Saturday 12th April.....Only second XI play

The weekend of 12th/13th April saw all the home games called off and the only game that took place was the 2ndXI's visit to Northern. Despite waiting until 3:30pm, the game was played with the area surrounding the wicket being very wet The home team batted first and declared on 169 for 3 in the 31st over. In reply, Sefton Park were dismissed for 137 (33 overs) with Jonny Woodsmith making his first 2ndXI half century, scoring 51, and Iain Squires making 28

Saturday 19th April.....First XI defeat at Newton le Willows

After their first game of the season was called off without a ball being bowled, the 1stXI visited Newton le Willows where the home team won the the toss and decided to bowl first. Sefton made a reasonable start, reaching 39 before the first wicket fell but then they fell quickly, apart for a stand of 35 for the seventh wicket between Matty Phythian (26) and Paul Squires (7 not out). This took them to 121 but only one more run was added to reach the final total of 122 in 45.5 overs. Apart from Matty Phythian, the top scorers were openers Chris Bellis (36) and Ben Moore (21).

In reply, the home side made steady progress to reach the required total in the 51st over for the loss of 4 wickets. David Baird was the pick if the bowlers, finishing with 3 for 36 in 14 overs.

Ormskirk were the visitors to Sefton Park for the 2ndXI game.

Sefton batted first and Peter Jones (30) and Iain Squires (39) made an opening stand of 62. After this, however, only Phil Calrow (21) offered much resistance as they were dismissed for 166.

Another good opening stand saw Ormskirk reach 53 before a wicket fell but again a collapse followed with new boy Sha Wali taking 4 for 32, Ormskirk reached 133 for 8 and the game was drawn.

Phil Calrow batting for the 2ndXI in their home draw against Ormskirk

The 3rdXI entertained Liverpool thirds on the Lower Ground. The visitors batted first and reached 199 for 3 declared.

Sefton set about the total quickly and reached it for the loss of 7 wickets with Nick Blackburn making 51, Johnny Sproson 38 and Matt Child 40 in an excellent victory

Matt Child (left) went on to score 40 for the 3rdXI in their home win against Liverpool thirds

The first game ever for Sefton Park's Saturday 5thXI saw them visit Caldy to play their 3rdXI. The home side batted first and scored 167 for 7 declared with Mark Garnett taking 3 for 29.

Sefton went on to win by 3 wickets, finishing on 169 for 7 with James Harrison (67), Simon Gozzard (48 not out) and Adam Flynn (23) top scoring. A good start for Jamie Bowman's side.

Saturday 26th April....First win of the Season against Huyton

The 1stXI gained their first victory the season against Huyton in a low scoring game. Huyton won the toss, put Sefton in to bat and they found the going difficult being eventually dismissed for 118. James Cain, playing his first game at home top scored with 31. In reply, Sefton found an unlikely star bowler in Ben Moore who took 4 for 22 in 8 overs. David Baird took 3 for 23 and Robbie Houghton 2 for 38 as the visitors were dismissed for 100

Sefton Park's first two wickets were claimed by David Baird. (Above), a catch by wicketkeeper Matty Phythian and (right) one bail is removed.

The 2ndXI visited Lytham and won by 32 runs. Sefton batted first and scored 207 for 2 with Iain Squires continuing his excellent form, scoring 81 not out, Ian Seabury made 51. The performance of the day came from Jonny Woodsmith who scored 56 not out and then went on to take 4 for 2 in 3.1 overs. Phil Calrow took 4 for 46 as the home side were dismissed for 175.

The 3rdXI visited New Brighton to play the the New Brighton PDXI. Sefton batted first and score 175 all out with Matt Child (52) and Jonny Sproson (41) top scoring In reply the home side did not chase the total and reached 125 for 7 with Rob Hurley taking 3 for 20 and Vince Abel 3 for 9 Skipper James Pearce says that this was a fine team performance and picked out excellent wicket-keeping by Rick Anderson.

The 4thXI had a disappointing performance against Wallasey thirds on the Lower Ground, Sefton won the toss and put the visitors in to bat. They reached 204 for 4 declared in 45 overs. In reply, only Nev Bann(35) and Stuart Marshall-Clarke (18) reached double figures as they were dismissed for 86.

The 5thXI game was called of because Caldy could not raise a 4thXI

Scott Isaac in action for the 4thXI on the Lower Ground