Saturday 15th July....Defeat at Wigan

The First XI visited Wigan with both sides hoping to catch up with the leading teams. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first. Stands of 59 for the second wicket and 66 for the fifth wicket were the basis of their total of 229 for 7 dec in 51 overs. Rob Houghton finished with 5 for 78.

The total looked formidable and so it proved as the innings did not ever get going with only James Baird (39) offering any resistance. They were dismissed for 131 in 47.3 overs.

Better news from the Second XI who welcomed Lytham to Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. Their opened with a stand of 97 before Greg Harvey was brought into the attack. He took the first four wickets to fall and finished on 6 for 56 as Lytham declared on 186 for 8 in 48 overs. Sefton paced their reply well with Dan Coonan scoring 24, Ryan Ouwerkerk 36, Richie Conlan 46 not out and Greg Harvey completing a fine individual performance scoring 41 as Sefton passed the Lytham total with 5 overs left and 6 wickets down.

Greg Harvey  
(Left and below) A fine individual performance for Greg Harvey taking 6 for 56 and scoring 41 runs in the Second XI win over Lytham
  Greg Harvey
The CD XI played Bootle's DH XI on the Lower Ground. The visitors batted first and looked to be in trouble at 50 for 6. Hover, they recovered to reach 166 all out in 43 overs with Chris Mitchell taking 4 for 36, Freddie Frost 4 for 23 and Joe Taylor 2 for 42. The total still looked one that Sefton could achieve but they never looked like reaching it and were dismissed for 71 with Andy Dickinson top scoring with 19.
Andy Dickinson  
Andy Dickinson top scored for the CD XI with 19 in their defeat by Bootle

The Fourth XI travelled to Northern to play their GK XI. Sefton batted first and declared on 205 for 9 with Michael Row scoring 47 and Zubair Ali 43 not out. In reply, Northern reached 150 for 7 as the game was drawn.

There was also a draw for the Fifth XI who played Birchfield Park's seconds at the Liverpool College ground. Sefton batted first and declared on 146 for 9 in 50 overs with Rob Kennedy scoring 227, Harvey Till 22 and Jo Ledbury 20. Ten man Birchfield Park never chased the total and finished on 54 for 8 with Michael Forde taking 4 for 10 and Adam Ahmed 3 for 4