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Weekend 24th/25th July - Leo Spilsbury leads spectacular win for Seconds and Firsts lose at Rainhill

Updated: Jul 25, 2021

First XI

Sefton Park 144 all out (63 overs)

A Taylor 23, H Zubair 36, M Chappell 32, A Madhu 21

Rainhill 145 for 6 (36 overs)

H Zubair 2-34, R Kasser 2-19

Rainhill won by 4 wickets

Second XI

Liverpool 160 for 8 dec. (45 overs)

A Aitchison 4-26, L Spilsbury 3-31

Sefton Park 165 for 9 (43.5 overs)

A Saeed 31, A Hale 22, L Spilsbury 56 not out

Sefton Park won by 1 wickets

Third XI

Merseyside Sports and Cultural 159 all out

M Boyns 5-64, C Nelson 3-15 C Mitchell 2-41

Sefton Park 141 all out

M Heaney 68

Mersyside Sports and Cultural won by 18 runs

The First XI travelled to Rainhill, won the toss and decided to bat first.

When Kemar Smith was out for one, the score was 20 for 3 and Sefton knew that they had to try and grind out a score. Adam Taylor scored 23 in 80 balls, Huzaifa Zubair 36 in 114 balls and Mark Chappell 32 in 86 balls and Ayan Madhu 21 in 23 balls (a quick one) enabled Sefton to reach 144 all out in 63 overs.

In reply, Rainhill took 36 overs to pass the Sefton Park total with 6 wickets down. Huzaifa Zubair took 2 for 34 and Raheem Kasser 2 for 19.

Sefton remain at the bottom of the table with Orrell Red Triangle the visitors to Sefton Park next week.

The Second XI welcomed old rivals Liverpool to Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. A first wicket stand of 52 gave them a good start but then Sefton Park skipper came on to bowl and took 4 for 26 and Liverpool were 62 for 4. Stands of 34 for the fifth wicket and 56 for the sixth wicket put them a good position on a difficult wicket. They declared on 160 for 8 after 45 overs. Leo Spilsbury finished with 3 for 21

Sefton's reply was never going to be easy and this is how it proved. Asif Saeed scored 21 and Andrew Hale 22 but it was not until Leo Spilsbury came in at number seven that the innings was steadied.

Wickets fell steadily and eventually Ibrahim Ahmed joined Leo Spilsbury at the wicket for the last over with the score on 151 for 9 and 10 to win. First ball to Leo - a single, second ball to Ibrahim - a single, third ball to Leo - a six, fourth ball to Leo - a miss, fifth ball to Leo - another six!! and the game was won with one ball to spare.

Leo Spilsbury finished on 56 not out.

(above) A wicket for Ibrahim Ahmed in the Second XI win over Liverpool

(above) Asif Saeed scored 21 for the Seconds

(below) Andrew Hale scored 22

(above) Leo Spilsbury scored 56 not out for the Second

(below) Leo Spilsbury hits the winning six

The Third XI travelled to the Wirral to play Mersyside Sports and Cultural.

The home side batted first and scored 159 with Mark Boyns taking 5 for 64, Charlie Nelson 3 for 15 and Chris Mitchell 2 for 41.

In reply, only Mike Heaney offered any real resistance, scoring 68 as Sefton were dismissed for 141, 18 runs short of the home side total.

The Fourth XI game against Northop Hall was call off because Northop Hall could not raise a side.

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