Saturday 15th August....Win at St Helens Town

The First XI continued their climb up the table with a win at St Helens Town. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first. Their opening stand put on 23 but they then collapsed to 69 for 7 before putting on 68 for the eighth wicket. Once the eighth wicket fell, nine and ten followed quickly as they were dismissed for 147 in the 54th over. There were two wickets apiece for Daniel Kelly (2 for 58), Matt Pownall (2 for 35) and Sean Vandome (2 for 11)

Sefton's reply began with the wickets of Dave Hort and Richie Forsyth falling on 7. Adam Irwin (20) and Sean Vandome then put on 30 for the third wicket but when the fourth wicket fell with Sean Vandome's dismissal for 32 with the score on 57 for 4, St Helens looked to be in with a chance. James Baird joined Jonathan Drakes in the middle and put on 69 for the fifth wicket before James was dismissed for 29. No further wickets fell as Jonathan Drakes (49 not out) and Daniel Kelly (9 not out) steered the side to victory and a vital 25 points.

The Second XI batted first in their home game against Formby and not for the first time this season, the highlight of their innings was a century (120) by their skipper Matt Ireland. He was helped by 35 from Michael Row and 27 from Andy Dickinson as they declared on 254 for 9 in 45 overs. To their credit, Formby never gave up the chase and finished on 214 for 8 in a drawn game. Mark Chappell finished with 3 for 80 and Phil Calrow 4 for 52.


Matt Ireland  
Skipper Matt Ireland scored 120 for the Second XI in their home game against Formby

The Third XI travelled to New Brighton to play their CJ XI. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. They declared on 200 for 8 in 45 overs with Tim Gray taking 5 for 32 and John Fretwell 2 for 33. Sefton began well in their reply but collapsed from 104 for 1 to 130 all out. Adam Taylor top scored with 48, Jonathan Hague scored 30 and Mike Lowe 23.

The Fourth XI played Birchfield Park's Firsts on the Lower Ground. Their batting struggled but they recovered from 60 for 6 to 135 all out thanks to 53 not out from their skipper Chris Mitchell. Birchfield Park's innings went the opposite way as they were on 60 for 1 but eventually dismissed for 130 in 42 overs and a 5 run victory for Sefton. James Milburn finished with 3 for 11, Naj Ahmed 2 for 21, Fraser Deveney 2 for 31 and Chris Mitchell 2 for 18.

Chris Mitchell  
Skipper Chris Mitchell scored 53 not out for the Fourth XI in their 5 run victory over Birchfield Park
The Fifth XI played Liverpool's Fourth XI at the Liverpool College ground. Liverpool batted first and were all out for 161 with Danny Wright taking5 for 41and Phil Jenions 3 for 33. The were four excellent catches for John Davies. Sefton were only able to score 91 in reply with Andy Thompson top scoring with 30