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Mixed results for softball team

Softball team lose to Old Xaverians but earn win at Bootle

The Bootle match was our designated Her Game Too game

Mersey Rose's softball team played two matches in seven days, losing by 13 runs at Old Xaverians on Wednesday 26th June before earning a 28-run win at Bootle on 2nd July.

With the fixture schedule ravaged by poor weather, Mersey Rose were simply happy to play some cricket.

Mersey Rose batting v Old Xaverians

Old Xaverians 94-1 (Net Score 289) Mersey Rose 96-4 (Net score 276) Scorecard

Making his debut for the Rose at Old Xaverians was Craig Rimmer.

Old Xaverians opted to bat first and made 94 for 1 from their 16 overs, giving them a net score of 289. This was mainly due to the efforts of Alison Ashcroft (28*) who played some excellent shots in her colourful innings. Mersey Rose bowled well at times and the hosts survived a couple of run-out attempts, but the only wicket came when Ian Mosquito held a catch at point off the bowling of Aaron McKenna. It was a tough target but Rose started well with Andi Page (29*) and Anna Page (8*) adding 37 for the first pair. Craig Rimmer and David Crossley played some positive shots but lost three wickets during the partnership. Ian Mosquito (18*) and Aaron McKenna (9*) then came out and patted purposely as Rose chased down the target. The final pair of Xanthe Page and Joe Crossley couldn't find the 12 runs they needed for victory, putting on four runs but losing a wicket.

All in all, it was a good performance from Mersey Rose and captain Anna Page was more than happy with the way the team applied itself. Everyone made a good contribution, especially in the field (where Xanthe Page and Craig Rimmer (pictured, left) deserve special mention for cutting off so many potential boundaries).

Mersey Rose 118-8 (Net Score 278) Bootle 75-5 (Net Score 250) Scorecard

Mersey Rose won at Wadham Road thanks to a 28 run win over Bootle.

Batting first, Rose found it difficult to score quickly and also found themselves victims of a number of run-outs. Clearly the is work to do on running between the wickets, but Rose were still able to move on to a creditable 118-8 with top scores from Tom Meskell (Bootle and Lancashire LD; 15*), Andi Page (12*) and Ian Mosquito (10*). Mosquito in particular has shown significant progress with the bat in recent weeks and looked more than comfortable out in the middle.

Bootle also found scoring difficult and Rose's bowlers gave little away, bowling accurately even if they didn't always get the wickets they deserved. Fourth pair Chris Corden and Jess Schaefer looked dangerous but, just as it looked like the momentum may swing towards the hosts, Ian Mosquito took a fabulous catch - even better than his effort the previous week - while Andi Page ran out Chris Corden.

Two late wickets confirmed the result but in truth it was a close game and, in the final analysis, Rose won because their bowlers conceded few wides or no-balls. This was Rose's designated Her Game Too softball match and after the game Bootle players were given badges and bat stickers. Both clubs are proud to champion women's inclusion in cricket.

Gallery from Bootle


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