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Saturday 4th September - Relegation for First XI, Fourth XI century for Jo Ledbury

Updated: Sep 5, 2021

First XI

Leigh 223 for 3 dec. (45.5 overs)

H Zubair 2 for 53

Sefton Park 145 all out (41.5 overs)

B Percival 46, K Smith 65

Leigh won by 78 runs

Second XI

Newton- le-Willows 80 all out (26.4 overs)

D Kelly 5 for 37, L Spilsbury 3 for 10,

Sefton Park 84 for 7 (18.5 overs)

A Saeed 34, D Kelly 30 not out

Sefton Park won by 3 wickets

Third XI

Sefton Park 106 all out (39.1 overs)

M Ewing 27

Wallasey 110 for 3

Wallasey won by 7 wickets

Fourth XI

Sefton Park 193 for 4 dec. (40 overs)

J Ledbury 102 not out, P Elliott 46, J Whittaker 29

Alder 132 all out

A Ahmed 4 for 36, Kasif 2 for 5, S James 2 for 27

Sefton Park won by 61 runs

Leigh were the visitors to Sefton Park for the Fourth XI game. Sefton won the toss and decided to field first. With Leigh at 32 for 3, this seemed to be a good move but Derbyshire player Matthew McKiernan (110 not out) was joined in the middle by Lancashire second XI player Matthew Hurst (77 not out) and they put on an undefeated 191 for the fourth wicket to enable the visitors to declare on 223 for 3 in 45.5 overs.

Huzaifa Zubair finished with 2 for 53.

In reply, a stand of 82 between Ben Percival (46) and Kemar Smith (65) that took Sefton to 105 for 2 gave the Sefton Park supporters some hope but no other batsmen was able to make a significant score and they were dismissed for 145 in 41,5 overs.

Bootle's win at New Brighton means that Sefton Park are relegated and next week, we welcome Southport and Birkdale who are hoping to overhaul Bootle for the other relegation spot so it could make for an interesting game.

(above) Former Lancashire player Karl Brown is caught behind by James Sterling off the bowling off Huzaifa Zubair in the First XI game against Leigh

(above) Ben Percival scored 46 for Sefton Park

(below) Two pics of Kemar Smith who scored 65

The Second XI travelled to Newton-le-Willows still needing points to avoid relegation.

The home side won the toss and decided to bat first. Sefton soon began to take wickets and with Dave Kelly taking 5 for 37 and Leo Spilsbury 3 for 10 in 8 overs, the home side were dismissed for 80 in 26.4 overs.

Batting didn't prove any easier when it was Sefton's turn. At one point they were 11 for 4 and 23 for 4 at tea. Two batsmen made scores, Asif Saeed scored 34 and man of the match Dave Kelly 30 not out that enabled Sefton to reach the required target with 7 wickets down in the 19th over.

The Third XI travelled to Bebbington Oval to play Wallasey's Thirds.

Sefton batted first and were dismissed for 108 in 39.1 overs with Mark Ewing scoring 27 and Rob Kennedy 23.

Wallasey had no trouble in knocking off the runs in 25.4 overs with 3 wickets down. Mark Ewing taking 2 for 14.

Performance of the day by a Sefton Park player was 102 not out for Jo Ledbury who skippered the Fourth XI in their win over Alder's third XI

Sefton batted first and scored 193 for 4 dec. in 40 overs with James Whittaker scoring 29, Pete Elliott 46 and Jo Ledbury 102 not out.

In reply Alder put up a good resistance but with Adam Ahmed taking 4 for 36, Kasif 2 for 5 and Sidney James 2 for 27, they were dismissed for 131 in 37 overs.

(top) Jo Ledbury scored 102 not out for the Fourth XI in their victory over Alder's Thirds

(above) Jo brings up his century with a four

(left)Jo celebrates

(below) Pete Elliott scored 46

(above) A wicket for Paul Barlow in the Fourth XI victory

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