Saturday 25th August..Shane Dowrich century in a draw with Newton le Willows

The First XI remain 23 points adrift in the relegation positions following a home draw with Newton le Willows. Asked to bat first in a game that started 25 minutes late, a Shane Dowrich century enabled them to declare on 233 for 8 in 49 overs. Shane's hundred included 10 sixes and he also completed his 500 league runs. He was assisted by James Baird who scored 30, Adam Irwin 23 and Luke Connolly 22. In reply, Newton le Willows chased the total without taking too many chances and in the end were happy to settle for a draw. Peter Kelly finished with 4 for 59 and Phil Calrow 2 for 39.

Shane Dowrich completes century    
Shane Dowrich completes his hundred with a six in the First XI home game against Newton le Willows.  

The Second XI gained a much needed win at Northern. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first. Ali Khan took 5 for 47 and Hamid Khan 3 for 46 to dismiss Northern for 131 in the 35th over. Iain Squires scored 51 not out and Jason Marsh 35 as Sefton reached the required total for the loss of 4 wickets in 36 overs.

The Third XI also travelled to Northern to play their Thirds. Sefton won the toss and asked Northern to bat first. Robin Brown finished with 7 for 57 to dismiss the home side for 143. Sefton Park were on 90 for 1 with Adam Taylor 56 not out and Matt Kuypers 27 not out when rain intervened and the game was called off with 8 overs left. The innings by Matt Kuypers enabled him to complete 500 league runs for the season

The Fourth XI played Birkenhead Park's Fourths on the Lower Ground. Asked to bat first, Sefton were dismissed for 175 with Mike Wildsmith (44), James Pearce (42), Abdul Rehman (29) Phil McEvoy (21) being the top scorers. The game was drawn with Birkenhead Park finishing on 125 for 5, Ethan Knowlson took 2 for 25.

James Pearce    
James Pearce scored 42 for the Fourth XI on the Lower Ground in their game against Birkenhead Park Fourth XI  
The Fifth XI game has been put back a day to Sunday  

Sunday 26th August...Wins for Sunday XI and Fifth XI

The Sunday XI maintained their challenge for their league title. They have a game in hand of league leaders Birkenhead St Marys and are 12 points behind. If Sefton win their last two games against Prestatyn and Colwyn Bay, they will be champions in a league where only one team is promoted.

This week they defeated Colwyn Bay. After being asked to bat, they scored 158 for 5 declared in 55 overs with Ian Kelly scoring 43 not out, Mark Chappell 20 and Matt Kuypers 48. In reply, Colwyn Bay were dismissed for 38 in the 18th over, Ethan Knowlson taking 4 for 12, Matt Mann 2 for 11 and Jon Sproson 2 for 3.

A good result for the 5th XI whose game against Birchfield Park's Fourth XI was moved to a Sunday. Put in to bat, Sefton declared on 135 for 7 in 50 overs, Steve Squires (46), Peter Lancaster (37) and Jamie Bowman (24) were the top scorers. Danny Wright took 4 for 30, Will McKeown 2 for 18 and Joe Hyland 2 for 19 to dismiss Birchfield Park for 104 in the 33rd over enabling Sefton to win by 31 runs.

Monday 27th August....Rain does not stop win against Alder.

Tremendous efforts by the groundstaff and players enabled the Sefton Park First XI game against Alder to start two and a half hours late. Sefton won the toss, asked Alder to bat first and soon had them in trouble with the score 1 for 2 in 7 balls. Things did not get a lot better and the visitors were eventually dismissed for 63 in the 25th over. Daniel Kelly finished with 4 for 16, Peter Kelly 4 for 7 and Matt Pownall 2 for 27.

In reply, Sefton started well with Adam Irwin and Sean Vandome putting on 45 for the first wicket when Adam was out for 35. Three more wickets fell and a short break for rain before Sefton were able to reach the required total for the loss of 4 wickets. Sean Vandome was second highest scorer with 19.

We must thank the cooperation of the Alder team and the two umpires which enabled the game to played. The win now leaves Sefton still in the relegation positions but now 8 points behind Wigan and 11 points behind Liverpool who we play on Saturday.

Adam Irwin  
Adam Irwin hits a six in the game against Alder

The Second XI game at Newton le Willows was called off