Saturday 20th September....First XI stay up on a thrilling Saturday

The First XI welcomed Rainford to Sefton Park knowing that a victory over their promotion chasing opponents was probably necessary if they were to avoid relegation. They started the day three points behind Orrell Red Triangle who were playing at Northop Hall.

Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. Wickets began to fall fairly quickly and when Sean Vandome was out for 30, the score was 43 for 3. There then followed a stand of 50 between Jerome Jones and James Baird who ended with 25. Mark Chappell joined Jerome Jones with the score on 114 for 8 and they took the score to 134 for 9 when Mark was out for 6. Last man Peter Kelly then joined Jerome in the middle and they took the score to 174 all out when Jerome Jones was finally dismissed for 92, Peter was one not out and the innings had lasted 50.2 overs.

News then filtered through that Orrell Red Triangle had batted first and declared on 245 for 7 meaning that they had 5 batting points and a win would keep them up.

Rainford began reasonably well, putting on 26 for the first wicket but after that, wickets fell regularly and they were eventually dismissed for 107 in 33 overs. Jerome Jones finished with 3 for 20, Peter Kelly 3 for 17, David Baird 2 for 35 and Daniel Kelly 2 for 30.

During the innings, the news came through that it was raining at Northop Hall and play was stopped with the home side on 25 without loss in 9 overs. Sefton's game finished at 5.45 pm and at that time Orrell took the field again hoping to take an unlikely ten wickets in the 20 overs left. There was an anxious wait for an hour before we heard that Orrell had drawn, finishing on 130 for 4 and it would be they that were relegated and Sefton stay up.

Jerome Jones  
Jerome Jones leaves for Barbados on Monday and finished with his best score of 92 and (below) one of his three wickets. A match winning performance to end with.
  Jerome Jones wicket

The Second XI travelled to Bootle, hoping to gain second place in the league. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first. They declared on 200 for 8 in 44.5 overs. The pick of the bowlers were Joe Roddis (3 for 44), Andy Foulder (2 for 29) and Fraser Hill (2 for 29). Sefton's reply began with an opening stand of 82 between Michael Row (29) and Luke Connolly (50). There was another good stand of 59 for the 6th wicket between Ed Melling (50) and Pete Ostler (22) which took the score to 161 but after that the remaining four wickets fell for 20 runs and Sefton were dismissed for 181 in 41.3 overs.

The defeat means that they finish third in the table, a very good season.

The Fourth XI played Wavertree's Thirds on the Lower Ground. The visitors won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. They declared on 202 for 4 in 38 overs with Michael Hargreaves scoring 81, Ted Williams 42 not out and John Fretwell 22. In reply Wavertree were dismissed for 120 in 31 overs. with Mike Wildsmith taking 2 for 16, Chris Mitchell 3 for 16 and John Fretwell 2 for 32. The win means that the Fourth XI finish fourth in the table.

The Third XI season finished last week and they ended up second in the table.

Michael Hargreaves  
Michael Hargreaves scored 81 for the Fourth XI in their home win over Wavertree