Saturday 14th May....Defeat by Maghull

The First XI entertained Maghull at Sefton Park, the visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. After an interruption for rain, they went on to declare on 214 for 6 in 54 overs with Daniel Kelly taking 4 for 40. In reply the weather meant that Sefton would be able to bat for about 36 overs but after early attempts to chase the total they soon found themselves in difficulties and were dismissed for a disappointing 93 in 32.1 overs with Iain Squires top scoring with 26.

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Sean Vandome batting for the First XI in their home defeat by Maghull
 

The Second XI made the opposite journey, travelling to Maghull. They won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. They declared on 180 for 3 in 34 overs with Rob Kelly taking 2 for 52. In reply Sefton reached the required total for the loss of 5 wickets in 35.4 overs. Elliot Supria (50), James Baird (35), Peter Jones (27) and Paul Eastham (53 not out) were the top scorers.

Liverpool's Thirds played Sefton's Thirds on the Lower Ground. An exiting game saw Sefton bat first and score 178 all out with Daniel Coonan scoring 41, James Pearce 31, John Fretwell 33 and Saj Khan 31. Saj took 3 for 36 as the visitors reached 172 for 9 in a drawn game.

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Daniel Coonan scored 41 for the Third XI at home to Liverpool
 

The Fourth XI travelled to Bootle to play their Third XI. Bootle were asked to bat and declared on 165 for 9 with Mark Chappell taking 6 for 48 and Mark Boyns 3 for 41. In reply Alex Miller scored 76, Matty Binns 39 and Iwan Williams 23 as Sefton achieved an excellent victory with 2 wickets to spare.

The Fifth XI made the short journey to Alder to play their Third XI. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. They went on to declare on 190 for 2. Sefton hung on for a draw, finishing on 130 for 9 with Paul Stairmand (24), Eddie McShane (22), Jack Wildsmith (24) and Mike Wildsmith (27 not out) all contributing.

 

Saturday 21st May...Close finish in drawn game against Prestatyn

Prestatyn were the visitors to Sefton Park for the First XI game. They won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. After losing a couple of wickets quickly, Sean Vandome scored 59 and Paddy Stern 83 in their total of 250 for 5 declared in 55 overs. They were well assisted by Iain Squires (24), Paul Squires (19) and Daniel Kelly (36 not out). In reply the visitors set off well in their run chase and reached the last 20 overs requiring 124 with 7 wickets left but wickets began to fall and they ended up with the last two batsmen facing 13 ball to save the game. The finished on 200 for 9 in 49 overs, Chris Dye took 4 for 49 and Phil Calrow 4 for 55.
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Paddy Stern hits out on his way to scoring 83 in the First XI home game against Prestatyn
 

The Second XI travelled to Lytham and asked the home team to bat after winning the toss. Ali Khan took 5 for 37 and Dave Kirby 3 for 34 as the home team were dismissed for 164 in 47.4 overs. Sefton's reply saw Elliot Supria score 68, Adam Flynn 22 not out, Peter Jones 26 not out and James Baird 21 as they reached the required total for the loss of 4 wickets.

The Third XI made the trip to Maghull, won the toss and asked the home team to bat. They went on to declare on 195 for 2 in 47 overs, Nick Rimmell took the 2 wickets for 29 runs. David Baird scored 64 and Nick Rimmell 23 not out as Sefton hung on for a drawn, finishing on 155 for 9.

On the Lower Ground , the Fourth XI played Birkenhead St Mary's. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. They declared on 200 for 7 with Robin Surtees scoring 68, Alex Miller 30 and James Pearce 38. In reply Birkenhead St Mary's started well but Mark Chappell intervened and took 6 for 71 and Adam Brennan took 2 late wickets for 36 as the visitors were dismissed 8 runs short on 192

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It's stumped Alex Miller, bowled Mark Chappell as the Fourth XI claim a wicket in their home game against Birkenhead St Mary's
 
The Fifth XI had an excellent victory against Wallasey's Thirds at their Liverpool College home ground. Sefton won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first, going on to dismiss them for 56, Andrew Crossley took 3 for 13. Sefton reached the required total for the loss of 4 wickets with Jack Wildsmith top scoring with 33