Saturday 2nd May...Rain

Only the Fourth XI escaped the rain in their drawn game against Wavertree's Thirds .Sefton were asked to bat first and declared on 175 for 7 in 40.3 overs. Jonathan Hague scored 68, Eddie McShane 23 and Stuart Lomas 34. In reply Wavertree reached 168 for 9 in 47 overs with Chris Mitchell taking 4 for 45 and Naj Ahmed 2 for 41.

All other Sefton Park games were called off without a ball being bowled.

Saturday 9th May.....Win at Wigan

The First XI visited Wigan and found a wet outfield which delayed the start of the game for 1 hour.

Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. A stand of 81 for the second wicket put them in a strong position and they went on to declare on 190 for 6 in 47.3 overs. Peter Kelly was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 40, Matt Pownall took 2 for 83. This meant that Sefton would receive 38 overs to bat.

Sefton's reply did not begin well as they found themselves on 48 for 5 with a long time to go. Most supporters were then thinking that a draw was the best option. Daniel Kelly joined James Baird in the middle and they put on 68 for the 6th wicket when James was dismissed for 42. Still 75 runs to get and Fraser Hill joins Daniel Kelly, they required 57 off 10 overs and then 26 off the last five before passing the Wigan total with more than 2 overs to spare. Daniel Kelly finished on 49 not out and Fraser Hill 37 not out. The first two completed games have produced two valuable victories.

The Second XI won the toss in their home game against Southport and Birkdale. They asked the visitors to bat and dismissed them for 125 with Matt Garnett taking 3 for 38 and Matt Ireland 4 for 30. Conditions were never easy as Sefton started to bat and runs came slowly, however, a valuable 37 not out from Richie Conlan speeded up the scoring and with Adam Taylor scoring 35 not out, they passed the Southport total with three wickets down and 34 overs bowled

Adam Taylor  
Adam Taylor scored 35 not out, opening the batting for the Second XI at home to Southport
 
The Third XI played New Brighton's CJ XI on the Lower Ground. They asked Sefton to bat first and this proved a good decision with Sefton on 76 for 8 but an undefeated 70 from Liam Tollady, who was aided by Joe Taylor (11), enabled them to reach 167 all out in the 40th over. New Brighton's reply began well but when Ollie Henry (with 4 for 19) joined Joe Taylor (with 3 for 9) as bowlers, they were soon dismissed for 88. Earlier Liam Tollady had bowled 9 overs taking 1 for 8.
Liam Tollady  
Liam Tollady's 70 not out was the outstanding performance in the Third XI's win over New Brighton CJ XI.
 

Bootle's Third XI won a number of trophies over recent years but when they were relegated last year, the members of the Third XI first division knew they were going to face a difficult opponent.

It was Sefton Park's Fourth XI's turn to visit them. Sefton won the toss and asked Bootle to bat first. They dismissed them for 111 in 40 overs with Jon Sproson taking 5 for 20 and Mike Wildsmith 3 for 25. On a ground where low totals are not uncommon, Sefton knew their task was difficult and they were dismissed for 90 in 44 overs. Jon Sproson scored 27 and Eddie McShane 22.

Not too much to say about the Fifth XI. They travelled to Birchfield Park to play their First XI and were dismissed for 33 with Jack Wildsmith scoring 11. Danny Wright took the one Birchfield Park wicket to fall in reaching the Sefton Park total.