April 12th 2003....First Game on Lower Ground

The main news for 12th April was not the results but the successful first game played on the Lower Ground First Over on Lower ground
The build up for this game has taken about eight years, with applications for planning permission and the Lottery grants, the building of the pavilion, and then more recently the work on the ground taking up an immense amount of time and work. A lot of people have played a big part in this development, but we must single out John Ledger for his efforts, for without his expertise it is doubtful whether the club would now have a ground and pavilion to be proud of.

When Sefton Park's Kevin Jackson bowled the first ball of the day to Dave Harrison of Northern it was a little bit of history for Sefton Park Cricket Club and also a great relief to many people involved in the development of the ground.

In some ways the result did not matter but it was important that the ground produced a good game, and this proved to be the case. Stuart Marshall-Clarke captained the Sefton Park 3rd RS XI and as wicketkeeper does not want it mentioned that the first runs scored on the ground were 4 byes.

Stuart Marshall-Clarke takes turn at umpiring
Action on Lower Ground Northern batted first and scored 211 for 7 declared in 50 overs. In reply Sefton Park at one time were struggling but held on to score 167 for 7. The game therefor ending in a draw, the only game the club did not loose
We now look forward to the official opening of the new ground and pavilion, which will take place on Sunday 1st June when a game will take place between two sides from within the club in front of the Lord Mayor who will open the new pavilion. Spectators watch from Pavilion