Saturday 8th August...A Tie against Maghull

A Maghull side challenging for promotion visited Sefton Park for the First XI game with Sefton hoping to move further away from the relegation zone. It turned out to be a game full of incident and some controversial umpiring.

Maghull won the toss and decided to bat first and soon lost their two openers with the score on 10. They put on 63 for the third wicket but then lost two further wickets with the score on 73. A stand of 87 then took them to 160 for 7, Sefton took 2 more wickets before Maghull declared on 196 for 6 in 54 overs. Joel Parkinson playing his first First XI game of the season finished with 5 for 51, Daniel Kelly took 3 for 59

Sefton's reply began well with Adam Irwin and Pete Ostler putting on 55 before the latter was dismissed for 14. Adam Irwin was dismissed for 49 with the score on 108 for 4. Sefton then made steady progress with only Jonathan Drakes of the top nine batsmen not making double figures. A stand of 38 between Daniel Kelly (19) and Mark Chappell (20) took the score to 188 for 8 when Mark was dismissed. In the penultimate over, Joel Parkinson struck a ball through the covers which looked like a match winning four but the ball was saved just inside the boundary and two runs were taken. The final over started with 2 runs required to win and Daniel Kelly at the crease. Unfortunately he was bowled by the first ball and fifteen year old Joe Francis came to the wicket on his debut. The first ball he faced was turned for a single and Joel Parkinson was on strike. The third ball of the over struck him on the pad and he was given out LBW. The game was tied with both sides taking 15 points.

Adam Irwin  
Adam Irwin scored 49 for the First XI in their tied game with Maghull at Sefton Park.

The Second XI travelled in the opposite to Maghull. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first, going on to declare on 182 for 9 in 45 overs with Matt Ireland scoring 59, Michael Row 31, Dan Coonan 27 and Ian Kelly 33 not out.

With a lot players missing this week, their bowling attack suffered and Maghull reached the Sefton total for the loss of two wickets.

A similar story for the Third XI who travelled to Northern to play their Fourth XI. Northern won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first, They declared on 180 for 6 in 50 overs with Neil Disley scoring 55 and Mike Lowe 62. In reply, Northern lost 4 wickets reaching the total, finishing on 181 for 4 in 45 overs with Mike Wildsmith taking 2 for 36.

The best news of the day came from the Fourth XI who played Wavertree's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Wavertree won the toss and decided to bat, going on to score 111 all out in 28.2 overs. Leo Hinds finished with 6 for 36 and Chris Mitchell 2 for 27. Sefton's reply was never totally comfortable but some solid batting by Steve Squires who finished on 42 and a few late fours from James Hague (16 not out) enabled them to win by 3 wickets in 30.4 overs.

James Hague  
James Hague scored 16 not out in the Fourth XI victory over Wavertree's Thirds.
The biggest victim of the player shortage was the Fifth XI who had to concede their game against Northern's Fifth XI