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Keith Peet (1939-2010)

Former Sale and Cheshire bowler / all-rounder K L Peet died following a long illness on Wednesday July 14th, aged 71.  His funeral was held at St Ffriadd’s church in Trearddur Bay on Friday July 23rd 2010.
 
Keith Peet was a member of the cricket First XI during the 60s and 70s.  He attended the 150th Anniversary Dinner in 2004 and had gently declined since.  It is very hard to believe.
 
The Peets were well represented at the Cricket club.  His father, Eric was first team umpire, his elder brother, Stuart, was a first XI batsman of considerable ability, and a slow left arm bowler, and his son, Nick, was a promising seamer and batsman before leaving to play at Brooklands.  We, who played with him, remember Keith so well as a gentle giant and very well balanced man. He retired from playing cricket in the mid-70s to be able to spend more time with his growing family. On his retirement from Dunlop Rubber Company he moved to Anglesey, where he played for Sou'Westers CC.  He played his last game in 2004.
 
It was a great pleasure to have played cricket with him in the 60s and 70s. No doubt those who played soccer with him would echo that sentiment. In his later years he took to swimming in the sea off Anglesey in a wet suit, possibly as a solo effort, as that sounds a serious pleasure.
 
The Honours Board at Sale CC records his match winning efforts for the club, and surely joins the ranks of the great players over the last 150 years.
 
His exploits as fast bowler, batsman and fielder will live long in our memories.  In 1963 and 1970 he topped the batting and bowling averages, and the bowling averages 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969 and finally in 1973.  He was Club Captain briefly but found he could not devote the time necessary.  He also played for Cheshire.
 
A few anecdotes:
 
Playing away against Urmston the opposition reached 105 for 5 when Keith was driven over his head, over a fence into an adjacent school playing field; a very short boundary.  Conclusion; Urmston 105 all out.
 
At a home game he arrived without his bat and had to borrow Ian Powell’s.  Keith’s timing was not at his best; he shattered Ian’s bat in scoring 70.
 
At South West Manchester Sale batted first and were reduced to 28 for 6. Keith, at number 8 got 100.
 
Lastly. After a busy cricket schedule he arrived home after dusk and was greeted by his normally placid wife Jo who, somewhat exasperated at this time, threw his cricket clothes out of the bedroom window on to the rose bushes in the front garden; where they stayed until Keith collected them the following Saturday.
 
A well rounded man.
 
Jim Younger

Rick Halkon is Trafford Coach of Year

Rick Halkon is Trafford Coach of Year

Rick Halkon, our Coaching and Development Officer, was last night named Trafford Coach of the Year.  The annual awards ceremony took place at 'The Point' at Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Rick will now go forward to the Greater Manchester awards in November.

Sale Named Most Improved Cricket Club

Sale Named Most Improved Cricket Club

Sale Cricket Club collected several awards at the Annual Cheshire County Club President Rob Moore with Graham ThorpeCricket League Dinner at Mere Golf & Country Club on 30th September 2011 where the guest speaker was former Test Player Graham Thorpe.

Firstly Chairman Mike Wilkes collected the Henderson Rose Bowl for the League's most improved Club (see picture above), an accolade reflecting the club's successful playing season as well as progress made off the field with the state of its facilities, coaching, etc.

Over 40's Skipper Iain "Boony" Harrop collecting one of their two awardsThe Over 40's team picked up the trophy for winning their regional league for the second year in succession, and this year they also won the competition for the regional winners.

In the Players of the Year awards, selected by the teams themselves, Rick Halkon came runner-up in Division One with his amazing record haul of 79 wickets, losing only to Marple's overseas player Dom Michael.

Mentioned, but not awarded at the Dinner, was Sale's winning of the 2011 Cheshire Shield.

Ten Sale CC members were present at the Dinner - Cricket Chairman Mike Wilkes, Cricket Secretary John O'Donnell, Cricket & Club Treasurer Roger Lee, Club President Rob Moore, Club Coaching & Development Officer Rick Halkon, Over 40's Captain Iain Harrop and fellow Over 40's players Alan Whitelegg, Nigel Davenport, Stefan Peilober and Carl Hicks.

Chance to Shine Project of the Year

Chance to Shine Project of the Year

Sale Cricket Club was named Chance to Shine Project of the Year at the Brit Insurance annual achievement awards at Lords Cricket Ground on 3rd November.

The star-studded event was attended by the Governor of the Bank of England and Chance to Shine President, Mervyn King, England captains Andrew Strauss and Charlotte Edwards along with fellow England players Chris Tremlett and Jade Dernbach.

The judges praised the club for securing additional funding that allowed the club to employ a dedicated Sports Development Officer to deliver their programme, which resulted in a massive over delivery against the KPI’s and has ensured the sustainability of the programme as the overall income generated by the post will see it continue after the Chance to Shine funding has ended.

Sale Sports Club Chairman Rob Moore; and Coaching & Development Officer Rick Halkon collected the award.

Chance to Shine was established by the Cricket Foundation in May 2005 and set out to bring competitive cricket - and its educational benefits - back to at least a third of the country’s state schools.

Sale Cricket Club has worked with 12 schools in the Sale area, delivering over 550 hours of cricket through a combination of curriculum and after-school coaching and competition.  All curriculum coaching has been delivered free of charge to the schools involved.

Schools coaching is based around games and encouraging competition.  The club has established an inter school cricket league for the primary schools that is entirely teacher led to ensure sustainability.  The winner of the league has the pathway to the national ASDA Kwik cricket competition. 

The club has also benefited from a large increase in junior members and the establishment of a girl’s cricket team competing in the Cheshire league for the first time in 2011.

Jim Love, Regional Manager for Chance to Shine, said: “The professional approach that Sale took to their project really stood out, as well as the way they brought the school sports network together.  As a result they delivered real added value and over achieved against the targets we set them”.

Sale Sports Club Chairman Rob Moore manages the project on behalf of the club and said, “Chance to Shine has been recognised as one of the most successful grassroots sport initiatives ever, so to be named Project of the Year is a great honour for the club”.  He went on to say “We are very pleased to be able to provide this valuable initiative to the local community”.

The programme is delivered by Trafford Sports Coach of the year Rick Halkon, who said “It is fantastic to receive national recognition for something that everyone involved in the program has worked so hard for. All the passionate volunteers at Sale Sports Club can be immensely proud to be recognized by one of the country’s leading charitable organisations.”

Cricket Newsletter - December 2011

Message from the new Chairman

For those of you who do not know me, I am Matt Millward more famously known as Tower (something to do with my height I believe). I have been a member at the club since I was 10 years old and Sale Cricket Club is my second home. You may think that is a little sad but I can assure you my love for the club will hopefully make me a Chairman who can think about the long term health of the cricket section and provide a fun welcoming environment for all members and parents to enjoy. I have seen the cricket section thrive over the last few years and I am proud to say I have helped to get us where we are today, by taking on the roles of 1st XI captain, 2nd XI captain and Secretary. Now as Chairman I have the task of taking us to a higher level than we are currently at. We obviously will try and reach the Premier league both 1st XI and 2nd XI after narrowly missing out last season, but we also need the whole club to aim to be playing the highest standard possible throughout, especially on the Sunday and Saturday 3rd team. Having come from playing in the Under 11s here at Sale I know how important the juniors are to us and how important we can be to the juniors. I have formed lifelong friendships through cricket at Sale and I cannot stress strongly enough how hard people work behind the scenes to make Junior cricket prosper at Sale. Having re-formed the Junior section only 9 years ago I cannot believe how well we have done, but I know there is still a lot of room for improvement especially in communicating with parents, I hope you can remember that we are all volunteers who give up our time through the love of cricket and are always here to listen to new ideas and any gripes you may have, at the end of the day my aim is to provide a facility and culture that people can enjoy.

The AGM was held on Friday 7th October and the following appointments were made:

New Cricket Chairman—Matt Millward
Vice Chairman – Mike Wilkes
Secretary – John O’Donnell
Club Captain – Jamal Benzafar
Fixtures Secretary – Rick Hampton
Social Secretary / Events co-ordinator – Rob Merga
Junior Chairman – Paul Battersby
Ground Rep – Jim Younger
Treasurer – Roger Lee
Membership Secretary - Unoccupied
Communications Officer—Matt Savka
1st XI Captain – Ian Dixon
    2nd XI Captain – Keith Wellings
    Sun 3rd XI Captain – Lionel Thompson
    Sat 3rd XI Captain – Carl Hardicker
Over 40’s Captain – Iain Harrop
 

New Sightscreens on their way

We have been looking at several different models and manufacturers of sightscreens to re-place our wind damaged old sight screens with a view to placing an order in January ahead of the 2012 season. We have been fortunate to receive a very kind and unexpected donation from one of our ex-members Neil Fitton. Neil’s donation will significantly help our purchase of new screens. Thank you Neil!

Junior Winter Nets

Venue: Sale High School Start Sunday 26th Feb and are every Sunday until April 1st
1. Under 9's (Years 2, 3 and 4) - 1.30pm to 2.30pm
2. Under 11's and 12's (Years 5,6,7 & 8) - 2.30pm to 3.30pm
These training sessions are on Sundays at Sale High School in the Sports Hall.
The cost is £2 per session or ideally £12 payable on first session!

 

New Coaches

Paul Battersby and Nick Brookes are working towards their level 2 ECB Coaching Qualifications and Richard Foreman towards his Level 1 ECB Coaching Qualification. All are due to be completed ahead of next season.

Outdoor Junior Training

Outdoor Training for Boys will start on Monday 16th April 2012 at 6pm till 8pm at the club. Outdoor Training for Girls will start on Monday 16th April 2012 at 5pm till 6pm at the club. Academy Sessions: Formalised and will be invite only.

One to One Coaching can be sort through the Sports Development Officer and will cost £15 for a 1 hour session.

Chev recognised at Trafford Sports Awards

Sale Sports Club’s Sports Development Officer Rick Halkon was awarded Trafford Coach of the Year at the awards ceremony held at The Point at Lancashire county Cricket Club. Well Done Chev!

Senior Winter Nets

Starts Thursday 16th February, 8pm, Belle Vue for 1 hour (so be arrive early to be sure to get a bat!), cost £4 for Senior Members, £3 for Juniors / Students / Un-employed.

Who’s up for a challenge?

The Millward brothers Tower and Millers are planning to do the 3 peak challenge next year to help raise money for a well deserving charity and Sale Sports Club. Going to climb Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, all in two days!!!! Or at least that’s the plan.

Would anyone like to join them? Basic itinerary will be something like the following:

• Saturday morning drive to Ben Nevis set off at 5am and arrive at 11am.
• Climb Ben Nevis 11am - 4pm
• Drive to Scafell Pike 4pm - 9pm
• Sleep
• Wake up 5am
• Climb up Scafell pike 6am-10am
• Drive to Snowdon 10am -3pm
• Climb Snowdon 3pm - 7pm
• Drive Home

The initial thought was to do this in April, call it pre-season training if you like! If you are up for the challenge and to help raise some money please speak to Tower.

Membership

Joining Day will be Saturday 24th March from 12pm to 5pm. Process will be very quick for existing members.

Cricket Force Weekend: Also Saturday 24th March.

All junior members will be eligible to play for each of the Club's junior sections (Tennis, Cricket & Hockey).

Please NOTE there will be a limited to the number of cricket members we take on so be quick!

Boys £90 and Girls £50

Any families with more than one child shall pay £50 for a second child, and £30 for a third child. The cricket section membership will include:

1. All coaching fees
2. All match fees
3. A piece of Sale CC branded clothing.
4. Club kit for Under-11's (Sale CC playing shirts are provided for Under 9's and Under 11's)
5. Entry to the end-of-season party
6. Eligibility for Cricket Academy sessions

Shooting for Sky

Shooting for Sky

Sale Sports Club launched Sky Sports ‘Get Involved’ week on Monday 4th June with a live Sky Sports News broadcast from the club’s Sports Fun Day to promote their initiative to encourage more people to get involved in their local sports club.

The fun day included Cricket, Hockey and Tennis challenges and a fun run, as well as go-carting, zorbing, face painting, whack the rat and a bouncy castle.

Sale was chosen for the Get Involved live broadcast based on  the club involvement in the local community and the success it has had increasing its membership to over 600 in the last 3 years.

The fun run was a designated Street Games event with over a 100 runners.  Former England hockey international Charlotte Hartley was on hand to start the fun run and present medals and T-shirts to all participants.

Sky reporter Fraser Dainton opened with a live interview with club President Rob Moore, who explained the challenges that volunteer led sports clubs face in raising funds in the current economic climate.  A further 6 live broadcasts during the day promoted Cricket, Tennis, Hockey, volunteering and the social aspects of the club.

The club received special praise for its innovate approach of employing a dedicated Sports Development Officer, Rick Halkon, to work in local schools and to provide a link to the club.

The club then formed part of the rolling news agenda of the day with an hourly report featuring quotes from Rob Moore and Rick Halkon.

The fun day allowed the club to highlight the challenges faced by the hockey section that have to train and play in Manchester due to the shortage of facilities in Sale.

The fun day followed a Jubilee Party on the Sunday, covered by BBC radio Manchester, which launched a year of fund raising to improve the club facilities.

Sale President Rob Moore said, “Not only was our Sports Fun Day greatly enjoyed by everyone who participated, it also allowed us to promote the benefits of getting involved”, he went on to say “I hope that this weekend will give us the platform to take our club to the next level”.

Cricket Newsletter - July 2012

Cricket Newsletter - July 2012

Message from the Chairman 

So far the main obstacle of 2012 has been mother nature. All senior teams are going well, with the 1st XI especially being affected by the weather missing out on another big win against Heaton Mersey by 4 wickets which would have put us right in the mix. 2nd XI are travelling well after a slow start and look in prime position for a charge for the title. Both 3rd teams are being competitive when they manage to get on the playing field, we just hope the weather turns so we can all get lots of cricket in during the second half of the season. Calvin Flowers is leaving us in a couple of weeks and I would like to thank him for his efforts during the start of the season, we wish him well during his time back in South Africa. We are continuously trying to improve the ground and a big thanks is due to John Stepney for helping sort the landscaping of the corner, it will look really well once we get the gardeners in. Thanks must all go to everyone who has assisted with teas so far this year, the rota seems to be working well and duties are getting shared about, I hope this can continue for the remainder of the season. Junior cricket has also been badly affected by the weather, again a big thanks to all team managers and coaches for their assistance. I think next year we will be handing out Sale Sports Club wellies. Finally it was good to see so many cricketers down at the Jubilee weekend, we really showed the rest of the club the way forward and there was some great interviews on Sky Sports, I especially enjoyed our resident DJ John O'Donnell and Dan Osbourne who just wanted to join a GOOD Club. Also little George Fields aspiring to be as good as Rick. That is all thanks to everyone for all your hard work.

1st XI Captain’s Report—Ian Dixon

The 1st team are in good shape as we reach the half way point of the season; still undefeated in the league we sit 3rd in the table behind Grappenhall & Bowdon. Building on the momentum gained from last season’s division 1 campaign, the team have won 6 of the 8 games played and drawn twice against both of the promoted teams. We have recently been knocked out of both cup competitions after a promising start in each format. The T20 defeat to Didsbury showed what we must aspire to if we are to become a premier league club in the coming seasons. Our aim for the remainder of the season is to continue to win as many games as possible and clinch promotion via finishing in the top 2. After comprehensively beating Bowdon earlier in the season, this should be a realistic target over the final 12 games.

New recruits Wiahn Lubbe, Calvin Flowers and Taz Tharsan have settled in well and have each turned in match winning performances. A special mention should also go out to Rick Halkon who last week returned from Bollington with career best figures of 9-42 and is currently top of the Cheshire League wickets table for all 3 divisions. Batting stats (including cup) Wihan Lubbe 661 runs – average 50 –Highest score 78. Calvin Flowers 457 runs – average 35 – highest score 74. Dan Halkon 272 runs – average 22 – highest score 63. Bowling stats (including cup) Rick Halkon 38 wickets – average 15.11 – best figures 9-42. Wihan Lubbe 17 wickets – average 17 – best figures 4-17, Calvin Flowers 14 wickets – average 32 – best figures 2-17.

 2nd XI Captains Report—Keith Wellings

At the halfway point of the season the 2nd team sit 2nd in the division and in a very strong position to hopefully achieve the pre-season target I set the team of being promoted to the premier division. We are still undefeated in the league and have turned in some great performances during the first half of the season. We need to keep that horrible feeling of missing out on the last game of the 2011 season at the front of our minds and use it as motivation to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

There have been some fine individual performances so far this season. The Millward brothers have been a real bonus for us this year. Andy producing some fantastic bowling spells and Matt starting to find the kind of form with the bat that we all know he is capable of producing. Rob Walton arriving from Sale Moor has given us a much needed boost. His fielding is second to none and his no nonsense batting style has taken many a bowling attack to the cleaners. Brad Ross is developing into a very good fast bowler and has produced some excellent spells so far without much luck. You will get a 5 for soon Bradley!!!!

Batting Stats (League only): Keith Wellings - 309 runs –average 34.33 – highest score 70. Rob Merga – 211 runs –average 42.2 – highest score 57*. Matt Millward – 206 runs –average 29.43 – highest score 54*. Rob Walton – 158 runs – average 79 – highest score 51*.

 Bowling Stats (League only): Andy Millward – 17 wickets –average 15 – best figures 4-34. Brad Ross – 17 wickets –average 16.29 – best figures 4-23. Rob Moore – 14 wickets –average 11.21 – best figures 4-36. Rob Merga – 12 wickets – average 15.25 – best figures 4-29. Gareth Watterson – 8 wickets – average 18.38 –best figures 4-27.

Sun 3rd XI Captains Report—Lionel Thompson

Currently sitting 4th in the 3rd XI standings we've made a solid start to our league campaign. With 7 points being the difference between 2nd and 4th in the league we're very much targeting a return to the top flight. For this to happen we need to continue to get the solid contributions from our players along with that little bit more when required to bowl a team out.

Batting hasn't been a problem this year with two 200+ run innings so far and many more to come I'm sure. Notable senior knocks with the bat from Max Lloyd, Howard Briggs and Abdul Waheed. Along with juniors, Mikey Nuttall, Johnny Dickens and Harry Stepney who are all tipping in with the runs when required.

The bowling department is firing too, Shah Zeb frequently removing the top order batsmen along with the support of exciting prospect Harry Stepney (watch this space) and Max Lloyd. Bowler of the season so far though is Sully Butt. Taking a five'fer on debut and constantly chipping in regularly with wickets he's proving to be a real chip off the old block. Keep it up fella only 30 more wickets this year to match your old man's best!

Good to have an ever dependable pair of gloves behind the stumps and in Brent Osborne we certainly have that. We're in a blessed position in that we regularly have a board umpire in Shergs and have so far had a scorer every week with Ozzy (coloured pens and all). Both would be sorely missed if not there, so massive thanks has to go out to them...all we need is a tea lady every week (fancy it Sav?).

Junior Update

Sale Tigers, the only 2nd XI in the division, have a 1W 4L record. The team is developing fast, pushing more experienced opposition. It has a balanced bowling attack, keen fielders and a batting line-up led by Keir Wishart and Ross Davenport, each with top scores of 25 (retired). Chris Smith

U11 1st XI have performed well after losing opening two games to strongest two sides in the league Alderley Edge and Bowdon, having played 9, lost 2, won 4, abandoned 3, leaving them joint 3rd in the league. They have progressed into the quarter finals of the U11’s cup having beaten Wythenshawe, where we are to play Timperley. Everyone has contributed when called upon, notable batting performances from Sam Battersby 130 runs, Tom Gill 103 runs, George Dellaman 47 runs. Bowling Yash Raja and Tom Slaney leading wicket takers with 5 each, followed closely by George Dellaman, Tom Gill, Tom Robertson, Adam Holland and Nick Clarke who have all bowled well. Notable performance by u9 Billy Dawson filling in vs. Bowdon Vale 2overs 8runs 3wkts well done! Culminated in Sam Battersby being selected for Cheshire u11s as wicket keeper batsmen. Well done to all who played, shame about the weather!  Paul Battersby

In a stop start season with 6 matches cancelled the U13's won 3 and lost 3 in the league. We beat Ashton on Mersey, Didsbury and South West Manchester and lost to Brooklands, Timperley and Urmston. In the Cheshire cup we put up a creditable performance against a strong Grappenhall team after posting a good score of 103-7 and having Grappenhall 0-1 we lost by 7 wickets. In the league cup we lost to a hard hitting Timperley for the 2nd time in the season by 33 runs. On the plus side there were consistent batting performances from Milo Price Philips, Joe Cannon and Dan Osborne with Milo scoring 130 runs at an average of 26. The bowling was headed by George Field with 12 wickets at an average of 10.75 followed by Joe Cannon with 8 wickets. The fielding improved considerably as the season progressed with us only conceding more than 110 once when Timperley scored 122 at their home ground with a short boundary. The positives for next year’s U13's is that half this year’s team will be eligible to play again next year and hopefully a top four position is achievable.  Brent Osborne

Under 18’s have played 4 in the league won 3 lost to the previous winners, in semi final of the cup. Harry Stepney hit a 50 last week in the quarter final, 3rd in league with a game in hand.  Gareth Watterson

Club Development Update

The one question that most people ask me is “when will we get a new clubhouse?” We have been looking at this project for some time, although it is important to emphasise this is about improving the facilities of the whole club and trying to get a facility that hockey and football can use somewhere in Sale, as two of the biggest costs to the club are maintaining the house and astro pitch hire fees.

We have done a lot so far using volunteers and favours, but we now have to start spending real money on professional fees. So to take this forward we have organised a year of fund raising, starting with the jubilee weekend. Despite the weather the weekend was a great success. We did raise some vital funds, but thanks to the involvement of Sky Sports News in our fun day we can’t put a price on the publicity we received. We launched their “Get Involved” week, a message that hopefully we all live and breathe at the club! Those who volunteered over the weekend did a great job, thanks for all your help.

However it doesn’t stop there. Over the next year we would ask individuals and the sections committees to run their own fund raising events. If any members are entering an event (such as a run or bike ride), please consider donating some of your sponsorship to our development fund. You can split with any charity you choose (doesn’t have to be Christies). We have Sale Sports Club Just Giving web page set up and it’s really easy to create your own sponsorship page from it.

If you have any ideas or need some support, then please do not hesitate to contact Alex Moore who will be glad to give advice.

Rob Moore - Sale Sports Club President

Sale Youngster Makes History

Sixteen year old Sale bowler Johnathan Dickens achieved a very rare feat on Saturday, taking 5 wickets in 5 balls against local rivals Timperley.  Playing for Sale 3rd XI he bowled all 5 victims and finished with incredible figures of 2 overs, 1 maiden, 6 wickets for 4 runs.

It capped a day in which the Sale side dominated.  In a total of 223-0 declared, both Mark Almond and Cheshire Under 14’s Harry Stepney scored unbeaten centuries.  Dickens then dispatched Timperley in short order, as they were bowled out for 71.

His amazing feat created a new record for Sale, beating Garry Saunders’ record of 4 wickets in 4 balls in the 1990’s.

In truth the Salians were just glad to get a game of cricket, having had 9 out of the previous 13 games cancelled due to the poor weather this season.

Sale Volunteer Going for Gold

Sale Volunteer Going for Gold

Alex Moore, a volunteer and keen tennis player at Sale Sports Club, has grabbed the chance to volunteer at the Olympics. She is working in the press operations team at the Aquatics centre, a role that involves a fine balance of looking after athlete needs and those of the press.

Alex has been an active volunteer at the club for 10 years, most recently managing the club’s Coaching and Development Officer and supporting the massive growth in junior tennis and holiday activities. This once in a lifetime opportunity to get involved in the world’s largest sporting event was one she couldn’t miss.

We caught up with Alex on Day 4 of the Games:

“Everything about the games so far has surpassed my expectations and there is a real one team feel between volunteers across all roles in the park.

I am experiencing and seeing what goes on once the athletes have completed their race/dive, the highs and lows of competition and the importance of the media getting the athletes story out to the world.

It's like a wave being in the mixed zone. One minute calm and then the swimmers arrive and the media clamber to get their story and calm again once the swimmer leaves the area to warm down.

I am loving every minute!”

Sale cricket coach recognised by Sky Sports Award

Sale cricket coach recognised by Sky Sports Award

CRICKET coach Rick Halkon, from Sale Sports Club, has been recognised for outstanding services to grassroots cricket by cricketing great Shane Warne.

Former Australian International Warne presented him with a special coaching certificate during the second Investec Test Match against South Africa at Headingley.

Rick was given the chance to attend the Test Match as part of the Sky Sports ECB Coach Education programme.

He was one of 15 coaches who met with Warne during lunch on the pitch at Headingley, as part of programme’s ‘Reward and Recognition’ scheme.

Rick has been coaching in Sale for five years and runs sessions for 150 children at Sale Sports Club.

Last year Rick delivered 560 hours of coaching across 10 different schools and he continues to run academy workshops for those who show special promise.

Rick said: "There has been a massive increase in interest because of the work that Sky Sports and the ECB do to raise awareness of the game.

“I didn't have a coach as a child and now our club has 25. This can definitely be accredited to the help that Sky and the ECB have given."

The Sky Sports ECB Coach Education Programme aims to attract and train coaches at all levels of cricket in England and Wales.

The programme’s ‘Reward and Recognition’ scheme, aims to identify those cricket coaches across England and Wales that go above and beyond the call of duty to help grassroots cricket flourish.

Sale Celebrate Double Promotion

Sale Celebrate Double Promotion

Sale 2nd XI 2012.  Back row (L-R): Rick Hampton, Mark Almond, Rob Moore, Andy Millward, Rob Walton, Harry Stepney, Dom Gandy. Front row (L-R): Rob Merga, Keith Wellings (Captain), Lionel Thompson, Gareth Watterson. Not pictured: Brad Ross, Matt Millward, John Hampton, Roux Joubert, Paul Battersby, Rory Woodward

Sale Cricket Club celebrated a double promotion this season.  The 2nd XI crowned an excellent year finishing champions of division 1, confirming promotion to the premier league for the first time in the club’s history.  The 3rd XI confirmed promotion to division 1, meaning Sale now have two senior teams playing at the highest possible standard in the Cheshire league pyramid.

Sale 2nd XI finished the season with a tense game at Dane Road against Stockport.  Chasing only 155 Sale found themselves in trouble at 120-8, but news soon filtered through that Middlewich had only managed a draw at Irby confirming Sale were champions.  The tail then wagged for Sale as the home side were bowled out with scores level, a tie, meaning 18 points and the Championship beyond any doubt.  Rob Merga was the man of the match scoring 41 and taking 3-45.

The key to Sale’s success this season was been the bowling that regularly had the opposition in trouble.  Rob Moore topped the averages with 31 wickets at 12.2, with Andy Millward (36), Rob Merga (35) and Brad Ross (27) forming a formidable quartet.  Captain Keith Wellings topped the batting averages with 426 runs at 32.8, with Rob Merga (484) and Rob Walton (388) having fine seasons.

The 3rd XI confirmed their return to the top flight of Sunday cricket by beating Champions elect Urmston on the last day of their season.  Young leg spinner Sully Butt finished top bowler with 20 wickets at 12.7, whilst Howard Briggs, Harry Stepney and Max Lloyd all topped 250 runs with the bat.

The 1st XI had a bright start to the season and was in contention for promotion at the halfway point, only for their form and the weather conspiring to deliver a creditable mid table position.  The ever reliable Rick Halkon finished with 55 wickets including a league record 9-42 against Bollington.  Nineteen year old South African Wihan Lubbe scored an incredible 1,100 runs at an average of 50 and took 30 wickets.

Cricket Development Plan

After much work and effort the Cricket section is proud to publish our Development Plan for 2013 to 2016. It has been signed off by Sale Cricket Club’s committee and the Cheshire Cricket Board. It outlines our aspirations for the next four years and details how we are going to (hopefully) achieve them!

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Sale Sports News - February 2013

Sale Sports News - February 2013

TWO YEAR FREEZE ON BAR PRICES

The club can confirm an inflation busting price freeze on members bar prices following a renegotiation of our contract with Marston’s.  We did not pass on the 2.8% increase in beer duty in the March 2012 budget to members and have now improved our brewery deal meaning we can guarantee that we will not increase draught beer prices until February 2014, a freeze of two years!

On top of this we have REDUCED prices on spirits and mixers.  Measures of vodka, gin and Bacardi have been increased to 35ml, with the price frozen at £2.10 and baby mixers are now 20p cheaper.  Also look out for specials on house spirits.
 

CLUB DEVELOPMENT

 
We are progressing with a project to look at how we can improve our facilities, both the clubhouse and a facility that hockey and football can use in Sale, as two of the biggest costs to the club are maintaining the house and pitch hire fees.
 
We have done a lot so far using volunteers and favours, but we now have to start spending real money on professional fees. To take this forward we need your help, we are asking individuals and the sections committees to run their own fund raising events. If any members are entering an event (such as a run or bike ride), please consider donating some of your sponsorship to our development fund. You can split with any charity you choose. We have Sale Sports Club Just Giving web page set up and it’s really easy to create your own sponsorship page from it.
 

THE CLUB NEEDS YOU

 
The club council recognises that we need to do more to improve communication with members and reflect the increased importance of technology and social media.  We are seeking two volunteers to help us.
 
We have created a new role on the council of Communications Officer to lead on this area; further details are here.  We are also looking for an Assistant Membership Secretary, this role is not to chase members, but to look after our membership database and ensure it is up to date.  Both roles will require a good bit of IT knowledge and some spare time, but the rest can be picked up along the way!  If you are interested please contact Rob Moore, the Club President, or speak to your section representative.
 

COUNTY CRICKET AT SALE IN 2013

 
The club has secured some plumb cricket fixtures for the coming season, the highlight being the County 2nd XI clash between Cheshire Development and Lancashire 2nd XI on 6th June.  We are also hosting Cheshire under 13’s and Cheshire under 14’s.
 
There will be more good quality cricket to watch during the week as Manchester University Men’s and Ladies 1st XI’s will be playing at Sale on a Wednesday afternoon.
 

WELCOME TO TIM AND ASH

 
TIM HAYWARD and ASHLEY WEBSTER both join the club this month.  Please give them a warm Sale welcome.
 
Tim is taking over as Coaching and Development Officer from Rick Halkon, doing vital outreach work in the local schools as well as running our successful holiday camps.  He has recently relocated to Manchester from Hastings where he worked as a sports coach at a private school.  He is a UKCC2 coach in both Hockey and Cricket.
 
Ash is our new Head Tennis Coach, having returned to Manchester from a spell as Regional Tennis Director for the US Sports Institute, his appointment promises to bring an expanded programme of coaching, match play and social activities for minis, juniors and seniors alike.  He is a LTA Level 3 coach and is working towards his level 4 Senior Club Coach Award.  His previous coaching has included David Lloyd's, as well as working for Andrew Fisher (former coach of Heather Watson at the time of her winning junior Wimbledon) and Peter McCraw (Sharapova's former coach).
 
Details of the new tennis programme can be found here, with details of the holiday camps to follow soon.
 

AROUND THE SPORTING SECTIONS

 
Congratulations to Ladies Hockey One’s who beat Nuneaton and now play Andover in the quarter final of the England Hockey Vase.  The ones and threes are both in the top 3 of their division and the twos safely in mid table.  The Men’s Hockey continue to field 4 team, with the first 3 teams doing well in the league and the new 4th team continuing to give opportunities to new members.  The hockey section have also secured a £200 grant towards junior equipment.
 
Spartans Rugby have secured sponsorship from Pure Gyms, are 2nd in their league challenging for promotion and have sustained a 2nd XV who have played several friendly's.  The Cricket section have signed South African Calvin Flowers for the coming season and have secured funding towards an electronic scoreboard.  Tennis will be cleaning the courts soon ready for the new season and are running out of light tokens, so if you have any in your bag please cash them in!
 

FROM THE CLUB COUNCIL .… IN BRIEF

 
We are introducing a new till system soon, meaning you will be able to pay on plastic  ....  Ballroom bookings are very slow  ....  Ladies Hockey have generated £574 in gift aid  ....  The drains in the cellars have been cleared following a blockage  ....  The cooker in the kitchen has been repaired  ....  A car parking space has been rented to a local engineering firm  ....  All the ground equipment has been serviced  ....  The next council meeting is 18 March, if you want to raise anything please contact us.
 

Sale Sports News - April 2013

Sale Sports News - April 2013

 

SIX YEAR FREEZE ON SUBSCRIPTIONS

A freeze to club subscriptions for a record sixth year was announced at the club AGM on 5th April.  This comes two months after we announced a TWO YEAR FREEZE ON DRAFT BEER PRICES.  We want to do what we can to help members during the current economic conditions and provide great value to you all.

The club sets a general subscription rate for all members; sections can then add a levy onto this for specific section related costs.  If you want more details of what this includes please speak to your section committee.

RICK HALKON WINS J P DAY AWARD

Rick Halkon was announced as the winner of the J P Day Sports Person of the Year award at the AGM after taking 55 wickets in all competitions, with the highlight being named Cheshire County Cricket League performance of the month with 9 wickets for 42 runs at Bollington.

This was the third time Rick has won this award, cemented his place in the annals of the club having only failed to take 50 wickets on one occasion in the last 6 seasons.  Off the field his exploits were once against recognised as he met Shane Warne when collecting an award from Sky Sports for his coaching in Cheshire. 

THE CLUB COUNCIL NEEDS YOU

All standing officers were re-elected at the AGM, but 2 vacant positions went unfilled.  The club council manages the day-to-day operations of the club, as well as looking towards our long term development.  The club can only function effectively if we have a full and active club council.

We are seeking an Assistant Membership Secretary to look after our membership database, and a House Chairman to look after the club’s buildings.  We will also need an Honorary Secretary next March after Jim Younger indicated he was stepping down at the end of the year.  If you are interested but want to know a little more please email  Rob Moore, the Club President, call on 07775 880433, or speak to your section representative.

CLUB DEVELOPMENT

As well as recruiting a new Coaching & Development Officer and head tennis coach we’ve been looking at how we can improve our facilities. We realise they are not up to standard and no longer meet our playing or social needs, draining our finances rather than support the playing of sport.  We are assessing the feasibility of a new build clubhouse and an artificial pitch in Sale. We are working up a feasibility study that assesses all options including both 3G and sand filled pitches.

We need your help to progress, if any members are entering an event (such as a run or bike ride), please consider donating some of your sponsorship to our development fund. You can split with any charity you choose. We have Sale Sports Club Just Giving web page set up and it’s really easy to create your own sponsorship page from it.

HOLIDAY SPORTS CAMPS

TIM HAYWARD and ASHLEY WEBSTER are running Tennis and Multi-Sport camps for 5-15 year olds over the Half Term Holiday. New to the sports camps in 2013 is Rock-it-ball (a highly energetic and extremely fun game) and Zumba/Dance.

To sign up to the Sports Camps please email Tim, or call  07875 961887.  If Tennis is more your game then please email Ash, or call 07545 846744.  Details of the camps, including a leaflet and booking form can be found on our website now.

THE SPORTING YEAR  ….  IN BRIEF

It rained a lot! The Cricket 2nd XI went up as champions to the premier division & the 3rd XI were promoted to the top division. Junior cricket was so successful that numbers were capped at 140, including a girl’s team. Tennis saw promotion for both the ladies 1st & a gent’s team.

Men’s Hockey celebrated their 125th anniversary season with a dinner at the Worsley Marriot, the 1’s finished 3rd in a higher division and reached the Cheshire plate semi-final & the 3’s were promoted as champions. The Ladies Hockey 1’s finished 3rd and reached the last 16 of the National Vase with a trip to Andover and the 3’s are still fighting for promotion. Junior Hockey continues to grow with 40 boys & girls.

Spartans Rugby are 3rd in their league hoping for promotion, established a regular 2nd XV & finished 5th in the international Bingham Cup (which they organised and hosted).  Junior Football ran 4 teams from under 10 to under 17.

SOCIAL EVENTS

Sunday 21st April sees a musical tribute to Dave Shannon, numerous friends will be playing from 2pm until late. Admission is free, with donations to Cancer Research.

Snail Racing is back on Saturday 11th May from 7.30pm. Please donate a prize or sponsor a snail for £10, contact Sarah Roberts

What's On at Sale Sports Club

Junior Cricket Honours Board - April 2013

Junior Cricket Honours Board - April 2013
The first junior players to feature on the Sale CC Honours Board are recognised below.


Honours Board
Name Fixture Achievement Date
Joe Cannon U14 v Deane & Derby CC Bowling figures of 4-18 25 April
Adam Holland U11 Panthers v Ashley CC 25 retired 28 April
Josh Sutcliffe U11 Tigers v Didsbury 21* (carried bat through innings) & 2-4 (including bowling final over in a 1 run victory) 28 April
Ethan Simpson U11 Tigers v Didsbury Fielding excellence, with a match-winning boundary save in the final over 28 April

 

Junior Cricket Honours Board - May 2013

Junior Cricket Honours Board - May 2013

Notable achievements in May:

Name Fixture Achievement Date
Ben Moss U9 v Brooklands 2 fine catches, as part of an excellent all-round performance 31 May 2013
Daniel Osborne U14 v Radcliffe 29 runs and 2 stumpings 30 May 2013
George Jones U14 v Radcliffe Bowling figures of 4-2-11-3; and 23* 30 May 2013
Matthew Holland U11 Panthers v Cheadle 16* (top-score in low scoring game); outstanding fielding including 1 run-out and 2 economical overs 26 May 2013
Sam Battersby U13 Eagles v Ashley 31* retired; 2 catches and 2 stumpings 24 May 2013
Theo Brodbeck U9 v Timperley Hat-trick (one caught behind and two bowled) 21 May 2013
Viraj Soraitha U11 Panthers v Lindow Bowling figures of 2-0-3-2 and a run-out with a direct hit 19 May 2013
Joe Cannon U14 v Urmston Bowling figures of 3-0-15-3 16 May 2013
Mal Clarke U14 v Urmston Bowling figures of 4-0-13-3 16 May 2013
Will Radcliffe U14 v Urmston 44 runs 16 May 2013
Gabriel Smith U13 Colts v Ashton-on-Mersey Bowling figures of 4-1-5-3 13 May 2013
Adam Holland U11 Panthers v Stretford 27* retired 12 May 2013
Callum Ross U9 v Poynton Bowling figures of 3-0-5-4, with an all-bowled hat-trick and 4 wickets in one over 12 May 2013
Joe Cannon U13 Cup v Grappenhall 30* retired, 1 catch and a triple-wicket maiden to seal the game 7 May 2013
Theo Brodbeck U9 v Cheadle Hulme 20* (all in boundaries) 7 May 2013
Isaac Brooks U9 v Cheadle Hulme 25* (inc. a 6 in final over with match in the balance) and 3-5 7 May 2013
Tom Gill U13 Eagles v Lindow 32* retired 3 May 2013
Mal Clarke U14 v Monton & Weaste Bowling figures of 4-21 2 May 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sale Host Famous Cheshire Victory

Sale Host Famous Cheshire Victory

Picture by George Franks:  Charlie Reid (Cheshire 2nd XI)

Sale hosted the prestigious representative fixture between Lancashire 2nd XI and Cheshire Development XI on Thursday 6th June, a match that yielded 551 runs and produced a last over win for Cheshire.  Sale bowler Taz Tharsan made his debut for Cheshire.

The awarding of this match was the culmination of many years hard work from the club to improve the facilities, including the relaying of the entire square in 2007.  The quality of the wicket was praised by both sides and we hope to see more games of this stature in the future.

The match winning performance for Cheshire came from Alderley Edge’s Charlie Reid, who scored 107 and took 2-38, as they chased down Lancashire’s score of 275-9.

Cheshire did well to peg Lancashire back to 275 in 45 overs after regular 1st teamer Luke Proctor scored a fluent 88 and Arron Lilley struck 78.

In a well paced reply Reid received good support from Ross Dixon (38) of Chester and Adam Roylance (32) of Grappenhall, and despite a run out in the last over Cheshire got home with one ball to spare to achieve a famous victory.

Read full match report by Matt Sharp

Full scorecard

Sale's Oldies Triumph Again

As holders of the Timperley 7's trophy the Ladies vets were determined to retain the shield.

Silver Fox played a blinder by actually getting the trophy back off Gill's mantelpiece, a feat in itself. It felt like Groundhog day with the first match, as last year, being played against Lymm, another victory ensued which was very satisfying, two more wins in the group over Macclesfield and Moss Park & a defeat by Telford ensured that we won our group fairly comfortably.

Having ignored / forgotten Timperley's suggestion that clubs wore fancy dress that depicted a film for fear of distracting our highly tuned and focussed players Groundhog day again as the semi-final was played against the 101 Dalmatians......aka......Wilmslow, just as well Little Jen was in Cayman as goodness knows what she'd have guessed. A 1-0 victory to Sale led to the chant "who knocked the dogs out ooh,ooh, ooh"

The final was a closely fought affair against Chester, thankfully Scares had been "their" umpire for the group games and passed on some helpful tips for their short corner routines, 2-2 at the end of normal time, Kelly Mott then slotted home the winner, great assist from Savs - what a surprise!

Celebrations continued until about 2.30am, a new party game "2 truths & a lie" about yourself, a bit like Call My Bluff by having to guess the lie - as a word of warning to you all....never go shopping with Helen Elcock!

Great performances from our squad, aiming for the hat-trick next year.

Rob Riley

Launch of Sale Sporties

Launch of Sale Sporties

Sale Sports Club are launching a weekly multi sport sessions called Sale Sporties for boys and girls aged 2 to 3.5 years old.

Every Saturday morning at St Anne's Church Hall, Trinity Road, Sale.  Starting February 1st.

Sessions run 9 am - 9:45 am and cost £4.50 per session.

The session will aim to develop the fundamental skills a child needs for a lifetime of sports participation: throwing, kicking, hitting, running, etc.

Each multi-sport session will have a focus on a particular sport, with the sport rotating every few weeks.  We start with football, but will cover tennis, hockey, cricket and other sports throughout the year.

Places limited to 14 so please contact Tim Hayward (our Head Coach) to register your attendance. Text or call him on:  07875 961887.

Sale Sports Club is a not for profit Community Amateur Sports Club and Clubmark Accredited.

 

Clubhouse open to parents every Monday from 6pm

Dear Parents and Guardians

Thanks for enrolling your son or daughter for junior cricket coaching and membership of our thriving junior cricket section for the 2014 season. We appreciate the sacrifices parents make supporting your young sportsmen and women – the cost of kit, subscriptions, offers of transporting team members to away matches etc.

We also appreciate that many of you spend some time at the club, especially on a Monday evening when coaching takes place over a two hour period – and in the last few years summer Monday nights have been as cold and inhospitable as evenings in February!

So this season, we are ensuring that the clubhouse is open for your use from 6.00 p.m. onwards – the bar will be open and there will also be access to a Rijo coffee machine with freshly ground coffee. Come inside and relax with a drink and a book or newspaper – or with friends - while your children are busy outside. Or take a drink outside in the sun and enjoy the view over the ground carpeted with frenzied activity.

Please come into the club via the front entrance where there are also toilet facilities. The front door has a security code, you will be advised of this as part of your welcome pack.

May we also remind you that when you pay for the subscription of your child for junior coaching, you are also automatically made a non-voting member of the club and have full rights of access to the club at any time during opening hours.

You and your sons and daughters are also most warmly invited to come into the club after matches and training sessions during the season for refreshment and socialising.

We wish you a successful and enjoyable season supporting junior cricket at Sale Sports Club.

Dave Walmsley

 

Junior Honours Board - April-May 2014

Junior Honours Board - April-May 2014

In between the showers there were plenty of achievements to celebrate in the early weeks of the junior cricket season. Congratulations to all:

Name Achievement Match Date
Alex Barry Took wicket with 1st ever ball in a cricket match U9 Badgers v Cheadle 24 April 2014
Joe Moss 27 retired U11 Panthers v Stretford 27 April 2014
Viraj Sorathia 24 not out U11 Panthers v Stretford 27 April 2014
Sam Moss 20 not out U9 Squirrels v Brooklands 30 April 2014
Nathan Gray Bowling figures of 2-1-2-2 U9 Squirrels v Brooklands 30 April 2014
Joe Cannon 29 not out & 3-0-15-3 U16 v Deane & Derby 30 April 2014
Sulaiman Butt 27 runs & 2-1-1-1 U16 v Deane & Derby 30 April 2014
Sam Battersby 33 retired U13 Colts v Brooklands 2 May 2014
Joe Moss 25 retired U11 Panthers v Urmston 4 May 2014
Dan Newton Match-winning final over (2-0-4-2) and 2 catches U11 Panthers v Urmston 4 May 2014
Ben Moss 25 not out U9 Squirrels v Urmston 6 May 2014
Milo Price-Phillips 42 not out, 3 catches & 2-14 U16 v Monton & Weaste 7 May 2014
Joe Cannon Bowling figures 3-0-9-3 U16 v Monton & Weaste 7 May 2014
Tom Robertson 27 runs U13 Colts v Wythenshawe 9 May 2014
Tom Gill 35 retired U13 Colts v Wythenshawe 9 May 2014
Tom Kellett 33 retired U13 Colts v Wythenshawe 9 May 2014
Gabriel Smith 30 retired U13 Colts v Wythenshawe 9 May 2014
Adam Holland 4 wickets for 0 runs in 2 overs U13 Colts v Wythenshawe 9 May 2014
Ross Davenport 31 retired U13 Colts v Didsbury Buffalos 16 May 2014
Tom Gill 31 retired U13 Colts v Didsbury Buffalos 16 May 2014
Dan Newton 25 retired & 3 catches U11 Panthers v Brooklands 18 May 2014
Joseph Seabright 25 retired & 2-0-3-2 U11 Panthers v Brooklands 18 May 2014
Max Brodbeck 26 retired U11 Panthers v Brooklands 18 May 2014
Tom Slaney 25 runs & 4-0-14-3 U13 Colts v Bowdon 19 May 2014
Tom Robertson 3 catches U13 Colts v Bowdon 19 May 2014
James Dodds All-bowled hat-trick and 5 wickets in 2 overs U9 Badgers v Brooklands 21 May 2014
Isaac Brooks 26 retired U11 Tigers v Timperley 22 May 2014
Jared Moran Partnership of 33 runs for 0 wickets in 4 overs & 2-0-3-0 U9 Squirrels v Stretford 23 May 2014
Ben Moss Partnership of 33 runs for 0 wickets in 4 overs U9 Squirrels v Stretford 23 May 2014
Isaac Brooks 25 retired U11 Tigers v Cheadle 25 May 2014
Georgie Gill 21 runs U11 Tigers v Cheadle 25 May 2014
Adam Holland Bowling figures of 4-0-9-3 U13 Colts v Ashley 30 May 2014

 

Junior Honours Board - June 2014

Junior Honours Board - June 2014

Flaming June, it wasn't, but there was still a fine batch of junior cricket performances. Highlights included a hat-trick and nine run-outs shared between two fielders in one match.

