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Weekend 15th/16th August 2020. First and Second XI's both suffer a defeat by Old Xaverians

Updated: Aug 19, 2020

The First XI welcomed Old Xaverians to Sefton Park for their first home game of the season. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. They made steady progress with 37 for the fourth wicket being their biggest stand and were eventually dismissed for 174 with one ball of the 45 overs left. Michael Kelly was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 for 39 with three of his victims caught behind by Scott Aitchison, Huzaifa Zubair took 2 for 31 and Ayan Madhu 2 for 36. Phil Calrow conceded just 10 runs in his 9 overs.

In reply Sefton Park were soon in trouble, losing Ben Percival before a run was scored. They were then 15 for 3, 50 for 5 and 79 for 8. Richie Conlan had come in with the score on 52 for 6, he put on 26 for the ninth wicket with Michael Kelly and was joined in the middle by Phil Calrow with the score on 105 for 9. Together, they put on 44 for the 10th wicket before Phil was caught for 16 and Sefton were all out for 149 in the 40th over. Richie Conlan finished on 55 not out, next highest scorer was skipper Scott Aitchison.

(above) A wicket for Ayan Madhu in the First XI home defeat by Old Xaverians (below) Richie Conlan scored 55 not out in tthe same game.

The Second XI made the journey to Beaconsfield Road to play Old Xaverians Seconds. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first. A stand of 110 which took them for 56 for 4 to 166 for 5 was the backbone of the Old Xavs innings and they went on to reach 239 for 8 in their 45 overs. John Fretwell finished with 3 for 23 and Pete Ostler 2 for 48.

In reply Tom Heard scored 22, Paul Morris 25, Pete Ostler 23 and David 45 all made valuable contributions but Sefton Park did not threaten the Old Xavs total as they were dismissed for 175 in the 43rd over.

Goodlass were the visitors to the Lower Ground to play Sefton Park's Thirds. Sefton asked Goodlass to bat first and soon had them in trouble. Skipper Andy Aitchison was full of praise for his opening attack of Dwayne Callender (3 for 9) and Chris Mitchell (3 for 26) who had the visitors at 22 for 6. They scored 54 for the 7th wicket but were eventually dismissed for 104 in the 34th over, Harry Bailey taking 2 for 16.

A stand of 57 between Harry Wright (23) and Rees Owen (31) for the second wicket enabled Sefton Park to pass the Goodlass total with 5 wickets down in the 30th over

Harry Wright scored 23 foe the Sefton Park Thirds in their home win against Goodlass

The Fourth XI were away to Wavertree's Thirds.

Wavertree batted first and were dismissed for 89 with new boy Lewis Ridley taking 3 for 12, Mark Boyns 2 for 19 and Ronan Brady 2 for 9. There were also 5 outfield catches for Charlie Daniels.

In reply, the Fourths achieved their second consecutive 9 wickets victory with Rob Kennedy scoring 53 not out and Rob Geddes 22.

The games on Sunday, a friendly against Ormskirk's Thirds and a league game against Alder's Thirds, were called off.

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