Saturday 4th May...Centuries for Dan Coonan and Ben Rispin


No First XI game this Saturday but some good results and performances in the other games.

For their first league game of the season, the Second XI played Liverpool at Sefton Park and were put into bat after Liverpool won the toss. This did not prove to be a successful move as Sefton declared on 250 for 2 in 40 overs. Dan Coonan scored 155 not out, Iain Squires 21 and Dan Cooper 45 on his Second XI debut. In reply, 47.1 overs were required to bowl Liverpool out for 106 with skipper Daniel Kelly taking 5 for 16 and two wickets apiece for Andy Foulder (2 for19) and Mark Chappell (2 for 26)

Dan Coonan  
Dan Coonan scored 155 not out for the Second XI in their home game against Liverpool
The Third XI played Bootle's Thirds on the Lower Ground. The visitors were asked to bat first and went on to be dismissed for 180 on the last ball of the 45th over. There were wickets for two players new to the club this year, Mike Pritchard finished with 5 for 34 and Tim Gray 3 for 28. Sefton reached the Bootle total for the loss of 2 wickets in 26 overs with Luke Connolly scoring 68, Adam Taylor 58 not out and Mike Heaney 38 not out.
Kiam Tolladay  
A wicket for Liam Tollady in the Third XI's victory over Bootle on the Lower Ground

The Fourth XI travelled to Crosby to play Northern's Fifth XI, they won the toss and decided to bat first. Star man was another "new boy" to the club, Ben Rispin, who scored 144, Michael Row kept up his good form with 38 and Sefton were able to declare on 234 for 4 in 39 overs. Northern were bowled out for 66 in reply in the 42nd over and this time it was an "old hand" who took the wickets, Robin Surtees taking 5 for 10 in 7 overs. Mike Wildsmith took 2 for 15.

The only defeat of the day was suffered by the Fifth XI at the Liverpool College ground. The visitors, Birkenhead Fourths, won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. After a good start, they were dismissed for 148 with Alan Fretwell scoring 45, Chris Mitchell 39 and Patrick Kendall 35. Birkenhead Park won by 3 wickets with Patrick Kendall taking 4 for 36.


Sunday 5th May...Win for Sunday XI

There was a first win of the season for the Sunday XI. At Sefton Park, Hightown's Third XI won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 208 all out in 38 overs. with Tom Langford taking 4 for 27 and David Rand 2 for 30. Sefton reached the required total in the 44th over for the loss of 8 wickets, skipper Phil McLoughlin scored 29, Michael Row 21, Thomas Rooney-Robinson 37 not out and Matt Mann 38.


Monday 6th May.....Two defeats by Wallasey

The last round of the round robins in the Ray Digman Knockout and Chester Cup were played against Wallasey.

The First XI game at Sefton Park saw the visitors win the toss and decided to bat first. They recovered from 109 for 7 to reach 173 all out in the 45th over. Sean Vandome finished with 3 for 27, Peter Kelly 2 for 54 and Chris Dye 2 for 26.

The total seemed achievable but wickets soon began to fall and Sefton were dismissed for 68 in 27.3 overs with James Baird top scoring with 22. Sefton are now knocked out of the competition.

The Second XI were beaten at Wallasey but have qualified for the next stage. At Wallasey, the home side won the toss and batted first, reaching 224 for 6 in their 45 overs.Daniel Kelly tookk 2 for 33 and Ali Khan 2 for 39. Sefton fell 17 runs short with 9 wickets down. Top scorers were Dan Coonan (47), Luke Connolly (54), Peter Ostler (29 not out) and Matty Pownall (25)

The Fifth XI played a rearranged game at Goodlass. Sefton won the toss and asked the home team to bat first. They went on to declare on 201 for 3 in 42 overs. On a difficult wicket Sefton only reached 66 in reply with Phil McLoughlin top scoring with 21. A special mention goes to Chris Smart who made his highest score for the club, 13