Saturday 6th August....Victory at Prestatyn

The First XI achieved their first away league victory when they travelled to Prestatyn. Sefton captain Paul Squires won the toss and decided to bat first. Chris Bellis scored 48 as they reached 88 for 4 but the score was built up by partnerships of 77 for the 5th wicket between Paddy Stern (53) and Paul Squires (53) and Paul and Jomel Warrican (35) who put on 64 for the 6th wicket. They were able to declare on 241 for 9 in 43 overs. The home side lost their first 2 wickets to run outs in consecutive balls with the score on 26 and then lost wickets fairly regularly and were dismissed for 112 in the 50th over. Jomel Warrican took 5 for 33 and Phil Calrow 2 for 29.

The Second XI entertained Lytham at Sefton Park where the visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. With the visitors at 170 for 7 Sefton looked to be in a reasonable position but stands of 55 for the 8th wicket and an undefeated 36 for the 9th wicket enabled Lytham to declare on 261 for 8 in 43 overs. Luke Connolly scored 35, Rob Supria 25, Iain Squires 33 and Adam Flynn 41 but they required at least one bigger innings to chase the big total and were dismissed for 186 in the 34th over.

Luke Connolly  
Luke Connolly scored 35 for the Second XI at home to Lytham
 
The Third XI played Maghull on the Lower Ground. Sefton were asked to bat first and scored 205 all out with Adam Taylor (37), John Davies (45), Iwan Williams (33) and Alex Miller (21) scoring the runs. Maghull lost 5 wickets in reaching the required total with John Fretwell taking 2 for 22.
Matt Mann  
Matt Mann batting for the Third XI at home to Maghull
 

The Fourth XI had an important win in their bottom of the table battle at Birkenhead St Mary's. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first, Chris Smart took 3 for 17, Naj Ahmed 2 for 19, Mark Boyns for 31 and Andy Thompson for 37 as they declared on 147 for 9. Sefton won by 3 wickets with Paul Stairmand scoring 40 and Mark Boyns 29.

The Fifth XI drew their game at Northern against their LP XI. Vish Singh (74) and Eddie McShane (64) put on 130 for the 3rd wicket as they declared on 200 for 5 in 40 overs. In reply, Northern reached 131 for 8 with Terry Macklin taking 4 for 29 and Jamie Bowman 2 for 15

 

Saturday 13th August...Paddy Stern scores 98 not out in draw at Wigan

The First XI extended their unbeaten run in the league to eight games with a draw at Wigan. The home side won the toss and asked Sefton to bat. An undefeated stand of 96 for the 6th wicket between Paddy Stern (98 not out) and Jomel Warrican (33 not out) enabled them to declare on 235 for 5 in 56 overs. Sean Vandome and Dave Hort both scored 28. Wigan chased the total and looked in a strong position at 113 for 1 but wickets fell steadily and they found themselves with the last pair facing 2 overs in which they still looked for the win but finished on 225 for 9 in 49 overs.

At Sefton Park the Second XI won the toss and decided to bat first in their game against Wallasey. An undefeated last wicket stand of 33 between Dave Kirby (33 not out) and Mark Chappell (14 not out ) enabled them to reach 203 for 9 when they declared. Earlier James Baird scored 70 and Rob Supria 32. The total did not prove sufficient however as the visitors were never in a great deal of trouble and passed the Sefton total after losing 5 wickets. Rob Kelly and Ali Khan both took 2 for 43.

James Baird  
James Baird scored 70 for the Second XI in their home defeat by Wallasey.
 

The Third XI travelled to New Brighton to play their PG XI. The home side won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. Adam Taylor scored 30, Mike Heaney 28, Ted Williams 23 and Dave Walton 29 in their total of 180 for 8 declared. In reply, New Brighton were dismissed for 96 with John Fretwell taking 2 for 26 and Ted Williams 3 for 28.

The Fourth XI were involved in a relegation battle with Birchfield Park on the Lower Ground. Sefton won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. They went on to declare on 178 for 8 with Naj Ahmed taking 3 for 33 and Mark Boyns 2 for 23. The result could have gone either way as Sefton batted. They required 15 runs off 15 ball with 3 wickets left but quickly lost 2 of those and ended up batting out for a draw, finishing on 168 for 9. Gourav Manocha scored 37, Andy Thompson36 and Chris Mitchell 2.

Andy Thompson  
Andy Thompson of the Fourth XI claims a Birchfield Park wicket on the Lower Ground.