Photo credit: George Franks photography

Name

Achievement

Match

Date

Joe Moss

25* retired

U11 Panthers v Woodford

1/6/14

 

Tom Stackable

27* retired

U11 Panthers v Woodford

1/6/14

 

Viraj Sorathia

25* retired

U11 Panthers v Woodford

1/6/14

 

Max Brodbeck

25* retired

U11 Panthers v Woodford

1/6/14

 

Isaac Brooks

29* retired

U11 Tigers v Lindow

01/06/14

Max Wilson

29*

U13 Eagles v Urmston

05/06/14

 

Robin Smith

5 run outs

U9 Squirrels v Hale Barns

06/06/14

Daniel Welford

4 run outs

U9 Squirrels v Hale Barns

06/06/14

Isaac Brooks

27* retired

U9 Tigers v SW Manchester

08/06/14

Jared Moran

Bowling analysis: 2-1-1-1 and 2 run outs

U9 Tigers v SW Manchester

08/06/14

Alex Bradley

Bowling analysis on debut: 2-1-2-0

U9 Squirrels v Sale Badgers

12 June 2014

 

Ben Moss

21 runs and 3-13

U9 Squirrels v Sale Badgers

12 June 2014

 

Georgie Gill

21 runs and 3-0-5-4

U13 Girls v Hayfield Girls

12/06/14

Ruth Leach Baxendale

Outstanding wicketkeeping

U13 Girls v Hayfield Girls

12/06/14

Leah Grimes

Faultless fielding

U13 Girls v Hayfield Girls

12/06/14

Joe Cannon

40* retired

U14 v Bowdon

16/06/14

Harvey Devenport

22 runs (including a huge six)

U9 Badgers v Ashton-on-Mersey

16/06/14

Daniel Flisk

27 runs

U13 Colts v Wythenshawe

17/06/14

Sam Battersby

30* retired

U13 Colts v Wythenshawe

17/06/14

Joe Cannon

Bowling analysis: 2.5-1-2-5

U16 v Ashley

18/06/14

Robin Smith

Bowling analysis: 2-0-10-3

U9 Squirrels v Stretford

19/06/14

Sam Moss

20 runs and 2-1-1-1

U9 Squirrels v Stretford

19/06/14

Eric Gornall

3 wickets

U13 Eagles v Timperley

20/06/14

 

Isaac Brooks

Hat-trick! (2-1-4-3)

U9 Tigers v Ashton-on-Mersey

22/06/14

Georgie Gill

27* retired

U9 Tigers v Ashton-on-Mersey

22/06/14

 

Junior Cricket Awards 2014

The junior cricket season was celebrated this afternoon at two events: a tea party for the under 9 players and a presentation for the other junior squads.

The 2014 Award Winners were:

Team Award Winner
Under 9 Badgers Player of year (Rick Halkon Trophy) James Breen and Callum Ross
  All rounder of the year James Dodds
  Fielder and young player of the year James Newhill
Under 9 Squirrels Player of the Year (Colts Trophy) Sam Moss
  Batsman of the year Theo Brodbeck
  Bowler of the year Robin Smith
Under 11 Tigers Player of the year (Roger Lee Trophy) Adam Downs
  Batsman of the year Isaac Brooks
  Fielder of the year Dylan Walker
Under 11 Panthers Player of the year (Lundi Munch Trophy) Dan Newton
  Batsman of the year Viraj Sorathia
  Bowler of the year Zikria Nadeem
Under 13 Eagles Player & Batsman of the year Max Tait
  Bowler of the year Eric Gornall
Under 13 Colts Player of the year (Rob Moore Trophy) Adam Holland
  Batsman of the year Sam Battersby
  Bowler of the year Vaasu Goyal
Under 16 Player & Batsman of the year (Joel Alderson Trophy) Milo Price-Phillips
  Bowler of the year Joe Cannon
Girls Under 15 Player of the year Hannah Wisher
  Under 11 Player of the year (Chance to Shine Trophy) Ruth Baxendale
  Bowler of the year Mia Battersby
  Batsman of the year Georgie Gill
All LS Thompson Under 13 Fielder of the year Jared Moran
  LS Thompson Under 18 Fielder of the year Tom Gill

Many thanks to local supermarkets, Sainsburys and Co-op, for providing the catering for the two events.

Photo: Adam Holland receives the Roger Lee Trophy from Nick Brooks

Laurie Wilkinson (1921-2015)

Last Saturday one of the stalwarts of the club passed away at the age of 94.  Life member Laurie Wilkinson must have been involved in some capacity of the club for the best part of 75 years and was the epitome of a “clubman”.  He is remembered with great affection by those of us who got to know him. 
 
On the field he played both Hockey and Cricket, and was a keen golfer.  As Gill Davies will testify he kept up with the latest developments in the games, lamenting the modern hockey player’s ability to stop a ball correctly following the move to astro turf.
 
He played hockey for at least three decades being fullback for the first team through the fifties and early sixties and had been club captain – and before that second team captain. He was a great tackler and cleared the ball vigorously. He enjoyed the social side of the club – he liked having a beer or two and was well known for a fruity laugh and some rather risqué jokes.  
 
He was one of the great figures in this era of the club and was an architect of the agreement that brought the Old Salians Rugby Club to the club – although his relationship with the Old Boys was sometimes a little fraught as the relationship bedded in.  His record of service to the club is unparalleled.   He served as President 1965 – 1968, following the 34 year run of Sir William Procter-Smith.  He also served as Honorary Treasurer from 1948-1957, and Bar Chairman.
 
He also gave great service to the Ground Company; he was Secretary between 1948 and 1999, and a Director from 1955 to 2014. The Ground Company was quite active in the early days so it was a big responsibility.
 
He was a chartered accountant, a senior partner in Bedell and Blair and was the club’s auditor for a long time.  He was very patient and tolerant with the club treasurers over the years, he asked the right questions and offered a fair degree of challenge – and there was the odd chuckle of throaty mirth when he heard one or two attempts to explain why something was in one column when it should have been in another.
 
Whilst his health prevented him coming down to the club for the last few years he was always keen to hear about the comings and goings at the club.  The main purpose of the Ground Company AGM, held at his house, being to share the latest gossip with Laurie and listen to stories from his time at the club.
 
The last club AGM he attended was my daughter’s first, so on that evening we truly did go from nought to ninety.

Rob Moore

Captain Chris Leads Sale to Opening Day Win

Captain Chris Leads Sale to Opening Day Win
Didsbury 242-7 (50 Overs)
Sale 243-3 (46.1 Overs)
Sale win by 7 wickets
 
Sale captain Chris Canning got the new cricket season off to a perfect start, as his side secured a convincing 7 wicket win over Didsbury in division 1 of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.  Search sponsored Sale 1st XI finished the 2014 season just 1 point behind 3rd placed Didsbury so both sides were keen to put down an early promotion marker.  Canning saw his side home with a typically aggressive innings of 71 off just 68 balls, sharing an unbeaten 136 run partnership with Dan Halkon (72).
 
Didsbury were invited to bat first on a great early season wicket at Sale’s Dane Road ground.  Thanks to a 95 ball hundred from Josh Beal and an unbeaten 74 from Matthew Grace the visitors set an imposing total of 242-7.  Tyrone Lawrence and Rob Grant took two wickets a piece for Sale, with ‘keeper Canning claiming 3 stumpings.
 
In reply Ian Dixon (42) and Matt Spells (30) got the home team off to a good start adding 79 for the first wicket. Simon Normanton led the fight back for Didsbury reducing Sale to 107-3.  That brought Halkon and Canning together, who saw Sale home with 23 balls to spare.
 
The 2nd XI suffered a 4 wicket reverse at Grappenhall after posting a below par 135, the highlight being 3 wickets on debut for Robbie Squire.  The 3rd XI started with a 14 run win over Ashton-on-Mersey on Sunday.
 
Next weekend the 1st XI travel to Christleton, whilst the 2nd XI entertains Congleton.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Eight Wicket Tyrone Takes Sale Top

Eight Wicket Tyrone Takes Sale Top
Christleton 77 all out (31 overs)
Sale 78-1 (13.4 overs)
Sale win by 9 wickets
 
The second round of matches in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League saw two outstanding all-round performances for Search sponsored Sale Cricket Club.  Tyrone Lawrence led Sale 1st XI to the top of division 1 and Matt Millward delivered a career best performance for the 2nd XI.
 
Sale 1st XI made short work of their trip to picturesque Christleton, blasting the home side out for just 77. Christleton chose to bat first, but were soon in trouble as stand-in captain Lawrence ran through their line up taking 8 wickets for 47 runs.  Only Kiwi Renwick (43) showed any resistance as Lawrence and Rick Halkon (2-28) bowled unchanged.
 
Sale made short work of the reply, knocking off the total for the loss of one wicket inside 14 overs. Ian Dixon (26 not out) and that man Lawrence (46 not out) shared a 66 run partnership that saw Sale go 12 points clear at the top of the table.
 
Sale 2nd XI could only manage a winning draw at home to Congleton.  Matt Millward made the most of another outstanding wicket at Dane Road scoring the first century of the season for Sale.  He followed up his 114 not out with 4-43 with the ball as Congleton reached 174-7 in pursuit of Sale’s 236-3 declared.  Millward was supported by Rob Merga (55 not out).
 
On Sunday the 2nd XI beat Bollington by 9 wickets in the T20 cup (Vic Sunderamanie 52, Dan Osborne 51 not out) and the 3rd XI lost narrowly to Cheadle Hulme.
 
Next weekend the 1st XI host Oxton, whilst the 2nd XI travel to the Wirral for the reverse fixture.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Rain Halts Sale After Halkon Haul

Rain Halts Sale After Halkon Haul
Oxton 232 all out (47.3 overs)
Sale did not bat
Match Abandoned
 
Sale couldn’t beat the weather on Saturday as the entire Vivio Cheshire County Cricket league division one programme was abandoned.  Despite playing through persistent rain for much of the afternoon, light drizzle after tea meant the game could not restart.
 
The Search sponsored side got off to a perfect start as Tyrone Lawrence struck twice in the first over to reduce visitors Oxton to 0-2.  De Brabander and Worcestershire contracted Choudhry added 108 for the 3rd wicket before the twin spin attack of Halkon and Grant made a double breakthrough.
 
Fernando then smashed 88 off 61 balls before he was last man to fall on 232, stumped by Canning off leg spinner Rick Halkon.
 
Halkon was the pick of the bowling for Sale in far from ideal conditions as he took 5 wickets for 48.  Lawrence took 3 wickets for 58 and Rob Grant 2 for 55.
 
With no further play possible the game was abandoned, with Oxton claiming 10 points to Sale’s 7.
 
The 2nd and 3rd XI both saw their league games cancelled without a ball being bowled.  There was better news for the 3rd XI on Monday as they beat Didsbury in their T20 cup game.
 
Captain Paul Battersby played a match winning innings, hitting 45 off 32 balls as they chased down 90.  Earlier in the day Tom Riley had taken 4-14 to restrict Didsbury to a below par total.
 
Next week the 1st XI face Middlewich twice in a league and cup double header, the 2nd XI host Middlewich on Saturday and the 3rd XI visit Hale Barns on Sunday.
 
In midweek Sale Silverbacks, the over 40’s side, start their campaign at Cheadle Hulme.
 
Sale's under 16 team has led the way in the early weeks of the junior cricket season. Two tight victories against strong opposition have been gained, with Daniel Osborne scoring consecutive, unbeaten half-centuries. 
 
Other juniors making an early impression with the bat are: Joe Cannon 44* (Under 16s v Monton),  James Dodds 28 ret'd (Under 11s v Urmston) and Luke Brunt 32* (U13 Eagles v Timperley). 
An under 9 squad spent May Bank Holiday at a 6-a-side tournament in Warrington. They had a fantastic day and narrowly missed out on semi-final qualification. In one match they came up against junior Flintoff and junior Vaughan. The Sale squad agreed to have their photo taken with the dads of those two boys.

All the scorecards can be found here.

Great British Tennis Weekend

Sale sports club team up with Nike joining in with the Great British Tennis Weekend. Sunday May 17th, 2-4pm. Find out more here:
 

Great British Tennis Weekend

 

Rickelton Shows Class as Sale Record Full house Weekend

Rickelton Shows Class as Sale Record Full house Weekend
Middlewich 110 all out (48.3 overs)
Sale 111-6 (37.5 overs)
Sale win by 4 wickets
 
Sale Cricket Club 1st XI secured a double victory over Middlewich at the weekend.  On Saturday they completed a 4-wicket victory to maintain their lead at the top of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League division 1, and on Sunday they progressed to the next round of the Cheshire Cup with a 128 run win.  Success for both the 2nd and 3rd XI’s made it a full house of wins for the senior teams over the weekend.
 
The Search sponsored side made short work of their first trip to Middlewich.  The home side chose to bat first despite overnight rain and had no response to the accuracy of Tyrone Lawrence and Rick Halkon as they bowled unchanged to dismiss Middlewich for 110.
 
Middlewich were reduced to 55-7 at one point, before some late resistance from Kristian Clowes (51) got the score past 100.  Halkon knocked over the top order to finish with 5-51 and Lawrence cleaned up the tail as he finished with 5-56.
 
Sale looked to be cruising to victory as South Africa under-19 international Ryan Rickelton and Ian Dixon added 70 for the first wicket.  The loss of first Rickelton for 33 and then Dixon for 38 sparked a mini collapse as 6 wickets fell for 27 runs, before Keith Wellings and Ali Barrowman saw Sale to their target.
 
On Sunday Middlewich once again won the toss and this time asked Sale to bat first anticipating another low scoring game.  Having got a start in his first innings for Sale the day before Rickelton was in no mood to miss out again, posting an unbeaten 122 that set Sale up for an imposing 253-6 in 45 overs.  Lawrence showed his form with the bat adding 51.
 
In reply Middlewich lost wickets at regular intervals, being bowled out for 125. Ali Barrowman took 4 wicket and Rob Grant 3 wickets to set up a trip to Oxton on 24th May.  The match was notable for the performances of promising youngsters Dan Osborne and Sam Battersby, both of whom held their own on 1st XI debut.
 
The 2nd XI got their first outright win of the season with a convincing win over their Middlewich counterparts.  Sale were asked to bat first and scored 199-6 in 44 overs, all the more remarkable given the wicket was offering some rare assistance to the bowlers following heavy overnight rain.  Rob Merga scored a brutal 88 not out and Siyan Siraj hit a well-judged 58 as a young Middlewich team had no answer to the home side.
 
The wickets were shared around after tea as Middlewich subsided to 86 all out, Rob Merga took 3 wickets, Robbie Squire and Joe Cannon claimed two apiece.
 
On Sunday the 3rd XI continued their good form as they chased down 219-6 set by visitors Hale Barns.  Adam Holland was the pick of the bowling for Sale with 3 wickets in another high scoring game at Dane Road.  In reply Mark Almond (60) and Captain Paul Battersby (75 not out) did the damage, as Sale won by 2 wickets in the last over.
 
The 1st XI host Didsbury in the T20 cup on Thursday followed by Cheadle Hulme in the league on Saturday.  The 2nd XI travel to Nantwich and the 3rd XI are at home to Marple 4th.
 
The Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, will be hoping for better weather on Wednesday as they welcome Urmston to Dane Road, after their first match of the season was cancelled last week.
 
Our under 15 girls team made a winning start to their season, defeating Hayfield by 20 runs. Strong performances from Georgie Gill (25), Joely Brooks (17) and Hollie Jenkinson (4-7).
 
The growth of girls cricket is a major theme at Sale this year. We have Manchester University player, Abi Bates, running girls training on Monday nights. As well as the under 15 team, there will be playing opportunities in Trafford teams run with neighbouring clubs, the Trafford Women's team and in our South Manchester Junior Cricket league teams. If you know any girls, from age 7 upwards, who would like to give cricket a go, please put them in touch with us. 
 
The under 14s were knocked out of the cup at Hale Barns, despite 38 from Sam Battersby. Sam's junior form shows the benefit of playing senior cricket - he appeared for the 1st XI at the weekend. Players in year 8 and above are eligible to play senior matches. 
 
The fur will fly on Friday. The Squirrels take on the Badgers in a contest between our two under 9 teams. Do come along and watch the action. The under 13 Eagles are hosting Didsbury at the same time.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Unbeaten Sale Extend Lead

Unbeaten Sale Extend Lead
Sale 248-6 (50)
Cheadle Hulme 200-6 (50)
Sale Winning Draw
 
Sale 1st XI remain unbeaten after the 5th round of matches in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.  Their frustration at being held to a winning draw by Cheadle Hulme was tempered by the news that second placed Weaverham had lost, extending their lead at the top of division 1 to 18 points.
 
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bat first on another excellent track.  South African Ryan Rickelton and Ian Dixon once again got Sale off to a good start.  Dixon was first to fall for 26, which brought Tyrone Lawrence to the wicket.   Together they pushed the Sale score past 150 before Rickelton fell for 68.  Lawrence then took control scoring a run-a-ball 74, well supported by Keith Wellings (35).  Sale closed on 248-6.
 
Rick Halkon got Sale off to the perfect start bowling opener Dan Fish without scoring. Jordan Potts and Adam Wilde then put together a good partnership to keep the visitors in the hunt.  Captain Chris Canning had to ring the bowling changes to reduce Cheadle Hulme to 92-4 at drinks.  Halkon returned for a second spell and immediately got danger man Iftikhar Naseer well caught in the deep by Jon Hall.
 
Sale sensed victory, but the home wicket is proving to be one of the best surfaces in the county, with only 1 more wicket falling as the game petered out to a 13-7 points draw in favour of Sale.
 
Earlier in the week Sale had secured their second cup win of the season, this time in the T20 cup against Didsbury.  Sale batted first, with form men Rickelton (83) and Lawrence (47) in dominant mood as Sale racked up 187-3.

Didsbury made a great start scoring 50 off the first 4 overs, but as wickets began to fall they dropped behind the run rate finishing on 172-7.  Ali Barrowman and Rick Halkon took 2 wickets each.
 
Performance of the day came from Sale 2nd XI captain Gareth Watterson who took 7-72 against Nantwich.  Sale gave league leaders Nantwich a real scare, falling 11 runs short of their target of 229 all out.  Siyan Siraj scored 53 in even time and opener Jamal Benzafar scored 45, but Sale lost wickets at crucial times as they were dismissed for 218.
 
Sale 3rd XI made short work of visitors Marple 4th XI on Sunday.  Shah Zeb and Joe Cannon took 3 wickets a-piece as Marple were bowled out for 85.  Dan Osborne (47 not out) and Joe Cannon (21 not out) saw Sale to a 5 wicket victory.
 
Sale Silverbacks, our Over 40’s side, finally began their 2015 campaign on Wednesday night after a complete league washout the week before.  Facing Urmston at home, the Silverbacks exorcised recent demons against their biggest rivals with a 4 run victory after a tense fought last over in the gloom.
 
Asked to bat 1st, Sale made 124-3 in their 20 overs, Mark Rowe and Iain Harrop both making 33 retired with helpful support from Paul Battersby (20) & Nigel Davenport (24 not out)
 
In reply, Urmston lost opener Fenton to a well-judged catch in the deep from Smith off Brookes in only the 2nd over and had 2 very good lbw shouts turned down.  However Marshall & Higginbottom then put on 70 before both had to retire bringing a new lease of life to the Sale bowlers, who thanks mainly to Paul Hanrahan (3-17), turned the game in Sale's favour.
 
Needing 12 from Ian Holland’s last over, Urmston could only manage 8 runs from some accurate medium pace and Sale Silverbacks registered only their 2nd win in the last 8 years.
 
Wednesday sees the Silverbacks visit a much improved Cheadle side.  On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Tattenhall, with the 2nd XI playing the reverse fixture.  On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Romiley and there is an inter-club friendly and BBQ for everyone else, contact Matt Spells.
 
Plenty of junior action between the showers.
 
The U13 Colts restricted Wythenshawe to 88-5. Matthew Holland clean bowled both openers in a spell of 2-9. Sale knocked them off comfortably for the loss of 1 wicket in 13 overs; Zikria Nadeem making 30* retired.

The U13 Eagles only managed half a game against Didsbury, making 101-5 in 19 overs with hard-hitting innings from James Layton (30* retired) and Eric Gornall (34* retired).

The under 16s maintained their unbeaten record. Batting first they scored 122-6 - Daniel Osborne (53*) made his third consecutive retired 50 and Will Radcliffe 27. Tight bowling by Sale restricted Winton to 75-6 off their 20 overs. Debutant 13 year old Vaasu Goyal (2-18) and Joe Cannon (3-20) were the pick of the Sale attack.

The under 10s lost a tight match to Stretford. Strong performances from James Breen (2-2); Callum Ross & Theo Brodbeck shared a partnership of 29 in 4 overs including a huge 6 hit by Theo.

Our under 9 derby was abandoned at the mid-point. James Newhill hit 30 including a 6; Robin Smith (1-5) completed a week in which he took a wicket for three different Sale age group sides.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Sale Held Up by Tattenhall

Sale Held Up by Tattenhall
Sale 153 all out (45.3)
Tattenhall 130-9 (54)
Sale Winning Draw
 
Sale 1st XI were again frustrated by a rear guard action that prevented victory and saw their lead at the top of the Vivio Cheshire County League division one cut to 4 points.  The final pair for Tattenhall survived the last 8 overs meaning Sale secured only 11 points instead of the maximum 25 had the final wicket fallen.
 
Opening batsman Ian Dixon top scored with 44 as Search sponsored Sale posted a below par 153. Sale got off to the worst possible start as Ryan Rickelton was bowled without scoring on a surface offering some assistance to the bowlers.  Dixon and Tyrone Lawrence counter attacked to get the score to 51. The departure of Lawrence for 21 saw wickets fall at regular intervals, including an unfortunate run out for the luckless Dixon.
 
A stand of 38 between Rob Grant (34) and Rob Greenhough (25) for the sixth wicket gave Sale something to defend as they were bowled out in the 46th over.

Tattenhall were favourites at tea due to the additional overs they received from bowling Sale out.  However tight bowling from Sale meant the home side were never in the hunt and batted out for a draw from an early stage.
 
The wickets were shared around as Rick Halkon (3-44), Tharshan Thayalan (2-21) and Lawrence (2-13) reduced Tattenhall to 115-9 with 8 overs to go, however the last pair of Williamson and Gibbon held on to secure a draw.
 
Sale 2nd XI only had themselves to blame for losing at home to Tattenhall’s second string as they drop a number of catches defending a modest total of 135.

Matt Millward top scored with 37 and Mike Wolanski chipped in with a useful 22 in Sale’s disappointing total.  Sale had Tattenhall in trouble at 60-3, but after spilling a number of chances the visitors cruised to a 5 wicket victory with 11 overs to spare.
 
Sale 3rd XI suffered a heavy defeat at Romiley on Sunday.  Sale found a very wet wicket after the home side had left the wicket uncovered overnight.  Sadly for Sale they lost the toss and could only muster 131-9 thanks to a late order recovery led by Nick Brooks (33 not out).  After tea the wicket gradually dried out as Romiley coasted home for the loss of 5 wickets.
 
Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, kept up their winning start to the season with a convincing win over last season’s play-off finalists Cheadle.

Nick Brooks got Sale off to the perfect start, Blood caught at point by Carl Hicks without scoring.  After 2 maidens from Paul Hanrahan, Mark Almond took over from the far end and quickly had Roberts caught at mid-on, wickets fell at regular intervals with only Cheadle opener Watkin (20) showing any resistance.
 
When tail ender Dooler was caught by Barry Craven off the final ball of the innings Cheadle were bowled out for 63. Ian Holland took 3-17, supported by 2 a-piece for Hanrahan, Almond and Iain Harrop.  Sale replied in style knocking the small total off in 14 overs for the loss of 3 wickets, Mark Rowe 24 and Nigel Davenport 26 not out.

Sale faces a busy week of fixtures.  On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Brooklands, with the 1st XI playing at Brooklands in the T20 cup on Thursday.  At the weekend the 1st XI host third placed Oulton Park, with the 2nd XI travelling to Warrington.  On Sunday the 3rd XI host Ashley, whilst the 1st XI visits Oxton in the 3rd round of the Cheshire Cup.
 
Sale's junior sides competed in some tight contests last week, but came off second best. The under 9 Squirrels narrowly lost to Brooklands, despite contributions from Nathan Gray (4-6), James Newhill (2-1, 12 runs & 1 catch) and Ben Habershon (2-5, 10 runs).

The under 13 Eagles had a similar fate at Ashton-on-Mersey. James Layton continued his good form with 20 and 2-7, Jack Farren scored 22 and Eric Gornall conceded just 4 runs in 3 overs with 1 wicket. The under 13 Colts, couldn't catch Cheadle despite Dan Flisk's 31 (retired). The under 9 Badgers were unsuccessful away at Whalley Range with Molly Saunders and Ruth Baxendale making the hosts work hard for their victory.

The under 16s did manage to continue their excellent start to the season against Dean and Derby. Sam Battersby (62) and Joe Cannon (41*) opened with a century stand. Two wickets apiece for Adam Holland, Joe Cannon and Tom Gill as well as 3 stumpings and a catch by Daniel Osborne dismissed the visitors to bring about a comfortable victory.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Sale Cricket Club - Safeguarding Policies

Sale Cricket Club safeguarding, codes and guidance have been reviewed and readopted in accordance with the ECB Safe Hands Policy, and as part of Sale Cricket Club’s commitment to provide access to cricket in a safe, inclusive and positive environment.
 
Copy documents are available for reference and review in the Cricket-Juniors section of this site, on the club play-cricket site and on the club notice-board in the clubhouse. 
 
Please contact CWOs Glyn Roberts or Nick Brooks for any further information.

Canning Inspires Winning Weekend

Canning Inspires Winning Weekend
Oulton Park 220-6 (50)
Sale 221-5 (48.3)
Sale win by 5 Wickets
 
Sale 1st XI completed a league and cup double weekend, winning their top of the table clash against Oulton Park on Saturday and beating Oxton in the Cheshire Cup on Sunday.   The wins extended their lead at the top of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League division one to 8 points and set up a 4th round cup clash with ECB Premiership leaders Chester Boughton Hall.
 
Captain Chris Canning led from the front with a match winning innings of 83 and 82 not out as Sale chased down Oulton Park’s 220-6 to win by 5 wickets on Saturday and coasted home by 44 runs at Oxton on Sunday.
 
Search sponsored Sale asked Oulton Park to bat first but found wickets hard to come by on the excellent surface at Dane Road.  Danny Leach led the way for the visitors with 73 as they passed 130 for the loss of just 1 wicket.
 
Sale rotated the bowling well, with fifth change bowler Ali Barrowman claiming 3 wickets as the visitors were restricted to 220-6.
 
Sale got off to the worst possible start as both openers were dismissed for one run.  Tyrone Lawrence (63) led the rebuilding efforts firstly with Keith Wellings, then with Canning.
 
When Canning fell for 83, Sale still needed 48 off the last 5 overs, but the two Rob’s (Greenhough and Grant) kept their heads to see Sale home, both finishing on 27 not out.
 
Early morning rain reduced the Sunday cup game to 35 overs per side, but Sale soon made up for lost time as their leading batsmen dominated the Oxton attack.  Opener Ryan Rickelton made 79, number three Lawrence hit 44, and Canning an unbeaten 82 as Sale posted an imposing 228-6.
 
In reply Oxton made a confident start, adding 55 for the first wicket in even time.  However they were always behind the rate, and once Fernando was 4th man out for 57 Sale took control.
 
In the field Grant and Lawrence took 2 wickets each, with Dan Osborne claiming 3 stumpings.  Regular ‘keeper Canning handed the gloves over for the day, but remained in the thick of the action affecting two run outs as Oxton finished on 184-8.
 
The 2nd XI had a bad day with the bat after reducing Warrington to 155-9, only managing 83-8 in a losing draw.  Mike Wolanski (4 wickets) and Greg Gyves (3 wickets), both bowled well on the comeback trail from injury.
 
The 3rd XI game on Sunday was cancelled due to an unfit square.
 
Earlier in the week the over 40’s clash with Brooklands was cancelled and both senior teams suffered T20 cup defeats.  The 1st XI lost to Brooklands and the 2nd to Cheadle Hulme.
 
On Wednesday the over 40’s visit Bowdon.  On Saturday the 1st XI travel to promoted Davenham and the 2nd XI welcome Upton to Dane Road.  On Sunday the 3rd XI make the short trip to Cheadle.
 
The rain couldn't stop the under 11s on Sunday morning who defeated Didsbury in the Cup in a sudden-death bowl-off. With the pitch unplayable, the tie-breaker was held in the nets. All 22 players bowled. On debut, Sale's Saad Khan was one of only four bowlers to hit the stumps. Tied at 2-2, Saad's accuracy paid off again in sudden death, taking Sale through to the next round.
 
The under 10s overcame Stockport on Tuesday. Final pair, Callum Ross (18 and 1-6) and Theo Brodbeck again scored heavily and were well supported in the field by Harvey Devenport (2-1-2-1) and Joel Copeland with a wicket, a catch and a run out.
 
The under 9 Badgers lost a thriller at Bowden by one run. Robin Smith (26) and Ben Thomas almost made the 36 runs required from the final four overs. Rahul Minocha scored 20 and Arjun Amudalapalli took 2-7. The under 9 Squirrels competed well against Stretford. James Newhill (15) top scored for the Squirrels, and Shaheer Chaudhry provided the high point in the field with a memorable run out.
 
The under 13 Eagles lost in the Cup to a strong Brooklands side. James Layton (26) and Ibraheem Shareef (13) battled well for Sale.
 
The under 16s picked up a win and maintained their 100% record when opposition Winton conceded the fixture.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

All-rounder Lawrence Keeps Sale Top

All-rounder Lawrence Keeps Sale Top
Davenham 172-9 (50)
Sale 175-8 (49)
Sale win by 2 Wickets
 
Sale 1st XI maintained top spot in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League thanks to a fine all round display from Tyrone Lawrence.  With all three chasing teams winning Sale produced a determined performance at strugglers Davenham to keep their lead to 8 points.
 
Davenham  produced a lively wicket and did well to post 172-9, thanks to 69 from skipper Mark Greaves.  Sale bowled accurately, with 7 clean bowled, an LBW and a stumping.  Lawrence once again led the attack for Sale with 4-44, supported by Rick Halkon (3-55) and Ali Barrowman (2-28).
 
In reply Sale were always up with the run rate as Lawrence and Keith Wellings (26) put together a good partnership for the third wicket.  However wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and when Lawrence went for 66, to one of three outfield catches for Greaves, Sale still had work to do.
 
Rob Greenhough (19) was once again on hand to marshal the lower order as Sale reached their target for an over and two wickets to spare, much to the relief of Sale Captain Chris Canning.
 
Sale 2nd XI produced a disappointing bowling display at home to Upton to lose by 10 wickets.  This overshadowed a fine performance from Rick Hampton on what is proving to be one of the best batting tracks in the league this season.
 
Hampton hit his first ever century for Sale, scoring 105.  Next best was young ‘keep-batsman Dan Osborne with 35.  However Sale’s total of 194-8 proved to be well short of par as Upton coasted home with 10 overs to spare.
 
Sale 3rd XI suffered a 6 wicket reverse at Cheadle on Sunday as the home side successfully chased down 153.
 
On Wednesday Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, maintained their lead at the top of the North East division with a 6 wicket victory over Bowdon.  Sale chased down Bowdon’s 89-7 with 3 overs to spare.
 
Graham Bolton led the way with 21 and 2-5, well supported by Paul Battersby (35 retired) and Tristan Brodbeck (2-16).
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Bowdon Vale.  On Saturday the 1st XI make the short trip to Urmston, whilst the 2nd XI welcome Bowdon to Dane Road.  On Sunday the visitors are Heaton Mersey in the 3rd XI competition.
 
Sale continue to develop cricket in the area for both boys and girls, as the under 15 girls side started their league programme against Stockport Trinity during the week.  Georgina Gill led the way with 21 retired and 2-7.
 
The under 16s kept their 100% record in the Salford League intact with a five wicket victory over Monton & Weaste at Dane Road. The visitors managed a useful total of 113-4, with Nathan D'Cunha picking up two wickets. Sale reached the target with two overs to spare. Dan Osborne top-scored with 36.
 
Both under 9 teams lost narrowly: the Squirrels by 5 runs to Cheadle and the Badgers by 10 runs to Whalley Range.
 
44 junior awards were handed out by Ryan Rickelton at the end of practice on Monday, recognising achievements in matches played in the first six weeks of the season. The achievements range from half-centuries recorded in under 16 fixtures to notable catches in the first over of a player's first ever under 9 match. Leading the juniors with three awards each were Dan Osborne, James Layton and James Newhill. The full list will be on the club and play cricket websites shortly. Thank you to  Pinnacle Payroll for sponsoring our Ashes Awards.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Urmston End Unbeaten Run

Urmston End Unbeaten Run
Urmston 229-3 (50)
Sale 72 all out (34.1)
Sale lose by 227 runs

Sale 1st XI slipped to second spot in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League following a comprehensive defeat at Urmston. Previously unbeaten Sale subsided to a 227 run loss as they had no answer to a fine all-round display from Callum Parkinson.

Search sponsored Sale asked Urmston to bat first and looked like restricting the home side to a chase-able score, with 15 overs to go the score was 143-1. However destructive batting from Parkinson (110) and Joseph O'Connor (56) in the closing overs left Sale with a target of 300.

In reply Sale were never in the chase as wickets fell at regular intervals.  Matt Spells and Chris Canning were the only top order batsmen to make double figures as the batting failed for the first time this season. Parkinson completed a memorable day adding 5-9 to his century earlier in the day.

Earlier in the week Sale exited the T20 cup after losing by 35 runs to premiership side Toft. Rick Halkon and Jon Hall took two weeks each as Toft posted 191-4.  In reply Ryan Rickelton got Sale off to a good start with 43 at the top of the order, but Sale failed to build any partnerships.  Greg Gyves hit a useful 21 later order runs as they closed on 156-9.

There was better news for Sale 2nd XI, who bounced back with a successful run chase at home to Bowdon.  Gareth Watterson and Mike Wolanski took two wickets a-piece as Bowdon posted a below par 206-9.

In reply Rick Hampton (47) and Jamal Benzafar (34) got Sale off to a great start. Siyan Siraj then played a match-winning 64 not out, well supported by Greg Gyves (33) Despite losing a couple of late wickets, Sale coasted home with two overs to spare to secure a 5 wicket victory.

Sale 3rd XI successfully chased down Heaton Mersey's 170 all out in the final over to secure a 3 wicket victory on Sunday. Tom Riley (4-28) and Howard Briggs (3-33) took the wickets for Sale.  Youngster Sam Battersby (57) and veteran Mark Almond (43) got Sale off to a great start, with Krish Sambasivan (22 not out) and Shah Zeb (11 not out) seeing Sale over the line.

On Wednesday Sale Silverbacks, our over 40's side, maintained their 100% record against Bowdon Vale.

Bowdon Vale won toss and invited Sale to bat on what looked a great wicket, Sale were soon into their stride with openers Mark Almond and Paul Battersby scoring freely at both ends.
 
When both players reached their 30 and retired, Sale were in a very strong position at 66 off just 8 overs but a flurry of wickets stopped them in their tracks and they limped to a very modest 111 all out, only Nigel Davenport (pictured above) with 30, putting up any late resistance. 
 
In Reply, Bowdon Vale were methodical if not a little cautious in their chase, with a run rate that never exceeded 4 in the first 10 overs. When their 2nd wicket fell in the 13th over, 50 runs were needed in 7 overs!

With tight bowling from the 3'H's, Holland, Hanrahan and Harrop, ably assisted by some slow 'spin' from Tris Brodbeck, Vale struggled to force their advantage home and finished 3 runs short but only 3 wickets down!

On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Bramhall.  On Saturday the 1st XI will be looking to get back to winnings ways at home to Weaverham, whilst the 2nd XI make the short trip to Brooklands. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Stockport Georgians.

Stretford and Sale under 10’s could not be separated after 40 dramatic overs. Our correspondent, Tris Brodbeck, takes up the story.

"One man down, Sale batted first, posting 274 (Callum Ross 23, Harvey Devenport 12, Joel Copeland added four 4s). Stretford's all-star line-up began a tense reply. The home side reached 217-5 at the halfway stage. Sale had their noses ahead, with excellent out-fielding - their diving around the boundary to stop 4s was the source of some umpiring controversy, but the scorers were steadfast. Despite superb death bowling from James Breen (2 wickets in the penultimate over, for figures of 3-0-7-2) Stretford's last pair took them to the brink, but no further."

The under 11s' cup run continues. After a 'bowl-off' victory in their opening round game, the under 11s benefited from a walk-over in the next round.

Meanwhile, in the league, they ran Timperley close thanks to economical bowling from Jared Moran, Suchit Sapkal and Isaac Brooks. Isaac was also in the runs, scoring 26 retired. Theo Brodbeck hit 24.

The under 16s suffered a similar fate to their seniors on a visit to Urmston on Wednesday. They will look to return to winning ways at Deane and Derby this week.

Luke Brunt (29) and Eric Gornall (19) were the major contributors to the under 13 Eagles' season high score of 117. Despite 3-12 in 4 overs from Tom Stackable, Wythenshawe chased down the target.

The under 9 Badgers lost to Timperley. Rahul Minocha top scored (15) and took a boundary catch; Ben Brunt took 2 wickets.

The U15 girls came up against strong opposition in Stockport Georgians. Mia Battersby top scored (12) and the whole team showed progress in their bowling and fielding.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Sale Win in Dramatic Finish

Sale Win in Dramatic Finish
Weaverham 227-7 (50)
Sale 228-8 (46.3)
Sale win by 2 wickets
 
Sale 1st XI returned to winning ways with a dramatic victory over promoted Weaverham in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League. It seemed for much of the match that Sale would be on the end of a second heavy defeat in as many weeks, but for some brilliant lower order batting from Rob Grant (pictured above) and Rick Halkon. Sale remain 5 points behind leaders Timperley who they play next weekend in a top of the table clash.
 
Search sponsored Sale got off to the perfect start, reducing Weaverham to 22-3 after asking them to bat first. Wilden Cornwall and James Lewis (59) rebuilt the inning with a stand of 154 to put Weaverham in a strong position. The fall of Leeward Island's Cornwall for a fine 123 sparked a mini collapse as the visitors closed on 227-7, Rick Halkon and Tyrone Lawrence finishing with 3 wickets each.
 
The start of Sale's innings mirrored the first, as they found themselves at 28-3.  The next two wickets only added a further 27 runs as Sale found themselves on the brink of defeat at 55-5.
 
It says much for the spirit and belief of second placed Sale that they started to counter attack.  Captain Chris Canning added 36 off 34 balls to regain some momentum, but wickets continued to fall.
 
The game turned in favour of the home side with a crucial stand of 87 for the 7th wicket between Grant and Halkon that took the score to 207. In desperation Weaverham ran Grant out for 63 backing up at the non striker's end, his 77 ball innings including 7 fours and 2 sixes.
 
Halkon was joined by Jon Hall (6 not out), who together knocked off the final 21 runs to secure victory to the jubilation of their team-mates. Halkon finished on 52 not out from 60 ball, including 9 fours. Cornwall took 3 wickets.
 
The 3rd XI also secured a fine victory due to some determined lower order batting as an unbeaten 8th wicket stand between Howard Briggs (58) and Manoj Kumar (32) chased down Stockport Georgians total of 177-6 with 9 overs to spare.
 
Mark Almond (33) and Sam Battersby (27) had got the innings going, before a middle order collapse had left Sale reeling. Shah Zeb has been the pick of the Sale bowling earlier in the day with 3-31.
 
Sale 2nd XI lost out at neighbours Brooklands under new captain Iain Harrop. Rick Hampton top scored with 64 in Sale's 191 all out, as the home side reached the target for the loss of 6 wickets.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks, our over 40's side, kept their 100% record going with a convincing 55 run victory over Bramhall. Mark Rowe top scored with 33 retired and the consistent Nigel Davenport scored another 30 retired in Sale's 159-4.
 
Howard Briggs did the damage with the ball, taking 3-7 as Bramhall could only manage 104-8.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Cheadle Hulme. Saturday the 1st XI travel to Timperley, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 1st XI visit premiership side Chester Boughton Hall in the Cheshire Cup and the 3rd XI host Didsbury 4th.
 
Sale hosted three junior matches on Friday night, against visiting under 13, under 9 and under 7 teams - all from Ashley.

The under 13 Colts won a tight contest. Ashley were restricted to 80-8 with Dan Flisk taking 3-11. Batting at number 7, Flisk hit a rapid 31 (retired) to win the match.

Ashley won the undercard, defeating the Badgers - for whom Robin Smith and Thomas Conway added 39 runs - and the under 7s.

There was a better outcome for Sale's youngest juniors on Sunday at the Poynton Festival where our team reached the semi-finals, winning three of four group games. Strong performances from James Newhill and William Dyson, including a partnership of 31 against Warrington; and from Nathan Gray, who conceded just 2 runs in the final over against Macclesfield.

Earlier in the week, the under 9 Squirrels lost a high-scoring match with Timperley. Four Sale batsmen reached double-figures, led by James Newhill (26 and 2 for 6), who was joined by Kit Jordan 13, Will Dyson 12, Fergus Banks 10.

The under 13 Eagles broke their 2015 duck with a fine victory by just two runs away at Hale Barns. Billy Dawson top scored with 31 (retired) and Ibraheem Shereef (18) gave good support. Dawson picked up a couple of wickets in the Hale Barns reply, as did Dan Gray (2-6) and Jack Farren (2-9).

Success also came the way of the under 11s, who comprehensively defeated Whalley Range. Isaac Brooks (25 retired) and Malachi Tazaki-Quayle (21) were the major contributors to a score of 90-5. The visitors were restricted to 54-6. Saad Khan recorded 2-1-1-1 and Suchit Sapkal 2-1-5-2.

The under 10s played Bowdon Vale on Tuesday. Despite tight bowling by Aidan Bridle and Shreyas Verma, the visitors set a target of 313. A good platform was set by Joel Copeland and Maaz Khan (who hit 3 fours, including a perfect straight drive) but Sale couldn't keep up the required rate.

The under 16s progress was halted by the wet weather on Wednesday, and look to get back into action at Deane and Derby this week.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Top Two Evenly Matched

Top Two Evenly Matched
Timperley 217-8
Sale 191-8
Timperley Winning Draw
 
The top two sides in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League proved to be evenly matched as the 1st XI game between Timperley and Sale ended in a narrow winning draw for Timperley.  All four results were possible for much of the match as Timperley increased their lead to 12 points, with Sale staying 15 points ahead of 3rd placed Didsbury at the half-way stage of the season.
 
Search sponsored Sale got off to a good start reducing Timperley to 50-3.  Daniel Cooper (90) and captain Craig Grindley (50) then rebuilt the inning, taking the score to 140.
 
As wickets began to fall it looked like Sale would keep the score below 200, but for a brutal final over from which Timperley plundered 28 runs to close on 217-8.  Tyrone Lawrence was once again the key bowler for Sale with 5-58.
 
In reply Sale lost a wicket with the 2nd ball of their reply, and found themselves in a similar position to the 1st innings at 60-4.  Keith Wellings (pictured above) and Ali Barrowman (29) added 50 to get Sale back into the game.  Rick Halkon then joined Wellings at 140-7 with 10 overs to go, as Wellings with 50 from 77 balls tried to force the win.
 
However Sale couldn't keep up with the rate, and when Halkon fell for 26 off the last delivery of the game Sale were 191-8, Timperley taking 14 points to Sale’s 7 in a good contest between two good sides.
 
Sale 2nd XI picked up 9 points with a good display with the bat against top of the table Timperley, but were unable to contain the visitors on another great track at Dane Road.
 
Rob Merga (71) and Dan Osborne (47) top scored for Sale as Sale posted 242-6, in reply Timperley reached the target for 3 wickets in the 49th over, Joe Cannon taking two wickets for the home side.
 
Sale 3rd XI held on for a losing draw at home to Didsbury 4th XI on Sunday.  Some wayward bowling from Sale allowed Didsbury to post 267-2.  In reply Sale secured maximum batting points, closing on 161-7.  Shah Zeb (31 not out) and Manoj Kumar (30) top scored for Sale.
 
Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side,  continued their winning run last Wednesday evening with a convincing 8 wicket victory over previously unbeaten Cheadle Hulme.
 
Having won the toss, Sale invited their visitors to bat 1st on a great looking wicket, and after a strong bowling and fielding display restricted Cheadle Hulme to 105-5. Howard Briggs was the pick of the bowling with 3 wickets, only Richard Battye showed any resistance with a well-made 30 not out.
 
In reply openers Paul Battersby and Mark Rowe made swift inroads into their modest target before Battersby was well caught at mid-wicket for 22 and Rowe was run out on 28. This brought together the form pair of Mark Almond (30 not out) and Nigel Davenport (15 not out) who finished the job with overs to spare, giving a 6 point cushion at the top of the North East division table.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Urmston.  On Saturday the 1st XI make the short trip to Didsbury, whilst the 2nd XI welcome Grappenhall to Dane Road.  On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Bowdon.
 
The junior section enjoyed its most successful week of the season, with teams winning all matches played.
 
The under 16s swept aside Deane and Derby, dismissing them for 62 with Gabe Smith taking 4-19 and Nathan D'Cunha 3-13. Daniel Osborne added another 41 unbeaten runs to his impressive record for the season in an eight wicket victory.
 
The under 13 Eagles won their second match on the trot, totalling 102 against Didsbury Buffalos, with Tom Stackable top-scoring. The Buffallos were bowled out for 89.
 
The under 11s played a local derby against Brooklands on Sunday, winning comfortably. Batting first, Sale totalled 106-6, with Isaac Brooks making 26 retired, Mal Tazaki-Quayle 20, Saad Isham 18 and Dylan Walker 15*. The visitors were restricted to 65-8 with Saad (2-1-1-2) and Shreyas Verma (2-1-5-2) leading the attack.
 
The under 9 Squirrels played away at Hale Barns. Batting first the Squirrels made 282 with five players reaching double figures, led by George Breen with 13. The home team replied with 227; James Newhill was the pick of the bowlers (2-5).
 
The under 9 Badgers won their first game of the season, against Lindow. Batting first, the Badgers made 258 (Robin Smith 20). Lindow fell 30 short of their target. Thomas Conway took 2-12 and Dan Billinge, on debut, 2-9.
 
There were also two very impressive performances for the Cheshire under 12 team by Viraj Sorathia, taking 5-22 against Derbyshire and 4-27 against Wales.
 
Finally, Sale continued its investment in girls cricket by hosting an evening of cricket activities for the Sale Moor 2nd Girls Guides. Thanks to Mike Sambell, Nick and Joely Brooks and Tris Brodbeck for running an enjoyable evening for 30 keen girl cricketers and potential future club members.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Lawrence Ton Takes Sale Top

Lawrence Ton Takes Sale Top
Sale 246-6 (50)
Didsbury 186 all out (49.1)
Sale won by 60 runs
 
Sale returned to the top of division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League following a comprehensive 60 run win over 3rd placed Didsbury. A century from Tyrone Lawrence provided the platform for a fine team effort against one of their promotion rivals.
 
Search sponsored Sale chose to bat first and despite the early loss of opener Ian Dixon built a challenging total.  Fellow opener Rob Greenhough played the anchor role in a 71 stand with Lawrence for the 2nd wicket.
 
The loss of Greenhough for 20 brought South African Ryan Rickelton to the wicket.  Together they turned the game in Sale’s favour with a stand of 131, at an ever increasing rate.
 
