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Saturday 18th April...100 partnership for ninth wicket in Sefton defeat.

Orrell Red Triangle were the visitors to Sefton Park. They won the toss and put they home team in to bat and Sefton soon found themselves in trouble. At one time, they were 41 for 5, then scored 39 for the sixth wicket between Paul Squires and Sean Van Dome, the latter finishing on 31 on his debut. Things did not improve too much until a hundred stand for the ninth wicket between Paul Squires (83) and Gaz Cowley (28 not out) enable them to declared on 198 for 9 in 60.3 overs. In reply the visitors scored steadily and reached to the required total with the last ball of the final over for the loss of seven wickets. Robbie Houghton took 4 for 75.

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Paul Squires hits out on his way to becoming Sefton Park's top scorer with 83

The 2ndXI travelled to Lytham, won the toss and decided to bat. They declared on 160 for 9 in the 51st over. On a good day for the Squires's brothers Iain score 62, Ian Seabury (50) also scored a half century. The visitors took 36 overs to reach the Sefton total with 5 wickets down.

The 3rdXI played Northern's fourths on the Lower Ground. They won the toss and the visitors declared on 169 for 9 in 54 overs, Vince Abel took 4 for 41. Sefton Park's reply never really got going and in the end Robin Brown and Michael Christopher batted for 9 overs for the last wicket to enable the game to end in a draw. New boy Paul Eastham top scored with 16.

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Sam Lister troubles the batsman in the third XI game against Northern's fourth XI
The one victory of the day came in the 4thXI's visit to Caldy to play their third XI. Sefton won the toss and put the home side in to bat. Mark Boyns took 5 for 19 and Julian Taylor 5 for 34 as the home side went from 28 without loss to 53 all out. Sefton reached the required total with 4 wickets down. Robin Surtees (18 not out) and Terry Cordner (16) were the top scorers.

Saturday 25th April.....1stXI defeat at Ainsdale.

The 1xt XI travelled to Ainsdale, won the toss and put the home side in to bat. They went on to reach 191 for 9 declaring after 67.2 overs with Robbie Houghton taking 5 for 69, the first part of a fine individual performance. The second part saw him score 80 in Sefton's reply which was not enough as they were bowled out in the last over, David Baird scored 20.

The 2ndXI entertained a strong Ormskirk side at Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat. They declared on 203 for 8 in the 45th over with Dave Finch taking 5 for 39 in his return to action after injury. Sefton's reply started well with Ian Squires (32) and Ian Seabury (28) top scoring but they soon found themselves struggling and managed to hold out for a draw having scored 137 for the loss of 8 wickets.

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Dave Finch (bowling) took 5 for 39 in the SecondXI's draw with Ormskirk

The lower teams had more success with three victories.

The thirds travelled to New Brighton to play their KJ XI. Sefton won the toss and put the home side in to bat and dismissed them for 107 with Robin Brown (3 for 41) and James Pearce (2 for 6) having the best bowling figures. Sefton lost 3 wickets reaching the required total with Paul Eastham's 34 not out being the top score.

On the Lower Ground the fourths won the toss and decided to bat in their game against Southport Trinity's thirds. Skipper Robin Surtees (68), Kevin Walton (54 not out), Terry Cordner (36) and Jakob Surtees-Smith (30) scored the runs in the declared total of 218 for 3. In reply the visitors were dismissed for 144 with James Bevington taking 6 for 36 and Naj Ahmed 4 for 32.
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Jakob Surtees-Smith hits out in the Fourth XI's victory over Southport Trinity

Skipper Jamie Bowman sent a report for the fifth's fine win at Liverpool against their fourth XI.

"Sefton won the toss and put Liverpool into bat. They scored 205 for 6 of 41 overs. Mark Garnett bowled a great opening spell of 13 overs with figures of 2-44. Debutant wicket keeper Paul Jackson also deserves a mention for an outstanding performance which saw him take a catch, a stumping and relinquishing only 2 byes.

We set off like a train with new opening pair Mike Heaney and Steve Squires (father of Paul and Iain) reaching a hundred partnership in only the 12th over. They went on to put on 150 with Mike scoring 92. Steve Squires hit 47. Sefton Park reached the total with 9 overs to spare. Mike Heaney also took 3 catches in a brilliant all round performance"