Saturday 8th June...First XI win at Spring View

The First XI began a run of four away games by visiting league newcomers, Spring View.

The home side won the toss and decided to bat first. They made steady progress with all the dismissed batsman making double figures before they declared on 224 for 9 in the 55th over. Again, it was Peter Kelly taking wickets, finishing with 6 for 93, David Baird took 2 for 30. In reply, Sefton opened with a stand of 45 between Richard Forsyth and Adam Irwin (11). The score was then added to by John Jackson (25) and Sean Vandome (24) before Richie Forsyth was unluckily run out for 48 by the bowler's boot guiding the ball on to the wicket when he was at the non-striking end. The left the score at 124 for 4 which moved on to 132 for 4 at the start of the last 20 overs. At this point any result seemed possible but Justin Greaves (45 not out) and James Baird (61 not out) steered Sefton to a 6 wicket victory with 4 overs to spare.

The Second XI entertained Formby at Sefton Park, won the toss and decided to bat. Dan Coonan 47, Mike Heaney 31, Daniel Kelly 29 and Pete Ostler 28 not out scored the runs as they declared on 224 for 7 in 44 overs. Matt Garnett (2 for 17) achieved two early strikes when Formby batted and they went on to be dismissed 118 in the 39th and penultimate over. Daniel Kelly finished with 3 for 20 and Mark Chappell 3 for 29.

Daniel Kelly  
Skipper Daniel Kelly scored 29 for the Second XI in their home win against Formby

The Third XI travelled to New Brighton to play their ES XI. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first. Adam Brennan took 4 for 16, Robin Brown 2 for 41 and John Davies 2 for 8 as they were dismissed for 147 in 38.1 overs. The Third XI's in form openers Ed Booth (89) and Ben Rispin (33 not out) aided by Chris Brereton (17 not out) knocked the runs off for the loss of 1 wicket in 23.3 overs.

The Fourth XI played Goodlass, a side new to the league on the Lower Ground. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. Robin Surtees took 5 for 18 and Tim Gray 2 for 39 to dismiss the visitors for 154 in the 53rd over. The total looked well within Sefton's reach but this did not prove to be the case as they were dismissed for 110 in 29 overs, John Fretwell top scored with 30.

Robin Surtees  
Two wickets for Robin Surtees as the Fourth XI played Goodlass on the Lower Ground.
  Robin Surtees

The Fifth XI played a home game against Birchfield Park Seconds at Liverpool College.  Birchfield Park won the toss and asked Sefton to bat. Jonny Sproson scored 26, Mike Wildsmith 25 and Josh McShane 22 not out as Sefton reached 130 all out in 42.2 overs. In reply, Birchfield Park finished on 84 for 6 in 38 overs with the game being drawn. Jack Wildsmith taking 4 for 16.


Saturday 15th June....First defeat for First XI at Wavertree

The First XI suffered their first league defeat of the season as they visited Wavertree. Elsewhere, all the other teams won.

At Wavertree, Sefton won the toss and asked the home team to bat first. Wavertree started reasonably well but with the score going from 68 for 1 to 121 for 8, Sefton looked in a position to dismiss Wavertree for a low score but stands of 78 for the 9th wicket and 21 for the 10th enabled them to reach 220 all out in the 59th over. Sefton's reply did not begin well with 2 wickets falling on 9 and the the third at 34. A stand of 73 for the fourth wicket between Richard Forsyth (37) and Justin Greaves followed by another of 50 for the 6th wicket between Justin Greaves, who finished with 72 and Paul Eastham (25) gave Sefton some hope of a win but wickets fell quickly after that and they were dismissed for 177 in the 34th over.

Peter Kelly  
(Left and below) An LBW followed by celebration for Peter Kelly who finished with 6 for 71.
  Peter Kelly celebrates

A short game for the Second XI. Colwyn Bay were the visitors to Sefton Park where they won the toss and decided to bat first. Less than 24 overs later, they were dismissed for 49 with Matty Pownall taking 6 for 11 and Daniel Kelly taking 2 for 12. The runs required were knocked off in 10.2 overs with Luke Connolly scoring 29 not out and Iain Squires 17 not out.

A fine all round performance by George Lee was the the highlight of the Third XI's visit to New Brighton to play their AMcW XI. Asked to bat first Sefton declared on 224 for 6 in 47 overs. Neil Disley scored 33, Chris Brereton 43and Ian Kelly 20 not out. George Lee scored 76 and followed this up by taking 5 for 17 as New Brighton were dismissed for 114 in the 47th over. There were two wickets apiece for Michael Pritchard (2 for 13) and Robin Brown ( 2 for 17).

The Fourth XI played Liverpool's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Liverpool won the toss and decided to bat first, going on to score 179 all out in 39 overs. The pick of the bowlers were Robin Surtees with 3 for 29 and Ethan K4nNowlson with 4 for 23. Sefton reached the required total in the 38th over for the loss of 3 wickets. Harry Wright scored 42, Scott Isaac 76 not out and Ted Williams 26 not out.

Scott Isaac  
Scott Isaac scored 76 not out for the Fourth XI in their win over Liverpool's Thirds
The Fifth XI travelled to Caldy to play their Third XI. The home side won the toss and decided to bat, Mike Wildsmith took 3 for 18, Mark Boyns 3 for 21, Terry Macklin 2 for 0 and Chris Mitchell 2 for 11 to dismiss Caldy for 67 in 34 overs. In reply Jonathan Northcroft scored 25 and Jack Wildsmith 15 led the way as Sefton won by 6 wickets in 17 overs.