The partnership ended when Rickelton, who had made 63 from just 52 balls with 8 fours and a six, ran down the wicket to Raza Mian and was stumped by Tim Hughes – not before Lawrence completed a superb hundred.
 
He fell soon after for 107 from 135 balls as Sale sacrificed wickets in pursuit of quick runs, closing on 246-6.  Matt Grace finished with 5-72, including a sharp caught and bowled.
 
Didsbury made a confident start, reaching 44 before Rob Grant removed the dangerous Nick Anderson for a run-a-ball 30.
 
A developing partnership between Matt Marfani (36) and Josh Beal (17) was nipped in the bud as they fell in quick succession as Didsbury reached 87-3 at drinks.
 
Mian and Hughes added 49 for the 6th wicket before Mian (21) was well caught by a diving Rickelton and Hughes was stumped for 56 off Rick Halkon.
 
At 166-9 with 10 overs to go Didsbury held out until the last over, when Ali Barrowman got the crucial breakthrough, caught by a jubilant Sale skipper Chris Canning.  Taz Thayalan (3-31) and Halkon (3-39) were the pick of the Sale bowling.
 
News soon filtered through of Urmston’s last ball defeat of leaders Timperley, meaning Sale moved back to the top of the table by a single point.
 
Sale 2nd XI also secured a convincing win, by 122 runs over Grappenhall.  Mat Spells (73 not out) and Dan Osborne (72) top scored in Sale’s 258-6 on another outstanding wicket at Dane Road.
 
Siyan Siraj and Joe Cannon took 4 wickets each as Grappers were sent back for 136.
 
The Sale 3rd XI match at Bowdon on Sunday was abandoned after a heavy thunderstorm.
 
Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, maintained their 6 point advantage at the top of the North East division with a comfortable 20 run win over Urmston.
 
Paul Battersby, Graham Bolton and Mark Almond all reached 30 retired in Sale’s 152-2.  In reply Urmston could only reach 130, due to fine bowling from Ian Holland (3-23), Paul Hanrahan (2-24) and two remarkable catches from Bolton.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Cheadle.  On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Christleton to Dane Road, whilst the 2nd XI visit Congleton.  On Sunday the 3rd XI host Hale Barns.
 
The U13 Colts beat local rivals Ashton-on-Mersey convincingly.
 
Sale Colts 108-5
Ashton-on-Mersey 36 all out
 
After being put in to bat on an uncharacteristically bowler friendly track at home to Ashton-on-Mersey, the U13 Colts amassed a very creditable 108 for 5 from their 20 overs. The team batted ideally for the conditions with good solid defence from Max Tait & Matthew Holland being complemented by quick runs from Dan Flisk (14), Dan Newton (20) & Zikria Nadeem (13*). The highlight of a good team performance being a well timed 32 retired from captain Adam Holland, culminating in a fine straight drive for 4.
 
Given the strength of the Sale bowling line up, the target was always likely to be out of reach and so it proved as Zikria Nadeem's 3 wickets in an over effectively ended the game as a contest. Further wickets from Dan Newton (2), Suchit Sapkal (1), Matthew Holland (1), Max Tait (1) and a couple of run outs saw the Ashton innings concluded on 36 all out. A great all round performance.
 
Under 11s cup run continues
 
After their bowl-off triumph in round one, the under 11s were unlikely to experience a tighter cup tie, but in terms of excitement and cricket drama their third round match with Stretford surpassed it. 
 
Sale CC 91-5  (Isaac Brooks 26 retired, Callum Ross 21 not out) 
Stretford CC 91-8 (I Faras 25 retired, A Sen 21 not out, 2 wickets for Isaac, 1 each for Saad Khan, Suchit Sakpal, James Breen, Callum Ross). 
 
Batting first, Sale reached 91-5, with Isaac Brooks recording 26 retired and Callum Ross 21*. Stretford were soon in trouble, Isaac picking up a couple of wickets and two more fell to direct hit run outs. But Stretford's lower order proved resilient and took the game into the final overs needing just a handful of runs for victory. Bowling overs 18 and 20, Mal Tazaki-Quayle returned figures of 2-2-0-0, topping off his effort by running out the Stretford batsman going for the winning run off the final ball. 
 
Sale won having lost fewer wickets and progress to the semi-finals. Nick Brooks commented: "It was an outstanding game of cricket, a great team effort, with fantastic bowling and fielding under extreme pressure.  Enormous credit goes to Stretford, an excellent team of talented cricketers, playing competitively and fairly.  One of best and most dramatic games of junior cricket I have seen."
 
The under 11s maintained their strong form with a victory in the league away at Urmston. 
 
Sale CC 94-2
Urmston CC 84-4
 
Batting first, a strong platform was provided by openers Saad Khan (25 retired) and Mal Tazaki-Quayle (17)  before controlled batting from Theo Brodbeck (16*) and James Dodds (18*) led Sale to close on 94-2. Well-captained throughout by Will Davenport, a superb team fielding display and some fine bowling by Shreyas Verma, Suchit Hepkal and Thomas Burt left Urmston behind the required rate and they never recovered, ending 10 adrift of the Sale total. 
 
The under 10’s had an excellent victory at Lindow CC on Wednesday evening: 
  
Sale  CC – 264
Lindow CC – 243 
  
There were several exceptional individual bowling displays on a sweltering evening. Maas took 4 wickets in 8 balls, followed by Nathan who then bagged 3 more wickets. Aiden Bridle, Will Lacey and Joel Copeland continue to progress well and there was an encouraging debut from under 9, Ben Habershon. Another great team performance and a well-deserved victory.
  
The under 9 Squirrels lost a high scoring encounter with Ashton-on-Mersey. 
 
Ashton 312
Sale Squirrels 305
 
Braydon Ross took the bowling honours with 2-8. James Newhill (35) and Will Dyson (12) gave the innings an electric start and Nathan Gray contributed 25 in an exciting chase. 
 
The under 9 Badgers won away at Urmston. On debut, Arthur Tazaki-Quayle scored 30 runs and took 3 wickets. Rahul Minocha put in another strong all-round performance. 
  
The under 16s suffered only their second defeat of the season, away at Monton and Weaste. In a match reduced to 16 overs per side, the home team set off fast and maintained a rate of around 10 runs per over throughout their innings, closing on 160-7. James Harrison, on a night for the batsmen, had impressive figures of 3-0-13-1. 
 
Sale's reply started cautiously, but picked up pace as in-form batsman, Daniel Osborne, hit his stride. Dan ended 82* (from 41 balls) but Sale were 23 runs short of their target.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Sale March On As Chasing Pack Falter

Sale March On As Chasing Pack Falter
Christleton 102 all out (36.5)
Sale 105-3 (23)
Sale win by 7 Wickets
 
Sale extended their lead at the top of division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League following a comfortable 7 wicket win over Christleton. With the chasing teams all losing Sale now have a 20 point advantage over 2nd placed Timperley and are 51 points ahead of Oxton in 3rd place.
 
Search sponsored Sale chose to bowl first and soon had visitors Christleton in trouble as Rick Halkon (pictured above) bowled Rob Marks in his first over.  Fellow opener Tufail Talha hit a run-a-ball 30 before Halkon had him trapped LBW. 
 
Christleton are having a tough season, but do have the division’s leading run scorer in Mitch Renwick.  When Ali Barrowman had him caught for 15 by Dan Halkon the visitors were reduced to 50-3 and Sale were firmly in control.
 
Rick Halkon (5-28) and Tyrone Lawrence (4-50) then ran through the rest of the line up in short order as Christleton subsided to 102 all out in the 37th over.
 
In reply Sale showed a few nerves as they lost 3 early wickets before a stand of 81 between Ian Dixon and Dan Halkon saw them to their target in the 23rd over.
 
Dixon hit 8 fours in his 67-ball 61 and Halkon hit 7 fours in his 38-ball 36 as Sale coasted home in good time before the forecast early evening rain could intervene.
 
Sale meet Oxton, who knocked Oulton Park off 3rd place, on Saturday.  With Timperley and Didsbury also losing it proved a great round of results for Sale.
 
Sale 2nd XI made it back-to-back wins at Congleton, with a convincing 72 run win.
 
Skipper Rob Merga led the way with a fine 71 in Sale’s total of 193-9, with great support from promising juniors Dan Osborne (41) and Joe Cannon (39).
 
Sale then bowled the home side out in the 35th over.  Gareth Watterson (3-25) dismissed the middle order and Andy Millward (4-15) cleaned up the tail as the home side subsided to 121 all out.
 
The 3rd XI made it a full house of weekend wins with a 7 wicket victory over Hale Barns on Sunday.  Rob Moore took 5-37 in the visitors 136 all out.  In reply James Hall (48) and Tom Gill (35) hit an unbeaten partnership of 89 for the 4th wicket as Sale coasted home with 12 overs to spare.
 
Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, suffered their first defeat of the season, by 9 wickets to Cheadle.  Their advantage at the top of the North East division was cut to 2 points.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Brooklands.  On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Oxton, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture.  On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Marple 4th.
 
Brayden Ross of the under 9 Badgers had the performance of this (or any other) week.
 
Sale Badgers 296 (16 overs)
Urmston 256 (16 overs)
 
Brayden took 6-3, including four wickets in five balls. Urmston couldn't recover from that devastating spell and already faced a tall order chasing a strong total featuring 26 from James Newhill and 22 from Will Dyson.
 
On the verge of winning the league and qualifying for the cup final, the under 16s have had a blip in form.
 
Sale 89-8 (20 overs)
Radcliffe 90-2 (17.3 overs)
 
Sale's own Radcliffe (Will) top scored with 22. Radcliffe lost an early wicket to a fine bit of fielding in the covers by Adam Holland, but won comfortably.
 
The under 15s Cup run was brought to an end by Didsbury.
 
Didsbury 150-8 (20 overs)
Sale 135-9 (19.3 overs)
 
Didsbury set a challenging total, despite Sam Battersby recording five dismissals behind the stumps(3 catches, 2 stumpings). Tom Kellett led the bowlers with figures of 3-0-14-3. Sale began well, through opener Adam Holland (30) and Dan Osborne retiring for the umpteenth time this season on 53. But the innings fell away with the last six wickets falling for 10 runs.
 
The Under 13 Colts ran Cheadle close in a tight match
 
Cheadle 102 (20 overs)
Sale 99 (20 overs)
 
Going into the final over Sale needed 13 runs for the win. Dan Newton kept Sale in the game until the final ball.

The full scorecards can be found here.

Sale Settle for Winning Draw at Oxton

Sale Settle for Winning Draw at Oxton
Sale 233-7 (50)
Oxton 180-8 (50)
Sale Winning Draw
 
Sale stay top of division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League following a winning draw against 3rd placed Oxton. With the other chasing teams winning Sale’s advantage over 2nd placed Timperley was reduced to 9 points, with Oulton Park a further 34 points behind in 3rd place.
 
Search sponsored Sale chose to bat first and got off to a solid start, Ian Dixon and Rob Greenhough (pictured above) adding 66 for the first wicket before Dixon was caught behind for 37.
 
Tyrone Lawrence added 60 for the second wicket with Greenhough, to take the score to 121 with 20 overs to go. Greenhough was out next over for 47, the highest score of the day.
 
Sale then pushed the score on as Lawrence was third man out for 45.  The remaining Sale line up all made double figures as a series of partnerships got the final total to 233-7.
 
Oxton started well, keeping up with the required rate through the early overs.  With 20 overs to go they had reached 121-3, on par with the Sale innings. With a developing partnership between Marc DeBrabander and Guyan Fernando the home team were putting themselves in a strong position.
 
Rob Grant made the crucial breakthrough the following over, DeBrabander caught at slip for 44.
 
Rick Halkon quickly followed this up with a double wicket maiden, bowling Fernando for 34 and Luke Filer without scoring, as Oxton were reduced to 130-6.
 
Oxton soon abandoned their run chase and looking to play out the remaining overs, which they managed to do for the loss of 2 more wickets, closing on 180-8.  Halkon finishing the pick of the bowling with 4-72 as Sale took 14 points to Oxton’s 7.
 
Sale 2nd XI made it three wins in a row with a comprehensive 6 wicket win at home to Oxton.
 
Oxton posted 218-6, Joe Cannon 3-59.  This would have been a competitive score a few years ago, but the Sale square has now matured into one of the best in the county, as Sale passed their score with ease.
 
Jamal Benzafar led the way, posting a destructive 108 not out as Sale coasted home within 33 overs.  His century come up from just 73 balls, including several huge sixes.  He was well supported by Rob Merga (54 not out), as the home side reached their target for the loss of 4 wickets.
 
The 3rd XI had a comfortable 9 wicket victory over Marple 4th XI on Sunday.  Despite dropping numerous catches they dismissed the home side for 142 in the 35th over, Rob Moore 5-19.
 
Sale ran out comfortable winners after tea as Dan Osborne (75 not out) and Adam Holland (55 not out) added 137 for the 2nd wicket to reach their target in the 32nd over.
 
Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, beat Brooklands by 15 runs on Wednesday.  They stay top of the North East division by 2 points.
 
Paul Battersby and Mark Almond both retired on 30 as Sale posted 144-3.  In reply Paul Hanrahan took 2-20 as Brooklands closed on 129-7.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Bowdon.  On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Middlewich, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture.  On Sunday Romiley are the visitors for the 3rd XI.
 
Sale under 9s took part in the Poynton 6-a-side festival, where they put together a five game winning streak, including a last ball victory over Toft in the semi-final. Macclesfield prevailed in the final, but a trophy and medals were well earned by William Dyson, Nathan Gray, Ben Habershon, Rahul Minocha, James Newhill and Braydon Ross.

The under 11 team's cup run ended in semi-final defeat at Alderley Edge.
Sale 64-6 (20 overs)
Alderley Edge 65-2 (10.4 overs)
 
Sale's total leant heavily on James Dodds, who made an impressive 27 retired. Alderley Edge's reply began shakily with Suchit Sapkal taking two early wickets (2-1-1-2), but the home team pushed on to victory.
 
The under 16s had returned to winning ways the previous week at Urmston.
Urmston 110-4 (20 overs)
Sale 111-4 (17.2 overs)
 
Urmston's innings was kept in check by disciplined bowling, led by Mal Clarke who conceded only 11 runs from his 4 overs. Sale's reply featured Daniel Osborne and Tom Gill as joint top scorers with 29.
 
The under 13 Colts completed their league season with a convincing victory over Timperley.
Sale 138-6 (20 overs)
Timperley 56 all out
 
Runs flowed for the Colts: Adam Holland (30) and Max Tait (32) retired; Joe Moss (26) and Isaac Brooks (24) also prospered. Timperley found the Colts attack too hot: Matt Holland (3-34), Viraj Sorathia (2-5) and Zikria Nadeem (2-5) did the damage, with Max Tait picking up three catches.
 
The under 9 Squirrels defeated Whalley Range by 56 runs.
Sale Squirrels 290 (16 overs)
Whalley Range 234 (16 overs)
 
James Newhill top-scored for the Squirrels with 29. Nathan Gray contributed 21. James was also busy in the field collecting a catch and two direct hit run outs. Dattu Vadukutte also managed a catch and a run out with a direct hit.
 
The under 9 Badgers lost narrowly in a high-scoring contest at Stretford.
Sale Badgers 275 (16 overs)
Stretford 277 (16 overs)
 
Oscar McCarthy was Sale's top performer on the day with 18 runs, two wickets and a fabulous catch. Rahul Minocha picked up two wickets, despite carrying an injury that required medical treatment after the match.
 
The under 15s played (and defeated) Brooklands in a friendly (surely some mistake?)
Brooklands 123-9 (20 overs)
Sale 124-1 (13.2 overs)
 
After a solid start, wickets fell regularly through the Brooklands innings. Tom Kellett had outstanding figures of 4-2-5-2. Tim Martin picked up two important top order wickets. Sale, though, made light work of the run chase. Sam Battersby scored 50 (retired), Adam Holland and Tom Gill both made 22.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Under 16's Win Cup Final

Under 16's Win Cup Final
Rear: Tyrone Lawrence, Brent Osborne (manager), Dennis Gornall, Patrick Crump Raiswell, Nathan D'Cunha, Will Radcliffe, Mal Clarke, Gabe Smith, Tom Gill, Tom Kellett, Mat Spells. Front: Joe Cannon, Dan Osborne (capt), Sam Battersby. Pictures by George Franks
 
Sale 127-6 (20)
Radcliffe 122-9 (20)
Sale win by 5 Runs
 
Sale Cricket Club secured its first trophy of the 2015 season on Tuesday with victory in the Salford Youth Cricket Association Under 16's Cup Final.  A sizable crowd gathered at Sale’s Dane Road ground to see the home side defeat Radcliffe of the Central Lancashire League by 5 runs.
 
Search sponsored Sale won the toss and chose to bat first.  They got off to a flying start as Sam Battersby scored a rapid 28 off just 18 balls.  Three quick wickets for Radcliffe, including the dangerous Dan Osborne for 5, reduced Sale to 58-3 in the 8th over. A crucial partnership of 50 between Joe Cannon (33) and Will Radcliffe (31) then steadied the innings and kick-started the acceleration of the closing overs that took Sale to a competitive, but not out-of-reach, 127.
 
Radcliffe were soon in trouble against tight bowling from Mal Clarke (1-14) and Tom Kellett (2-9). The game looked beyond them at 14-3, but a partnership of 62 between Callum Malcolm (42) and Ryan Williams (33) kept Radcliffe in touch going into the final overs. A combination of smart fielding, which brought about three run outs and calm bowling at the death by Gabe Smith (2-11) and Tom Gill, who was entrusted the final over, delivered the 5 run victory.
Daniel Osborne, Sale captain and lynchpin behind the stumps, accepted the trophy. His team now have two crucial matches to achieve a league and cup double.
 
After the game Sale Chairman Paul Battersby praised Radcliffe for their efforts and complimented both sides for playing the game in the right spirit, as well as thanking all the volunteers who help run the junior sections at both clubs.
 
The win was testament to the investment Sale have made in junior cricket and improving their facilities in recent years.  The club has over 100 boys and girls competing in 8 teams from under 9 to under 16.  A number of the Under 16’s squad are competing regularly in senior cricket in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.
 
The full scorecard can be found here.
 

Hat-trick Hero Halkon Sets Up Win

Hat-trick Hero Halkon Sets Up Win
Middlewich 88 all out (35.3)
Sale 91-2 (17)
Sale win by 8 Wickets
 
An outstanding performance from Sale leg spinner Rick Halkon set up a convincing 8 wicket win over Middlewich in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.  Halkon took a career best 9-32, including a hat-trick, to blow away bottom of the table Middlewich.  With the other leading clubs also winning there was no change in the quest for a place in the ECB Premier League next season.
 
Search sponsored Sale won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first.  Leandro du Toit (16) made a fluent start before offering a simple stumping in the 6th over.
 
Just four more runs were added before number three Andrew Davies was pinned LBW by Halkon for 2.  Kieran Boyle was bowled for a 13 ball duck soon after to reduce Middlewich to 29-3.
 
Jamie Williams and captain Nick Gill began to rebuild the innings, adding 38 before Williams inexplicably hit Halkon to Ben Watkin at midwicket, who took the catch at the second attempt to send him back for 33.
 
Gill soon chased a wide one from Ali Barrowman and was smartly caught at gully by Jon Hall to put Middlewich in trouble at 75-5 with 20 overs remaining.
 
Wickets continued to fall as the dangerous Kristian Clowes edged an attempted sweep to Chris Canning for 5, Middlewich now 88-7.
 
Halkon then rounded off his day in the perfect way, taking a hat-trick to end the Middlewich innings without further addition to the score (see picture above by George Franks).  Halkon’s final figures of 17.3-8-32-9, eclipsed his 9-42 against Bollington in 2012.
 
Openers Ian Dixon and Ryan Rickelton got off to a flying start, taking 24 runs off the first three overs. The score had reached 33 when Rickelton edged Nigel Stubbs to Williams at slip for a run-a-ball 13.
 
Tyrone Lawrence joined Dixon at the crease, playing some expansive shots on his way to a brisk 26 before he edged behind.
 
With 12 needed Dixon took 14 off what would turn out to be the last over from Stephen Bliss, including a huge six over midwicket, to reach 46 not out and seal a comprehensive victory.
 
Sale 2nd XI’s chance of a late promotion run was probably halted by regular first teamer James Conford at Middlewich.  His unbeaten century meant Sale could only manage a losing draw, closing on 188-9 in pursuit of the home side’s 216-6.
 
Rob Merga (73) and Jamal Benzafar (53) continued their fine form with the bat.
 
The 3rd XI match against Romiley on Sunday was cancelled without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain.
 
Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, are now one win away from clinching the NE division title.  On Wednesday they completed an 8 wicket win over Bowdon, whilst nearest rivals Cheadle Hulme lost to Urmston.
 
Mark Rowe, Steve Macdonald and Mark Almond all retired on 30 as Sale posted 149-2.  Ian Holland took 2-26 as Bowdon got close with 136-6.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Bowdon Vale.  On Saturday the 1st XI visit Cheadle Hulme, whilst the 2nd XI welcomes Nantwich to Dane Road.  On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Ashley.
 
The under 16s kept on track for the Salford YCA league title with a victory away at Radcliffe. 
Radcliffe 129/9 (20 overs)
Sale 134/3 (16.2 overs)
 
Radcliffe faced a suffocating opening spell from Mal Clarke (4-2-4-1) but picked up pace through their innings and looked poised to set a large total when captain Dan Osborne, enjoying an evening without keeping pads, came on to bowl the 18th over. He took 3-12 and with Tim Martin (1-5) squeezed the home team. Earlier, Joe Cannon had taken 3-19. 
 
Sam Battersby led the Sale reply making a fluent 50 retired. Joe Cannon made a steady 24 before Dan Osborne brought the match to a rapid conclusion with 44 from 15 balls. 
 
Sale Squirrels won their 5th consecutive match on Tuesday. 
Sale 296 (16 overs) - Ben Habershon 17, Arthur Tazaki 14, Brayden Ross 14 
Didsbury 277 (16 overs) - Brayden Ross 2-3, Fergus Banks 2-14. 
 
Sale Badgers lost narrowly to Brooklands, while the under 7s won a tight match with their Brooklands counterparts. Aswin Punnoose top-scored (17) and Taha Chaudhry took the bowling honours with 3 wickets.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

One Night, Two Trophies

One Night, Two Trophies
Back (L-R): Brent Osborne (manager), Patrick Crump Raiswell, Nathan D’Chuna, Joe Cannon, Tom Gill, Will Radcliffe, Tim Martin; Front (L-R): Gabe Smith, Sam Battersby, Dan Osborne (captain), Adam Holland, Tom Kellett.
 
Search sponsored Sale Cricket Club won two trophies on Wednesday evening as the Under 16’s won the Salford Youth Cricket Association League and the Sale Silverbacks claimed the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League Over 40’s North East Division title.
 
Sale Under 16’s completed an impressive league and cup double after winning the cup final the week before.  Sale needed to win their final game of the season against Radcliffe to clinch the title by 2 points from Monton and Weaste of the Central Lancashire League.  Fellow Cheshire County League outfit Urmston finished third.
 
Sale bowled Radcliffe out for 106 in the 18th over, Gabe Smith 4-13, Joe Cannon 3-15 and Tom Kellett 2-25. After making a cautious start Sale coasted home for the loss of one wicket in the 17th over.  Dan Osborne 43 not out, Sam Battersby 24, Joe Cannon 23 not out.
 
Captain and wicket keeper Dan Osborne finished leading run scorer with 459 runs and has now passed 1,000 runs for the season in all competitions.  Joe Cannon was the leading all-rounder with 224 runs and 14 wickets, Sam Battersby scored 227 runs and Gabe Smith took 11 wickets.
 
Iain Harrop (pictured above) led Sale Silverbacks to their third divisional title in 8 years, with one game still to play.  Second placed Cheadle Hulme cannot catch the Over 40’s side after Sale won in a tight finish at Bowdon Vale.
 
The Silverbacks posted 120-9 in their 20 overs, Nigel Davenport 30 retired, Mark Almond 29, Iain Harrop 24.  Bowdon Vale got close at 120-4, Paul Hanrahan and Mark Almond with 2 wickets each.
 
The Silverbacks have won 10 out of the 11 games played and now meet the runners-up from the South East division for a place in the county finals day.

Thirds Lead the Way After Saturday Washout

Thirds Lead the Way After Saturday Washout
Ashley 3rd XI 81 all out (26.2)
Sale 3rd XI 82-4 (25)
Sale win by 6 Wickets
 
Sale 3rd XI took centre stage this weekend as heavy rain on Saturday caused the abandonment of both the 1st and 2nd XI matches.  A five wicket haul from Robbie Squire set up a convincing 6 wicket win over Ashley in Sunday 3rd XI Division One  East of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.  The win keeps Sale in 2nd place and maintains the pressure on leaders Heaton Mersey.
 
Stand in skipper Rob Moore won the toss and asked Ashley to bat first.  Sale got off to a great start as the home captain hit the eighth ball of the innings to James Hall at midwicket off Robbie Squire.
 
Mike Plant and Alex Morfitt added 28 before two quick wickets for Squire reduced Ashley to 40-3.  Moore then replaced the luckless Shah Zeb and struck immediately.
 
Squire took two further wickets, including top scorer Morfitt for 22, as Ashley slumped to 58-6.  He finished with 5-26 from his 10 overs.
 
Only 4 more runs were added as smart return catch for Moore and two wickets in two balls for Manoj Kumar left Ashley on the brink at 62-9.
 
Peter Burgess (12) and George Harrison (12) added 19 runs for the final wicket before Moore bowled Harrison to finish with 3-13 and leave Ashley 81 all out in the 27th over.
 
Sale chased down their target for the loss of 4 wickets.  Opener Sam Battersby scored a well-crafted 22 and Mark Almond made an entertaining 15 as Sale coasted home in the 25th over.
 
Sale 1st XI’s match at Cheadle Hulme lasted less than 12 overs before a heavy downpour caused its abandonment.  Sale were rattling along at 45-2 when the heavens opened, Tyrone Lawrence 36 not out.  Lawrence’s fine form this season saw him make his minor counties debut for Cheshire against Berkshire on Sunday.
 
Fortunately for Sale, both Timperley and Oulton Park lost, meaning they remain 9 points clear at the top of the table despite only collecting 7 points.
 
Sale 2nd XI got as far as drinks at home to Nantwich before rain intervened.  Sale were 97-6 off 25 overs, Rick Hampton (pictured above by George Franks) top scored with 45.
 
The friendly XI won a tight game at home to Oulton Park on Sunday, as a number of juniors got their first taste of senior cricket.  Sale 177-5, Oulton Park 168-5.
 
Earlier in the week the Silverbacks (over 40’s) clinched the North East divisional title with one game to spare, and the Under 16’s completed a league and cup double as they won their final game of the season.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Bramhall.  On Saturday the 1st XI host Tattenhall and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture.  On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Cheadle 4’s to Dane Road.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Lower Order Keep Sale on Top

Lower Order Keep Sale on Top
Tattenhall 200-7 (50)
Sale 203-7 (47.4)
Sale won by 3 wickets
 
A determined performance from Sale’s lower order set up a tense 3 wicket win over Tattenhall in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League. Sale recovered from 52-5 to chase down 200 and secure a league leading 10th win of the season. Second placed Timperley could only manage a draw, extending Sale’s lead to 20 points.
 
Search sponsored Sale started with some tight bowling despite losing the toss.  Tattenhall had reached 37 in the 16th over when Tyrone Lawrence took a stunning one handed catch off his own bowling.
 
Opener Glen Coppack and Stuart Sadler added just seven runs before Sadler was bowled by Rick Halkon for 1.
 
Coppack and captain Oli Thompson then added 40 before Coppack skied a shot off Ali Barrowman and was routinely caught by Lawrence for 45. When overseas Dan Power was given out LBW off Halkon attempting  a sweep shot Tattenhall were 99-4.
 
Thompson and Josh Harding then added 67 at a good rate when Harding looped the easiest of chances to Ryan Rickelton at cover, leaving Tattenhall 166-5 with five overs to go.
 
Two more wickets fell before Thompson and Dave Shewring added 17 for the eighth wicket to steer the visitors to 200. Thompson finishing 86 not out, Halkon 3-67.
 
Sale’s chase got off to the worst possible start, losing 3 wickets for one run to Power.  When Keith Wellings was fifth man out for 15 Sale were reduced to 52-5 at drinks.
 
Rob Grant and Chris Canning came together, adding 49 before Grant missed a straight one from Alan Brock for 17.
 
Captain Canning (picture above by George Franks) put his foot down soon after passing fifty, dominating a 37 run partnership (off just 28 balls) with Ali Barrowman.  Just as he looked to take the game away, he was trapped LBW by the returning Power for an almost flawless 73 (off 70 balls with 14 fours).
 
Sale still needed 63 to win with only three wickets remaining. Barrowman (44 off 48 balls) and number nine Ben Watkin (27 off 34 balls) produced a match-winning stand for Sale, ending when Watkin edged Henry Dobson to third man to complete a 3 wicket victory. Power finished with 5-61 for the visitors.
 
The 2nd XI suffered a reverse at Tattenhall that mirrored the result at Sale.  Having posted a below par 153-6 (Mat Spells 55, Iain Harrop 33), Sale reduced the home side to 19-4 and 60-6 and looked set for the win.  However some determined lower order batting saw Tattenhall home by 2 wickets in the 45th over, Andy Millward 3-36.
 
The 3rd XI kept their promotion hopes alive with a comfortable 8 wicket victory against Cheadle 4th XI on Sunday.  Rob Moore picked up 3-37 as Cheadle were restricted to 154-9.  In replay Sale made a cautious start, but accelerated well after drinks to reach their target with 2 overs in hand.  Mark Almond batting through for a well-judged 88 not out, supported by Dan Osborne (30 not out) and Joe Cannon (22).
 
Having secured the league title the previous week, an under strength Silverbacks (over 40’s) lost by one run at Bramhall in an enjoyable end of season game.
 
In a week of key fixtures the Silverbacks face Bredbury Saints in a play off on Wednesday, the 1st XI visit third placed Oulton Park on Saturday and the 3rd XI travel to league leaders Heaton Mersey on Sunday.  The 2nd XI host Warrington.
 
The full scoresheets can be found here.

Club Newsletter - August 2015

Club Newsletter - August 2015

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Last Ball Drama at Oulton Park

Last Ball Drama at Oulton Park
Sale 220 all out (49.1)
Oulton Park 220-8 (50)
Equal Scores Draw
 
The top of the table clash between division one leaders Sale and third placed Oulton Park ended with a dramatic tied score in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League. Sale needed a run out from the last ball of the game to prevent an Oulton Park victory and keep their promotion hopes on track.
 
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bat first at the small and picturesque Oulton Park ground.  Openers Ian Dixon and Ryan Rickelton made an assured start, adding 73 for the first wicket.
 
The loss of Rickelton for 38, Dixon for 36 and Tyrone Lawrence for 1 in short order reduced Sale to 90-4.
 
Danny Halkon added a patient 19 before falling to a caught and bowled chance to Iroshan De Silva as Sale started to rebuild.  Chris Canning and Rob Greenhough (22) then added 49 for the 6th wicket.
 
With Sale needing to accelerate to post a competitive total Captain Canning played a typically counter-attacking innings (pictured above by George Franks), adding 60 off just 51 balls to continue his recent fine form.
 
Canning was dismissed just as Sale secured maximum batting points.  Ali Barrowman continued the hitting, adding a rapid 29 off 13 balls to ensure Sale posted a competitive 220 all out in the final over.  De Silva and Guy Emmett finished with 3 wickets each.
 
Oulton Park got off to a confident start as Martin East hit a run-a-ball 31 and Danny Leach an assured 47 as the home team reached 110-2.
 
De Silva was next to go for 39, run out by Lawrence, a mode of dismissal that would go on to cost Oulton Park.
 
At 182-5 the home side looked well set for a victory, knowing they had to win to close the gap on a promotion place.  Sale showed their sharpness in the field in the closing overs as they affected 3 more run outs as the home side tried the get over the line.
 
The game reached a thrilling conclusion as Andrew Mills, well set on 28 off 29 balls, was run out by Lawrence going for the winning run.  The final points tally of 14-16 ensured Sale remain 37 points clear of third place.  Meanwhile second placed Timperley completed a straightforward win over bottom of the table Middlewich to reduce Sale’s advantage to 9 points.
 
Sale Silverbacks secured a place at the Over 40’s finals day at Timperley on Sunday by defeating Bredbury Saints in the play-off.  They face Chester Blazers on the back pitch at noon.
 
Paul Hanrahan, Mark Rowe and Nigel Davenport all reached 30 retired as Sale posted a competitive 139-2.  In reply Bredbury kept up with the required rate for much of their reply, before late wickets for Sale secured an 11 run victory, Hanrahan was the pick of the bowling with 2-15.
 
Sale 3rd XI also pulled off a fine victory against league leaders Heaton Mersey to keep their promotion hopes alive.  They reduced Mersey’s lead to 6 points in the quest for the single promotion berth, although the leaders do still have a game in hand.
 
Heaton Mersey posted a competitive 172-6 in 40 overs, Robbie Squire the pick for Sale with 3-39. 
 
Sale looked to be cruising to victory as captain James Hall (78) and Dan Osborne (52) added 110 for the second wicket.  A mid order collapse reduced Sale to 160-8, before they reached their target with an over to spare.
 
The 2nd XI came up 15 runs short chasing 199 to win at home to Warrington.
 
On Saturday the 1st XI host Davenham and the 2nd XI head to the Wirral to play Upton.  On Sunday the Silverbacks play in the Over 40’s finals day at Timperley.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

First Team Frustrated, Silverbacks Reach Final

First Team Frustrated, Silverbacks Reach Final
Silverbacks Squad. Back (L-R): George Franks, Barry Craven, Mark Rowe, Howard Briggs, Iain Harrop (captain), Mark Almond, Nigel Davenport, Soans Praveen, Tris Brodbeck, Front (L-R): Paul Battersby, Steve Macdonald, Stefan Peilober, Paul Hanrahan, Carl Hicks, Ian Holland.
 
Sale 148-9 (50)
Davenham 115-9 (50)
Sale Winning Draw
 
Sale 1st XI were frustrated on Saturday as Davenham batted out for a draw to deny a victory that would have moved the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League division one leaders one step closer to promotion.   On Sunday the Sale Silverbacks won their semi-final before rain caused the abandonment of the County Over 40’s final.
 
Search sponsored Sale 1st XI were asked to bat first and were soon in trouble as tight bowling from Davenham reduced them to 30-3 in the 11th over.
 
Captain Chris Canning once again led the rebuilding efforts, falling for 29 as the home side reached 66-5 at drinks.
 
Rob Greenhough anchored the second half of the inning with 34 as Sale’s strong lower order ensured that they set a target to bowl at.  Ali Barrowman, Ben Watkin and Rick Halkon all made double figures as Sale posted a below par 148-9.  Robin Taylor and Ben Gough finished with 3 wickets each.
 
Davenham’s openers made a solid start adding 25, before pressure from the Sale bowlers and fielders reduced them to 59-5 at drinks.
 
At 85-6 with 15 overs to go Davenham were still in the hunt for a win, but as soon as overseas Tim Niemand was run out by Jon Hall for 14 the visitors started to shut up shop for a draw.
 
Sale took 3 further wickets before the final pair batted out 7 overs to hold on for the draw and leave Sale with 11 points comparted with 25 if the final wicket had fallen.  Halkon and Barrowman took 3 wickets each.
 
Second placed Timperley could only manage a losing draw and third placed Oulton Park lost meaning Sale increased their cushion by 4 points at the top of the table.
 
Over 40’s North East Champions Sale Silverbacks faced Chester Boughton Hall Blazers in the county semi-final at Timperley on Sunday.
 
Chester got off to a steady start after being asked to bat first by captain Mark Rowe with openers Phil Thomas (30 retired) and Alex Barr (18) putting on 36 for the first wicket in 5 overs before Barr was bowled by Ian Holland.
 
The introduction of Mark Almond (1-17) and Soans Praveen (0-18) slowed the run rate with only Steadman and Bennett getting into double figures, helped by 0-14 off Howard Briggs’ 4 over spell and a late burst from opening quickie Paul Hanrahan (2-16) left Chester’s innings a little short of where they would have liked at 111-5.
 
In reply the Silverbacks lost Hanrahan for 1 with the score on 16, but steady innings from Rowe (30 retired), Almond (10), Paul Battersby (15) and Praveen (14) got the Silverbacks within striking distance needing 26 from the last 3 overs.
 
When Carl Hicks (pictured below by George Franks) pulled his first and third deliveries behind square for 4 the pressure was released as together with Briggs they saw the Silverbacks home with a ball to spare, winning by 5 wickets.

After rain curtailed the final after just 3 overs Sale won the toss for home advantage where the final will be replayed on bank holiday Monday, 2pm start.
 
The 2nd XI didn’t travel to the Wirral on Saturday as their game at Upton was cancelled due to heavy overnight rain.
 
On Saturday the 1st XI host Urmston and the 2nd XI make the short trip to Bowdon.  On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Didsbury 4th.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Silverbacks Lose County Final

Silverbacks Lose County Final
Sale Silverbacks failed in their quest to be Vivo Cheshire County Over 40’s champions for the second time after being well beaten by Neston in the re-arranged final on Bank Holiday Monday.  Neston cruised to an 8 wicket victory after restricting Sale to a below par 89-6.
 
Having won the toss and without the usual T20 fielding restrictions, Neston were able to keep the Sale top order to 3 runs an over in the early stages with some tight bowling.
 
At the half way stage Sale had slumped to 30-4.  Mark Almond (25 not out – pictured above by George Franks) did his best to set a defendable total, with late support from Nigel Davenport (18) and Soans Praveen (16), as the home side reached 89-6.
 
Sale needed early wicket to have any chance of winning, but were unable to make the breakthrough as former 1st class cricketer Brad Donelan (31 retired) and Chris Hackett (21) added 43 for the first wicket.
 
Ian Holland took two wickets to give Sale a glimmer of hope, but with the aid of a couple of dropped catches Neston reached their target in the 14th over.
 
Search sponsored Sale 1st XI lost to promotion rivals Urmston on Saturday, but did pick up 9 valuable points, maintaining a 27 point cushion over third placed Oulton Park.
 
Sale were well restricted in the early stages as they struggled to get the scoring rate above 3 runs per over.  With 15 overs to go Sale had only reached 85.
 
Tyrone Lawrence (79) and Ryan Rickelton (54) led the acceleration as Sale added 130 in the last 15 overs to post a defendable score of 215-8.  Whilst being 25 runs short of a par score on the excellent Dane Road track, the late flurry did ensure Sale secured maximum batting points.
 
Urmston ran out comfortable winners after tea, securing a 6 wicket victory in the 49th over, Ali Barrowman picking up 2 wickets as Callum Parkinson (83) and Calum Turner (80) kept Urmston in the hunt for a promotion spot.
 
A youthful looking 2nd XI picked up an unexpected win on a sporting wicket at Bowdon.  Roux Joubert top scored with 56 as Sale were bowled out for only 135 in the final over.
 
This proved to be 30 too many for Bowdon as Gareth Watterson sent them back with a fine 7-31.
 
The 3rd XI chalked up another convincing win against fading Didsbury 4’s.  Shah Zeb took 3-26 as Sale restricted the home side to 149-6.
 
Sale coasted home after tea with 8 overs to spare, led by 59 from Mark Almond.  The third string still have an outside chance of promotion, but need Heaton Mersey to be well beaten in their last game next Sunday to stand any chance.
 
On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Weaverham and the 2nd XI host Brooklands.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Batting Collapse Costs Sale

Batting Collapse Costs Sale
Weaverham 169 all out (49.5)
Sale 133 all out (44.4)
Sale lose by 36 Runs
 
Sale suffered a set-back in their quest for a place in the Vivio Cheshire County Premier league next season after a mid-innings collapse at Weaverham.  Sale must win now win their last game of the season against league leaders Timperley or hope that Weaverham can defeat third placed Urmston.
 
Search sponsored Sale 1st XI won the toss and asked Weaverham to bat first.  The Sale attack kept things tight in their early stages, restricting the home side to less than 3 runs per over for the first 35 overs.  Ali Barrowman taking two wickets as Weaverham reached 106-3.
 
Iain Eaton and James Lewis had added 87 for the fourth wicket before Lewis fell to Rick Halkon for 44 in the 41st over.  This triggered a collapse as 6 wickets fell for 28 runs, including 5 for Tyrone Lawrence who finished with 5-48.  Eaton finishing unbeaten on 67 for the home side.
 
Despite losing two early wickets and Ian Dixon (25) to direct hit run out from the boundary, Sale were well placed on 83-3 at drinks.
 
The turning point came as Dan Halkon was stumped for 39.  Sale lost 4 quick wickets for just 2 runs as they slumped to 95-7.
 
A quick fire 23 from Ali Barrowman kept Sale in with a chance, but his luck ran out when he was last man out, Sale still 36 runs short of their target.
 
Sale 2nd XI completed a comprehensive victory over neighbours Brooklands to move them into the top half of the table.  Sale made a below par 175-9 off 50 overs after being asked to bat first.
 
James Hall (50) and Greg Gyves (30 – pictured above by George Franks) top scored in Sale’s innings.
 
Brooklands had no answer after tea as the pace of Gyves (5-52) and guile of Gareth Watterson (3-33) blew the visitors away for 100.
 
The 3rd XI didn’t have a game this week, but an unexpected defeat for league leaders Heaton Mersey means that Sale can now win the league and promotion to the Sunday Premier division if they win against Stockport Georgians on Sunday.
 
On Saturday the 1st XI host Timperely, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture.  On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Stockport Georgians.
 
The detailed scorecards can be found here.

Chairman Secures 3rd XI Championship

Chairman Secures 3rd XI Championship
Sale 3rd XI. Back (L-R): Ian Wilkinson (umpire), Mark Almond, Manoj Kumar, Dan Osborne, Robbie Squire, Will Radcliffe, Soans Praveen. Front (L-R): Sam Battersby, Howard Briggs, Paul Battersby (captain), Shah Zeb, Tom Riley.
 
Sale 3rd XI finished the season as Champions of Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League division 1 east on Sunday with a comprehensive victory over Stockport Georgians.  Sale Chairman Paul Battersby led the way with an unbeaten century to claim a fourth trophy of the season for Sale.
 
Search sponsored Sale fielded first after losing the toss.  Georgians made a confident start, with opener Rick Barrow making 57.
 
With the score of 115-3 with 11 overs to go the visitors were in a good position to post a challenging total.
 
The introduction of Tom Riley turned the game in Sale’s favour.  Riley took 6 wickets for 24 runs from 9 overs to reduce Georgians to 154-9 in the 40th over.
 
Sale coasted to victory after tea thanks to a magnificent 122 not out from opener Battersby.  His knock included 21 fours and two sixes as Sale reached their target in the 25th over to secure the league title.
 
With this win Sale’s third string secured promotion to the Sunday premier division in 2016.  Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the club’s 1st XI who were cruelly denied promotion on a dramatic final day of the season.
 
Sale bowled well in a rain reduced game against Champions elect Timperley, who posted 131-7 in 33 overs.  Tyrone Lawrence was the pick of the bowling for Sale with 4-68.
 
Sale’s response never really got going as they collapsed from 25-1 to 67-9.  A heroic effort from the last pair of Ali Barrowman and Rick Halkon then added 62 runs to get Sale within 12 runs of a victory that would have secured promotion.
 
Sadly for Sale Barrowman was caught on the boundary for 33 in the penultimate over, with Halkon left not out on 26.  News soon filtered through of Urmston’s improbable victory against Weaverham as they scored 19 off the last over, including a six off the last ball, to pip Sale to the final promotion spot by 8 points.
 
Sale 2nd XI finished mid table after a 7 wicket loss at promoted Timperley, a creditable performance in a season of fluctuating availability.
 
Sale finished the season with 4 trophies, the under 16’s winning the double and the Silverbacks winning the North East division, before missing out in the County final. 
 
The 1st XI missing out on a well-deserved promotion was a huge disappointment after occupying the promotion slots for most of the season.  The team are admired across the league for playing positive cricket with a great team spirit and are sure to be challenging again next season.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Lawrence Named Top Cricketer

Lawrence Named Top Cricketer
Sale all-rounder Tyrone Lawrence received the top accolade of being voted Division One Player of the Year by his peers.  He received his award from Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League president John Bygate at the annual awards dinner on Friday evening (pictured above).
 
Lawrence secured the Mark Alcroft trophy, based on a poll of all the players across the division, after scoring 623 runs and taking 57 wickets in an outstanding season.  His fine form resulted in him making his Cheshire debut in the Minor Counties Championship.
 
Sale had two players in the top three as long serving leg spinner Rick Halkon finished third in the poll after collecting 55 wickets.
 
The award topped a fine evening for Sale as they collected three trophies.  Sale Silverbacks captain Iain Harrop collected the Bill Brown shield as winners of the Over 40’s North East Division (pictured above).
 
Third team seamer Rob Moore collected the Norman Bloor Shield on behalf of Sale’s third string after they gained promotion to the Sunday Premier division in 2015 as Champions of Division One East (pictured above).
 
Under 16’s captain Dan Osborne recently collected the Salford Youth League and Cup trophies, making it five trophies in total in a remarkable season for Sale.
 
Sale are in equally good shape off the field, as it was confirmed that Sale have climbed to 6th place in the pitches table out of 36 league clubs.  The club finished above a number of premier league grounds and now have one of the best facilities in the league, a testament to the hard work of the Cricket Committee over a number of years.

Halkon is Sale's Greatest Bowler

Halkon is Sale's Greatest Bowler
Leg spinner Rick Halkon was named Sale’s greatest ever bowler at their end of season awards on Friday.  He topped the 1st XI bowling averages for a ninth time, passing the century old record of Sir Edwin Stockton.
 
Sir Edwin, also a leg spinner, was a well-known figure in the early twentieth century.  He topped the club averages 8 times between 1901 & 1909, was President of both Sale and Lancashire CCC and MP for Manchester Exchange.  The Manchester Association Championship was awarded in his name from 1920 until the leagues recent demise.  Sale were the first winners of his trophy in 1920, the Sale captain was Edwin's younger brother Albert.
 
Halkon’s league wicket haul of 589 is by far the biggest tally of any player who started after 1967; next best is Glyn Roberts on 432. These wickets have come at an outstanding Average of 15.77, Economy Rate (runs per 100 balls) of 48, and Strike Rate (balls per wicket) of 32.
 
His career league record is:  3200 Overs, 818 Maidens, 9,290 Runs, 589 Wickets, with a best bowling performance this season against Middlewich of 9 wickets for 32 runs, including a hat-trick.
 
He also holds two Cheshire County League divisional records; 79 wickets in division one (2011) and 42 wickets in Sunday division 3 (1999).
 
Sale celebrated winning five trophies in a remarkable season.  3rd XI Sunday division 1 East Champions, Over 40’s North East Champions, Under 16’s League and Cup winners, as well at division one player of the year (Tyrone Lawrence).
 
