Saturday 26th August....Win against Birkenhead Park

The First XI continued their progress up the table with a win over old rival Birkenhead Park at Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. They reached 56 before the first wicket fell but following Rob Houghton's introduction to the attach wickets fell quickly. Rob finished with 8 for 20 in 18 overs as Birkenhead Park were dismissed for 134 in the 50th over.

In reply, Sefton lost wickets on 11 and 28 but after that had little trouble reaching the required total without losing another wicket. Sean Vandome finished on 74 not out, completing his 500 league runs for the season, and Scott Aitchison 53 not out, completing his 50 with the final shot of today.

Sefton moved into third place in the table and face league leaders Highfield next week in Sefton Park.

Sean Vandome  
(left) Sean Vandome scored 74 not out for the First XI and (below) a caught and bowled for Rob Houghton who finished with 8 for 20
  Rob Houghton

The Second XI travelled to Formby where the home side batted first and declared on 207 for 8 in 49 overs. Pick of the Sefton bowlers was Sean Kirk with 5 for 35and John Fretwell with 3 for 72 . Sefton batted 34 overs in reply and were steered to a 3 wicket victory by Pete Ostler (50 not out) and John Fretwell (38 not out). Other contributions came from Richie Conlan (33), Michael Row (36) and Ryan Ouwerkerk (23). With two games left, they remain in second place 212 point behind Ormskirk but having played a game more.

The ND XI played Northern JS XI on the Lower Ground. Northern batted first and were all out for 207 in 50 overs. Austin Ventre finished with 7 for 56 and Andy Foulder 2 for 50. Sefton looked to be heading for victory with Harry Deveney (50), Andy Foulder (38) and Neil Disley (45) leading the way but in the end were forced to hold out for a draw, finishing on 178 or 9 in 47 overs.

Harry Deveney  
Harry Deveney scored 50 for the ND XI in their draw with Northern JS XI

The CD XI travelled to Wallasey to play their Third XI. The home side batted first and declared on 221 for 3 in 42 overs. In reply Sefton were dismissed for 109 with Andy Dickinson scoring 32, Chris Mitchell 29 and Charlie Daniels 22 not out.

The Fifth XI continued their good form with ten wicket victory over Alder's Thirds. Alder scored 99 with Adam Ahmed taking 2 for 8, Adrian O'Hara 2 for 7 and Mike Wildsmith 3 for 15. The SEfton runs were scored by Steve Squires with 45 not out and Rob Kennedy with 43 not out.