Saturday 30th June....First XI win against Ainsdale.

The First XI reached the end of a busy month by welcoming Ainsdale to Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. After losing the first two wickets for 27, the Ainsdale batsmen settled in and eventually declared on 228 for 5 in 54 overs. Daniel Kelly took 2 for 50 and there was a wicket apiece for Sean Kirk, Mark Chappell and Rob Houghton.

Sefton's reply saw them reach 58 for 3, a big stand was required and this is what we got as Sean Vandome (126 not out) and Greg Harvey (50) put on 144 for the fourth wicket. After Greg wa dismissed, they lost just one more wicket, that of Rob Supria, before passing the Ainsdale with 5 wickets down in the 43rd over.

Sean Vandome  
Sean Vandome (left) scored 126 not out and Greg Harvey (below) scored 50 in a stand of 144 for the fourth wicket in the First XI win over Ainsdale
  Greg Harvey

The Second XI travelled to Wigan. The home side batted first and were dismissed 147 with Joe Pillar taking 6 wickets and Rory McInness-Gibbons 3 wickets, Sefton lost three wickets in reaching the required total with Ben Percival scoring 49 and Luke Connolly 50 not out.

The Third XI played last years league champions Ormskirk on the Lower Ground. They batted first and were dismissed for 152 in 37 overs with Richard Regler scoring 45. Jamie Turner took 4 for 45 as Ormskirk replied but they reached the Sefton total with five wickets down.

Richard Regler  
Richard Regler scored 45 for the Third XI in their defeat by Ormskirk

THe Fourth XI travelled to New Brighton to play their DG XI. They batted first and declared on 227 for nine in 40 overs. Ted Williams top scored with 32 and there were contributions from Rob Geddes (28), Rob Kennedy (26), Mohammad Awais (21) and Charlie Daniels (21). In reply New Brighton reached 201 for 7 in a drawn game. Naj Ahmed took 3 for 20 and Charlie Daniels 2 for 52.

The Fifth XI played a strong Wallasey Third XI at the Liverpool College ground. Sefton batted first and were dismissed for 187 with acting skipper Tom Heard scoring 69 and Paul Sterling 51. The total proved no trouble for the Wallasey side who lost just two wickets in reaching it. Both wickets were taken by James Milburn for 38 runs.