Individual winners on the night were:
 
Club Player of the Year (Peilober Family Trophy) – Tyrone Lawrence
Clubman Award (Eddie Harrop Memorial Plate) – George Franks
Young Player of Year – Sam Battersby
Most Improved Player (Alan Whitelegg Trophy) – Will Radcliffe
Under 18 Player of Year (Graham Watterson Trophy) – Joe Cannon
 
1st XI Player’s Player of Year – Tyrone Lawrence
2nd XI Player’s Player of Year – Dan Osborne
3rd XI Player’s Player of Year – Tom Riley
Over 40’s Player’s Player of Year – Mark Almond
 
Under 16’s Player of Year – Dan Osborne
Under 16’s Batting Award – Dan Osborne
Under 16’s Bowling Award – Gabe Smith
Under 16’s Fielder Award – Mal Clarke

Half Term Tennis Camp

Half Term Tennis Camp

Half Term Camp


We have just completed a brilliant 3 day holiday camp. Every day we had > 20 children for a mix of tennis games, cardio movement, hockey, cricket, football and of course capture the flag. We were blessed with good weather and fantastic junior competitors that played their hearts out and some to win the daily prizes on offer. The tag rugby became a little physical and messy – so lots of dirty clothes. Sorry parents! I will know better next time.


We also had some external junior performance tennis players that dropped in to have a hit with our up and coming stars. The feedback was really powerful. Good players analysing their own performance and seeing what they need to work on next. Well done to all.

Winter Cricket Newsletter

Winter Cricket Newsletter
Search Continue as Main Sponsors
 
Search Recruitment Consultants continue as our main shirt sponsors for 2016. We are pleased that they have chosen to continue their support for the valuable work we do in the local community. Search can meet all your recruitment needs, please contact Senior Consultant Rick Halkon at their Manchester Office.
 
World Cup Disappointment for Brooke
 
Brooke Guest had been named in the provisional Australia under 19’s squad for the upcoming World Cup in Bangladesh before Australia’s decision to withdraw on security grounds. He impressed the selectors after scoring 357 runs @ 51 for Western Australia, whom he captained in the recent national championships. He will still be hoping to make his under 19 debut after joining the squad for the tri-series with New Zealand and Pakistan in Dubai.
 
Sale born Brooke joins us from the summer from South Perth CC, a club we have successfully partnered with in the past. Chairman Paul Battersby spent a winter with them in the early nineties, whilst Leigh Burns scored a league record 1,064 runs for Sale in 1996.
 
Two Sale alumni have been playing first class cricket in the South African domestic season. Ryan Rickelton (2015) made his first class debut for Gauteng in November and Wihan Lubbe (2012) has been a regular member of the North West side.
 
Congratulation to another former player, JP and Kirsty Lee celebrated the birth of their son Keidis Jon on New Year’s Day.
 
We Go Again for Premiership in 2016 – News from the AGM
 
After the disappointment of missing out on promotion in 2015 Chris Canning stated his desire to go one better as he was re-elected as Club Captain at the AGM in October. Tyrone Lawrence continues as vice-captain.
 
Iain Harrop continues as 2nd XI captain after taking over half way through last season, whilst James Hall takes over the promoted 3rd XI.
 
The other big news was the re-establishment of a 4th XI, to play in the Sunday competition. This will be used to give more opportunities to junior players, whilst pressing some of the Silverbacks into weekend action!
 
The full committee is as follows:
 
Chairman – Paul Battersby
Vice-Chairman – Keith Wellings
Honorary Secretary – Ian Dixon
Honorary Treasurer – Roger Lee
Club Captain – Chris Canning
2nd XI Captain – Iain Harrop
3rd XI Captain – James Hall
4th XI Captain – TBC
Over 40’s Captain – Iain Harrop
Junior Chairmen – Chris Smith & Nick Brooks
Fundraising & Sponsorship – Jamie Broadbent
Press Officer & Communications – Rob Moore
General Committee Members – Chris Murphy & Rob Grant
 
Junior Round-Up
 
Two Sale CC teams have been competing in the Trafford Junior Indoor League at both under 10 and under 12 age-groups. There have also been a number of boys and girls taking part in county net sessions for Cheshire and Lancashire. Well done to Mia Battersby who has been selected for Lancashire’s under 13’s development team.
 
Most exciting of all, Mike Sambell (Sale Sports Club Development Officer) has been working with local junior schools to promote girls cricket. Around 40 girls from seven schools will be attending a special girl’s cricket event at Sale High School on 14th January.
 
Dates for Your Diary
 
Senior indoor nets have been booked to take place at Sale Grammar School from Thursday 28th January, 7.45pm - 9.15pm and will run for 10 weeks. All players new and old are welcome to attend.
 
Pre-season junior nets start on Sunday 24th January at Sale High School. Please contact Chris Smith or Nick Brooks for further details.
 
Sunday league games start on 8th May. 3rd XI visit Cheadle in the premier division, whilst the newly established 4th XI welcome Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge to Clarendon Crescent in division 3 east.
 
Over 40’s finalists the Silverbacks start their season at home to Bowdon Vale on 4th May.
 
1st and 2nd XI league games start on 23rd April, fixtures due out soon. This is a week later than usual so check before booking your end of season holidays!
 
Club Shop Open
 
The club will continue to use the same Adidas kit as last season, with the club shop all year through the All Rounder Cricket website. Please allow at least 14 days for orders placed in March and April.
 

Peter Day - A Tribute

Peter Day - A Tribute

A tribute to the late Peter Day - an ex-president and a tireless servant of the club.

Please click the icon below:

Peter Day - Obituary

 

Cardio Tennis is back for 2016

Cardio Tennis is back for 2016

The first Cardio Tennis of 2016 has gone down well. Why don't you join in? Sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Just contact Derick Barrett to book your place
email: derick.j.barrett@gmail.com / Mobile No:07786 126185

Announcement - New Club President

Following the recent resignation of Alan Buchanan, the club council unanimously elected Sue Laister to take up the position under Rule 25-Section 3 of the Club Rules.

Alan Buchanan was elected as president at the last election but over the Christmas period he indicated that he wishes to relinquish the role with immediate effect.

The council wish to express their gratitude to Alan for the leadership he has shown during the year which has allowed the club to make progress on a number of key issues – not least examining and evaluating the options for the development of our facilities in the future in terms of hockey playing surface, changing facilitates and clubhouse. Alan has maintained a resolute focus on development and has been a key player in our negotiations with Trafford and on the working party which the council has established under the chairmanship of Steve Hodkinson.

Sue Laister is a long standing member of the ladies’ hockey section. She has played both hockey and cricket at representative level and is a qualified hockey coach and cricket umpire. She has great professional commercial experience and has been a club vice-president. She will continue to double up the presidency with her former role as club commercial director.

At a recent council meeting, Dave Walmsley – who is a past president, secretary, social secretary and treasurer of the club – agreed to take over the vacant position of club secretary which he combines with his role as a vice-president.

Pre-season cricket training 2016

Pre-season cricket training 2016

Pre-season training runs from late January until the end of March.


Senior nets are held on Thursday evenings from 28 January 2016, 7.45-9.15pm, at Sale Grammar School sports hall. New members are very welcome and a strong turnout from existing members is encouraged. Contact Chris Canning for further details.


Junior practice is held at Sale High School sports hall (Croft Road entrance) on Sunday afternoons from 24 January 2016.


  • 3-4pm – under 9s and under 11s (school years 3-6)
  • 4-5pm – under 13s and under 14s (school years 7-9)


Under 16 squad members should attend senior nets.


Contact Chris Smith for further details.

Sale SC help promote girls' cricket

Sale SC help promote girls' cricket

A good news story regarding how our Coaching & Development Officer has been working to promote girls' cricket within local schools.


http://www.cricketworld.com/sale-cricket-club-promoting-cricket-for-girls/43761.htm

Turning brass into gold

Turning brass into gold

Playing God Save the Queen in the early hours of Saturday morning 16th January 2016 for a hard core of brass band fans is how Sale Brass opened the Butlins Mineworkers Brass Band contest.


Winning first prize in the 4th section is how they finished it! They took home a trophy and £2,000 in prize money and were delighted to defend the title that they first won in 2015.


The band played the Seafarers, by Bruce Fraser, which tells the story of naval heroes setting sail on the quest for a faraway island, longing for distant sweethearts and the discovery of buried treasure.

A Tribute to Neil Fitton CBE (1937-2016)

A Tribute to Neil Fitton CBE (1937-2016)
(Three Sale captains in conversation at 150th Anniversary Dinner at Old Trafford in 2004, L-R: Matt Millward, Neil Fitton, Glyn Roberts)
 
Neil Fitton, one of the finest bowlers to play for Sale CC, has recently died aged 78. His funeral in Chester on 11 February was attended by four people from the Club who knew him well from his playing days at the Club in the 1970’s – Jim Younger, Glyn Roberts, Bob Remond and Roger Lee.
 
Neil was originally from Oldham and first played for Sale in 1970 when he was already 33 years old. He was on the 1st XI for 10 consecutive seasons when the aggregate average for his off-spin bowling in league games was an impressive 1729 overs, 549 maidens, 4128 runs and 279 wickets. His average of 14.8 was the best of any home-based player for Sale over the last 50 years who has taken more than 90 wickets; his economy rate of 40 was also the lowest of any of these bowlers.
 
His most productive season was in 1975 when he took 50 wickets at an average of 8 (second only in that season’s league averages to Duncan Smith, another Sale player) but his proudest moment was undoubtedly when he captained Sale in the H C Smith Final at Old Trafford in 1974, a game that Sale won by one run with Neil taking two wickets in the final over.
 
(HC Smith Cup Winners, Old Trafford 1974 - Neil Fitton front row, third from right)
 
Neil was 1st XI captain for three seasons and was widely regarded by his fellow players as the best they had served under. He was a man of great tactical acumen, strong conviction and acerbic wit who did not suffer fools gladly. Opposing batsmen who struggled to score against his accurate and miserly off-spin were often reminded of the shape and colour of the ball and that it was their job to play some shots! Off the field he was always good company and highly respected for his views on cricket, life, and everything.
 
Neil had to retire eventually from cricket due to crippling rheumatoid arthritis.  However, he was then able to pursue his many interests off the field including the theatre, local charities and politics. Throughout his working life Neil was dedicated to the education sector and he worked his way up to become Director of Education for Stockport and then Cheshire. He took early retirement in 1991 and was awarded the CBE in that year for his services to education. He then became an elected member of Chester City Council and Cheshire County Council until 2001.
 
In 2004 Neil joined us at Old Trafford for the Club’s 150th Anniversary Dinner and a few years later was a guest at the Club’s Open Day when our new cricket and tennis facilities were officially launched. He was always keen to hear how his old Club was performing and he was generous in making a number of donations.
 
He passed away in hospital after a long illness and will be sadly missed by those that knew him.
 
Roger Lee

Ladies Hockey first XI win promotion

Congratulations to the Ladies Hockey 1st team who won promotion yesterday from Cheshire Division 1 and look forward to competing in North Division 2 next season, they have been the outstanding team in the division playing exciting, attacking hockey scoring 109 goals in 20 games and fully deserve this success.

New steward appointed

New steward appointed

The Club Committee are delighted to announce our new steward Gwen Partridge will be starting on Thursday 3rd March.

 Initially this will be part-time with Gwen working Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Gwen has a wealth of pub and hotel catering experience, she was the licensee at the Briton's Protection in town for 15 years. As many of you probably know this is an extremely popular pub, well known for its friendly welcome and atmosphere and she comes highly recommended to us.

With Gwen starting we now have the opportunity to review the product lines in the bar and we would welcome members' suggestions - we can't promise to stock everything but your input and feedback is very important. If you have any suggestion then please email them to steward.salesc@gmail.com

Spring Cricket Newsletter

Call to Action

 
We need all members (and their parents) to volunteer over the weekend of 9th/10th April for Cricket Force so we can get the club is good order for the start of the season.  Iain Harrop is organising the work schedule and the materials, all we need is you to attend.
 
If that is not up your street Jamie Broadbent is organising a Sponsorship drive around Sale and Sale Moor. We have printed leaflets we just need some volunteers to help secure match and perimeter sponsors.  We still need to secure additional sponsors so please support this day.  You can download sponsorship packages from our website and facebook page.
 
So you choose which activity, but we do need everyone to come down.  We the Grand National on at 5.15pm and the Anthony Joshua boxing match on later many of us will be socialising afterwards too.
 

Last Saturday of the Month

 
This season we are introducing “Club Night”.  We would ask all members to make the effort to come down to the club on the final Saturday of the month irrespective of whether you’ve played that day, there will be a social event on every night.  It is straight after pay day so you’ve got no excuse!
 
We kick off with "Opening Night" on Saturday 30th April.  More details to follow, please put these dates in your diary.

 

James Hall to Lead the Twos

 
We are pleased to announce that James Hall is going to captain the 2nd XI this season, with Ian Holland stepping up to captain the 3rd XI, and Nigel Davenport running the newly formed 4th XI.
 
Iain Harrop decided that his knees, back (and most other parts of his body) wouldn't stand up to playing twice a week, so happy that James was able to take over.  Godo luck guys!
 
The full committee is as follows:
•           Chairman – Paul Battersby
•           Honorary Secretary – Ian Dixon
•           Honorary Treasurer – Roger Lee
•           Club Captain – Chris Canning
•           2nd XI Captain – James Hall
•           3rd XI Captain – Ian Holland
•           4th XI Captain – Nigel Davenport
•           Over 40’s Captain – Iain Harrop
•           Junior Chairmen – Chris Smith & Nick Brooks
•           Fundraising & Sponsorship – Jamie Broadbent
•           Press Officer & Communications – Rob Moore
•           General Committee Members – Chris Murphy & Rob Grant

 

Comings and Goings

 
We welcome Luke McCoy who has joined us from Widnes, and with Dan and Taz both expecting to be available more regularly that last season we hope to challenge for promotion again.
 
Brooke Guest arrives from Perth on 6th April, so please give him a big Sale welcome. He is available for 121 coaching sessions so please get in touch with Chris or Nick to arrange.
 
We bid a reluctant farewell to Keith Wellings who has taken up an offer to captain Cheadle Hulme, he has made a big contribution to the club on and off the field.  He goes with our best wishes and we hope to see him back at the club one day.
 

Clubmark Accreditation

 
We are pleased to report that we have been reaccredited for a further 3 years.  This demonstrates that we are safe and child friendly. A huge thank you to Nick Brooks who undertook this necessary exercise, one of the necessary jobs that often goes unnoticed.
 

Club Kit Orders

 
Please get your kit orders in through the all-rounder cricket website.  Lead times at this time during the year take a little longer so please allow 2 weeks for them to be delivered.  We would ask that everyone buys an official club shirt as a minimum as it is important our Sponsors see they are getting full value for their investment.

 

From Dane Road to Delhi

From Dane Road to Delhi
Local amateur photographer George Franks has recently been snapping England on their way to the T20 Cricket World Cup final.  Bus driver George honed his skills covering his local team Sale in the Vivio Cheshire County League, where he also plays in the over 40’s team.  His pictures of the action from the Dane Road club have featured in the local press for many years and he will be hoping to show his skills to a wider audience as a result of his trip to Delhi.
 
George said:  “For the last year I have been an accredited photographer with the ECB, shooting Lancashire on a regular basis, so being given the chance to go to India to photograph the England team was a chance of a lifetime.  I went out with by my best friend from school Don Topley, making it even more enjoyable photographing his son Reece in the T20 World Cup.”
 
He went on to say, “I loved India and was well looked after.”
 

Duerr's Support Junior Cricket

Duerr's Support Junior Cricket
Sale Cricket Club has received a cash boost, thanks to Manchester based jam maker, Duerr’s.
 
Duerr’s, who are the oldest family-owned jam maker in England, struck up a partnership with the club earlier this year and now supplies match and practice balls for all junior teams.
 
Richard Duerr, Sales & Marketing Director at Duerr's, said: "We are happy to be able to sponsor Sale Cricket Club, being such a local club to ourselves and hope that the Club's coaching programmes go from strength to strength".
 
Paul Battersby, Chairman of Sale Cricket Club, added: “The sponsorship from Duerr’s is a real boost for the club. Over the last 10 years we have developed our facilities to rival any in the area, and developed a nationally recognised coaching in schools programme.”
 
“We have achieved this through the hard work of our dedicated volunteers who put in countless hours to benefit the local community.  This support from Duerr’s will enable us to continue to invest in our facilities and grow our coaching programmes.”
 
He added: “Support for local clubs like Sale is crucial as the investment increases the amount of cricket played and helps the children reach their full potential.”
 
Sale has over 100 boys and girls competing in 10 teams from under 9 to under 18.  Junior coaching takes place every Monday evenings from 5pm for girls and from 6pm for boys.  Sessions are held at the club’s Dane Road ground, new members are always welcome.
 
For more information about joining the club please contact us.

Visit www.duerrs.co.uk for further information on Duerr’s.

Changes to Bar Opening Hours

Changes to Bar Opening Hours

Monday evenings:

- From Monday 18th April the bar will be open for drinks only from 6 p.m.

Friday evenings:

- From Friday the 22nd April the bar will be open for drinks and food (e.g. burgers, paninis)

Other evenings:

- The bar will open from 8 p.m.

We will also be opening the bar from 1pm on Saturdays, starting Saturday 23rd April with the first home cricket fixture.

Cricket Season Starts on Saturday

Cricket Season Starts on Saturday
Sale Cricket Club is looking forward to the forthcoming season in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.  After missing out on promotion to the ECB premier league in 2015 the club are looking to go one better this season.
 
Once again led by outstanding ‘keeper Chris Canning (462 runs & 28 dismissals) Sale have strengthened their squad for the season ahead.
 
Sale born Brooke Guest joins the club for the summer from South Perth CC in Australia.  After emigrating down under aged 6 Brooke returns to his home town club following a fine domestic season that saw him make his under 19 international debut.
 
All-rounder Luke McCoy joins from Widnes CC where he scored 735 runs last season and will be hoping to strike up a partnership with the division’s leading all-rounder Tyrone Lawrence (623 runs & 57 wickets), who continues as vice-captain.
 
The bowling attack that includes wily leg spinner Rick Halkon (55 wickets) is further strengthened by the full-time returns of both Tharshan Thayalan (52 wickets in 2013) and Ben Watkin (27 wickets in 2014).
 
With leading batsman Dan Halkon expecting to play more regularly the 1st XI looks at its strongest for many years.
 
Search sponsored Sale open the season on Saturday 23rd April when Oulton Park visit the club’s Dane Road ground.  The match starts at 1pm and spectators are welcome.
 
Sale Club captain Canning is understandably confident:  “We have strengthened in key areas and I’m confident the boys can go one better.  Brooke is a top level batsman and will add stability at the top of the order; and Luke is a proven match winner in this league.”
 
He went on to say, “Having been top of the league for the majority of the season, we were naturally disappointed to miss out on promotion. We didn’t quite get the rub of the green in the last 4 games but are stronger as a unit this year and the boys are more determined than ever to reach the Premier League.”
 
“We have a tough couple of games in the first 5 but I know if we play positive cricket we will be able to hold our own with anyone in the county.”
 
Picture by George Franks

Disappointing Start

Disappointing Start
Sale 134 all out (45.5)
Oulton Park 136-3 (33.4)
Oulton Park won by 7 wickets.

Search sponsored Sale made a disappointing start to the season after being well beaten by Oulton Park in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League.
 
Sale got off to a cautious start after being invited to bat first, adding 24 for the first wicket before Mat Spells was trapped LBW for 13.  Tyrone Lawrence and debutant Luke McCoy both fell without scoring to leave the inning in trouble at 28-3.
 
Brooke Guest was next to go for 28, bowled by Hards off his last over.  Ian Dixon (pictured above by George Franks) and Dan Halkon then added 54 in even time to bring up the Sale hundred.  Just as they were starting to get on top Halkon edged behind for 33 and Dixon was trapped LBW attempting a sweep off Blandford for 36.
 
Wickets continued to fall as the lower ordered failed to keep the momentum going, being bowled out for 134 with 4 overs to go.  Sam Blandford (5-40) and Andy Hards (4-25) did the damage.
 
Oulton Park started their reply confidently, Martin East making a brisk 54 in a 93 run partnership with Danny Leech.
 
Captain Chris Canning tried numerous bowling changes, but the visitors were always ahead of the rate.  Two late wickets for Rick Halkon proved a consolation as Oulton Park won by 7 wickets with 20 overs to spare, Leech finishing unbeaten on 62.
 
The 2nd and 3rd XI made it a clean sweep of defeats over the weekend.  The 2nd XI lost by 6 wickets at Upton despite a fine all-round performance from Joe Cannon who scored 45 not out and took 2 wickets.  Sale were dismissed for a below par 144 in 46 overs, Upton cantered home after tea thanks to 82 from Andy Beacher.
 
The 3rd XI had a somewhat closer T20 cup match at Didsbury, where both teams played through persistent showers to reach a finish.  Soans Praveen scored a breezy 46, supported by 34 from Siyan Siraj as Sale posted 100-9.  Tight bowling kept the home side behind the rate, but with wickets in hand they were able to accelerate in the final overs to reach the target for the loss of 4 wickets.
 
Next week the 1st XI travel to Warrington, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture.  The 3rd XI complete their T20 mini league against Bredbury on Sunday and Urmston on Monday, both at home.
 
U13 Colts beat Warrington by 49 runs
U14s beat Monton by 106 runs
U13 Colts beat Didsbury Buffalos by 93 runs
U11s lost to Brooklands by 16 runs
U9 Squirrels lost to Urmston by 13 runs
 
Sale u13 Colts started the season with a friendly victory over Warrington.  Batting first, Sale scored 160 for 5 off 24 overs. Isaac Brooks (27) and Zikria Nadeem (30 retired) opened the innings and season superbly, with a run-a-ball opening stand.  Dan "Boom Boom" Newton then batted sensibly, contributing an impressive 33 retired, including 3 impressive sixes (one in particular would have cleared any boundary, on any ground, anywhere).  Saad Khan (15 not out), Ibraheem Sareef (17) and Dylan Walker (13 not out) kept the scoreboard moving impressively, posting a decent total. 
 
Warrington made 111 for 6 in reply, with Suchit Sapkal and Zikria Nadeem the pick of the Sale bowlers, Zikria taking 2 wickets.  Luke Griffith top scored for Warrington with an impressively compiled 32 retired.
 
The Sale team was well skippered by Viraj Sorathia, who managed his bowlers and field intelligently throughout.  All involved are grateful to Sean Nicholl for his assistance in getting the game played.
 
Winning the toss, Sale U14s batted first on Thursday.  A superb opening stand of 78 was ended when Vaasu Goyal departed for an excellent 43 off 35 balls.  Zikria Nadeem compiled an excellent 50 retired, combining great running between the wickets and a good range of stroke play.  Max Tait added a well constructed 32 off 24 balls, including 4 cleanly hit boundaries.
 
Georgina Gill and Vaasu Goyal opened the bowling impressively for Sale, setting the tone for the rest of the innings.  Wicket takers for Sale were Vaasu Goyal, Max Tait, James Layton, Dan Gray and Isaac Brooks, who took an all bowled hat trick with his left arm spin.   Catches were held by Max Tait, James Layton (2), Isaac Brooks and Georgina Gill.  Monton's innings finished on 41-9 off 20 overs.
 
Ross Davenport captained the side effectively and intelligently, setting the standard for the fielding team with his tidy and impressive keeping.  An excellent all round team performance by Sale. 
 
The U13 Colts won their opening league game against Didsbury Buffaloes at home on Friday.  The evening was cold and dark, and it was a credit to the umpires that the game was finished.
 
Sale lost the toss and were invited to bat.  The Colts team complied a competitive total of 161-4, with all batters contributing effectively.  Dylan Walker was the pick of the batters, top scoring with a fluent 32 retired, including 6 boundaries.  Max Brodbeck contributed a well crafted 23 not out, and Isaac Brooks made 19 at the top of the innings.  Dylan in particular batted exceptionally well at a key part of the innings, confirming he is a talented and powerful batsman, hitting shots all round the wicket.
 
Didsbury made 68 in their reply, with Dan Ward hitting an excellent 15 in difficult batting conditions.  Dan Newton  and Isaac Brooks were the pick of the bowlers with 2 each, with further wickets for Suchit Sapkal, Mal Tazaki Quayle, Matthew Holland, Thomas Burt and Zikria Nadeem.  Fielding from Sale was also impressive, with 2 run outs.  Zikria Nadeem captained the Sale side sensibly and with maturity.  Overall, the name represented a good team performance, with many positives. 
 
On a bitterly cold Sunday morning, Sale U11s lost a closely-fought contest against a strong Brooklands team.
 
Will Dyson and Maaz Khan opened the bowling for Sale , showing great control in breezy conditions. Nathan Gray, playing his first match for the u11’s, got the breakthrough with his first ball and bowled with skill, ably supported by Shreyas Verma and Robin Smith. A typically hostile spell of left-arm pace bowling from Harvey Devenport removed one of Brooklands’ top batsmen. The team showed great spirit and encouragement for each other in the field and did well to restrict Brooklands to a target of 98/2.
 
In reply, Theo Brodbeck (18) and Jared Moran (25 no) batted with composure in the worsening conditions. Despite some aggressive hitting towards the end of the innings from Callum Ross (17 no), Sale came up just short of their target.
 
On a cold night the Under 9s Squirrels’ first fixture of 2016 was against Urmston Badgers. Batting proved difficult for both sides and the top score in the match was just 14. Squirrels batted first and scored 239 (Under 9 games start with the batting side on 200) in their 16 overs. Angus Rawson was top scorer for the Squirrels with 11.
 
Urmston finished on 252 overhauling the Sale total in the penultimate over, Sale making Urmston fight for every run. Pick of the bowlers were James Newhill who took two for 1 in his 2 overs and Henry Reeves who took two for 7 including two wickets in consecutive balls on his debut.
 
For full scorecards click here.

Last Week it Mostly Rained (and Snowed)

Last Week it Mostly Rained (and Snowed)
No cricket was played by any of Sale’s senior teams this weekend, heavy rain in the preceding week left many grounds across the county saturated.  The 1st XI got closest to a start at Warrington, travelling in hope of a game, but unable to start due to an unsafe bowlers run up. The 2nd and 3rd XI games at home were all called off mid-morning, with large parts of the square waterlogged.
 
On Saturday the 1st XI make the short trip to Didsbury and the 2nd XI host Bowdon.  On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Cheadle and the newly established 4th XI play their first game at home to Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.  The Over 40’s (pictured above) start their campaign at home to Bowdon Vale on Wednesday.
 
The opening match of the Under 16s defence of their league and cup double was ended by snow. The visitors Radcliffe were struggling at 14-1 (5 overs), when the umpire called the match off. Tom Kellett bowled a challenging spell, beating the bat, finding the edge and picking up a wicket. Earlier, Sale had themselves found scoring difficult, managing just 78-8 in 18 overs. Adam Holland was the sole batsmen to combine fluency with resilience, scoring an accomplished 32.
 
Sale and Stretford u11’s were involved in a thrilling contest in testing conditions on Sunday at Stretford .
 
Batting first, Sale ’s James Dodds (25), Callum Ross (28) and then Maaz Khan (25) all retired, Callum’s aggressive innings including 5 boundaries. This was followed by intelligent hitting and running between the wickets in the final overs from Harvey Devenport and Mia Battersby, helping Sale to post a competitive target of 112 from their 20 over allocation.
 
In reply, Stretford were contained by accurate bowling but as conditions deteriorated and the ball became slippier, the extras total rose! Requiring 6 runs from the final over, Robin Smith bowled with great skill but excellent Stretford running led to them requiring a single off the final ball, when Robin produced a beautiful delivery which resulted in a dot ball.
 
The previous time these two teams met, the match also resulted in a tie!
 
Sale Squirrels Under 9 Team played their second friendly league game on Monday night at Ashton on Mersey. After a slight delay due to the rain, Ashton on Mersey batted first starting as usual on 200 runs. Ben Brunt opened with an impressive spell, Pranav Sheshagiri chipped in with two wickets, and James Newhill took two for 6 in his 2 overs. The home side were restricted to 254.
 
Sale began positively, with Ben Brunt looking in good form, and Jacob Cleary made a very promising debut. In the middle overs Sale began to fall behind the required rate leaving the total on 226 with four overs remaining. Despite an expansive innings of 27 from James Newhill, a couple of late wickets left Sale 10 runs adrift at the end of the game.

Silverbacks Start Title Defence

Silverbacks Start Title Defence
Sale Silverbacks made a successful start to their defence of the North-East division of the Vivio Cheshire County Over 40s competition on Wednesday.  Sales scored a 23 run victory over Bowdon Vale Vikings thanks to the bowling of Paul Hanrahan (pictured above by George Franks) and Tariq Butt.
 
Sale got off to a good start, with Paul Battersby scoring a fluent 25 at the top of the order. Iain Harrop (17), Nigel Davenport (16) kept the score moving on before Graham Bolton hit 22 off 17 balls in later stages to ensure Sale posted a competitive 120-6.
 
In reply Bowdon Vale made a confident start, Matt Dean scoring 20 before Pete Britton removed both openers coming on first change.  With game nicely poised the introduction of Butt (1-8) and Hanrahan (3-4) turned it decisive in favour of the home team as the Vikings closed on 97-8.
 
Sale 1st XI suffered a comprehensive defeat at promotion chasing Didsbury on Saturday in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league, failing to recover from a fine opening spell from Matthew Grace.
 
Search sponsored Sale found themselves in trouble at 10-3 as Grace made early inroads. Mat Spells steadied the innings with a patent 32 in a stand of 49 with Ian Dixon. Dixon went on to top score with 46 adding 38 with Rob Grant.
 
Grant tried to marshal the lower order, eventually falling for 42 shortly before Sale were dismissed for 160.
 
Didsbury made a confident start, adding 58 for the first wicket before Richard Adams claimed his first victim for Sale.  Two quick wickets then reduced the home side to 75-3, including Tim Hughes for 42, giving Sale a glimmer of hope.
 
Didsbury were only to lose one more wicket as Jacob Roach finished unbeaten on 43, wrapping up a 6 wicket victory.
 
Sale 2nd XI made a better fist of chasing down 217 on a fine home wicket against Bowdon. Ali Rizvi looks like a good find for Sale, being the pick of the home bowling with 2-34.
 
In reply Sale were left to rue not batting their full 50 overs, falling 22 short with 7 overs still to go.  Father and son combination Abbas (39) and Ali Rizvi (20) forming an entertaining partnership that looked to be turning the game for Sale.
 
The 3rd XI made an inauspicious start to the premier division campaign after winning promotion last season, losing by 10 wickets at Cheadle.
 
The Silverbacks visit Bramhall on Wednesday.  On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Davenham to Dane Road, with the 2nd XI playing the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI host Hyde, whilst the 4th XI makes the short trip to Timperley.
 
Under 16s again struggled with the bat. Gabe Smith top-scored with 32. But incisive bowling and sharp fielding kept them in the game as Monton & Weaste fell to 34-4 at the half-way point of their innings. The hosts were carried home by some strong, but chancy hitting. Nathan D’Cunha returned figures of 2-5.
 
Under 13 Eagles had reached a promising 62-1 off 13 overs, with Ibraheem Shereef 33 retired, before the middle order was blown away by a hat-trick. Callum Ross got the innings back on course with a rapid 25 not out.  Ashton’s reply began with a flurry of runs (27 from the first three overs), but once George Howling dismissed Ashton’s hard-hitting number 3, Sale’s bowlers tightened their grip. Nick O’Leary (3-0-5-2) was the leading bowler of a strong all-round attack.
 
Under 13 Colts played back to back matches against Bowdon this week.  On Thursday, Sale batted first in a Cheshire cup game at Bowdon, making 104-7 off their 20 overs.  Zikria Nadeem batted superbly to make 31 not out, Dan Newton made a fluent 17 and Saad Khan batted well at the end of the innings, contributing 18 not out, punishing the bad ball and targeting and running singles effectively.  Sale made Bowdon work hard for their runs, and Dan Newton and Isaac Brooks were the wicket takers, with 2 run outs the highlights of some good fielding and pressure building in the field.  Bowdon eventually reached their winning target in the 18th over.  Despite Sale working hard and fighting well, Bowdon were the stronger side on the day and deserved winners.  We wish them well in the competition.  Maaz Khan personified the Sale performance, encouraging his team and saving several runs with some excellent fielding.
 
On Friday, the Under 13 Colts entertained Bowdon again.  In the warm sunshine, It was raining sixes at Sale, and having lost the toss; Sale batted first and posted 162-5 off their 20 overs.  Zikria Nadeem again led from the front making a faultless 30 retired, Viraj Sorathia made a classy 33 retired including 2 sixes, and Dan "Boom Boom" Newton made an explosive 32 off 12 balls including 2 sixes.  Isaac Brooks contributed 23 runs, including one six.  In reply, Bowdon showed real character and batted well to post 115.  Charlie Mallinder made an impressive 26, and Freddie Fallows made a superb 30 retired including 2 sixes.   Isaac Brooks was the pick of the Sale bowlers, with figures of 3-0-14-4.  Dan Newton, Viraj Sorathia, Billy Dawson and Matt Holland with an unplayable delivery took the other wickets, Billy Dawson also affecting a direct hit run out.  Dylan Walker kept well, making an impressive stumping off the bowling of Brooks.  A good all round display, and special thanks to Sean for the impressive pitch, reflected in the runs scored.
 
Under 11s had a comprehensive victory at Trafford on a sunny Sunday morning. Batting first, Sale posted a competitive total of 133-6 from their 20 overs. Shreyas Verma opened the innings and made a fluent 18, ably assisted by Harvey Davenport (25 retired) and James Dodds (27 retired). Will Dyson batted with composure towards the end of the innings to finish on 21 not out.
 
In reply, Trafford’s top order was removed by an accurate spell of bowling from Ben Habershon who finished with excellent figures of 3-3. Arjan Amdualapalli showed great promise in bowling two good overs in his first start for the u11’s. Jared Moran too picked up a couple of wickets and finished with economical figures of 2-4. This was a strong team performance and all players contributed to the victory.
 
The Under 9 Badgers had an away game at Urmston. The home side batted first and made rapid progress on a good batting wicket before two run outs in the fourth over brought Sale Badgers back into the game. Impressive bowling from Kiko Tazaki Quayle and Lucy Dodds kept the scoring rate in check at the midway point of the innings. Powerful batting with five boundaries in the 11th over helped Urmston propel themselves to an eventual total of 300 (starting as usual on 200). Brayden Ross bowled tidily at the death in his two overs, his first over being a maiden.
 
Chasing a huge total, Sale made a slow start but the momentum was picked up by Lucy, Kiko and Alex Mansfield. Sharp fielding by the home side kept the Sale total in check, but impressive batting from top scorer Brayden Ross (16) and Herbie Brodbeck saw the visitors end on 233.
 
The Under 9 Squirrels (pictured above) had a home win on Friday night against Trafford Metrovicks. After a steady start with five runs in the first two overs, Sale took the initiative with the opening pair Angus Rawson and Ben Cleary adding 26 in their next two overs, both batsmen ending their four overs with 10.
 
James Newhill and Sacha Adams proceeded to bat the visitors out of the game in the next four overs, adding 68 runs. James making 55 off 16 balls including four 6's and seven 4's. Sacha provided great support with 11, his highest score for the under 9's. The home side reaching halfway on 299.
 
After consolidating the innings, with Dan Bradley contributing 11 in the third pairing, Ben Brunt and Luke Billinge provided a final flourish with some classy shots, Ben scoring a season's best 16. Indeed five of the batsmen recorded their highest score of the season in an impressive total of 339.
 
Henry Reeves started the reply with a testing maiden over, setting the tone for the innings. Despite some dropped catches, significant improvements in the bowling saw a huge reduction in extras conceded. Dan Bradley (1-8), Ben Cleary (0-3 in his 2 overs) and Ben Brunt (0-5 in his 2 overs) kept up the pressure on the visiting batsmen.
 
Wickets started to tumble in the last pairing, James Newhill 2-5 and Sacha Adams 1-13 benefitting from good catches as Sale clinched an emphatic 75 run victory.
 
Full scorecards can be found here.

Halkon Sets Up First Win

Halkon Sets Up First Win
Sale 1st XI won for the first time this season, beating Davenham by 5 wickets in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league.  Leg spinner Rick Halkon (pictured above by George Franks) claimed his first 5 wicket haul of the year before Sale coasted home after tea.
 
Search sponsored Sale invited Davenham to bat first at Dane Road and soon had them in trouble at 19-2. Mark Greaves (41) and Sam Hunt (60) led the recovery, being well placed on 100-2 at drinks.
 
Taz Thayalan took two wickets immediately after the break, and soon had a third as the visitors began to falter. Halkon then took a wicket with the first ball of his second spell to remove the dangerous Begg as the lower order had no answer to his leg spin, finishing with 5-33.
 
In reply Ian Dixon and Mat Spells got the home side off to a good start before Dixon chipped to mid-off. This brought Tyrone Lawrence to the wicket, who smashed 29, including 20 in one over from Taylor before miss-judging the spin of Christian.
 
Brooke Guest joined Spells, who looked like calmly knocking off the score before Spells holed out to long-on 2 short of a deserved 50.
 
Two late consolation wickets never looked like changing the result as Guest finished unbeaten on 44 as Sale reached their target with 12 overs to spare.
 
Sale Silverbacks continued their winning start in the Over 40s competition, beating Bramhall by 7 wickets on Wednesday. Pete Britton got the Silverbacks off to the perfect start with two wickets in the first over.
 
Stuart Stoneman made a brisk 31 retired and Paul Hanrahan claimed 2-30 as Bramhall posted 110-6.
 
In reply Sale were always ahead of the required rate, Hanrahan and Mark Rowe both making 30 in even time.  With the target in sight Davenport and Asad then knocked the final 20 runs off in just 12 balls to complete a comfortable chase.
 
Sale 2nd XI couldn’t get the final wicket in a tense finish at Davenham.  Siyan Siraj top scored with 70 as Sale posted 171 all out in the 44th over. Sale rued not batting their full allocation as the home side reached their target in the 54th over for the loss of 9 wickets, Ben Watkin and Gareth Watterson taking 2 wickets a piece.
 
Sale 3rd XI made a much better effort with the bat on Sunday reaching 184-9, Ian Holland 45 (pictured above by George Franks), Iain Harrop 44 and Abas Rizvi 41.  Hyde made the chase look easy on a belting wicket at Dane Road, reaching their target for 2 wickets.
 
The 4th XI played their first game, with a losing draw at Timperley, skipper Nigel Davenport leading from the front with 60.
 
The Under 16s had their most effective performance with the bat of the season so far, built on a partnership of 65 between Tom Gill and Sam Battersby. Tom hit 6 boundaries, including a six that carried the long boundary to the flats. Sam stroked several cover drives for classy fours. Neither batsman was dismissed, Tom retiring for 50 and Sam remaining 31*. Monton were up to the challenge when it came to their reply. Despite consistent bowling throughout the attack and a lively fielding performance, with Luke Brunt outstanding, the visitors powered to a victory with five overs to spare.
 
On a bitterly cold Friday evening, the u13 Colts batted first and powered their way to an imposing 161/4.  Viraj Sorathia (30), Isaac Brooks (30) and Dan "Boom Boom" Newton (34) all retired, with Zikria Nadeem again leading from the front with an impressive 28 runs.  All Sale batters through the order looked to play positively, contributing to a good score.  In reply,  Brooklands made 61/7 off their 20 overs, with Matthew Lomas contributing a composed and mature 21 not out.  Sale's bowling was consistent throughout, the pick of the bowlers being Newton with figures of 4-1-8-3 and Sorathia 2-2-0-1.  Saad Khan also contributed an excellent direct hit runout.  A solid team performance, combined with impressive team spirit, contributing to a good win.
 
The u10s had a tough first game of the season away to a strong Brookands team in the South Manchester Cup with many players experiencing their first competitive hard ball game. Winning the toss Sale bowled and fielded well taking 8 wickets in their 20 overs. The pick of the bowlers were Thomas Conway (3-8 which included a hat trick attempt and Seb Ross (2-6). Arjan Amudalapalli also bowled tightly (0-4). Unfortunately the batting never got going with the team losing wickets at regular intervals. Despite a fast scoring 19 from top scorer Robin Smith, Sale never troubled Brooklands total and were eventually beaten by 78 runs.
 
Next Saturday the 1st XI visit league leaders Weaverham and the 2nd XI host Brooklands. On Sunday the 1st XI meet Brooklands in the Cheshire Cup and the 4th XI host Disley, the 3rd XI game at Grappenhall is being rearranged.  On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Cheadle.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Sale beat League Leaders

Sale beat League Leaders
Weaverham 141 all out (41.2)
Sale 142-7 (35.4)
Sale won by 3 wickets
 
Sale 1st XI beat league leaders Weaverham on Saturday to climb into the top half of division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league, and followed this up on Sunday with a comfortable win over Brooklands in the Cheshire Cup.
 
Weaverham opted to bat first in a rain reduced game, their top three of Alex Nash (18) and Matt Jamieson (19) and Kevin Waterhouse (26) all contributed to a steady start for the home team.
 
The introduction of Taz Thayalan (pictured above by George Franks) turned the game in Sale’s favour as he removed Nash and Waterhouse before Tyrone Lawrence had Leeward Island’s all-rounder Wilden Cornwall caught without scoring.
 
Another wicket for Thayalan had Weaverham in trouble at 81-5.  James Lewis (38) then led a fightback before he fell to Lawrence as Ali Barrowman (3-11) cleaned up the tail in short order. Weaverham were bowled out for 142, Thayalan finishing with 4-28.
 
Cornwall took full advantage of the conditions and had Sale’s top order in trouble with his seam bowling as Sale slumped from 30-1 to 72-5.
 
Captain Chris Canning (35) and Rob Grant (26 not out) then put together a match winning partnership that put the game beyond Weaverham.  Despite a couple of late wickets Sale reached their target with 7 overs to spare.
 
In another rain affected game on Sunday Sale progressed in the Cheshire Cup at the expense of neighbours Brooklands.  Brooke Guest (54) and Tyrone Lawrence (57) did the damage in Sale’s 156-6 off 30 overs.
 
In reply Brooklands were never up with the required rate as they were bowled out for 129, Rob Grant the pick of the bowling with 4-22.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks won at Cheadle in the Over 40s competition.  Pete Britton (2-16) was in the wickets again as the home side were restricted to 101-4.
 
In reply the Silverbacks made a cautious start, seeing off the dangerous Dooler before accelerating in the middle overs.  Mark Rowe and Mark Almond hitting the match winning partnership, both retiring on 34.  Almond doing so with a 6 to win the game with 2 overs to spare.
 
The 2nd and 4th XI games were both cancelled without a ball being bowled and the 3rd XI’s match at Grappenhall was postponed due to their involvement in the Cheshire Cup.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks play Brooklands at home, 1st XI host Oxton on Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Alderley Edge and the 4th XI have a blank week. 
 
U10s 273 beat Didsbury 264
U9 Badgers beat Timperley 293
U9 Squirrels 252 lost to Brooklands 256
U9 combined 305 beat Stockport 243
 
Both Under 11 games were cancelled
 
Sale u10s won a thrilling match against Didsbury in midweek that went right to the final over of the game. Batting first Sale posted a competitive 273 thanks to a couple of solid partnerships between Nathan Gray and Ben Habershon at the start of the innings and Robin Smith and Fegus Banks at the end. Dattu Vadakutte also batted well in between. Sale bowled well with all players contributing towards a strong performance in the field but even so going into the final two overs Didsbury required just 4 runs to win. Under pressure some great 'death' bowling by Robin Smith and Dattu Vadakutte saw Sale take 3 wickets in their final 12 balls limiting Didsbury to 264 and winning by 9 runs! A fantastic finish to a very enjoyable game played in the right spirit by both teams.
 
The two Under 9 teams have been making encouraging progress this season. On Friday 13th – unlucky for some but not Sale – the Badgers hosted Timperley. Timperley won the toss and batted first, reaching an impressive 293, Josh top-scoring with 21 including four boundaries. Despite their inexperience, Sale Badgers bowled and fielded well, with impressive debuts from Eddie, Tom and Samuel. Eddie took a wicket with his very first ball and conceded just 7 runs, Jaskaran taking the only other wicket.
 
In reply, despite losing wickets at regular intervals, the Badgers kept up with the pace. Jaskaran and Likhith got the innings off to a great start, sharing a partnership of 26 which included 5 fours. Samuel and Tom consolidated the innings against some fast bowling. Some exciting scampering between the wickets between Herbie and William brought the last pair to the crease with 24 still needed off the last four overs. With Eddie standing firm and Brayden powering seven fours in his 31, the Badgers were victorious.
 
Sale Squirrels lost an exciting match at Brooklands by 4 runs. After a long spell of rain before the game, the conditions were damp and the pitch slow. Batting was difficult, which was reflected in the low scores. Starting at 200, Sale managed to reach 252, Dan Bradley top scoring with 14 and James Newhill also reached double figures, passing 100 runs for the season in his 4 innings to date.
 
When Brooklands batted, Henry Reeves and Angus Rawson bowled tidily, conceding only 11 runs in their  4 overs. As the home side closed in on their target, James Newhill and Luke Billinge bowled superbly but the home side overtook the Squirrels total during the last over of the game to finish on 256.
 
On Friday night, a combined Under 9 side beat Stockport convincingly in their first cup match of the season. Sale batted first and were provided with a positive start, Angus Rawson (11) and Luke Billinge (12) adding 23 runs in their 4 overs. James Newhill and Brayden Ross provided the acceleration needed, adding 44 in their 4 overs. James hit a fluent 27 with one 6’s and four 4’s, Brayden also hitting a memorable six on the offside in his innings of 13. Lucy Dodds and Pranav Sheshagiri kept the total moving, Lucy hitting a superb straight boundary, before Herbie Brodbeck (17) and Ben Brunt (7) pushed to eventual total up to 305.
 
Stockport’s reply began slowly and the first four overs yielded just 9 runs. As the rain started to fall, Sale seemed to be inspired in the field. A sensational one handed catch by Brayden Ross, followed up by other catches held by Herbie and Luke pushed the momentum firmly towards Sale. Superb bowling led by Luke Billinge (one for 1 in 2 overs), Lucy Dodds (one for 5 in 2 overs), Ben Brunt (two for 6 in 2 overs) and Herbie Brodbeck (one for 7 in 2 overs) ensured a 62 run victory for Sale. It was a game played with great sportsmanship and terrific support for both sides.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Chris Smith Named Coach of the Year

Chris Smith Named Coach of the Year
Sale Cricket coach Chris Smith has been recognised for outstanding services to grassroots cricket by former England batsman Mark Ramprakash.
 
Ramprakash, now the England batting coach, presented him with the Cheshire Cricket Board Coach of the Year award at the recent Headingly test match against Sri Lanka.
 
The judges commented that, "He manages and influences the section across all required aspects and is a valued and respected coach. The motivations of Chris – a genuine appreciation, enthusiasm and love of cricket – are values which he manages to convey and instil in fellow coaches and junior cricketers alike."
 
Chris with typical modesty said that, “The award reflects the work of all the volunteer coaches at Sale.”
 
Chris is joint junior chairman at Sale Cricket Club, where he has coached for the last 6 years.  Under his guidance the junior sections has gone from strength to strength, with over 100 boys and girls receiving regular coaching and participating in 10 age group teams.  As well as coaching Chris also pens the popular and insightful Declaration Game blog, often reflecting on his coaching experiences.
 
Remarkably Chris becomes that second Sale coach to receive this prestigious award in the last 5 years, after Rick Halkon gained the same accolade in 2012.

