Saturday 1st August.......First XI win in run chase at Northop Hall

The First XI travelled to Wales to play Northop Hall. They won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. After 12 overs with the score on 32 without loss, it began to rain. Two hours were lost during which they took tea. On return Daniel Kelly took a wicket without the score moving on. He then took the next four wickets leaving Northop Hall on 99 for 5. A stand of 66 for the 6th wicket then followed before the home side declared on 117 for 6 in 49 overs.

This left Sefton with half an hour and 20 overs to chase the Northop total. They lost Pete Ostler for 1 with the score on 11 and then a stand of 101 in 96 balls set the pace for the game. Dave Hort was first to go for 37 , then at 137 Sean Vandome was dismissed for 65 in 63 balls. Richie Conlan went for 9 with the score on 151 for 4 leaving 27 runs required off 3 overs. 18 were required off 2 and then the final over started with 8 runs still required. 1 run off the first ball and then Jonathan Drakes was dismissed for 38 in 26 balls. A four from Richie Forsyth then followed leaving 3 from 3, a leg bye left Matty Pownall on strike with 2 from 2 required but only one was needed as he scored a four over the field which had now closed in. An excellent victory which leaves Sefton 21 points above the relegation zone and the feeling that they can go on and win more games.

Birkenhead Park visited Sefton Park for the Second XI game. They batted first after the start was delayed by rain. With Joe Roddis taking 5 for 78, they were a strong position at 113 for 7 but Birkenhead eventually declared on 175 for 8 in 45 overs. Sefton Park's reply offered little resistance apart from skipper Matt Ireland who scored 52 and the were dismissed for 119.

Matt Ireland  
Matt Ireland (left) scored 52 and Joe Roddis (below) took 5 for 78, the highlights of the Second XI home defeat by Birkenhead Park
 
     
  Joe Roddis
 
 
     
The Third XI played Ormskirk's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Ormskirk won the toss and decided to bat first. Liam Tollady took 2 for 17, Tim Gray 4 for 8 and Joe Taylor 3 for 9 as they were dismissed for 90. In reply, after losing 5 wickets for 60, Sefton moved on to victory without losing another wicket. Top scorers were Riz Buckari with 29 and Ian Kelly with 24 not out.
     
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Syed ( Riz) Bukhari scored 29 for the Third XI in their victory over Ormskirk
 
     

The Fourth XI visited Caldy to play their Third XI. They declared on 200 for 3 with Charlie Daniels scoring 99, James Daniels 36 and Ted Williams 43 not out. They dismissed Caldy for 46 with in form Mike Wildsmith taking 7 for 13 in 11 overs.

The Fifth XI was called off without a ball being bowled.