Saturday 16th July....Defeat by Wigan after exciting run chase

Second place Wigan visited Sefton Park and were asked to bat after Sefton won the toss in a game that started an hour and a quarter late. The visitors made steady progress on a slow wicket and declared on 175 for 8 in the 55th over. Rob Houghton finished with 3 for 63, Ricky Martin 2 for 24 and Peter Kelly 2 for 48.

This gave Sefton 39 overs to chase the Wigan total. Opener Sean Vandome scored 51 in 66 balls but when he was dismissed the innings faltered and at 103 for 7, a Sefton victory looked unlikely but Phil Calrow joined Daniel Kelly in the middle and they put on 52 for the eighth wicket when Dan was dismissed for 35 the score was 155 for 8. Sefton, then, needed 21 runs in 21 balls and Phil Calrow continued the chase and 6 runs were required off the last over, Matt Pownall took a single off the first and Phil Calrow was bowled for 30 off the third, Rob Houghton came in and took a single but Matt Pownall was bowled by the fifth to give Wigan a win by 3 runs with 1 ball remaining. Earlier, the only other batsman to reach double figures was Dave Hort with 21.

Rob Houghton wicket  
(Left), a wicket for Rob Houghton and (below) Sean Vandome scored 51 in the First XI's 3 run defeat by Wigan
  Sean Vandome

The Second XI travelled to Ormskirk and were asked to bat first after the home side won the toss. After putting on 24 for the first wicket, they collapsed to 71 for 7. Then, followed a stand of 52 between Mark Chappell who finished with 38 not out and John Fretwell who scored 20. Unfortunately, after that they were dismissed for 128 in 46.4 overs. Ormskirk had few problems in reaching the required total with four wickets down.

The Third XI crossed the river to play Birkenhead Park's Thirds. The home side batted first and were dismissed for 107 with Tim Gray taking 5 for 46 (20 runs of which were in one over) and Mark Boyns taking 3 for 24. Sefton's openers Harry Deveney (52 not out) and Adam Taylor (54 not out) knocked off the required runs in 14 overs without losing a wicket.

The Fourth XI also had a comfortable victory against Alder's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Sefton won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 203 for 5 in 44.5 overs with James Daniels scoring 38, Neil Disley 29, Mike Lowe 23 and Jamie Turner a rapid 66 not out. Alder were dismissed for 71 in 36 overs with Harvey Shields taking 5 for 19 and Chris Mitchell 2 for 10

Neil Disley  
Neil Disley scored 29 for the Fourth XI in their victory over Alder's Thirds.
%th XI victory

The Fifth XI achieved the second ten wicket victory of the day, playing Northern's Fifths on the Liverpool College ground.

Northern won the toss and decided to bat first. They were dismissed for 76 with Chris Smart (4 for 12), Danny Wright (4 for 26) and Ted Williams (2 for 12) taking the wickets .

The two batsmen pictured left scored 77 without loss with Rob Kennedy (left) scoring 44 not out and Saul Nagus scoring 23 not out.

Thanks to Danny Wright for the pic