Saturday 21st June...First league win for First XI

Top of the table Highfield were the visitors to Sefton Park to play the First XI.

Highfield won the toss and decided to bat first. Three quick wickets from David Baird put them in trouble early and at 73 for 6, they looked set for a small score but a stand of 82 for the seventh wicket and an undefeated stand of 47 for the ninth enabled them to declare on 223 for 8 in the 54th over. David Baird finished with 3 for 28 and Peter Kelly 2 for 52.

In reply, Sefton had a good opening stand of 60 between Richie Forsyth (24) and Sean Vandome who finished with 43. Sean and James Baird (12) then took the score to 90 when the second wicket fell but this was followed by three more and at 116 for 5 the chase looked more difficult. Daniel Kelly then joined Jerome Jones in the middle and they took the score to 188 when Dan was dismissed for 44. Two sixes in a quick 21 from James Baird took the score to 215 for 7 and Sefton were nearly home, this they achieved without losing any more wickets. Jerome Jones finished on 49 not out.

Sean Vandome  
Sean Vandome scored 43 for the First XI in their home win over Highfield.
 

The Second XI travelled to Ormskirk where they won the toss and decided to bat first. Neil Disley (21), Luke Connolly (20) and Ed Melling (29 not out) were the top scorers as they were dismissed for 138 in the 44th over. Ormskirk reached the required total in 34 overs with 4 wickets down. Liam Tollady finished with 3 for 25.

The Third XI also played Ormskirk with their Third XI being the visitors on the Lower Ground. Ormskirk won the toss and decided to bat first. They declared on 198 for 8 in 47 overs with Jon Sproson taking 3 for 50. Sefton won by nine wickets in 40 overs with Andy Dickinson scoring 87, Ollie Henry 65 not out and John Davies 32 not out.

Andy Dickinson  
Andy Dickinson scored 87 for the Third XI in their home win against Ormskirk
 

The Fourth XI were away to Northern's Fifths. They won the toss and decided to bat first. Highlight of the game was an opening partnership of 194 between Alan Fretwell, who was unfortunately run out for 95, and Michael Row who scored his first century for the club, finishing on 100 not out. Bouke Boden added 36 not out as they declared on 252 for 1 in the 45th over. Sefton bowled 51 overs in reply but were unable to take the final wicket as Northern finished on 122 for 9 in a drawn game. Mike Wildsmith finished with 3 for 25, Naj Ahmed 3 for 18 and Chris Mitchell 2 for 26.

The Fifth XI game at Liverpool has been rescheduled for Sunday 13th July.