Saturday 3rd May...Defeat at Orrell Red Triangle

The First XI travelled to Wigan to play Orrell Red Triangle. The won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. After losing their first wicket on 19, the home side put on 132 for the next wicket thanks mainly to Scott Friend who finished with 103. Peter Kelly then intervened and took the next six wickets to fall for 57 runs. Orrell declared on 220 for 8 in 55 overs.

Sefton's reply was, again, a story of early wickets falling quickly and the side soon found themselves on 61 for 6. The best partnership of the day was 46 for the eighth wicket between the two top scorers, Peter Kelly who finished on 27 and Ed Melling who finished on 22 not out. Sefton were eventually dismissed for 162, 58 runs short of the Orrell total.

The Second XI played New Brighton at Sefton Park. Sefton won the toss and asked the visitors to bat. Joe Roddis took 4 for 25, Mark Chappell 2 for 56 and Joel Parkinson 2 for 18 as they were dismissed for 156 in 44 overs. A good opening partnership between Adam Taylor (28) and Ed Booth (31) lay the foundation for Sefton's reply. Richie Conlan (22) and Neil Disley (24) continued the good work as they emerged as winners by 4 wickets in 41 overs

Adam Taylor  
Adam Taylor scored 28 for the Second XI in their home victory over New Brighton
 

The Third XI travelled to play Birkenhead Park's Thirds who were their closest rivals when they won the league last year. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. Australian Matt Ireland scored 98 on his debut and Dan Coonan made 57 as Sefton declared on 213 for 7 in 45 overs. In reply, the home side were dismissed for 188 in the 36th over. Wickets were taken by Robin Brown (4 for 28), John Davies (2 for 22), Ollie Henry (2 for 37) and Joe Francis (2 for 32) in an excellent victory.

The Fourth XI played Birkenhead Park's Fourth on the Lower Ground. Birkenhead Park won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. They probably did not score quickly enough and declared on 169 for 7 in 50 overs. Top scorers were Steve Squires with 34, Michael Row 30, Harry Deveney 24, Chris Mitchell 23 and Robin Surtees 20 not out. Birkenhead Park reached the Sefton total in the 43 over for the loss of 3 wickets.

Robin Surtees  
A four from Robin Surtees who scored 22 not out in the Fourth XI's home defeat by Birkenhaed Park
 
The Fifth XI played Birchfield Park's Seconds at the Liverpool College ground. Birchfield won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. They scored 179 for 5 with James Hague scoring 48, Alan Fretwell 37, Rob Kennedy 27 and Tom Rooney 23. Birchfield Park never looked like reaching the total and finished on 106 for 8 in a drawn game. Saood Baghpati finished with 4 for 8.