Saturday 3rd August...Win at Old Xavs with one ball to spare

The First XI made the short journey to Old Xaverians where the home side won the toss and decided to bat first. Old Xavs recovered from 77 for 7 to reach 122 for 8 and then 150 all out in the 46th over. Justin Greaves finished with 4 for 25 and Ali Khan took the last 3 wickets for 17. Sefton's reply followed a similar pattern to that of the home side. Dan Coonan (20) was the highest scorer amongst the early batsmen as the score reached 89 for 7. A stand of 33 for the eighth wicket between Chris Dye and Paul Eastham who finished with 33 helped the cause but when Matt Pownall was dismissed the score was 137 for 9. Peter Kelly joined Chris Dye in the middle and steady runs were required and they started the last over with 3 runs for a win required. Chris scored a single off the third ball, Peter blocked the fourth and then hit the winning 2 runs off the fifth ball. Chris Dye finished with 30 not out and Peter Kelly 9 not out.

Sefton gained 25 points and are now 25 points ahead of Wavertree and 63 ahead of Spring View in third place, Wavertree and Spring View are the next two home games.

Top of the table Bootle were the visitors to Sefton Park for the Second XI game. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first, going on to score 172 all out in 46 overs with Ed Booth scoring 50 and Daniel Kelly 49. This total did not prove sufficient as Bootle passed it for the loss of 3 wickets in 32 overs. Phil Calrow took 2 for 54.

Both the Third XI game (away to Maghull's Fourths) and Fourth XI game (home to Caldy's Fourths) were called of as the opposition could not raise a side, disappointing not to play but 25 points each.

The Fifth XI were away to Northern's Fifths. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. Jonathan Hague scored 117 and Rob Kennedy 56 not out in their declared total of 226 for 2 in 45 overs. In reply, Northern reached 158 for 5 in 44 overs as the game was drawn, Andy Crossley was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 34.

Sunday 4th August...Sefton Park v Manly (Australia)

This Sunday, 4th August, we welcome Manly from Australia who play a Sefton Park XI with a 1:00 pm start.

The game was rained off

Saturday 10th August...Draw with second place Wavertree

There were two important games taking place at Sefton Park, on the Lower Ground top of the the table Sefton Park Thirds faced Birkenhead Park Thirds. On the main ground, the First XI faced second in the table Wavertree.

Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. Of the early batsmen top scorers were Richie Forsyth and John Jackson were the top scorers with 36 apiece. Runs never came easily and when Dan Coonan was dismissed, the score was 142 for 5, Sefton then went on to complete 160 runs with the last ball of the 55th over to give them 3 batting points. Paul Eastham joined Justin Greaves and they reached 198 for 5 at tea. Batting on after tea they eventually declared on 292 for 5 in 76.4 overs. Justin Greaves finished on 103 not out and Paul Eastham 68 not out. Going in to bat Wavertree were able to face 33 overs and finished on 102 for 1 as the game finished as an inevitable draw.

Sefton Park remain top, 25 points above second placed Wavertree and 46 points above third placed Spring View.

Paul Eastham  
Paul Eastham scores a four in his innings of 68 not out in the First XI game against Wavertree
 

The Second XI visited Colwyn Bay and decided to bat after winning the toss. George Lee (38), Adam Taylor (55), Mike Heaney (29) and Chris Brereton (20) were the top scorers in their declared total of 191 for 9 in 45 overs. In reply Colwyn Bay reached the required total in the 48th over with 9 wickets down. Joe Roddis finished with 4 for 39, Matt Garnett 2 for 47 and John Davies 2 for 31.

In the top of the table game on the Lower Ground, Birkenhead Park won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. Runs came slowly as in the First XI game and Sefton were eventually dismissed for 179 in the 61st over with Ed Booth (27), Scott Isaac (29) and Ben Rispin (59 batting for 50 overs) being the top scorers. In reply, Birkenhead Park faced 37 overs and were at 90 for 1, favourites to win. Robin Brown came on to take 4 for 21 and the game finished as a drawn with Birkenhead Park finishing on 142 for 8 Chris Mitchell finished with 2 for 41.

Ben Rispin  
A four for Ben Rispin in his score of 58 for the Third XI
 

The Fourth XI were away to Merseyside Sports and Cultural where they won the toss and decided to bat first. They were dismissed for 69 with David Rand scoring 16. The home side lost three wickets in reaching the Sefton total.

The Fifth XI were due to play Caldy's Fourths but again they were unable to raise a side.