Saturday 25th June....Wins for first four teams

The First XI travelled to Prestatyn, won the toss and asked the home side to bat. Prestatyn lost a wicket to Joe Francis with the score on one, then put on 43 for the second wicket. After this, wickets fell fairly quickly with eight falling to the spinners Peter Kelly (4 for 45) and Rob Houghton (4 for 34) and one run out as the home side were dismissed for 143 in 52.4 overs.

An opening stand of 40 gave Sefton a good start in reply and when James Baird was dismissed for 19, Dan Coonan carried on the good work eventually finishing on 65 not out. Sean Vandome had joined him after the fall of the third wicket on 85 and he went on to finish with 33 not out as Sefton recorded a 7 wicket victory.

The Second XI entertained Liverpool at Sefton Park. Liverpool won the toss asked Sefton to bat first Richie Conlan scored 58, Michael Row 57 and had a stand of 86 together for the 4th wicket. Iain Squires was next highest with 20 and they declared on 208 for 7 in 41 overs. Liverpool's innings never really got going apart from a stand of 32 for the 4th wicket and they were dismissed for 73 in 24.2 overs. Joel Parkinson was the star performer with the ball, taking 7 for 14

Iain Squires  
Iain Squires scored 20 for the Second XI in their home win over Liverpool

The Third XI travelled to Bootle, the home side winning the toss and asking Sefton to bat. They declared on 201 for 5 with Adam Taylor (75), Damien Mee (41 not out) and Pete Lancaster (24) being top scorers. Sefton required just three bowlers to dismiss Bootle for 93 in the 30th over, Naj Ahmed took 4 for 29, Mark Boyns 4 for 17 and Harvey Shields 2 for 36.

The Fourth XI played Northern's Fifths in an interesting low scoring game on the Lower Ground. Northern won the toss and decided to bat first, scoring slowly to reach 101 for 4 before they collapsed to 101 all out in 51 overs. Mike Wildsmith finished with 5 for 11 and Chris Mitchell 4 for 28. In reply, Sefton found the going and at 56 for 6, the game could have gone either way. However, Josh McShane joined Chris Mitchell in the middle and it was Josh's 26 runs that enabled Sefton to win by 3 wickets in the 24th over

Mike Wildsmith wicket  
(Left) One of Mike Wildsmith's five wickets and (below) Josh McShane scored 26 in the Fourth XI's win over Northern's Fifths
  Josh McShane
The only defeat of the day was to the Fifth XI who played at top of the table Birchfield Park's First XI. Sefton were asked to bat first and Muhammad Awais scored 32 of his side's 54 all out. in 26.3 overs. Birchfield Park did not lose a wicket in reaching the Sefton total in their 17th over.