1st XI Lose in Final Over

1st XI Lose in Final Over
Sale 212-7 (50)
Oxton 215-4 (49.1)
Oxton win by 6 wickets
 
Sale 1st XI lost in the last over of their Vivio Cheshire County League division one game against Oxton as their mixed start to the season continues. Sale‘s chances were not helped by the loss of 4 first choice regulars including captain Chris Canning with a broken foot.
 
Oxton got off to a flying start after winning a crucial toss, Guyan Fernando doing the damage as Sale were reduced to 27-3.
 
Brooke Guest and Luke McCoy led the rebuilding, reaching 59-3 at drinks. They continued to increase the tempo after the break adding 156 for the 4th wicket.
 
Guest (pictured above by George Franks) was first to go for 87 as he was adjudged LBW attempting an inventive leg side shot. McCoy was bowled soon after for 86 as Sale chased quick runs in the final overs.  Sale closed on 212-7, Fernando finishing with 5-48.
 
In contrast to the first innings Sale allowed Oxton to get off to a strong start with some wayward bowling.  They reached 77 before the introduction of Ali Barrowman produced two quick wickets for Sale to keep their reply in check.
 
The home side increased the pressure with two wickets on 148, including top scorer Andrew Gibson for 83.  Sale were missing the control of Rick Halkon and were not able to take another wicket, despite two good run out shouts. Oxton eased to the total with 6 wickets in hand.
 
Sale Silverbacks made it 4 wins in a row in the Over 40s competition with a comfortable win over neighbours Brooklands.
 
Brooklands struggled to score against some disciplined Sale bowling, reaching 76-5 off their 20 overs. Tariq Butt was the pick of the bowling with 3-10.
 
Despite the early loss of Praveen, Sale reached their target with 7 overs to spare.  Skipper Iain Harrop retiring on 33 and Abasa Rizvi finishing unbeaten on 29.
 
Sale 2nd XI travelled to Oxton missing several regulars and could only manage 120, Abas Rizvi scoring an entertaining 50.  Oxton chased down the total for the loss of 4 wicket, Rizvi adding two wickets to his earlier runs.
 
On Sunday the 3rd XI were well beaten by Alderley Edge after posting a competitive 184 all out.  Soans Praveen (62) and Abas Rizvi (53) were the backbone of the inning with a partnership of exactly 100, Asad Khan adding a late flourish with 24.
 
In reply Edge got off to a flying start, and despite some tighter bowling from Kumar and Almond in the middle overs, ran out comfortable winners by 8 wickets.
 
The 4th XI had no game scheduled this week.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Bowdon. The 1st XI travel to Grappenhall on Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Bramhall and the 4th XI are at Ashley. 
 
U13 Colts 135-8 (20) beat Timperley 121 (20)
U10s 290 (20) beat Bowden Vale 270 (20)
U9 Squirrels 268 lost to Stretford 298
 
Sale u13 Colts defeated Timperley u13s by 14 runs in a competitive game at Sale on 27th May.
 
Batting first, Sale made 135-8 off their 20 overs.  Dan "Boom Boom" Newton making 33 retired off 12 balls and Saad Khan making a crucial 31 retired at a key stage of the game after Isaac Brooks had batted sensibly making 19 after the loss of a couple of early wickets.  Matt Holland made 10 great runs and Max Brodbeck again chipped in with 14 runs at key points of the innings, both batting impressively and contributing scores which were pivotal to the outcome of a close match.
 
In reply, Timperley batted strongly, with the top three of Nugith Jawawarne, Aadam Hassan and Jamie Matthews all retiring.  Viraj Sorathia again bowled superbly for the Colts, returning excellent figures of 4-0-14-4, Dan Newton picking up the other wicket.  The Colts stuck to their task well, combining excellent individual performances with strong teamwork to prevail in a good, close game of cricket.    Special thanks to Ian Holland for running this game.   
This win means the Colts have finished the initial group stage of games unbeaten representing a strong start to the season.

The u10s kept up their impressive form registering a third consecutive victory away at Bowden Vale. With a number of players taking part in their first game of the season Sale were put into bat by the home side on a lovely evening in Bowden. Every player contributed runs with the bat with some fine shots and big hitting from Arthur Tazaki-Quayle (21), Dattu Vadakutte (13) and Thomas Conway (9) helping steer Sale to 290 from their 20 overs.
 
Sale were always in control of the game thanks to some good bowling that saw Rahul Mohanraj and Aidan Bridle take their first wickets of the season ably supported by Kit Jordan and Dattu. Despite a strong last pair partnership for Bowden Vale putting on 36 in the final 4 overs Sale ran out winners by 20 runs.
 
On Friday the Under 9 team Sale Squirrels hosted Stretford. On a sunny Friday evening, the visitors batted first and made a steady start before accelerating with the second pair adding 34 in four overs. The Squirrels improved in the field in the second half of the innings, Luke picking up two wickets in his two overs as the batting side posted an eventual total of 298. A difficult start saw Sale fall below the starting total of 200 after 2 overs but William and Angus started to make progress, William making a promising 11. Beginning their batting partnership at 211 in the fifth over, James (20) and Dan added a useful 26 in their four overs to keep the Squirrels in contention. Taha showed glimpses of powerful hitting in the third pair but despite some superb hitting from Luke (26) with two sixes and two fours the Squirrels ended 29 runs short on 268.  Stretford looked the stronger side but the Sale Squirrels will have benefitted from the experience of a competitive performance against a good bowling attack.
 
Sale sent a team to the under 9 tournament at Hyde on Bank Holiday Monday. Drawn in a competitive group, the Sale team excelled in the group stages finishing top of the group without losing a wicket in their three games.
Starting with 100 runs, Sale reduced a young Hyde Rangers team to 74 at the end of their 6 overs, 8 wickets being taken including a superb caught and bowled by Ben Brunt. Sale started superbly with Dan Bradley hitting 14 off 5 balls in the first over. James Newhill continued his fine form, hitting all 8 balls he received to the boundary, finishing on 32 runs. Brisk running between the wicket from Ben Brunt and Herbie Brodbeck pushed the final score to 187 (net 87) without loss in their 6 overs.
 
Sale’s second game was against Macclesfield Tigers, James Newhill taking one for one in his over as Sale restricted Macclesfield to 139 (net 39) in their 6 overs. In reply Sale’s batting and running between the wickets was impeccable as they eased to 161-0 (net 61) in 6 overs. Ben Brunt hitting three fours in the second over and Herbie Brodbeck hitting 14 in the last over.
 
A clean sweep was completed against Poynton. Henry Reeves took 1 for none in his over as Sale made a superb start to the game. Tidy bowling from Sacha Adams and Ben Cleary helped restrict Poynton to just 126 (net 26) in their 6 overs. Batting second, Jacob Cleary excelled with 8 runs off his 3 balls and Herbie Brodbeck’s 17 pushed Sale to a total of 160-0 (net 60). Sale qualified for the top group competing for the tournament trophy.
 
In an exciting semi-final, Sale lost by 14 runs to Warrington. Both sides looked evenly matched, Warrington posting a total of 163-2. Sale remained on track for victory after an impressive opening two overs from Ben Brunt and Dan Bradley but started to fall behind the run rate as the innings progressed. James Newhill tried in vain to chase down the target, but 25 off the last over proved beyond the batting side.
 
Three superb wins (without losing a single wicket) and a narrow defeat in the semi-final indicated great progress made by the players and a great day was had by all the families.
 
The full scorecard can be found here,

Double Win Over Grappenhall

Double Win Over Grappenhall
Grappenahll: 269-4 (50)
Sale: 273-3 (48)
Sale win by 7 wickets 
 
Sale 1st XI got their season back on track in a high scoring encounter in their Vivio Cheshire County League division one game away at 2nd place Grappenhall. Still missing a number of regular players, the visitors chased down a massive 269 to claim the 25 points.  
 
Asked to bat first in the baking summer sun, Grappenahll got off to a flying start with McCoy & Roylance leading the team to 50-0 after 10 overs. However, some good bowling from Richard Adams & Tyrone Lawrence reduced the hosts to 68-3. 
 
That brought Barnes & overseas star Ninan to the wicket who together marshalled the middle part of the innings excellently. The partnership of 150 was eventually broken in the 46th over with Barnes departing for a well-made 62. Australian Ninan finished the innings unbeaten on 116 setting sale 270 for victory.   
 
The visitors reply got off to a bad start with both openers departing early. However, Tyrone Lawrence (pictured above by George Franks) and Australia U19 star Brooke Guest steadied the innings with some outstanding stroke play. A heavy rain storm when Sale were 69-2 couldn’t hold back the 2 in form batsmen who picked up where they had left off after a 30 minute delay. The left handed Lawrence took a liking to some full bowling from the Grappers attack whilst the classy Guest never looked troubled throughout the innings.  
 
After 40 overs Sale required just over a run a ball with 8 wickets in hand and both batsmen chasing their first hundred of the season. Lawrence was first to get there with a glorious cover drive. Guest followed the next over.  
 
A magnificent innings of 120 for Lawrence ended with Sale needing just 7 to win. The partnership worth 255 has club treasurer Roger Lee looking through the history books for highest 3rd wicket partnership.  
 
The loss of Lawrence proved only a minor blip with Guest steering the visitors over the line with 2 overs to spare. Ending not out on 133 from 132 balls, Guest showed his international class and left the travelling Sale crowd excited of what may follow during the season. 
 
In what was a double header against Grappenhall, the 2nd XI also claimed 25 points with an outstanding victory. Batting first, the 2nd XI set an impressive 219 -8 from their 50 overs. New signing Santhosh Rajasekaren top scored with 56 whilst club stalwart Jamal Benzafar hit 43.  
 
Grappenhall looked to be on track for the victory but some excellent bowling from captain Gareth Waterson & Siyan Siraj saw the visitors bowled out for 203. It was a great team performance and shows encouraging signs for the coming weeks.  
 
Sale Silverbacks made it 5 wins in a row in the Over 40s competition with a comfortable 8 wicket win over neighbours Bowdon. 
 
Bowdon struggled to score against some disciplined Sale bowling, reaching 95-6 off their 20 overs. Abas Rizvi was the pick of the Sale bowling with figures of 3-2. 
 
Sale got off to a flying start with openers Ian Holland (pictured above by George Franks) & Nigel Davenport both retiring at 30. This set the platform for the Silverbacks to reach their target with 2 overs to spare.  
 
On Sunday the 3rd XI made it a 75 point weekend for the club with their first victory of the season against Bramhall. The visitors batted first and were restricted to 158 due to some good bowling by Ben Watkin who claimed 3 wickets.  
 
Sale reached the target with the loss of only 5 wickets. Soans Praveen again top scoring with  a well-made 57, Sam Battersby also contributed 37 at the top of the order.   
 
The 4th XI lost by 87 runs to Ashley 4th, Viraj Sorathia taking 3-14 amd Kaytlin Watterson bowling and batting well.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Urmston. The 1st XI are in action in the T20 competition on Thursday at home to Mobberley, they also travel to Cheadle Hulme on Saturday whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Stockport and the 4th XI host Bredbury St Marks.

Sale Badgers under 9s played Cheadle on a beautiful summer evening last week. Captain Pranav won the toss and put the hosts in to bat. The Badgers bowled well as a unit, restricting Cheadle to just 45 runs after 12 overs, before an onslaught by the last pair brought 73 runs off the last 4 overs. Pick of the bowlers were Vikrant conceding just 4 runs and Likhith who went for only 6.
 
In reply, the Badgers were always behind the rate and lost wickets at regular intervals to some disciplined Cheadle bowling. That they remained in the game at all was down to some lusty hitting from William opening the batting, and Brayden and Herbie down the order, but the total of 318 remained out of reach. Thanks to Arjun who stepped in to help with the bowling and get the game underway while a quarter of the team were being led astray by a faulty satnav, and to Shesha for scoring.
 
The full scorecards can be found here,

Silverbacks Make it 6 out of 6

Silverbacks Make it 6 out of 6
Sale Silverbacks: 120-4 (20)
Urmston Tigers: 98-9 (20)
Sale win by 22 runs
 
Sale Silverbacks made it 6 wins out of 6 games in the Over 40s competition before heavy rain washed out all weekend fixtures.
 
The Silverbacks opened up a 6 point lead at the top of the Vivio Cheshire County league North East division on Wednesday with a comfortable 22 run win over nearest challengers Urmston.
 
Sale were asked to bat first and started strongly, opener Abas Rizvi scoring a quick 14, stand in skipper Graham Bolton hitting 29 and Mark Rowe retiring on 31 (pictured above by George Franks).  Sheetal Shethi wrestled back control with 3-28 in the middle overs, before a late flourish from Asad Khan and Ian Holland took the total to 120-7.
 
Two early wickets for Bolton, including an unplayable delivery to Chris Turner, kept the Urmston reply in check as this visitors fell behind the required rate.  The introduction of Soans Praveen turned the game decisively in Sale’s favour as he took 4-13, well supported by Tariq Butt with 2-26 as Urmston closed on 98-9.
 
On Thursday the 1st XI rounded off their T20 campaign with a convincing win over Mobberley, but failed to progress to the quarter finals due to an earlier defeat to reigning Premier League champions Hyde.
 
Brooke Guest and Tyrone Lawrence continued from where they left off at Grappenhall with a dominating batting display, adding 85 for the 2nd wicket inside 8 overs.  The partnership ended when Guest fell for 67 off just 28 balls, including 11 boundaries.
 
Lawrence continued to punish the visitors as he finished unbeaten on 88, off a comparably pedestrian 54 balls, including 12 boundaries.  Sale closed on 199-2.
 
Mobberley were never in the running as wickets fell at regular intervals, eventually being bowled out for 102 in the 19th over.  Emerging junior Mal Clarke picking up 4-16 on his bowling debut for the 1st XI.
 
The 1st XI were frustrated by rain on Saturday that prevented them playing bottom of the table Cheadle Hulme.  It was a similar story for the 2nd, 3rd & 4th XI’s, who all saw their games cancelled without a ball being bowled.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Cheadle Hulme. On Saturday the 1st XI travel to relegated Marple, whilst the 2nd XI host Nantwich. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Toft and the 4th XI travel to Heaton Mersey 4s. 
 
The u11’s opposition were unable to raise a team unfortunately on the 5th June and so conceded the match to us.

On the positive front, the u11’s have qualified for the top section of the Group Phase which is a great achievement so well done to all players. The first match in this top section against Cheadle on 12th June was lost to rain.

The under 9 cup match on Monday at Ashton on Mersey was rained off, we are still awaiting another date. The under 9 Squirrels have had no game this month yet.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

200 Club April Draw Results

200 Club April Draw Results

The June Draw of the 200 Club has now taken place.

The first prize of £79.50 was won by Nigel Davenport

Second prize of £26.50 went to Anne Monaghan

We are up to 53 members now but we still need more people to enter in order to bump up the prizes and generate much-needed funds for the club so please take out a subscription if you haven’t already done so in order to be part of the next monthly draw from as little as £5 per month.

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Frustrating Weekend of Weather

Frustrating Weekend of Weather
Sale 1st XI were frustrated on Saturday after their Vivio Cheshire County league division one match at Marple was cancelled.  Despite a dry Saturday the umpires ruled that the square was unfit after heavy rain in the preceding days, the only match in the county not to start.
 
Fortunately for Sale the top four teams in the division all lost meaning they didn’t lose any ground against their promotion rivals.
 
The 2nd XI were well beaten by Nantwich at Dane Road after being bowled out for 96, Naveed Ahmed top scoring with 26. Gareth Watterson taking 4-36 as the visitors struggled to their target for the loss of 5 wickets.
 
The 3rd and 4th XI both had their games abandoned on Sunday.  The 3s reached 91-4 against Toft when the rain arrived, Soans Praveen unbeaten on 36.
 
The 4th XI game at Heaton Mersey was well poised when the weather called a halt.  Linesh Sorathia taking 5-24 in Mersey’s 96-8, Sale were 28-2 when the heavens opened.
 
Earlier in the week the Silverbacks lost their first game of the season at Cheadle Hulme, as they slipped to 2nd place in the Over 40s North East division.
 
It proved a bad toss to lose on a very wet wicket, only Mark Rowe (30 retired – pictured above by George Franks) and Nigel Davenport (22) came to terms with conditions as the Silverbacks closed on 91-4.
 
In reply Mark Almond took 3 early wickets to keep the game finely balanced until Phil Dare and Richard Battye hit 30 a-piece to reach their target in the 19th over.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Bowdon Vale. On Saturday the 1st XI welcome promoted Bollington to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Stockport. On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Marple and the 4th XI host Stockport Trinity. 
 
U16s 137-1 (18 overs) lost to Winton 138-1 (17 overs)
 
On a very damp evening at Winton, the match got underway once wading birds had been persuaded to leave the outfield. Sale put in their best batting performance of the season. Tom Gill and Adam Holland scattered the field (as well as any remaining fowl), recording 50* retired each. It was, though, to be a night for the batsmen, as Sale’s bowlers struggled with a ball that rapidly took the form of a cake of soap. Nathan D’Cunha took Sale’s sole wicket, as Winton aqua-planed to their target. Big thank you to: a) our parents for struggling through heavy rain and heavier traffic to the match and b) our hosts for allowing the match to be played.
 
Full scorecards can be found here.

Sale Get Best of Close Game

Sale Get Best of Close Game
Sale 212-4 (50)
Bollington 207-7 (50)
Sale Winning Draw
 
Sale 1st XI got the best of a close game on Saturday and progressed in the Cheshire cup on Sunday. Sale fought back to secure a winning draw in their Vivio Cheshire County League division one game against Bollington, thanks to a fine all-round performance from Tyrone Lawrence (pictures above by George Franks), before beating Oxton 3-2 in a bowl out the following day.
 
Bollington won the toss and invited Sale to bat, Ian Dixon and Mat Spells reaching 65 without loss at drinks.  They added a further 12 runs before Dixon was first to go for 41.
 
Spells was next out for 42, adding 31 with Tyrone Lawrence for the second wicket.
 
With overs running out Lawrence and Brooke Guest looked to accelerate.  Guest hit 47 off 39 balls in an 83 run partnership before Dan Halkon hit 14 off 10 balls in a 21-run stand.  Lawrence finishing unbeaten on 60 off 65 balls.
 
The slow start to the innings meant Sale posted a below par 212-4 on another excellent Dane Road surface.
 
After an early wicket for Lawrence Bollington made a confident start, Rick Hough and Faiz Kippie adding 102 for the second wicket before 3rd choice spinner Dixon made the break through, removing Kippie for 47.
 
Hough fell LBW to Rick Halkon 20 runs later for a well-constructed 80, but the visitors were still favourites.
 
With the chase going down to the wire Lawrence returned to take 2 wickets in the penultimate over and Ali Barrowman one in the final over to secure a 14 point winning draw as Bollington closed on 207-7.  Lawrence added 4-35 to his runs earlier in the day.
 
On Sunday Sale defeated Oxton in a bowl out to set up a plumb tie against Hyde or Chester Boughton Hall, Lawrence taking the winning wicket in the second round of sudden death.  The match had to be abandoned shortly before tea with Sale on 207-5, Brooke Guest unbeaten on a magnificent 107.
 
The 2nd XI had a good win at Stockport thanks to a fine spell of bowling from Gareth Watterson.  He took 6-35 as the home side were bowled out for 140.  Earlier in the day Sale had been bowled out for 157, Narsi Ramaswarmy and Joe Cannon making 30 a-piece.
 
The 3rd XI were frustrated at Marple on Sunday after persistent rainfall after tea.  Sale dismissed the home team for 114 in the 41st over, Shah Zeb and Joe Cannon both taking 3 wickets each.  Debutant Dan Newton took 2 excellent catches in a fine fielding display.
 
The rainfall left Sale only 20 overs to reach their total, loss of 3 early wickets hampered the chase as petered out into an 8-7 draw.
 
The 4th XI lost by 6 wickets at Stockport Trinity after being bowled out for 60.
 
Sale Silverbacks suffered their second defeat of the season on Wednesday after a batting collapse at Bowdon Vale saw them lose by 29 runs in pursuit of 99.

On Wednesday the Silverbacks welcome Bramhall. The 1st XI travel to Tattenhall on Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI host Bramhall. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Didsbury and the 4th XI are at Cheadle Hulme. 
 
U16s 113-2 (17.5) beat Monton & Weaste 110-7 (20)
U13 Colts 59 (10.1) beat Hale Barns 58-7 (20) – Cup
U13 Colts 136-5 (20) beat Lindow 124-3 (20)
U11s 59-5 (20) lost to Didsbury 60 (19) – Cup
U11s 101-4 (20) lost to Brooklands 107-4 (20)
U10s 227 lost to Whalley Range 266
U10s 233 lost to Bowdon Vale 282
U9s 260 lost to Ashton on Mersey 279 – Cup
U9 Squirrels 269 beat Didsbury 262
 
Sale u16s fielded first, Monton made a strong start, reaching 60 without loss in 8 overs. A fine running catch by Adam Holland off Zikria Nadeem's bowling kick-started Sale's fight back. Tight bowling by Joe Cannon (1-16) and Nathan D'Cunha (1-10) slowed the run rate and Max Tait converted two catching opportunities into run outs.
 
Sale opened with a Cannon, but the explosives were at the other end. Tom Gill blasted 31 off many fewer balls. Finding themselves ahead of the required rate, Joe Cannon (38*), Adam Holland (17) and Sam Battersby (12*) batted sensibly, manoeuvred the ball into gaps and secured the under 16s' first win of the season.
 
On Tuesday the U13 Colts won their cup game away at Hale Barns.  Fielding first, the Colts bowled and fielded tightly, restricting Hale Barns to 58 for the loss of 7 wickets.  The wicket takers were Suchit Sapkal, Zikria Nadeem, Matt Holland, Billy Dawson, Thomas Burt and Mal Tazaki Quayle, however all bowled accurately and consistently.  Matt Holland contributed further by taking a brave, stinging catch at mid-on, the fielding play of the season so far.   In reply, the Colts made 59 off 10.1 overs, Zikria Nadeem making an impressive 31 retired and Dylan Walker contributing a nerveless 12 not out.  Thanks to Alex and all at Hale Barns for getting the game on, despite the recent rain and unpleasant weather.
 
On Friday, the U13 Colts hosted Lindow in a league game played on the artificial wicket at Sale.  Once again the weather tried its best to scupper the game, but special thanks are due to Sean and Mr Chairman Battersby for their advice and assistance in getting this game played.  As ever, Sean's assistance is especially appreciated.
 
Batting first, the Colts faced good opening bowling, but batted consistently to post 136 for the loss of 5 wickets off their 20 overs.   Viraj Sorathia opened and made a highly impressive 32 off 18 balls, Isaac Brooks making 30 retired and Dylan Walker again contributing 25 runs in good time.  Both Isaac and Dylan hit 6s, and Viraj's innings included a 5.   In reply, Lindow batted well throughout their 20 overs, posting 124 for 3 wickets.  David Van der Linde batted impressively making 30 not out, and Thomas Rae added to his excellent bowling with a quickfire 20.  Pick of the Lindow batters was Callum Sherrington, who made 30 retired off 16 balls including 2 extremely well struck sixes.  Viraj Sorathia bowled exceptionally, taking 2 wickets, with Isaac Brooks picking up the other wicket with a good caught and bowled. Luke Brunt and Dan Gray kept wicket tidily, a great effort given the circumstances.  The standard of ground fielding from both teams was of a high standard given the conditions, with some excellent run saving and commitment shown.  Thanks to Simon and the Lindow team for their commitment to getting the game played.
 
Sale u11s narrowly lost against Didsbury u11’s in a low scoring encounter in the South Manchester JCL cup. Scoring proved difficult in testing conditions and Sale reached 59 from their 20-over allocation. Shreyas Verma (15) and Jared Moran (18) were the pick of the batsmen.
 
Defending the modest total, Sale put in their best bowling and fielding display of the season. Alex Ross put in a great spell, conceding only 2 runs and capturing two top-order wickers in the process. Several of the younger team members, Robin Smith and Ben Habershon in particular, bowled with great control. Didsbury eventually reached their target at the end of the 19th over.
 
In a high-scoring game, Sale u11s were narrowly defeated in a thrilling match against a strong Brooklands team. Batting first, Brooklands amassed 107-4, despite accurate bowling from Alex Ross, Will Dyson and Nathan Gray. The Sale team bowled and fielded with great enthusiasm, with minimal extras being conceded.
 
In reply, Sale were given a strong platform from James Dodds (26 retired) and Callum Ross (21). Despite some aggressive hitting at the end from Theo Brodbeck (20 not out), Sale ended up just short of their target.
 
Sale u10s suffered two consecutive defeats against strong opposition having gone into the games on the back of three wins.

Against a very good and fast bowling attack Sale struggled with the bat against Whalley Range scoring 232 from their 20 overs with only Dattu making it into double figures with 10. Despite bowling and fielding well with Ben H, Seb and Kit the pick of the bowlers Whalley Range scored well finishing on 266.

In a re-match against Bowden Vale, Sale fielded first in wet conditions which made bowling difficult. Fergus and Thomas bowled tightly with Dattu, Louis & Seb picking up the only wickets. Chasing 283 to win Sale got off to a good start with Louis (16) and Thomas (5) scoring 21 off the first 4 overs. Unfortunately, the run rate couldn't be sustained and after losing 8 wickets in the next 16 overs Sale finished 49 runs short on 233.

It has been a busy period for the under 9's. They played their second round cup game at Ashton on Mersey on Monday night.
 
Sale batted first and with large boundaries found run scoring a little difficult but kept patient. Four batsmen reached double figures, Herbie Brodbeck, James Newhill, Ben Cleary and Luke Billinge and a respectable total of 260 was attained.
 
The home side made a flying start and after 4 overs were halfway to their target. Tidy bowling from the later bowlers kept the home side in check, with Luke Billinge and James Newhill both returning figures of 1 fo 3 in their 2 overs, but Ashton overtook the Sale score during the final four overs and finished on 279.
 
Last Thursday, the under 9 Squirrels beat a previously unbeaten Didsbury side away.
 
After a solid batting performance where five players reached double figures in their respective four overs, Squirrels posted a total of 269. Special mention should be made to Amy Seddon and Lucy Dodds who both scored 10.
 
Sale bowled superbly to defend the total, Henry Reeves was outstanding with figures of 3 for 5 in his 2 overs, James Newhill took 1 for 1 in his 2 overs and Amy Seddon completed a great debut with a wicket.
 
Didsbury began the last over requiring 10 to win but superb death bowling again by Luke Billinge ensured Sale were victorious by 7 runs.
 
Full scorecards can be found here.

Sale Beat Tattenhall and Rain

Sale Beat Tattenhall and Rain
Tattenhall 99 all out (47)
Sale 101-4 (19.2)
Sale Win by 6 wickets
 
Sale jumped up to fifth place in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League 1st XI Divison One, beating both bottom-placed Tattenhall and the weather on Saturday.
 
Electing to bowl first with rain around, Sale had opener Josh Harding caught at 1st slip off Tyrone Lawrence for just seven. Henry Dobson and Dylan Reeves then tried to consolidate, taking the score to 45 off 20 overs before Reeves was bowled by Ali Barrowman for a patient 13.
 
Without adding to the score Dobson called new batsman Koppack through for a single, but he was easily run out by Lawrence.
 
With a scoring rate under 2 an over Tattenhall had reached 52 when Dobson inexplicably hit the ball straight to Lawrence 29. Two quick wickets for Barrowman and one for Richard Adams reduced the home side to 54-7.
 
Captain Owen Williamson hit a brisk 26 to lift his team to 93, before he ballooned a high catch to Luke McCoy, the innings closing shortly after for 99 all out. Lawrence took the final wicket to finish with 3-15, well supported by Barrowman with 3-7.
 
With rain in the air, Sale’s openers Mat Spells (pictures above by George Franks) and Brooke Guest set about their task of scoring the runs required as quickly as possible, taking twenty-six runs off the first four overs.
 
With the score on 58 Spells was stumped for 33 (off just 35 balls). Guest and McCoy continued the scoring rate as two successive fours from Guest took him to 46, needing a boundary to seal both his fifty and the Sale win, he was bowled by Dobson

With the rain starting to get heavier McCoy went first ball of the next over to a juggling catch from Dobson, for 17. However Ian Dixon held his nerve pulling his fourth delivery for four to seal a six-wicket victory.  Within minutes of leaving the field large puddles started to form on the outfield meaning a resumption would have been doubtful.

The 2nd XI couldn’t force a win against bottom of the table Bramhall in a game reduced to 78 overs.  Sale declared on 152-6 off 35 overs, Joe Cannon (38), Siyan Siraj (34) and Abas Rizvi (30) leading the way.
 
With only one wicket left the visitors managed to hold on for a draw, reaching 100 off the remaining 43 overs, Siraj the leading bowler with 4-19.
 
The 3rd XI were well beaten by league leaders Didsbury on Sunday.  Sale batted first, reach 128-3.  Howard Briggs (45) and Ian Holland (38) the unbeaten batsmen.  Sale took 3 early wickets to reduce the visitors to 26-3, Shah Zeb claiming two of them, but lost only 1 more wicket as they reached their target with overs to spare.
 
The 4th XI were involved in a close game at Cheadle Hulme.  Sale reached 170-9 in pursuit of the hosts 184-4. Linesh Sorathia top scoring with 75 and taking 2 wickets, son Viraj adding a valuable 27.
 
Sale Silverbacks couldn’t beat the weather as their game at home to Bramhall was cancelled.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks welcome Cheadle. The 1st XI travel to Oulton Park on Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI host Upton. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Cheadle and the 4th XI are at Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.
 
U11s 80-8 (20) lost to Alderley Edge 112-6 (20)
U10s 286 (20) v Brooklands 209 (14), match abandoned
U9 Badgers lost to Lindow
U9 Badgers lost to Bowdon
 
Alderley Edge won a crucial toss and elected to bat in another high scoring u11’s game. Three of the younger Sale players again bowled with great skill. Arjan Amdualapalli bowled a beautiful spell of away swing, conceding just 4 runs from his 2 overs. Dattu Vadakutta deservedly took his first wicket for u11’s following a probing spell, ably supported again by Ben Habershon. Strong hitting at the end of the innings took Alderley Edge to a very competitive total of nearly 6 runs per over.
 
In reply, Sale were always struggling to keep up with the target rate, despite useful contributions from Callum Ross (17), James Dodds (14) and Theo Brodbeck (13).
 
This was a very creditable team performance against one of the strongest opponents we are likely to face this season.
 
The u10s played a friendly match against Brooklands on a wet Thursday evening that provided an opportunity for many players that attend junior training to play a competitive game. Brooklands won the toss and put Sale into bat under a dark grey sky. It wasn't long before it began to drizzle with Sale making a good start through a solid opening partnership between Arnav and Arjun. James (u9) was next in playing in only his second hardball game. Some lovely shots saw James quickly race to 22 to set Sale on the way to a big score. Good contributions with the bat from Nathan, Herbie, Juan & Kit saw Sale post an impressive 286 from their 20 overs.
 
As the rain became heavier Sale took to the field bowling in what were now proving to be very difficult conditions. Despite this the team bowled and fielded superbly restricting Brooklands to just 209 after 14 overs. Herbie (u9) in his first hardball game impressing with 2 wickets for 8 runs in his spell that included a hat-trick chance after clean bowling consecutive batsmen. Also impressing with the ball were Juan, taking his first wicket, Arjun and Ruth. In total Sale took 11 Brooklands wickets 4 of which were run outs from some great pieces of fielding.
 
Alas, at this stage the rain was now hammering down and unfortunately the match was brought to a premature end. Some great cricket played though by the Sale team and a moral victory claimed!
 
On Friday 24th Sale Badgers hosted Lindow for another friendly. Captain Jaskaran won the toss and elected to bat first. The innings got off to a tricky start against some excellent bowling, until Brayden and Herbie added 29 in their partnership and a late onslaught from James and Aswin added 51 in the last 4 overs. In light drizzle the Badgers bowled well, taking wickets regularly through the Lindow innings. Taha and Jaskaran were the most economical bowlers, and despite two late wickets from Pranav, Lindow made their target in the final over of a thoroughly enjoyable game.
 
On Monday 27th the Badgers were away at Bowdon. Batting first, Sale’s innings featured every style of play: some exciting scampering between the wickets from Eddie and Tom Fenton, some assiduous blocking from Hector and Alex (who also hit a 4), then some muscular hitting from Pranav and Dylan (who top scored with 25 including four 4s and a 6) before the innings closed with William and Pranav (batting twice) the victims of some excellent fielding from Bowdon. The badgers fielded well in reply, achieving several run outs, but some tidy bowling went unrewarded due to complete lack of co-operation from the bails: they stubbornly refused to be dislodged although the ball twice struck the wicket, and once passed between the stumps. William was finally rewarded for bowling a good line and hit the top of off stump – at which point the bails decided to do the decent thing and fall to the ground where they belonged, but by then Bowdon had romped to victory.
 
Both under 9 Squirrels games were postponed this week due to rain.
 
Full scorecards can be found here.

Century from Captain Canning

Century from Captain Canning
Oulton Park 235-8 (46)
Sale 237-6 (39.5)
Sale win by 4 wickets
 
Sale 1st XI beat third placed Oulton Park on Saturday thanks to a barnstorming innings from Captain Chris Canning that closed the gap to second placed Grappenhall to just 12 points.
 
With games around the league being rained off, Sale took the opportunity to gain ground on their nearest rivals in the Vivio Cheshire County League division one.  With the worst of the weather avoided Sale elected to field in what would be a 92-over contest.
 
With both teams missing senior players Oulton Park made a confident start. Martin East and Danny Leech racing to 120 inside 20 overs. East was first to go for 68, shortly followed by Ben Tomlinson to a sharp catch by Brooke Guest at short cover.
 
Tom Hyslop joined Leech who worked busily to take the score to 147 before Leech was bowled attempting to run Richard Adams to third man for 65.
 
Hyslop was well caught by Mat Spells on the leg-side boundary for 23 and Eddie Roberts was run out by Luke McCoy for just 3. Oulton Park had now lost 5 wickets for 64 runs since their opening partnership and Sale were back in the game.
 
Pat Roberts marshalled the tail with a quick fire 40 that helped the home side post 235-8 in their 46 overs. Tyrone Lawrence was the pick of the bowling with 3-53.
 
Sale made the worst possible start losing Spells for a duck, leaving Sale 2-1. Lawrence joined opener Guest and they began to play ever more fluently until Guest was run out by Pat Roberts after a calamitous mix-up for 43 (with three sixes and three fours).
 
Luke McCoy then skied a short Blandford delivery to sub fielder Ben Kettle for 4, reducing Sale to 63-3. Lawrence was joined by a limping Chris Canning who immediately upped the run rate.
 
Canning (pictured above by George Franks) passed 50 off 44 balls, including 24 from one Tomlinson over, in a stand of 97 with Lawrence. Lawrence falling for 47, well caught by Ashwell on the boundary.
 
Canning pressed on and took 24 off another over, this time from Matt Parkinson, to bring the target down to 51 off the final 15 overs. After scampering two to complete his century (from 66 balls), he then launched his seventh six to bring the runs required below twenty.
 
After two quick wickets Canning hit Hyslop for six, dot, four, four to seal the 4 wicket win with 6 overs to spare.  Canning’s inning of 121 not out off just 76 balls included 11 fours and 8 sixes.
 
Sale 2nd XI’s home game against Upton was cancelled mid-morning after heavy rain.
 
Sale 3rd XI secured their 2nd win of the season against Cheadle on Sunday.  After bowling Sale out for 35 at the start of the season the visitors once against asked Sale to bat first.  A much improved performance on a wet surface yielded 178-8. Soans Praveen was the mainstay with 45 runs, well supported by Abbas Rizvi with 35.
 
In reply Cheadle never got into their stride, Mal Clarke making early inroads with two wicket, before a decisive spell of 3-4 from leg spinner Joe Cannon saw the visitors bowled out for 87.  Tom Riley and Will Radcliffe also claimed a brace in a fine all-round performance.
 
Sale Silverbacks bounced back to winning ways with a convincing 37 run win over Cheadle on Wednesday.  Openers Mark Rowe (35) and Iain Harrop (34) both retired after setting a good platform.  After losing 4 cheap wickets in the pursuit of quick runs in the middle overs, Soans Praveen (15) and Paul Hanrahan (14 not out) ensured a competitive 125-6 was posted.
 
In reply Cheadle sent in Stevens and Hall as pinch hitters, reaching 26 off the first 3 overs.  However both were run out as the Sale fielders kept their cool.  A miserly spell of 2-8 from Rizvi and 2-17 from Hanrahan meant the visitors innings petered out to 88-8.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks make the short trip to Brooklands. The 1st XI host Warrington on Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Hyde and the 4th XI host Timperley.
U16s 25-1 (5.3) beat Winton 24 all out (12.1)
U14s 63 (11) beat Radcliffe 62-2 (10.5)
U13 Colts 95-6 (20) lost to Timperley 97-7 (19.5) – CUP
U13 Colts 125-2 (20) beat Timperley 93 all out (19.5)
U11s 62 all out lost to Alderley Edge Wizards 63-4
 
Sale U16s were home in time for the European Championship semi-final on Wednesday. Winton, doughty opponents a fortnight ago, collapsed against sustained, pressure bowling from Sale, who did not put a foot wrong. Vaasu Goyal took two wickets in the opening over and finished with 4-1-11-4, as well as scooping a diving catch. Captain Joe Cannon picked up 3-5 and Georgie Gill took 2-2 to add to a run out. Nathan D'Cunha's spell applied a vice to the Winton innings (4-1-4-0).
 
Dan Newton showed there were no demons in the pitch, hitting 14* as Sale coasted to a comfortable victory and an early night.
 
On Thursday, the u14s played Radcliffe in a game lucky to go ahead and badly disrupted by the weather.  Big thanks to Sean Nicholl, who again went the extra mile to get the game played.  Radcliffe batted first, and after a couple of rain disruptions, posted 62-2 off 10.5 overs.  Vaasu Goyal and Zikria Nadeem took the wickets, ably supported by good bowling from Ibraheem Shereff and Kaytlin Watterson.  Chasing a target of 63 off 11 overs, Zikria Nadeem (19 not out) and Dan Newton (42 off 22 balls), Sale reached their target in the 6th over, punishing the bad ball and running between the wickets superbly.  A superb batting exhibition.  Ross Davenport again skippered impressively, adjusting to the conditions expertly.  Special thanks also to Marc Newton, Nadeem Rana and Cat Moss for cover work above and beyond the call of duty.
 
On Tuesday, the u13 Colts hosted Timperley in a cup quarter final in a game hastily rearranged due to rain on Monday.  Sale batted first, making 95-6, Zikria Nadeem and Dan Newton both retiring with 30 not out.  Batting second, Timperley reached 97-7 off 19.5 overs, assisted by an unfortunate 5 penalty runs at a critical stage.  Sale put in an impressive team effort, almost defending a below par total with wickets shared between the superb Saad Khan (3-14), Suchit Sapkal (2), and 1 each for Mal Tazaki Quayle and Dan Newton.
 
Another competitive game against Timperley, who we wish well in the semi final.  Special thanks to Rob Matthews at Timperley for getting the game on, and John Dodds and Paul Battersby for running the game. 
 
On Friday, the U13 Colts again hosted Timperley in a league game at Sale. Sale batted first, making 125-2 off 20 overs, Zikria Nadeem 33 retired, Isaac Brooks 35 retired and Dan Newton 35 retired with excellent contributions, and Matt Holland and Luke Brunt adding some momentum at the end of the innings.  Timperley were eventually dismissed for 93 in 19.5 overs in an impressive all round fielding display, the spin twins Brooks and Nadeem doing the damage early on with 3 wickets each, and Matt Holland capping an excellent individual display with 2-1-7-3.  Luke Brunt deserves a special mention for some excellent wicket keeping, including an excellent catch and a calm run-out to seal the victory.  The Colts remain top of the South Manchester u13 League, with tough matches against Stretford and Whalley Range coming up.
 
Sale U11s took a young side containing six u10’s regulars down to Alderley Edge on Sunday morning. Batting first, Sale reached a creditable 62 off their 20 over allocation. Theo Brodbeck was the pick of the batsmen, opening the batting and reaching an excellent 18, ably supported by Callum Ross who scored a quickfire 13.
 
Alderley Edge were made to work hard for their victory, with promising bowling from Dattu Verdakatte who bowled a wicket maiden and Robin Smith in particular. There was some fine fielding from several of our debutants, including Arthur Tazaki-Quayle and James Newhill. The highlight of Sale ’s fielding was two stunning catches, one from Rahul Mohanraj and the other by Maaz Khan.
 
Overall, the team showed great promise and played with great enthusiasm against the strongest team we have faced this season.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Double Over Warrington

Double Over Warrington
Warrington 121 all out (45.5)
Sale 125-2 (24.5)
Sale Win by 8 wickets
 
Sale 1st XI climbed to third place in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League after a comprehensive 8-wicket win over Warrington.
 
Sale invited the visitors to bat first and soon had Mike Rudd well caught by a diving Brooke Guest for a duck in the fifth over.  They had only added 13 runs more runs in the next 10 overs when Mal Agar fell to a juggling catch at slip by Chris Canning for 7, both wickets falling to Tyrone Lawrence.
 
More smart fielding, this time from Luke McCoy, removed Will Fleetwood for 1 off Rick Halkon.  Who followed up 4 balls later by trapping Adam Green LBW for 13. Warrington were 23-4.
 
Overseas player Huw Stone struck partnerships of 24 with both Rich Heaney and James Rudd to take the score to 71-6 from 36 overs. A further 23 runs were added with James Lewis before Stone clipped Ben Watkin to a running Canning at mid-wicket for 40.
 
The final three wickets then fell quickly as Warrington closed on 121 all out in the 46th over, Mal Clarke finishing off the innings with a run out. Rick Halkon finished leading bowler with 3-35.
 
Sale openers Brooke Guest (pictured above by George Franks) and Mat Spells were in no mood to hang around, motoring on at 6 runs per over in the early stages, Guest in particular continued his fine form.
 
Spells was caught on the edge for the circle for 17 with the score on 70. Guest added a further 19 runs with Lawrence before he fell for 54.
 
With victory in sight Lawrence (30) and McCoy (18) went on the offensive, reaching the target inside 25 overs. Sale’s fourth consecutive win saw then climb above Oulton Park and set up next week’s big clash against leaders Didsbury.
 
The 2nd XI made it a double over Warrington, winning by 5 wickets. Gareth Watterson and Joe Cannon took 3 wickets each as the home team were bowled out for 155 in the 42nd over.
 
In reply openers Jamal Benzafar (32) and Narsi Ramaswamy (33) got off to a good start.  Siyan Siraj then top scored with 39 in the middle order as Sale comfortably reached their target in the 48th over.
 
On Sunday the 3rd XI had a great win at 2nd placed Hyde, although victory looked unlikely in the early stages as Sale struggled to 40-4 after being asked to bat first.
 
A barnstorming partnership of 90 from Howard Briggs and Soans Praveen shifted the momentum, Briggs in particular raining sixes in his 48, and Praveen adding 51.  Despite this Sale’s total of 171 all out looked inadequate with a very short boundary on one side.
 
Hyde made a confident start, seeing off the opening bowlers without alarm.  The introduction of spin twins Joe Cannon and Abas Rizvi turned the game in Sale’s favour, firstly drying up the scoring rate, then taking wickets.  Only opener Gaskins came to terms with the spin attack adding 47 before he was well caught by Ian Holland at short cover off Rizvi. Only one other batsmen made double figures as Hyde subsided to 111 all out in the 37th over.  Rizvi finishing with 5-22 and Cannon 3-29.
 
The 4th XI held on for a losing draw at home to Timperley. Tom Riley took 3-44 in the visitors 195-6, Sale struggling to 70-8 in reply.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks completed a comfortable 88-run victory at neighbours Brooklands in the Over 40s competition. The Silverbacks batted first on a tricky surface, reaching 135-9, Paul Battersby top scoring with 30 and Iain Harrop making 28.
 
In reply the home team never got in the chase.  Tariq Butt did the damage with 4-12, well supported by Soans Praveen (3-7) and Abas Rizvi (2-4), as Brooklands were bowled out for 47.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks are at home to Bowdon. The 1st XI host Didsbury on Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI travel to Bowdon. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Grappenhall and the 4th XI go to Disley.
 
U14s 116-9 (19.5) lost to Brooklands 117-4 (19.1)
U13 Eagles lost to Ashley 86
U11s 108-6 beat Lindow 74-4
U10s 257 (20) tied with Prestbury 257 (20 overs)
U9 Squirrels 276 beat Whalley Range 254
 
The Under 14 team, lightly sprinkled with three under 15s, lost a friendly against Brooklands in the final over of the match. Batting first, Sale leant heavily on the clean hitting of Tom Gill (41* retired) and Adam Holland (25). But for a 10th wicket partnership of 27 between Gabe Smith & Nathan D’Cunha, Sale would have fallen short of three figures.
 
Vaasu Goyal and Kaytlin Watterson each took an early wicket, but Brooklands recovered and closed in on the target. Two late wickets, taken by Max Tait and Adam Holland, gave Sale a sliver of hope. Brooklands went into the final over needing four - and duly hit a boundary off the first ball.
 
Last ball thriller - In a gripping match, U13 Eagles visited Ashley on a sunny evening on Thursday 14th. Bowling first, Sale restricted Ashley to 86 in a fine fielding performance - pick of the bowlers were Joe Moss 1 for 9 off 3, George 0 for 7 off 3, and Theo Brodbeck 2 for 6 off 2, on a hat trick in his second over after Joe Moss took a beautiful one-handed catch at cover. Harvey Davenport bowled the only maiden of the match, which featured the Eagles debuts from under 9 stars Herbie Brodbeck and Brayden Ross, looking comfortable in a hardball format alongside their older brothers.
 
In the run chase Sale were always a little behind the rate, the innings dominated by a partnership of 33 between Ibraheem (who was run out on 28 just short of retiring) and Joe Moss (who survived a big caught behind appeal before being brilliantly caught out for 17). Needing 13 from the last 2 overs, Sale were almost powered over the line by an unbeaten 11 from George in a partnership of 21 with captain Yaqoob, but the quality of the Ashley bowling proved too much even for the skills of Callum Ross at the death.
 
U11’s finished the season with a strong performance and victory against Lindow Lions. Batting first, Sale scored more than 100 thanks again to strong batting from Callum Ross (29 retired) and Harvey Davenport (15). Sale scored quickly in the final few overs thanks to Jared Moran and Sam Moss.
 
In reply, Lindow were always behind the required rate and steadily lost wickets. Debutant Arjun Jay bowled tidily, supported by Ben Habershon and Nathan Gray, both of whom again took wickets at important times. This was another excellent team performance, with alert fielding from Arthur Tazaki Quayle and Will Dyson.
 
Well done to all the boys and girls involved in u11’s matches this season!
 
Sale snatched a tie off the last ball of the match in a game that they really should have won away at Prestbury.
 
Some good bowling saw Sale take 6 wickets restricting the home side to 257 from their 20 overs. The stand out bowling performance coming from Arnav who took 2-4 from his two overs including a maiden. The other wicket takers were Mollie & Ben. However, Sale weren't as tight as normal in the field with Prestbury benefitting and adding runs to their total.
 
