Saturday 11th July...Rain intervenes as First XI draw

The First XI welcomed Ainsdale to Sefton Park.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. Sefton's bowling attack without Peter Kelly struggled and Ainsdale were able to declare on 216 for 5 in 55 overs with their number four batsman, Mark Lucas scoring 101 not out. Phil Calrow was the pick of the Sefton bowlers finishing with 3 for 67 in 16 overs.

Sefton's reply saw Richie Forsyth dismissed early for one followed by a stand of 33 for the second wicket between Adam Irwin (26) and Dave Hort (15). Rain then intervened with the score on 60 for 3 and play was reconvened after and hour and a quarter with 16 overs of the game was left. Sean Vandome produced Sefton's highest score with 39 as the game finished as a draw with Sefton on 102 for 5 in 31 overs. Sefton gained 3 points from the game and Ainsdale 6 points which means that they or both on 120 points, two points above the two bottom teams Newton le Willows (next week's opponents) and St Helens both on 118 points. Points are so important with the tight situation in the league.

Adam Irwin
Adam Irwin (left) scored 26 for the first XI in their draw with Ainsdale at Sefton Park and Jonathan Drakes (below) takes a wicket in the game.
Jonathan Drakes
The Second XI visited New Brighton, won the toss and decided to bat first. The declared on 200 for 8 in 45 overs. Dan Coonan scored 28, Adam Taylor 25, Andy Dickinson 33, Mike Heaney 34 and Mark Chappell 39. The home side reached 90 for 5 in 24 overs when the rains arrived and the game was called off. Pick of the bowlers were Mark Chappell with 3 for 28 and Jon Fretwell 2 for 30

The Third XI also travelled to the Wirral to play Merseyside Cricket and Cultural. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. Joe Taylor took 3 for 63 and Harvey Shields 3 for 37 as they were dismissed for 151. Sefton's reply saw Pete Lancaster score 79 and Ollie Henry 28 in a 5 wicket victory.

The Fourth XI played Alder's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. Ted Williams scored 70 not out, James Daniels 43 and Eddie McShane 30 in their declared total of 203 for 7 in 40.4 overs. Sefton made a good start with Ayun Madhu taking 2 for 12 but they had to succumb to the rain with the visitors on 38 for 3

Eddie McShane  
Eddie McShane (left) scored 30 for the Fourth XI in their game against Alder which was eventually called off for rain and (below), it's a wicket Ayun Madhu who bowled well in the same game
Ayun Madhu
The Fifth XI played Wavertree's Thirds on the Liverpool College ground. Wavertree batted first and were dismissed for 150 with Danny Wright taking 5 for 33 and Joel Parkinson 3 for 44. 37 for 1 was the Sefton score when the game was called off for the rain. A special mention from skipper Billy Pinto went to wicketkeeper James Finlay and to Lewis Scott for their excellent fielding.