Saturday 2nd June....Defeat by Ainsdale

Sefton Park won the toss and decided to bat first in the First XI home game against Ainsdale. Adam Irwin scored 47, Chris Bellis 62, Sean Vandome 43 and James Baird 43 in their total of 228 for 6 declared in 58 overs. Ainsdale responded quickly in reply and the game was always in the balance but with the rain falling, the game entered the last two overs with Ainsdale requiring 19 runs with two wickets left. A missed catch and 15 runs scored off Matt Pownall's over meant that the visitors needed 4 off Daniel Kelly's last over. This was achieved off the first two balls, Ainsdale winning by 2 wickets. Peter Kelly took 4 for 86 and Daniel Kelly 3 for 33.

James Baird  

James Baird (left) scored 43 for the First XI in their home game against Ainsdale

Daniel Kelly (below) takes the first Ainsdale wicket.

  Daniel Kelly wicket

The Second XI travelled to Formby. The home side won the toss and batted first, scoring 248 for 5 in 45 overs with Ali Khan taking 2 for 36. Sefton Park struggled in reply and were struggling at 117 for 8 including 50 runs from Andy Foulder. A stand of 74 for the ninth wicket between Alex Miller (30 not out) and Joe Roddis (33) enabled them to gain a draw as they finished on 191 for 9 in 43 overs.

The Third XI visited Birchfield Park's Thirds, won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. They declared on 173 for 9 in 45 overs with wickets taken by Matt Mann (2 for 29), Iwan Williams (2 for 27) and Jon Fretwell (2 for 32). In reply, Sefton's reply was never quite quick enough and with Jason Marsh scoring 37, George Lee 37, Scott Isaac 30 and Ted William 23, they finished on 151 for 5 in 39 overs and a drawn game.

The Fourth XI played Alder's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Asked to bat first, Sefton were dismissed for 165 in 45.1 overs, Adam Brennan 55, Phil McEvoy 35 and Robin Surtees 24 not out were the top scorers. Alder passed the Sefton total for the loss of 7 wickets with Mark Boyns taking 2 for 33 and Andy Crossley 2 for 42.

Robin Surtees  
A four for Robin Surtees playing for the Fourth XI in their match against Alder's Thirds on the Lower Ground
Sefton Park's Fifth XI were at home to Northern's Fifths. Put in to bat they recovered from 66 for 6 to declare on 177 for 9 in 45 overs. Abdul Rehman (25), Jack Wildsmith (25), Stuart Lomas (29 not out) and Omar Farooq (25) were the top scorers. Northern scored 111 for 6 in reply to draw the game with Chris Mitchell taking 2 for 12.


Monday 4th June...First league win at Alder

The First XI gained their first league win of the season when they made they made the short trip to Alder.

The home side won the toss and decided to bat first, they scored runs steadily but lost the last 5 wickets for 21 runs and were all out for 191 in the 55th over. In reply, Sefton opened with a stand of 106 between Adam Irwin (64) and Chris Bellis who went on to finish on 64 not out. Sean Vandome (50) joined Chris to put on 79 for the second wicket and it was left to Sean Dowrich to score the winning runs in the 35th over, a victory by 8 wickets.

Chris Dye  
The first of two LBW victims for Chris Dye in the First XI game at Alder
Newton le Willows were the visitors to Sefton Park for the Second XI game. Sefton were put in to bat after losing the toss and went on to score runs quickly Peter Jones (37) and Rob Supria (82) put on 104 for the first wicket. James Baird scored 80 to enable his side to declare on 242 for 5 after 41 overs. The visitors scored 49 for the first wicket in their reply but, then, runs slowed down and they finished on 135 for 8 in 50 overs as the game was drawn.. Joe Roddis with 3 for 35, Rob Kelly 2 for 19 and Ali Khan for 11.
Ali Khan  
Ali Khan bowling for the Second XI in their home game against Newton le Willows

Tuesday 5th June..Knocked out of ECB T20 in rain

Sefton were knocked out of the ECB Twenty20 at Sefton Park by Wallasey who got through on a faster scoring rate.

Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first, going on to make a respectable 137 for 8 in their 20 overs. Adam Irwin (21), Chris Dye (24) and Phil Calrow (29 not out) were the top scorers. In reply Wallasey were 71 for 1 in 8 overs when it became impossible to continue in the rain enabling the visitors to progress to the next round.

Sefton Park are now out of all the First XI knockout competitions.