Saturday 18th July...Defeat at Newton le Willows

The First XI's bad run of results continued with a defeat at fellow strugglers Newton le Willows.

Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. Newton le Willows scored 53 for the first wicket but then a fine display of bowling by Sefton dismissed them for 166 in 42.4 overs. Phil Calrow finished with 3 for 22 and there were two apiece for Daniel Kelly (2 for 32), Jonathan Drakes (2 for 16) and Peter Kelly (2 for 27).

Hopes were high as Sefton had to take to the field for six overs before tea but unfortunately at the end of this spell, they were 21 for 3 with Adam Irwin, Jonathan Drakes and Sean Vandome all back in the pavilion. After tea, they were looking for a big partnership but the best was 29 for the fifth wicket between Richie Conlan (21) and James Baird (15), the only two players to reach double figures. With three wickets falling on 72, they were dismissed for 80 in 26.2 overs and now join St Helens Town in the bottom two.

The evening crowd at Sefton Park saw an excellent finish to the Second XI home game against Ormskirk.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first, going on to score 180 in 43 overs with Mark Chappell taking 3 for 38, Matt Garnett 2 for 28 and Robin Brown 2 for 22. Sefton's reply was steady and any result looked possible with Matt Ireland scoring 39 and Michael Row 32. With an over to go Jon Fretwell was bowled leaving Robin Brown to join Matt Garnett at the wicket. After a single was scored Robin Brown was on strike and survived and LBW appeal and scrambled a leg bye. Matt Garnett was on strike with two balls left and nine wickets down. He hit a four leaving the scores level with one ball left. With the field in the last ball was also dispatched for four and an outstanding victory, Matt finished on 18 not out.

Harry Deveney  
Harry Deveney opened the batting for the Second XI in their win over Ormskirk
The Third XI played Maghull's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. Scoring was slow at first but they eventually picked up and declared on 189 for 8 in 50 overs. Top scorer was Mike Lowe with 56, Iwan Williams scored 31, Joe Taylor 20 and Josh McShane 32 not out on his Third XI debut. Failure to dismiss the Maghull opener who scored a century proved critical for Sefton Park as Maghull passed the Sefton total for the loss of 5 wickets. Tim Gray finished with 2 for 30 and Pete Ostler 2 for 31.
Josh McShane  
Josh McShane scored 32 not out on his Third XI debut in their game against Maghull on the Lower Ground

No game for the Fourth XI.

The Fifths travelled to Widnes to play Birchfield Park Seconds Birchfield Park won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. The declared on 130 for 5 in 45 overs with James Hague scoring 40 and James Daniels 21. In reply, there were three wickets apiece for Billy Pinto (3 for 25), Jamie Bowman (3 for 39) and Terry Macklin (3 for 29) but a tenth wicket proved elusive as Birchfield Park finished on 112 for 9 in a drawn game.