Saturday 13th June...First XI victory over Highfield.

Second in the table Highfield visited Sefton Park for the First XI game. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat. They scored steadily with the first seven batsman reaching double figures and eventually reached 195 all out in the 49th over. Sefton loss Chris Bellis (3) early but an excellent innings of 73 by Sean Vandome supported by David Baird (35), John Jackson (31) and James Cain (22) enabled them to reach the required total for the loss of six wickets in the 45th over.

Skipper Robbie Houghton bowling for the First XI. He went on to take 6 for 64.

The Second XI travelled to top of the table Bootle where the home side won the toss and decided to bat. They reached 221 for 4 declared in 43 overs. Sefton reached 181 all out in the 52nd over. Chris Wylie (51), James Baird (45), Ted Williams (35) and Peter Kelly (20) scored runs.

The Third XI had a comfortable victory in their trip to Northop Hall. They were put in to bat and scored 162 all out with Matt Child scoring 48, Mike Heaney 25 and Jon Sproson 29. James Sayer took 4 for 9, Chris Bates 4 for 7 and Rob Kelly 2 for 22 as Northop Hall were dismissed for 55.

The Fourth XI recorded their seventh victory in succession against Birchfield Park's Fourths on the Lower Ground. It was not to be their easiest as, after winning the toss, they recovered from 95 for 7 to score 50 for the eighth wicket. James Harrison scored 51, Jordan Kevan 42 and Michael Christopher 21 not out. Adam Taylor contributed a valuable 12 runs in the recovery. The visitors started well but were eventually dismissed for 125. Skipper Robin Surtees took 6 for 35 and Iwan Williams 3 for 11.

James Harrison completes his half century for the Fourth XI on the Lower Ground

Saturday 20th June....Thrilling finish against Rainhill

The visitors to Sefton Park, Rainhill, won the toss and decided to bat in the First XI game. Skipper Rob Houghton took his total of league wickets to 47 by taking 6 for 74 including two outstanding "caught and bowleds". Phil Calrow took 3 for 54 as Rainhill were dismissed for 179 helped by a stand of 28 for the last wicket. In reply Sefton struggled and were 30 for 4 and then 63 for 5 but a stand of 84 for the sixth wicket between Rob Houghton (60) and Gaz Cowley (35) brought them closer to the required total. However, as Dave Finch joined Phil Calrow for the last wicket they were still 16 runs short. They batted sensibly and reached the last ball of the penultimate over requiring 4 runs. Dave Finch "steered" the ball slowly down to third man and the crowd willed it over the boundary for the 4 runs and an outstanding victory. Phil Calrow finished on 19 not out.

Phil Calrow had two "bowled" wickets in his 3 for 54. He was also 19 not out in the exciting finish

The Second XI travelled to Northop Hall and put the home side in to bat. They declared on 214 for 8 with Shah Wali taking 4 for 52 and Ian Kelly 2 for 51. Sefton's reply started badly and at on time they were 7 for 3 but a stand of 120 for the fifth wicket between Daniel Kelly (83) and Iain Squires (44) enabled them to reach 175 for 7 in a drawn game.

The Third XI played Wallasey on the Lower Ground. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first going on to be dismissed for 159. Vince Abel took 5 for 17 and Rob Kelly bowled well for 2 for 26. Sefton Park's reply was never easy but Matt Child scored 83 not out, James Harrison 31 and Dave Walton add a valuable 16 not out as the required total was reached for the loss of 5 wickets.

Matt Child scored 83 not out to lead the Third XI to victory over Wallasey on the Lower Ground

The Fourth XI lost their 100 per cent record at Caldy against their Fourth XI. They were put in to bat and declared on 219 for 5. Kevin Walton (61 not out), Terry Corder (71) and Robin Surtees (36) scored runs in Sefton's declared total of 219 for 5. Caldy scored 195 for 1 in reply as the game was drawn.

The Fifth XI travelled to Maghull to play their Fourth XI. Sefton won the toss and put the home side in to bat. James Manley took 3 for 23 and Jamie Bowman 3 for 32 as Maghull were dismissed for 190. Sefton did not look like reaching the total as they were dismissed for 85 with Rick Anderson (24) and George Lee (20 not out) being the pick of the batsmen

Thursday 25th June...Echo KO win

Sefton Park moved in to the last eight of the Echo Knockout. with a win at Skelmersdale. They batted first and scored 124 for 6 in the 20 overs, Peter Jones scored 38 not out. In reply Skelmersdale finished 6 runs short with 9 wickets down. D Finch took 3 for 23, Phil Calrow 2 for 20 and Stuart Guy 2 for 30.

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