Saturday 26th July...Draw with Northop Hall

Northop Hall were the visitors to Sefton Park for the First XI game. They were asked to bat first after Sefton had won the toss. At 29 for 3 and 49 for 4, they looked to be in some trouble but recovered with a stand of 68 for the fifth wicket. They, then, offered Sefton another chance at 130 for 6 but eventually declared on 220 for 9 after a break of 55 minutes for rain during which they took tea. This left Sefton with an hour and twenty minutes plus the last 20 overs. David Baird finished with 4 for 38, Jerome Jones 2 for 42 and Phil Calrow 2 for 46.

Like the visitors, Sefton got off to a bad start, reaching 44 for 4 before a stand of 57 between Daniel Kelly and Richie Forsyth eased the situation. Daniel Kelly finished with 24, Richie Conlan made 11 before the other batsmen went quickly leaving Mark Chappell and Richie Forsyth to face the last 10 deliveries, Mark faced four and Richie faced the last over as a draw was achieved with the score 141 for 9 in 40 overs. An excellent performance by skipper Richie Forsyth saw him bat right through to finish on 64 not out.

A victory by third from bottom Orrell Red Triangle saw them move 20 points ahead of Sefton who remain in the bottom two.

Richie Forsyth  
Skipper Richie Forsyth made 64 not out as he batted all through the Sefton Park innings to finish on 64 not out

The Second XI travelled to Formby where the home side won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 228 for 6 declared in 45 overs with Fraser Hill taking 2 for 43 and Joel Parkinson 2 for 69. In reply, Sefton started well with the openers Dave Hort (27) and Luke Connolly (72) scoring runs. After that, however only Fraser Hill (27) and Pete Ostler (24 not out contributed more than a few runs as they were dismissed for 185 in the 40th over.

The Third XI travelled to Wallasey to play their Third XI, a journey made difficult by the Giants in the town centre.

They batted first after winning the toss, scoring 190 all out in 38.2 overs. Michael Row scored 38, Ben Rispin 58 and Stephen Pinto 33. Ben Rispin took 3 for 51 and Shaun Hornby 3 for 29 in Wallasey's reply which saw them needing three runs off the last ball of the day with nine wickets down. The ball was dispatched for six and a one wicket win for Wallasey.

The Fourth XI played the Fifth XI on the Lower Ground. The Fourths won the toss and decided to bat first, going on to score 220 for 3 declared in 34 overs. Matt Child scored 100 not out, Tom Seddon 46 and Steve Squires 23. The Fifth's wickets were take by Danny Wright, Chris Smart and Ayan Madhu. Skipper James Hague led the way for the Fifths with a score of 46 but he received little support and they were dismissed for 107 in 47 overs. Naj Ahmed finished with 4 for 27, Ted Williams 2 for 12 and Chris Mitchell 2 for 27.

Tom Seddon  
(Left) Tom Seddon scored 46 for the Fourth XI in their game with the Fifth XI and (below), the two skippers face each other as Chris Mitchell bowls to James Hague
  Chris Mitchell bowls to James Hague