Friday 12th June...Win over Old Xaverians in Echo Knockout

Sefton defeated Old Xaverians in the first round of the Echo Knockout at Sefton Park.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first, going on to score an impressive 152 for 7 in 20 overs. Pick of the Sefton Park bowling was Fraser Hill with 3 for 23 in 3 overs. Most economical was Peter Kelly who conceded 29 runs in his 5 overs.

Sefton's reply maintained a rate of 7 an over throughout. The best stand of the innings was 64 between Sean Vandome (42) and Jonathan Drakes (29), they were dismissed in consecutive balls with score on 85. David Baird scored 22 in 17 balls before and undefeated stand of 32 between Richie Conlan (32 not out) and Fraser Hill (10 not out) steered Sefton to a six wicket victory with an over to spare.

They now meet Alder at Sefton Park in the next round in two weeks time.

Saturday 13th June...Defeat at Prestatyn

The First XI travelled to North Wales to play Prestatyn. After being put into bat, it turned out to be "one of those days" as early wickets fell and they found themselves on 27 for 4 and 41 for 5, Adam Irwin had contributed 21 of these runs. A recovery began with a stand of 58 for the sixth wicket between James Baird and Daniel Kelly (15) and a stand of 52 for the eighth wicket between James and Matt Pownall (18). James was last man out being dismissed for 76 by the second ball after tea. Sefton were dismissed for 165 in 52.2 overs, all ten wickets were catches, four in the slips and five by the wicketkeeper.

In reply, Sefton's hopes were raised with score on 83 for 5 but the next wicket did not fall until the home side were one short of the Sefton total and Prestatyn finished on 166 for 6 in 47.2 overs. Peter Kelly ended with 2 for 69.

The Second XI entertained Wallasey at Sefton Park. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. There were contributions from top scorer George Lee (40), David Baird (24), Dave Hort (23), Matt Ireland (22), John Fretwell (20) and Austin Ventre (22) in the Sefton total of 201 all out in 42 overs. Skipper Matt Ireland soon took wickets in the Wallasey reply and despite looking like recovering half way though their innings, they were dismissed for 138 in 38 overs. Matt finished with 5 for 38 and David Baird 2 for 25.

George Lee  
George Lee (left) scored 40 and Austin Ventre (below) 22 for the Second XI in their home victory over Wallasey
  Austin Ventre

The Third XI played league champions Merseyside Cricket and Cultural on the Lower Ground. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. Top scorers were Jonathan Hague (23) and Greg Harvey (37) in their all out total of 159 in 40 overs.

The total was probably short of what they wanted but Sefton kept up good pressure and had the visitors on 140 for 9 but were unable to take the last wicket as Merseyside CC won by one wicket in 36 overs. Joe Francis finished with 3 for 38, Tim Gray 3 for 41 and Joe Taylor 2 for 29

Joe Woodyatt bowling  
Joe Woodyatt takes the first Merseyside Cricket and Cultural wicket to fall in the Third XI defeat on the Lower Ground

There was a good victory for the Fourth XI, away to Alder's Thirds. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first, going on to declare on 162 for 8 in 45 overs with Jon Sproson scoring 47, Harry Deveney 35 and Mike Lowe 26. The in form bowling attack of Mike Wildsmith (6 for 18) and Chris Mitchell (3 for 14) dismissed Alder for 33 in 21.1 overs. Skipper Chris Mitchell praised Harry Deveney for two excellent catches.

The Fifth XI travelled to play Wavertree's Third XI. Wavertree won the toss and batted first. They declared on 214 for 7 in 40 overs) with Fraser Deveney taking 3 for 71, James Hague 2 for 46. Sefton lost two early wickets in reply but an undefeated stand by Steve Squires (56 not out) and Charlie Daniels (52 not out ) ensured that the game was drawn with Sefton finishing on 157 for 2 in 42 overs.