Saturday 16th May...First League Defeat.

Northop Hall were the visitors to Sefton Park for the First XI game, they won the toss and decided to bat first. A partnership of 51 for the first wicket was followed by a collapse to 87 for 7. They, then, recovered with a stand of 54 for the eighth wicket and eventually were dismissed for 171 in 46 overs. Peter Kelly was the pick of the bowlers, taking 5 for 32, Matt Pownall took 2 for 21.

In reply, Sean Vandome fell for a duck early and Sefton lost regular wickets from this point apart from Mark Wilkie who scored a defiant 29, opening the innings. Jonathan Drakes had suffered a side strain and there was hope that he would not have to bat but the situation demanded that he come in at number 9.With Matt Pownall and Peter Kelly both going on 133, it was left to Jonathan and last man Joe Roddis to save the situation. They put on 27 for the last wicket before Joe Roddis was dismissed with the score on 160. Jonathan Drakes finished on 26 not out, if only he had been able to bat earlier. Earlier, last weeks hero Fraser Hill had scored 26.

Fraser Hill  
(Left) A wicket for Fraser Hill and (Below) top scorer Mark Wilkie in Sefton's home game against Northop Hall
 
       
  Mark Wilkie
 
 

The Second XI visited Champions Birkenhead Park who had already knocked them out of the Chester Cup.The home team won the toss and decided to bat first. Robin Brown with 4 for 28 and Phil Calrow with 2 for 43 were the pick of the Sefton bowlers as Birkenhead declared on 202 for 8 in 46 overs. Dave Hort with 23 was the only one of the early Sefton batsman to make runs but the middle order enabled Sefton to comfortably draw the game. Pete Ostler scored 32, Greg Harvey scored 35 not out and Phil Calrow 32 not out in Sefton's total of 156 for 6 in 48 overs.

The Third XI travelled to Wallasey to play their Third XI. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat. There were lots of contributions in Sefton's declared score of 206 for 6 in 45 overs. Best amongst these was Mike Heaney with 61 but he was helped by Neil Disley (27), Ian Kelly (17), John Fretwell (28), Iwan Williams (30 not out) and Joe Woodyatt (22 not out).

There was just one star as Wallasey were bowled out for 113 in 43 overs in their reply, Tim Gray finished with 6 for 32.

There was an early finish for the Fourth XI who played Northern's Fifths on the Lower Ground. Sefton scored 210 for 3 in 41 overs after wining the toss and deciding to bat. Steve Squires scored 70 and Mike Lowe 56. Just two bowlers were required to bowl Northern out. Mike Wildsmith took 6 for 21 and Chris Mitchell 4 for 23 as 15.1 overs were required to bowl Northern out for 43.

Steve Squires  
Steve Squires scored 70 for the Fourth XI in their home win over Northern's Fifths.
 
   

The Fifth XI were at home to New Brighton's DC XI. Sefton won the toss and asked New brighton to bat first. They scored 172 all out with Terry Macklin taking 3 for 46 and Ali Azhar taking 3 for 20.

The total proved too many for Sefton who were dismissed for 111. Gaz Cowley scored 34 and Rob Kennedy 27.