Saturday 5th September...Second XI win against Bootle as First XI lose at Highfield

The First XI travelled to Highfield and were put in to bat on a wet wicket. Apart from a fifth wicket stand of 53 between Rob Houghton (28) and Dave Hort (36), Sefton never got going and they were dismissed for 106 in the 49th over. Highfield had no problems reaching the required total which they did for the loss 2 wickets in the 57th over.

The outstanding result of the day was the Second XI's defeat of top of the table Bootle. Sefton batted first and declared on 181 for 9 after 45 overs. David Baird, who was unable to play for the FirstXI because work commitments prevented him making the earlier start, scored 41, skipper Iain Squires 45, Peter Kelly 24 and Daniel Kelly 22. Bootle were dismissed for 87 in the 27th over with David Baird taking 4 for 35 and Daniel Kelly taking the last 3 wickets for 7 runs.

Skipper Iain Squires scored 46 for the Second XI in their home win against Bootle
The Third XI played Northop Hall on the Lower Ground and were put in to bat, going on to score 187 for 6 declared. Matt Child (37), Ian Kelly (38 not out), Jordan Kevan (38 not out) and Paul Eastham (22) were the top scorers. Northop Hall started well but were dismissed for 160. Raj Patel (4 for 24) and Robin Brown (3 for 3) were the pick of the bowlers.
John Davies batting for the Third XI against Northop Hall on the Lower Ground

The Fourth XI travelled to Birchfield Park to play their Fourth XI. The home side won the toss and decided to bat. They were dismissed for 114 with Robin Surtees (5 for 34), Naj Ahmed (2 for 37) and Iwan Williams (2 for 12) taking wickets. In reply Sefton were 32 for 6 but recovered to reach the home side's total with one wicket remaining. Nick Moreton produced an outstanding innings of 51 not out with Robert Kelly next best on 16.

The Fifth XI's fortunes did not improve as they travelled to Northern to play the Northern WC XI. This week, they were dismissed for 37 with Adam Flynn scoring 12. The home side did not lose a wicket in reaching the required total.

Saturday 12th September...189 stand in Second XI game.

The results of this Saturday enabled us to confirm which divisions the First and Second XI's will be playing in next year. As the two divisions of fourteen now become three divisions of twelve with the addition of eight new sides, the First XI will play in the second tier (division 1) and the Second XI will play in the Premier division.

This week the Firsts travelled to Rainhill where the home side won the toss, batted and declared on 200 for 7 in 62 overs, David Baird took 4 for 52. Sefton fell 36 runs short in reply., with Sean Vandome scoring 41 to complete his 500 runs for the season, a remarkable performance from the fifteen year old. James Cain scored 39 and Chris Nicholas 25.

The Second XI produced their third win in succession with outstanding performances from Peter Jones who scored 122 for his second century of the season and Paddy Stern who scored 96. They scored 189 for the third wicket enabling them to declare on 239 for 5 in the 40th over. Visitors, Northop Hall kept the game going until the last over when they were dismissed for 167 with Peter Kelly taking 5 for 36.

Paddy Stern scored 96 in the Second XI win over Northop Hall.

The Third XI visited Birchfield Park and were put in to bat, going on to score 153 all out with John Davies (30), Vince Abel (30), Paul Eastham (31) and Mick Heaney (33) scoring runs. Birchfield Park never chased the total and finished on 132 for 8. Jordan Kevan took 3 for 34 and there were two wickets apiece for Robin Brown and Ali Khan.

The Fourth XI have been promoted but were unable to celebrate with a win against Caldy's Fourths on the Lower Ground.Caldy won the toss and put Sefton in to bat. They declared on 203 for 3 with Robin Surtees (65), Kev Walton (54 not out) and Iwan Williams (52 not out) making half centuries. Caldy reached the required total in the last over with 9 wickets down. Robin Surtees took 3 for 33 and Naj Ahmed 2 for 52.

Robin Surtees has led his side to promotion and scored 65 in the game against Caldy.
The Fifth XI played on Sunday against Maghull. Maghull won the toss, batted first and were dismissed for 150 with Mark Garnet taking 3 for 34 and Chris Mitchell 3 for 28. Jonathan Northcroft scored 34, Rick Anderson 38 and Adam Flynn 36 as Sefton won by 6 wickets