Saturday 17th May...Defeat at Northop Hall for First XI and sensational win for Second XI

The First XI travelled to North Wales to play Northop Hall. They won the toss and decided to bat first. The two openers fell quickly for 13 runs. Stands of 38 for the third wicket, 47 for the fourth and 58 for the fifth helped the score and the eventually declared on 220 for 8 in 55 overs. Top scorers were Dave Hort (39), Daniel Kelly (57), Jerome Jones (55) and Phil Calrow (22 not out) were the top scorers.

Northop Hall were rarely troubled in their reply. They started fairly slowly but picked up the pace and eventually required 25 off the last three overs. They did this off two and won by six wickets. Phil Calrow finished with 2 for 34.

Formby were the visitors to Sefton Park for the Second XI game. Formby won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 48 for the first wicket but after that wickets fell quickly. Mark Chappell took the first four and finished with 5 for 47, Joel Parkinson then took over, taking the last four for 18 runs as Formby were dismissed for 145 in 38 overs. In reply, Sefton made a very poor start and found themselves on 27 for 6. Joel Parkinson (25) and Iain Squires then put on 36 for the seventh wicket but at 98 for 9, Sefton Park looked beaten. Nobody told Andy Foulder and Rob Kelly this and they settled down to sensible batting and gradually reached the Formby total for a remarkable win in 45 overs. Andy Foulder finished with 45 not out and Rob Kelly 20 not out.

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Mark Chappell wicket caught Ed Booth    
(Left) Mark Chappell's fifth victim is caught by Ed Booth at slip. (Below) Joel Parkinson scored a valuable 25 runs in the Second XI's incredible victory
   
 
    Joel Parkinson
   
   

The Third XI played Merseyside Sports and Cultural at Bebbington. Sefton batted first and declared on 169 for 8 in 46.3 overs. Ben Rispin (25), Pete Ostler (33), Ethan Knowlson (25) and Joe Woodyatt (29) were the top scorers. The home side reached the total with one wicket to spare. Joe Woodyatt finished with 5 for 58 and Robin Brown 2 for 33.

The Fourth XI played New Brighton's DC XI on the Lower Ground. New Brighton won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. They declared 201 for 8 in 45 overs with Harry Deveney scoring 45, Andy Dickinson 35 and Greg Harvey 22. In reply, Sefton were unable to take the last wicket as New Brighton finished on 145 for 9 in 45 overs as the game was drawn. Shan Hornby finished with 3 for 23 and skipper Chris Mitchell 3 for 16.

Harry Deveney    
Harry Deveney scored 45 for the Fourth XI in their home drawn with New Brighton
   
The Fifth XI played Birkenhead Park's Fourths at the Liverpool College ground. Birkenhead park won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. Jonathan Hague scored 58 and Danny Wright 30 in their score of 165 all out. This was not enough and Birkenhead reached the total in 40 overs for the loss of 5 wickets. Jonny Sproson finished with 3 for 44
         

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