Saturday 14th June....First XI fail to chase 113

The First XI played Ainsdale at Sefton Park and asked the visitors to bat first. This proved to be a good decision with Ainsdale on 22 for 5 with four wickets having been taken by Jerome Jones. There, then, followed a stand of 74 for the sixth wicket before Mark Chappell came on to bowl and take the last 5 wickets for 4 runs in 6 overs. Ainsdale were all out for 113 in 32 overs, Jerome Jones finished with 4 for 20. Sefton then batted for 50 minutes before tea and the innings started badly with the first 2 wickets falling for 2 runs. Things did not get any better as they reached 27 for 6 at tea. After tea, hopes were raised as Daniel Kelly and new boy Fraser Hill put on 28 for the seventh wicket but when they were dismissed the result seemed inevitable and Sefton were dismissed for 75 in 23 overs. Daniel Kelly finished top scorer with 15 and only John Jackson with 10 reached double figures. The First XI's next opponents are top of the the table Highfield who visit Sefton Park next week.

Daniel Kelly  
Daniel Kelly was top scorer for the First XI with 15 in their home defeat by Ainsdale

The news from the Second XI was no better. They travelled to Wallasey where they won the toss and decided to bat first. They were dismissed for 59 in the 26th over with skipper Andrew Foulder top scoring with 19. Wallasey reached this total for the loss of one wicket in the 13th over.

The Third XI travelled to Northern to play their Third XI. The home side won the toss and asked Sefton to bat. They declared on 192 for 7 in 50 overs, top scorers being Charlie Read (33), Andy Dickinson (45), Ethan Knowlson (33) and Paddy Kendall (50 not out). In reply Northern were 12 runs short, finishing on 180 fro 8 in 42 overs as the game was drawn. Joe Francis took 4 for 31 and Andy Dickinson 2 for 36.

The Fourth XI played Liverpool's Fourths on the Lower Ground. Liverpool won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. They declared on 241 for 5 after 45 overs with top scorer being Matt Child with 73, Jon Hague with 67 and Michael Row with 34. In reply, skipper Chris Mitchell took 5 for 43 as Liverpool reached 186 for 6 in 46 overs in a drawn game.

Matt Child  
Matt Child scored 73 for the Fourth XI in their game against Liverpool's Fourths on the Lower Ground
Possibly the best result on a disappointing day came from the Fifth XI who drew against a strong Goodlass side at the Liverpool College ground. Goodlass won the toss and decided to bat first, scoring 181 for 3 declared in 45 overs. Sefton reached 79 for 9 in 51 overs in their reply with Daniel Baggot scoring 25 and Danny Wright 18.