Saturday 21st August...Draw at Liverpool

The First XI, without skipper Rob Houghton, visited Liverpool where captain for the day Chris Bellis asked the home side to bat first. 55 overs later they declared on 285 for 6 with Matt Pownall taking 2 for 85. This was always going to be a very difficult total to reach and became almost impossible when both openers had been dismissed with the score on 21. John Jackson (32) and Rashidi Boucher (42) put on 76 for the 3rd wicket but after they were dismissed Sefton required 173 off the last 20 overs with 5 wickets left. In the end they finished on 174 for 8 with Paddy Stern scoring 23.

Phil Calrow  
A rare success for Sefton Park bowlers as Phil Calrow takes a wicket at Liverpool
 
The Second XI's home game was also against Liverpool. The visitors were asked to bat first and declared on 225 for 8 with James Sayer taking 3 for 57, Dave Kirby 2 for 61 and Kev Coogan 2 for 45. Sefton's reply began well but when openers Peter Jones (35) and Dave Hort (22) were dismissed the other wickets followed quickly and they were dismissed for 133.
Ted Williams  
Ted Williams batting for the Second XI at home to Liverpool
 

The Third XI visited Maghull and were asked to bat first, going on to declare on 206 for 8 with Vinny Argekar scoring 50, Mike Heaney 46, Matt Child 24 and Adam Flynn 24. In reply, Maghull finished on 110 for 8 in a drawn game with Robin Brown taking 3 for 30 and Ali Khan 2 for 25.

The Fourth XI played Northern's Thirds on the Lower Ground and were optimistic after dismissing the visitors for 126 with Robin Surtees taking 4 for 19, Julian Taylor 2 for 37 and John Davies 2 for 27. Sefton's reply, however, never got going and they were dismissed for 77 with Stuart Lomas scoring 16

John Davies  
John Davies batting for the Fourth XI on the Lower Ground.
 
The one victory of the day was achieved by the Fifth XI at Northern against their LP XI. The home side were put in to bat and dismissed for 46 with Mark Chappell taking 2 for 6 and Gourav Manocha 2 for 2. Sefton lost 3 wickets in reaching the required total with Gourav Manocha scoring 23 and Simon Gozzard 14.

 

Saturday 28th August..Home draw against Wigan

Sefton won the toss in their home game against Wigan and decided to bat first. 55 minutes were lost to rain as they went on to declare on 178 for 8 in 53 overs with Rashidi Boucher scoring 40, Sean Vandome 36, Paul Squires 24 and Bas Street 26. This left Wigan with just over an hour and 20 overs to reach the required total but when another 8 overs were lost to rain, a draw became inevitable. Rob Houghton took all 6 Wigan wickets to fall for 69 runs as the visitors finished on 139 for 6 in 31 overs.

Chri Bellis catch  
A catch for Chris Bellis off the bowling of Rob Houghton in the First XI home game against Wigan
 

The Second XI gained a valuable win in their visit to Wigan. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first, they took 51 overs to reach their declared total of 132 for 9 with Kev Coogan taking 5 for 20. Sefton reached the required total in the 32nd over with with 4 wickets lost, Peter Kelly scored 41 and Ted Williams 28.

The Third XI played Northern on the Lower Ground and put the visitors in to bat. They declared on 175 for 6 with Vinny Argekar taking 3 for 47 and Ali Khan 2 for 50. They lost early wickets but eventually required 18 in the last 4 overs, this became 3 off the last over of which they scored only 2 and a run out off the last ball meant that the scores finished level with Sefton on 175 for 8 and the game drawn.

Adam Flynn  
Adam Flynn batting for the Third XI in their game against Northern on the Lower Ground
 
The Fourth XI lost at Ormskirk, the home side winning the toss and asking Sefton in to bat. They scored 138 with Steve Squires making 43. Ormskirk lost 4 wickets in reaching the Sefton total with Robin Surtees taking two.

Monday 30th August...Win against Formby

Sefton Park kept their promotion hopes alive with a win against Formby at Sefton Park. Formby won the toss and decided to bat first. They were dismissed for 149 in the 49th over with Rob Houghton taking 5 for 37 and Matty Pownall 3 for 30. In reply Sefton openers put on 96 for the first wicket with Sean Vandome scoring 64 and Chris Bellis 30. Rashidi Boucher then came to the wicket for the last time for Sefton before his return to Barbados and hit the winning runs, finishing with 35 not out, he also completed his 500 runs in the league

Rashidi Boucher  
Rashidi Boucher hits the winning run in his last game for Sefton before he returns to Barbados
 
The Second XI had an excellent win at Bootle. The home side won the toss and batted first, going on to decare on 98 for 8 in the 45th over. Peter Kelly took 4 for 68 and Andy Foulde 4 for 28. Iain Squires scored 46, Andy Foulder 33, Peter Kelly 26 and Adam Flynn 21 in Sefton's reply which saw them win by 2 wickets in the 44th over.