Saturday 3rd July...Another last over win

Maghull visited Sefton Park for the First XI.. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. Rashidi Boucher scored 62, Chris Bellis 52 and Rob Houghton 45 in Sefton's declared total of 224 for 9 in 55 overs. Maghull's reply went well and they were left needing 48 run in the last 10 overs with 5 wickets left, this became 25 runs in 5 overs with 4 wickets left. Maghull still chased their target with 9 wickets down and 11 runs required in the last over. Rob Houghton bowled the last man with the penultimate ball and 5 runs still required, another excellent win and exciting finish.

Bas Street  
An enthusiastic appeal by Bas Street as he bowls the Maghull opener in the First XI home game

The Second XI visited Wallasey, where the home side won the toss and batted first, They declared on 238 for with Daniel Kelly taking 2 for 61 and James Sayer 2 for 61. There was one outstanding innings in Sefton's reply, James Baird scored 78 not out, Jonny Woodsmith was next best with 20 as they finished on 188 for 7 in a drawn game.

The Third XI visited Birchfield Park and dismissed the home side for 139, Mark Brennan took 2 for 28, Ali Khan 2 for 38 and Ted Williams 4 for 9. Sefton reached this total without losing a wicket, Vince Abel scored 91 not out and Adam Flynn 46 not out.

Ainsdale's Third XI visited Sefton Park for the second week running, this time to play the Fourth XI. As last week, Ainsdale won the toss and decided to bat and again they were dismissed for a low total, 66. Naj Ahmed took 4 for 22, Chris Mitchell 2 for 40 and Robin Surtees 3 for 4. Jordan Kevan scored 23 and Kev Walton 25 not out as Sefton won by 7 wickets.

Robin Surtees  
Two wickets for Robin Surtees in the Fourth XI's home win against Ainsdale on the Lower Ground
  Robin Surtees

No game for the Fifth XI this week.


Saturday 10th July....Defeat at Leigh

The First XI visited league leaders Leigh. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first, this proved to be a good decision as they went on to declare on 264 for 8 after 55 overs, Matt Lawless finished with 3 for 56 and there were two wicket apiece for Rob Houghton and Phil Calrow. Sefton never looked like reaching the Leigh total, Rashidi Boucher (36), Rob Houghton (37) and Paddy Stern (21) were the top scorers as they were dismissed for 154 in 40 overs. The six points gained were sufficient to keep them in second place in the league.

The Second XI won the toss and batted first in their home game against New Brighton. Openers Paul Squires (69) and Peter Jones (41) were the top scorers in their declared total 193 for 9 in 45 overs. New Brighton looked to be in a strong position at one time but with Daniel Kelly taking 5 for 34, they needed to bat out the last over to finish on 161 for 9 in a drawn game.

Andy Foulder  
Andy Foulder batting for the Second XI at home to New Brighton

The Third XI travelled to New Brighton the play their SR XI. Ted Williams took 4 for 25, George Lee 3 for 16 and Kev Coogan 2 for 22 as the home side were dismissed for 148. Sefton reached the required total for the loss of five wickets with Adam Taylor scoring 52 and Nick Moreton 50 not out.

For the third week running the game on the Lower Ground finished before 4:30. Wallasey's Third XI won the toss and were dismissed for 90 after deciding to bat. Ali Khan took 5 for 29 and Mark Boyns 4 for 39. Mike Heaney scored a rapid 41 and Jordan Kevan 23 not out as Sefton won by 8 wickets

Ali Khan  
One of Ali Khan's five wickets for the Fourth XI at home to Wallasey's Thirds
The Fifth XI recorded their first win since 15th May in their home game against Southport's Fourth XI. They won the toss and decided to bat. Steve Squires (28) and Iwan Williams (62) put on 118 for the first wicket, Jonny Sproson (26), Ajay Mahli (28 not out) and Chris Mitchell (23) added valuable run in Sefton declared total of 247 for 8. James Manley took 4 for 29 and Iwan Willaims 4 for 29 as Southport were dismissed for 194 with nine of the wickets falling in the last 20 overs.