Footballers’ win at cricket

Wednesday, August 16 – 1939
Everton and Liverpool players score freely.
The combined team of Everton and Liverpool footballers replying with 207 for 6 wickets to an overnight score of 197, scored a popular win over Bootle last night, even though the home side did not unduly tax Shepherd and their full bowling resources.

Bentham and P. Taylor put on 41 for the first wicket and the latter, with four 4’s and some charming late cuts, continued to show a neat Gloucestershire County style even when it became 42 for 3. He was fifth out at 87 from a drive that deserved a 6 but which found its way into Williams’s safe hands on the boundary.

The feature of the game, however, was a great seventh-wicket stand by Balmer and the left-handed Spicer, both of the Liverpool staff, which realised 111 in 54 minutes and made victory possible when the game looked like fizzling out into a tame draw in bad lights.

Balmer showed his Birkenhead Park and other local associations with some strokes of choice merit, and if he had some luck he deserved it for his willingness to “have a go.” His 60 not out included ten 4’s, 6 of them being successive scoring strokes, and Spicer, in a less adventurous though workmanlike way, had seven 4’s in his 52 not out.

Harrison took 3 for 25, and Cohen 3 for 56,

(Liverpool Daily Post, 16-08-1939)


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