16th July.....1stXI win at Hightown

The 1st XI had a fairly comfortable win at Hightown. The home team won the toss, elected to bat first and were dismissed for 148 with Bruce Neary taking 5 for 25. In reply Sefton lost 2 wickets in reaching the total with Ben Moore (51), Paul Horton (45) and Ramesh Powar (26 not out) making the runs.

The 2nd XI drew their home game with Liverpool. Sefton scored 238 for 2 declared in 45 overs with Howie Baird (89), Chris Bellis (65 not out) and Steve Delve (48) scored the runs. In reply Liverpool finished on 182 for 9 with Mark Forster (4 for 29) and Phil Calrow (3 for 48) taking wickets.

The 3rd XI lost their home game to Wallasey. They batted first and scored an excellent 213 for 3 declared with Sean Hogan making 98 and Iain Squires 87. The visitors however scored the required runs for the loss of 5 wickets with 10 overs to spare.

Taking photographs of a batsman's big moment does not always go according to plan as (below) Sean Hogan is dismissed on 98 and (right) Iain Squires is bowled on 87, both excellent innings.
A fine all round performance by new boy Robin Brown could not prevent the 4thXI losing at Southport. He scored 32 in Sefton's total of 158 and then took 5 for 74 as the home team won by 3 wickets.

Saturday 9th July... Defeat at Fleetwood Hesketh

The 1st XI suffered a defeat at Fleetwood Hesketh, where after being in a strong position, Pakistani test bowler Mohammad Sami scored 95 not out and Fleetwood finished on 200 all out with Robbie Houghton (3 for 50) being the pick of the bowlers. In reply Sefton started well but a controversial stumping of Paul Horton who left his crease to do "a spot of gardening" started a fall of wickets from which they did not recover. Ben Moore (34), Ramesh Powar (31) and Robbie Houghton (27) top scored as they were dismissed for 162.

The 2nd XI drew their home game with Formby. Formby won the toss and put Sefton in to bat and they reached 155 for 9 declared in 55 overs with Steve Delve (40) and Ted Williams (40 not out) being in the runs. In reply Formby lost early wickets and never chased the total finishing on 62 for 9 with Mark Forster taking 6 for 25.

Wickets for the 2ndXI, (right) the shot off David Baird that Steve Delve caught in the covers and (below) a clean bowled from Mark Forster

There was no game for the 3rd XI and a victory for the 4th XI on the Lower Ground against Maghull. The visitors batted first and scored 150 with Ian Seabury taking 4 wickets and Robin Surtees 3 wickets. Sefton lost 4 wicket in reaching the Maghull. Kevin Walton top scored with 48 not out and Ian Seabury made 40.