Tuesday 3th August...Echo Knockout win

Sefton Park moved into the semi-finals of the Echo KO with a win against Southport and Birkdale. The game was reduced 16 overs following Southport's late arrival. Sefton batted first and scored 126 for 7 with Paddy Stern scoring 40 and John Jackson 42 not out. In reply, Sefton took early wickets but despite a recovery Southport finished on 105 for 9. Peter Kelly took 2 for 14 in his 4 overs, Phil Calrow 4 for 26 and Rob Houghton 3 for 27. The semi final against Irby is to be played on Thursday, 12th August.

Scorecard

Saturday 7th August...Draw at Orrell

Sefton won the toss in the First XI game at Orrell Red Triangle and with half an hour lost for rain they had to bat on after to declare on 204 for 4 in 55 overs. There were runs for Rob Houghton (47 not out), Rashidi Boucher (45), Paddy Stern (27 not out), John Jackson (24), Chris Bellis (32) and Paul Squires (21). In reply, a draw always looked the likely result and this was the case as Orrell finished on 155 for 7 in 48 overs with Rob Houghton taking 3 for 40 and Peter Kelly 2 for 51.

Formby were the visitors to Sefton Park for the Second XI game. They won the toss and put Sefton in to bat, Iain Squires scored 38, Andy Foulder 33 and David Baird 28 in their all out total of 171. Formby reached the total fairly comfortably for the loss of 3 wickets with James Sayer taking 2 for 48.

Matty Pownall  
Matt Pownall batting for the Second XI in their home game against Formby
 

The Third XI tavelled to Wallasey where the home side won the toss and asked Sefton to bat. They declared after 43 overs on 214 for 6 with Ajay Mahli (670, Mike Heaney (40) and Matt Child (49) being the top scorers. Wallasey never really chased the Sefton total and finished on 160 for 7 with Saj Khan taking 2 for 40 and Robin Brown 2 for 25.

The Fourth XI suffered for fielding a weakened side in their game against Maghull on the Lower Ground. They were put in to bat and dismissed for 36 with Dave Walton scoring 17, Maghull lost 1 wicket in reaching the required total

Chris Smart  
Chris Smart bowling for the Fourth XI in their defeat by Maghull's Thirds on the Lower Ground
 
The Fifth XI visited Birkenhead St Marys and put the home side in to bat. Jamie Bowman took 4 for 15 and Mark Chappell 2 for 38 as they were dismissed for 116. The total proved too many for Sefton, however and they were dismissed for 99 with Vinny Argekar scoring 37, Danny Wright 15 and Mark Chappell 15.

Sunday 8th August...Mixed Fortunes in Cups

There were mixed fortunes for Sefton Park sides in knockout competitions.

The First XI were involved in the regional finals day of the Cockspur Cup. They played Bootle in the second semi final and were dismissed for 57 in 17.3 overs on a difficult wicket, only Paddy Stern (13) and Rob Houghton (11) reached double figures. Bootle reached the required total in the 12th over for the loss of 2 wickets. Peter Kelly took 2 for 12 in his 4 overs.

The Second XI entertained Highfield in the semi final of the Chester Cup. They won the toss and batted first, going on to score 207 for 9 in their 45 overs. Dave Hort scored 52 and Ted Williams 78. A stand of 36 for the last wicket enabled Highfield 186 all out in the 43rd over. James Sayer took 3 for 36 and Dave Hort 3 for 31.

The Sunday XI are top of their league and this week defeated Ainsdale by 9 wickets. Don Horton took 4 for 10 and Chris Smart 3 for 22 as Ainsdale were dismissed for 94. Chris Brereton scored 51 and Jonathan Norcroft 33 not out in Sefton's reply

Friday 13th August...Sefton Park Reach Final of Echo KO

Sefton Park moved in to the Final of the Echo Knockout with a 5 wicket home win over Irby. The visitors batted first and scored 126 for 8 in their 20 overs. Rob Houghton took 4 for 7 in his 5 overs, Phil Calrow and Daniel Kelly took 2 wickets apiece. Chris Bellis (32), Rashidi Boucher (41) and Rob Houghton (19 not out) led the way in Sefton's reply

Saturday 14th August....Draw at Rainhill

The First XI travelled to Rainhill, won the toss and decided to bat first. A fourth wicket stand of 80 between Sean Vandome (78) and Paul Squires (14) helped Sefton recover from being 33 for 3. Rob Houghton's 34 not out was another big contribution as they declared on 174 for 9 in 63 overs. Rainhill's reply began slowly but, eventually, they required 37 runs off 5 overs with 6 wickets left, this became 12 runs off the last over bowled by Rob Houghton. with 4 wickets left. Three runs were required off the last ball but only one was achieved and a drawn game resulted.

Sean Vandome  
Sean Vandome scored 78 for the First XI at Rainhill
 
The Second XI failed to get a much needed win in their home game against Lytham. Sefton won the toss and asked Lytham to bat, they made slow progress before declaring on 171 for 4 in the 54th over. Sefton's reply began reasonably well but they could not keep up with required run rate and finished on 155 for 7 in 37 overs in a drawn game. Top scorers were James Baird (35), Ted Williams (34) and Peter Jones (26)
James Baird  
James Baird's 35 was the top score for the Second XI
 
The Third XI defeated New Brighton's MG XI on the Lower Ground. Sefton won the toss and put the visitors in to bat. Ali Khan took 3 for 65 and Robin Brown 2 for 24 as they were dismissed for 157. In reply Paul Eastham scored 68, Adam Flynn 50 not out and Mike Heaney 33 not out in a 9 wicket victory.
Paul Eastham  
Paul Eastham hits a six into the road for the Third XI on the Lower Ground, he went on to score 68
 

The Fourth XI played Liverpool's Thirds at Liverpool. Sefton won the toss, batted first and were dismissed for 63. Liverpool required 18 overs to reach the total for the loss of one wicket.

The Fifth XI travelled to Southport and Birkdale, Vinny Argekar took 6 for 21 and Kieran Dunne 2 for 5 in 8 overs to dismiss the home side for 78. An undefeated stand of 60 between Nick Rimmell (30 not out) and Gourav Manocha (28 not out) enabled Sefton to win by 9 wickets.