Saturday 5th September...Defeat at Colwyn Bay

The First XI travelled to North Wales to play first division champions Colwyn Bay. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. Daniel Kelly took 3 for 62 and Phil Calrow 3 for 58 as the home side declared on 221 for 8 in 52.5 overs.

It was one of those days when the Sefton innings never got going and they were dismissed for 75 in the 29th over. Top scorers were Richie Conlan with 15 and Dave Hort with 14. The good news was that the four points gained meant that Sefton are now 53 points above the relegation zone with only 50 available in the last two games.

Top of the table Bootle were the visitors to Sefton Park, hoping to gain sufficient points to win to be crowned champions. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. Skipper Matt Ireland again led the way scoring his sixth consecutive score of fifty or more with 56, he was helped by Michael Row with 23, Adam Taylor with 22 and Mike Lowe with 19 as they were bowled out for 161 in 46.5 overs.

Bootle reply began well and with the score on 70 for 1, they looked well on the way to victory. Enter, the Sefton Park "spin twins", Robin Brown and Mark Chappell, they tied the visitors down and began taking wickets. They needed 8 to win when their last man was caught by Joe Francis off the bowling of Mark Chappell for an excellent victory. Mark Chappell finished with 6 for 58 and Robin Brown 3 for 41.

Matt Ireland has now scored 887 runs in the league and 913 runs in all competitions with two games left in the season.

Michael Row  
Michael Row scored 23 for the Second XI in their excellent win over Bootle
 
The Third XI had a disappointing performance against Liverpool's Thirds on the Lower Ground. After being asked to bat first, they were dismissed for 41 in 35 overs with Liam Tollady's 12 (2 sixes) being the top score. Liverpool reached the Sefton total in 10 overs without losing a wicket.
Iwan Williams  
Skipper Iwan Williams batting for the Third XI against Liverpool on the Lower Ground
 
     
The Fourth XI kept up their challenge for promotion with a win at Caldy against their Fourth XI. Caldy won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first, going on to dismiss them for 106 in 39 overs with skipper Chris Mitchell scoring 40. In Caldy's reply, Chris Mitchell produced a "man of the match" performance, taking 5 for 16 as the home side were dismissed for 43, Mike Wildsmith finished with 3 for 8
     

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