Sunday 18th May...Firsts lose in Cockspur Cup, Thirds win in Embee Trophy.

The 1stXI visited Urmston in the Cockspur Cup. They batted first and scored 212 for 9 in the 45 overs. Ben Moore (55), John Jackson (28), James Cain (39) and Iain Squires (38) top scored. In reply, Urmston reached the required total in the 44th over.

At Sefton Park the 3rdXI faced Colwyn Bay in the Embee Trophy. Batting first, they reached a massive 346 all out in 35 overs. Best batting performances came from Nick Moreton (82), James Harrison (66), Rick Anderson (50), Rob Kelly (22 not out) and James Pearce (21). Skipper James Pearce produced the best bowling figures taking 4 for 1 as the visitors were dismissed for 86.

Saturday 24th May.....1stXI defeat by Highfield, 2ndXI win at Liverpool

Highfield were the visitors to Sefton Park where Sefton won the toss and batted first. A stand of 74 for the second wicket between John Jackson (42) and Chris Bellis (28) formed a good start to the innings but wickets then fell quickly and it was left to an eighth wicket stand of 44 between David Baird (27) and Peter Kelly (22) to enable them to reach 191 all out. Chris Wylie's contribution in the middle order was 30. In reply Highfield lost 5 wickets in reaching the Sefton total with one over to spare.

A six from John Jackson on his way to become Sefton Park's top scorer with 42

The one win of the day came from the 2ndXI at Liverpool. The home side won the toss and elected to bat. Matt Pownall took 4 for 37 and Dave Finch 3 for 27 as they were dismissed for 123. In reply Sefton were at one time 13 for 3 but an innings of 65 not out by Ian Seabury assisted by 21 from Matt Child led them to a victory by five wickets.

The 3rdXI visited Birchfield Park, put the visitors in to bat and saw them go on to make 240 for 7 declared after being 40 for 4 at one stage. Robin Brown was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 for 60. In reply James Harrison made 83 as Sefton reached 190 for 8 in a drawn game.

The 4thXI played Bootle on the Lower Ground and dismissed the away side for 176. Brian Viner and Robin Surtees both took 3 for 46. Skipper Robin Surtees had a special mention for Jordan Kevan who took 3 for 8 as well as producing a fine display in the field in his first game for the team. In reply Sefton were dismissed for 127 with Jakob Surtees-Smith (23), Nev Bann (19) and Iwan Williams (19) top scoring

Jakob Surtees-Smith on his was to Sefton Park's top score of 23 in the 4thXI game against Bootle on the Lower Ground
Jamie Bowman's 5thXI travelled to Northop Hall and were put in to bat. Jay Shankar (65), Simon Gozzard (27), Adam Taylor (29) and Steve Briggs (20) made the top scores. These were nowhere near enough however as Northop Hal went on to make 188 for 1

Monday 26th May...Four Games on a Windy Day

Sefton Park fielded four sides on the Bank Holiday Monday.

The 1stXI visited Liverpool and reached 42 for 1 when the sightscreens blew over at one end. The 25 minute break did not help Sefton as wickets soon started to fall and at one time they were 84 for 6 but a stand of 61 between Paul Squires (28) and Paddy Stern (28) helped them to reach 184 all out. Other top scorers were Ben Moore (24), John Jackson (25) and Robbie Houghton (22). In reply Liverpool looked in trouble at 31 for 3 and 45 for 4 but they went on to make 126 for 6 in a drawn game.

Paddy Stern (left) scored 28 for the 1stXI at Liverpool
Wigan were the visitors to Sefton Park for the 2ndXI game on an excellent wicket. The away side batted first and reached 223 for 3. All 3 wickets fell to Phil Calrow (3-55). In reply Sefton lost just 2 wickets in reaching the required total with all their batsmen contributing. Peter Jones made 84 not out, Matty Phythian 61, Jonny Woodsmith 41 and Ian Seabury 30 not out.
Matty Phythian (left) scored 61 for the 2ndXI in their win over Wigan

The 4thXI visited Ormskirk and made 126 on a difficult wicket with Dave Walton making 45. This did not seem enough but Vince Abel soon began taking wickets. He finished with 7 for 29 as Ormskirk were dismissed for 86.

The 5thXI entertained Liverpool's 4th XI on the Lower ground. Liverpool batted first and scored 223 for 5 declared, Steve Briggs took 2 for 21. In reply, a Steve Briggs hundred (105) seemed enough to steer them to victory but in the end they were all out one run short. Tome Robertson (33), Adam Flynn (20) and Simon Gozzard (20) top scored.

Steve Briggs (left) on his way to a score of 105 in the 5thXI's 1 run defeat by Liverpool