Saturday 14th April.....Peter Jones scores 173 in stand of 325 for the Second XI

On the opening day of the 2012 season, Sefton Park entertained Hightown in the Ray Digman Trophy. Sefton decided to bat first, a decision that seemed justified as Richard Forsyth (36) and Adam Irwin (25) put on 65 for the first wicket in 68 balls. Paddy Stern scored 62 and James Baird 24 as Sefton were dismissed for 210 in the 43rd over.

The total was not sufficient however as Hightown lost 2 wickets in reaching it in the 37th over.

Paddy Stern  
Paddy Stern scored 62 for the First XI in their defeat by Hightown at Sefton Park

The performance of the day came in the Second XI Chester Cup at Hightown where Peter Jones scored 173 in an opening stand of 325 shared with Elliott Supria who scored 100. Sefton went on to make 368 for 4 in 42 overs. In reply Hightown were dismissed for 33 with Andy Foulder Ali Khan and Mark Chappell each taking 2 wickets

The Third XI travelled to Ormskirk to play their Thirds. The home team won the toss and put Sefton in to bat. Daniel Coonan scored 81 not out, Mike Heaney 71 and Phil McEvoy 40 not out in their total of 234 for 4 in 42 overs. Ormskirk batted for 57 overs but did not chase the total and finished on 204 for 2 in a drawn game.

The Fourth XI played Caldy's Fourth on the Lower Ground. They won the toss, decided to bat and went on to score. 217 for 3 in 45 overs. Adam Brennan (48) and Jakob Surtees-Smith (79) scored 177 for the first wicket. Abdul Rehman scored 50 not out and Alex Miller 22. In reply, Caldy were dismissed for 129 in 45 overs with Robin Surtees taking 6 for 37, Terry Macklin 2 for 18 and Mark Boyns 2 for 39.

Jakob Surtees-Smith  
Jakob Surtees-Smith scored 79 for the Fourth XI in their home victory over Caldy

The Fifth XI were defeated at Wallasey in a game against their Third XI. Wallasey declared on 203 for 4 with 2 wickets apiece for Julian Taylor and William McKeown. In reply Sefton were dismissed for 112 with Mike Wildsmith scoring 34 and Rob Kennedy 22.


Saturday 21st April....Win at Newton le Willows

The First XI travelled to Newton le Willows for the second game in the Ray Digman Trophy. Sefton won the toss and asked the home team to bat first. Three early wickets for Chris Dye, who finished with 3 for 27, proved the decision to be correct. Peter Kelly took 2 for 37 and Phil Calrow 2 for 8 as the home team were dismissed for 126 in the 38th over. In reply Sefton's batsmen did not find the going easy but a total of 47 extras including 28 wides helped their cause. Paddy Stern (22) top scored as they reached the required total in the 30th over for the loss of 7 wickets.

The Second XI had a much easier task in their home game against Newton le Willows in the Chester Cup. They, also, won the toss and decided to bowl. The visitors were dismissed for 79 in the 22nd over, Ali Khan took 4 for 9 and there were two wickets apiece for Dave Kirby, Andy Foulder and Mark Chappell. Skipper Rob Supria scored 33 and Peter Jones 19 not out as Sefton went on to win by 8 wickets in the 12th over.

Rob Supria  
Skipper Rob Supria scored 33 for the Second XI in their Chester Cup win over Newton le Willows

The Third XI had no game following Southport's withdrawal from the league. The Fourth XI game at Northern was called off because of the weather.

This gave the Fifth XI a chance to play on the Lower Ground. They entertained Birkenhead Park's Fourths, won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. They batted for 53 to reach 139 for 5 declared with Mike Wildsmith taking 2 for 28. Sefton were unable to reach the total and were dismissed for 86, Mike Wildsmith (20), Eddie McShane (15) and Julian Taylor (14) were the top scorers.

Eddie McShane  
Eddie McShane scored 15 for the Fifth XI in their game against Birkenhead Park on the Lower Ground