30th August....Defeat at home to Bootle

A comprehensive home defeat by Bootle completed a disappointing Bank Holiday weekend for the 1st XI. Put into bat they only managed 44 with Robbie Houghton 's 14 being the only double figures. Bootle lost 3 wickets in reaching the total.

The 2ndXI drew at Fleetwood Hesketh. The home team were put into bat and made 204 for 7 declared with Bruce Neary taking 3 for 50. In reply Sefton Park reached 195 for 6. Howie Baird completed a successful weekend by scoring 55. Ted Williams and Steve Delve both made 36. This draw means that Sefton drop into second place after a long run a the top. Fifteen points will now guarantee promotion.

The SundayXI who lost at Haydock on Sunday by 79 runs (Ian Seabury took 4 for 18 and scored 29) recovered to beat Ormskirk by 106 runs on the Lower Ground. Sefton batted first and reached 187 for 4. The highlight of this score was Adam Norcott's 100 not out, his first century for the club. Chris Saunders took 6 for 28 as the visitors were dismissed for 81

28th August......1stXI defeat at Huyton

The 1stXI suffered a disappointing defeat at Huyton. Sefton won the toss and put Huyton into bat. The home side were dismissed for 156 after reaching 152 for 4. Vin Mane took 5 for 6 in 6.2 overs. In reply Vin Mane (27) and Paul Horton (39) helped Sefton Park reach 89 for 3 before they were dismissed for 117. Howard Parker was unable to bat for Sefton after damaging a hand during Huyton's innings.

The 2ndXI maintained their top position with an easy win against Haydock. Sefton were put into bat and reached 199 for 2 declared in 36.4 overs. Howie Baird (73), Ian Squires (39), Phil Heath (40 not out) and Neil Disley (34 not out) were the home team batsmen. Haydock were dismissed for 67 with Phil Calrow taking 8 for 27.

On the Lower Ground the 3rdXI defeated New Brighton RW by 7 wickets. The visitors were dismissed for 101 with Nick Cockrell taking 4 for 8 and Raz Salim 3 for 24. In reply Terry Cordner scored 30 not out and Nick Cockrell made 60 to complete a fine all round performance which, according to captain Terry Cordner, was only spoilt by the fact that he was dismissed by a girl one run before his side achieved their victory.

The 4thXI also had an easy win away to Birchfield Park. The home side were put into bat and made 83 with Brian Viner taking 5 for 40. Sefton lost just one wicket in reaching the total with Vince Abel (43 not out) and Gareth Cowley (24 not out) making the runs.

21st August .....1stXI draw with New Brighton

The 1stXI drew their home game against New Brighton in a match that started one and half hours late following the rain in the previous week. Sefton Park won the toss and put visitors in. They reached 200 for for 4 declared in 42 overs with Paul Horton taking 3 for 55. In reply Sefton batted for 37 overs to reach 128 for 8. Ben Moore (62) and Chris Nicholas (25) top scored but it was an undefeated partnership for the last wicket of 32 by Paul Squires (12) and Howard Parker (14) which earned the draw.

The 2ndXI had an easy win at St Helens Recs. Mark Forster took 4 for 9, Bruce Neary 2 for 2 and Kev Neil 3 for 18 as the home side were dismissed for 98. Ian Fielding scored 54 and Howie Baird 34 not out as Sefton reached the total for the loss of one wicket.

The 3rdXI also had had an easy win at Liverpool against Liverpool 4thXI. The home side batted and scored 51. Naj Ahmed took 5 for 20 and Chris Saunders 3 for 12. Adam Norcott (28 not out) and Andy Battersby (22) top scored as Sefton reached the total for the loss of 2 wickets.

The 4thXI drew with Northop Hall. Sefton Park scored 166 for 6 declared with Andy Foulder and Gareth Cowley both scoring 44. In reply Northop Hall reached 80 for 5 and skipper Paul Foulder said that they never tried to score the runs.

Sunday 15th August...............3rdXI win Embee Trophy

The 3rdXI won the Embee Trophy, beating Fleetwood Hesketh by 7 wickets. Fleetwood Hesketh batted first and made 80 all out in 28 overs with Peter Hazlehurst taking 5 for 4 which earned him the man of the match award. Sefton Park lost 3 wickets in 18 overs reaching the required total. Adam Norcott made 49 not out. more with pictures

Saturday 14th August...... Win at Ormskirk

Sefton Park completed a "league double" at Ormskirk. Sefton won the toss and put the home team into bat. Ormskirk made 127 all out with Stuart Wade taking 4 for 41 and Howard Parker 3 for 40. In reply Sefton Park lost four wickets in reaching the total with Vin Mane making 68 and Chris Nicholas, who also had four victims behind the stumps, making 31.

The 2nd XI drew at home to Orrell Red Triangle but remain top of the league. Sefton batted first and made 191 for 6 in 45 overs. Howie Baird top scored with 60 and Ian Squires made 52. In reply the visitors made 149 for 6 with Peter Kelly taking 4 for 51.

The 3rdXI had a comfortable win at home to Southport. The visitors were dismissed for 108 with Noel Harris taking 5 for 55 and Matt Whelan taking 3 for 13. In reply Ian Seabury (42 not out) and Terry Cordner (45 not out) made the runs as Sefton lost just one wicket reaching the Southport total.

The 4thXI played top of the table Northern in a game that ended in a draw. Northern batted first and were dismissed for 135 with Naj Ahmed taking 4 for 18 and David Baird 3 for 20. In reply Andy Foulder scored 26 not out as Sefton made 70 for for the loss of 3 wickets. Captain Paul Foulder said that it was clash with nothing given by either side but played in a friendly spirit.

7th August ...............Exciting win against Maghull

The 1st XI won an exciting home game against Maghull by 4 wickets. Sefton Park won the toss and put Maghull in to bat. The visitors made 204 for 7 declared in 52 overs. Paul Horton took 3 for 34. In reply Sefton made steady progress with Vin Mane (41) and Peter Jones (38) being the pick of the early batsman, but it was left to skipper Paul Horton with an undefeated 78 to lead the side home. Sefton required 9 off the last over with Paul on strike. After declining singles off the first two balls, a six, a two and then a four saw the home side to victory.

The 2nd XI drew at Hightown. They made 191 for 6 after being put in. There were contributions from Ted Williams (57 not out), Bruce Neary (29), Adam Norcott (29) and Nick Cockrell (35). In reply the home team made 129 for 9 with Sefton bowling twelve overs at the last pair without success. Phil Calrow (3-28) and Bruce Neary (3-25) were the pick of the bowlers.

The 3rdXI had an easy win at St Helens Recs where the highlight was Ron Stringer taking 6 for 31 in 12.4 overs as the home team were dismissed for 97. In reply Sefton lost two wickets in reaching the total with Ian Kelly (28 not out) and Ian Squires (25 not out) making runs

The 4thXI drew with Maghull. Sefton batted first and made 225 for 7 declared with Gareth Cowley (67), Andy Homer (56) and Chris Hart (48) making runs. In reply the visitors made 121 for 3 in 41 overs. Skipper Paul Folder said that Sefton "played all the cricket"

Sunday 1st August...3rdXI reach Embee Trophy final

The 3rd XI reached the Embee Trophy final with an excellent win in a high scoring game at home to Bootle. The visitors batted first and reached 223 for 7 in their 40 overs. Sefton Park reached this total for the loss of 5 wickets in the 37th over. Andy Battersby (38), Adam Norcott (72), Nick Cockerill (41) and Andy Foulder (29 not out) were the pick of the batsman in a fine team performance. The final is against Fleetwood Hesketh on their ground on 15th August.