Louis (15) and Thomas (8) got the run chase off to a great start in a stand of 23 from the first four overs but the runs slowed with only 19 added off the next eight although no wickets were lost. With 6 overs remaining only 4 runs were needed for victory but the loss of 5 wickets including two suicidal run outs meant 5 runs were needed to win off the last ball which Ben neatly pulled for 4 to secure a tie.
 
Overall an enjoyable game played on a lovely summer evening against very welcoming hosts.
 
On Friday night, Sale Squirrels hosted Whalley Range despite inclement weather during the day, the under 9 team were keen to make up for lost time. A superb bowling and fielding performance restricted the visitors to 254 (starting on 200), Henry Reeves set the tone with a wicket off the second ball. Amy Seddon, Lucy Dodds and Alex Mansfield also took wickets but particular mention must be made of Dan Bradley who produced his best bowling performance of the season and Roan Gardner who made a promising debut.
 
Chasing a moderate total it was decided to send the most experienced batsmen out first to set the tone for the innings. Ben Brunt and Luke Billinge responded superbly with a blistering opening stand of 42 in 4 overs to bring Sale within sight of the visitors’ total. Ben was in superb form, easily surpassing his previous highest score, mixing power with touch as he compiled 30 from 18 balls with five boundaries. Luke Billinge provided great support with 13 off 8 balls.
 
The remaining batsmen dealt calmly with the situation as Sale moved gradually ahead of the opposition total. With wickets counting as -3 to the total the danger was always there of falling back behind the Whalley Range total in the closing overs but Henry and Alex ran steadily between the wickets to ensure Sale finished on 276, 22 runs ahead of their opponents.
 
Sale Under 9’s also sent a team (Spitfires) to the rearranged tournament at Poynton on Sunday. In the opening fixture Sale Spitfires won an exciting match against Macclesfield Tigers. Starting at 100, Sale restricted their opposition to 120 after their 6 overs. Henry Reeves taking a wicket in his over and Herbie Brodbeck bowling a maiden over. Sale chased down the total comfortably, Brayden Ross and James Newhill leading the response and helping their side to a winning total of 127.
 
As the temperature soared, Sale lost games two and three despite impressive individual batting performances from James Newhill (23 off 8 balls in game 2) and Luke Billinge (21 off 8 balls in game 3).
 
Sale’s fourth game saw a return to winning ways against Poynton. Sale turned in an impressive display in the field with Angus Rawson contributing his first maiden over for Sale. Spitfires raced to victory with a solid all round batting performance.
 
Match five was against Bowdon. All six members of the team were superb. Chasing 138, Herbie and Luke made a lightning start, Herbie blasting his way to 20 off 8 balls. Dan and Henry were particularly impressive in the middle overs before James and Brayden put the game beyond the reach of the opposition. A convincing 37 run victory was achieved and Sale finished on a high.
 
With three teams finishing equal top of the group, Sale lost out on a place in the semi-finals by 9 runs. However a fantastic day was had by all 8 players and families. A special thank you must be made to Callum Ross for scoring most of the games.
 
The scoresheets can be found here.

Hockey Sponsorship

Hockey Sponsorship

Our Ladies Hockey 1st team won promotion from Cheshire Division 1 this season and will be competing in North Division 2, and they are looking for sponsors.

If you are interested in sponsoring this team please get in touch with Leanne Edwards to discuss details.

07538 092463 or leanne_e_uk@yahoo.co.uk



 

Tennis For Kids Initiative

We did it! The LTA initiative of Tennis for Kids has been a great success at Sale Tennis Club. We ran two classes, simultaneously, for up to 20 children aged between 4 and 8. Many of the children had never played before but we aim was to give them a really exciting course to stimulate their imaginations and hopefully a love for tennis. Each week we tried a series of exercises, teaching and encouraging the children to play, have fun and by the end of the short course, a number of children were successfully playing the ball across the net and some had captured the rudiments of serving. Of course, we got carried away and started getting the parents in on the act. As a coach and a parent, this was the magic piece for me. Some parents were natural coaches. Others struggled a little but by listening, adapting and working together, parent and child could learn new skills.  

At the end of the course, the students were presented with rackets and a ball. Now they can work on their skills at home, in the park and a number have already asked about the summer tennis camps the next course w/s 5th Sept.

See photos here: Tennis For Kids

Sale Lose to League Leaders

Sale Lose to League Leaders
Sale 142 all out (48)
Didsbury 143-2 (37)
Didsbury won by 8 wickets
 
Sale 1st XI slipped back to fifth place in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League after league leaders Didsbury ended their recent run of wins.
 
Sale were asked to bat first and lost in form batsmen Brooke Guest for 6 and Tyrone Lawrence for 4.
 
Mat Spells and Luke McCoy started the rebuilding, adding 56 for the third wicket before McCoy fell for 36 with the score on 83.
Chris Canning added a brisk 15 to bring up the Sale hundred, but was out soon after. When Spells went for a top scoring 44 the score had moved to 119-6.
 
Rob Greenhough was the only other batsman to make double figures, when he was last man out the score had reached 142.  Simon Normanton was the pick of the bowling with 3-44.
 
Taz Thayalan got Sale off to the perfect start, removing Tim Hughes and Nick Anderson cheaply to reduce the visitors to 23-2.
 
However Didsbury never lost another wicket on the excellent Dane Road surface, Simon Normanton (60 not out) and Matt Marfani (59 not out) saw the leader’s home with 15 overs to spare.
 
Sale 2nd XI had a great win at high flying Bowdon after being asked to bat first.  Opener Santhosh Rajasekaran got Sale off to the perfect start hitting 51, well supported by a season’s best 34 from Lionel Thompson.
Abas Rizvi then added 30 late order runs at Sale closed on 171-6 off their 50 overs.
 
In reply Rupam Saha got Sale off to the perfect start bowling Robert Shenkman without scoring.
 
Oliver Simons with 44 was holding the home reply together before the introduction of leg spinner Joe Cannon, who removed Simons in a devastating spell of 3-3.
 
Saha then returned to clean up the tail, finishing with 4-25 as Bowdon were dismissed for 121, 50 runs short of their target.
 
Sale 3rd XI had much the better of their match at home to Grappenhall on Sunday.  Young openers Joe Cannon (44) and Sam Battersby (45 - pictured above by George Franks) getting Sale off to a great start. Abas Rizvi then hit 59 as Sale posted 187-5 off their 45 overs.
 
Mal Clarke started the second inning well, removing Dave Tully to reduce Grappers to 0-1. Spin twins Rizvi (3-41 and Cannon (2-42) reduced the visitors to 95-7.
 
Former Grappenhall 1st skipper Mike Holden then batted out for 36, added to his 3 wickets earlier in the day to secure a draw, the points finishing 14-6 in favour of Sale.
 
Sale 4th XI lost by 137 runs at Disley, Vaasu Goyal taking 3-32 in the first innings.
 
Mosain Chohan looking on as Barry Craven bowls his fine spell, picture by George Franks.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks completed a comprehensive 76 win over Bowdon in the Over 40s competition. The Silverbacks batted first, posting 149-3 in their 20 overs.  Ian Holland, Abas Rizvi and Nigel Davenport all retiring after reaching 30.
 
In reply the visitors were always behind the required rate, only former Sale chairman Mosain Chohan with 31 retired made a score.  Rob Moore (2-4) and his worship Barry Craven (2-17) were the pick of the bowling.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Urmston for a must win game. The 1st XI travel to Davenham, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI play at Alderley Edge and the 4th XI have a blank week.

U13 Colts 114-4 (20) beat Whalley Range 106 all out
U9 Squirrels 312 beat South West Manchester 236
Girls U8-12 66 (18) lost to Didsbury 71 (18)
 
The u13 Colts played their final league game away at Whalley Range on Friday.  Still in with a chance of winning the league, this was a tense game for the Colts, and the game could have gone either way.
 
Batting first, the Colts posted a reasonable 114 for 4 off 20 overs.  Matt Holland opened, and made a gutsy 12.  Viraj Sorathia led from the front again with a faultless 30 retired, ably supported by an excellent 24 not out from Luke Brunt.  Both players punished the bad ball impressively.  Sporting an impressive haircut, Dan Gray added real momentum at the end of the innings, making 10 not out in a crucial phase of the game.  Both Luke and Dan batted excellently in a pressurised game situation.  
 
Whalley Range started their innings well, opener Fred making 27 and number 4 R Ahmed adding a quick fire 31 retired.  The Colts looked second favourites at this point, then Adam Downs entered the fray, bowling a great over under real pressure, taking 2 wickets and facilitating a run out before finishing with 2-11 off 2 overs. To Adam's credit, this spell changed the course of the match, firing up the Colts when the game seemed to be slipping away.   Suchit Sapkal contributed 2 run-outs, Dan Gray added a run-out, and Zikria Nadeem took a key wicket early in the innings.  Viraj Sorathia showed great tactical awareness, bringing himself on to bowl the 19th over.  This over yielded only 2 runs, with two batsmen bowled in an aggressive, controlled over of pace bowling.  When Suchit ran out he last batsmen off the first ball of the last over, Whalley Range had lost 4 wickets for no runs and finished their innings on 106 all out. 
 
Great credit goes to Whalley Range, who played with great spirit ensuring the game could easily have gone either way.  The Colts showed they could dig deep when necessary, and this result was based on a team effort, combined with great bowling and fielding under pressure.   
 
The Colts have finished the u13 South Manchester Junior Cricket League unbeaten, and have narrowly missed out on winning the Title.  This season therefore represents an excellent performance by a talented group of young cricketers.  There is great potential within this squad, which the Club hopes to develop this further moving forward to the 2017 season.
 
To bring the u10 season to a close an in house friendly game was arranged to try and include as many of the 24 players that have represented the u10s this season (see picture above).

In the end 12 players (and 2 older siblings - thanks to Matthew T and Malachi T-Q for getting involved) took part in a hardball Pairs game with each pair facing 5 overs and each player bowling a minimum of 2 overs.

The game was played in a great spirit with lots of enthusiasm and good humour. Well done to the winning pair of Louis & Juan (42 runs) who narrowly beat Robin & Kit (37) and Aidan & Arthur (32). Well played also to Dattu & Sam (26), Seb & Shaheer (19) and Ben T & Herbie (16).

Everyone bowled well with Dattu being the pick of the bowlers taking 3 wickets in the game with one each for Herbie, Juan, Louis, Malachi Matthew & Robin. Well done also to Arthur and Kit who bowled the games only two maiden overs. Thanks to all that got involved - a great way to bring the season to an end.
 
On Friday night Sale’s two under 9 teams played a friendly. In typical under 9 style the result of the game was in the balance until the last ball of the match.
 
Sale Badgers batted first and posted a useful total of 274. Henry took an early wicket again for Sale Squirrels as the batting side were restricted to 229 (starting at 200) at the halfway stage. Dylan provided the acceleration to the Badgers innings with a quick-fire 19.
 
Sale Squirrels made a lightning start to their reply with James hitting 49 off 15 balls. Badgers bowled tidily, Brayden picking up a couple of wickets as the Squirrels stuttered as they closed in on the target. The rivalry between the two teams reached a peak in the last over which began with Squirrels four ahead but with wickets counting as -3 to the total, Herbie tried desperately to take a wicket. In the end Ben Brunt confirmed victory for the Squirrels with a four off the last ball of the match.
 
Sale Squirrels also won at South West Manchester on Sunday with what was their most impressive all round performance of the season. Both teams fielded relatively inexperienced sides. Batting first, James Newhill (31) and Luke Billinge (10) set the tone with an opening stand of 41. Roan Gardner and Amy Seddon kept the scoreboard ticking over with steady batting and running between the wickets. The last four batsmen all scored their highest score for Sale, Jacob Cleary (16) and Joshua D’Cunha (7) followed by Ben Cleary (15) and Angus Rawson (13). Pleasing was the fact that no run outs occurred in the innings, which closed on 312.
 
South West Manchester found it hard work against a tidy fielding and bowling performance by the Squirrels, Roan Gardner impressing in the field with a run out and a wicket and Ben Cleary confusing the young opposition with his leg breaks. Squirrels finished winners by 76 runs and ending the season with four successive victories beginning in late June with success at Didsbury. Highest scores, improved running between the wickets and backing up in the field are all good signs and indicate there is huge future potential at Sale Cricket Club in the junior section.
 
Sale Girls played in a thrilling 9-a-side contest against Didsbury Girls on Monday evening. Sale’s team captain, Amy Seddon, won the toss and chose to bowl first. Katie Dunne bowled a tidy opening spell and picked up a wicket in her second over. Further accurate bowling followed from Emily O’Leary (2-0-2-1), Lucy Dodds (2-0-4-0) and Molly Saunders (2-0-6-1). Gracie Burt too showed promise with great bowling, restricting Didsbury Girls to 71 from their 18 over allocation.
 
Ava Mottram and Katie Dunne got the Sale reply off to a flying start. Ava ended up as the team’s top scorer with an incredible 22 not out, comprising 4 fours and a huge 6 over mid-wicket. Sale’s middle order were then restricted by some probing Didsbury bowling. Amy Seddon hit several fine shots, whilst some excellent calling and running between the wickets from Kiko Tazaki-Quayle kept the scoreboard ticking over. Ruth Baxandale came in at the end of the innings and rapidly increased the scoring rate, scoring 18 runs in just 12 balls. In the end, Sale came up just short of their target.
 
Most importantly, the match was played in a wonderful spirit and all players were a great credit to their respective clubs.
 
Full scorecards are available here.

Silverbacks Reach Quarter Finals

Silverbacks Reach Quarter Finals
Sale Silverbacks qualified for the county over 40s play-offs after securing a winner takes all victory over Urmston Tigers in the Vivio Cheshire County league North-East division.
 
Urmston elected to bat first and made positive start reaching 24 off the first 4 overs. Two wickets in 4 balls for Pete Britton and Graham Bolton checked their reply.  Bolton kept the pressure on, also picking up Chris Turner in his spell of 2-9.
 
Spinner Tariq Butt kept control of the middle overs picking up 2 further wickets.  With opener Colin Riddler retiring for 31, it was left to Stuart Higginbottom (26 not out) to marshal the score to 112-7.
 
Mark Rowe and Abas Rizvi got the Silverbacks off to a great start, adding 42 for the first wicket. Rizvi was first to go for 17.  Skipper Iain Harop was looking good on 17 when he fell to a sharp catch from Shetty.
 
With Rowe retiring shortly after for 33 it was left to Bolton to see the Silverbacks home, doing it in style hitting his third six off Kurt Edgington with 4 balls to spare (see picture above by George Franks).
 
The Silverbacks will meet leaders Cheadle Hulme next week to determine who finishes champions and with it a home draw in the quarter finals.
 
Sale 1st XI lost ground in their chase for one of the promotion spots in division one after securing a winning draw at Davenham.
 
After being asked to bat first Sale were reduced to 24-2. Brooke Guest and Luke McCoy then added 95 for the third wicket. Guest fell immediately after drinks for 51.
 
McCoy then took the score to 151 when he watch caught for 70.  Skipper Chris Canning played a typically aggressive innings, adding 49 off 37 balls, as Sale closed on 229-9.
 
Sale made a good start, reducing the home side to 8-2. Sam Hunt then added a quick-fire 35 before he became one of Rick Halkon’s 3 victims.
 
Opener Christian’s 67 ball vigil finally ended when he was dismissed by Richard Adams for 19.  Canning kept ringing the changes to force the win, but despite two late wickets for Tyrone Lawrence Davenham were happy to settle for a losing draw as their innings closed on 177-8. The points finished 14-7 in favour of Sale.
 
In the reverse fixture at Dane Road the 2nd XI secured a fine victory to move up into the top half of the table.  After being 92-3 at drinks the visitors were restricted to 178-6 off their 50 overs, Ben Watkins taking 3-35.
 
After tea Sale chased down the total with time to spare.  Siyan Siraj hit a powerful 59 before being caught at long-on.  At the other end opener Joe Cannon played sensibly reaching 51 with the total in sight.
 
Watkins completed a fine all round display knocking off the remaining runs in his 46 not out to secure a 6 wicket win.
 
Sale 3rd XI suffered a 6 wicket defeat at Alderley Edge on Sunday.  Skipper Ian Holland led the way with 60, well supported by Soans Praveen (28) as Sale posted 171-9 in 45 overs.
 
In reply the home team were reduced to 28-3, with two wickets for Mal Clarke and one for Robbie Squire. However they only lost one more wicket as they knocked off the runs with 15 balls to spare. Sam Perry (78) and R Mallard (50 not out) top scoring for Alderley Edge, substitute ‘keeper Will Radcliffe claiming three victims.
 
The 4th XI had no fixture this week.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Cheadle Hulme in a title decider. The 1st XI welcome Weaverham on Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI make the short trip to Brooklands. On Sunday the 3rd XI play at Bramhall and the 4th XI entertain Ashley.
 
Full scorecards can be found here.

Kiddiewinks

Kidiewinks sessions will be back at the club starting Monday 12th September.

Babywinks (4mths – 18mths) 1.00pm – 1.30pm

Sessions include singing, dancing, puppets, baby artwork and even baby gardening plus parachute play, musical instruments and much, much more - all wrapped up in a theme that is fun and different every week.

Kiddiewinks (18mths – preschool age) 1.40pm – 2.40pm

Each week has a different theme, it could be “Music and movement”, “Food”, or “Space” with classes being structured in a way that has the children doing a different activity every 5 minutes or so with no time to get bored or restless! Each session is designed to teach your little one to share and take turns while also boosting their confidence and self esteem and because we incorporate the pre-school curriculum they are always learning along the way!

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Sale Overtake Weaverham

Sale Overtake Weaverham
Sale leap frogged 4th placed Weaverham in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League, thanks to a comprehensive 8 wicket in this vital promotion game.
 
Weaverham opted to bat first and reached 34 before Jake Lightfoot skied a running catch to Luke McCoy for 5. Two balls later visiting captain Ian Eaton tried to cut a ball that was too close to him and edged through to Chris Canning, both wickets going to Tyrone Lawrence.
 
Opener Kevin Waterhouse was joined by Wilden Cornwall of the Leeward Islands, they added 27 in even time. After surviving a close stumping shout Waterhouse fell to good running catch from Brooke Guest off Lawrence to take the score to 61-3.
 
Ryan Simms scored just one when he became Lawrence’s fourth victim, when he was well caught down the ground by Ali Rizvi.
 
Ian Dixon then delivered with the prized wicket of Cornwall, pinned LBW for a fluent 26 (pictured above by George Franks). Sale followed up the wicket with some tight bowling to leave Weaverham on 89-5 at drinks.
 
Alex Nash and James Lewis steadily rebuilt the innings, adding 29 before Nash edged Ali Barrowman to the Canning for a composed 17. Lewis then edged Dixon to Canning for 31, followed two balls later by a clean bowled Kev Douglas, to leave the score 137-8.
 
The innings closed as George McCormick skied a ball from Guest that was brilliantly caught out of the sun by a tumbling Joe Cannon (pictured above by George Franks), and Matt Jamieson was bowled tried to hit the returning Lawrence through midwicket.  Lawrence finishing with 5-39 and Dixon with 3-36 as Weaverham were bowled out for 157 in the 50th over.
 
Weaverham were made to pay for dropping Guest on at backward point on nought, as he and fellow opener Matt Spells put together a century opening stand.  Guest hitting a huge six to bring up the milestone.
 
The runs continued to flow as the score raced to 135 when with Guest on 90, and looking as comfortable as ever, he missed a sweep off Stuart Hayes and was bowled.  His 77 ball innings included 11 fours and 2 sixes.
 
With just three runs needed, Tyrone Lawrence hit Cornwall straight to Jamieson at cover for 14. It was left to McCoy to hit the winning runs with 20 overs to spare.  Spells finishing unbeaten on 44.
 
Sale 2nd XI lost by 54 runs at Brooklands, Gareth Watterson and Siyan Siraj taking two wickets each in the home sides 167-7.
 
Despite keeping up with the run rate after tea, Sale lost too many early wickets, being bowled out for 113 with 17 overs still to play. Only Watterson came to terms with conditions with 43.
 
The 3rd XI had a disappointing performance at bottom of the table Bramhall, losing by 79 runs. Rob Moore took 3-39 in the home team’s 172-9.  Mal Clarke top scored with 18 as the 3s slumped to 93 all out.
 
Sale 4th XI had the better of a drawn game with Ashley. Zikra Nadeem made 53, well supported by Michael Grant (43) and Vaasu Goyal (38 not out) in Sale’s 189-7.
 
In reply Ashley reached 177-5, Nadeem adding 4-37 to his earlier runs to complete a fine all-round performance.
 
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks had to settle for 2nd place in the North East division after a narrow 7 run defeat to Champions Cheadle Hulme, despite a fine 57 run partnership between Abas Rizvi (30 retired) and Iain Harrop (24 not out).
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks travel to Bollington in the quarter final. The 1st XI travel to Oxton and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 1st XI play premiership Hyde at home in the Cheshire Cup, the 3rd XI visit Stockport and the 4th XI are at Bredbury St Marks.


Sale's Isaac Brooks enjoyed a successful week representing Cheshire u12s at the Shrewsbury School County Cricket Festival last week.  Bowling left arm spin, Isaac claimed a total of 12 wickets, jointly winning the Festival bowling award.  Included in his figures, Isaac bowled 4 overs, 4 maidens, 0 runs and 2 wickets against Shropshire, and returned figures of 9 overs, 7 maidens, 2 runs and 1 wicket against Derbyshire.  Isaac also claimed a hat trick in a 20 over game against Derbyshire, finishing with figures of 4-11 in this match.   Cheshire u12 finished runners up in the festival, a creditable performance by a squad of talented cricketers, superbly coached and managed by Ben Tomlinson, Ben Istead and David Batty.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Double over Oxton

Double over Oxton
Oxton  182-9 dec (49.0)
Sale 186-4 (37.2)
Sale win by 6 wickets
 
Sale kept up the pressure on the top 2 teams in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League, thanks to a 6 wicket win away at Oxton.
 
In an early start, Oxton won the toss and elected bat in excellent conditions and raced to 50 inside 10 overs due to some wayward bowling from the Sale openers. This prompted the captain Chris Canning to introduce the spin of Ian Dixon and Brooke Guest from the 11th over to restrict the hosts. The change paid off with Guest claiming the wicket of the dangerous Gibson, caught at backward point by Matt Spells with the score on 55. 
 
Dixon and Guest slowed down the run rate with some excellent bowling  during the middle overs, the Oxton batsmen content with singles. With the score on 98, Dixon bowled Ben Roberts for 21 and Guest struck again in the next over removing Jamie Crawley. This brought overseas star Guyan Fernando to the crease who looked to give the innings a kick start hitting a couple of early boundaries, all rounder Dixon finished with figures of 15 overs 1-33. Tyrone Lawrence was re-introduced for a 2nd spell and claimed the prized wicket of Fernando clean bowling the Sri Lankan around his legs. Opener Marc De Brabander was proving more difficult to dismiss and hit a classy 75 off 131 balls, he was finally dismissed by Lawrence, LBW from around the wicket.  
 
Some excellent fielding by the visitors led to confusion in the middle with Sale claiming 2 run outs. Richard Adams was brought into the attack and took the final 2 wickets finishing with figures of 2-23. Oxton declared with the score on 182/9 due to only having 10 players present, a broken down car led to Shaaiq Choudhry not playing.  
 
The Sale reply got off to a bad start losing the in form Guest, clean bowled by Roberts for 5. Tyrone Lawrence then joined Spells in the middle and moved the score onto 56 with Spells the aggressor, playing beautifully through the offside. An unusually slow innings by Lawrence ended when he was caught behind for just 8 off the bowling of James Fraser. Fernando then struck to remove Dan Halkon for 1 to leave Sale struggling at 57-3.
 
Ian Dixon joined Spells at the wicket and played carefully in the early stages. Spells continued his free flowing innings reaching a well made 50 with a clip of his legs off the bowling of Fraser. However, Oxton brought Calum Andrews into the attack and he struck with his third ball to remove Spells due to an excellent catch by wicket keeper De Brabander.
 
With Sale still needing 100 to win, skipper Chris Canning was the next batsman in and got off to a fast start hitting his first ball through point (pictured above by George Franks). Targeting the short leg side boundary, Canning looked in excellent touch launching 2 sixes over mid wicket. This prompted Oxton to bring opener Ben Andrews back into the attack looking for the prized scalp of the Sale captain. The extra pace on the ball was to Canning’s liking taking the over for 29 runs.
 
Inside 10 overs after drinks, Canning had taken the game away from the hosts bringing up a classy 50 with another 6 over square leg. Sale finished the game off in the 38th over with Dixon hitting the winning runs finishing on 26 not out. In a partnership of 103, Canning ended on 73 off just 43 balls.
 
The 25 point win keeps Sale in 4th place in division 1. However, with the top 2 teams losing, the points gap has shortened and with Sale playing 2nd place Grappenhall in the next game it looks set to be an exciting finish to the season.

And Sale will be able to concentrate on the League after losing their Cheshire Cup Quarter Final match on Sunday against Hyde of the Premier Division. Batting first, a young Sale side made 83 - thanks largely to stalwart Tyrone Lawrence's 43. Hyde chased down the target for the loss of one wicket.
 
Returning to Saturday, in the reverse fixture, Sale 2nd XI made it a 50 point day for the club beating Oxton by 8 wickets. Winning the toss and electing to bowl, Sale restricted the visitors to 186-5 in their 50 overs. Tight bowling from opener Gareth Watterson put Sale onto the front foot and he was well supported by Abas Rizvi and SiyanSirj. Sirj finished with figures of 10 overs 3-38.  
 
Captain James Hall fell early in the reply but that brought Siraj to the middle to join Rory Woodward. An excellent century stand finally came to an end when Woodward was caught falling short of what would have been a good fifty.  However, Siraj continued to play some expansive shots and was supported by the incoming Rizvi. The pair knocked the total off inside 36 overs with Siraj finishing 100 not out.

Sale's senior teams were unbeaten in league fixtures over the weekend. On Sunday, the 3rd XI enjoyed the better end of an exciting drawn match at Stockport. Batting first, Sale made 192-8, built around a strong middle-order performance - Abas Rizvi (44), Soans Praveen (55) - and late acceleration from Sully Butt and George Franks.

Stockport looked set to overhaul the total in quick time, reaching 65-0 in ten overs. The introduction of spinners Rizvi and Butt altered the match dramatically. Unable to cope with clever flight and some sharp turn on a dry surface, seven Stockport batsmen succumbed by the 30th over. Their lower order showed more fight, hanging on for a draw at 183-8. Rizvi ended with figures of 5-31.

The 4th XI had a convincing victory at Bredbury - 175 runs the winning margin. Michael Grant made a century; Zikria Nadeem adding a 50.
 
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks were on top in their quarter final tie away at Bollington. With the hosts on 94-5 in the 18th over, the rain intervened and the tie will need to start again this week. 
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks travel to Bollington in the quarter final. The 1st XI host Grappenhall and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture.  The 3rd X1 travel to Toft whilst the 4th team play Heaton Mersey at home.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Sale Slip in the Rain

Sale Slip in the Rain
Sale 115-9 (40.0)
Grappenhall 119-5 (39.4)
Grappenhall win by 5 wickets
 
Sale 1st XI lost a crucial promotion game at home to Grappenhall on Saturday in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League. The game between 2nd placed Grappenhall and 4th placed Sale was reduced to 80 overs following rain. In shortened games the team winning the toss normally has the advantage and so it proved as the visitors asked Sale to bat first in very tough conditions.
 
Sale lost in form openers Brooke Guest and Mat Spells early on to reduce the score to 17-2. The usually dependable Tyrone Lawrence scored just 10 as the score reached 35-4.
 
Captain Chris Canning hit a typically aggressive 38 off 43 balls to take the score to 100, adding 44 for the 8th wicket with Ali Barrowman (18). However, Sale’s batsmen never really applied themselves to the conditions giving away regular wickets due to poor shot selection. Sale eventually closed on a below par 115-9 off 40 overs.
 
In reply Grappenhall made a similar start as Lawrence took 2 early wickets to reduce the visitors to 14-2. Rick Halkon and Lawrence took a wicket each with the score on 27 to give the advantage to Sale.
 
However, this year's tighter bowling restrictions came to the rescue of the Grappenhall batsmen after 20 overs. With both Lawrence and Halkon bowled out, the change bowlers couldn't exert the same level of control in extremely challenging conditions of constant light rain and wind. Grappers only lost one further wicket on 88, Jamie Bye for 23 when Barrowman made the much needed breakthrough.
 
The game went down to the final over as Grappenhall’s overseas all rounder, Ryan Ninan (49 not out) hit the winning runs with 2 balls to spare.
 
In the reverse fixture at Grappenhall the 2nd XI secured 8 points from a losing draw. Gareth Watterson (4-36) and Siyan Siraj (3-43) did the damage as the home team were bowled out for 198 in the 48th over.
 
In reply the twos lost 2 early wickets before Siraj (92 - pictured above by George Franks) and Abas Rizvi (40) looked to be setting Sale up for the win.
 
However the lower order couldn't match their effort, only skipper James Hall (27) made double figures as Sale's batted out at 186-9.
 
The 3rd XI were in a strong position at bottom of the table Toft on Sunday, when rain forced the abandonment.
 
Soans Praveen (41) and Zikria Nadeem (26) led Sale to 172 all out with 2 balls to go.
 
Toft were struggling at 117-6 off 33 overs when the rain got too heavy. Joe Cannon with 4-37 doing the damage with his leg spin. Sale picked up 10 valuable points.
 
The 4th XI game v Heaton Mersey was cancelled due to a waterlogged square.
 
Earlier in the week the Silverbacks lost their Over 40's quarter final at Bollington.
 
This weekend the 1st team will hope to get their promotion challenge back on track at home v Cheadle Hulme. The 2nd team play the reverse fixture. The third team host Marple.

On Wednesday, the Under 16s play in the Salford Youth Cricket Association Cup Final away at Winton CC.
 
The full scorecard can be found here.

Sale Wrap up Comfortable Win

Sale Wrap up Comfortable Win
Cheadle Hulme 86 all out (40)
Sale 87-3 (24.1)
Sale win by 7 wickets
 
Sale 1st XI got back to winning ways with a comprehensive win over relegation threatened Cheadle Hulme on Saturday. Sale remain in fifth place in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League and retain an outside chance of promotion.
 
Search sponsored Sale won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first, who got off to a bad start when skipper Keith Wellings was run out for 4.
 
Leg spinner Rick Halkon soon found his rhythm, picking up the next 4 wickets to reduce Cheadle Hulme to 54-5 at drinks, top scorer Qasim Ali was his final victim, well caught by Tyrone Lawrence for 31.
 
Sohaib Abbasi was next to go for 22 with the core on 68, one of two wickets for Richard Adams.  The final 4 wickets fell for 18 runs, Cheadle Hulme being bowled out for 86 in the 40th over, Ben Watkins with a brace and Ali Barrowman with one. Rick Halkon finishing the leading bowler with 4-42.
 
A brief shower during the tea break offered some hope to the visitors, but it soon passed as Sale looked to wrap up the win.
 
Despite the early wicket of Brooke Guest for 10, Sale were always in control.  Tyrone Lawrence and Mat Spells added 58 for the second wicket.  Lawrence was first to fall for 32, followed 6 runs later by Spells for 28.
 
Skipper Chris Canning and Ian Dixon calmly knocked off the remaining runs to secure the win.
 
With news that second placed Grappenhall had beaten leaders Didsbury, Sale are now 43 points off a promotion place with just 75 points to play for.
 
Sale 3rd took a big step towards maintaining their Sunday premier division status after winning a tight game in unique circumstances.  With 6 runs required off the last 10 balls the combination of a bye and 5 penalty runs for the ball striking a helmet on the field secured the win.
 
Sale asked Marple to bat first, Rob Moore making an early breakthrough. Opener Mark Nicholson anchored the innings with 67, but Sale’s triple spin attack kept the run rate under control.  Sulaiman Butt being the pick with 3-36 as Marple closed on 151-6 off their 45 overs.
 
Sale got off to the worst possible start losing both openers for 2 runs and slumping to 39-4.  Two promising young cricketers led the fightback for Sale as Joe Cannon (16 years old – pictured above by George Franks) and Dan Newton (13 years old) added 66 for the 6th wicket.
 
Newton was the aggressor, adding 41 in support of opener Cannon who anchored the innings with 61 not out.  Despite losing Newton and Butt Sale reached their target to secure the win.
 
The 2nd XI lost the reverse fixture at Cheadle Hulme on Saturday, Abas Rizvi top scoring with 73 in a below par 120 all out.  The home team reached their target for the loss of 4 wickets, Zikria Nadeem with 2-8.
 
The 4th XI lost at Stockport Trinity on Sunday.
 
The 1st XI welcome Marple on Saturday and the 2nd XI travel to Nantwich. On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Champions Didsbury and the 4th XI play their final game of the season at home to Cheadle Hulme.
 
All the scorecards can be found here.

Under 16s Retain Salford Cup

Under 16s Retain Salford Cup
Cup final winning team above (L-R) Back row: Max Tait, James Layton, Joe Cannon (captain), Adam Holland, Dan Newton, Tom Gill. Front row: Gabe Smith, Georgie Gill, Zikria Nadeem, Sam Battersby, Nathan D’Cunha.
 
Winton 95-6
Sale 98-2
Sale win by 8 wickets
 
Sale retained the Salford Youth Cricket Association Under 16 cup on Wednesday with a comfortable 8 wicket win over Winton.
 
Search sponsored Sale fielded first as Winton appeared to build the foundations for a strong total by reaching 57-2 at the half-way mark, with opener Luke Vasey making 35 before being well caught by Sam Battersby.
 
Poised to accelerate at 80-2 at the end of the 14th over, Winton were just about to fall under Joe Cannon’s spell as a couple of canny bowling changes and excellent work by Nathan D’Cunha (4-0-16-1), Zikria Nadeem (4-1-14-2) and the skipper (4-1-14-2), squeezed the hosts. Just 15 runs were scored from the last 6 overs.
 
Sale’s openers, Tom Gill and Dan Newton, kept ahead of the asking rate. Newton plundered 10 from the first over bowled by Winton’s danger man and Lancashire junior spin bowler, Prakash Parekh. The opening partnership was broken on 45 in the eighth over. Tom Gill powered on, hitting seven 4s and one 6, retiring on 50 from 37 balls. Adam Holland fell shortly afterwards, having looked untroubled making 12. With the light fading this brought two new batsmen to the crease, but Joe Cannon and Sam Battersby were equal to the task, calmly leading Sale to their target with more than two overs to spare.
 
Thanks to Winton for hosting the final.
 
The win was testament to the investment Sale have made in junior cricket and improving their facilities in recent years.  The club has over 100 boys and girls competing in 10 teams from under 9 to under 18.  A number of the Under 16’s squad are competing regularly in senior cricket in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.

Washout Dashes Promotion Hopes

Washout Dashes Promotion Hopes

Sale’s outside chance of promotion was ended on Saturday after the Vivio Cheshire County League programme was completely washed out for the first time since 2007.  With a gap of 43 points and just 50 points on offer from the final two games any prospect of catching Grappenhall is purely mathematical.  All four of Sale’s cancelled games this season have been against teams in the bottom half of the table in what has been a wet summer.
 
The 2nd XI made the long trip to Nantwich and looked set for a late start before another downpour around 4 pm ended any prospect of play.
 
The 3rd XI suffered a 5 wicket reversal at Sunday premier division champions Didsbury on Sunday.  Sale were bundled out for 92, Sam Battersby top scoring with 18.  Shah Zeb (3-23) and Sulaiman Butt (2-3) secured a couple of bowling points.  The 3s now need to win their final game against Grappenhall, or rely on other results to maintain their premier division status.
 
The 4th XI finished their season with a losing draw at home to Heaton Mersey, Zikria Nadeem with 6-40 in the visitor’s 155-8.  Sale reached 140-9 in reply, Irfan top scoring with 35 and Joe Wicks finishing unbeaten on 20.
 
On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Bollington and the 2nd XI welcome Stockport to Dane Road.  On Sunday the 3rd XI head to Grappenhall for their final game of the season.

All the scorecards can be found here.

Cannon Shines in Disappointing Weekend

Cannon Shines in Disappointing Weekend
Bollington 203-6 (50)
Sale 91 all out (21.5)
Sale lose by 112 runs
 
Sale 1st XI lost their penultimate game at Bollington in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League on Saturday after a disappointing display with the bat.
 
An under strength Sale team lost the toss and were asked to field first.  Bollington captain Rick Hough was the chief tormentor, as he had been in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, scoring 104 not out in the home team’s 203-6. Ali Barrowman (2-30) and Ian Dixon (2-48) were the leading bowlers.
 
Search sponsored Sale set off confidently as Brooke Guest reached 30 off just 27 balls, before he dragged a wide delivery from Alex Durie onto the stumps. Sale continued to score quickly but lost wickets at regular intervals, only skipper Chris Canning (23 off 16 balls) and Ben Watkins (10) reached double figures.  Sale were bowled out for 91 in just 21.5 overs.
 
Sale 2nd XI lost against Stockport, meaning they will go into the final round of matching needing a draw to guarantee their first division status.  Abas Rizvi scored 61 in Sale’s 150 all out, Stockport reaching their target for the loss of 3 wickets.
 
Sale 3rd XI finished their league campaign with a narrow defeat at Grappenhall, meaning they need Toft to avoid defeat at Bramhall next week to maintain their premier division status. Sale almost snatched victory as Joe Cannon with 97 not out (pictured above by George Franks), supported by Dan Newton (34) and Zikria Nadeem (19) took the score from 49-6 to 184-8, before Sale we bowled out for 186 in the final over.
 
Earlier in the day Grappers had reached 190-7, Sale ruing dropping James Jenkins early on before he made a rapid 55. Ian Holland (2-15) and Cannon (2-47) were the leading bowlers.
 
Sale conclude their season next week as the 1st XI welcome Tattenhall to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Bramhall.
 
Sale sent a team to an under 9 tournament at Lindow on Sunday.
 
It was a long hot day but very rewarding and enjoyable. The squad of 8 included 6 players who had played less than 5 games of cricket for Sale but they won all 4 group matches against Hale Barns, Liverpool, Macclesfield and hosts Lindow.
 
Games were 6 overs in length, with 6 players per side, meaning plenty of gaps in the field. Most pleasing was the win against Macclesfield as a very young side, consisting of Lucy, Amy, Tom, Eddie, Roan and Jacob came out victorious.
 
Qualifying for the semi-final against a strong Congleton side, Sale equipped themselves remarkably. Despite James and Ben adding some experience to the Sale line up, Congleton came out narrow winners after 6pm – 8 hours after the first match had started.
 
A great day was had by all, and in summary this season the under 9's have learned a lot at the tournaments this season. Batting, bowling and fielding has improved throughout the day on each occasion. The results have been fantastic for the second consecutive year. At Hyde in May they qualified for the semi finals, winning all three group games without losing a wicket. This was followed in July at Poynton with three wins in four group games, narrowly missing out on the final stages by "fewer runs scored" and finishing with another four successes at Lindow yesterday.
 
The scorecards can be found here.

Brooke Guest Hits Unbeaten Century

Brooke Guest Hits Unbeaten Century
Sale 216 all out (45.5)
Tattenhall 217-3 (41.4)
Tattenhall win by 7 wickets
 
Sale’s Brooke Guest signed off with an unbeaten century on Saturday, but couldn’t prevent a defeat to visitors Tattenhall.  With neither team having anything to play for in the final Vivio Cheshire county league division one fixture of the season Sale captain Chris Canning took the opportunity to mix up the batting and bowling orders.
 
Search Sponsored Sale agreed to bat first and soon lost Ali Barrowman without scoring. Richard Adams then contributed 15 to a stand of 45 with Brook Guest.
 
Rick Halkon came in next, adding 83 for the 3rd wicket, during which time Guest reached his 50.
 
After losing Halkon for 28 the home side were reduced from 129-3 to 180-9, with only Tyrone Lawrence (18) making double figures, leaving Guest 6 short of his century with only one wicket left.
 
Skipper Canning then came in at number 11 to see Guest to his milestone and his team past 200.  Canning was last man out for 19 in the 46th over, Guest finishing 111 not out on the day and topping 800 league runs for the season.  Ryan Spann and Stuart Sadler both finished with 4 wickets each for the visitors.
 
Opening bowler Lawrence took the gloves as Mat Spells and Brooke Guest formed the new ball pairing, a combination to the liking of Tattenhalls Bret Siebert as they raced to 50 without loss.
 
The introduction of Barrowman secured the breakthrough with the score on 71, Josh Harding bowled for 19.  Barrowman took two further wickets, but the runs continued to flow as Canning rotated the bowling.
 
Siebert finishing unbeaten on 150 as Tattenhall reached their target in the 42nd over.
 
The game marked the end of an era as Captain Chris Canning indicated he would step down as club captain after three successful seasons, challenging for promotion throughout his reign and coming within one ball of reaching the premier league last season.  His teams always played an exciting brand of cricket and were well respected for their excellent team spirit by opposition teams, umpires and spectators.
 
The 2nd XI were relegated by just 3 points after losing by 79 runs at Bramhall.  Abas Rizvi top scored with 43 as Sale were bowled out for 150 needing a draw for safety. After being comfortably in mid table for much of the season some unexpected results in the other games saw the twos relegated to division two.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Junior Awards Event

Junior Awards Event

The junior section's end of season presentation event was held on Sunday, 25 September. Achievements across seven junior teams were celebrated with awards, speeches and a party tea, courtesy of the event's generous sponsors, Sainsbury's of Sale.


The award winners:



Rick Halkon Trophy (Under 9)

Brayden Ross & Herbie Brodbeck

Colts Player of the Year (Under 9)

James Newhill

Roger Lee U10s player of year

Ben Habershon

Lundi Munch under 11

Theo Brodbeck

Rob Moore Trophy U13 (Colts)

Daniel Newton

Under 13 Player of the Year (Eagles)

Mohammed Rizvi

Under 14 Player of the Year

Vaasu Goyal

Chance to Shine U11 – girls

Amy Seddon

LS Thompson Outstanding Fielding U13s

Maaz Khan


 



Sale CC Under 9

Batsman of the year 2016

Ben Brunt

Sale CC Under 9

Bowler of the year 2016

Luke Billinge

Sale CC Under 9

Clubman of the year 2016

Henry Reeves

Sale CC Under 9

Batsman of the year 2016

Dylan Parekh

Sale CC Under 9

Bowler of the year 2016

Pranav Sheshagiri

Sale CC Under 10

Batsman of the year 2016

Louis Jackson

Sale CC Under 10

Bowler of the year 2016

Dattu Vadakutte

Sale CC Under 10

Clubman of the year 2016

Arjun Jayaraman

Sale CC Under 11

Batsman of the year 2016

Jared Moran

Sale CC Under 11

Bowler of the year 2016

Alex Ross

Sale CC Under 13 Colts

Batsman of the year 2016

Viraj Sorathia

Sale CC Under 13 Eagles

Batsman of the year 2016

Ibraheem Shereef

Sale CC Under 13 Colts

Bowler of the year 2016

Isaac Brooks

Sale CC Under 13 Eagles

Bowler of the year 2016

Yaqub Sharif

Sale CC girls

Batsman of the year 2016

Ava Mottram

Sale CC girls

Bowler of the year 2016

Lucy Dodds

Sale CC Under 14

Batsman of the year 2016

Zikria Nadeem

Sale CC Under 14

Bowler of the year 2016

James Layton


 

Junior Section Survey 2016

Junior Section Survey 2016

At the end of the junior cricket season, parents were invited to take part in an on-line survey to give their views on cricket at Sale and what can be done to improve it. 46 responses were received.

The results were analysed and an overview presented at the junior presentation event in September. The coaches and club committee will review the feedback and use it to shape the club's approach to the 2017 season. Many thanks to everyone who took part.

A summary of results is can be read here: http://www.salesportsclub.com/admin/resources/junior-section-survey-1.pdf

Guest Commits to Sale, Lancashire and England

Guest Commits to Sale, Lancashire and England
Sale’s outstanding former Australian under 19 international Brooke Guest has committed his future to England after signing his first professional contract with Lancashire.
 
Manchester born Guest emigrated to Australia aged 6, but returned to his home town club Sale in 2016.
 
He impressed in his first English summer, scoring 1,097 runs for Sale in all competitions, including 3 centuries, form that saw him feature regularly for the Lancashire Second XI.
 
Guest averaged nearly 40 in three-day Championship cricket and was a member of the side that won the Second XI One-Day Trophy against Somerset at Emirates Old Trafford in August.
 
He is looking forward to combining his Lancashire commitments with a second season of club cricket with Sale, saying:  “I'm very happy to be coming back to Sale, it's a great club with a lot of great people who made me feel so welcome last year and hopefully we can be a very competitive side again this year.”
 
Upon signing his contract with Lancashire he also said, “I’m really excited to get this opportunity with Lancashire. I thoroughly enjoyed my time playing for the Second XI last summer and I’m looking forward to continuing my development with the Club next summer.”
 
“Hopefully I can keep contributing in the Second XI and push for a place in the first team.”
 
The right handed wicket keeper batsman has previously featured for Australia U19’s including being named in their World Cup squad before Australia withdrew due to security concerns.

Pre-season practice is under way

Pre-season practice is under way

Preparation for the 2017 cricket season for Sale CC's senior teams starts on Monday 23 January, 9-10pm at Chorlton High School, Nell Lane, M21 7SL. Nets will be held every Monday evening until the end of March (with the exception of 13 February).

With four senior teams in the CCCL next season, all players - existing members and new - are encouraged to come along and get ready for the season ahead. The invitation is extended to all juniors in school year 8 and above.

Sale CC's junior pre-season practice gets under way at Sale High School on 22 January. 3-4pm for soft ball practice (school years 2-5) and 4-5pm for hard ball practice (school years 6-9).

Clubmark for Hockey Section

Clubmark for Hockey Section

Great news - our submission is now successfully completed.

We have also been congratulated as being the first club in the North West to achieve ClubMark.........just pipping Deeside.....unlucky!

Well done to everyone who played their role in this - that's what teamwork's all about - but a particular big thank you to Rob Riley and Phil Langridge - great job!

Girls cricket mini-festivals

Girls cricket mini-festivals

A series of Trafford mini-cricket festivals for girls starts at Timperley Cricket Club on Sunday, 7 May (12 noon - 4pm).

Just over a month later, on 13 June, Sale will host the second in the series of events.

Meanwhile, Cheshire Cricket Board is co-ordinating a summer of events promoting cricket for women and girls, which can be read about here.

To get ready for the summer of cricket, join in our girls-only training sessions held at the club on Mondays, 5-6pm, starting on 24 April.

Please get involved and help to grow cricket for women and girls. Contact Chris Smith (07766993483) or Mike Sambell (07887 772074) for more details.

Sale Cricket Club - Senior Training Underway

Senior training has now started at Sale Cricket Club on Thursday evenings.  Training starts at 6pm each week, and all playing members are encouraged to attend to make the sessions a success.  Junior cricketers interested in playing senior cricket are especially welcome, as are prospective new members.  Please contact Nick Brooks (nickrbrooks@sky.com) for further information.

