Saturday 11th May...Win in first league game

With five teams fielded, Sefton Park achieved three wins and two draws.

The First XI played St Helens Town in their first league game of the season at Sefton Park. They won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. This looked a good decision with St Helens at 101 for 6 after 32 overs but a stand of 125 for the seventh wicket enabled the visitors to declare on 260 for 9 in 55 overs. Sefton opened with a stand of 73 between Adam Irwin who scored 39 and Richard Forsyth who finished with 55. Unfortunately, Paul Horton's appearance produced only 4 runs but a good innings of 46 from John Jackson meant that Sefton required 88 in 14 overs with 5 wickets left. From this point Sean Vandome took over and scored 72 not out in 43 balls and assisted by Paul Eastham who scored 24 not out, Sefton reached the the required total with 5 overs to spare, an excellent run chase.

Richard Forsyth  
Richard Forsyth scored 55 for the First XI in their home win over St Helens at Sefton Park

The Second XI travelled to Wallasey, won the toss and decided to bat first. Skipper Daniel Kelly scored 74 not out in their declared total of 202 for 4 in 45 overs. He was assisted by Luke Connolly with 35 and John Davies 28. The home side did not look like reaching the total, finishing on 171 for 7 in 45 overs in a drawn game. Mike Pritchard took 3 for 24 on his Second XI debut and Matt Pownall finished with 2 for 54.

There was an away game for the Third XI against Northern's Thirds. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. They dismissed them for 88 with Tim Gray taking 4 for 19, Robin Brown 2 for 23 and George Lee cleaning up the tail with 3 for 6. In reply Sefton lost two wickets reaching the required total with George Lee scoring 38 not out and Chris Brereton 37. This is now four wins in four games for the Thirds.

The Fourth XI played Wavertree's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Wavertree won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 161 all out in 47.1 overs with Naj Ahmed taking 4 for 37 and Tom Langford 3 for 43. In reply, Harry Wright scored 37 and Stuart Lomas 30 as Sefton were left needing 11 off the last over and 2 wickets left. One wicket was lost on the last ball as they finished on 156 for 9 in a drawn game.

Tom Langford  
Tom Langford scored 17 for the Fourth XI at home to Wavertree's Thirds on the Lower Ground
The Fifth XI achieved their first win of the season, away to Alder's Thirds. Sefton won the toss and asked Alder to bat first. They dismissed them for 111 with Chris Mitchell taking 6 for 22 and Danny Wright 2 for 37. Special mention went to Jack Wildsmith for his four catches. In reply Sefton won by 5 wickets with Jack Wildsmith scoring 36 and Rob Kennedy 26 not out.

Thursday 16th May ...Defeat in National T20

Sefton Park were defeated in the first round of the ECB National T20 by Birkenhead Park at Sefton Park.

Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. Adam Irwin and Richard Forsyth put on 67 for the first wicket in ten overs, both finishing on 33. After this stand, however, wickets fell quickly and it required Andy Foulder to score 16 not out in 8 ball with 2 sixes to enable Sefton to reach 121 for 9 in their 20 overs. In reply, Birkenhead Park kept up with the run rate throughout their innings and reached the required total on the first ball of the last over for the loss of 4 wickets. Former Sefton Park skipper Robbie Houghton scored 29 not out to add to his bowling figures of 3 for 11 in 4 overs.



Saturday 18th May.....Last ball win at Alder

A last ball win for the First XI, some fine performances as the Thirds maintained their 100 per cent record and a game of less than 28 overs for the Fourths were the headlines on a cool damp Saturday.

The First XI travelled to Alder where the home side won the toss and decided to bat first. Alder were 52 for 4 and 129 for 7 but eventually were dismissed for 193 in the 53rd over. Joe Roddis finished with 4 for 41, Peter Kelly 4 for 49 and Chris Dye 2 for 37. Sefton's reply began well with a stand of 50 for the first wicket between Richard Forsyth, 20 and Adam Irwin who finished with 37. John Jackson scored 33 and Sean Vandome 29 scored runs for Sefton but eventually 34 were required from 28 balls. 18 were then required off 2 overs, 16 of which came off the penultimate over, so 2 off the last over were required with 2 wickets left. Matt Pownall was dismissed for 12 off the second ball, then two dot balls to Joe Roddis before he scored a single leaving Peter Kelly to face the last ball of the day with scores level. A leg bye came from this ball and a win for Sefton by 1 wicket.

James Baird keeps to Peter Kelly's bowling  
Peter Kelly bowling and James Baird keeping wicket for the First XI at Alder
The Second XI played New Brighton at Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. They declared on 181 for 8 in 45 overs with Daniel Kelly taking 2 for 25, Matt Garnett 3 for 34 and Mike Pritchard 2 for 22. Sefton's reply began well with Dan Coonan scoring 29 but eventually it was left to Neil Disley and Mark Chappell to bat out 12 overs for the last wicket and gain a drawn.
Luke Connolly  
Luke Connolly batting for the Second XI at home to New Brighton.
The Third XI made it five wins in Five games when they played Maghull's Fourths on the Lower Ground. Maghull won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. They declared on 231 or 6 in 33 overs with a century for Mike Heaney (105). He was supported by Ed Booth (47) and skipper Iwan Williams (21) Star of the bowling attack was Tim Gray who finished with 7 for 14 as Maghull were dismissed for 98 in 28 overs, George Lee took for 30.
Tim Gray  
A wicket for Tim Gray who finished with 7 for 14 in the Third XI's defeat of Maghull's Fourth XI

There was a quick visit to Caldy for the Fourth XI who played Caldy's Fourths. Sefton won the toss and asked Caldy to bat first. Joe Woodyatt took 3 for 18, Naj Ahmed 3 for 16 and Mike Wildsmith 2 for 8 as Caldy were dismissed for 57 in 18.1 overs. Sefton lost just one wicket in reaching the required total in 9.3 overs with Jon Fretwell scoring 20 and Ben Rispin 31 not out.

The Fifth XI game at Liverpool College was called off because the ground was unfit for play.