The weekend began well for Sefton Park teams with a win for the Thirds in the Mike Leddy Cup, a T20 competition.
Sefton won the toss and asked Fleetwood Hesketh to bat first. Accurate Sefton Park bowling did not allow Fleetwood Hesketh did score easily and they were dismissed for 64 in 18 overs, Mark Ewing took 3 for 3 and Charlie Nelson 2 for 15.
In reply, Sefton lost the two openers cheaply but lost no more wickets as Mark Ewing completed a fine match, scoring 36 not out. Sefton passed the Fleetwood total in the 13th over.
On to Saturday, where there was a little bit of mopping up at most grounds after the morning rain, the First XI travelled to play Wallasey. The home team won the toss and asked SEfton to bat first.
Harry Lewis (12) and Ben Percival (25) put on 32 for the first wicket. Adam Taylor (15) and Kemar Smith put on 55 for the third wicket. Huzaifa Zubair (21) and Kemar Smith put on 41 for the fourth wicket. Kemar Smith was eventually out for 87 with the score on 177 for 6. Mark Chappell came in at number nine and scored 29 valuable runs before being last man out with the Sefton score on 218 in 48 overs.
Wallasey scored steadily in reply but Sefton were always in with a chance. Kemar Smith took 3 early wickets and finished on 3 for 79.
As the last 20 overs started, Mark Chappell came on to bowl and took 3 wickets for 44 but Wallasey were able to complete the win with 7 wickets down.
So ends the first half of then season with just one win but a lot of creditable performances.
The Second XI welcomed Formby to Sefton Park. Formby won the toss and decided to bat first. A stand of 66 for the fifth wicket took them to 88 for 5. They eventually went on to declare on 165 for 9 in 44 overs. Dave Kelly finshed with 5 for 42 and Ghulam Rasool 2 for 37
Sefton made a rapid start in their innings, Asif Saeed scored 41 and Rob Supria 47 before they were both dismissed with score on 89. Tom Heard then added 30 runs. Leo Spilsbury (19 not out) and Tim Foden (28 not out) steered them to a 6 wicket victory in 36.3 overs.
After two consecutive wins, the Seconds now move up to 7th in the table.
(above) A wicket for Dave Kelly
(above) Two catches Leo Spilsbury (left) Ghulam Rasool (right)
(above) Asif Saeed scored 41 for the Second XI in their win over Formby
(below) Rob Supria scored 47