Batting Collapse Costs Sale

Batting Collapse Costs Sale
Widnes 128 all out (44.5)
Sale 108 all out (46)
Widnes win by 20 runs
 
Sale 1st XI suffered defeat on the opening day of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League season. In a low scoring division one match the home team came up 20 runs short against visitors Widnes.
 
Search sponsored Sale got off to the perfect start as Ali Barrowman tore through the Widnes top order, reducing them to 29-5 with a spell of 4-12.
 
Sean Moore (50) and Ian Spencer (39) led the recovery with what would prove to be the match winning partnership of 69 for the 6th wicket. Ben Watkins made the breakthrough, removing Spencer, and then Moore.
 
At the other end Australian Jeremy McFarlane took 3-27 on debut at Widnes were bowled out for 128 in the 45th over.
 
In reply Sale collapsed from 57-1 to 108 all out.  Mat Spells was run out for 18 in a stand of 24 with Joe Cannon (pictured above by George Franks).  Cannon and Brooke Guest (22) then added 33 for the 2nd wicket before Guest was trapped LBW.
 
Cannon was next to fall for 23 to leave Sale at 65-3.  From there the remaining 7 wickets fell for 43 runs, with only Watkins (22 not out) showing any resistance.  Moore adding to his runs for Widnes with 3-26.
 
Sale 2nd XI got off to a winning start in their return to division two, beating Stockport Georgians by 4 wickets. Gareth Watterson led the way with 5-45 as the home side were bowled out for 5-45.
 
In reply Grant Whittaker (42) made a welcome return for Sale coasted home with 16 overs to spare.
 
Sale 3rd XI also started with a win, beating Bredury St Marks in the T20 cup. Ali Rizvi top scored with 44 and Dan Newton hit an unbeaten 33 as Sale posted 148-5 in their 20 overs. Meisam Syed took 5-21 on debut at Bredbury closed on 94-9.
 
On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Macclesfield and the 2nd XI welcome Cheadle Hulme. On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Didsbury 4s and on Monday they travel to Hyde, both in the T20 mini league.
 
Under 13s 100-3 (18 overs) beat Lindow 56-7 (18)
Under 11s 69/1 (16 overs) beat Timperley 65/7 (20)
 
Sale under 13s made a positive start to the season at Lindow.  Losing the toss, skipper Isaac Brooks was happy to be put into bat.  Mohammed Rizvi shone with the bat, opening and contributing a well-made 30 retired. 
 
James Dodds added a composed 20, Thomas Burt batting well to post 16 not out and the skipper adding a rapid 9 not out to finish on 100 off 18 overs.  Fielding is a strength of the squad, and the team showed little sign of early season rustiness.  Jared Moran typified the performance, saving in excess of 10 runs and getting a direct hit run-out.  Saad Khan opened the bowling with real pace and intelligence, and all bowlers performed impressively.  Wickets were shared between Saad, Isaac 2, Callum Ross, and Maaz Khan with 2 run outs restricting Lindow to 56 off their 18 overs.  Special mention goes to Dylan Walker, who has worked hard on his wicket keeping over the winter with newly qualified coach Will Radcliffe.   This work has paid off, with a highly competent display.
 
Sale u11s won their opening league fixture on Sunday against Timperley by 9 wickets.
 
On a glorious April sunny morning having put Timperley into bat, some excellent bowling and fielding restricted the opposition to just 65 runs from their 20 overs.
 
Sale then took wickets on a regular basis with debutants Ben Atkinson, Alex O'Driscoll and Krish Gupta bowling extremely well. Krish getting incredible turn from his leg spin. All 7 wickets fell to different bowlers – Arjun, Alex, Will, Krish, Robin, Dattu & Arthur with Will Dyson & Thomas Conway taking good catches in the field.
 
Opening the Sale innings Louis Jackson & Arthur Tazaki-Quayle started brightly putting on 25 for the first wicket before Louis fell to bring Dattu Vadakutte to the crease. Arthur (22no) and Dattu (18no) went on to share an unbeaten stand of 44 in 10 overs, a partnership that included an incredible six from Dattu to ease Sale to victory by 9 wickets.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Macclesfield Too Strong

Macclesfield Too Strong
Sale 102 all out (35.3)
Macclesfield 103-1 (21.1)
Macclesfield win by 9 wickets
 
Sale 1st XI suffered a heavy defeat at Macclesfield in their Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League division one match on Saturday.  Former premier league outfit Maccelsfield secured a 9 wicket victory.
 
Search sponsored Sale got off to the worst possible start, losing skipper Keith Wellings and Brooke Guest early to reduce the score to 8-2.
 
Mat Spells (pictured above by George Franks) and Syan Siraj then added 52 for the 3rd wicket before Siraj was caught and bowled by Birchall for 24.
 
When Spells fell for 41, Sale were reduced to 72-5. After that only McFarlane made double figures as Sale were bowled out for 102 in the 36th over.
Macclesfield made short order of the reply, reaching their target for the loss of one wicket in the 22nd over.  John Birchall adding 64 not out to his 5-50 from the first innings.
 
Sale 2nd XI also lost heavily, by 8 wickets to Cheadle Hulme after posting only 87.
 
Sale 3rd XI had a mixed weekend, losing to Didsbury by 9 wickets on Sunday but beating Hyde by 14 runs on Sunday in the T20 cup mini league.
 
Abas Rizvi hit 90 in Sale’s 165-8 against Hyde, son Ali adding 28 runs and taking 2-27 as Hyde closed on 151-5.
 
Soans Praveen had top scored with 35 the previous day as Sale posted 126-8, before Didsbury coasted home for the loss of one wicket in the 17th over.
 
On Saturday the 1st XI host Warrington and the 2nd XI travel to Middlewich. On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Marple and the 4th XI start their campaign at Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.
 
U13 Colts 89-7 (20) lost to Didsbury Buffaloes 116-2 (20)
U13 Eagles 69/6 (20) lost to Didsbury Bulls 70/1 (14)
U13s 105-4 (19.4) beat Brooklands 104-5 (20) – Cheshire Cup
U11s 68/7 (20) beat Urmston 62/2 (20)
U10s 244 beat Trafford MV 229
U9 Badgers 276 beat Stretford 245
U9 Squirrels 241 lost to Hale Barns 292
 
Batting first, Didsbury posted 116/2 off their 20 overs.  This total looked like it was going to be much higher, but tight bowling by Saad Khan 4-2-6-0; Isaac Brooks 4-1-7-0 and Mal Tazaki-Quayle 3-2-4-2 restricted the scoring impressively. In reply, Sale made 89/7 off their 20 overs.
 
Only Isaac Brooks, making 33 retired including 7 boundaries and Mal Tazaki-Quayle with 12 reached double figures against a strong attack.  Special mention to Suleman, Zeeshan and Edward who made their Sale debuts in this match.
 
A young Sale Eagles team performed creditably against a strong Didsbury Bulls team on Friday. Batting first, runs were hard to come by for the Eagles against tight bowling. Callum Ross was the only batsman to reach double figures, hitting 16 runs including several fine boundaries to the off-side.
 
There was a spirited display from the Eagles in the field with promising bowling from Ben Habershon and Arnav Kamble and some sharp fielding from Ben Thomas. Ultimately, the Eagles did not quite have enough runs on the board and Didsbury reached their target with 6 overs to spare.
 
The u13s won a nail biting Cheshire Cup match at Brooklands at Tuesday.  Batting first Brooklands made a competitive 104-5 with quality knocks from Charlie Mitchell and Matt Lomas who both retired.  Saad Khan and Isaac Brooks were the key bowlers for Sale, each picking up 2 wickets in quality spells.  All bowlers and fielders worked impressively as a unit, restricting Brooklands to a competitive total. 
 
In reply, Sale lost 2 early wickets, but James Dodds 30 retired and Isaac Brooks 29 batted sensibly in a key partnership.  Sale needed 11 to win off the last 7 balls, with Callum Ross striking a nerveless boundary off the last ball of the 19th over to keep the game wide open.  Theo Brodbeck, the coolest head in the ground, effectively settled matters with a rasping cover drive boundary in the last over. This game could easily have gone either way, and was played in great spirit between 2 evenly matched teams.
 
Sale u11s positive start to the season continued with a second straight victory away at Urmston.
 
Winning the toss and deciding to bat Sale somewhat stuttered to 68 for the loss of 7 wickets from their 20 overs. The stand out batting performance being Ben Habershon's accomplished 25 (retired out). Special mention also for Thomas Conway who helped steady the innings with Ben following the loss of early wickets before unfortunately playing on.
 
Defending a modest total Sale bowled and fielded extremely well reducing Urmston to 27 for 2 from 13 overs. Krish Gupta taking both wickets with his leg spin. The first to a wonderful catch behind the stumps by Rahul Minocha. Alex O'Driscoll and debutant Naman Mudaliar also impressed with the ball.
 
However, Urmston picked up the pace and a number of extras together with a 25 retired out batting performance from the opposition left the home side needing 9 to win from the final over. With Ben Atkinson conceding just 3 runs Sale won the game by 6 runs.
 
Sale under 10’s kicked off their 2017 season with a win against Metrovicks on Tuesday night. Having had their scheduled opening game at Whalley Range cancelled due to wintry conditions, Sale’s under 10’s were a little rusty in this fixture, but managed to restrict their opponents to 229 (starting on 200). Luke Billinge was outstanding, taking three wickets and Roan Gardner conceded just 2 runs in his 2 overs. In Sale’s reply, Thomas Kennedy and Dan Bradley gave the Sale side an energetic response. However, wickets began to fall, with a couple of crazy run outs thrown in for good measure. A six from James Newhill helped calm the nerves before solid performances by Herbie Brodbeck (15) and by Brayden Ross ensured victory was achieved by 15 runs. Particularly pleasing was the way Sale pulled through when victory was by no means certain.
 
It was a chilly and overcast evening for Under 9 Badgers, with drizzle on-and-off throughout our first fixture of the season.  Stretford batted first and, after a couple of “looseners”, Alex Mansfield got us off to a flying start with two wickets in the first over, helped with a great catch low-down from Thomas Kennedy for the second.  This set the tone for an impressive fielding performance from the Badgers. Pranav Sheshagi picked up three wickets, Kiko Tazaki-Quayle one, there were run outs off of the bowling of Elizabeth Mansfield (2) and Thomas (1), and further catches from Alex and Kiko.  Farhan Ali and James Dyson were both making their debuts and both showed tremendous commitment as they bowled and fielded.  In his first over the only run Farhan conceded was a no-ball.  James made a brilliant block to prevent a boundary towards the end as Stretford’s strongest two batters started to cut loose. Lucy Dodds bowled fast, accurately and economically but without reward.
 
Sale’s innings was typified by defence first, as only three wickets were conceded.  Thomas and Pranav started strongly, with Thomas hitting two early boundaries and the pair adding 20 to our score.  Scoring became harder work in the middle, but Elizabeth and Alex defended well with few chances to score. Farhan and James survived their four overs without conceding any wickets and displayed excellent technique.  The middle four had nudged our score to level with Stretford’s so we just needed a solid finish to complete the win.  But where’s the fun in that?  Kiko and Lucy entertained the shivering crowd, chipping and charging almost a run a ball to secure a comfortable win.
 
Despite pessimistic reports from the weather forecasters all day, Sale Squirrels battled Hale Barns U9s in a fiercely-fought contest on Thursday night. Sale won the toss and elected to put Hale Barns in to bat. Debutants Dhairya Parekh and Drew Akers Hart set the tone with some excellent tight bowling, restricting the opening batsmen to just 10 runs at the end of their 4 overs.  Eddie Fenton and Thomas Kennedy followed in a similar vein, with Eddie taking 2 wickets, and Thomas (again on debut for the Squirrels) helping to keep the score down.  The youngest members of the team, Samuel Parish and Tom Fenton then carried on the bowling, but unfortunately were up against Hale Barns’ most experienced batsmen – despite Sam and Tom’s best efforts (including a wicket for Tom, and some excellent spin bowling from Sam), Hale Barns started to pull away.  Jessica Parish and Amy Seddon then finished off the innings, and were both unlucky not to pick up a couple of wickets each, despite some very accurate bowling.  Hale Barns finished their innings on 292.
 
Dhairya and Drew opened the batting for the Squirrels, producing some excellent defence in the face of some very good bowling.  Eddie and Thomas then helped to accelerate the run rate, with some great scurrying between the wickets, scoring at over a run a ball.  Tom and Sam battled manfully against some stiff bowling and, despite again being up against the opposition’s most experienced players, they managed to keep the scoreboard ticking along.  However, by the time Jessica and Amy came in, the writing was on the wall.  Despite some excellent strokes, the target proved to be too much, and Sale finished their innings on 241; 51 short of Hale Barns.
 
Despite the result, it was a very impressive performance by a very inexperienced side.  If they can build on that performance in the games to come, then the future will be looking much brighter than the weather for the Squirrels this year.
 
Sale sent an under 9 team to compete in a tournament at Warrington on Bank Holiday Monday. 20 teams from the North West competed in the event.  Sale had a squad of eight to select from in the six a side event. Maintaining the high standards set during the previous two seasons, Sale had a successful event. They won three of their four group matches, losing the other against Liverpool off the last ball of the game.
 
The opening six over match against Elton Belles victory by 27 runs was secured, the highlights being double figure scores by Jacob Cleary, Alex Mansfield and Thomas Brassell. Opening the batting, Amy Seddon set the tone for the game with a six off the first ball she faced. A second victory was gained against Warrington. An outstanding opening over by Thomas put the hosts on the back foot before steady batting enabled Sale to gain a 23 run success. Sale’s highest total was gained in the third game against Liverpool. Amy’s batting was the highlight, hitting 25 runs off 10 balls. Chasing a total of 153 (teams start on 100), Liverpool passed the target off the last ball of the match. The fourth and final group game was against Macclesfield. Tidy bowling all round restricted Macclesfield to 117 in their 6 overs, James Wareing and Jacob bowled maiden overs. Lizzie and Amy eased Sale past the target, to complete 3 wins in 4 games.
 
Sale came second in the group, a creditable performance once again by Sale Spitfires at an under 9 tournament. Highlight of the day must have been Eddie’s celebration after taking his wicket. A great day was had by all, coaches Mark, Andy and Richard were impressed by the attitude and commitments of all the players. Indeed, two of the squad left Warrington around 5pm and were ready for junior training at the club an hour later!!
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Fine All Round Performance from McFarlance

Fine All Round Performance from McFarlance
Warrington 201-7 (50)
Sale 202-9 (49.5)
Sale win by 1 wicket
 
Sale 1st XI got off the mark in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League after beating Warrington off the penultimate delivery of their match in a thrilling finish.  The win, inspired by a fine all-round performance from Jeremy McFarlane (pictured above by George Franks), set up a great weekend during which all 4 senior teams won.
 
Visitors Warrington got off to a confident start, with Mal Agar and Mike Rudd adding 86 for the first wicket. The introduction of McFarlance and Rich Adams turned the game in Sale’s favour, with McFarlance removing Agar (39) caught and bowled for 39.
 
Adams had Rudd (47) caught two runs later, followed by Els without further addition to the score. Wickets continued to fall as Warrington were reduced to 105-6.
 
Brad Macintosh and skipper Richard Heany (15) added 50 for the 7th wicket before he was bowled by Watkins.  Macintosh then added a further 46 with James Rudd to finish on 77 not out and close the Warrington innings on 201-7. McFarlane finished with 3-35 and Adams 3-39.
 
Keith Wellings and Mat Spells got Search sponsored Sale off to a steady start adding 34 before Wellings was bowled by Soni.
 
Sale then lost 4 further wickets for just 25 runs to reduce them to 59-5.  McFarlane and Ali Barrowman then led the recovery with some aggressive stroke play, adding 56 for the 6th wicket.
 
When Barrowman looked unlucky to be given out LBW for 31 still looked a long way off with 87 runs still needed.  Thankfully veteran Iain Harrop (20), on his 1st XI comeback, was on hand to play a vital supporting role in a stand of 65.
 
McFarlane finally fell for 85 with Sale just 3 runs short of their target, leaving bowling partner Adams to hit the winning runs from the penultimate delivery.
 
Sale 2nd XI secured a more comfortable victory at Middlewich. Gareth Watterson hit a fine 64, well supported by hard hitting Dan Newton (47) and Adam Laughton (41) as Sale posted 228-9.
 
In reply Middlewich were bowled out for 186, Brad Ross doing the damage with 5 wickets.
 
On Sunday the 3rd XI chased down 205 at home to Marple inside 41 overs. Mohammed Rizvi (67) led the way, well supported by Viraj Sorathia (47) and Ali Rizvi (38).
 
The Sunday 4s started the season with a competitive win at Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.  Losing the toss, Sale fielded first.  Setting the tone for the season admirably from the start, the skipper having already lost the toss, spilled a regulation catch in the slips early on.  Howard Briggs and Joe Wicks both bowled well at the start of the innings, however a big hitting 60 from no 3 A Ahmed threatened a big total for the hosts.  Ian Habershon and Asad Khan both bowled tightly, their figures not doing them justice. Pick of the bowlers on senior debut was Isaac Brooks, taking 4-32 off 9 well flighted and controlled overs of left arm spin.  Briggs finished with 2-39, Habershon 1-29, Khan 2-24 and Goyal 1-25.  Ross Davenport dislocated a finger keeping, before bravely retaking the field and taking a stunning one handed catch at square leg.  Keeping it in the family, Nigel and Ross Davenport shared a stumping and 4 catches between them. 
 
Chasing 197 to win, Jay Jayoraman and Vaasu Goyal  batted impressively putting on 65 for the first wicket.  Vaasu went on to make a rapid 40, including 9 boundaries.   Several batters got starts, Ross Davenport proving his bravery again making a very well-constructed 25.  Tris Brodbeck contributed the shot of the day, executing a ferocious cover drive with real panache.  With 9 wickets down, Sale needed 33 off the last 5 overs.  Howard Briggs and the skipper saw the team home, largely thanks to some impressive hitting by Howard, and some sprightly running between the wickets.  Many observers noted they had never seen anything like it before, not necessarily being complimentary.
 
This game could have gone either way, and was a thoroughly enjoyable start to the season.  A great team performance, built on a combination of youth and experience.
 
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks, the over 40s side, started their season with a comfortable 6 wicket win over Bowdon. Soans Praveeen and Paul Hanrahan both picked up a couple of wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 93.
 
In reply the Silverbacks got off to a poor start losing two wickets for 6 runs before Graham Bolton (33 retired) and Iain Harrop (30 retired) set Sale up for the win.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit newcomers Whalley Range and the 1st XI have a T20 cup match at Urmston on Thursday. On Saturday the 1st XI visit Marple and the 2nd XI welcome Alvanley. On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Alderley Edge and the 4th XI visit Lindow.
 
U16s 102-5 (20 overs) lost by 16 runs to Winton, 118-3 (20 overs)
U15s 129-3 (20) lost to Brooklands, 169-2 (20) – Cheshire County U15 Cup
U14s (131-4) beat Timperley (116-5)
U11s 60/9 (20) lost to Brooklands u11s 61/3 (13 overs)
 
The Under 16s opened their season with a match against the side they defeated in last year’s Salford YCA Cup Final. Batting first, Winton made good use of a flat track, but wickets to Dan Newton, Yaqoob Sharif and Zikria Nadeem – courtesy of a diving one-handed take by keeper, Dan Gray – kept the scoring in check. Sale started solidly, with an opening partnership of 41 between Ross Davenport and Vaasu Goyal, who made a fluent 28 (retired). The asking rate climbed and despite useful contributions from Viraj Sorathia and Luke Brunt, the target remained just out of reach.
 
Sale lost a high scoring cup tie to Brooklands on a belting pitch at Dane Road. Brooklands’ openers set off at a high tempo. 100 was reached by the half-way mark for the loss of one wicket. With Ned Atkinson retiring on 53* (four 4s, four 6s), Sale were able to rein in the run rate in latter stages. Facing an intimidating target, Sale mounted a bold challenge, based around an exhilarating century partnership in 11 overs between Zikria Nadeem (51* retired), who regularly punctured the off-side with drives and cuts, and Mohammad Rizvi (49*), who hit powerfully straight and through the leg-side, including a towering blow to the pavilion. Sale remained in the game with this pair batting, but Zikria’s retirement saw Brooklands close out the game in comfort. 
 
Sale had an extra player and Timperley were two short, so we lent them our extra player. Batting first, Anudarshi Majumdar and captain Viraj Sorathia (29) got the innings off to a steady start in the glorious sunshine before Dan Newton shared partnerships of 20, 28 and 46 with Anudarshi (14), Ibraheem Shereef (14) and Matthew Holland (21 off 19 with 3 fours), smiting the ball into the nettles and retiring on 42 off 25 balls.
 
In reply, Nugith Jayawarna (41 retired) and surprise guest star Zikria Nadeem (33) were up with the required rate until some tidy bowling from Matthew Holland (1-4) broke the partnership. An excellent team performance in the field then squeezed the opposition, with Malachi Tazaki-Quayle having four close run out appeals being turned down and choking Timperley's scoring rate with 1-5. Superb diving boundary stops by Yaqoob Sharif were symptomatic of the team's commitment and the economical middle overs bowled by George Howling, Matthew, Max Brodbeck and Mal proved decisive. With 34 need off the last 2 overs, Timperley's keeper Louis Mitchell had too much to do, Max picking up two late wickets (2-14).

The u11s winning start to the season was halted by a strong Brooklands team on Sunday at Dane Road. After losing the toss and being put in the Sale batsmen came up against some good accurate bowling which limited the home team's score to just 60 runs from their 20 overs for the loss of 9 wickets.

Will Dyson top scoring with 14, a knock that included two lovely straight drives for four. Robin Smith, Shaheer Chaudhry & Krish Gupta also finding the boundary with accomplished shots.

Although performing admirably in the field Brooklands proved too strong reaching their target with 7 overs to spare for the loss of 3 wickets. Krish and Naman Mudaltar taking one wicket each clean bowling the batsman with a run out, following good fielding by Seb Ross on the boundary and Arthur Tazaki-Quayle behind the stumps, accounting for the third.

Although a defeat it was a game from which Sale can hopefully learn a lot from.
 
Full scorecards can be found here.

3rd XI Win Tense Finish, 1st XI Hold on for Draw

3rd XI Win Tense Finish, 1st XI Hold on for Draw
Marple 234-8 (50)
Sale 134-9 (50)
Draw
 
Sale 1st XI held on for a draw in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League after Marple had dominated much of the match.  Sale’s final pair batted out the final overs some 100 runs short of their target.
 
Search sponsored Sale got off to a good start, taking the early wicket of Matkin, and then Crisall to make the score 49-2.  Mark Bennett (81) and Paul Wood (88) then added 128 for the 3rd wicket to take the game away from Sale.
 
Influential spinner Jeremy McFarlane took both their wickets in a spell of 3-73.  Ali Barrowman then returned to claim 4-63 as Marple closed on 234-8.
 
Several Sale batsmen got starts, but none went on to play the big innings that was needed. Opener Matt Spells continued his good form with 31, McFarlane 32 and Ben Watkins 27.
 
Final pair Rich Adams and Aqib Nawaz held on at 134-9 for the draw.
 
Earlier in the week the 1st XI got their T20 cup campaign off to a winning start, beating Urmston by 8 wickets. Watkins taking 2 wickets in Urmston’s 138-5 and McFarlane hitting 59 as Sale coasted home with 2 overs to spare.
 
Sale 2nd XI secured a comfortable win at home to Alvanley.  Siyan Siraj top scoring with 76 as Sale posted a below par 148.
 
In reply Alvanley never got into the game as Siraj and Gareth Watterson reduced the visitors to 21-6, Mal Clarke then came on the clean up the tail as Alvanley were sent back for 85. Watterson and Clarke finishing with 3 wickets each.
 
On Sunday the 3rd XI chalked up another win at home to Alderley Edge in what turned out to be a tense finish.  The visitors racked up 175-5 in their 45 overs, George Bell finishing unbeaten on 73. Abas Rizvi and Sohaib Farooq taking two wickets each.
 
Sale were going well in reply with opener Sam Battersby hitting 54, before a rain interruption lost 4 vital overs in the chase. Some hard hitting from Mo and Abas Rizvi got Sale in with a chance, but they both fell with Sale still needing 30 to win.
 
Soans Praveen with a run-a-ball 19 and Kashaf Baig with 18 off just 9 balls got Sale home with 3 balls to spare (see picture above by George Franks).
 
Sale 4th Xl held on for a losing draw at Lindow on Sunday.  Winning the toss, Lindow batted first and compiled 180 all out.  Pick of the Sale bowlers was spinner Isaac Brooks, taking 6-35 off 9 overs, including a hat trick. Howard Briggs and Asad Khan also took 2 wickets each, Saad Khan, Joe Wicks and Mal Clarke all bowling tidy spells, particularly Saad who bowled exceptionally at the end of the innings.
 
In reply, Sale started well, with Jay Jayoraman making an impressive 30 and Will Radcliffe 23.  A mid order collapse saw Sale struggling, however a composed Isaac Brooks and nervy Nick Brooks batter out for a draw.  A game with many positives, played in great spirit.
 
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks, the over 40s side, comfortably beat newcomers Whalley Range by 9 wickets. Mark Almond taking 2-14 out of the host’s 148-4.
 
In reply the Silverbacks were always ahead of the rate, Abas Rizvi opening up with 33 retired and Mark Rowe 35 retired. Soans Praveen then proved his batting was better than his fielding with 30 retired, before Paul Battersby smashed the winning runs in his 33 retired.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Cheadle Hulme.  On Saturday the 1st XI visit Davenham and the 2nd XI welcome Northwich. On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Bramhall and the 4th XI visit Cheadle Hulme.
 
U14s 134-1 (20 overs), lost to Didsbury 136-6
U13 Colts 125-3 (20) beat Cheadle
U13s Eagles 102 All Out (19) lost to Alderley Edge Moles 103-3 (16)
U13s Eagles 100-8 (20) lost to South West Manchester 119-5 (20)
U11s 106 all out (19.2) lost to Stretford 112-3 (20)
U10s 248 (20) lost to Lindow 260 (20)
U9 Badgers 241 lost to Urmston 288
U9 Badgers 257 lost to Trafford MV 269
 
The under 14s were involved in a last-ball nail-biter this week. Seeing off the new ball bowlers, the platform was set by a first wicket stand of 39 between Zikria Nadeem and Nick O'Leary, before Viraj Sorathia joined Zikria at the crease and the pair put the second string attack to the sword. Zikria retired on 43 with 9 fours - several through backward point with his trademark cut shot - and Viraj shared a useful contribution from Yaqoob Sharif (18 not out) before retiring with a commanding 40 from 25 balls, repeatedly piercing the gaps between extra cover and mid-off. Captain Billy Dawson added a useful cameo at the end, with a huge 6 over midwicket, as Sale posted a competitive 134. Matthew Plested was Didsbury's most economical bowler, conceding 17 from 4 overs, but Didsbury had taken an hour and 40 minutes to get through their overs.
 
Joe Moss had immediate revenge for Sale, bowling Plested with his second ball.  Discipline in the field and tight bowling (Max Brodbeck 4 runs from 2) meant Didsbury were under pressure when Adam Downs had dangerman Felix Clement neatly caught at mid-off by Joe Moss. Two runs outs from cover - one each for Adam Downs and Viraj, both neatly bagged by Luke Brunt behind the stumps - meant much was needed from Ammar Iqbal and Lancs. player Basil Sultan. With 34 required off the last 3 overs, and the light fading rapidly, Joe Moss was brought back on to finish the job but the batsmen indicated they were struggling to see the ball so we finished the innings with spin. It was all to play for when Viraj ran out Basil (36 from 29 with 6 fours) scrambling to keep the strike, leaving Didsbury needing 9 from the last over. Zikria bowled into the gloom... 2.. a single...another single.... bowled Ammar Iqbal! (39 from 28 balls). Max Fisher strode to the crease, frantically ran 2... but a heroic diving Billy Dawson couldn't stop the last ball boundary, and it was all over. Bar the re-match - under floodlights.
 
The U13 Colts produced a strong team performance to win on Friday away at Cheadle.  Batting first, Sale made 125 - 3 off their 20 overs.  Moh Rizvi made a rapid 35 retired, hitting with real power.  Dylan Walker added a controlled 33 retired, and Isaac Brooks making 20.  Sale bowled and fielded well as a unit, typified by a direct hit run out by Maaz Khan and a later run out by Moh Rizvi.  Suchit Sapkal opened the bowling superbly with figures of 2-1-4-1.  Isaac Brooks returned figures of 2-2-0-3, and wickets were also taken by Maaz Khan, Mal Tazaki Quayle 2-8 and deservedly by Arthur Tazaki Quayle.  Suleman Khan produced a fine personal fielding display, making numerous run-saving stops and taking 3 catches.  A good all round team performance.
 
Sale u13 Eagles performed creditably against a very strong Alderley Edge team featuring four sons of ex-England cricketers! Batting first, Sale reached a very respectable 102. James Dodds retired after reaching an accomplished 32 not out, ably supported by Callum Ross who scored a quick-fire 21 runs. Harvey Devenport posted a mature 12 not out towards the end of the innings.
 
Harvey capped a fine all round display by clean bowling their opener and generated good pace which troubled the Alderley Edge batsmen. Jared Moran bowled several tight overs and deservedly picked up a wicket at the end of innings but Alderley Edge reached their target with four overs to spare.
 
Sale u13’s nearly pulled off an unlikely victory in the gathering gloom on Friday evening. Fielding first, Sale bowled tightly and fielded with great energy. However, some strong hitting in the final 5 overs took South West Manchester to a high total. Aidan Bridle and Alex Ross bowled accurately.
 
In reply, Sale were indebted to a belligerent 30 not out retired from Callum Ross and a quick-fire 14 from Robin Smith but in the end just fell short of their target.
 
Sale u11s narrowly lost an exciting game away at Stretford by just 6 runs on Sunday. Fielding first Sale took the ball in wet conditions bowling their first 8 overs against a back drop of intermittent rain. This made gripping and controlling the wet ball difficult and Stretford benefitted by sending the loose balls to the boundary a number of times.
 
The rain then departed and the remainder of the game was played out in brilliant sunshine. Sale taking just 3 Stretford wickets, one each for Ben Atkinson, Will Dyson & Shantu Sarda who was making his u11 debut.
Set an imposing 113 to win Sale made a cautious but steady start. Dattu Vadakutte and Naman Mudaltar putting on 39 for the second wicket before Dattu fell for 21 and Naman 11.
 
What was to follow was both frustrating and pure comedy. Sale lost  4 quick wickets to run outs in an attempt to try and up the run rate and chase down their target. Plenty to reflect on there!
 
This however brought Ben Atkinson to the crease for an innings that can only be described as sensational. 9 balls later Ben was retired out for 30 after hitting four 4s and two 6s in a destructive batting spree.
 
This left Sale needing 14 from the final two overs but despite both Alex O'Driscoll and Seb Ross finding the boundary the Sale innings was brought to an end by a final wicket run out with 6 needed to win.
 
Sale Under 10’s came second in a tight game at Lindow on Wednesday night. Play began in blistering heat but ended in freezing conditions. The home side made steady progress, making their way from a starting score of 200 to finish their 20 overs with 260. Wickets for Amy Seddon, Thomas Brassell, Thomas Kennedy and James Newhill plus two run outs by Luke Billinge helped keep the target within sight. Sale’s response was slow, tight bowling by Lindow left Sale on 203 with 8 overs completed. Thomas Kennedy (13) and Ben Cleary provided a solid partnership, rotating the strike nicely. James Newhill (17) provided the innings with some impetus, leaving Sale on 248 after 16 overs. Challenging bowling increased the pressure on the visitors and a couple of run outs at the end led to a 12 run victory for the home side, who fielded exceptionally well and saved a number of potential boundaries. Steady progress though for the under 10 team in their second game of the season.
 
On Sunday Sale sent a team to Congleton for an under 10 tournament for a six a side competition, played with 6 overs each game. Sale opened up against regular rivals, Macclesfield who, starting on 100, soon found themselves up against a determined Sale team. Brayden Ross took two wickets in the opening over, one with the assistance of an excellent catch by wicketkeeper James Newhill. An excellent boundary catch by Roan Gardner, followed by a run out meant the batting side only passed their starting total in the third over. Eventually a net score of 114 was achieved. Chasing their target, two sixes and a four from Brayden put Sale into the lead within 8 balls of the reply. Steady progress was made before James Newhill scored 19 off 6 balls to lead Sale a winning total of 158.
 
The second game was against Checkley Kestrels. Sale restricted their opponents to 147, Thomas Brassell’s bowling and a fantastic catch by Roan being the highlights. Sale’s reply was led by Amy Seddon, who hit a six and two fours in the opening over, and Thomas Brassell who hit three consecutive fours. Roan and Thomas Kennedy kept the momentum going before James Newhill blasted 28 in 7 balls, adding 39 in 12 balls with Herbie Brodbeck, putting Sale out of sight on 174.
 
The third game, against the hosts Congleton Cougars, was perhaps the most pleasing win of the day. Scrapping their way to a par score of 142 in their 6 overs after a fast start from Thomas Kennedy, Sale bowled and fielded outstandingly. In their 36 balls, Sale bowled 22 dot balls, as the hosts were restricted to just 110 in reply.
 
Three wins out of three and the semi-finals were within sight. However, beautiful sunshine was replaced by steady rain. In the final game Sale struggled with the conditions, a wet ball made bowling and fielding challenging. Thomas Brassell was the pick of the bowlers as a target of 144 was set. In their 6 overs Sale just couldn’t get going at all, with the pitch now wet and unpredictable. A defeat by 18 runs meant that Poynton leapt above Sale to the top of the group with a higher total of runs over the four games. After the brief downpour the players collected their medals in glorious sunshine.
 
Overall the players made massive improvements in all skills and everyone concerned had a great day.
 
Sale Under 9 Badgers struggled in their second outing of the season in a disappointing defeat to Urmston.  Battling a strong, cold wind, opportunities to score were hard to come by, so when put into bat, the loss of 3 early wickets put a largely inexperienced team up against it from the start.  Captaining the side for the first time, Hector Bridle started to steady the ship, with consecutive boundaries in a composed partnership with James Dyson.  Our final pairing of Thomas Brassell and Kiko Tazaki-Quayle tried hard to push our score on, with Thomas in particular flicking some late boundaries.
 
In spite of the cold, the Badgers put in a creditable bowling and fielding performance, as they valiantly fought to keep Urmston’s total down.  As with our first match last week, Pranav Sheshagiri bowled quickly and accurately, and was rewarded with two wickets.  His partner, Reyansh Bhardwaj was our most economical bowler, conceding only 1 run for his two overs.  Joseph Britain and Charlie Marson were making their debuts.  We secured two run-outs off Charlie’s bowling, and Joseph’s close fielding would have secured three run-outs had the bails not stubbornly refused to break on two occasions!  Pranav and Thomas both scored direct hits from distance, and James celebrated his first wicket with the help of a fine catch low down from Pranav.  So, there were some encouraging contributions from the whole team, and no shortage of effort and commitment which will no doubt bear fruit as the season progresses.
 
Sale took 8 players to the girls cricket mini-festival at Timperley Cricket Club on Sunday 7 May.  In an interesting tactical move, Sale’s two most experienced players (Ruth Baxandale and Molly Saunders) were loaned out to Didsbury, who only brought four players.  All of our girls got to play three matches.  In the first of these, we narrowly lost to Heaton Mersey by 7 runs, but the highlight was Amy Seddon’s 11 runs and two wickets, including a caught and bowled.  Our second game against Didsbury was similarly close, which we lost by 16 runs.  Lucy Dodds formed an excellent batting partnership with Emily (guest player), and followed this up with a wicket in a typically fast bowling display.  Kiko Tazaki-Quayle also chipped in with a wicket, as did Amy.  It was in the final game though, an impressive 46 run victory against Bowdon, that the whole team clicked with strong partnerships with bat and ball.  There was excellent calling and running between wickets by every pair.  Elizabeth Mansfield and Jessica Parish top-scored with 16 runs from their two overs, and the team only conceded two wickets to post a strong total.  Elizabeth and Jessica also led the bowling performance, picking up 3 wickets (including a caught and bowled) and 1 wicket and a run-out respectively.  Kiko also picked up a wicket, and there were further run outs off the bowling of Gracie Burt, Lucy and Amy, and catches by Lucy and Amy as the team took an impressive nine wickets in total.  Pretty much every catch or run-out opportunity was taken.  The improvement as a team through the afternoon was impressive, as was the camaraderie and team spirit.  These girls can!
 
Sale Badgers narrowly missed out in a close-fought game against Trafford MV U9s at Sale Cricket Club.  Batting first, Trafford scored heavily in the first and last overs, but otherwise nudged the score along slowly.  As with last week, Rey Bhardwaj was our most economical bowler only conceding 5 runs and no extras.  Joseph Britain also only conceded 5 runs in total, and we secured two run-outs off his bowling.  Thomas Kennedy took a wicket and there was a further run out off of Lucy’s bowling.  The team fielded well and conceded little, with some excellent backing up from Thomas, Lucy and Charlie Marson.
 
Our batting display got off to a promising start.  Matthew Mather, making his debut, scored a lovely boundary off only his second ball, and he and his partner Rey got us off to a solid start adding 20 runs with no wickets conceded.  Charlie and Joseph, both making only their second appearance, were next and, although they struggled due to some wayward bowling, again they focused on not conceding wickets and moved our score forward.  Michael Young, another player making his debut, played well in partnership with Thomas to keep rotating the strike with good running between the wickets.  Thomas picked up four boundaries as he and Michael moved our score close to Trafford’s total.  As with our match two weeks ago, Lucy Dodds and Kiko Tazaki-Quayle were our final pair and were intent on pushing our score over the winning line.  Unfortunately on this occasion, they were on the wrong end of a few run-outs.  It was a nail-biting end to a fun game, and although half of our team was very inexperienced, they showed a lot of promise.
 
The full scorecards can be found here

3rd XI Lead Premier Division

3rd XI Lead Premier Division
Sale 3rd XI kept up their 100 percent record on Sunday, opening up a 15 point lead at the top of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League Sunday premier division after defeating Cheadle.

Search sponsored Sale got off to a great start, skipper Abas Rizvi and Viraj Sorathia adding 88 for the first wicket (pictured above by George Franks).  Rizvi was in dominant mood, adding 59 off just 58 balls. Zikria Nadeem (12) joined Sorathia, adding 41 for the second wicket.

Simon Orton started to get Cheadle back into the match, taking wickets at regular intervals, but Sorathia kept his composure as he passed 50.

When Sorathia fell for a well-crafted 62, Sale were 156-6. Sohaib Farooq then hit a quick fire 14 as Sale were bowled out for 179 in the 43rd over, Orton finishing on 6-43.

Shah Zeb got Sale off to the perfect start, removing opener Kapoor for a duck. Cheadle continued to lose wickets at regular intervals as they had no answer to spinner Rizvi.

Only Haroon put up any resistance with 40, when he fell the score was 126-8 it wasn’t long before Rizvi took the final wickets to end with 7-22 as the visitors were bowled out for 135 in the 39th over.

On Saturday the 1st XI suffered a defeat at Davenham in a rain affected game.  With the match reduced to 66 overs Sale opted to bat first.

Ali Rizvi hit 32 at the top of the order and in form Jeremy McFarlane hit 69, but no other batsman made double figures as Sale were bowled out for 131 in the 33rd over, Robin Taylor taking 4-40.

Aqib Narwaz took two early wickets, but Davenham never looked in trouble, coasting home with5 overs to spare for the loss of 5 wickets.

Both the 2nd and 4th XI’s benefitted from walk overs at the weekend, Northwich unable to raise a 2nd XI on Saturday and Wilmslow 3rd XI defaulting on Sunday.

Early in the week the Silverback’s over 40’s match against reigning divisional champions Cheadle Hulme was cancelled due to rain.

On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Brooklands and on Thursday the 1st XI play their next T20 cup match at home to Didsbury.  On Saturday the 1st XI host Urmston and the 2nd XI make the short trip to Ashton on Mersey. On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Bramhall and the 4th XI visit Cheadle Hulme.
 
U13 Eagles 70 all out lost to Stretford 71-1
U11s 67-6 (20) beat Ashton-on-Mersey U11s 36 all out
U10s 276 (20) beat South West Manchester 213 (20)
U9 Squirrels 211 v Brooklands 295
U9 Badgers 308 beat Stretford 269 by 39 runs

A young Sale Eagles u13’s team played with great spirit against a strong Stretford team on Friday evening.

Winning the toss and batting first, the Eagles were indebted to James Dodds (21) who batted with determination on a very tricky pitch. Wickets fell quickly against accurate bowling from the opposition, although having 7 players clean bowled means that some work needs to be on defence and patience! Theo Brodbeck (10) played several handsome shots towards the end of the innings.

Stretford cruised to their target, although special mention should be made to Arnav Kamble who bowled with great accuracy and Robin Smith who deservedly picked up a wicket for a fine spell of bowling.

Sale under 11s having been invited to bat by AoM & forced onto the artificial wicket by the previous weeks weather, scoring freely proved to be difficult for our batsman. Shaheer & Ben H being the standout batsmen with 11 & 17* in a total 67/6 in 20 overs.

A Superb opening spell of bowling by Dattu 3-4 & Naman 1-2 left AoM 6-4 after 4 overs. Brilliantly backed up by everyone else with Nathan 1-6 Seb 1-6 & Ben H 2-3 (including an outstanding caught & bowled) bowling AoM out for just 36. Excellent from all that played.

After having the disappointment of their first home game washed out last week, the Under 10’s were back on the road on Monday night. This time destination was South West Manchester CC in Chorlton for their first hardball game.

Sale won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first in a 20 over game of pairs cricket. Testing opening bowling by Thomas Brassell and Herbie Brodbeck and two run outs from wicketkeeper James Newhill left the home team on 203 (starting on 200) after the opening four overs. Amy Seddon followed up with a maiden over as the visitors kept tight control of the game. Ben Cleary’s spin confused the batsmen before Brayden Ross sent down a wicket maiden in over 15. James Newhill and Pranav Sheshagiri sent the total into freefall with a final four overs that bought three wickets and just one run conceded between them. James being directly responsible for five of the seven wickets lost by Chorlton, who posted a target of 213. Particularly pleasing was the fielding, backing up and communication between the players.

In reply Sale lost a couple of early wickets but moved ahead of the target in over 8 as Will Taylor and Pranav batted patiently. Thomas Kennedy and Ben pushed ahead in overs 9 to 12, Thomas continuing his impressive start to the season, making 12 in his first hardball game. Thomas Brassell and Dan Bradley eased Sale to the 250 mark, Thomas scoring a couple of stylish boundaries. The final pairing, James and Brayden saw the visitors to a final total of 276 with a series of well run singles. Again there was massive improvement in the batting, with only 3 wickets lost in the 20 overs, and none after the eighth over of the innings. Next up for the under 10’s is the Cup game away at Didsbury in early June.

Sale Squirrels U9s played an experienced Brooklands team on Friday night. Despite the fact that most of the Sale team were playing in their first ever game, they had enthusiasm on their side - and the signs were good when captain Harsimar Rekhi won the toss and elected to put Brooklands into bat.
 
Experienced pair Jacob Cleary and James Wareing opened the bowling for Sale, and restricted the visitors to only 20 runs in the first 4 overs. After that it was over to the debutants who all bowled very well.  Particular credit goes to Farhan Ali and Taha Cahudhry for some very tight bowling, including a maiden over each, and to Harsimar Rekhi for taking 2 wickets - one including an excellent catch by James Wareing. However, Brooklands' experienced final pair increased the run rate at the end of the innings, leaving Sale with an intimidating score of 295 to chase down.

Sale again opened the batting with their most experienced pair, James and Jacob, getting the Squirrels off to a strong start, staying in touch with Brooklands' initial run rate.  They were supported admirably by the rest of the team, with some very good scampering between the wickets by Harsimar and Farhan, and particular credit going to Seamus Farrell, Eoghan Walker and Rohan Vakil, despite facing some quick, accurate bowling by the visitors.
 
However a flurry of quick wickets meant that towards the end of the innings the run rate had slowed, and Sale ended up with a hard-fought 211.  Despite the result there were some very good signs, particularly in terms of effort and enthusiasm in the field, and hopefully the Squirrels team can build on this experience for future games.

We finally had some warm sunshine for our match at Stretford, and with the warmer weather came the Badgers’ best performance so far, even though we were a player short due to a late withdrawal.  Our captain for the day, Alex Mansfield, lost the toss but we got the result we wanted by being asked to bowl first.  Stretford got off to a flying start, with 35 runs scored off their opening pair.  In amongst this, Hector Bridle picked up the first of his two wickets in the match, and Alex secured a run-out off of Elizabeth’s bowling. 
 
James Dyson put in his best bowling performance to date, and there was a sharp catch from Matthew Mather off of Hector’s bowling.  Alex and Elizabeth both chipped in with their customary wicket apiece, and then Thomas Brassell came roaring back in the last over to take two more wickets.

Stretford had set a challenging target, but Thomas and Elizabeth cut loose from the first ball, with Thomas hitting 3 boundaries, some “generous” fielding and the pair of them rotating the strike regularly as they put 40 runs on the board.  Hector and Alex maintained this momentum, with some beautiful strokes from Hector in particular as the pair added four more boundaries and another 32 runs to our score.  Matthew and James stretched our lead in the middle before Rey Bhardwaj, partnered first by Elizabeth and then by Alex, got the boundaries flowing again with an entertaining final flourish to push the Badgers over 300 runs for the first time this season.  It was a great batting display by the team, exemplified by some great footwork and only conceding two wickets in the whole innings compared to the opposition’s seven.

The full scorecards can be found here.

Sale Four Tops

Sale Four Tops
Four out of Sale’s five senior teams find themselves top of their respective divisions after the latest round of matches in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.
 
Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, started off the week with an improbable win over Brooklands to stay top of the north-east division. After setting the visitors only 100 to win following a poor batting display, Brooklands reached 56-2 without alarm.
 
Rob Moore then struck with 3 quick wickets to get Sale back into the game, but with 5 runs needed off 8 balls and 4 wickets in hand Brooklands were still favourites. Moore then took a steepling catch on the extra cover boundary to dismiss White for 18, before Mark Almond took the final wickets to finish with 3-4 and leave Brooklands 95 all out.
 
Search sponsored Sale 2nd XI went top of division two after recording a comprehensive win over Ashton on Mersey. Young spinner Zikria Nadeem returned his best senior figures of 6-44 as the home team were dismissed for 178 in the 44th over, well backed up by Grant Whittaker with 2-53.
 
In reply Sale got off to a shaky start losing two quick wickets before skipper Gareth Watterson steadied the inning with 46.
 
Jamal Benzafar with a run-a-ball 50 and Whittaker with 50 off just 20 balls saw Sale to their target with over 25 overs to spare.
 
The 3rd XI kept up their 100% record with a win against Bramhall on Sunday.  The visitors made a good total of 200-8 in 45 overs, Tom Mason hitting 82. Shah Zeb with 3-45 and Sohaib Farooq with 3-34 were the pick of the Sale bowling.
 
In reply Sale were always up with the rate, reaching 92-4 before Dan Newton (pictured above by George Franks) was joined by Farooq. This pair accelerated the scoring reaching the target with 5 overs in hand.  Newton hitting 60 off 44 balls and Farooq 59 off 56 balls.
 
