Saturday 28th June....Defeat at Rainford

The First XI travelled to Rainford and decided to bat first after winning the toss in a game that started 30 minutes late due to the overnight and morning rain. An opening stand of 72 between skipper Richie Forsyth who scored 24 and Sean Vandome who finished with 83 gave them hope of a big total but they collapsed from 155 for 1 to 165 all out. This total would have been worse but for a last wicket stand of 30 between Phil Calrow and Mark Chappell, Phil finished with 23, one of only three batsmen to reach double figures. Rainford's reply was never comfortable and at 89 for 6 it looked like the game could go either way but stands of 48 for the seventh wicket and an undefeated stand of 32 for the eighth wicket saw them home for a 3 wicket win. Pick of the Sefton bowlers were Jerome Jones with 3 for 28 and Peter Kelly 3 for 67.

Bootle were visitors to Sefton Park for the Second XI game which went ahead thanks to great work from groundsman Rob Jobson.

Bootle won the toss and decided to bat first, they declared on 159 for 6 in 36 overs. Sefton's reply was never convincing, at one time being 45 for 4 and then 74 for 5. At 115 for 7, Joe Roddis joined Andy Foulder in the middle and promptly showed his intent by hitting a six. They took the score to 156 when the game looked won but Andy Foulder was dismissed for 15 and then Liam Tollady without scoring. So 4 runs were required as Robin Brown joined Joe in the middle. They managed to steer the side home for a dramatic one wicket victory. Joe Roddis finished with 27 not out. Earlier Ed Booth had scored 21and Ed Melling 49

Joe Roddis  
A wicket for "man of the match" Joe Roddis (left) and (below) Ed Booth scored 21 runs opening the innings in the Second XI game against Bootle.
 
       
  Ed Booth
 
 
 

The Third XI game at Bootle was called off.

The Fourth XI played Maghull's Fourths on the Lower Ground. Sefton won the toss and asked Maghull to bat first. They were all out for 135 in 45.3 overs with skipper Chris Mitchell taking 5 for 18 and Naj Ahmed 2 for 33. In reply, Sefton reached the required total in the 26th over with 3 wickets down. Eddie McShane scored 37 not out and Jack Wildsmith 46 not out.

 
Iwan Williams  
Iwan Williams scored 15, opening the innings for the Fourth XI in the home game against Maghull
 
       
The Fifth XI game against Northern's Fifths at the Liverpool College ground was another victim of the weather