Saturday 17th July...Win against Skelmersdale

Sefton won the toss in their home game against Skelmersdale, put the visitors in to bat and dismissed them for 131. Matt Lawless took 4 for 43 and there were two wickets apiece for Daniel Kelly and Phil Calrow. In reply Sefton were at one time 14 for 3 but Sean Vandome (39), John Jackson (22) and skipper Paul Squires (24) moved the score on but they were still required 33 with 3 wickets left, Matt Lawless (22 not out) made the biggest contribution as they reached the required total with 8 wickets down.

The Second XI travelled to Northern, won the toss and put Northern in to bat. The home side declared on 209 for 6 in 45 overs with James Sayer taking 3 for 54. At one time Sefton were 64 for 8 in reply with Jonny Woodsmith scoring 22 but Matt Binns (20) and Kev Coogan (27 not out) helped them reach a more respectable 115 all out in a defeat by 94 runs.

Top of the table Liverpool played the Third XI on the Lower Ground. The visitors won the toss and asked Sefton to bat. They went on to score 171 all out after being 71 for 5 at one stage, Chris Brereton (36), Mike Heaney (32) Ali Khan (30) were the leading run scorers. In reply Liverpool looked like reaching the required total but good bowling by Robin Brown (4 for 30) and Vince Abel (3 for 38) slowed them down and the game finished as a draw with the visitors on 154 for 7. Skipper Robin Brown said how pleased he was with the team's commitment, fielding and general attitude. "Everyone was excellent and we would have rolled over in that game a year ago". He also praised the fielding of Jordan Kevan and Rob Kelly.

Adam Taylor Stumping  
A stumping by Adam Taylor off the bowling of Robin Brown in the Third XI's home draw against Liverpool

The Fourth XI made it three wins in a row with a win at Birchfield Park. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat. Skipper Mark Boyns took 5 for 38 as they were dismissed for 133. Sefton reached the required total with 4 wickets down, James Manley (43), Gourav Manocha (27 not out) and Matt Shore (29 not out) were the leading run scorers.

The Fifth XI travelled to Southport Trinity. The home side won the toss and decided to bat, going on the score 184 for 4 declared with Ajay Mahli taking 2 for 31 and Zahid Siddique 2 for 30. Sefton had good start with the bat, Ajay Mahli scoring 34 and Paul Stairmand 28 but they fell away to be all out for 105.

Sunday 18th July...Daniel Kelly century for Sunday XI

An excellent Sunday game saw Old Xaverians Third XI recover from 107 for 8 to declare on 200 for 9. Robert Kelly took 3 for 55 and Ali Khan 2 for 14. In reply Sefton were 135 for 7 when Robert Kelly joined his brother Daniel. An undefeated stand of 67 took Sefton to a victory that looked unlikely earlier, Robert scored 44 not out off 27 balls and Daniel finished on 106 not out.

Saturday 24th July...Rain prevents a result for First XI at Rainford.

The First XI travelled to Rainford, won the toss and decided bat first. Paul Squires opened and scored 64 which included a stand of 98 with skipper Rob Houghton (60) for the fifth wicket. Sefton went to declare on 202 for 9 in 55 overs. Rainford's reply was cut short by rain with 10 overs left and the home side on 164 for 5. Rob Houghton took 2 for 40 and Peter Kelly 2 for 41.

The Second XI played Orrell Red Triangle at Sefton Park, the visitors winning the toss and deciding to bowl first. Sefton's innings saw a stand of 95 for the second wicket between Richard Forsyth (72) and Iain Squires (21) followed by a fall of wickets and then an undefeated stand of 50 between Paddy Stern (35 not out) and Kev Coogan (26 not out) as they declared on 185 for 7 in 45 overs. Orrell's reply began reasonably well but eventually they were left facing the last 17 balls of the game to save game. They finished on 126 for 9 in 48 overs with Matt Pownall taking 4 for 17.

Richard Forsyth  
Richard Forsyth completes his half century with a four. He went on to score 72 in the Second XI's home game against Orrell Red Triangle

Matt Child carried his bat as he scored 41 not out in 41 overs in the Third XI's victory at Ormskirk. Jordan Kevan scored 27 and Saj Khan 32 in the Sefton total of 176. Ted Williams took 6 for 22 and Rob Kelly 2 for 24 as Ormskirk were dismissed for 79.

The Fourth XI played the New Brighton MG XI on the Lower Ground. The visitors won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first, going on to dismiss them for 116 with Stuart Lomas scoring 23. New Brighton lost 2 wickets in reaching Sefton's total.

Gourav Manocha  
Gourav Manocha batting for the Fourth XI in their home defeat by New Brighton MG XI
The Fifth XI travelled to play Wavertree's Third XI. Wavertree won the toss and asked Sefton to bat. Ajay Mahli (55), Alex Miller (32) and Jamie Bowman (20) were top scorers as the declared on 174 for 9 in 52 overs. They went on to dismiss the home side for 104 with Terry Macklin taking 3 for 10 and Ajay Mahli 2 for 31

Sunday 25th July....Second XI in to semi-finals of Chester Cup

The Second XI moved into the semi-finals of the Chester Cup with a win at Skelmersdale. Richard Forsyth followed his big score on Saturday with an innings of of 84, Andy Foulder was next best with 29 as Sefton reached 200 for 8 in the 45 overs. This was more than enough as they dismissed the home side for 124 in the 36th over, Robert Kelly took 4 for 21 and there were two wickets apiece for Andy Foulder and Richard Forsyth.

There was a win for the Sunday XI at Formby where the home side was dismissed for 156, Nick Rimell taking 4 for 35 and Chris Smart 3 for 7. Sefton reached the required total for the loss of 4 wickets, Scott Isaac scored 85, Mike Kivi 33 and Andy Battersby 22 not out