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Weekend 29th/30th May - First XI suffer home defeat by Wigan

The First XI welcomed Wigan to Sefton Park, promoted together in 2019, they are now the bottom two clubs in the league table.

Sefton Park won the toss and elected to field. After losing their first wicket on 5, they put on 62 for the second wicket. Wigan then made steady runs without appearing to run away with the game and were eventually bowled out for 207 in 52.3 overs.

Jimmy Dixon finished with 4 for 54, Huzaifa Zubair 3 for 49 and Kemar Smith 2 for 54.

In reply Sefton's batting never got going, their best stand was 17 for the third wicket between Huzaifa Zubair (17) and Kemar Smith (11). Only Ben Percival (10) and Rob Supria (12) made double figures and the last 5 wickets fell for 5 runs as Sefton were dismissed for 67 in 30.4 overs.

(above) A wicket for Jimmy Dixon

(above ) A wicket for Huzaifa Zubair

(above) Wicketkeeper Neil Durand celebrates the stumping of New Zealander Aaron Redmond off the bowling of Kemar Smith

(above) A catch behind off Huzaifa Zubair

(above) A wicket for Leo Spilsbury

(above) A catch for Rob Supria which came over his head

Probably, the least said, the better, for the Second XI who travelled to Wigan to play Orrell Red Triangle on a poor wicket. Sefton won the toss and elected to bat, less than 15 overs later they were back in their bubble having been dismissed for 20. Orrell lost 3 wickets in passing the total in 8.3 overs.

The only win of the day was achieved by the Third XI who were away to Formby's Third XI.

The home side won the toss and elected to field first. A lot of contributions was the feature of the Sefton batting with James Daniels scoring 23, Paul Morris 35, Tim Foden 49 not out and Ollie Vasco 19. Four other batsmen reached double figures as Sefton were dismissed for 208 in 45 overs.

Formby had no such consistency in their batting and were dismissed for 57 in 30.4 overs with Chris Mitchell taking 3 for 18, Charlie Nelson 2 for 10 and Ronan Brady 2 for 13.

The feature of the Fourth XI game at home to Birkenhead Park Thirds was the first appearance in a Sefton Park senior men's team of a woman.

Sefton made a slow start Rob Kennedy scored 23, Louis Jeck-Prestidge 26, Sam Parkinson 19 as Sefton were eventually dismissed for 114 in 47 overs.

The highlight of the game , however, was the appearance of Sarah John, she came in at number 9 and faced one full over in which she was not dismissed and scored an excellent four through the covers. She also bowled and took 2 for 30, Sidney James took 2 for 13 but they could not stop Birkenhead Park reaching the Sefton Park total in 27 overs

(above) Sarah John scores a four through the covers

(below) Bowling, she took 2 for 30

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