Saturday 17th April...Winning Start to the Season

Three Sefton Park sides played on the first day of the season and all three won.

The First and Second XI played in knockout competitions, playing the same opposition in a league of four teams.The league winners go on to play in the quarter finals later in the season. The firsts play for the Bridging Finance Knockout Trophy and the seconds for the Chester Cup.

At Formby, the First XI put the home side in to bat and excellent bowling by David Baird (3 for 27) and Matt Lawless (2 for 18) saw the home team on 41 for 6. They recovered to reach 153 for 9 in their 45 overs. Sefton's reply saw them lose early wickets but Paul Squires (46), James Cain (26) and Rob Houghton (25) guided them to victory in the 30th over with 6 wickets down.

A remarkable game for the Second XI saw over 600 runs being scored in the match.

Sefton Park batted first and Raj Patel scored 116 not out in their score of 316 for 3 in the 45 overs. All the batsmen contributed with James Baird making 33, new boy Richard Forsyth 35, Iain Squires 43 and Jonny Woodsmith 30 not out. This seemed like a total that would win the game comfortably but Formby put up a gallant chase finishing on 296 all out. Matty Pownall took 4 for 51, Andy Foulder 3 for 57 and Dave Kirby 2 for 30.

Raj Patel    
Raj Patel strikes out on his way to a score of 116 not out in the Second XI's home win against Formby
 
The Third XI entertained New Brighton's SR XI on the Lower Ground. They were put in to bat and declared on 225 for 9 after 46 overs. Ian Seabury top scored with 65 and James Pearce made 44 not out. New Brighton started well in reply and reached 50 without losing a wicket but Vince Abel came on to bowl and soon struck. He finished with 7 for 37, Robin Surtees took 2 for 17. as New Brighton were dismissed for 128 with 5 overs to spare.
Vince Abel catch    
  Vince Abel takes a catch off his own bowling in the Third XI's home win against New Brighton. This was the first of seven wickets for Vince, finishing on 7 for 37
   

Sunday 18th April...Hundred for Peter Hazlehurst

Skipper Peter Hazlehurst scored 128 not out as he led his Sunday XI to victory against Wallasey's Fourths at Sefton Park. Sefton batted first and scored 264 for 4 declared. Daniel Kelly (37) and Ian Seabury (37 not out) were the pick of the other batsmen. In reply, Robert Kelly took 4 for 29 and Scott Isaac came on at the end to take 3 for 11 as Wallasey were dismissed for 133.

The Fourth XI had their away game against Wallasey's Third XI moved to Sunday. Sefton batted first and scored 160 all out with contributions from Iwan Williams (31), Mike Heaney (27), Jakob Surtees-Smith (23), Stuart Lomas (20) and Dave Walton (19). This did not prove enough as Wallasey reached the required total for the loss of two wickets, with a wicket apiece for George Lee and Steve Jamieson.

24th April...Home Defeat by Colwyn Bay

The First XI played Colwyn Bay at Sefton Park in the Bridging Finance Knockout Group 8 game.

Sefton won the toss and decided to bat going on to score 241 for 9 in the 45 overs. James Cain (61), Chris Bellis (41) and John Jackson (34) were the pick of the batsmen. Colwyn Bay scored steadily but late wickets left them requiring 13 off the last over bowled by Rob Houghton. Twelve off the first three balls and a single off the fifth saw them get home with six wickets down. Matt Lawless only conceded 16 runs off his 9 overs and there were 2 wickets for David Baird and one apiece for Peter Kelly, Rob Houghton and Phil Calrow.

James Cain  
A four for James Cain in his score of 61 for the First XI at home to Colwyn Bay
 

The Second XI travelled to Colwyn Bay, where the home team won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 239 for 7 in the 45 overs with Raj Patel Taking 3 for 28. In reply Paddy Stern scored 62, Raj Patel 44, Peter Jones 42 and James Baird 33 as Sefton reached the required total with 5 wickets down and two overs to spare.

The Third XI achieved a draw at Liverpool who are the current Third XI champions. Liverpool were put in to bat and declared 204 for 9, James Sayer took 5 for 51. In reply Sefton reached 141 for 5 with Vince Abel scoring 45.

The Fourth XI played Birchfield Park on the Lower Ground and were put in to bat. They struggled early on with only Mike Heaney (39) making a big contribution but recovered thanks to Matt Binns (55) and Andy Leslie (27) helping them to reach 196 all out. This was not enough however as the visitors won by 7 wickets with George Lee taking 2 for 35.

Mike Heaney  
Mike Heaney scored 39 for the Fourth XI in their home defeat by Birchfield Park
 
The Fifth XI played their first game of the season against Alder at Liverpool College. Sefton won the toss and batted first, James Manley (51), Dave Walton (37), S Gozzard (36 not out) and Steve Squires (22) scored the runs. In reply Terry Macklin took 3 for 24 and Stuart Lomas 3 for 29 but the visitors reached the required total with 3 ball left and seven wickets down.