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Saturday 9th September -- Exciting one wicket win for the First XI against Ainsdale

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

First XI

Ainsdale 245 for 7 dec. (55 overs)

L Spilsbury 3 for 54, H Zubair 2 for 60, P Horton 2 for 43

Sefton Park 246 for 9 (48 overs)

P Horton 62, R Forsyth 18, L Spilsbury 20, S Aitchison 38, R Supria 42 not out

Sefton Park won by 1 wicket

Second XI

Colwyn Bay 204 all out (47 overs)

A Jagan 5 for 14, R Bhardwaj 3 for 88

Sefton Park 170 all out (39.3 overs)

J Rogers 24, S Parkinson 25, R Bhardwaj 30

Colwyn Bay won by 34 run

Third XI

Sefton Park 182 for 7 dec. (45 overs)

N Singh 50, A Woods 50, J Daniels 27

South Liverpool 183 for 5

South Liverpool won by 5 wickets

Fourth XI

Sefton Park 258 for 5 dec. (38.2 overs)

R Kennedy 96, S Khan 42

Northop Hall 105 all out

I Dawes 6 for 23

For the last First XI home game of the season, Sefton welcomed Ainsdale to Sefton Park, the visitors having already been relegated.

Ainsdale won the toss and decided to bat first. This decision proved successful as they put on 92 for the first wicket and 109 for the second wicket. Their top scorer, Stephen Lucas, was out for 101, third wicket down with the score on 208. Ainsdale then chased a score to declare on in 55 overs and Sefton benefited by taking a further four wickets with the declaration being made on 245 for 7. Leo Spilsbury finished with 3 for 54, Huzaifa Zubair 2 for 60 and Paul Horton 2 for 43.

In reply, Sefton lost both openers with the score on 40. James Stirling (14) was next out on 48. Paul Horton and Richie Forsyth (18) then took the score to 115 for 4. When Paul Horton was out for 62 with the score on 162 for 7, victory looked a long way off, but Rob Supria joined Scott Aitchison in the middle and when Scott was out for 38 off 33 balls, the score was 224 for 8. Rob Supria continued to chase the runs, but when Ayan Madhu was out for 5 with Sefton on 237 for 9 victory was still in doubt.

Jimmy Dixon then joined Rob and eventually hit the winning runs. Rob Supria finished with an excellent 42 off 23 balls.

Sefton now move up to eighth place and the battle between St Helens and Caldy to avoid the drop goes to the last day of the season with the First XI well clear.

(above) A wicket for Leo Spilsbury

(above) A wicket for Huzaifa Zubair

(above) A wicket for Paul Horton

(above) Paul Horton scored 62 for Sefton Park

(above) James Stirling scored 14

The Second XI travelled to Colwyn Bay where the home side won the toss and decided to bat first. They recovered from 42 for 4 to be all out for 204 in 46.4 overs. Abhishek Jagan taking 5 for 14 in 9 overs and Rajiv Hardware 3 for 88.

In reply, Sefton were dismissed for 170 in 39.3 overs with Jeremy Rogers scoring 24, Sam Parkinson 25 and Rajiv Bhardwaj 30.

The Third XI played South Liverpool at the Northern Club. Sefton batted first and declared on 182 for 7 off 45 overs. Both Navi Singh and Alex Woods scored exactly 50 and James Daniels added 27. In reply, South Liverpool passed the Sefton total with 5 wickets down. Joash Vinu took 2-40.

The Fourth XI continued their good form with a win over Northop Hall's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Sefton batted first and declared on 258 for 5 in 38.2 overs after Rob Kennedy had been run out on 96. Shadab Khan scored 42. When Northop Hall batted, Ian Dawes took 6 for 23 to help dismiss them for 105 and clinch promotion for Joe Ledbury's side. Well done!

(above) Rob Kennedy scored 96 for the Fourth XI in their win over Northop Hall's Thirds

(above) Shadab Khan scored 42

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