Saturday 22nd August.....Home defeat by Rainford

The First XI played promotion chasing Rainford at Sefton Park. After a half hour delay for rain, the visitors won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. Wickets fell quickly with only Luke Connolly and Richie Conlan reaching double figures, both scoring 11. With the score at 58 for 9 in 25 overs, last man Joel Parkinson joined Peter Kelly in the middle and they put on 44 for the last wicket with Peter finishing on 35 not out in Sefton's total of 102 all out in 37.2 overs.

In reply, two wickets fell fairly quickly and with the score on 23 for 2, hopes were raised but a stand of 69 for the third wicket set up Rainford's victory. Two late wickets from Phil Calrow ( 2 for 12) gained Sefton an extra bowling point as Rainford finished on 103 for 5. Sefton are in seventh place in the table, 38 points above the relegation zone with four games left.

Peter Kelly  
Peter Kelly scored 35 not out in the First XI home defeat by Rainford
 

The Second XI travelled to Crosby to play Northern. They won the toss and decided to bat first, recovering from 13 for 3 to finish on 171 all out in the 45th over. Top scorers were Matt Ireland (50), Michael Row (53) and Matt Garnett (42 not out). Northern reached 150 for 3 in reply but then lost quick wickets before reaching the Sefton total with 8 wickets down in 40.3 overs. Top wicket takers were Andy Foulder (3 for 49) and Joe Roddis (2 for 36).

The Third XI completed a disappointing day for Sefton Park sides when they played Wallasey's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Sefton won the toss and asked Wallasey to bat first. They declared on 183 for 6 in 45 overs with Ayan Madhu taking 3 for 45 and Tim Gray 2 for 60. Only Jonathan Hague offered any resistance in Sefton's reply, scoring 37 as they were dismissed for 95.

Jonathan Hague  
Jonathan Hague scored 37 for the Third XI in their home defeat by Wallasey
 
     
The Fourth XI travelled to New Brighton but their game was called off without a ball being bowled. The Fifth XI game at Caldy was called off without them having to travel.