Saturday 2nd July...Draw at Alder

The First XI visited Alder where the home side won the toss and decided to bat on a batman's pitch. They surprisingly batted for a ball short of 59 overs and declared on 286 for 9 with Phil Calrow taking 3 for 74 and Jomel Warrican 3 for 103. In reply to the massive total, Sefton batted well and finished on 209 for 8 in 57 overs with Chris Bellis scoring 70 and Jomel Warrican getting his first half century for the club finishing on 53 not out, Paul Squires (23) and Daniel Kelly (24) were the next highest scorers

Jomel Warrican claims wicket  
A wicket for Jomel Warrican, a catch at slip for David Baird
 
The Second XI entertained Formby at Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first, going on to declare on 245 for 2 in 45 overs. Sefton produced an excellent reply, passing the Formby total for the loss of 6 wickets in 41.4 overs. James Baird (58), Iain Squires (73) and Paul Eastham (55) were the run scorers
Iain Squires  
Iain Squires scored 73 for the Second XI in their home game against Formby
 
The Third XI played Birchfield Park on the Lower Ground, Sefton won the toss and asked the visitors to bat. Jordan Kevan took 4 for 31 and Iwan Williams 3 for 22 as Birchfield Park were dismissed for 191. Sefton reply never really got going and despite Jakob Surtees-Smith scoring 42 and Ted Williams 33, they found themselves on 155 for 9. However, an undefeated stand of 37 for the last wicket between George Lee who scored 26 not out and Robin Brown steered them to a dramatic victory.
Adam Taylor  
Adam Taylor batting for the Third XI on the Lower Ground
 

The Fourth XI travelled to Maghull to play their Third XI. After being asked to bat, they were 8 for 4 and then 30 for 7 before Naj Ahmed scored 54, his first fifty in 27 years of cricket and Mark Boyns contributed 23 not out in their all out total of 124. Maghull had no trouble in reaching the total without losing a wicket.

The Fifth XI continued their good form in their home game against Wavertree. They decided to bat first after winning the toss and declared on 158 for 9 with Rob Kennedy scoring 40, Phil McEvoy 30 and Jamie Bowman 26. Chris Mitchell took 5 for 31 and Matt Mann 3 for 39 as Wavertree were dismissed for 143.

 

Sunday 3rd July..Second XI league win at Northern

The Second XI travelled to Northern for their rearranged league game. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first going on to declare on 193 for 9 in 53 overs with Ali Khan taking 5 for 61. In reply, Sefton looked in trouble at 160 for 8 but a stand of 30 between Ali Khan (14) and Dave Kirby (22 not out) nearly reached the target which was achieved with a four from Rob Kelly and a victory by one wicket in 44.2 overs. Earlier, James Baird had scored 40, Elliot Supria 24 and Rob Supria 32.

The Sunday XI continued their good form with a 10 wicket win against Hightown at Sefton Park. Hightown won the toss and decided to bat first, Matt Mann was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 for 11 as they were dismissed for 87 in 30 overs. Sefton's runs were scored by Jonathan Northcroft (43 not out) and Jakob Surtees-Smith (35 not out).

 

Saturday 9th July....Paul Horton returns for win over Rainhill

Sefton Park welcomed back Paul Horton for their home game against league leaders Rainhill. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 199 all out in 64.2 overs with Peter Kelly taking 4 for 45 and Jomel Warrican 4 for 64. In reply, Sefton had a steady response which reached 122 for 3 when Paul Horton was dismissed for 71. With Dave Hort providing a strong backbone for the innings, Sefton reached a total requiring them to score 71 in 12 overs with 5 wickets left. Dave Hort who finished with 51 was involved in a stand of 54 for the sixth wicket with Paul Squires who scored 28. With the scores level, Phil Calrow was dismissed off the second ball of the last over before Daniel Kelly hit the winning run and Sefton secured a victory by 2 wickets.

Paul Horton  
Paul Horton returned to Sefton Park and scored 71 in the victory over Rainhill
 

The Second XI travelled to New Brighton and batted first, scoring 220 for 8 declared with Rob Supria making 65 and Andy Foulder 54 not out. This did not prove enough as New Brighton reached the required total for the loss of 4 wickets with Andy Foulder and Ali Khan taking two wickets apiece.

The Third XI entertained New Brighton's SR XI on the Lower Ground. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first but reached only 98 all out with Mike Heaney top scoring with 21. New Brighton had no trouble in reaching the required total, losing only 1 wicket to Matt Garnett.

Iwan Williams    
Iwan Williams batting for the Third XI on the Lower Ground
   

The Fourth XI were the one team to win win against a New Brighton side, travelling to play their PG XI, they won the toss and asked the home side to bat. Mark Chappell took 4 for 53 and Mark Boyns 3 for 18 to dismiss New Brighton for 194. In reply, Luke Connolly scored 45, Nick Moreton 22, Mark Chappell 21 and Maadhav Kothari 60 not out to enable Sefton to win by 1 wicket.

The Fifth XI lost for the first time since the first day of the season. The played Southport and Birkdale's Third XI at Southport and asked the home side to bat first. The scored 166 with Julian Taylor taking 3 for 36, Chris Smart 2 for 27 and Jamie Bowman 2 for 8. Sefton could only make 92 in reply with both Abdul Rehman and Matt Mann scoring 23.

 

Sunday 10th July...Defeat in Ray Digman KO and Seconds move in to Semi-Finals of Chester Cup

Two Cup games against Northern with different outcomes.

The First XI entertained the Crosby club at Sefton Park, won the toss and decided to bat first. Early wickets fell and Sefton were 38 for 3, then a stand of 66 between Paddy Stern who scored 37 and Sean Vandome steadied the innings which again in difficulties at 119 for 6. Sean was then joined by Phil Calrow and they produced an undefeated 7th wicket stand of 91 which enabled Sefton to finish on 210 for 6 in their 45 overs. Sean Vandome finished on 73 not out and Phil Calrow 46 not out. Northern's reply did not encounter too many problems and they passed the Sefton total in the 43rd over for the loss of 5 wickets.

The Second XI travelled to Northern and asked the home side to bat after winning the toss. They scored 236 all out with the last wicket falling in the 45th over. Liam Tollady took 4 for 55 and there were 2 wickets apiece for Ali Khan, Rob Kelly and Andy Foulder. A score of 94 in 74 balls by Paul Eastham was the highlight of Sefton's reply, Adam Flynn (38), Rob Supria (22) and James Baird (26) made valuable contributions as they reached the Northern total in the 40th over for the loss of 7 wickets and now move in to the semi-finals.

The Sunday XI game at Northop Hall was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of heavy rain.