Saturday 4th June...Rain intervenes in top of the table game

This Saturday's rain at around 7:00 pm in the LIverpool area left a feeling of "what might have been" for all but the Sefton Park Second XI

The third placed First XI welcomed top of the table Burscough to Sefton Park. Sefton skipper Richie Forsyth won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. Burscough struggled to score runs quickly particularly against the Sefton spinners. Eventually, they declared at tea with the score on 183 for 9 in 58 overs. Peter Kelly took 4 for 41, Rob Houghton 3 for 65 and Daniel Kelly 2 for 22.

Sefton's reply was all about James Baird, he put on 76 for the second wicket with Richie Forsyth (12) and was on 88 not out with Sefton on 109 for 4 when the rain (and thunder and lightening ) came. There were 3 overs of the last twenty gone and any result was possible.

James Baird  
James Baird completes his 50 in front of some of the Sefton Park following. He was on 88 not out was the game was abandoned for rain.

The Second XI travelled to Birkenhead Park and managed to avoid the rain by getting the game over quickly. The home side batted first and were dismissed for 88 with John Fretwell bowling through the whole of the Birkenhead innings and taking 5 for 30, Andy Foulder took 3 for 21. Josh Bell scored 36 not out and Luke Connolly 27 as Sefton passed the Birkenhead Park score with 2 wickets down.

The Third XI played Maghull's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Sefton batted first and declared on 225 for 2 in 35 overs. Neil Disley score 105 not out and he and Adam Taylor (79) put on 174 for the first wicket. In reply, Harvey Shields took 2 for 26, Tim Gray 2 for 33 and Peter Elliot 3 for 20 but they could not take the final Maghull wicket when the rain fell. They finished on 105 for 9 in 45 overs, there was probably another 10 overs left in the game.

Neil Disley  
Neil Disley scored 105 not out for the Third XI in their home draw with Maghull's Thirds

The Fourth XI game at Prescot and Odyssey featured the second century of the day with Jon Hague scoring 113 in Sefton's total of 222 for 6 declared . Prescot scored 187 for 5 when their game was called off a little later than others.

The Fifth XI played Caldy's Third XI at the Liverpool College ground and were asked to bat first. Awais Khokhar scored 45 and Naj Ahmed 40 not out as they were dismissed for 151. In Caldy's reply of 99 for 3, Naj Ahmed took 2 for 15.

So a day that was so warm and sunny for most of the afternoon ended with four games being rained off.