Saturday 24th August....Home draw with Spring View

Third placed Spring View visited Sefton Park for the first time and were asked to bat by Adam Irwin. David Baird took the first 3 wickets, all bowled, and the visitors were 10 for 3. A stand of 60 for the 4th wicket and 89 for the 6th wicket took them to 169 for 6. Sefton then quickly took the last 4 wickets to dismiss the visitors for 193 in 46.4 overs. David Baird finished with 4 for 29, Peter Kelly 3 for 48 and Justin Greaves 2 for 39. In reply, the Sefton Park innings never got going and at 77 for 7 with all the top order batting gone, they looked in trouble. David Baird completed a fine individual performance by scoring 33 and partnering Chris Dye in a stand of 32. With 8 wickets down and 10 overs left Peter Kelly joined Chris Dye (who finished on 25 not out) and they batted the overs out relatively comfortably finishing on 130 for 8 in 53 overs. Sefton Park are now 24 points above second placed Wavertree and 56 points ahead of Old Xaverians who move into third placed

David Baird  

David Baird (left) scored 33 and took 4 for 29 in the First XI home game against Spring View.

Dan Coonan (below) is caught behind in the same game.

 
         
  Dan Coonan caught M Heyes
 
 

The Second XI visited Formby, won the toss and decided to bat. George Lee scored 21, Adam Taylor 47, Peter Ostler 30 and Andy Foulder 26 in their declared total of 191 for 8 in 45 overs. In a close game, Formby were dismissed for 180 in 43.5 overs with Daniel Kelly taking 5 for 46 and Joe Roddis 4 for 61.

The Third XI remain at the top of the table after a home defeat by New Brighton's ES XI. Sefton won the toss and asked New brighton to bat first. They declared on 207 for 5 in 46.4 overs with John Davies taking 3 for 55 and Chris Mitchell 2 for 26. Sefton's reply began well but after passing the 100 mark with 3 wickets down, they were dismissed for 131 in 42.5 overs. John Fretwell scored 42 and John Davies 39.

John Fretwell  
John Fretwell scored 42 for the Third XI in their home game against New Brighton ES XI
 
         

The Fourth XI visited Goodlass who won the toss and decided to bat first. They batted for 59 overs to score 158 with Austin Ventre taking 2 for 25, Will McKeown 3 for 26 and Ted Williams 3 for 11. In reply, Sefton reached 45 for 7 as the game finished in a draw with Phil McLaughlin scoring 13.

A good win for the Fifth XI who travelled to Widnes to play Birchfield Park 2nd XI. The home side won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. They declared on 139 for 9 in 52 overs with Andy Crossley scoring 29 not out and James Milburn 28, both scoring their highest scores for Sefton Park. Terry Macklin took 5 for 14, Andy Crossley, 3 for 12 and Danny Wright 2 for 17. Skipper Danny also mentions that he took 2 catches as the home side were dismissed for 56.

 

Monday 26th August...Win at Birkenhead St Mary's

The First XI visited Birkenhead St Mary's and, after winning the toss, asked the home side to bat first. They looked like making a bigger score at 110 for 3 but were eventually bowled out for 159 in 48 overs, putting on 21 for the last wicket. In reply, Sefton got off to a good start with the openers Richie Forsyth and Adam Irwin putting on 55 for the first wicket. Richie was out for 24, but Adam went on to score 82 as Sefton gained a 5 wicket victory. Adam Irwin became the third Sefton Park player to pass 500 league runs.

Adam Irwin  
Skipper Adam Irwin scored 82 for the First XI at Birkenhead St Mary's
 
       
The Second XI played Ormskirk at Sefton Park. They won the toss and decided to bat first. After struggling early on, they recovered to score 169 in 49 overs thanks to Adam Taylor who scored 72, George Lee was next best with 27. The total did not prove sufficient as Ormskirk knocked it off for the loss of 4 wickets in 23 overs.