Long-awaited Debut Ends in Disappointment for Prescot & Odyssey

By on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Prescot & Odyssey began their first season in the Liverpool & District Cricket Competition with a trip to Old Xaverians CC, in a rematch of the playoff game which saw the latter promoted to the Liverpool Comp back in 2011.

Batting first, P&O had a bit of a top-order wobble, with only Steve Danson (27) contributing a decent score as they struggled to a tricky 61-5 before Rob Magee (51) and Josh Sumner (69) rescued the innings with a partnership of 92 and, along with some lower-order runs, allowed P&O to reach 210 all out, Ian Carroll taking 5-52.

Steady batting at the start of the innings by the Old Xavs openers provided them the base to build from, knowing that there was still plenty of time in the game due to the quick over rates from both sides. The entrance of Ian Carroll to the crease proved to be the turning point, as the Old Xavs skipper blazed the ball to all parts of the ground as he blasted 75 off 53 balls, and effectively ended the contest, with Old Xavs coming out on top by six wickets. Jamie Doyle carried his bat for a well made 80*.

P&O will learn from their first game, and will hope for a change of fortune as they entertain Liverpool CC at Burrows Lane this Saturday (29 April), with stumps pitched at 1:00pm.

Saturday’s matchball was sponsored by PDQ Airspares.

The 2nd XI welcomed Prestatyn to Burrows Lane for their first game of the 2017 season. Paul Dagnall won the toss and chose to field, with that decision instantly paying off, with newcomer James Barron taking an early wicket.

P&O were able to take wickets steadily throughout the Prestatyn innings, with some suspect running from ex-P&O player Nirv Ganapathi helping P&O. Prestatyn ended their innings on 120 all out, skipper Dagnall with 4-43.

P&O started their innings in a similar fashion to Prestatyn’s earlier, with the loss of an early wicket, Lockwood strangled down the leg side. P&O were able to rebuild and some solid partnerships saw them overcome Prestatyn’s total for the loss of 7 wickets.

Wilkinson (14*) and Nathan Dagnall (13*) saw P&O over the line.The 2s continue next week with a trip to Caldy on Sunday (30 April), 1:45pm start.

Thanks go to ‘Deputy Driver’, matchball sponsors for Saturdays game.

The 3rd XI began their season with a draw at home to Birchfield Park 2s. The home side won the toss and chose to bat first, scoring 154 for 8 from 50 overs, Sean Yeates top scoring with 60.

The away side decided that their aim was to ensure that they did not lose and so set their stall out in a defensive manner, crawling to 56 for 4 from 40 overs, with opener Vanezis carrying his bat for 5 not out. The 3s have a free week due to their opponents’ ground not being available.

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