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Weekend 24th/25th April - A lot of satisfaction for the First XI in defeat by Ormskirk

Updated: Apr 26, 2021

Back in the Premier Division for the first time since 2006, the First XI welcomed Ormskirk to Sefton Park.

Ormskirk won the toss and decided to bat first and they lost their first wicket to Huzaifa Zubair on 20. They then accumulated runs steadily before scoring a rapid 52 for the eighth wicket and then declaring on 243 for 8 in 46.5 overs.

Skipper Jimmy Dixon finished with 3 for 60, Huzaifa Zubair 3 for 81 and Raheem Kasser 2 for 76 .

(above) A wicket for Jimmy Dixon

In reply, Sefton Park soon lost Michael Row for a duck but then Ben Percival (19) and Harry Lewis put on 48 for the second wicket. Harry Lewis was fourth wicket down, scoring 52. when he was out Rob Supria (42) put on 45 with Ayan Madhu who scored 38. Richie Conlan (20) and Huzaifa Zubair (23) scored valuable runs and at one point, it looked like Sefton Park had a chance of winning but a hat trick by Ormskirk's Jamie Barnes took the last three Sefton wickets to finish the game and a 26 run win for the visitors

Sefton Park scored a valuable 8 points (4 batting and 4 bowling) which must have given them a great deal of satisfaction against a team that will probably finish near the top of the table

(above) Harry Lewis scored 52 for the First XI

The Second XI made the opposite trip to play at Ormskirk.

The home side won the toss and batted first, going on to score 219 for 5 declared in 42.2 overs, Dave Kelly taking 2 for 44.

Sefton struggled in their reply, opener Harry Wright was out fifth wicket down scoring 29 but in the end Leo Spilsbury scored 45 not out to save the game for Sefton Park, helped at the end by James Stirling. Sefton finished on 125 for 8 in the drawn game.

The Third XI welcomed Goodlass to Sefton Park.

Sefton batted first and scored 250 for 6 dec. in 42 overs. Mike Heaney (73), Chris Mitchell (55 not out) and Charlie Daniels (38) were the top scorers.

In reply Sefton could not take the last two Goodlass wickets as they finished on 190 for 8 in a drawn game. ark Boyns finished with 2 for 27 and Ollie Vasco 3 for 18

(above) Mike Heaney top scored with 73 for the Third XI in their game against Goodlass on the Lower Ground

(below) Ollie Vasco scoring a six in his score of 15 in the same game

The Fourth XI travelled to play Wavertree's Thirds.

Wavertree batted first and Sefton felt that they "let them off the hook" as they recovered from 26 for 5 and 38 for 6 to put on 114 for the seventh wicket and eventually reach 163 all out in 45 overs. Corran Murphy took 3 for 20 and Naj Ahmed 2 for 13. The same two players were top scorers as Corran Murphy scored 25 and Naj Ahmed 20 as Sefton were dismissed for 126 in 43.1 overs, a 37 run defeat.

On Sunday, Paul Stirling's Sunday XI made the journey, which many Sefton Park sides made in the past, to Oxton to play their Third XI.

Sefton Park won the toss and elected to bat, a decision that seemed justified as Louis Disley (63) and James Stirling (52) put on 107 for the first wicket. Leo Spilsbury added 43 and Harry Deveney 22 in Sefton's declared total of 196 for 6 in 45 overs.

Oxton lost only two wickets in passing the total in the 38th over. Opener Will Clayton scored 102 for the home side.

Phil Foster's Sunday XI welcomed Rainhill's Thirds to Sefton Park. Sefton batted first, declaring on 220 for 4, Phil McLoughlin scored 123 not out, the first Sefton Park century of the summer, and Louis Jeck Prestidge scored 50 not out.

In reply Rainhill finished on 170 for 8 in a drawn game. Ronan Brady took 3 wickets and Phil McLoughlin two to add to his hundred.

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