15th July...........Defeat at home to Fleetwood Hesketh.

Fleetwood Hesketh visited Sefton Park to meet a home side without Paul Horton or Brendan Taylor, with the latter having returned to Zimbabwe to play a one day series against Bangladesh. This did not prevent Sefton making a good score of 244 for 6 declared in 66.5 overs with skipper Ben Moore scoring 80, Peter Jones 69 not out, Ted Williams 31 and Matty Phythian 26. This did not prove to be enough, however, as the visitors took 40.3 overs to reach the required total for the loss of 7 wickets. Dave Kelly bowled well again taking 3 for 50 and Stuart Wade took 3 for 43

A four from Peter Jones on his way to 69 not out for 1st XI

The highlight of the 2ndXI's visit to Fleetwood Hesketh was a fine bowling performance by Matty Pownall who took 7 for 45 as the home side declared on 169 for 8 in 45 overs. In reply Phil Calrow (50) and Ian Seabury (34) led the way as Sefton reached the required total with 7 wickets down.

The 3rdXI travelled to Bootle and must have thought that they were heading for victory after dismissing the home side for 91 with Brian Viner taking 5 for 26 and James Pearce 5 for 25. However, in reply, they were dismissed for 68 with only Kev Walton (14) and Neil Disley (13) reaching double figures.

Better news from the Lower Ground where Northop Hall were the visitors against the 4thXI. The away side batted first and after passing 200 with only one wicket down eventually declared on 247 for 8. Pama Singh took 3 for 52 and Naj Ahmed and Robin Surtees took 2 wickets each. In reply Iwan Williams (72), Vince Abel (36), Robin Surtees (33) and Tom Robertson (27) made the runs and the game ended in real excitement as Sefton achieved an "all run" four off the next to last ball to claim a victory by 2 wickets.

Tom Baird bowling for the 4thXI in their win against Northop Hall

Littlewoods Gaming KO

Sefton Park are out of the Littlewoods Gaming Knockout Trophy after the toss of a coin following the failure of Orrell Red Triangle and ourselves to agree a date and venue. The ground has been used for previously arranged games.

22nd July....1stXI Draw at Leigh and Excellent Performances by Home Sides

The 1stXI visited Leigh, won the toss and put the home side in to bat. Leigh made 229 for 8 declared in 55 overs with Paul Horton taking 3 for 75. Paul was also the pick of the batsman, making 63, Ben Moore (32) and Peter Jones (28) contributed valuable runs as Sefton finished on 177 for 8 in 45 overs for a drawn game.

At Sefton Park the young 2ndXI put in another fine performance against Southport. They were put in to bat and declared on 198 for 9 with Max Hill making 58, acting skipper Paul Squires 49 and Dave Hort 34. In reply the visitors were dismissed for 92 with David Baird taking 3 for 20 and Matty Pownall 3 for 6.

A catch behind by Dave Hort off David Baird for the 2ndXI's first wicket against Southport
The 3rdXI put in an even better performance on the Lower Ground beating Northern's 3rdXI who are top of the table and previously unbeaten this season. Northern were put in to bat and declared on 206 for 7 in 45 overs, Mohammed Nawab took 3 for 31. Nawab was also the best contributor with the bat, making 57. Stuart Marshall-Clarke made 39 and James Pearce was on 48 not out as Sam Gainer hit the winning runs with 7 Sefton wickets down..
James Pearce hits a boundary in his 48 not out for the 3rdXI
The 4thXI came down to earth after two consecutive wins when they played away to a fine Liverpool 3rdXI. Liverpool batted first and scored 236 without loss in 40 overs. In reply Kev Walton (39), Pama Singh (25 not out) and Nev Bann 23 top scored but were dismissed for 146 and a 90 run victory for the home side