Saturday 17th September...First XI win but miss out on promotion following Southport's one wicket victory.

The First XI travelled to Fleetwood Hesketh in third place, 13 points behind Southport and Birkdale in second place.

Fleetwood won the toss and decided to bat first, scoring 36 for the first wicket before the Sefton Park spinners were brought on to bowl. Rob Houghton took 5 for 42 and Peter Kelly 5 for 31 to dismiss the home side for 114 in 51.3 overs.

Sefton's reply once again gave us a few anxious moments and at 49 for 4 looked like it could go either way. Daniel Kelly (13) then put on 37 for the fifth wicket with Richie Forsyth who then went on to score an undefeated 31 for the sixth wicket with Richie Conlan (16 not out) to secure Sefton's victory. Richie Forsyth finished with 48 not out.

A lot of the team then travelled to nearby Southport to watch the end of the Southport and Birkdale versus Newton le Willows game. Southport chasing 148 needed 18 with 3 wickets left, 16 with 2 wickets left and then 10 with 1 wicket left. They managed to hang on score those 10 runs and achieve a 1 wicket victory. Sefton were that close to achieving promotion.

The Second XI against Fleetwood Hesketh's Seconds was called off because Fleetwood were unable to raise a side.

The Third made the trip to New Brighton to play their DC XI. New Brighton won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first, They were bowled out for 134 in 37.2 overs with Charlie Daniels scoring 33 and Joe Taylor 26. New Brighton reached the Sefton total in 32 for the loss of 7 wickets. Joe taylor completed a fine game by taking 6 for 71.

The Fourth XI were able to play on the Upper Ground in their game against Birchfield Park's Seconds. Sefton batted first and declared on 252 for 6 in 42 overs. There were half centuries for skipper Chris Mitchell (68) and Connor Melia (51 not out), James Hague added 31 and Adrian O'Hara 25. In reply, Birchfield Park scored 77 with Naj Ahmed taking 6 for 29 and Mike Wildsmith 2 for 12.

Chris Mitchell  
Two men scored half centuries for the Fourth XI in the home game against Birchfield Park. Chris Mitchell (left) scored 69 and Connor Melia (below) score 51 not out
 
     
  Connor Melia
 
 
     
A strong Fifth XI visited Maghull to play their Fourth XI. Maghull batted first and scored 95 all out in 32.3 overs. John Fretwell took 4 for 3. Sefton lost 4 wickets in reaching the Maghull total with Greg Harvey scoring 26 and Harry Deveney 20 not out.