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Weekend 19th/20th September. Richie Conlan century for First XI and Third XI win Restart Final

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

The First XI finished their shortened season with a comfortable win over Wavertree in the third/fourth place play off in the restart league.

Sefton Park won the toss and decided to bat first. After losing opener Rob Supria without a run on the board, Scott Aitchison (38) and Ben Percival (35) stabilised the innings and when Scott was run out Richie Conlan came the wicket and made 100 not out, completed on the last ball of Sefton Park's 45 over innings. The innings completed with the score 242 for 4.

In reply, Wavertree began well, putting on 67 for the first wicket, they took it on to 100 for the second wicket. Sefton Park were then able to give experience to different bowlers and Tom Heard took 4 for 44 and Corran Murphy 3 for 18. Adam Ahmad was also able to get First XI experience bowling 5 overs for 26 runs. Wavertree were dismissed for 206 in 43 overs.

(above) Richie Conlan scored 100 not out for the First XI in their win over Wavertree

(below) Ben Percival scored 35 in the same game

The Second XI travelled to Wavertree, won the toss and asked Wavertree to bat first. They lost wickets steadily with the best stand being 36 for the sixth wicket and were eventually dismissed for 140 in 41 overs. John Fretwell took 2 for 26, David Kelly 3 for 27 and Patrick Burke 2 for 21.

Michael Row (64 not out) and James Stirling (18) put on 95 for the first and then Jack Stirling scored 22 not out to enable Sefton Park to pass the Wavertree total in 26.2 overs and one wicket down, there were 40 extras.

Possibly the biggest Sefton Park game of of the day was on the Lower Ground as the Third XI played Goodlass in the Restart Final.

At 40 for 4, the Third XI were in trouble Kashif Gulza the joined Mike Heaney in the middle and they put on 64 for the fifth wicket when Mike was dismissed for 57, Kashif scored 24 but when he was dismissed with the score on 122 for 7, more runs were required and these were supplied by Chris Mitchell who finished on 31 not out in the Sefton Park total of 166 all out in 39.4 overs.

The 166 total looked competitive and this is what it proved to be and Goodlass were always in with a chance but Ibrahim Ahmed took 4 for 39 in 8 overs to create an exciting finish in which Goodlass finished 18 runs short in 37.4 overs.

(above) Mike Heaney scored 57 for the Third XI in their win over Goodlass

(below) Kashif Gulzar hits a six in his inning of 24

(below) A wicket for Mohammed Iqbal who finshed with one wicket for 13 runs in 8 overs

The Fourth XI travelled to Liverpool to play their Third XI. Sefton Park won the toss and decided to bat first. Their innings lasted 28 overs and they were dismissed 66, top scorer was extras with 17

Ronan Brady took 2 for 28 as Liverpool passed the Sefton total with 3 wickets down in 16.3 overs.

On Sunday 20th September, the Sunday XI played their final against Liverpool's Sunday XI.

Liverpool won the toss and decided to field first Michael Row and James Stirling opened the batting and put on 76 for the first wicket. After James was out for 24, Michael went on to make 88, Pete Ostler and Jack Stirling both made 20 and Sefton Park went on to reach 198 for 8 in their 40 overs.

Liverpool lost two early wickets but then took the score from 26 to 99 for the third wicket. At 164 for 5 and 6 overs left the game could have gone either way but Liverpool did not lose another wicket and reached the required score on the first ball of the last over.

Charlie Nelson was the pick of the Sefton bowlers with 2 for 23.

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