Saturday 21st May....Richie Conlan century in dramatic Second XI victory and First XI victory at Southport

The First XI travelled to Southport and Birkdale and were probably pleased to see the home side decide to bat after the morning rain. They were soon in trouble and never recovered being dismissed for 77 in 26.5 overs, their biggest stand being 30 for the fifth wicket. Rob Houghton finished with 3 for 11, Daniel Kelly 2 for 33, Joe Francis 2 for 14 and Matt Pownall 2 for 17. Sefton's reply was not without problems and at 30 for 4, the game was not won. However a stand 44 for the fifth wicket almost took them to victory but Richie Forsyth was out for 24. Daniel Kelly kept up the good form he displayed last Sunday and saw Sefton over the line with 40 not out, a victory by 4 wickets with Sefton's innings taking 23.3 overs.

Nice to see the Second XI having the same opponents and at Sefton Park, Southport and Birkdale won the toss and batted first and looked like they would make a big score put were pegged back before declaring on 160 for 8 in 45 overs. Robin Brown was the pick of the bowlers with 5 for 51, Matt Garnett took 2 for 69.

Wickets fell quickly and when Harry Deveney joined skipper Richie Conlan with the score on 63 for 7, it looked like they would be dismissed cheaply for the second week running but they had different ideas. They set about their task with a good balance of scoring at a good pace but not being too erratic. The result could have gone either way at any time but Richie Conlan's 107 not out and Harry Deveney's 18 not out saw them home without another wicket falling

Richie Conlan  
Skipper Richie Conlan scored 107 not out in the Second XI's winning score of 161 for 7
 

The Fourth XI did a great job getting the wicket ready for a 2:50 pm start in their game on the Lower Ground against Maghull's Fourths.

Sefton batted first and declared on 153 for 6 with Paddy Kendall scoring 36 and Steve Squires 35. They looked to be on course for victory as 8 wickets fell quickly but a resistance by Maghull for the ninth wicket was never broken and they finished on 77 for 8 and the game was drawn, Naj Ahmed took 2 for 4, Mike Wildsmith 3 for 31 and Chris Mitchell 3 for 17

Paddy Kendall  
A draw for the Fourth team at home to Maghull and (left) Paddy Kendall was top scorer with 36 (below) a wicket for skipper Chris Mitchell
 
       
  Chris Mitchell wicket
 
 
       
The Third XI game at New Brighton and Fifth XI game at Goodlass were called off following the early morning rain.