Saturday 20th June...Defeat by Colwyn Bay

Not the best of days for Sefton Park teams with four defeats in some difficult games.

The First XI welcomed table topping Colwyn Bay to to Sefton Park.

The game started an hour late because of rain with Colwyn Bay deciding to bat after winning the toss. They batted at a good pace to make up for lost time and eventually declared on 191 for 8 in 45.1 overs. Daniel Kelly finished with 4 for 54 and Phil Calrow 3 for 25. In reply, Sefton lost the early wicket of Adam Irwin before Jonathan Drakes (12) and Sean Vandome put on the best stand of the innings of 43. Sean was the next wicket to fall, scoring 32. It was then left to skipper Richie Forsyth to make the best of the game, he saw wickets falling at the other end with the best help coming from Matt Pownall with 20. Eventually, with Richie Forsyth still at the crease and 9 wickets down, the game reached the last over with Peter Kelly facing, he saw off the first two balls before being bowled on the third. Richie was left not out on 57.

Richie Forsyth  
Skipper Richie Forsyth (left) finished on 57 not out and Daniel Kelly (below) is pictured taking one of his four wickets
Daniel Kelly

The Second XI also played a top of the table side when the visited Bootle. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. A stand of 78 between top scorers Andy Dickinson (54) and Matt Ireland (39) was the highlight of the innings which lasted 37.1 overs for 154 all out. Bootle had no trouble in reaching the Sefton Park total for the loss of 2 wickets taken by John Fretwell and Robin Brown.

The Third XI were away to a strong Birkenhead Thirds, batted first after losing the toss and were dismissed for 177 in 47 overs with Neil Disley (24), Jon Hague (27), Ollie Henry (24) and Iwan Williams (31) being the top scorers. Birkenhead Park lost three wickets reaching the total in the 37th over.

The good news of the day came from the Fourth XI who played Birchfield Park Seconds on the Lower Ground. Birchfield Park won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. There were runs from all the batsmen that went to the crease, Harry Deveney scored 52, Michael Hargreaves 29, Jon Sproson 36, Mike Lowe 50 not out and Stuart Lomas 22 not out in a total of 209 for 3 declared in 39.3 overs. The Fourth XI in form bowling attack soon dismissed Birchfield for 48 in 27.3 overs. with Mike Wildsmith taking 5 for 21 and Chris Mitchell 3 for 22.

Harry Deveney
Harry Deveney top scored for the Fourth XI with 52 in the defeat of Birchfield Park on the Lower Ground.
The Fifth XI travelled to Caldy to play their Third XI. They were asked to bat first and were dismissed for 81 with Ed Spray scoring 41. Caldy had no trouble reaching the total in an eight wicket victory.