Saturday 28th July....First XI defeat table toppers Southport & Birkdale

The First XI welcomed undefeated table toppers Southport & Birkdale to Sefton Park. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. They set off at a rapid pace and after one hour when we would normally be settling down for an afternoon's cricket, they already had 100 on the board. Only the introduction of the spinners slowed the pace down somewhat but the Southport were able to declare half an hour before tea despite weather interruptions on 220 for 7 in 39.5 overs.

After an extended tea for weather, Sefton still had enough time and opened with a stand of 92 between Richie Forsyth and Sean Vandome who was dismissed for 62 (passing his 500 league runs for the season). Richie and Jermain Davis then put on 105 for the second wicket with Jermain scoring 65. Richie Forsyth was dismissed for 69 with Sefton only 8 runs short of victory. The runs proved hard to get, however , as 3 more wickets fell before Greg Harvey saw Sefton home with 4 balls of the day left.

Sefton now move 22 points behind second place Orrell Red Triangle with 7 games left.

Sean Vandome  
Sean Vandome scored 62 and passed his 500 runs in the league for the season in the First XI win over league leaders Southport & Birkdale
 

The Second XI visited Wallasey, won the toss and decided to bat. They declared on 208 for 8 in 45 overs with Ben Percival scoring 76 and Richie Conlan 62. In reply, after a slow start, Wallasey were able to pass the Sefton total in the 42nd over for the loss of 6 wickets with Harry Bailey taking 3 for 33 and Phil Calrow 2 for 39.

The Third XI travelled to Widnes to play League leaders Birchfield Park. Birchfield Park batted first and were dismissed for 193 in 44.5 overs with Chris Mitchell taking 3 for 50, Nisar Merza 2 for 50 Pete Elliot 3 for 28. The total proved far too many for Sefton who were dismissed for 55 in the 20th over.

Not a good day for the Fourth XI either as they played New Brighton SLS XI on the Lower Ground. Sefton batted first struggled for runs. However, after Jamie Turner had scored 41, Mark Boyns (26) and Charlie Daniels (23 not out), they recovered to score 170 in 27.4 overs. New Brighton, themselves were struggling but recovered to pass the Sefton total with 6 wickets down in the 41st over.

Jamie Turner  
Jamie Turner top scored for the Fourth XI with 41.
 
     
The Fifth XI played Maghull's Thirds at the Liverpool College ground. Sefton won the toss and asked Maghull to bat first. This proved to be a good decision as Maghull were dismissed for 72 with Mike Wildsmith taking 4 for 13, Jo Ledbury 2 for 19 and James Foster 2 for 18. Sefton passed the Maghull total after losing 5 wickets with Muhammed Awais scoring 28 not out