Saturday 1st August....Second XI hundred for Peter Jones

The First and Second XI's both played Wigan. The Firsts were away where the home side won the toss and decided to bat. An undefeated stand of 60 for the ninth wicket enabled them to declare on 213 for 8 in 55 overs. There were three wickets apiece for Rob Houghton (3 for 56) and David Baird (3 for 42). Sefton's reply started well with Chris Bellis (51), John Jackson (45) and Sean Vandome (29) all scoring runs but after some quick wickets fell in the middle order, they were happy to settle for a draw finishing on 170 for 7 in 53 overs.

An undefeated century from Peter Jones (114 not out) was the highlight of the Second XI home game. Sefton declared on 234 for 3 in 45 overs, an innings which featured a third wicket partnership of 114 between Jonny Woodsmith (59) and Peter. Wigan did not look like reaching the total in their reply and Sefton's hopes were raised when they had 12 overs to collect the last three wickets but no more fell and Wigan finished on 163 for 7 in 53 overs.

Peter Jones strikes a four to complete his hundred for the second XI at home to Wigan

The Third XI travelled to New Brighton to play their PD XI. New Brighton won the toss and put Sefton in to bat. Paul Eastham scored 40, Rick Anderson 27 and James Pearce 24 not out in their all out total of 138. James Sayer (3 for 23) and John Davies (3 for 12) were the best bowler and young Adam Brennan took his first Third XI wicket as New Brighton were dismissed for 84.

No game for the Fourth XI this week.

The Fifth XI made the trip to Northern to play their LP XI. Sefton won the toss and put Northern in to bat. Iwan Williams took 4 for 6 in 6.1 overs as the home team were dismissed for 96. Openers Steve Squires (32) and Adam Flynn (37 not out) led the way as Sefton went on to win by 9 wickets.

Tuesday 4th August...First XI in to semi-finals of Echo KO

The First XI moved in to the semi-finals of the Echo Knockout after defeating Highfield at Sefton Park. Sefton batted first and scored 127 for 7 in the 20 overs with Chris Bellis (31) and David Baird (24) top scoring. Highfield finished 12 runs short on 115 for 9 in their 20 overs with four run outs and two wickets for Stuart Guy. scorecard

Sefton now play either Bootle or Ormskirk at Sefton Park, probably on Thursday 13th or Friday 14th August. Sefton also play Bootle on 16th August in the Business Assistance Knockout at Sefton Park

Menai Bridge Sixes

Congratulations to a team of Sefton Park players, past and present, who won the Menai Bridge Cricket Club Sixes for the second year running. The team was Paul and Iain Squires, Gaz Cowley, Andy Homer, Andy Foulder and Dave Stead.

Saturday 8th August...Win over St Helens

Sefton Park First XI won the toss and decided to bat in the home game against St Helens. An opening stand of 63 between Chris Bellis (27) and Sean Vandome (32) gave Sefton a good start but then wickets fell regularly and they were all out for 147 in the 49th over, David Baird made 22. St Helens reply never really got started and Robbie Houghton (3 for 32) and Dave Baird (3 for 18) led the way as they were dismissed for 116 in 29 overs.

A catch for Stuart Guy off the bowling of Phil Calrow in the First XI home game against St Helens

The Second XI travelled to Fleetwood Hesketh and were put in to bat. Paddy Stern (53), Ian Seabury (38) and Daniel Kelly (24) were top scorers as they reached 183 in the 46th over. An outstanding bowling performance by Dave Kirby, who took 6 for 17 enabled Sefton to dismiss the home side for 80 in 27 overs.

Sefton won the toss and decided to bat in Third XI game against Ormskirk. Paul Eastham continued his good form, scoring 62, Mike Heaney made 41 and James Pearce 30 in their declared total of 231 for 8. In reply, Robin Brown took 5 for 16 as Ormskirk were dismissed for 58.

The Fourth XI entertained Southport on the Lower Ground. The visitors won the toss and batted first, going on to score 198 for 9 declared. Julian Taylor (3 for 26), Iwan Williams (2 for 36) and Scott Isaac (2 for 33). Kev Walton (43), Iwan Williams (44 not out) and Madhu Kothari 22 made the top scores as Sefton chased a win but in the end they were dismissed for 173

A young Fifth XI Played Caldy's Fourths and were put in to bat. They declared on 200 for 7 with Chris Mitchell (25), Paul Stairmand (42), Caleb Elliot (39) and Matt Shaw (24) making runs. Caldy lost four wickets in the Sefton Park total, Chris Mitchell took 2 for 46