Saturday 12th July......Honours even in top of the table battle.

The match at Sefton Park between the 1stXI who are in third place and second place Fleetwood Hesketh produced a hard fought draw. Fleetwood were put into bat and made a brisk start and looked in a strong position when the second wicket fell at 103. This was to be the first of five quick wickets and it was Sefton who then looked to have the upper hand. Following last weeks performance by Jimmy Adams, Sefton Park followers are well aware of the damage that can be caused by an overseas player and so were not too surprised to see Abey Kuruvilla coming in at number eight and hitting 100 not out to enable Fleetwood to declare at 226 for 9.
Abey Kuruvilla scores 100 not out for Fleetwood
Paul Horton scores 99 not out
In reply, despite good efforts by Vin Mane (28) and Ian Fielding (23) no one was able to stay long enough with skipper Paul Horton who finished on 99 not out as Sefton reached 197 for 8

The other three teams to play suffered disappointing defeats again.

The 2ndXI travelled to Leigh and declared on 197 for 8 with Paul Squires (67) and Andy Bailey (36) top scoring. Leigh reached the total in the last over for the loss of 7 wickets.

Nev Bann's 3NBXI travelled to Southport. The home team batted first and scored 173 for 9 with Chris Saunders taking 3 for 11. In reply Sefton park were dismissed for 119 with Nev Bann (29) and Manesh Agarwal (25) top scoring.

The 3RSXI came up against a strong Bootle XI who declared on 200 for 6 with Peter Kelly taking 3 for 62, and in reply were dismissed for 160, Robin Surtess (27) Mo Khan (22) and Stuart Marshall-Clarke (25not out) having the best performances.

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