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Saturday 6th July - Five wickets for Jack Lavery in First XI one wicket defeat at Lytham

Updated: Jul 7

First XI

Sefton Park 117 all out (42.5 overs)

P Horton 27, J Stirling 38

Lytham 119 for 9 (50.5 overs)

J Lavery 5 for 33, J Dixon 4 for 43

Lytham won by one wicket

Second XI

Sefton Park 229 for 5 dec. (39.4 overs)

J Rogers 53, S Rustom 61, N Paul 68

Lytham 117 all out (32.1 overs)

Dave Kelly 5 for 48 R Bhardwaj 2 for 10

Third XI

Mersey side Sports and Cultural 194 for 5 dec. (37.5 overs)

R Brady 3 for 39

Sefton Park 50 all out

R Brady 14

Merseyside Sports and Cultural won by 144 runs

Fourth XI

Wallasey 180 for 4 (36 overs)

L Sangati 2 for 36

Sefton Park 114 for 8

S Hawkes 23, B Lester 23

Match drawn

As the season reached the half way point, the First XI travelled to play Lytham.

The home side won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. This proved a good decision as Sefton lost their first 2 wickets with only 2 runs on the board. Paul Horton (27) led a small recovery and James Stirling (38) took them further on. Eventually late runs from Tom Spilsbury (15) and Jimmy Dixon (12 not out) enabled them to reach 117 all out in 42.5 overs.

In reply, Lytham built up their inning carefully but were looking well on target when their third wicket fell on 75. This wicket fell to a Chris Bellis catch off Jack Lavery and Jack's introduction into the attack helped by Jimmy Dixon left Lytham needing 10 runs to win with just one wicket left. They achieved this finishing on 119 for 9 in 50.5 overs.

Jack Lavery finished with 5 for 33 and Jimmy Dixon 4 for 43.

Lytham were also the opponents for the Second XI who welcomed them to Sefton Park.

Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. They started well putting on 80 for the first wicket in a stand between Jeremy Rogers (53) and Sarhad Rustom (who went on to make 61)

Raj Bhardwaj scored 24 and when he was out, Nathan Paul came to the wicket. He managed a 15 ball 50 and when he was out for 68, he had scored 9 sixes and 2 fours. His dismissal signalled Sefton's declaration on 229 for 5 in 39.4 overs.

Lytham began their reply well, reaching 55 when the second wicket fell but then wickets fell quickly and they were all out for 117 in 32.1 overs. with Dave Kelly taking 5 for 48 and Raj Bhardwaj 2 for 10.

At the hal way point in the season, the Seconds are fifth in the table but only 20 points behind leaders Wallasey.

(above) Jeremy Rogers scored 53 for the Second XI in their win over Lytham

(above) Sarhad Rustom scored 61

(above) Nathan Paul scored 68 in 22 balls

The Third XI travelled to play Merseyside Sports and Social. They found the home team in good form as, after winning the toss and batting, they quickly made 195 for 5 declared in 37.5 overs. Ronan Brady took 3 for 39.

Sefton's reply was disappointing as they were dismissed for 50, top scorer was Ronan Brady with 14.

The Fourth XI, still looking for their first win, played Wallasey's Thirds on the Lower Ground. The visitors batted first and declared on 180 for 4 in 36 overs. L Sangati took 2 for 36.

Sefton batted stubbornly in reply and reached 114 gor 8 to achieve a draw.

Scott Hawkes scored 23 and Ben Lester scored 23.

(above) A runout to claim the Fourth XI's fourth wicket

(above Scott Hawkes scored 23 for the Fourth XI

(above) Rob Kennedy scored 8

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