Saturday 18th July....Remarkable finish in First XI win over Burscough

Burscough visited Sefton Park for a First XI game, won the toss and put Sefton in to bat. After losing 2 wickets for 17, a stand of 91 between Paul Squires (49) and John Jackson (46) put them in a good position but wickets fell and in the end they were grateful for late runs from Phil Calrow (24) and Stuart Guy (20 not out) which enabled them to reach 174 all out in 53.4 overs.

Burscough's reply was steady helped by some missed chances in the field and they reached the last over requiring 11 runs to win with 3 wickets left. Peter Kelly was bowling, the first ball brought a stumping from a wide, no runs off the next ball, but the third brought an excellent catch from Sean Vandome on the boundary. This left four balls left with the last two batsmen in, the first two resulted in no addition to the score, 10 required off two balls. Burscough needed a six and got one off the penultimate ball, so four required off the last ball which ran down to the boundary, seemingly for a single and a drawn game but one of the visitor's batsmen had other thoughts and ran a second, wicketkeeper Gaz Cowley had the ball in his gloves and ran to the other end taking the bails off with the two batsmen stranded next to each other. A remarkable victory for Sefton by 2 runs.

Phil Calrow batting for the First XI at home to Burscough

The Second XI travelled to New Brighton. They won the toss and decided to bat but only Ian Seabury (45) made a good score as they were dismissed for 141. The home side lost just 4 wickets in reaching the Sefton score with Chris Wylie taking 2 wickets.

An fine bowling performance by Robin Brown was the highlight of the Third XI's visit to Bootle. The home side batted first and were dismissed for 78, with Robin taking 6 for 19. James Sayer (2 for 17) and Ian Kelly ( 2 for 11) were the other wicket takers. It was always a struggle for Sefton to reach the required total but they eventually won by 4 wickets with Paul Eastham (25) top scoring.

On the Lower Ground, the Fourth XI played the Fifth XI. The Fourths won the toss and decided to bat first. This looked a mistake as they struggled to 39 for 6 but Iwan Williams (50), Ali Khan (34) and Mark Boyns (22 not out) guided them to an all out total of 170. Julian Taylor was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 for 38. The Fifths scored 141 all out in reply with Chris Mitchell scoring 34, Zil Spillsbury took 3 for 16.

Iwan Williams on his way to scoring 50 in the Fourth XI's recovery against the Fifth XI on the Lower Ground

Saturday 25th July...Rob Houghton hat trick in defeat at St Helens Recs.

The First XI visited St Helens Recs, won the toss and decided to bat first. At 73 for 2, it looked like Sefton would reach a good score in difficult conditions but wickets then fell regularly and they dismissed for 128 in 45.3 overs. John Jackson (47) and James Cain (21) made the top scores. The reply for St Helens Recs started well as they put on 54 for the first wicket but three wickets followed by a Rob Houghton hat trick gave hope to Sefton with the home side on 93 for 6 but only one more wicket fell as St Helens Recs reached the required total in the 42nd over. Robe Houghton finished with 5 for 33, David Baird took 2 for 40.

David Baird batting for the First XI at St Helens Recs.
The Second XI entertained Southport and Birkdale at Sefton Park. Sefton won the toss and decided to bowl first. This proved hard work on a good batting wicket and the visitors declared on 231 for 3 in 45 overs. Dave Hort (54), Peter Jones (36), Iain Squires (38) and Ian Seabury (24) all batted well but the game looked be heading for a draw until Scott Isaac (20) and Ted Williams (25 not out) got together to put Sefton in to a position where they required 10 off the last over. Ian Kelly hit a six off the first ball but was then dismissed and Sefton were only able to add another 2 runs and so finish on 230 with 8 wickets down in a drawn game.
Dave Hort made Sefton Park's top score of 54 in the Second XI game against Southport at Sefton Park
The Third XI played top of the table Liverpool thirds on the Lower Ground. They batted first and were dismissed for 128, Jakob Surtees-Smith scored 32, Paul Eastham 30 and John Davies 26. Liverpool reached the Sefton total for the loss of one wicket.
John Davies beats the bat for the Third XI against Liverpool on the Lower Ground.

The Fourth XI played Liverpool's fourths at Liverpool and were put in to bat. Adam Taylor (40 not out), Iwan Williams (23) and Kev Walton (21) were the top scorers in Sefton total of 127. Like the Third XI, Liverpool lost one wicket in reaching the required total.

The story of the day was Sefton Park sides not scoring enough runs batting first. This was the case again with the Fifth XI at home to Southport and Birkdale. Sefton were all out for 132, Adam Flynn scored 63, Simon Gozzard 21 and Mark Garnett 18. The innings included an eighth wicket stand of 55. In reply Mark Garnett took 3 for 33 and Danny Webster 3 for 16 as visitors won by 1 wicket.