Saturday 7th May.....Defeat at Wigan

The First XI travelled to Wigan, hoping to benefit from last weeks home win but suffered a disappointing defeat.

Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. After losing James Baird for 5, Dave Hort (34) and skipper Richie Forsyth put on 54 for the second wicket and Sefton's innings featured players making good starts but not going on to make really big scores. Jameel Stuart (22), Daniel Kelly (24) and Peter Kelly (29 not out) contributed to Sefton's 197 for 9 declared in 54.1 overs.

In reply, Wigan put on 69 for the first wicket which allowed the introduction of Aaron Redmond for Wigan and by the time he was out for 63, the score was 191 for 6 and the game was lost for Sefton. Rob Houghton was again the pick of the Sefton bowlers, taking 4 for 52.

In the Second XI game at Sefton Park, Ormskirk batted first and went on to declare on 189 for 7 in 43 overs. There were two wickets apiece for Josh Bell (2 for 37), Matt Garnett (2 for 55) and Joel Parkinson ( 2 for 49). Josh Bell scored 38, Michael Row 24, Andy Dickinson 27 and Luke Connolly 23 in Sefton's reply but in the end, they were hanging on and finished with 161 for 8 (44 overs) in a drawn game.

Michael Row  
Michael Row batting for the Second XI in their home draw with Ormskirk
The Third XI played an exciting draw with Birkenhead Park's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Birkenhead batted first, declaring on 213 for 5. No Sefton bowler took more than one wicket with John Fretwell (1 for 40) and Damien Mee (1 for 33) being the pick. The pair were also the pick of the batting with Damien Mee scoring 67 and John Fretwell 38 not out as Sefton finished 3 runs short of the Birkenhead total finishing on 210 for 8.
Jon Hague  
Jon Hague batting for the Third XI in their home game against Birkenhead Park's Thirds

The Fourth XI game at Alder's Thirds featured the first century of the season by a Sefton Park player. Alder won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first, maybe regretting this as they went on to declare on 230 for 3 in 38 overs. The centurion was Pete Lancaster with 117 not out, Paddy Kendall scored 50 and Mike Lowe 33. Alder were dismissed for 150 with Jamie Turner taking 6 for 34 and Connor Melia 3 for 9 on his debut.

The second win of the day featured the Fifth XI who travelled to Crosby to play Northern's Fifths. Northern batted first and were dismissed for 105 with skipper Danny Wright taking 7 for 17 and James Hague 2 for 47. Sefton passed the Northern total with 7 wickets down, Steve Squires (46 not out) and Danny Wright (9 not out) steering them home.