Saturday 13th May... Praise for Pete Ostler

Northern Cricket Club described Sefton's Pete Ostler as a credit to Sefton Park Cricket Club and his profession, he is a nurse. The Second XI were playing on the main ground at Northern when Northern's Phil Sloan, playing for the their Third XI on an adjacent pitch had a heart attack. The Second XI game was stopped as players ran across their pitch for help and Pete was able to go over to the thirds ground and help revive Phil Sloan and save his life. He is now recovering in Broadgreen Hospital, well done to Pete Ostler.

The game was abandoned without starting after the incident. Northern were 103 for 5 in 36 overs with Robin Brown taking 3 wickets.

The First XI welcomed Prestatyn to Sefton Park. Prestatyn won the toss and asked Sefton to bat first. The Sefton openers were soon out, the score was 2 for 2. There, then, followed a stand of 38 between Scott Aitchison (16) and Neil Durand who went on to score 63. new boy, Adrian Kinsey came in at number 7 and scored 46 from 42 balls and Greg Harvey, making his league debut scoring an undefeated 40 as Sefton were dismissed for 183 in the 41st over.

Sefton's task in reply was never going to be easy and looked more difficult as the visitors put on 49 for the first wicket and then 68 for the second. The pace then slowed down a little but Prestatyn were able to do enough to pass the Sefton total with 6 wickets down in the 53rd over. Rob Houghton finished with 4 for 60 and Neil Durand followed his 63 with four victims behind the sticks.

Neil Durand
Neil Durand scored 63 for the First XI and had four victims keeping wicket.
On the Lower Ground, Neil Disley's ND met league leaders Liverpool Thirds. Liverpool batted first and were dismissed for 130 in the 42nd over. Tim Gray took 3 for 41 in 17 overs, Harvey Shield took 2 for 36, Mohammed Haroon 3 for 39, and Damien Mee 2 for 8. Sefton's reply was steady but picked up pace to enable them to win by 5 wickets in 40 overs. Phil Birch (32), Freddy Frost (30 not out) and Damien Mee (22 not out) were top scorers.
Ollie Henry  
Ollie Henry, batting for the ND XI in their win over Liverpool's Thirds.

The good news continued with Charlie Daniels's CD XI who visited New Brighton to play their SLS XI. New Brighton batted first and were bowled out for 53 in 17.1 overs, Chris Mitchell finished with 4 for 23 and Naj Ahmed 5 for 30. Sefton lost just one wicket in reaching the required total in 13.1 overs with Mike Lowe scoring 23 not out.

The Fifth XI gained their first win of the season against Maghull's 3GL XI. Maghull batted first and were dismissed for 138 with Chris Smart taking 4 for 25, Danny Wright 3 for 21 and Adrian O'Hara 2 for 12. There was a tight finish but Sefton eventually won by 1 wicket with Rob Kennedy scoring 26, Connor Melia 22 and Tim Yates 22.