Saturday 17th June....One run defeat at Highfield

The First XI travelled to Wigan to play league leaders Highfield. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. The home side batted steadily to reach 123 for 3 but they lost six wickets for 25 runs. A stand of 20 for the last wicket enabled them to finish on 169 all out in 53.3 overs. Rob Houghton finished with 3 for 56 and Shakeem Clarke 3 for 60.

Sefton's innings followed a similar pattern, they were 44 for 2 which was followed by a stand of 72 for the the third wicket between James Baird (44) and Neil Durand (56). A collapse then followed and when last man Joe Francis joined Shakeem Clarke in the middle, 22 runs were still required to win. The last over of the day was reached with Sefton requiring 11. Two fours and a single from Shakeem meant that Joe Francis required 2 to win off the last ball. A swing and a miss and he was bowled and Sefton finished one run short. A creditable performance as they go on to face Burscough twice in 7 days.

The Second XI played New Brighton at Sefton Park. New Brighton won the toss and decided to bat first. They reached 150 for 3 in 45 overs but decided to bat on, wickets then fell quickly and they were bowled out for 167 in 51.2 overs. Phil Calrow took 5 for 56 and Robin Brown 4 for 60. In reply, Richie Conlan (36), Iain Squires (32), Andy Dickinson (29) and Huzaifa Zubair (28) all put in good batting performances but after they were dismissed, Sefton struggled before Andy Foulder and Phil Calrow took them past the New Brighton total with 7 wickets down.

Iain Squires  
Iain Squires (left) scored 32 for the Second XI in their win over New Brighton. (below) A wicket for Robin Brown who finished with 4 for 60
 
       
  Robin Brown
 
 
The CD XI played Liverpool's Third XI on the Lower Ground. After Andy Taylor (19), James Daniels (19) and Sumraiz Butt (33) gave them a reasonable start, a collapse followed. They recovered slightly to reach 128 in 38 overs. Liverpool had no trouble in reaching this total for the loss of 5 wickets in 25 overs. Chris Mitchell finished with 2 for 38.
Chris Mitchell  
Last man Chris Mitchell made a good effort to add to the CD XI's total.
 
       

The ND XI played Ormskirk's Third XI in a top of the table battle. League leaders Ormskirk were asked to bat first after Sefton won the toss. The reached 207 for 5 declared in 45 overs with Muhammad Haroon taking 3 for 74. Freddy Frost top scored for Sefton with 21 as they could on reach 75 all out in the 35th over.

The Fifth XI played Irby's Thirds at the Liverpool College ground. Irby batted first and declared on 223 for 8 in 47 overs. Mike Wildsmith finished with 5 for 66. Sefton reached 101 for 6 in reply with Rob Kennedy scoring 29 and Chris Scott 17. Skipper Jo Ledbury praised Adam Ahmed who scored 4 not out in 17 overs to make sure the game was drawn.