22nd/23rd May 2004....1st League win and progress in National KO

It was a weekend where all five games played produced wins for Sefton Park.

The 1st XI gained their first league win beating Leigh by 2 wickets at Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and batted first but were dismissed for 158 with Chris Whelan taking 5 for 40 and Dave Poskitt 3 for 25. In reply wickets fell too regularly for comfort but a fine 89 not out by Paul Horton saw Sefton home.

Sunday saw Formby as the visitors to Sefton Park in the Cockspur Cup (National KO). The visitors batted first and scored 205 for 6 in the 45 overs. In reply, again it was a fine innings by Paul Horton of 80, this time assisted by Chris Nicholas with 61 not out that saw the home side home by 3 wickets despite a few nervous moments again. Sefton Park visit Darwen or Chorley in the next round.

The 2nd XI visited Highfield and the home side declared on 211 for 9, with Peter Kelly 3-45 and Arthur Jennings, 3-47 being the pick of the bowling. Sefton Park lost only 2 wickets in reaching the total with Phil Heath (92) and Phil Disley (77) having an undefeated stand of 183 to win the game.

The 3rd XI had a comfortable win in the Embee Trophy at home to Highfield scoring 195 for 9 in the 40 overs with Andy Battersby (42) and Adam Rowland (31) top scoring. In reply Highfield were dismissed for 97, Adam Rowland's 3 for 25 being the best figures in a fine all round performance.

The SundayXI visited Hightown and in a remarkable game, Sefton Park were dismissed for 76 with Steve Briggs making 28. In reply the home team could manage only 67, Peter Kelly taking 3 for 20 and Anil Kumar 4 for 22

22nd/23rd May

15th May

Vin Mane

8/9th May

15th May..........77 for Vin Mane in Draw at Northern

The 1stXI visited Northern and put the home side in after winning the toss. They scored 182 for 9 declared with Stuart Wade taking 3 for 30. Sefton Park finished 2 runs short with 9 wickets down. Vin Mane, who only arrived on Thursday, top scored with 77 and Chris Nicholas made 51.

The 2nd XI had an easy win against St Helens dismissing the visitors for 130 and reaching the visitors score for the loss of 2 wickets. Star man was Luke Bailey who took 3 for 11 and scored 66 in an undefeated stand of 99 with Neil Disley (25).

The Chester Cup game on Sunday at home to Liverpool proved to be a disappointment for the 2ndXI. Sefton Park were dismissed for 132 with Steve Delve (39) and Ted Williams (35) top scoring. The visitors lost 3 wickets in making the total.

The 3rdXI game game was called off by St Helens Recs, but two fine individual performances went unrewarded in the other two weekend games. Paul Foulder took 5 for 20 as the 4thXI dismissed Northop Hall for 142 after they had put on 93 for the first wicket. However, Sefton Park were dismissed for 135 with Paul making 33 not out.

The Sunday XI went to Southport and Peter Hazlehurst scored 101 as Sefton scored 166. In reply the home team lost only 4 wickets in reaching this total

Vin Mane

This weekend should see the return of Vinayak Mane. Vin has had a very successful few months in his native India. At the end of February he carried his bat for 127 in nearly 7 hours as his side West Zone fell 21 run short of North Zone's total in the Duleep Trophy. The middle of March saw Vin batting for more that 7 hours, scoring 154 for Mumbai against Hyderbad in the Ranji Trophy followed by 106 in the Trophy final against Tamil Nadu, Mubai won the Trophy. Welcome back Vin.

Vin Mane

8th/9th May...........Rainy Saturday andNational KO win on Sunday

There was not a ball bowled for all four teams on Saturday and the Sunday XI game was also called of at St Helens.

The 1st XI had more luck on Sunday when they defeated Shropshire side Albrighton in the Cockspur Cup (National Knockout) at Sefton Park. In a game reduced to 35 overs apiece, the visitors scored 139 for 9 with Robbie Houghton taking 4 for 18.

Sefton Park required 20.4 overs to reach the required total with Ben Moore (pictured right) making 51 not out. Ben has now scored 217 runs in 5 knockout innings this season. Paul Horton (24),Robbie Houghton (24) and Chris Whelan (27not out) all contributed to a comfortable win.

Fomby will visit Sefton Park in the next round on 23rd May

Ben Moore