Saturday 25th April....Seven wickets for Fraser Hill as First XI win their first league game of season

Newton le Willows visited Sefton Park for the First XI's opening league game. The start was delayed by an hour and a quarter following the morning rain and after winning the toss, Newton le Willows asked Sefton to bat first. Keen to make up for lost time, openers Sean Vandome and Adam Irwin put on 76 in 73 ball for the first wicket. Sean Vandome was was first to go for 39 runs and was soon followed by Adam Irwin with 40. Having arrived from Barbados, this week, Jonathan Drakes was next man in, scoring 31 followed by James Baird (28) and skipper Richie Forsyth (41). Fraser Hill made 19 not out as Sefton declared on 220 for 5 in 40 overs.

This ultimately gave Newton le Willows 48 overs to win or save the game. They never looked like winning the game and when Fraser Hill came on to bowl things became worse. Fraser finished with 7 for 21 in eleven and a half overs. So, a Sefton Park win and an almost faultless performance to start their league season.

Sean Vandome  
Sean Vandome scored 39, opening the First XI innings against Newton le Willows

The SEcond XI visited Ormskirk, won the toss and decided to bat first. They posted a good score of 220 for 5 declared in 45 overs with Richie Conlan scoring 88, Matt Ireland 75 not out and Michael Row 21. In reply, Ormskirk reached 80 for 1 but then collapsed to 104 for 7 and eventually finished on 105 for 7 in 42 overs as the game was drawn. Robin Brown took 3 for 18 and Matt Ireland 2 for 25.

The Third XI travelled to Ormskirk to play their Third XI. Sefton won the toss and asked the home team to bat first and 15 overs later, they were dismissed for 25 with Frazer Deveney taking 3 for 7 and John Fretwell 4 for 6. 10 overs were all that were required in reply and with Neil Disley scoring 12 not out and Harry Deveney 11 not out in a 10 wicket victory.

Caldy's Thirds played the Fourth XI on the Lower Ground. Caldy won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. Jonathan Hague scored 62, Paddy Kendall 25, Ted Williams 23 and and Chris Mitchell 27 not out. In reply, Jonny Sproson took 3 for 42, Chris Mitchell 2 for 42 and Ted Williams 2 for 9 as Caldy were dismissed for 147 in 49 overs.

Paddy Kendall  
Paddy Kendall scored 25 for the Fourth XI in their home win over Caldy's Thirds
The Fifth XI travelled to Bootle to play their Third XI who won the toss and decided to bat first. The scored 165 all out in 33.4 overs with Jamie Bowman taking 4 for 60, Danny Wright 2 for 43 and Louis Jeck-Prestige 2 for 4. The total proved far too much for Sefton who were dismissed for 57 in 27 overs with Rob Kennedy scoring 29 and Jamie Bowman 15.

Sunday News

Regrettably, Sefton Park were unable to raise a side to travel to the Potteries to play Knypersley in the National Knockout and had to concede the game.

The Sunday XI played their first game in the Sunday 3rd XI Premier Division and found out what a tough league this will prove to be.

They visited Formby, won the toss and decided to bat first. Skipper Phil McLoughlin scored 33 but only Muhammad Awais (12) also reached double figures as they were dismissed for 79 in 22.2 overs. Formby reached the required total in 19.4 overs for the loss of three wickets taken by Dave Rand, Joe Taylor and Harvey Shields.