Saturday 24th May...Rain stops play

The rain that was forecast to arrive at about 1:00 pm did just that and either prevented play or curtailed play after a start had been made.

The First XI were at home to Formby who won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. They faced just 14 overs before the rain intervened, James Baird was out for 19 in the total of 32 for 1 in 14 overs.

Richie Forsyth  
Skipper Richie Forsyth batting for the First XI against before heavy rain stopped play.

The Second XI travelled to Maghull but the game was called off without a ball being bowled.

The Third XI played the New Brighton AMcW XI on the Lower Ground. New Brighton batted first and faced just 5 overs, scoring 21 without loss before their game ended.

Austin Ventre  
Austin Ventre bowling for the Third XI against New Brighton on the Lower Ground

The Fourth XI game at Caldy against Caldy's Fourths was called off the night before with the ground waterlogged.

The Fifth XI travelled to New Brighton to play their DC XI. The home side won the toss and decided to bat. Saood Baghpati took the one wicket to fall as the game finished with the New Brighton score on 34 for 1 in 13 overs


Thursday 29th May... Third XI win in Embee Trophy

The Third XI moved into the next round of the Embee Trophy which they won last year.

Asked to bat first, they reached 160 for 3 in their 20 overs, Ben Rispin scoring 70 not out and John Davies 53 not out. In reply, Alder scored 73 for 8 in their overs with Joe Woodyatt taking 2 for 6, Robin Brown 2 for 8 and Andy Dickinson 2 for 8.

Saturday 31st May...Defeat by Newton le Willows

Newton le Willows were the visitors to Sefton Park for a First XI game.

Sefton won the toss and decided to bowl first. Newton le Willows batted slowly and Sefton looked to be in a good position with the visitors at 68 for 4 in 28 overs. but a stand of 64 for the fifth wicket helped them reach 158 for 6 in 54 overs at tea. They batted on for another six overs after tea and reached 203 for 6 when they declared. Not for the first time this season, Sefton's reply never really got going and they were dismissed for 127 in the 33rd over. Top scorers were David Hort with 25 and Jerome Jones with 48 and they featured in the best stand of the innings, putting on 45 for the fourth wicket.

Jerome Jones wicket  
(Left) One of Jerome Jones's two wickets and (below) he hits out in his score of 48 for the First XI in their home defeat against Newton le Willows
  Jerome Jones

The Second XI travelled to Colwyn Bay, won the toss and decided to bat first. They declared on 187 for 8 in 45 overs. Contributions with the bat came from George Lee (21), Matt Ireland (47), Richie Conlan (38), Ed Booth (23) and Fraser Hill (31). Sefton bowled 53 overs in reply which enabled Colwyn Bay to reach the required total with three wickets down. Robin Brown took 2 wickets for 45 runs.

The Third XI visited Maghull to play their Third XI who are always difficult opponents. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. They scored 92 in 57 overs with Austin Ventre taking 3 for 11 and Tim Gray 3 for 17 in 15 overs. Charlie Read scored 42 not out in Sefton's reply. He was assisted by Ollie Henry (15) and Pete Ostler (17) as Sefton passed the Maghull total for the loss of 4 wickets on 27 overs.

With no Fourth XI game, the Fifth XI played their home game against Caldy's Fourths on the Lower Ground. Caldy won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. The highlight of their innings was a century by Jon Hague (101) and he was ably assisted by Michael Row who scored 37 as Sefton declared on 197 for 7 in 45 overs. In reply, Terry Macklin took 5 for 47, Danny Wright 2 for 23 and Mike Wildsmith 2 for 31 as the visitors were dismissed for 146 in the 34th over.

Jon Hague  
Jon Hague (seen left hitting a six) scored 101 for the Fifth XI as they defeated Caldy's Fourths on the Lower Ground