Saturday 16th April....Two wins against Birkenhead St Marys

The First and Second XI both defeated Birkenhead St Marys in the "start of the season" Knockout Tournaments. The First XI were put in to bat at Birkenhead and scored quickly but lost wickets. In the end a last wicket partnership of 45 between Phil Calrow (29 not out) and Peter Kelly (20 not out) enabled them to reach 220 for 9 in their 45 overs. Dave Hort scored 38, Rhys Jowett 23 and Daniel Kelly 23 were the top scorers. In reply new boy Chris Dye took 3 for 37 and there were two wickets apiece fore Daniel Kelly, Peter Kelly and Matt Pownall as the home side were dismissed for 163.

The Second XI decided to bat first and reached 289 for 7 in their 45 overs. Top scorers were Iain Squires (77), Richard Forsyth (41), Rob Supria (69), Jason Marsh (33) and Adam Flynn (27 not out). Birkenhead St Marys's reply saw them reach 217 for 8 in 45 overs with Ali Khan taking 3 for 41 and Andy Foulder 2 for 22.

Rob Supria  
Rob Supria scored 69 is his first game for Sefton Park Seconds

The Third XI travelled to New Brighton to play their SR XI. Sefton won the toss, put the home team in to bat and dismissed the home team for 164 with Ted Williams and Paul Eastham taking three wickets apiece. In reply, Paul Eastham scored 73 not out, Adam Taylor 48 and John Davies 29 not out as Sefton reached the required total for the loss of 2 wickets.

New Brighton were the visitors to Sefton Park, this time their PG XI played the Fourth team on the Lower Ground. Sefton scored 150 for in 50 overs after being put in to bat, Alex Miller (340 and Robin Surtees (24) were top scorers. In reply New Brighton lost three wickets in reaching the required total

Matt Binns  
Matt Binns scored 16 for the Fourth XI on the Lower Ground

The Fifth XI played Birchfield Park at the Liverpool College ground. Sefton won the toss and deided to bat first. Julian Taylor scored 32 not out as they were dismissed for 71. Julian went on to complete a fine inndiviual performance by taking 3 wickets as Birchfield Park won by 4 wickets


Saturday 23rd April...Wins over Alder

The First XI entertained Alder in the next game of the Ray Digman Knockout. Acting captain Chris Bellis lost the toss and was asked to bat. Chris Bellis (33),Dave Hort (25), Rob Supria (21), Iain Squires (24), Chris Dye (27), Phil Calrow (28) and Matt Pownall (24) all made valuable contributions without any going on to make a big score. Sefton were dismissed for 205 with one ball remaining in the allotted 45 overs. In reply Sefton's bowlers did not give much away and Alder were restricted to 181 for 8 in their 45 overs. Chris Dye took 3 for 26.

Phil Calrow
Phil Calrow hits a six in his score of 28 for the First XI

The Second XI were put in to bat in their game at Alder. Elliot Supria (138) and James Baird (68) put on 208 for the first wicket, Adam Flynn scored 46 not out and Andy Foulder 25 as Sefton went on to score a massive 353 for 5 in their 45 overs. In reply Ali Khan took 6 for 13 in 8.5 overs as the home side were dismissed for 110.

There were two drawn games against Northern.

Northern's Fourths were the visitors to Sefton Park to play Sefton's Thirds and Northern won the toss and asked Sefton to bat. They scored 250 for 7 in 45 overs, top scorers were Mike Heaney (45), Jordan Kevan (45), Nick Moreton (44), Saj Khan (35), John Davies (27) and Iwan Williams (25). In Reply the visitors scored 222 for 4 with Jordan Kevan taking 2 for 27.

Nick Moreton
Nick Moreton scored 44 for Sefton's Thirds on the Lower Ground

The Fourth XI travelled to Northern to play their Third XI. Sefton batted first and declared on 156 for 5 in 45 overs. Phil McEvoy scored 48 and Alex Miller 58 not out. In reply, three wickets for Mark Chappell and two for Matt Garnett saw the home side finishing on 106 for 9.

The Fifth XI achieved their first win of the season at Caldy, playing the home side's Third XI. Put in to bat Sefton scored 101 all out with Abdul Rehman (23) and Rob Kennedy (18) being the top scorers. Julian Taylor took 3 for 19 in a fine all round performance that saw Caldy dismissed for 73