Saturday 30th April...Defeat by New Brighton

The First XI played the last of the "round robin" fixtures of the Ray Digman Knockout against New Brighton at Sefton Park. They won the toss and asked the visitors to bat going on to restrict them to 183 for 8 in their 45 overs with Phil Calrow taking 3 for 28 and Daniel Kelly 3 for 37. An excellent innings of 63 by Sean Vandome led the Sefton reply but when he was dismissed with the score on 105 for 3 in the 25th over, the home innings faded to 156 all out in the 40th over. Sefton Park go through to the next round as one of the seven best runners up.

Sean Vandome  
Sean Vandome scored 63 in the First XI game against New Brighton at Sefton Park

The Second XI and Third XI play on Sunday in their respective cup competitions


Sunday 1st May...Second XI in to the next round of the Chester Cup

The Second XI won their group in the first stages of the Chester Cup.

At home to New Brighton, they batted first and were all out for 247on the last ball of their 45 overs, Iain Squires scored 73 and Rob Supria 54. In reply New Brighton were 20 short of the required total, finishing on 227 for 9. James Sayer took 2 for 20.

Dave Kirby  
Dave Kirby batting for the Second XI in their win over New Brighton in the Chester Cup
The Third XI were knocked out of the Embee Trophy after a defeat at Fleetwood Hesketh. The home side batted first and sored 181 for 8 in their 40 overs, a total that included 40 extras. Liam Tolladay (2-22), Saj Khan (2-41) and Jordan Kevan (2-16) took wickets. In reply, Peter Jones scored 52 and Daniel Coonan 25 but Sefton were dismissed for 160 in 38 overs.

Saturday 7th May....First XI draw and Seconds win as rain delays starts

The first league games of the season saw the First XI travel to St Helens Recs. Sefton won the toss and asked the home side to bat in a game that started two and a half hours late. They declared on 163 for 5 in 40 overs with Phil Calrow (2-40) and Peter Kelly (2-42) being the pick of the bowlers. This left 34 overs for Sefton to bat, they scored 51 for the first wicket with Sean Vandome making 29. A fine stand of 51 for the fifth wicket between Paul Squires (43) and Paddy Stern (35) gave them some hope but they were left requiring 14 off the last over. With Paul Squires dismissed off the first ball Matt Pownall and Peter Kelly batted out the final 5 balls and they finished on 150 for 9 in a drawn game.

A similar late start for the Second XI saw them ask Bootle to bat first and saw them go on to declare on 175 for 2 in 37 overs. An excellent run chase followed with Iain Squires (69), Elliot Supria (21) and James Baird (31 not out) leading the way saw them reach the required total with 4 ball left and 5 wickets down.

Elliott Supria    
Elliot Supria scored 21 for the Second XI in their home win over Bootle
The Third XI played the Fourth XI on the Lower Ground. After being asked to bat, they found themselves on 3 for 2 and 67 for 4 but an undefeated century by Paul Eastham (125 not out) and 57 not out from Ted Williams saw them declare on 220 for 5 in 32 overs. Matt Garnett took 2 for 32 and Adam Brennan 2 for 33. In reply Saj Khan took 5 for 26 and Robin Brown 2 for 18 as the Fourths were dismissed for 131, James Fretwell was top scorer with 42
Adam Taylor caught by Alex Miller    
(Left) The Third XI's Adam Taylor is caught by Alex Miller off Naj Ahmed. (Below) Paul Eastham completes his hundred with a four off Robin Surtees  
    Paul Eastham completes hundred
The Fifth XI home game at Liverpool College against Northern LP was called off without a ball being bowled