Saturday 5th July...Another dramatic finish for the Second XI as First XI lose at Wigan

For the third time this season, the Second XI were involved in a dramatic home victory by one wicket.

Northern were the visitors to Sefton Park, they won the toss and decided to bat first. They declared on 184 for 9 in 45 overs with Liam Tollady taking 2 for 35, Robin Brown 4 for 54 and Joel Parkinson 3 for 55. In reply, Sefton's innings reached 121 for 5, mainly thanks to James Baird who scored 47 and Matt Ireland with 46 but three wickets fell quickly and they looked in trouble at 122 for 8. Liam Tollady joined Andy Foulder in the middle and quickly went onto the attack, scoring 36 in 32 balls. When he was out, Sefton were still 9 runs short as Robin Brown joined Andy. They managed to steer Sefton home in the 51st over with Andy Foulder finishing on 22 not out.

James Baird  
James Baird made the top score with 47 for the Second XI in their home win over Northern
 

The First XI travelled to Wigan and were asked to bat first after Wigan won the toss. Wickets fell quickly and a very low score looked possible with the score on 33 for 6. A stand of 48 then took place between the only two players who reached double figures, Daniel Kelly (28) and Ed Melling (19) but when they were out, Sefton were soon dismissed for 98 in 46.3 overs. Mark Chappell took the only two Wigan wickets to fall for 42 runs as they passed the Sefton total in the 23rd over.

The Third XI entertained Liverpool's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first, going on to declare on 196 for 9 in 50 overs. Steven Pinto scored 46, Paddy Kendall 37, John Davies 20 and Charlie Read 21. for 32.

Steven Pinto  
Steven Pinto hits a six in his score of 46 for the Third XI in their home game against Liverpool
 

The Fourth XI travelled to Caldy to play their Third XI. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. They declared on 170 for 7 in 52 overs. Sefton faced 47 overs in reply and finished 3 runs short of the Caldy total with 8 wickets down as the game was drawn. Michael Row scored 43, Michael Hargreaves 31 and Ted Williams 20.

The Fifth XI made the trip to Maghull to play their Fourth XI on a difficult wicket. They dismissed the home side for 93 in 36.4 overs with Jamie Bowman taking 4 for 31. Hopes were high as they went into bat but only Billy Pinto mastered the conditions, scoring 25 as Sefton were dismissed for 74 in 42.3 overs.