Saturday 27th June....Double for Fleetwood Hesketh

The story of the day from Sefton Park was the number of players unavailable for various reasons.

This effected the First XI who travelled to Fleetwood Hesketh where the home side won the toss and decided to bat first. They raced to 50 in 8 overs for the first wicket but after this Sefton slowed the run rate down and eventually dismissed Fleetwood for 225 in 51.5 overs with Daniel Kelly taking 4 for 63 and Matt Pownall 4 for 47.

With three of the top order missing, Sefton required a good start but quite the opposite happened and the first three wickets including Jonathan Drakes fell without a run being scored, this was followed by the fourth wicket falling on 3 and the fifth on 5. The sixth fell on 14 and a little bit of respectability was given to the score by Fraser Hill (10), Matt Pownall (12) and Phil Calrow who scored 26 in 16 balls before Sefton were dismissed for 96 in the 24th over. Skipper Richie Forsyth was still in at the end on 24 not out having come to the wicket before a run was scored.

The Second XI were at home and also played Fleetwood Hesketh. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first and the highlight of their innings was a century by skipper Matt Ireland finishing on 119. George Lee scored 38 before they declared on 203 for 9 in 40 overs which took over three hours. Fleetwood Hesketh, after a steady start, batted themselves into a strong position before losing vital wickets. They required a run a ball off the last four overs which became more difficult with 12 required off the last over and then 8 off the last two balls. With Matt Ireland bowling, the penultimate ball went for four and then the last ball for six for a remarkable victory for the visitors by one wicket.

Matt Ireland
Skipper Matt Ireland scored 119 for the Second XI in their home defeat by Fleetwood Hesketh.
The Third XI played Goodlass on the Lower Ground and were asked to bat first. They declared on 214 for 5 in 43 overs. Top scorers were Mike Lowe (54), Jon Sproson (49), Michael Hargreaves (30), Stuart Lomas 26 and Syed Buckari (23 not out). In reply, Goodlass were dismissed for 74 in the 36th over with Harvey Shields taking 3 for 14, Matt Forde 3 for 16 and Tim Gray with 3 for 6 in 10 overs with 8 maidens.
Mike Lowe
Mike Lowe scored 54 for the Third XI in their defeat of Goodlass on the Lower Ground.

The Fourth XI played the Fifth XI at the Liverpool College ground.

The fourths won the toss and decided to bat first. The were all out for 170 in 48 overs with Steve Squires scoring 49, Alan Fretwell 37 and Rob Kennedy 27 not out. For the Fifths, Terry Macklin bowled unchanged (24 overs) to take 6 for 65 and Danny Wright finished with 3 for 14. In reply, The Fifths were dismissed for 129 with Gaz Cowley scoring 38, Ed Spray 33. Naj Ahmed finished with 2 for 26 and skipper Chris Mitchell 6 for 34

A special thanks must go to all the people involved in getting five sides out in a difficult weekend