Saturday 21st July...Draw with Wallasey

Top of the table Wallasey were the visitors to Sefton Park where the First XI were at home after three away games.

Sefton won the toss and asked Wallasey to bat first and at 36 for 3, they were in a good position but a fourth wicket stand of 89 and a century from Australian Mike Currey enabled the visitors to declare on 224 for 9 in 59 overs. In reply, Sefton's reply never really got going despite good knocks from Adam Irwin (27), Shane Dowrich (40) and Sean Vandome (34) but an innings of 45 by Chris Dye who was out with 8 balls left and 9 wickets down enabled Sefton to force a draw. Matty Pownall and Peter Kelly faced those last 8 balls as they finished on 179 for 9 in 45 overs.

Sean Vandome  
Sean Vandome scored 34 for the First XI in their home game against Wallasey
 

The Second XI also played a top of the table side as they travelled to Bootle. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. They declared on 190 for 6 in 45 overs with Stuart Lunt, Mark Chappell and Ali Khan taking 2 wickets apiece. Elliot Supria (50 not out), James Baird (47) and Rob Supria (25) were top scorers for Sefton but this was not enough as they were dismissed for 148 in the 40th over.

The one win of the day was achieved by the Third XI in their game against Bootle's Thirds on the Lower Ground. After winning the toss Sefton decided to bowl first, a decision that was justified as the visitors were dismissed for 108 in the 38th over. Robin Brown with 4 for 24 and George Lee 3 for 14 were the pick of the bowlers. Scott Isaac scored 29, Adam Taylor 31 not out and John Davies 28 not out as the Bootle total was reached for the loss of 2 wickets in the 26th over.

Scott Isaac  
All in a line, Scott Isaac scored 29 for the Third XI in their home win over Bootle
 

The Fourth XI also played the league leaders in their visit to Birkenhead Park's Thirds. They won the toss and decided to bat first but a strong batting line-up could only score 125 in 46 overs. Mike Heaney (28) and Phil McEvoy (23) were the top scorers. Birkenhead Park won by five wickets in 28 overs with Mark Boyns taking 3 for 31 and Naj Ahmed 2 for 28.

The Fifth XI played Liverpool's Fourths at the Liverpool College ground. Sefton won the toss and asked Liverpool to bat first. They scored 125 in 55 overs with Jamie Bowman taking 3 for 32. Julian Taylor with 21 was Sefton's top scorer as they finished on 89 for 8 in 37 overs as the game was drawn

Jamie Bowman  
Skipper Jamie Bowman bowling for the Fifths in their home game against Liverpool's Fourths.
 
     

Sunday 22nd July...Third XI in Embee Trophy Final

There is a final to look forward at Sefton Park as the Third XI won their semi final at Formby.

Sefton Park won the toss and asked the home side to bat. Robin Brown was the pick of the bowlers, taking 5 for 31 in his 8 overs as Formby reached 163 for 8 in 40 overs. In reply, Sefton reached the required total in the 27th over with 3 wickets down. Daniel Coonan scored 80 not out, Scott Isaac 53, and Adam Taylor 20.

The Final is scheduled for 12th August and will be against Bootle.

 

Saturday 28th July....Defeat at Fleetwood Hesketh

The First XI visited Fleetwood Hesketh where the home side won the toss and decided to bat. An opening stand of 127 lay the foundation for the their declared total of 223 for 5 on 47 overs. Phil Calrow was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 for 43. Sefton's reply was disappointing with a stand of 42 for the fifth wicket between Paul Squires (10) and James Baird (39) being the highlight. After this only David Baird (22) offered resistance as they were dismissed for 104 in 37 overs. The defeat leaves Sefton Park in the bottom two places in the league.

The Second XI played Orrell Red Triangle at Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first in a match that started late because of a heavy shower of rain. They made slow progress before declaring on 177 for 7 in 55 overs. This would have left Sefton with around 35 overs but rain again intervened after 15 overs with the score 52 for 1, the two "not out" batsman being Luke Connolly on 26 and Paul Eastham on 25. After attempts to mop up and more rain, the game was abandoned.

Paul Eastham  
Paul Eastham scored 25 not out for the Second XI before the game was called off following heavy rain.
 

The Third XI travelled to New Brighton to play their AW XI. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. They scored 212 for 4 in 48 overs, Stuart Lunt took 2 for 42, Sefton's reply was interrupted by rain and they reached 148 for 6 in 40 overs as the game was drawn. Adam Brennan with 52, Matt Kuypers 27 and George Lee 25 not out were the top scorers.

No game for the Fourths this week.

The Fifth XI made the trip to Caldy to play their Third XI. Caldy won the toss and declared on 211 for after deciding to bat first. Danny Wright with 2 for 38 and Mike Wildsmith 2 for 40 were the pick of the bowlers. Sefton batted 47 overs in reply, finishing on 178 for 8 in a drawn game. Eddie McShane scored 43, Phil McLoughlin 33, Rob Kennedy 26 and Dan Pritchard 25 scored the runs.

Sunday 29th July...Second XI in the Final of the Chester Cup

The Second XI moved in to the Final of the Chester Cup with a win at Colwyn Bay.In a game that was reduced to 33 overs per side due to rain, Colwyn Bay won the toss and decided to bowl. Sefton scored 187 for 9 with Elliot Supria (64), Rob Supria (32) and Iain Squires (26) were the top scorers. In reply, the outstanding bowler was Mark Chappell who took 5 for 23 in his 7 overs as the home side were dismissed for 124 with one ball left. There were 2 wickets apiece for Luke Connolly (2 for 8) and Ali Khan (2 for 18).

Sefton Park now meet Bootle or Wallasey in the final which will be played at Sefton Park on 9th September.

The Sunday XI game at Wavertree was called off without a ball being bowled.