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Wisden Cricketer Club of the Month

Sefton Park were named as the "Wisden Cricketer Gray Nicholls Club of the Month" in their August edition.

Respected cricket writer Paul Edwards submitted the entry to the Wisden Cricketer. This is the full copy that he submitted.

"Sefton Park is one of the glories of English club cricket.

Situated just two and a half miles from Liverpool city centre and rather closer to a variety of urban landscapes, the tree-lined ground is home to a club which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year and was also a founder member of the Liverpool Competition in 1892.
          Yet Sefton Park does not rely only on its history and its chocolate-box prettiness for its appeal. The club runs six senior and five junior teams, and in 2003 it built a plush, new third-team ground which is separated from the main arena by a line of mighty poplars. Sefton Park was also the place where Paul Horton played his league cricket. The Lancashire batsman's continuing loyalty to the place is shared by supporters and players alike. In its anniverary year the club remains characterised by intimacy and informality, spiced by a measure of eccentricity, a quality epitomised by the inaugural Solstice Cup match, a 20-over game which began at precisely 4.43am on June 21st.
            "I thought that it was a really mad idea and that nobody would go for it," said Robin Surtees, Sefton Park's former fourth team captain, who first suggested the game. He needn't have worried. Both teams - the Early Risers and the Long Shadows - were oversubscribed and Chris Brereton nearly became one of the few men to score a fifty before breakfast. That would have been a fine effort, not least because, as one of the younger players sagely pointed out: "It's difficult to bat when the sun's coming up."            

Thanks Paul

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