Saturday 23rd June...Shane Dowrich century in draw with Liverpool

Liverpool visited Sefton Park for the First XI game. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first, they started well with an opening stand of 42 between Adam Irwin (19) and Chris Bellis (22) but then lost wickets and found themselves on 108 for 5. At this point Phil Calrow joined Shane Dowrich who was on 43 at the time, they went on to put on 139 for the sixth wicket with Phil Calrow scoring 51, Shane went on to finish on 135 and Sefton declared on 252 for 9 in 53.4 overs

Liverpool's reply was similar to Sefton's as they lost their fifth wicket on 97 and then went on to score 121 for the sixth wicket. Liverpool at this stage looked favourites to win but with any result still possible, they lost late wickets and finished on 252 for 9 in 56 overs, the last wicket falling to the last ball. An exciting high scoring game that deserved better weather which would have brought a bigger crowd. Leading wicket takers for Sefton were Chris Dye (2 for 58), Phil Calrow (3 for 66) and Peter Kelly (3 for 69).

Shane Dowrich  
Shane Dowrich scored 135 for the First XI in their home game against Liverpool
 

The Second XI made the short trip to Liverpool and were asked to bat after losing the toss. An opening stand of 102 between Peter Jones (56) and Rob Supria (65) was the foundation of a declared total of 240 for 2 in 44 overs. Elliot Supria scored 53 not out and Ali Khan 35. Sefton could not dismiss the home side who finished on 137 for 8 in 46 overs. Andy Foulder was the top bowler with 5 for 45 in the drawn game.

The Third XI visited New Brighton to play their ES XI. The home side won the toss and asked Sefton to bat. They went on to declare on 250 for 5 in 40 overs with Jason Marsh scoring 48, Scott Isaac 25, James Pearce 54 and Jon Fretwell 65 not out. New Brighton batted 58 overs and finished on 180 for 6, Rob Kelly taking 3 for 26 and Mark Chappell 2 for 29 as the game was drawn.

The Fourth XI played Caldy's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Sefton won the toss and batted first. Robin Surtees scored 40, John Davies 60 and Ethan Knowlson 23 as they reached 194 for 6 declared in 45 overs. The game became another draw with Sefton unable to bowl out the opposition with Caldy reaching 109 for 7 in 43 overs. Mark Boyns taking 2 for 29 and Terry Macklin 2 for 24.

John Davies  
John Davies scored 60 for the Fourth XI in their home draw with Caldy's Thirds
 

The one win of the day came from the Fifth XI who travelled to Caldy to play their Fourth XI. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first on a wet wicket. This proved the correct thing to do as the home side were dismissed for 100 with Julian Taylor taking 4 for 15, Mike Wildsmith 4 for 14 and Jamie Bowman 2 for 17. Sefton reached the required total for the loss of 3 wickets with George McCaldon scoring 31 and Alan Fretwell 30 not out.

 

Saturday 30th June...Defeat at Northop Hall

The First XI travelled to Northop Hall, won the toss and asked the home side to bat. Northop Hall scored rapidly which enabled them to declare on 230 for 6 in 55 overs. Daniel Kelly took 3 for 65 and Peter Kelly 2 for 52. Sefton's reply started reasonably well as they put on 43 for the first wicket when Peter Jones was dismissed for 22. Richard Forsyth then joined Chris Bellis and they took the score to 119 when Chris was the second wicket to fall being dismissed for 55. This was the start of a Sefton collapse, Richard Forsyth being the next out, scoring 35. Only Paddy Stern (20) then made double figures as they went from a possible winning position of 119 for 2 with 19 overs left to being all out 11 overs later, finishing with 167 in 46 overs. Remarkably 6 of the wickets were clean bowled by Northop's Syed Mudassir.

Better news from Sefton Park where the Second XI also played Northop Hall and achieved their first win of the season. They won the toss and asked the visitors to bat, going on to dismiss them for 117 in 38 overs. Mark Chappell took 3 for 12, Joe Roddis 3 for 14 and Ali Khan 2 for 36. Sefton never found it easy in reply but with Elliot Supria scoring 29 and David Baird 34 not out they reached the required total in the 24th over for the loss of 5 wickets.

Andy Foulder wicket  
A wicket for Andy Foulder (left) in the Second XI home game against Northop Hall and (below) David Baird scores a six in the same game
 
     
  David Baird
 
 
The Third XI played Maghull's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Maghull won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first, Their innings was dominated by an excellent performance by Jason Marsh who scored 85 out of a total of 133 in 35 overs. Jason opened the innings and was last man out as no-one else reached double figures. The total was not sufficient as Maghull won by 5 wickets with Stuart Lunt taking 3 for 38.
Jason Marsh  
Jason Marsh (left) scored 85 out of 133 in the Third XI game against Maghull's Thirds on the Lower Ground and (below) Stuart Lunt takes a wicket in the same game.
 
     
  Stuart Lunt wicket
 
The Fourth XI played the Fifth XI at the Liverpool College ground. The Fifths won the toss and asked the Fourths to bat first. Eddie Booth (40) John Davies (61), Robin Surtees (26) and Chris Mitchell (23) were the top scorers in a total of 183 for 3 declared in 45 overs. In reply Naj Ahmed took 5 for 34 and Robin Surtees 2 for 22 as the Fifths were dismissed for 149, with Phil McEvoy scoring 33 and Eddie McShane37. The result keeps the Fourth XI challenging for promotion.

Sunday 1st July...Third XI in to semi-finals of Embee Trophy

The Third XI moved in to the semis of the Embee Trophy with a convincing win over Colwyn Bay at Sefton Park..

Sefton won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first, Liam Tollady took 3 for 22, Jason Marsh 3 for 22 and Terry Macklin 2 for 30 as they were dismissed for 150 in 36.5 overs. In reply Adam Taylor scored 74 as Sefton reached the required total for the loss of 4 wickets in the 29th over.