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Saturday 2nd July First XI win at Northop Hall and seven wickets for Chris Mitchell in Thirds

Updated: Jul 3, 2022

First XI

Sefton Park 168 all out (59.4 overs)

C Bellis 60, Ben Percival 47

Northop Hall 149 all out (42.1 overs)

H Zubair 2 for 10, R Houghton 3 for 40, A Madhu 4 for 27

Sefton Park won by 19 runs

Second XI

Sefton Park 166 all out (42.4 overs)

J Thorley 47, D Kelly 38, A Gamage 20

Liverpool 167 for 5 (39 overs)

R Kasser 3 for 56

Liverpool won by 5 wickets

Third XI

Maghull 79 all out (30 overs)

C Mitchell 7 for 38, J Hague 2 for 21

Sefton Park 80 for 3 (30 overs)

M Lowe 24 not out, J Rogers 23 not out

Sefton Park won by 7 wickets

The First XI travelled to Wales to play Northop Hall as the season reached the half way point. They won the toss and decided to bat first.

An opening stand of 60 set them well on their way Ben Percival was first out, having scored 47. His opening partner, Chris Bellis was fourth wicket down, having scored 60 with the score having reached 129 for 4. Wickets were falling quickly by this stage and it was left to get vital runs, scoring 19 and featuring in stands of 17 for the ninth wicket with Jimmy Dixon and 12 for the last wicket with Rob Houghton. Sefton eventually reached an all out total of 168 in 59.4 overs.

In reply, Sefton made a geat start with Huzaifa Zubair taking two wickets without conceding in his first over. Northop Hall, then, put on 67 for the third wicket. and 42 for the sixth but with the score at 122 for 6, Sefton's hopes of a win were raised. This was justified with Ayan Madhu joining the attack to support Rob Houghton wickets fell quickly and Northop Hall were dismissed for 149 in the 43rd over.

Huzaifa Zubair finished with 2 for 10, Rob Houghton 3 for 40 and Ayan Madhu 4 for 27

The Second XI welcomed local rival Liverpool to Sefton Park.

Liverpool won the toss and decided to field first. Sefton put on 39 for the first wicket and then Jack Thorley (47) and Andrew Hale (17) put on 52 for the second wicket. Wickets then fell and the run rate slowed down and it was left to Dave Kelly to add 38 valuable run in 41 balls and Asiri Gamage 20 in 17 balls as Sefton reached the total of 166 all out in 42.4 overs.

Liverpool batted steadily to reach the Sefton total despite the return after injury of Raheem Kasser who finished with 3 for 56 in 13 overs. Liverpool passed the Sefton total with five wickets down in 39 overs.

(above) Jack Thorley scored 47 for the Second XI in their home defeat by Liverpool

(below) Andrew Hale scored 17

(above) Dave Kelly scored 38

(below) Asiri Gamage score 20

(below) A Pete Ostler catch off the bowling of Raheem Kasser to claim a Liverpool wicket

The Third XI, hoping to get back to winning ways travelled to Maghull to play their Third XI.

Sefton won the toss and decided to field first. This decision was justified as Chris Mitchell took 7 for 38 and James Hague 2 for 21 to dismiss the home home side for 79 in 30 overs.

In reply, after three early wickets fell, Mike Lowe (24 not out) and Jeremy Rogers (23 not out) steered Sefton to a 7 wicket victory in 30 overs.

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