Updated: Sep 14
On the penultimate weekend of the season the First XI travelled to Old Xaverians in the restart group semi final. Old Xavs batted first and scored 207 for 7 in their 45 overs. Ayan Madhu took 3 for 38 in 7 overs.
In reply, Rob Supria (21) and Scott Aitchison (9) put on 41 for the first wicket but two more wickets fell on 42 and the Sefton Park innings was struggling. Ben Percival made 27 but despite four more batsmen reaching the teens, Sefton could only reach 135 all out in 42.3 overs.
The First XI now meet Wavertree in the third/fourth match next week at home.
The Second XI welcomed Old Xaverians to Sefton Park, the visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. They lost a wicket without a run being scored and then put on 63 for the second wicket. Sefton were well on top with the Old Xavs score on 103 for 8 but they put on 28 for the 9th wicket and another 24 for the last wicket, finishing on 156 all out in 43.5 overs.
In reply, Michael Row (23) and Tom Heard (9) put on 33 for the first wicket and Sefton Park then reached 110 for 4 but by this time Pete Ostler was at the wicket and hit 60 not out steered Sefton to victory in the 37th over with 5 wickets down.
The Second XI mini-league continues as a league and Sefton Park will play Wavertree away next week (I think!)
(above) A wicket for Harry Bailey in the Second XI home win over Old Xaverians
(below) Michael Row scored 23 in the same game
The Third XI played the Fourth XI on the Lower Ground, a game that produced a "man of the match" performance from Adam Ahmed despite being on the losing side.
The Third XI batted first after winning the toss, Top scorers were Andy Aitchison (64), Rhys Owens (52) , Mike Heaney (33) and Mohammed Gull (22) in their total of 211 for 8 in 40 overs. Adam Ahmed took 4 for 16 in 8 overs, Jamie Bowman 3 for 48.
In the Fourth XI reply, Adam Ahmed opened the innings and scored 53, Kashif Gulzar scored 34, Adam and Kashif put on 63 for the third wicket. The Fourths did well not be bowled out and reached 168 for 7 in 40 overs and a Third XI win. Ibrahim Ahmed made it a good day for the Ahmeds, taking 3 for 24 in 8 overs, Andy Aitchison took 2 for 14 in 6 overs and Terry Macklin 2 for 31
The Third XI now play Goodlass, who surprisingly beat Liverpool, in the final next week.
(above) all eyes on the ball as Rhys Owen hits Naj Ahmed for six in the Third XI win over the Fourth XI
(above) Kashif Gulzar hits a six in the Thirds v Fourths game.
(below) Man of the Match Adam Ahmed batting for the Fourth XI
On Sunday 13th September, a good crowd in the sunshine enjoyed a win for the Sunday XI over Wavertree's Fourth XI.
Sefton Park won the toss and decided to bat first. A good opening stand between Huzaifa Zubair (50 retired not out) and Leo Spilsbury (29) set them on their way, Neil Disley scored 28 not out as they reached 167 for 6 in their 40 overs.
In reply, Jeff Orme took 2 for 20 and then the spin of Patrick Burke (4 for 22) and Louis Disley (3 for 34) bowled Wavertree out for 108 in the 39th over.