Saturday 16th September...Season finishes with a defeat

The First XI welcomed Newton le Willows to Sefton Park with little at stake apart from a battle for fourth place in the table.The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first. Newton le Willows scored steadily and reached 212 all out in 52.2 overs helped by a stand of 37 for the last wicket. Rob Houghton finished with 5 for 66 to give him 50 league wickets for the season and Greg Harvey, bowling for the first time for the First XI this season took 4 for 40.

There was not a lot that can said about the Sefton reply where there were four ducks and only James Baird reached double figures with 16, they were dismissed for 55 in 22 overs. This means that they finish fifth in the table.

Dan Kelly catch  
(left) A catch for Dan Kelly off the bowling of Rob Houghton. and (below) only James Baird reached double figures with 16 in the First XI home game against Newton le Willows.
  James Baird

No game for the Second XI who completed their programme last week.

Neil Disley's ND XI played Merseyside Cricket and Cultural on the Lower Ground. The visitors batted first and declared on 215 for 4 with two wickets apiece for Austin Ventre and Pete Ostler. In reply these two players were the pick of the batting with Pete Ostler scoring 34 and Austin Ventre 25 but they could not prevent a defeat as Sefton were dismissed for 144. The ND XI ended an excellent season finishing third in the table.

Pete Ostler  
Pete Ostler scored 34 for the ND XI in their defeat by Merseyside Cricket and Cultural

Charlie Daniels CD XI travelled to Northern to play their JS XI. The home side batted first and were dismissed for 93 with Huzaifa Zubair taking 2 for 3, Corrin Murphy 2 for 12 and Joe Taylor 2 for 21. In reply, Sefton passed the Northern total with 4 wickets down. Michael row scored 33 not out in 72 balls and Andy Dickinson 33 in 24 balls!

This means that the CD XI finish one place behind the ND XI in fourth place, again , an excellent season.

The Fifth XI travelled to Caldy to play their MD XI. They batted first and scored 186 for 6 with skipper Jo Ledbury getting his best score of the season with 44 not out. Harry Wright scored 35, Tim Yates 23 and Tom Heard 23. In reply, Mike Wildsmith took 5 for 10 to dismiss Caldy for 78. This means that the Fifth XI finished a remarkable fourth in their league.