Saturday 12th May....Excellent recovery before rain intervenes

There was a mixed bag of results this weekend as the rain intervened.

The 1st XI visited Southport Trinity, won the toss and found themselves at one point on 49 for 7. David Baird (82) featured in two stands, the first of 86 with Dave Poskitt (38) and the second of 55 with Phil Calrow (18 not out) which enabled Sefton to declare on 190 for 9 in the 58th over. In reply the home team could only bat 36 overs because of rain and they reached 131 for 7 with Dave Poskitt, David Baird and Graham Cashin taking two wickets apiece in the drawn game.

The 2ndXI entertained New Brighton at Sefton Park and put the visitors in to bat. They declared on 175 for 6 in the 34th over following interruptions with Peter Kelly taking 3 for 43. In reply Sefton chances looked good when Nick Cockrell (57) was batting but they collapsed to 128 all out in the 40th over.

Peter Kelly bowling and Gaz Cowley keeping wicket in the 2ndXI game against New Brighton

The 3rd XI home game against Bootle did not survive the intervention of rain as the game was called off after they reached 54 for 1 with Scott Isaac making 25 not out.

The 4th XI achieved the one victory of the day at St Helens Recs. The home side were dismissed for 84 with Pamma Singh taking 5 for 20 and Robin Brown 2 for19. In reply Sefton lost 5 wickets in reaching the required total with Nev Bann (24) and Kevin Walton (21) top scoring

Saturday 19th May...defeat by Prestatyn

Only the 1stXI started on Saturday as the 2ndXI's game was called off as they travelled to Wigan and the Embee Trophy game for the 3rdXI never took place as Southport Trinity withdrew from the competition.

The 1st XI won the toss and put Prestatyn in to bat at Sefton Park. The visitors were 18 for 2 and 52 for 3 but a fourth wicket stand of 160 put them in a strong position. They went on to declare on 263 for 4 in the 52nd over. In reply Sefton always struggled and, despite a stand of 78 between Graham Cashin and Dave Poskitt which gave them hope, in the end they were dismissed for 157 with 14 balls left. Graham Cashin (38), Chris Bellis (36) and Dave Poskitt (34) were the leading batsmen.

A difficult day as (left) John Jackson appeals in vain and (below) Dave Poskitt begins his innings of 34 surrounded by fielders