Saturday 27th July....Win over Alder

The First XI welcomed Alder to Sefton Park, won the toss and decided to bat first. Batting was never easy and at 91 for 5, the visitors appeared to have the advantage but a stand of 74 for the sixth between Ali Khan who made 30 and Justin Greaves eased the pressure. This was followed by 45 for the eighth wicket between Justin Greaves and Matt Pownall, Justin was dismissed for 96, completing his 500 league runs in the process. John Jackson had been top scorer amongst the early batsmen with 34 in a Sefton innings that finished on 225, one ball short of the 55 overs. Skipper for the day, Peter Kelly, opened the bowling for Sefton Park and claimed an early wicket. A stand of 59 for the third wicket raised Alder's hopes but after that wickets fell steadily and they were dismissed for 160 with 7 overs left. Mark Chappell had an excellent league debut, taking 2 for 28, Justin Greaves took 2 for 26, Matt Pownall 2 for 17 and Peter Kelly 3 for 49.

25 points for Sefton Park and with the results below them going their way, they are now 20 points above second placed Wavertree and 57 points above third placed Old Xaverians

Ali Khan  
Ali Khan surrounded by fielders. He scored 30 for the First XI in their home win over Alder.

The Second XI visited New Brighton. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first, they went on to declare on 235 for 8 in 49 overs. Pick of the Sefton Park bowlers were Phil Calrow (3 for 101), Daniel Kelly (2 for 47) and Andy Foulder (2 for 24). The total proved far too much for Sefton who were dismissed for 90 with Ed Booth scoring 21.

The Third XI retained their place at the top of the table with a comfortable win at Northern against their Fourth XI. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first. Liam Tollady took 2 for 21, Chris Mitchell 2 for 6 and Chris Brereton 3 for 19 to dismiss the home side for 102. Neil Disley scored 44 not out and John Fretwell 49 not out as Sefton passed the home side's total without the loss of a wicket.

The Fourth XI were asked to bat first in their home game against Alder's Thirds on the Lower Ground. They declared on 210 for 2 in 37 overs with Steve Squires scoring 21, Michael Row 70 not out and Ted Williams 54 not out. Alder were all out for 92 in reply with Phil McEvoy taking 3 for 37, Mike Wildsmith 4 for 29 and Joe Francis taking 2 for 5.

Ted Williams    
Ted Williams completes his half century in the Fourth XI home win over Alders Third XI
The Fifth XI had a disappointing defeat as they travelled to play Alder's Fourth XI. Sefton won the toss and asked Alder to bat first. They scored 135 for 8 declared in 50 overs with Terry Macklin taking 5 for 25. Sefton scored 75 in reply with Jonathan Hague scoring 16 and Terry Macklin 15.