Saturday 20th April....First XI defeat but success elsewhere

The First XI began their season with a tough game in the Ray Digman Knockout against Northern at Sefton Park.

Sefton won the toss and asked Northern to bat. The visitors showed a lot of class in reaching 306 for 8 in their 45 overs. Sean Vandome finished with 3 for 52. The total was always going to be far too many to chase and Sefton recovered 69 for 5 to reach 145 for 9. Paul Eastham scored 35 on his First XI debut, James Baird 21 and Peter Kelly 22 not out were the next highest scorers.

Paul Eastham  
Paul Eastham scored 35 on his First XI debut
 

The Second XI travelled to Northern in the Chester Cup, they won the toss and asked Crosby side to bat first. In a game of "ups and downs", Northern were 120 for 8 but managed to reach 194 for 9 in their 45 overs. Matt Garnett was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 for 14 in 7 overs. Sefton's reply saw them at 105 for 7 which included a stand of 79 for the third wicket between Iain Squires (55) and John Davies (27). Following this, Andy Foulder 32, Peter Ostler 39 and Matt Garnett 18 not out, steered them to victory in the 44th over with one wicket remaining.

The Third XI played Ormskirk's Thirds on the Lower Ground. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first, going on to score 188 for 9 in 56 overs. George Lee took 3 for 10 and Mark Boyns 3 for 45. Sefton reached the required total in the 27th over without losing a wicket. George Lee scored the club's first century of the season with 106 not out and Adam Taylor scored 72 not out.

George Lee  
Wickets and runs for George Lee in the Third XI game against Ormskirk, the middle stump is knocked over (left). He strikes a four on his way to 106 not out (below)
 
       
  George Lee
 
 
       

The Fourth XI were away to Alder's Fourth XI. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. There were 23 extras in Sefton Park's total of 80, Jack Wildsmith was the next highest scorer with 14. The total did not look enough but with Alder's last batsman unable to bat and the home side on 77 for 9, Sefton achieved a 3 run victory. Phil McEvoy (2 for 13), Robin Surtees (2 for 5) and Terry Macklin (3 for 9) were the pick of the bowlers.

The Fifth XI played Liverpool's Thirds at the Liverpool College ground. Liverpool won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. They scored 131 all out in 48 overs, James Hague was top scorer with 17. Liverpool lost 6 wickets reaching the Sefton total with Andy Crossley taking 2 for 27 and Danny Wright 2 for 16.

       

Saturday 27th April...Double over Old Xaverians

The First XI made the short trip to Old Xaverians in the Ray Digman Knockout, won the toss and decided to bat first. Runs from Adam Irwin (50), John Jackson (29), James Baird (39), Paul Eastham (49 not out) and David Baird (35 not out) enabled Sefton Park to reach 239 for 4 in their 45 overs. Old Xavs reply began slowly and after reaching 38 without loss in their first 13 overs, Peter Kelly came on to bowl, taking a wicket in each of his first three overs for the loss of only one run. He finished with 5 for 28 as the home side reached 181 for 9 in their 45 overs. Next best figures came from Phil Calrow with 2 for 40.

James Baird  
James Baird scored 39 for the First XI at Old Xaverians
 

The Second XI had a comfortable win against Old Xaverian's Seconds at Sefton Park in the Chester Cup.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. Andy Foulder took 5 for 19, Liam Tollady 2 for 6 and Daniel Kelly 2 for 17 as Old Xavs were dismissed for 85 in 33 overs. Iain Squires with 34 not out and Dan Coonan with 37 not out led Sefton Park to a 10 wicket victory in 21 overs.

Iain Squires  
Iain Squires scored 34 not out for the Second XI at home to Old Xaverians in the Chester Cup
 

The Third XI travelled to Wallasey to play their Third XI. Sefton were asked to bat first and managed to score 272 for 3 declared in 33 overs. There was a century for Dan Cooper (103 not out), Dan is new to the club this year. He was assisted by Ed Booth with 88 and Mike Heaney 38. Wallasey looked like they might reach the Sefton total but three wickets apiece for Dan Cooper (3 for 65) and Mike Pritchard (3 for 37) and two for Will McKeown (2 for 23) saw them dismissed for 252 in 50 overs.

The one defeat of the day was suffered by the Fourth XI at home to Liverpool's Fourths. Sefton won the toss and asked Liverpool to bat first. At 21 for 5, Liverpool were in trouble but they recovered to declare on 138 for 9 in 45 overs. Tim Gray finished with 4 for 17 and Terry Macklin 3 for 32. Sefton's reply began well and at 102 for 2, they looked on the way to victory but they collapsed to be dismissed for 131 in 47 overs. Top scorer was Harry Wright with 49, next best were Tom Langford with 17 and Michael Row with 15.

Harry Wright  
Harry Wright was the Fourth XI's top scorer with 49 against Liverpool's Fourths on the Lower Ground