Saturday 6th June....Excellent win at Rainford

The First XI visited Rainford. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first. The home side put on 38 for the first wicket and 39 for the fourth wicket but that was about as good as it got for them. At 111 for 5, they were in a difficult situation and this time Sefton did not let it slip thanks to the bowling of Matt Pownall who took 4 out of the last 5 wickets for 9 runs in 6.2 overs as the home side were bowled out for 161 in the 53rd over. Peter Kelly finished with 2 for 49, Daniel Kelly 2 for 22.

Sefton lost an early wicket in reply as last week's centurion, Adam Irwin was dismissed for 4. Thanks to 35 from Sean Vandome, they, then took the score 66 for 2. At this point Richie Forsyth joined Jonathan Drakes in the middle and they put on an undefeated stand of 99 to steer Sefton to an 8 wicket victory in just 24.5 overs. Jonathan finished with 78 not out and Richie, 25 not out.

The Second XI played Northern at home. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. At 82 for 6, Sefton looked to be in a strong position. but a stand of 110 for the seventh wicket swung the game towards Northern. The declared on 192 for 8 in 45 overs. Matt Ireland took 3 for 28, Robin Brown 2 for for 46 and Matt Garnett 2 for 44. Sefton's reply lacked a big stand and despite Michael Row scoring 41, Andy Dickinson 20 and Phil Calrow 48, they were dismissed for 184 in 45.3 overs.

 
Michael Row  
Michael Row scored 41, opening the innings for the Second XI, in their home defeat by Northern
 
The Third XI played Northern's Thirds on the Lower Ground and decided to bat first after winning the toss. Neil Disley with 84 and Mike Heaney 53 were the pick of their batsman as they were dismissed for 196 in 44 overs. Northern's reply began steadily but when John Fretwell joined the attack, wickets started to fall., he finished with 4 for 13 in 7 overs, Joe Taylor cleaned up the tail, taking 4 for 5 in 3.5 overs. Tim Gray took the other two wickets for 24 runs as Northern were dismissed for 80 in 35.3 overs.
Neil Disley  
Neil Disley top scored with 84 in the Third XI win over Northern THirds on the Lower Ground.
 

The Fourth XI had a comfortable at Maghull against their Fourth XI. Maghull won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. They declared on 164 for 7 in 50 overs. Jonathan Hague (50), Harry Deveney (24), Josh McShane (23) and Stuart Lomas (20 not out) were top scorers. Mike Wildsmith took 6 for 14 and Chris Mitchell 3 for 3 as Maghull were dismissed for 41 in 36.3 overs in reply. A special mention from captain Chris Mitchell went to Fraser Deveney for his fielding, being involved in a run out and taking an excellent catch.

The Fifth XI were defeated at Alder against their Third XI. Alder batted first and declared on 149 for 4 in 45 overs, Phil Jennions took 3 for 44. Sefton were dismissed for 119 in 45.1 overs in reply with Rob Kennedy scoring 30 and Steven Pinto 38

     
     

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