Saturday 28th April....First XI exit from Ray Digman Trophy

The First XI were knocked out of the Ray Digman Trophy following a defeat at Birkenhead Park. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. Runs were hard to come by and Birkenhead Park finished on 128 for 9 in 45 overs. Daniel Kelly was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 for 28. Sefton's reply began reasonably well but the third, fourth and fifth wickets all fell on 44, Daniel Kelly (24) and Chris Dye (20 including 3 sixes) revived their fortunes but when they were dismissed Sefton ended up requiring 8 runs in the last 3 overs and one wicket left. Matt Pownall was dismissed on the first ball of the last over with Sefton 2 runs short of the home side's total.

The Second XI also suffered a defeat to Birkenhead Park in their home game in the Chester Cup but in their case, they had already qualified for the final stages. The visitors won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. Only Chris Bellis (73) produced a big score as Sefton were dismissed for 149 in the 40th over. The visitors produced a stand of 76 for fourth wicket and went on to win by 2 wickets in the 37th over. The highlight of Sefton's bowling was Joe Roddis taking 5 for 31 on his debut for the club.

Chris Bellis  

Chris Bellis scored 73 for the Second XI in their home defeat by Birkenhead Park



The Third XI game against Bootle's Thirds was rearranged for Sunday because of ground availability.

The Fourth XI completed a day of fixtures against Birkenhead Park, playing their Third XI on the Lower Ground. Sefton won the toss and decided to bowl first. Wickets for Matt Garnett (3-23), Robin Surtees (3-24), Stuart Lunt (2-39) and Mark Boyns (2-17) enabled them to dismiss the visitors for 193 in 45 overs. In reply Jakob Surtees-Smith scored 56, Scott Isaac 40, Alex Miller 44 not out and Matt Garnett 20 but they finished on 177 for 9 in 46 overs in a drawn game.

Scott Isaac  
Scott Isaac scored 40 for the Fourth XI in their home game against Birkenhead Park's THirds.
The Fifth XI game at Liverpool was called off because of an unfit ground.


All the games scheduled for Sunday 29th April were called off because of the rain. They were the First XI at Oxton in the National Knockout, the Third XI league game at Bootle and the Sunday XI's home league game against Wavertree.

The game at Oxton has been rearranged for next Sunday, 6th May.

The ECB National Twenty20 game against Caldy at Sefton Park will be played on Thursday 10th May.