Saturday 17th August...Win at Prestatyn

With the weather disrupting many games in the area, three Sefton Park sides gained important victories.

The First XI visited Prestatyn and asked the home side to bat after winning the toss. After scoring 39 for both the first and second wickets, the remaining fell steadily and they were dismissed for 150 in the 48th over. Justin Greaves finished with 3 for 30, Peter Kelly 2 for 34 and Sean Vandome 2 for 9. After a rain interruption at the start of the Sefton innings, they moved on from 57 for 3 to win the game after 37 overs without losing any more wickets. Richie Forsyth scored 54 not out and Justin Greaves 42 not out. The victory means that Sefton Park are now 40 points ahead of second placed Wavertree and 61 points ahead of third placed Spring View who visit Sefton Park next week.

The Second XI played Northern at home and asked the visitors to bat after winning the toss. After a late start and further interruptions, the game was called off with Northern at 58 for 6 in 31.1 overs. Robert Kelly took 2 for 16 and Robin Brown, on his Second XI debut, finished with figures of 2 for 2 in 6 overs.

Danny Kelly  
Daniel Kelly bowling for the Second XI at home to Northern

The Third XI travelled to Widnes to play Birchfield Park. They won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. Tim Gray with 5 for 11, Chris Mitchell 2 for 5 and Liam Tollady 2 for 12 were the pick of the bowlers as the home side were dismissed for 50. Sefton went on to win by 9 wickets with Neil Disley scoring 27.

A similar story in the Fourth XI game against Birchfield Park's Second XI on the Lower Ground. Sefton won the toss and asked Birchfield Park to bat. 19 overs later, they were dismissed for 51 with Mike Wildsmith taking 7 for 19 and Phil McEvoy 2 for 20. In reply Jakob Surtees-Smith scored 29 not as Sefton reached the visitors total for the loss of 1 wicket. Sefton thanked the opposition who stayed out in pouring rain to enable the game to finish.

Jakob Surtees-Smith  
Jakob Suretees-Smith scored 29 not out for the Fourth XI at home to Birchfield Park's Second XI
The Fifth XI were away to the Third XI's Embee Trophy opponents from last week, Merseyside Cricket & Cultural. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat. They declared on 203 for 9 with Andy McVey taking 2 for 38, Terry Macklin 2 for 21 and David Sheppard 2 for 42. Sefton were dismissed for 45 with 3 overs left in the game, top scorers were Jonathan Hague with 14 and Danny Wright 8.