Saturday 1st September..Draw at Liverpool

The First XI played their last away game of the season as they made the short trip to Liverpool. Asked to bat first, Shane Dowrich's third century of the season (129 not out) enabled Sefton to declare on 270 for 7 in 52 overs. James Baird scored 36 and Chris Dye 30. Wickets were difficult to claim for Sefton when Liverpool were at the crease. Peter Kelly completed his 50 league wickets for the season and finished with 6 for 103 on the day but this was not enough as the home side reached 223 for 7 in 54 overs as the game was drawn.

So where does that leave Sefton Park? They are now still in the bottom two, 3 points behind Wigan and 11 points behind Liverpool. Wigan are visitors to Sefton Park for the last game of the season and play Liverpool next week. Northop Hall visit Sefton Park next week, they are 32 points above the relegation positions which makes them virtually safe.

Sean Vandome    
Sean Vandome batting for the First XI at Liverpool
   
The Second XI played Liverpool at home. Sefton won the toss and asked Liverpool to bat first. Joe Roddis finished with 6 for 30 which included a hat trick, the last three wickets of the Liverpool innings. Mark Chappell took 3 for 20. Sefton's reply was going well as the opening stand between Iain Squires (23) and Peter Jones (26) reached 52 but then a collapse left them on 71 for 5. However, Elliot Supria with 22 not out led them to a 5 wickets victory. The result leaves the Second XI 38 points above the relegation zone.
Elliott Supria    
Elliot Supria scored 22 not out for the Second XI at home to Liverpool
   

The Third XI travelled to Northern to play their Fourth XI. The home side won the toss, decided to bat first but were dismissed for 89. Liam Tolladay (4 for 31), Robin Brown (3 for 9) and Matt Garnett (3 for 20) taking the Sefton wickets. Sefton reached the required total for the loss of 2 wickets. Mike Heaney scored 46 not out and Paul Eastham 42 not out.

The Fourth XI Played Wallasey's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Asked to bat first, they were dismissed for 117 in 48 overs with Matt Kuypers scoring 45. In reply, Ethan Knowlson took 3 for 31 but Wallasey went on to win by 4 wickets.

Mike Wildsmith    
Mike Wildsmith claims a wicket, caught behind and celebrates (below)
   
     
Mike Wildsmith celebrates

The Fifth XI played away against Alder's Thirds. They asked the home side to bat first and dismissed them for 72, Will McKeown finished with 3 for 15 and Andy Crossley 2 for 14. In reply Ed Booth scored 43 not out and Phil McLoughlin 24 to lead their side to a 9 wicket victory.

 

Saturday 8th September....Out of relegation positions despite defeat by Northop Hall

The First XI moved one point ahead of second from bottom Wigan as they fight to avoid relegation, the pair meet next week at Sefton Park.

This week, Sefton Park were at home to Northop Hall and after winning the toss, they asked the visitors to bat first. At 153 for 8, the visitors looked to be struggling for a good total to defend but a stand of 59 for the 9th wicket and 25 for the 10th wicket enabled them to reach 237 all out in the 59th over. Sefton's reply never looked like reaching the visitors total and only a stand of 20 for the last wicket between Matt Pownall and Peter Kelly enabled them to pass the 100 mark and gain a valuable batting point. Sefton were all out for 116 in the 30th over with Shane Dowrich top scoring with 39

Peter Kelly    
Peter Kelly batting for the First XI in their home defeat by Northop Hall
   

The Second XI made the trip to Northop Hall. The home side won the toss and decide to bat first, going on to declare on 200 for 4 in 56 overs. Mark Chappell took 3 for 71. In reply, Sefton faced 38 overs and chased the total but in the end finished with 177 for 9 in a drawn game. Iain Squires (36), E Supria (32) , Paul Eastham (38) and Andy Foulder (33 not out) were the top scorers.

The Third XI played the New Brighton ES XI on the Lower Ground. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. With Matt Garnett taking 3 for 18, Stuart Lunt 2 for 30 and John Davies 2 for 10, they dismissed the New Brighton for 102 in the 26th over. Sefton did not lose a wicket in reaching the total with Adam Taylor finishing on 43 not out and George Lee 48 not out.

Matt Garnett    
Matt Garnett (left and below) taking two wickets in consecutive balls for the Third XI in their home game against New Brighton ES XI
   
         
 
Matt Garnett
 
 
 

The Fourth XI maintained their promotion challenge with a win at Caldy against their Third XI. Deciding to bat first after winning the toss, they declared on 179 for 3 in 45 overs. Jon Fretwell (65 not out), Matt Kuypers (47), Ted Williams (25) and Ed Booth (20) were the top scorers. Caldy were dismissed for 87 in reply with Mark Boyns taking 6 got 35 and Robin Surtees 3 for 15.

Sefton's Fourth XI now play Sefton's Fifth XI next Saturday with a win for the Fourths required for them to achieve promotion.