Saturday 15th September.. Relegation

The First XI were relegated to the Second Division following a home defeat by Wigan at Sefton Park. Starting one point ahead of the visitors, Sefton were asked to bat after losing the toss. Hopes were high with Paul Horton in the side and Shane Dowrich in good form but Sefton soon found themselves in trouble at 52 for 4 and Paul out for 29. There followed a stand of 60 for the fifth wicket between Shane Dowrich (47) and Sean Vandome (20) but when they were both dismissed on 112, Sefton were in a difficult situation. They eventually declared on 195 for 9 in 65 overs, Luke Connolly scored 27 not out and Daniel Kelly 21. This meant that Sefton Park had 3 points and Wigan 4 points, the teams level on points but the advantage with the visitors who had won more game. However all these figures soon proved academic as Wigan, led by New Zealand test player Aaron Redmond (who finished with 123 not out) found runs easy as Sefton struggled for wickets. They eventually passed the Sefton total for the loss of 2 wickets in the 40th over and retained their First Division place.

 
Daniel Kelly    
Daniel Kelly scored 21 for the First XI in their home defeat by Wigan  
   

An end of the season draw was the Second XI result at Leigh. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. They declared on 176 for 3 in 56 overs with Elliott Supria scoring 65 not out and Paul Eastham 33. In reply, the home side reached 144 for 7 in 31 overs with Mark Chappell taking 3 for 31. Sefton Park retained their Premier Division status for next season.

The Third XI travelled to Maghull's Thirds and were asked to bat first. Skipper Iwan Williams scored 33 as they recovered from 11 for 4 and 25 for 7 to reach 73 all out. An excellent performance by Stuart Lunt who took 8 for 29 made sure that this total was sufficient as the home side were dismissed for 61, Liam Tolladay took the other 2 wickets for 26 runs.

The Fourth XI played the Fifth XI on the Lower Ground. The Fifths won the toss and decided to bat first. They were dismissed for 124 with Andy Crossley and Steve Squires both scoring 18. For the Fourths Mark Boyns (4 for 20) and Naj Ahmed (3 for 11) were the pick of the bowlers. The Fourths reached the required total after losing 3 wickets with Ted Williams scoring 36 not out and Abdul Rehman 30, Andy Crossley took 2 for 19 for the Fifths. The result means that the Fourth XI finished in second place in their division which should mean promotion but there is possible restructuring of the league taking place.

 
Eddie McShane    
Eddie McShane facing Mike Wildsmith in the Fourth XI v Fifth XI game on the Lower Ground.