Saturday 30th July - Win at Maghull

For another year, the holiday season affected the selection of Sefton Park sides, giving many players an opportunity to test themselves at a higher level.

The First XI travelled to Maghull without leading wicket takers, Rob Houghton and Peter Kelly. Maghull won the toss and decided to bat first reaching 142 for 2 when Jameel Stuart was introduced into the attack to bowl spin. Seven overs later he had taken 6 for 20 and Maghull declared on 184 for 9 in 55 overs. James Baird (13) and Sean Vandome put on 19 for the first wicket, Michael Row then joined Sean and they put on 45 for the second but with the score on 120 for 5, the game was in the balance, Iain Squires then scored quickly before he was dismissed for 19 with the score on 148 for 6. Skipper Richie Forsyth (48 not out) and Ricky Martin (31 not out) steered the side to a four wicket victory. Sefton remain sixth in the table but only 10 points behind second placed Wigan.

The Second XI welcomed Bootle to Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. At 64 for 7, this did not look like the right decision but they put on 100 for the eighth wicket and eventually declared 200 for 8 in 38.5 overs. Sefton never gave up the chase with Pete Ostler scoring 21, Richie Conlan 34, Josh Bell 25 and Matt Garnett 36 but they eventually fell 52 runs short on 148 in 42.1 overs

Pete Ostler  
Pete Ostler scored 21 for the Second XI in their home defeat by Bootle.

The Third XI travelled to Wallasey to play their Third XI. Wallasey won the toss and decided to bat first, going on to declare on 207 for 2 in 45 overs. Sefton could only manage 105 in 34 overs in reply with Neil Disley scoring 42

There was a top of the table battle on the Lower Ground between top of the table Sefton's Fourths and second place Birchfield Park's First XI. Birchfield won the toss and decided to bat first. They declared on 198 for 9 in 45 overs with Pete Elliott taking 4 for 34 and Chris Mitchell 3 for 36. In reply, Sefton reached 118 for 6 in 50 overs as the game was drawn. Saul Nagus scored 27 and Harvey Till 60.

Saul Nagus  
Saul Nagus scored a valuable 27 for the Fourth XI in their home game with Birchfield Park First XI
There was also a draw with Birchfield Park for the Fifth XI who travelled to Widnes to play Birchfield's Seconds. After Sefton won the toss, Birchfield Park were asked to bat and they declared on 143 for 7 in 57 overs. In reply Sefton scored 57 for 9.