Saturday 4th August...Win at Ainsdale

The First XI travelled to Ainsdale and achieved a much needed victory. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first and at 18 for 3 may have regretted this, however, they recovered to be dismissed for 186 with Phil Calrow taking 4 for 36 and two wickets apiece for Daniel Kelly (2 for 43) and Peter Kelly (2 for 73). Sefton's reply began reasonably well but at 79 for 4 when Peter Jones joined Shane Dowrich in the middle, there still looked a long way to go. The two put on 64 for the fifth wicket with Shane scoring 64 and after his dismissal, Peter Jones, who finished with 33 not out, was joined by Luke Connolly (19 not out). They steered the side to a 5 wicket victory in the 49th over.

The Second XI played Formby at Sefton Park, lost the toss and were asked to bat. After a late start because of rain, Rob Supria scored 21, Jason Marsh 72 not out and Mike Heaney 38 in 29 balls as Sefton declared on 176 for 6 in the 43rd over. In reply, the visitors were 71 for 6 but a stand of 55 for the 7th wicket enabled to bat out the remaining overs and finish on 134 for 7 in 41 overs as the match was drawn.

Mike Heaney  
Mike Heaney scored 38 in 29 balls for the Second XI at home to Formby
 
The Third XI played Maghull's Fourths on the Lower Ground and were asked to bat. Dan Coonan scored 42 in the Sefton total of 113 all out in 39 overs. At 83 for 2, Maghull looked comfortable in their reply but they collapsed to 108 for 9 before the last men took them past the Sefton total in the 37th over. George Lee finished with 4 for 19, Ted Williams 2 for 30 and Robin Brown 2 for 12
Dan Coonan  
Dan Coonan scored 42 for the Third XI in their home defeat by Maghull
 

The Fourth XI had a very comfortable win in their away game against Alder's Fourths. After being asked to bat first, Abdul Rehman (89), Jon Fretwell (51) and Phil McEvoy (45 not out) were the top scorers as they declared on 203 for 3 in 34 overs. Alder were only able to score 43 in reply with Naj Ahmed taking 5 for 21, Hamid Khan 2 for 9 and Chris Mitchell 2 for 5. The win enabled the Fourth XI to maintain their challenge for promotion.

The Fifth XI played Birkenhead Park's Thirds at the Liverpool College ground. They lost the toss and were asked to bat. They recovered from being 11 for 5 to declare on 133 for 8 in 56 overs, Stuart Lomas scored 50, his first half century for the club, and Julian Taylor 46. The total was not sufficient however as Birkenhead Park passed in for the loss of 5 wickets.

 

Saturday 11th August...Draw with Orrell Red Triangle

The First XI played Orrell Red Triangle at Sefton Park. Sefton won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. They batted 61 overs before declaring on 253 for 9 with Peter Kelly taking 4 for 104, Phil Calrow 3 for 78 and Chris Dye 2 for 19. Sefton's reply saw a second wicket partnership of 62 between Adam Irwin (29) and James Baird, who was eventually out for 52, but at 117 for 6, they appeared in trouble. However, stands of 52 between Chris Dye (33 in 25 balls) and Luke Connolly for the 7th wicket and an undefeated 43 for the 9th wicket between Luke (who finished on 40 not out) and Matty Pownall (19 not out) enabled Sefton to draw the game, finishing on 222 for 8 in 47 overs. The 9 points gained from the game enabled Sefton to move up two places and out of the bottom two.

James Baird  
James Baird scored 52 for the First XI in their home draw with Orrell Red Triangle.
 

The Second XI travelled to New Brighton, won the toss and decided to bat first. They declared on 208 for 5 in 44 overs, with Richard Forsyth (40), Iain Squires (34), Elliot Supria (34 not out), Jason Marsh (21) and Paul Eastham (21) scoring the runs. New Brighton had no trouble in reaching the required total in 40 overs, finishing on 209 for 4 with Joe Roddis taking the 4 wickets to fall for 36 runs.

The Third XI made the short trip to Liverpool to play their Thirds. The home side won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first, Dan Coonan scored 114, Scott Isaac 79 not out and Adam Taylor 41 in their total of 254 for 5 declared in 38 overs. In reply, Liverpool never really chased the total and finished on 163 for 5 in 49 overs, as the game was drawn. Robin Brown took 2 for 33.

The Fourth XI played Wavertree's Thirds on the Lower Ground. They won the toss and decided to bat first, recovering from 105 for 8 to declare on 158 for 9 in 45 overs. Ed Booth scored 50, Adam Brennan 20 and Mark Boyns 31. The total was not sufficient, however, as Wavetree finished on 159 for 5 and a 5 wicket win for the visitors.

Ed Booth  
Ed Booth scored 50 for the Fourth XI on the Lower Ground in their game against Wavertree's Thirds
 
The one win of the the day went to the Fifth XI who were away the Alder's Fourths. Asked to bat first they were dismissed for 120 with Ethan Knowlson scoring 30 and Dan Pritchard 31. The total proved sufficient as the went on to dismiss Alder for 52. with Mike Wildsmith taking 4 for 18 and Dan Pritchard 3 for 7.