Saturday 30th August....Defeat at Ainsdale

The First XI travelled to Ainsdale to continue their battle against relegation. They won the toss and asked the home side to bat first on a difficult wicket. Jerome Jones took 5 for 21 and Peter Kelly 2 for 36 to dismiss Ainsdale for 169 in 41 overs. In reply, for the second time this season, Ainsdale dismissed Sefton for less than 100, this time it was for 99 in the 31st over. Top scorers were James Baird with 30 and Dave Hort with 20.

With Wavertree relegated this week, it looks more certain that it is a battle between Sefton and Orrell Red Triangle for the remaining relegation spot. Orrell remain 4 points ahead as Sefton are at home to Wavertree next week and Orrell entertain Newton le Willows.

The Second XI, still with a chance of winning their league, welcomed Wallasey to Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. They were dismissed for 143 in 38 overs with Joe Roddis taking 4 for 38, Matt Garnett 2 for 51 and Matt Ireland 2 for 46. Sefton reached the required total in the 43rd over for the loss of 6 wickets with Matt Ireland scoring 46 and Pete Ostler 32 not out, Dan Coonan 21 and Andy Foulder 22 not out.

The Second XI now move within 9 points of leaders, Birkenhead Park, and guess who they play next week, Birkenhead Park!!. What a week next week!

Dan Coonan  
Dan Coonan batting for the Second XI in their home win against Wallasey
 
The Third XI played Northern's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Northern won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. They found runs easy to come by and declared on 227 for 3 in 40 overs with Charlie Read (100) scoring his first century for the club, Michael Row scoring 48 and Ben Rispin 47 not out. In reply, it looked like an early finish with Northern losing 5 wickets with only 20 runs on the board but they rallied to produce a draw, finishing on 139 for 8 in 50 overs. Best bowling performance came from Joe Francis who took 5 for 13 in 12 overs.
Charlie Read  
Star performances for the Third XI came from Charlie Read (left) who scored 100 and Joe Francis (below) taking one of his five wickets.
 
 
  Joe Francis
 
 
     

The Fourth XI were awarded the game after Maghull conceded, unable to raise a side.

The Fifth XI travelled to Northern to play their Fifth XI. Sefton won the toss and asked Northern to bat. They batted for 56.4 overs, scoring 56.4 all out. Top bowlers were Andy Crossley (3 for 42), Saeed Baghpati (3 for 21) and Danny Wright (3 for 25). Sefton were able to bat 33 overs in reply and finished 8 runs short on 121 for 7 in a drawn game. Top scorers were skipper James Hague with 23 and Steve Squires 28 not out.