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Saturday 19th August - Disappointing Saturday with four defeats

Updated: Aug 20, 2023

First XI

Sefton Park 170 all out (56 overs)

C Bellis 27, Dan Kelly 26, H Zubair 43 not out

Caldy 173 for 2 (42.3 overs)

Caldy won by 8 wickets

Second XI

Southport and Birkdale 78 all out (35.1 overs)

C Mitchell 5 for 38, Dave Kelly 3 for 16

Sefton Park 72 all out (30.5 overs)

S Parkinson 27

Southport and Birkdale won by 6 runs

Third XI

Merseyside Sports and Cultural 168 all out

F Malikzai 4 for 47, R Brady 2 for 30, H Wright 2 for 35

Sefton Park 101 All out (40.4 overs)

Orajesh Shukla 26, Rajiv Bhardwaj 32

Mersyside Sports and Cultural won by 67 runs

Fourth XI

Sefton Park 122 all out

S Hawkes 39, J Hague 26

New Brighton 123 for 6

A Aitchison 3 for 17, K Summers 2 for 10

New Brighton won by 4 wickets

The First XI travelled to play a Caldy side who had beaten them earlier in the season.

Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. Chris Bellis (27) and James Stirling (11) put on 24 for the first wicket but that proved to be the story of the innings with no big partnerships and batters making a start. Daniel Kelly scored 26 and Huzaifa Zubair came in at 98 for 5 and was 43 not out as Sefton were dismissed for 170 in 56 overs.

In reply, Caldy put on 69 for the first wicket, lost the second at 95 but lost no more as they passed the Sefton total in 42.3 overs.

The Second XI welcomed Southport and Birkdale to Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat

The early batters scored quickly but soon lost wickets, Chris Mitchell took 5 for 38 and Dave Kelly 3 for 16 to dismiss them for 78 in 35.1 overs.

What looked an easy total proved anything but. However, Sefton reached 59 for 5 and 68 for 6 with Sam Parkinson scoring 27 but when he was out on 72 for 7, the remaining three wickets fell on that total so Sefton were 72 all out in 30.3 overs.

(above) A wicket for Dave Kelly in the Second XI's defeat by Southport and Birkdale

The Third XI played Merseyside Sports and Cultural on the Lower Ground. Sefton won the toss and decided to field first. Opening bowlers Ronan Brady (2 for 30) and Faisal Malikzai (4 for 74) soon had them in trouble but they recovered from 53 for 6 to 149 for 7 and then be all out for 168 in 36.1 overs. Their batsman Kartik Daley scored 82 not out.

In Sefton's reply Prajesh Shukla scored 26 and Rajiv Bhardwaj 32 but they were dismissed for 101 in 40,4 overs

(above) A successful LBW appeal for Faisal Malikzai in the Third XI home defeat by Merseyside Sports and Cultural

(above) A wicket for Ronan Brady

The Fourth XI travelled toplay New Brghton's Third XI.

Sefton lost the toss and were asked to bat first. Scott Hawkes scored 39 and James Hague 26 as the were dismissed for 122.

New Brighton reached 90 for 1 in reply but then collapsed to 90 for 6. However, no more wickets were lost in passing the Sefton total. Andy Aitchison took 3 for 17 and thirteen year old Caitlin Summers took 2 for 10 on her Fourth XI debut

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