Saturday 23rd May...Two hundreds at Sefton Park as First XI lose at Maghull

Two centuries which were completed within one minute of each other were the highlights of the day at Sefton Park and more about them later.

The First XI travelled to Maghull where the home team won the toss and decided to bat first. Sefton's bowling kept the scoring down and Maghull found themselves on 116 for 7 and in trouble, but they recovered to reach 197 for 8 declared in 62 overs. Peter Kelly finished with 3 for 49 and Fraser Hill 3 for 45. Sefton reached 81 for 3 in reply and looked to be in a reasonable position but wickets then fell quickly and only a stand of 18 for the last wicket enabled them to get a second batting as they were dismissed for 142 in 36.2 overs. Daniel Kelly scored 28 not out, Mark Wilkie 26 and James Baird 29.Jonathan Drakes was unable to play because of injury.

At Sefton Park, the Second XI also played Maghull. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat. They scored 227 for 4 declared in 44 overs with Dave Hort scoring 103 not out, Matt Ireland 56 and Adam Taylor 46. In reply, Maghull struggled particularly after Robin Brown joined the attack and they were dismissed for 117 in 35.5 overs. Robin finished with 6 for 24 and Liam Tollady 2 for 32.

Dave Hort      
Dave Hort batting (left), completes his hundred (below) in the Second XI home win over Maghull
     
             
Dave Hort Hundred
Dave Hort
The Third XI game on the Lower Ground against Birkenhead Park's Fourths followed a similar pattern to the Second XI game. Here, the visitors won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. They declared on 220 for 4 in 35 overs and we saw a race to reach the first hundred of the season for a Sefton Park player between Michael Row in this game and Dave Hort on the main ground. Michael won by less than a minute, finishing on 101 not out, Michael Hargreaves scored 20 and Iwan Williams 20 not out. Birkenhead Park started reasonably well in their reply but were halted by Tim Gray when he joined the attack. He finished with 5 for 42, and Joe Taylor 2 for 20 as Birkenhead were dismissed for 152 in 40 overs.
Michael Row      
Michael Row batting (left), completes his hundred (below) in the Third XI home win over Birkenhead Park
     
             
Michael Row Hundred
Micahel Row
             

Not a lot to say about the Fourth XI who visited Birchfield Park to play their First XI. Sefton won the toss, batted first and 31 overs later were dismissed for 39. Birchfield Park reached the required total in 18 overs without losing a wicket.

The Fifth XI visited Liverpool to play their Fourth XI. The home side won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. They scored 169 all out in 51.3 overs with Eddie McShane (63) sharing a stand of 76 for the third wicket with James Hague (29). Danny Wright scored a personal best competition score of 31 not out. In reply Sefton were unable to take the final two Liverpool wickets who hung for a draw, scoring 51 for 8 in 36 overs, Pick of the bowlers were Terry Macklin with 3 for 11 and Ayan Madhu with 2 for 11