Sefton out­classes Che­viot


De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Sefton and Wee­dons made win­ning start to the top-four round of the CRV Am­breed Coun­try Pre­mier one day cricket com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

Sefton made short work of Che­viot while Wee­dons had a hard-fought win over Lee­stonSouth­bridge.

At the Sefton Do­main, the hosts put Che­viot in to bat first and skit­tled them for 75. Ted Whe­lan (13) and Ed­ward Anderson (15) got the vis­i­tors off to a solid start but from 43/2 Che­viot ca­pit­u­lated.

Har­ley James and An­drew Laf­fey pro­duced out­stand­ing fig­ures to close out the in­nings, with James 3/8 from five overs and Laf­fey 3/2 from 5.4 overs.

Sefton were sim­i­larly poised at 30/2 but James (22*) and Matt Rowe (27*) com­bined for a match­win­ning 46-run part­ner­ship.

Un­beaten at the mid­way point of the sea­son, Lee­stonSouth­bridge’s slump con­tin­ued as they suf­fered a third straight loss go­ing down to Wee­dons.

A 10-man Lee­ston-South­bridge elected to bat first at the Wee­dons Do­main and made 119/9 in 37 overs.

Liam O’Sul­li­van scored 39 at the top of the in­nings be­fore be­ing one of J Green’s 3/14 while Brad Nightin­gale also had 3/19. Lee­ston-South­bridge was also aided by 25 ex­tras.

In re­ply, Wee­dons stum­bled to be 10/2. The wick­ets kept fall­ing but with con­tri­bu­tions from each bats­man, Wee­dons got home in the 24th over with three wick­ets in hand.

Shanon Dun­nett made 23 while Kane Mey­er­hoff was un­beaten on 23. O’Sul­li­van was the pick of the Lee­ston-South­bridge bowlers with fig­ures of 3/30.

In round two this week­end, Che­viot hosts Wee­dons and Sefton are at home to Lee­stonSouth­bridge.

In the bot­tom-four, Ox­ford Ran­giora had a con­vinc­ing 76-run win over South­brook at South­brook Do­main. Ox­ford-Ran­giora made 168/9 in their 45 overs be­fore bowl­ing South­brook out for 92.

In the other match, Lincoln de­faulted to Darfield-South Malvern.

Mean­while, South­brook and Che­viot will con­test the CRV Am­breed Coun­try Pre­mier T20 fi­nal on Fri­day start­ing at 4.30pm at Ran­giora’s Main­power Oval

Both teams earned their fi­nal berths af­ter round-robin matches and semi-fi­nals in Jan­uary at Man­dev­ille.


Sefton’s Har­ley James starred with bat and ball in a big win over Che­viot

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