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Weekend 22nd/23rd May 2021 - undefeated 55 for Huzaifa Zubair in draw at Southport

The First Xi travelled to Southport and Birkdale and welcomed Bajan Kemar Smith to the side.

(above) First XI welcome Kemar Smith, thanks to Andy Aitchison for photo.

Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. A stand of 94 for the second wicket put them in a strong position and they continued to score runs steadily before declaring on 197 for 6 in 55 overs. New boy Kemar Smith was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 for 68 in 20 overs.

In reply, Sefton lost Andy Aitchison early but then Harry Lewis and Ben Percival put on 47 for the second wicket, Harry Lewis retired hurt when he had scored 30. While he was off Sefton fell to 61 for 4, he returned to the middle but just reached 36 and Sefton were 96 for 6 which included 26 from Kemar Smith. At 106 for 7 Leo Spilsbury joined Huzaifa Zubair in the middle, they put on 58 for the eighth wicket and when Leo was out for 8 there were 4 minutes and two overs left, Huzaifa and Jimmy Dixon survived these. Huzaifa finished on 55 not out and Sefton Park 155 for 8 in a drawn game.

Action from Southport and Birkdale form Andy Aitchison

The Second XI home game against Lytham was called off as the ground was too wet to play.

The Lower Ground was fit, however, and the Third XI welcomed New Brighton's Thirds.

The visitors batted first and scored 198 in 43 overs, John Fretwell took 3 for 41, Mark Boyns 3 for 38 and Tom Heard 3 for 9.

In reply Sefton were dismissed for 161 with Chris Mitchell scoring46 and Mike Heaney 32.

(above and below) Two wickets for Tom Heard in the Third XI defeat by New Brighton

(above) James Daniels scored 9 for the Thirds

The Fourth XI travelled to Crosby to play South Liverpool on Northern's ground.

South Liverpool batted first and were dismissed for 63 with Ronan Brady taking 5 for 18 and two wickets for Ben Syme (2 for 10).

Sefton Park's reply was never easy and they eventually passed the South Liverpool total with 8 wickets down. The score was mainly thanks to a stand of 28 between Ben Syme (16) and Charlie Nelson (12)

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