Saturday 7th September....Champions


The First XI visited Sutton requiring a win to become champions. The home side won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. With only Richie Forsyth (20) and Justin Greaves (23) reaching double figures, a small total looked likely and at 122 for 9 in 42 overs looked certain. However, a last wicket partnership of 72 between Matt Pownall (35) and Paul Eastham (67 not out) enabled them to finish on a respectable 194 in the 51st over. In reply, Sutton encountered the difficulties the Sefton had faced and apart from a stand of 43for the sixth wicket offered little resistance and were dismissed for 105 in the 39th over.

Sefton Park go up as champions and below them, Wavertree now only lead Spring View by one point as the battle for promotion now goes to the final game.

The Second XI entertained Northop Hall at Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first, Joe Roddis took 4 for 31 and Matt Garnett 3 for 25 (all in one over) as Northop Hall were dismissed for 107 in 32 overs. Dan Coonan scored 53 not out and Dave Hort 49 not out as Sefton passed the visitor's total without losing a wicket in 15 overs.

Dave Hort  
Dave Hort scored 49 not out for the Second XI at home to Northop Hall

The Third XI played Maghull's Thirds on the Lower Ground knowing that their rivals for the title, Birkenhead Park, had already gained 25 points after Wallasey's Thirds conceded.

Sefton were asked to bat after Maghull won the toss and went on to declare on 214 for 9 in 44 overs with Pete Ostler scoring 95 and George Lee 56. Rob Kelly (4 for 34), Robin Brown (3 for 15) and George Lee (2 for 25) were the pick of the bowlers in Maghulls reply but Sefton found trouble in gaining the ninth wicket and then were unable to remove the last pair as Maghull finished on 118 for 9 in 45 overs as the game finished in a draw.

Sefton Park now lead the division by one point and visit Orsmkirk to play their thirds next week, the last day of the season, Birkenhead Park visit Bootle's thirds.

Pete Ostler  
Pete Ostler scored 95 for the Third XI in their home game against Maghull's Third XI