Saturday 8th May.....League season starts with draws

The Saturday saw the first League games for the First and Second XI's

The First XI travelled to Skelmersdale and were put in to bat. A stand of 144 between Raj Patel (73) and John Jackson (also 73) enabled them to go on to declare on 242 for 5 in 54 overs. Sefton found wickets hard to come by in Skelmersdale's reply and the match finished with the home side on 185 for 6 in 50 overs in a disappointing draw. Phil Calrow took 3 for 38 and David Baird 2 for 33.

A stand of 195 between Jonny Woodsmith (100) and James Baird (69) for the third wicket was the highlight of the Second XI's home game against Northern. They declared on 253 for 9 in 45 overs after deciding to bat first. In reply, the visitors were 89 for 7 but Sefton were unable to take any wickets in the last 20 overs and Northern finished on 187 for 7 in 42 overs for another draw. James Sayer took 3 for 8 in 7 overs.

Jonny Woodsmith  
Jonny Woodsmith on his way to a century in the Second XI home game against Northern
 
The Third XI played Ormskirk on the Lower Ground. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat, they went on to score 217 for 8 declared with Ali Khan taking 4 for 31 and Robin Brown 2 for 49 in 18 overs. Sefton batted well in reply and passed the Ormskirk total for the loss of three wickets. Adam Flynn (27), Paul Eastham (82 not out) and Mike Heaney (75) were the top scorers.
Paul Eastham  
Paul Eastham scored 82 not out for the ThirdXI at home to Ormskirk
 

The Fourth XI achieved their first win of the season at New Brighton against New Brighton's MG XI.The home side won the toss and put Sefton in to bat. Kev Walton scored 27, Stuart Lomas 48 and Mark Boyns 31 in Sefton's declared total of 215 for 8 in 50 overs. Iwan Williams took 5 for 35 and Mark Boyns 3 for 10 to dismiss New Brighton for 169 with two overs left.

The Fifth XI played Birkenhead St Marys at the College ground. The visitors were 14 for 3 at one stage but went on to declare on 247 for 4 with Adam Brennan being the pick of the bowlers, taking 2 for 32. Sefton finished on 127 for 8 in 52 overs as the game was drawn. Steve Squires (54) Jamie Bowman (21) and Simon Gozzard (19) were the top scorers

Saturday 15th May....FirstXI win against Rainford

Sefton Park's first home league game of the season produced a win. The visitors Rainford won the toss and decided to bat first. They were dismissed for 153 in the 50th over. Rob Houghton took 5 for 30, Matty Lawless 2 for 35 and David Baird 2 for 54. In reply Sefton suffered a few anxious moments but Chris Bellis (22), John Jackson (33), Raj Patel (34) and James Cain (25) led them to a victory by 4 wickets in 50 overs.

John Jackson  
John Jackson scored 33 in the First XI's home win over Rainford
 

The Second XI travelled to Orrell Red Triangle, won the toss, and put the home team in to bat. Orrell were dismissed for 142 with James Sayer (5 for 34), Matt Pownall (2 for 47) and Peter Kelly (2 for 18) taking the wickets. In Reply Sefton reached the required total for the loss of 8 wickets. Daniel Kelly top scored with 48, James Baird scored 25 and Peter Jones 17.

The Third XI visited Bootle and put the home side in to bat. Robin Brown took 2 for 50 in 15 overs, Ali Khan took 2 for 38 but eight dropped catches meant that Bootle were able to declare on 208 for 6. Sefton's reply never really got going, Paul Eastham scored 29, Adan Flynn22 and Adam Taylor 17 but they were dismissed for 106.

The Fourth XI entertained New Brighton's SR XI and put the visitors in to bat, Naj Ahmed took 4 for 58 and George Lee 3 for 26 to dismiss New Brighton for 215. This proved sufficient for the visitors as they dismissed Sefton for 183 with an over to spare. Jakob Surtees-Smith scored 48, Dave Walton 35 and Kev Walton 20.

Jakob Surtees-Smith  
Jakob Surtees-Smith hits a six in his score of 48 for the Fourth XI at home to New Brighton SR XI
 
The Fifth XI won their first game of the season, away to Maghull's Fourths. They were put in to bat and declared on 193 for 6, new boys Zahid Sidique (53) and A J Mahli (47) were supported by Steve Squires (29) and Paul Stairmand (19). In reply, they dismissed Maghull for 130 with Adam Brennan taking 3 for 26.