Saturday 23rd April....Draw at Ainsdale

The season got underway properly with the First XI travelling to Ainsdale. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first, a decision that looked justified as they reached 113 before the first wicket fell. After that, wickets fell fairly quickly and Ainsdale declared on 197 for 9 in 55 overs. Robbie Houghton took 4 for 44 on his return to a Sefton side and acting skipper Peter Kelly finished with 3 for 44.

In reply, Sefton lost both openers for 12 runs and were unable to pick up the pace in the following overs. There were contributions from Daniel Kelly (25), Sean Vandome (28) Jameel Stuart (31) and Andy Dickinson (24) as Sefton reached 136 for 7 in 51 overs as the game was drawn.

The Second XI played Formby at Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first, going on to declare on 252 for 3 in 35.3 overs. One player, Tom Simpson, scored 150 not out. Matt Garnett took 2 for 65. Sefton's reply never got going and they were dismissed for 129 in 44.3 overs with skipper Richie Conlan top scoring with 33

Richie Conlan  
Skipper Richie Conlan scored 33 for the Second XI in their home defeat by Formby
The Third XI played Merseyside Cricket and Cultural on the lower ground. Sefton batted first and were dismissed for 101 with Stuart Lomas scoring 27 and Joe Taylor 22. The total did not look enough but Sefton put up a spirited performance as the visitors lost 8 wickets reaching the total. Damien Mee finished with 4 for 51 and Tim Gray 2 for 17.
Stuart Lomas  
Stuart Lomas top scored with 27 for the Third XI in their home defeat by Merseyside Cricket and Cultural
Performance of the day came from the Fourth XI who made the trip to Caldy to play their Third XI. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first, going on to declare on 200 for 3 in 37.3 overs. Rob Kennedy scored 31, Jon Sproson 30, Paddy Kendall 45 and Ted Williams 71 not out. In reply Peter Elliott took 5 for 31 on his debut and Chris Mitchell 3 for 26 as Caldy were dismissed for 98 in 50.3 overs.