Chris Mitchell took 2 for 29, James Woods 2 for 26 and Faisal Malikzai 2 for 29

(above) Rajiv Bhardwaj scored 22 for Sefton in their three wicket defeat by Ormskirk

(above) Chris Mitchell scored 25

(above) Chris Slater scored 23

The Fourth XI were away to New Brighton's Thirds

Sefton batted first and scored 167 with Jo Ledbury scoring 30, Paul Barlow 24 and Sarah John scoring the top score of the day for a Sefton Park batter with 50 - the first half century scored by a woman in senior cricket for Sefton Park.

New Brighton were able to pass the Sefton Park total with four wickets down.

Despite the four defeats on Saturday, there was better news on Friday evening as the Third XI began their defence of the newly renamed Mike Dunn Trophy with a home tie against Liverpool Lions. Paul Morris (38) and Navi Singh (22) ensured a good start before Rajiv Bhardwaj smashed 65 off 34 balls as the hosts reached 192-6. James Woods (4-30) and Ronan Brady (3-13) then tamed the Lions as the cup holders won by 78 runs.

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