Saturday 2nd September....Defeat by Highfield in exciting game, again!!

Following a one run defeat to Highfield earlier in the season, the First XI welcomed them to Sefton Park as league leaders.

Highfield won the toss and decided to bat first. They put on 34 for the first wicket and 37 for the fifth wicket and were dismissed 160 as the sides were about to go off for tea and 53.4 overs were bowled. Mark Chappell took 3 for 16 in 7.4 overs and there were two wickets apiece for Shakeem Clarke (2 for 49), Daniel Kelly (2 for 32) and Joe Francis (2 for 21).

Sefton's reply began badly as both openers, Sean Vandome and Dave Hort were back in the pavilion without scoring, in fact Sefton did not score a run in the first 6 overs. James Baird (22) and Scott Aitchison (20) then began to put some runs on the board with a stand of 33. Neil Durand scored 20 but with the score on 70 for 6, Sefton were really in trouble. Daniel Kelly (23) and Shakeem Clarke (30) then put on 57 before both were dismissed on 127. Rob Houghton went on 128 and Joe Francis joined Mark Chappell in the middle with Sefton still needing 33 runs to win. Highfield became nervous as they chipped away at the total required before Mark Chappell was unluckily dismissed as the ball rolled off him and just touched the stumps, six runs short of the Highfield total. Mark was on 11 and Joe Francis 11 not out. Sefton's innings lasted 52 overs. Highfield have been promoted to the Premier Division.

James Baird  
(left) James Baird scored 22 for the First XI in their home defeat by Highfield. and (below) A wicket for Joe Francis caught behind by Neil Durand
 
       
  Joe Francis
 
 

The Second XI travelled to New Brighton, won the toss and decided to bat. Fifties for Dab Coonan (55), Ryan Ouwerkerk (59) and Pete Ostler (54 not out) enabled them to declare on 236 for 7 in the 35th over. This gave New Brighton 55 overs to chase the Sefton total but they never really did so and finished on 199 for 9 with John Fretwell taking 5 for 58. This meant that Ormskirk have won that league.

The ND XI played Ormskirk's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Sefton batted first and were dismissed for 115 in 33 overs. Top scorers were Austin Ventre (28), Harry Deveney (19) and Phil Birch (17) . In reply, Ormskirk passed the Sefton total in the 27th over with just 2 wickets down. Tim Gray took the 2 wickets for 25 runs. Remarkably, this meant that Ormskirk won this league on the day that their first and second elevens won their leagues. It is a great credit to the Sefton Park sides who ran them so close in two of the leagues.

Austin Ventre  
Austin Ventre top scored for the ND XI in their home defeat by Ormskirk
 
       
The Fifth XI travelled to Irby to play their Third XI Irby batted first and scored 157 in 47 overs. Billy Pinto (3 for 6 ), Mike Wildsmith (2 for 13) and James Hague (2 for 29) took the wickets. In reply, Ted Williams scored 50 and James Hague 16 but Sefton were dismissed for 126 as Billy Pinto was adjudged LBW on the last ball of the day.