Saturday 20th July...Defeat at St Helens Town

The First XI visited St Helens Town where they won the toss and asked the home side to bat on a difficult wicket. Wickets soon fell and St Helens found themselves on 43 for 8 in 25 overs. However, not for the first time this season, Sefton's opponents found runs from the lower order as they moved on to 77 for 9 in 40 overs and then 121 all out in 54 overs. Justin Greaves finished with 3 for 14, Matt Pownall 2 for 9 and Peter Kelly 2 for 33. Sefton's reply began with an opening stand of 21 but when Justin Greaves was dismissed for 15 with the score on 83 for 6, they were struggling. The seventh and eighth wicket fell on 106 and they were eventually dismissed for 118 in the 26th over, 3 runs short of the St Helens total. Adam Irwin was top scorer with 33.

The Second XI welcomed second in the table Wallasey to Sefton Park. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. A century for Dan Coonan (121 not out ) was the highlight of their innings. He shared a stand of 95 for the third wicket with Daniel Kelly (42) which enabled Sefton to go on to declare on 219 for 7 in 45 overs. In reply the Wallasey innings began well but the introduction of Mark Chappell, changed things and for the second week running, he took 7 wickets, this week for 62 runs. However, Wallasey entered the last 4 overs requiring nearly ten runs an over and then in the last over required 10 runs with 9 wickets down, any result was possible. Joe Roddis bowled the over and Wallasey reached the target with 2 balls to spare.

Dan Coonan    
Dan Coonan completes his century with a single. He finished with 121 not out in the Second XI home game against Wallasey.  
    Dan Coonan  
The Third XI achieved the one victory of the day. They played Northern's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Northern won the toss and asked Sefton to bat. Scott Isaac scored 62, John Davies 48, Ed Melling 73 not out and Chris Mitchell 28 not out in their declared total 246 for 6 in 44 overs. This total proved too many for Northern who were dismissed for 108 with Liam Tollady taking 3 for 30, Dan Pritchard 2 for 7, Robin Brown 2 for 41 and Chris Mitchell 3 for 19.  
Liam Tollady    
A wicket for Liam Tollady (left) and Chris Mitchell (below) batting. Chris scored 28 not out and took 3 wickets for 19  
  Chris Mitchell  

The Fourth XI travelled to play Wavertree's Thirds. Sefton won the toss and batted first. An opening stand of 152 between Phil McEvoy (61) and Harry Wright (63) set the foundation for an innings of 234 for 4 declared in 41 overs. An unusual statistic was that the fourth wicket featured a stand of 56 between Ted Willams who scored 52 and Mark Boyns who did not score. Wavertree batted 54 overs in reply but only reached 167 for 6 as the game was drawn. Mike Wildsmith took 2 for 29 and Robin Surtees 3 for 20.

The Fifth XI played Alder's Thirds at the Liverpool College ground. Alder won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. Things looked promising as they put on 60 for the first wicket with Jonathan Hague scoring 38 and Alan Fretwell 12 but it was all downhill after that and they were dismissed for 93. Alder lost 3 wickets reaching the required total with Danny Wright taking 2 for 36