The 1st XI lost by 8 wickets to Urmston, but did pick up 8 valuable points. Lancashire and Sale batsman Brooke Guest returned to form with 117 not out as Sale posted 235-5, well supported by Jeremey McFarlane with 34.
 
The Sale wicket proved to be too good as Urmston reached the target in the 49th over, fellow Lancastrian Callum Turner hitting 143 not out. McFarlane taking the two wickets to fall.
 
The 4th XI went top of division three east, after a second consecutive walk-over, Cheadle Hulme 4ths the defaulters this week.
 
Earlier in the week the 1st XI lost their second T20 Cup match against Didsbury.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Bowdon Vale.  On Saturday the 1st XI visit Upton and the 2nd XI host Lindow. On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Nantwich and the 4th XI visit Bredbury St Marks 4s.
 
U14s 131-7 (20 overs) beat Poynton 92-9 - CUP

Losing the toss, Sale under 14s were put into bat by Poynton in their first cup match of the season. Openers Zikria Nadeem and captain Viraj Sorathia got the innings off to a fine start, Viraj retiring on 41 from 35 balls with 5 fours. Dan Newton dominated the bowling, plundering 30 from 20 balls, Zikria hitting a rare six which clattered on the pavilion roof and 5 fours in his 37. At 122 in the 16th over a massive total looked possible but some fine bowling from Poynton's J. Chignell and T. Fredrickson saw Sale lose 5 more wickets while adding just 9 runs.
 
Ibraheem Shareef struck early for Sale, having Poynton's wicketkeeper/captain C. Bowden smartly caught behind by Dan Gray. Further wickets were shared amongst the bowlers despite a  fine knock from N. Caine - 40 from 38 balls with 2 sixes - until, in the 17th over with Poynton struggling on 85 for 5, Yaqoob Sharif (4 for 10 from 3 overs) took a devastating hat trick - all clean bowled with yorkers - and the innings was closed by George Howling (2 for 11 from 2.4).  We go on to meet Bramhall or Stretford in the 2nd round. Thanks to Linesh for scoring, and to all the parents who braved the traffic to get to the ground and enjoy a beautiful evening's cricket.
 
The full scorecard can be found here.

Sale's table toppers have mixed week

Sale's table toppers have mixed week
Three of Sale’s five senior teams retained their positions at the top of their respective divisions in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League, despite a mixed week of results.
 
Sale 1st XI’s batting has been misfiring through the early part of the season. On Saturday, away at Upton, it couldn’t even manage a spark. Dismissed in the twentieth over for a paltry 41, Sale had to rely on extras for the only double-figure contribution. Upton’s Liam Sundve was Sale’s chief tormentor taking 6-8 in ten testing overs.
 
Upton had amassed 196-6 in their innings, thanks chiefly to Chris McArthur who finished unbeaten on 93.
 
The table-topping 2nd XI spent the early part of Saturday afternoon chasing leather around Sale’s Dane Road ground. Lindow made 288-3, with runs aplenty for Mark Ramsden (98), Daniel Braddock (85) and Ian Park (67).
 
In the second half of the game, Sale were reduced to battling for a draw, which they achieved by reaching 133-8 at the end of their 50 overs. Lionel Thompson remained 31*at the close. Matt Ramsden made up for the disappointment of missing a ton in the first innings by picking up 5-34 with the ball. Collecting only three points, Sale slipped down a place to second in division two.
 
Sale 3rd XI hosted Nantwich on Sunday and were seeking a fifth successive victory. Batting first, Sale started strongly with Viraj Sorathia making his highest score in senior cricket (68). Captain and vice-captain, Abbas Rizvi and Praveen Soans (pictured above by George Franks), each made 43 as Sale ended on 229-8.
 
In reply, Nantwich fell to 40-4, with swing bowler Shah Zeb taking 3-12. The visitors set about saving the game, with Jack Baston’s patient 64* defying all ten bowlers tried by Sale. Nantwich closed on 140-5. Sale picked up 13 points and retained their first place in the Sunday premier division.
 
Search sponsored Sale’s only victory of the weekend came at Bredbury St Mark’s. The 4th XI wrapped up the game before tea, dismissing the hosts for 53. Isaac Brooks, for the third match running, was the leading wicket-taker with five victims. Brooks’ left-arm spin was well-supported by incisive bowling from Ian Holland, Joe Wicks and Howard Briggs as well as a near faultless display in the field.
 
Vaasu Goyal was impressive in the brief run-chase that saw Sale to a nine wicket victory that extended their lead at the top of the Sunday east division.
 
On Wednesday, the Sale Silverbacks over 40s side visited Bowdon Vale. The hosts, set a target of 97, chased it down for the loss of a single wicket and now accompany Sale and Urmston – who visit Sale this week -  in joint first place in the north-east division.
 
The 1st XI play local rivals Brooklands on Thursday in the T20 cup, before returning to County League action against Oxton on Saturday. The 2nd XI visit Congleton. On Sunday, the 3rd XI are at home to Hyde, while the 4th XI enjoy a week’s break.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Sale SC - CAMRA Runner Up Club of the Year 2017

Sale SC - CAMRA Runner Up Club of the Year 2017

Sale SC runners up in the Trafford & Hulme Club of the Year 2017

Weather the Winner

Weather the Winner
The weather had a major impact on Sale Cricket Club’s fixtures in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League last weekend. The 1st XI match in division one match against Oxton was abandoned after just 53 overs.

Search Sponsored Sale were asked to bat first by visitors Oxton in a game reduced to 80 overs. Ali Barrowman top scored with 31 as Sale posted 158-9.  Greg Gyves (29), Jeremy McFarlane (28) and Ben Watkins (24 - pictured above my George Franks) all made positive contributions.

In reply Oxton had reached 43-0 before the rain returned and the game abandoned.

Sale 2nd XI picked up 11 points from their trip to Congleton. After being asked to bat Jamal Benzafar hit 70 as Sale posted 227-9 in 50 overs.  The game was finely balanced with Congleton on 103-3 off 25 overs when the rain arrived.

Sale 3rd XI saw their lead at the top of the Sunday premier league reduced after securing a draw at home to Hyde. Sale asked the visitors to bat first, holding them to 164-9.  Abas Rizvi, Zikria Nadeem and Meisam Syed all took 2 wickets each.

Sale’s run chase fell 17 runs short, as they closed on 147-9 in their 45 overs. Mohammed Rizvi held the innings together with 55 not out.

Earlier in the week the Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, lost their top of the table match at home to Urmston by 12 runs.  The Silverbacks bowled well to hold the visitors to 102-8, Paul Hanrahan taking 3-14.

In reply the Silverbacks lost wickets at regular intervals, only opener Asad Khan (21) came to terms with the Urmston attack.  Some later order hitting from Ian Holland (23 not out) gave Sale hope, but the asking rate was too much.

The 4th XI had no fixture this week.

On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Cheadle.  On Saturday the 1st XI visit Bollington and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Grappenhall and the 4th XI host Ashley.
 
U13s 140 (20) beat Stockport 79 (20) (Late Result)
U13s 89 all out (20) tied with Alderley Edge (Cup)
U13s 112-6 (20) beat Alderley Edge 106-7 (20) (League)
U13 Eagles 80 All Out lost to Didsbury Buffaloes 103-4
U9 Badgers 234 “lost” to SW Manchester 256
 
(Catch up from two weeks ago, Ed): The u13s put in a good team performance to defeat Stockport on Friday evening.  Batting first, Sale made 140 with Dylan Walker contributing a powerfully hit 22 runs at the top of the order, and Isaac Brooks 31 retired and Maaz Khan 32 retired sharing a match-winning partnership, both batting sensibly and playing good cricket shots.   Mal Tazaki-Quayle contributed 12 off the last 3 balls of the innings, playing some impressive attacking shots against tidy spin bowling.  The Sale bowling was consistent and economical throughout, with wickets shared by the impressive Saad Khan, Maaz Khan (2), Mal Tazaki-Quayle, Suleman Khan (bowling with good pace) and Arthur Tazaki Quayle (2).  Stockport eventually finished on 79 off their 20 overs, with Louis Jackson impressing in an improved fielding display.

After the Under 13’s cup match was rescheduled due to rain, on an overcast Sunday morning we played on the Astro to avoid a mudwrestle. Sale lost the toss and Alderley Edge batted first, immediately discovering that captain Saad Khan's bowling was unplayable - 1 for 9 from 4. Progress was initially very slow for the visitors. Jared Moran took 2 for 10 from 2, including a fine caught and bowled, and his fielding at cover saved several boundaries. Suleman Khan got a fine run out from backward point. Alderley's innings built momentum in the second half, with Max Davidson retiring, supported by Josh Chalk and B Sharif, as they closed on 89 for 7.

Chasing, alas, we kept losing wickets. 4 for 13 after 5 overs, Jack Brassell (19) set about rebuilding the innings, first with the indomitable Jared and then sharing a 6th wicket partnership of 28 with Theo Brodbeck. Mal Tazaki-Quayle and Maaz Khan brought the total in sight. With 13 needed from the last 3, two more quick wickets brought doughty no. 11 Arnav Kamble to the wicket. The finish was to prove excruciatingly tense for both sides (and the onlookers). Fine judgement from the last wicket pair was able to turn every wicketkeeping error into a scrambled bye, and just 4 were needed off the last over. With scores level, a cheer went up from the Sale team, but deadly accurate bowling from Josh Bell dashed our hopes and Alderley Edge go through to the next round as they lost fewer wickets.

On Friday, Sale u13s won a keenly contested game at Chelford cc against Alderley Edge Wizards.  Losing the toss again, Sale were invited to bat on a green wicket and posted a respectable 112-6.  Isaac Brooks 33 retired and Mal Tazaki-Quayle 27 put on a key partnership, combining solid defense with powerful hitting, typified by a flat 6 by Mal over mid-wicket. Suleman Khan continued an impressive run of form with a powerful 25 not out including 6 boundaries.  Saad Khan opened the bowling with real pace, bowling both openers and picking up 2-15.  Alderley Edge batted well, keeping up with the rate impressively.  A sharp catch by debutant Ivan Flitcroft off the bowling of Mal Tazaki-Quayle inspired Sale, together with a sharp delivery from Suchit Sapkal to remove the dangerous C White for 26.  Maaz Khan chipped in with a wicket, well caught by Suleman Khan.  A run out by Saad Khan and an economical spell by Isaac Brooks including 2 maidens helped the Sale cause, and Mal Tazaki-Quayle bowled the final over under real pressure conceding only 4 runs as Alderley finished on 106-7.  A top fielding and team performance by Sale, typified by the fielding of Arthur Tazaki- Quayle and Edward Allanson, both making numerous crucial stops at key points of the game.
 
An experienced Didsbury team defeated the Sale Eagles u13’s in the first match of the league group phase.

Didsbury raced to more than 60 in the first 10 overs but were pegged back by some accurate bowling from Arnav Kamble and Tanay Patel. Will Scott, making his debut, picked up a wicket (clean bowled) with his first delivery! Theo Brodbeck and Jared Moran picked up a wicket apiece too.
 
In reply, the Eagles were indebted to Theo Brodbeck, who capped a fine all-round performance by top scoring with 19 runs including several handsome lofted drives.
 
All ten outfield players bowled two overs and batted too and special mention should be made to Jack Brassell who kept wicket extremely well again and removed one of their danger batsmen with a sharp stumping.

We enjoyed a competitive match on a chilly evening in Chorlton.  Due to cup fixture congestion, SW Manchester were short of players and so in order to ensure the match went ahead, Badgers turned up with some spare.  More on that later.  Our captain for the day was Rey Bhardwaj, who won the toss and elected to field.  The Badgers put on a strong and very encouraging fielding performance, with very few runs conceded from the bat thanks to some excellent fielding, and on the whole some tidy bowling.  The highlights were Sammy Cuffe taking a wicket on his debut, and an excellent run-out from distance by James Dyson.  Hector and Rey were our most economical bowlers and Alex conceded no extras.  But for a couple of missed catches, and the bails refusing to budge when Matthew Mather hit the stumps, we would have reduced our opponents to a very low score. 

Hector and Alex led us out to bat and didn’t give anything away, but on this occasion they both struggled to score.  Our next pair, Joseph Britain and Charlie Marson, got the scoreboard ticking over with some excellent and enthusiastic running between the wickets, with Joe in particular timing some lovely shots to top score with 13.  Matthew and Sammy were next and kept the scoreboard moving, with Matthew adding another boundary to his tally, before Rey and James finished our innings.  Rey would have added another boundary had his shot not glanced the umpire, and James surprised us with a late rally of two boundaries of his own.

A final note on our volunteer to play for the other team - No one from Badgers wanted to swap sides to allow the game to go ahead, so Elizabeth kindly volunteered… and proceeded to hit 13 runs and took a wicket against us!  This, combined with our bad luck in the field was the difference between the sides.  As coaches, we agreed to call it a draw…
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

1st XI Back to Winning Ways

1st XI Back to Winning Ways
Sale 1st XI got back to winning ways in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League on Saturday. In glorious weather conditions they beat 4th placed Bollington by 26 runs.
 
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bat first, Ben Watkin and Mat Spells adding 24 for the first wicket.  When Spells was third man out for 20, the score was 53-3.
 
Brooke Guest and Ali Barrowman (15) added 39 for the 4th wicket.  Influential Jeremy Mcfarlane then joined Guest, putting on 69 to take the score to 161-5. Guest fell for 62, becoming one of Tom Horsfield’s 3 victims.
 
McFarlane then accelerated the score, reaching 56 off just 50 balls to take Sale to 201-9, the final few wickets falling in the quest for quick runs in the final overs.
 
Bollington made a confident start, adding 48 for the first wicket. The introduction of spinners Watkin and McFarlane turned the game in favour of Sale. Watkin made the breakthrough, taking Leese caught and bowled for 37.
 
Two further quick wickets reduced the home team to 63-3 before Rick Hough and Harri Dickinson added 40 for the 4th wicket. Hough was then run out for 18 and Dickinson was caught for 43.
 
James Cross (33 not out) attempted to marshal the lower order, but Watkin (4-66) and McFarlane (3-47) cleaned up the tail as Bollington closed their innings on 175 in the 42nd over.
 
The 2nd XI couldn’t take the final two wickets to secure an outright win in the reverse fixture at Dane Road.  Sale posted 207-8 in their 50 overs, young opening pair of Zikria Nadeem (32) and Viraj Sorathia (23) getting the 2s off to the perfect start.  Naveed Ahmed top scoring with 44 and Jamal Benzafar adding 36 at number 3.
 
Sale’s young spin attack nearly secured all the points, but Bollington held on at 133-8.  Nadeem completed a fine all-round display with 3-53, backed up by Sulaiman Butt with 2-22.
 
Sale 3rd XI maintained their lead at the top of the Sunday premier division with a convincing win at 3rd placed Grappenhall.  Sale asked the home team to bat first, restricting them to 164-9 off their 45 overs. Skipper Abas Rizvi leading from the front with 5-35 (pictured above by George Franks).
 
Sale made short work of the reply, reaching their target for the loss of 3 wickets in the 24th over. Rizvi getting his team off to a great start with 51 at the top of the order. Grant Whittaker (39), Viraj Sorathia (34) and Mohammed Rizvi (28 not out) all made positive contributions.
 
On Sunday, the 4s turned in another solid performance to maintain their unbeaten status.  Losing the toss again (maintaining a 100% streak), Ashley chose to bat on a wicket that resembled the new M6 link-road.  Owais Khan opened the bowling, and bowled with pace and aggression to claim 6-24 off 8 overs in an excellent spell.  The unlucky Joe Wicks backed his opening partner well, and deserved a couple of wickets after another dependable spell.  Isaac Brooks grabbed 3 quick wickets with his spin, and Howard Briggs claimed the other wicket in his solitary over.   Good catches by Jay Jayoraman and Tris Brodbeck typified a solid fielding performance, and Ibraheem Shereef and Dylan Walker capped excellent senior debuts with impressive fielding and wicket-keeping displays. 
 
Chasing Ashley's total of 82, Jay Jayoraman hit a powerful 51 not out, which included some impressive hitting.  Excellent support was provided by Tris Brodbeck, who mixed stout defence with some quality attacking strokes.
 
Earlier in the week the Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, won at Cheadle to stay in 3rd place in the North-East division. Sale posted 132 and restricted Cheadle to 100 and secure the win. Paul Hanrahan led the way with 32 retired and 3-20, well supported by Abas Rizi (32 retired) and Mark Almond 3-28.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Bowdon.  On Saturday the 1st XI welcome divisional leaders Oulton Park to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Heaton Mersey. On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to 2nd placed Didsbury and the 4th XI host Heaton Mersey.
 
U15s 151-5 (20) beat Lindow 70-9 (20)
U13s 107-9 (20) beat Alderley Edge 82 (20)
U10s 275 (20) beat Didsbury 275 (20) on few wickets lost (CUP)
U10s 292 (20) beat Wythenshawe 200 (20)
 
Sale never looked back after being given a blistering start to this cup-tie by Dan Newton, who struck ten boundaries in scoring 52* retired from 37 balls. The run-rate was maintained by Viraj Sorathia (40) and Zikria Nadeem (29*), with all of Sale’s batsmen playing selflessly to set the home team a challenging target.
 
Lindow struggled to make headway against Sale’s attack, which saw seven of the nine bowlers used take wickets. The three left-arm spinners - Isaac Brooks, Mohammed Rizvi and Viraj Sorathia – returned combined figures of 7-0-14-5.
 
The match, played on the longest day, ended at 9.30pm – play delayed by heavy traffic on the drive to the ground and the time Lindow fielders spent hunting for balls driven and pulled into the undergrowth beyond the boundary.
 
On Friday the u13s played Alderley Edge Hedgehogs at home.  Batting first, Thomas Burt opened impressively, playing some attractive shots in a rapid 10.  Isaac Brooks batted sensibly making a solid 18 before Saad Khan hit an imposing 30 retired.  107 for 9 was a par score at best, and impressive bowling and fielding was needed.
 
The team did exactly what was required, all contributing to an impressive performance restricting Alderley to a total of 82.  Opening the batting, Tejas Rao made an excellent 31 retired, however Saad Khan with 3-10 off 4 pacy overs and Isaac Brooks with 3-9 including his second hat-trick of the season off his 4 overs produced excellent spells, with Maaz Khan picking up a further wicket and the Tazaki-Quayle brothers both effecting excellent run outs at key stages. Suleman Khan enhanced his fielding reputation with a quality catch off a rocket shot at gully.  Special thanks to Oliver Jackson, who displayed great commitment turning out at short notice and fielded impeccably.
 
After a lengthy break caused by school holidays and inclement weather, Sale’s Under 10’s had back to back away games this week. Their current good form continued, with wins at Didsbury in a hardball Cup match on Wednesday and at Wythenshawe in a softball friendly league match the following night.
 
The rearranged cup match at Didsbury started very late, Sale invited the home side to bat first. A succession of sharp deliveried from opening bowler Thomas Brassell soon put Sale on the front foot, clean bowling both  batsmen in his second over. Pranav Sheshagiri and Dan Bradley followed up with tidy performances, completing seventeen dot balls in their four overs as the score progressed slowly to 217 (starting at 200) after 8 overs. Amy Seddon and Angus Rawson kept the scoring in check, both collecting wickets along the way. After a slight acceleration near the end of the innings the home side pushed along to a testing total of 275.
 
After a slow start, Sale were up against it. Thomas Brassell set the innings rolling with two crisp boundaries. Inspired, Pranav did likewise in the following over. James Newhill and Herbie Brodbeck took their opportunities when they were presented, as Sale reaching 237 at the midway point of the innings. Amy and Dan ran energetically and a close finish beckoned. An exciting game, running past 9pm reached its climax as Angus and captain William Taylor took on some fast bowling, each collecting a five as the pressure mounted. William top scored with 15, his highest score for Sale and made in the most difficult of circumstances. Needing eight to win in the last over, after frenetic running, scores ended up level after 20 overs, both sides finishing on 275. Sale were victorious on the grounds of having lost fewer wickets. An incredible game that ended with the Sale players running around the ground in celebration.
 
Fresh from their success at Didsbury, Sale, made a steady start the following night at Wythenshawe. Starting at 200, Dylan Parekh and Angus Rawson rotated the strike nicely. Thomas Brassell and Dan kept the momentum going. With the thick grass making boundaries a challenge, James Newhill and Thomas Kennedy tried to accelerate the run rate, James finally hitting the first boundary of the innings in the eleventh over during an innings of 17. Ben Cleary also hit a stylish boundary through the leg side, batting positively with Roan Gardner. Starting the final four overs at 255, Brayden Ross took advantage of pace on the ball, collecting four boundaries in a powerful innings of 28. Energetic backing up from Herbie Brodbeck helped push the final total to an imposing 292 at the end of the 20 overs.
 
An inexperienced home side found the going tough against a Sale side fresh from a tough hardball game the night before. Thomas Brassell set the tone for the innings with a challenging opening over and Dylan’s whirlwind leg spin left the opposing batsmen bemused. Sale were dynamic in the field, collecting five run outs, backing up was exceptional, and decision making was improving, reducing overthrows to a minimum. The highlight of the innings was a sensational over from Brayden, which included a hat-trick. A smart stumping by wicketkeeper James was followed by two clean bowled to send the Sale players crazy. The celebrations certainly matched the skills on display.
 
Everybody bowled well, but special praise must be mentioned to Dan Bradley whose return was outstanding, 2 for two in his 2 overs.
 
Wythenshawe scored 44 runs but lost 11 wickets (-4 per wicket lost) so finished on their starting total of 200 leaving Sale victorious by 92 runs. Two long evenings, with games finishing at 9.10pm and 8.45pm respectively but the superb performances mean that 4 out of 5 games have been won this season. Add to that 3 wins out of 4 at the Congleton tournament in May illustrates the progress being made, especially as the team keep switching from hardball to softball games!
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Newton Hits 2nd XI to Victory

Newton Hits 2nd XI to Victory
Sale 1st XI suffered a heavy defeat against Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League division one leaders Oulton Park on Saturday to drop into the bottom two places in the league.
 
Young opener Joe Cannon got Sale off to a solid start after being put into bat by the visitors, adding 41 runs on his return to the side.  However only two others make double figures at Sale subsided to 96 all out.
 
Andrew Hards (3-33) and Muhammad Kashif (5-18) did the damage for the leaders, Kashif particularly effective in running through Sale’s lower order.
 
Sale took two wickets before Oulton Park coasted home in the 24th over.
 
Sale 2nd XI kept their nerve and maintained the pressure on the leaders in division two in a low scoring game at Heaton Mersey.  The home team were bundled out for 112 in the 46th over, Gareth Watterson leading the way with 3 wickets.
 
Sale made hard work of the reply, losing 8 wickets before reaching their target in the 42nd over. Buoyed from receiving his Cheshire under-14 cap Dan Newton (pictured above by George Franks) led the way with 50 not out, Viraj Sorathia continuing his consistent form with 30 at the top of the order.
 
Sale 3rd XI suffered defeat in a similar game at 3rd placed Didsbury, but still maintained top spot in the premier division after picking up 9 valuable points.
 
Ali Rizvi top scored with 37 as Sale were bowled out for a below par 150 in the 42nd over, well backed up by opener Sam Battersby (30).
 
In a tense game Sale were always in the hunt for maximum points as Didsbury lost 8 wickets in pursuit of their target, Abas Rizvi (3-18) and Paul Hanrahan (2-22) doing the damage.  Sale were left to rue not batting out their full 45 overs in the first innings as Didsbury reached their target in the 48th over.
 
The 4th XI kept their decent run of form going with a 5 wicket win against Heaton Mersey.  Despite a combination of dismal weather on Sunday morning and shock at the skipper actually winning a toss,
 
Sale bowled and fielded impressively, with Howard Briggs and Isaac Brooks finishing with identical figures of 10-2-26-3.  The consistent Joe Wicks picked up a wicket after another impressive opening spell, and Andy Watt also bowled with control and pace to finish with 2-16 off 6 overs.
 
Heaton Mersey were eventually dismissed for 85, with special mentions deserved by Jay Jayoraman who kept wicket expertly, Chris Smith who took 2 fine catches, Tom Chute who bravely got something in the way no matter what was hit at him, and the committed Howard, emulating Tom Daley (or possibly Arthur Daley) with a full length dive to save runs late in the innings.
 
In reply, Vaasu Goyal made a powerful 29 and Jay Jayoraman a typically forthright 23 in another positive opening partnership.  Despite losing some quick wickets, Tris Brodbeck and Howard eventually saw Sale home for the loss of 5 wickets.   Real credit is due to Heaton Mersey, with some impressive performances notably from their younger players including Patrick Glare, Billy Hayward, Luke Howard and David Casey who all made positive contributions.
 
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks, our over 40s side, won a rain affected game on the longest night of the year at Bowdon.  Sale posted 160-7 either side of a rain interruption in a game reduced to 36 overs.
 
Promoted to open Tris Brodbeck hit 23 at the top of the order.  Skipper Iain Harrop then sacrificed himself to allow Soans Pravenn (33 off 11 balls) and Mark Almond (32 off 13 balls) to blast the Silverbacks to an imposing total.
 
Brodbeck showed his skills with the ball in the second innings as he took a hat-trick in a spell of 3-32. Bowdon were always behind the rate despite 32 from ex-Lancashire batsman Nathan Wood, Paul Hanrahan taking 3-9 as their closed on 132-8.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Whalley Range. On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Weaverham and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Didsbury 4s and the 4th XI welcome Stockport Trinity to Dane Road.
 
U14s 140-3 (20) lost to Bramhall 146-3 – CUP
U14s 97-7 (20) lost to Timperley 98-5) – Friendly
U13s 110 (20) lost to Didsbury Buffaloes 117-5 (20)
U13 Eagles 42 all out lost to Didsbury Buffaloes 43-3
U12’s 79 all out lost to Alderley Edge 136-6 (20) – CUP
U10s 310 (20) beat South West Manchester 266 (20)
U9 Squirrels (238) lost to Ashley (314)
U9 Badgers 239 lost to Ashton on Mersey 264
U9s Squirrels 274-33 (16) lost to Bowdon 287-7 – Friendly
 
There was a late start in the under 14s cup match. Bramhall won the toss and chose to bat first on a belter of a pitch. The openers R Linney and L Anson progressed slowly initially, reaching 24 from the first six overs, tightly bowled by Dan Newton getting good bounce, and Ibraheem Shareef. They soon hit their stride, however, and stared to find the boundary regularly. Sale's first breakthrough came in the 12th over when Mo Rizvi bowled Anson for a well-made 32. The spin pair of Rizvi and captain Viraj Sorathia re-established some control for the fielding team in the middle overs, but when Linney retired on 40 Bramhall's captain M Madeira came to the crease and hit a blistering 41 retired from 26 balls – including 6 fours through midwicket – an innings which saw Bramhall's score rise from 99 off 16 overs to 146 by the close. Rizvi was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 18 from 4 (the second well caught by George Howling), while Viraj took 1 for 31, 17 coming off the last over.
 
Chasing 7.3 runs per over, Sale's openers Zikria Nadeem and Viraj couldn't afford a slow start and shared a partnership of 47 until Zikria fell for 17 in the seventh over. Dan Newton joined Viraj at the crease and they were bang on the required rate at the halfway point. Viraj retired with 40 from 35 balls, including several sumptuous drives threaded through the offside gaps. Mo Rizvi joined Newton at the crease but after a couple of early boundaries the pair struggled to time the ball as the light began to fade and Bramhall stationed deep fielders. 11 from the 18th over brought the possibility of a Sale win back into the equation.  With 20 needed off the last 2 overs Mo perished for a run-a-ball 26, then Dan retired for an untypically stately 41 from 36 balls, leaving 4 balls of the innings left and 8 still needed. In the near-dark it proved too much for the incoming batsman and the under 14s were left counting the "if only's".
 
We won the toss and Sale under 14s chose to bat first. A fine innings from Billy Dawson (32 with 5 fours) supported by Matthew Holland (16) and Ibraheem Shereef (11), showed what was possible, but generally we struggled to find any fluency and rotate the strike in making 97.
 
In reply, despite a superb opening spell from George Howling, we couldn't dislodge Timperley's openers Jamie and Joe, who got to 63 in the tenth over before Matthew Holland had Jamie trapped LBW for 33. He followed this up with a wicket maiden , clean bowling the dangerous Anurag and finishing with figures of 2 for 4. Yaqoob was just as impressive, also bowling a wicket maiden and claiming 2 wickets for 6 runs (one with a terrific running catch from Billy), whilst Matthew Thomas chipped in by bowling Anyrudh for a duck to the evident delight of his teammates. Joe retired with 40, Captain Max Brodbeck tried 9 bowlers in all but Timperley were not to be thwarted despite some valiant fielding and they reached the target with an over to spare.
 
On Friday the u13s lost a competitive match away at Didsbury Buffaloes.  Batting first, Didsbury made a good score of 117-5.  Saad Khan opened the bowling with controlled aggression, causing problems for all the batters and finishing with 3-12 off 4 overs.  Wickets were also picked up by Moh Rizvi and Thomas Burt, and stand in keeper Isaac Brooks completed an acrobatic run-out, and several impressive diving stops.  Suchit Sapkal bowled superbly, conceding only 7 runs of his 4 overs. 
 
In reply, Sale kept in touch, and Moh Rizvi and Isaac Brooks both batting with authority to make 30 retired.  Saad Khan contributed 14 good runs before falling lbw, and Sale finished on 110 despite an impressive late effort by Suchit Sapkal.  Some uncharacteristic misfields ultimately proved to be the difference, but there were plenty of positives for both teams aft a good game of cricket
 
Sale under 12’s fielded first in their cup match against Alderley Edge, who got off to a blistering start but were pegged back by a hostile opening spell from Arnav Kamble who continued his fine form with the ball. This was followed by some accurate bowling from Ben Habershon and Will Scott. James Dodds bowled economically and picked up 3 key wickets.
 
Sale’s response was spearheaded by James Dodds (retired 30) and Jack Brassell who made a fine 15 runs. The wickets continued to fall and Alderley Edge progressed to the next round of the Cup.
 
Sale got off to a bad start, being 10-5 after 5 overs. Only Arjun Jay (8) played with the necessary straight bat on a testing surface. Fortunately we picked up 23 extras but to get only 19 runs off the bat is somewhat disappointing!
 
The team displayed great enthusiasm in the field and made Didsbury work for every run. There were wickets for Callum Ross and James Dodds and a sensational run out by Harvey Devenport. All players managed to get a bat and a bowl during the match which can only bode well for next season. Sale Under 10’s finally had a home game this week and hosted a hardball league match against South West Manchester. The visitors won the toss and elected to field. Sale made a watchful start, but Thomas Brassell and Pranav Sheshagiri protected their wickets against testing bowling. The second pair, James Newhill and Angus Rawson accelerated the run rate, adding 36 in four overs, James reaching a season best 26. Next up were Luke Billinge and Amy Seddon who continued to keep the scoreboard moving. For Luke it was a hardball debut and he made it a debut to remember, collecting 17 off 17 balls. Thomas Kennedy and Brayden Ross added 35 in the final four overs, Brayden reaching 20 for the second time in consecutive games. An imposing total of 310 was established.
 
The visitors made a good attempt to chase the total, reaching 248 after 8 overs, but the home side’s bowling improved as the innings progressed. Dylan Parekh confused the batsmen with his leg spin, and after a testing over from Brayden the home side kept total control over the opposition total. James and Amy collected wickets, each bowled, before a resting closing spell held the finishing total at 266. Sale ending up victorious by 54 runs, another indication of the progress being made by the players this season. Highlight of the game being Luke Billinge's impressive hardball debut. Next match for the under 10’s is the Second Round Cup match against Urmston on Friday night.
 
It was the under 9 Squirrels’ misfortune to run into the Ashley Assassins on Friday night. The Squirrels applied the lessons of their training sessions, calling and running positively. But their opponents turned out to be a sharp-shooting team of Jonty Rhodes emulators, who pulled off six direct hit run outs.
 
The Assassins had batted first. Amy Seddon was Sale’s stand-out performer in the field: completing her own direct-hit run out as well as taking a wicket. Jacob Cleary picked up a wicket – reward for bowling full and straight. Taha Chaudhry was the most economical of Sale’s bowlers, conceding just five runs in two overs.
 
Ashley’s total was imposing even before their dead-eye fielders got to work. Farhan Ali, Harsimer Rekhi, Rohan Vakil and Jacob all played pleasing shots that show, on another evening, runs will come.
 
The weather cooled again for the Under 9 Badgers’ first home fixture for a month against Ashton.  Our captain for the day was Lucy Dodds, who won the toss and elected to bat.  We sent out Thomas Brassell and Matthew Mather to open the innings, who were faced with some tidy bowling as they struggled to get runs on the board.  Our next pair, Joseph Britain and Charlie Marson, continued where they left off in the last game with some good running, Charlie picking up his first runs off the bat and Joseph again top scoring for the team.  When Kiko Tazaki Quayle and Gracie Burt came out third, the scoreboard started to tick along with 15 added for their pairing, a total that was matched by our final pair.  Elizabeth Mansfield, a last minute stand-in for Pranav, struck our first boundary, which was matched in the next over by Lucy Dodds.
 
The Badgers’ total was always going to be a challenge to defend, but once again our team put in a really committed fielding display, and heading into Ashton’s final batting pair, a win was still possible.  Among the highlights were two run-outs by Charlie and some excellent blocks by Kiko.  It was also pleasing to see plenty of movement in the field as the team chased down the ball and backed up at the stumps in numbers.  Thomas was back among the wickets, taking two with only 8 runs conceded, and Kiko also chipped in with one of her own.  As with last week, Matthew hit the stumps but the bails refused to budge and Lucy missed the stumps by a whisker in her first over.  Joseph was also unlucky not to take a wicket as he had a tricky caught-and-bowled chance.  Gracie was our most economical bowler, only conceding 3 runs, and Elizabeth notched up the only maiden over of our innings.  Overall, the difference between the sides were the boundaries (8 by Ashton to 2 by Badgers), probably as a result of our team bowling straighter than the opposition, but with the commitment shown, we will prevail again soon…
 
We saw a spirited performance for the Under 9 Squirrels in a close game under cloudy skies at Bowdon. We batted first, and the innings got off to a great start with a partnership of 22 between captain James Wareing and Eoghan Walker, featuring two huge fours from Eoghan. Drew Ackers Hart and Jacob Cleary added 18 despite some fine accurate bowling, Sam Atkinson and Eoghan (batting again) shared a partnership of 17, as did last pair Thomas Kennedy and Amy Seddon in a good all-round batting performance with excellent judgement of singles, good communication between the batters and only three wickets being lost.
 
When the Bowdon innings began, the Squirrels were treated to an absolute onslaught from the fluorescent pink plastic bat of Freddie, who blasted 37 runs including 5 fours and a six, despite good bowling from openers James and Eoghan. Missing a player in the field, Sale had to field well to peg Bowdon back, and Drew and Jacob conceded just 12 from their 4 overs, Drew taking a wicket with an effortless catch from James. Amy had 3 overs and took 2 wickets clean bowled, Sam took 2 wickets including a fine catch from Thomas who had a clean bowled of his own and Jacob came back to produce a fine last over. In all, the Squirrels took 7 wickets and conceded half as many extras as Bowdon in a game they would have won had it not been for the brilliance of the blond Bowdon opener.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Full House as 1st XI Seal Vital Win

Full House as 1st XI Seal Vital Win
Sale 1st XI moved out of the bottom two in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League with victory at bottom of the table Weaverham.  In a low scoring game Sale got home by two wickets in this must win game.
 
Weaverham opted to bat first and looked to play positively in the early stages, scoring at a healthy rate but losing wickets at regular intervals as they reached 41-3 off 9 overs.
 
Search sponsored Sale then tightened their grip on the game as Ali Barrowman (pictured above by George Franks) and Mo Ali reduced the home team to 80-7, Barrowman picking up 5-43 and Ali 2-49.
 
Jake Lightfoot (36 not out) and Rob Dickinson (31) added some vital lower order runs, before Rich Adams cleaned up the tail with 3-4 as Weaverham were bowled out for 129 in the 39th over.
 
Weaverham were looking favourites to pick up their second win of the season as Sale slumped to 85-7.  With hope fading Sale have Jeremy McFarlane to thank for the win, scoring a vital 38 not out at number 6 and effectively marshalling the lower order.  Mo Ali adding 10 runs at number 10 to see Sale to the win.
 
The 2nd XI secured a more comfortable win in the reverse fixture at Dane Road with a 118 run win against Weaverham 2s.
 
Despite losing opener Viraj Sorathia for 3, Sale soon had the visitors on the back foot after being invited to bat first. Zikria Nadeem and Siyan Siraj adding 104 for the 2nd wicket before Siraj fell for 70 off just 60 balls.
 
Sale lost two more wickets before Nadeem added 66 for the 5th wicket with Gareth Watterson, Nadeem eventually falling for a well-crafted 70.  Watterson finishing unbeaten on 38 as Sale declared on 231-5 from 47 overs.
 
Watterson showed his all-round capabilities, finishing with 7-36 as Weaverham slumped to 113 all out, only skipper Robert Harrison (48) showing any resitance.
 
The 3rd XI maintained top spot in the Sunday premier division with a 112 run win at Didsbury 4s. Ali Rizvi set the tone with 89 at the top of the order, well supported by Asad Khan (52 not out) as Sale posted an imposing 226 all out.
 
Didsbury subsided to 114 all out in the 38th over, skipper Abas Rizvi leading the way with 4-19.
 
The 4th XI made it a full house of wins for the weekend with another victory in division 3 east against Stockport Trinity.  Faced with the shock of winning the toss for a second week running, Stockport were invited to bat, and raced to 70-2 off 16 overs.  Sale fought back well, taking wickets at regular intervals and restricting the flow of runs, eventually bowling Trinity out for 145.  Howard Briggs produced another excellent spell taking 4-40 off 10 overs, with Owais Khan contributing another quality and pacy display to take 3-19.  Isaac Brooks maintained his consistently high level of performance, taking 2-11 off 6 overs, with Ian Habershon picking up the other wicket to fall after a probing spell.  Ian Habershon also snaffled 2 fine catches, including a one handed show boater in the covers, James Hobson won the expression of the day after catching a rasper at point (a mixture of terror, relief and amazement), and agile stand-in keeper Nick Brooks pouched a diving catch, obliging the crowd by completing his athletic leap in slow motion.  James Cairns, Peter Langton and Joel Shaw all batted well for Trinity, making scores in the 30s.
 
In reply, Trinity bowled accurately and maintained pressure on the Sale batters, taking wickets at regular intervals.  An excellent partnership between Ian Habershon 58 and the excellent James Hobson, making a brave 27, gave Sale the upper hand, however wickets continued to fall.  A composed 13 not out by Isaac Brooks eventually saw Sale home, winning by 2 wickets.  Pick of the Trinity bowlers were Peter Langton with 4-24 and Mike Stopford with 3-32.  A close and enjoyable game which could have gone either way, played in excellent spirit.
 
Sale Sliverbacks, our over 40s side, were rained off without a ball being bowled against Whalley Range on Wednesday.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks entertain Cheadle Hulme.  On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Widnes and the 2nd XI welcome Stockport Georgians. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Marple and the 4th XI host Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.
 
U18s 121-6 (20 overs) lost to Stockport Georgians 170-5 (20 overs)
U13s 99-4 (20) beat Whalley Range 79-8 (20)
U11s 38/7 (20) lost to Lindow 120/4 (20)
U11s 113/6 (20) beat Urmston 52/6 (20)
U11s 97/7 lost to Bowdon 144/5 (20) CUP
U11s 100/4 (20) beat Timperley 85/7 (20)
U10s 272 (20) beat Didsbury 256
U9 Badgers 246 beat Whalley Range 239
U9 Squirrels lost to Lindow
 
The under 18s' season opener was a tough assignment against last year's champions. Stockport Georgians batted first and capitalised on an untidy fielding display to make a rapid start. It took the team's youngest players - Viraj Sorathia (0-19) and Zikria Nadeem  (1-18) - to put a brake on the scoring. Mal Clarke (2-23) returned to bowl the final over and was rewarded for bowling full and straight with two wickets.
 
Ali Rizvi (26) ensured Sale got off to the quick start essential for the run-chase. The stand-out innings was played by Will Radcliffe (25), who recovered from a painful blow struck by the Georgians' fast bowler, to see him off with a sweetly struck boundary through mid-wicket. Joe Cannon (21*) and Sam Battersby (15) batted fluently without challenging Georgians' target. A score of 121 shows that Sale have the potential to be competitive, as long as their fielding keeps them in the game.
 
On Friday, the u13s turned in a quality team performance to beat Whalley Range.  Batting first, Saad Khan and Dylan Walker opened the innings superbly, both retiring on 31 not out.  Both players combined sensible defence with excellent hitting, Dylan smacking a monster 6 out of the park into a neighbouring garden.  Sale finished on 99, a decent total on a green wicket which offered assistance to the home seamers.
 
Sale produced their best fielding display of the season, restricting the opposition to 85 runs.  Saad Khan, Maaz Khan and Suchit Sapkal all bowled great spells collecting 2 wickets apiece, and Isaac Brooks conceded only 9 runs off his 4 overs.   2 run outs typified Sale's fielding effort, and Mal Tazaki-Quayle made a steepling catch look straightforward at a key point of the game.  Edward Allanson, Ivan Flitcroft, Suleman Khan, Zeeshan Khan and Arthur Tazaki-Quayle all deserve credit for their brave, committed fielding, proving teamwork in the field can win matches.
 
A mixed set of results for the u11s from their last four games winning two and losing two. Outplayed by a stronger team at home to Lindow the u11s lost by 82 runs. Ben H, Krish, Arthur and James in the wickets with no one unfortunately standing out with the bat.
 
Bouncing straight back the team had a great win away at Urmston easing to a comfortable 61 run victory.  Louis (13) and Robin (25 retired) getting the innings off to a solid start with Ben H (21no), James N (12no) and Dattu (11) contributing runs down through the order. Tight fielding and bowling restricted Urmston to just 52/6 from their 20 overs with Ben H (2), James, Naman & Robin in the wickets together with a run out.
 
The u11s then came up against a very strong batting line up in the Cup away at Bowdon conceding 144/5 from their 20 overs in the field. Four Bowdon batsmen retiring at 25! Ben H, Naman and 3 run outs accounting for the 5 wickets. The team then batted extremely well against a good bowling attack never really looking in trouble reaching 97/7 from their 20 overs -the last 3 wickets lost mainly a result of ambitious shots trying to get near to Bowdon's total. Louis (25 retired), Arthur (13), Dattu (10) top scoring.
 
Again bouncing straight back from defeat the team had a comfortable win at home against Timperley. Batting first posting 100/4 thanks to some attacking batting from Louis (25 retired), Robin (16no), Arthur (11), Ben A (11) and Ben H (9no). Backed up by a really positive overall team performance in the field the u11s won by 14 runs.
 
Sale under 10’s made it five wins out of six friendly league games so far this season.  After the disappointment of having the cup game at Urmston called off for the third time, a hastily arranged home match with Didsbury followed a similar pattern to the closely fought cup match played last month.
 
Put into bat, Sale started on 200. A slow but careful start from Herbie Brodbeck and Pranav Sheshagiri ensured that the brisk opening bowlers collected only one wicket in their four overs. Amy and Zenen consolidated progress, Zenen hitting a brace of boundaries, before the acceleration came in the third pairing. James Newhill (16) and Thomas Kennedy (10) enjoyed a partnership of 35 in four overs pushing the ball to all corners of the ground. Energetic batting from Thomas Brassell and Dylan Parekh maintained the upward progress. Brayden Ross became the fifth batsman to reach double figures, as the home side ended on a total of 272 from their 20 overs.
Didsbury made a flying start to their reply but Dylan made a double breakthrough with his leg spin to put the brakes on the batting side. Thomas Kennedy followed up with a superb spell of two wickets for 4 runs in his 2 overs. Amy, Angus and Pranav kept the pressure on with tidy spells, as Didsbury reached 238 after 12 overs, needing 35 more runs in the last 8 overs. The match turned in the fourteenth over with Thomas Kennedy’s superb catch running towards the boundary. James took advantage with figures of three wickets for 2 runs in his 2 overs, receiving good support from Zenen at the other end. Requiring 31 off the last four overs, the experienced pair of Herbie and Brayden closed out the game, ensuring victory by 16 runs.
 
The game was played in a tremendous spirit, both sides playing some impressive cricket. From the Sale perspective it was pleasing to see only four wides conceded in 20 overs, with crisp fielding and superb backing up proving to be the difference between the sides.  Next game – it’s a fourth attempt to play the cup quarter final with Urmston.
 
Our latest home match saw the U9 Badgers emerge victorious from an extremely close encounter on Friday night.  Kiko Tazaki-Quayle was our captain for the day, and having won the toss elected to bowl.  As has become customary, the Badgers put on a display of economical bowling and committed fielding.  Lucy Dodds got us off to a great start, bowling fast and accurately and taking a wicket in her first over, and her partner Elizabeth Mansfield did the same in the next.  The pick of our bowlers though was Alex Mansfield, who took 3 wickets for only five runs conceded.  Matthew Mather took a catch for one of those 3 wickets, and could have had two more catches.  Joseph Britain too was unlucky not to take a caught and bowled opportunity, and Hector Bridle somehow managed to hit the stumps three times when bowling but the bails never budged.  Gracie Burt put in her best bowling performance of the season so far.  So, a great display of accurate bowling reduced our opponents to a low total.
 
The Badgers only needed to bat with patience to bring home a win.  Hector and Alex got us off to a typically solid start, picking off a boundary each and nicking some singles.  Lucy and Elizabeth were next, with Lucy top scoring for either side with 7 on a day when no-one was scoring big.  The trend continued with Joseph and Matthew moving us into the lead as we went into the final pair.  As captain, Kiko had asked to bat last and so she and Gracie were under pressure to hold on for the win.  It all started to unravel in their second over, when two run outs brought the scores back to level.  With nerves jangling, Kiko and Gracie remained cool for the final two overs and protected their wickets to eke out the 7 runs that were the winning margin.  It was a lovely reward for yet another hard working display from the team.
 
Sale Squirrels travelled to Lindow on Tuesday evening for what turned out to be an eventful, but ultimately frustrating, match.  Lindow decided to break with tradition by assembling a squad of 10 players, as opposed to the normal 8, meaning the game was extended by 25% to 20 overs per team.  Sale captain Sam Parish won the toss and elected to put Lindow into bat.  This seemed the right decision as, by the end of the standard 16 overs, Lindow had been restricted to a highly achievable 52 runs, thanks to some excellent bowling by the whole Sale team, with particular mention going to Roan Gardner for some terrific pace bowling (claiming 2 wickets), ably backed up by the rest of the team (including a wicket each for Drew Akers Hart and Jess Parish), and some excellent fielding throughout.  However, at the end of the 16th over, the match turned - Lindow brought out their 2 'extra' batsmen, who bared a striking similarity to messers Butler and Root, and proceeded to clump the ball around the ground in the face of some admirable, but tiring bowling.  This final pair virtually doubled Lindow's lead, leaving Sale with a less-achievable target of 91 to win.
 
Sale batted like they had bowled and fielded, with excellent technique and enthusiasm - with particular mention going to Drew, Roan, and Eddie and Tom Fenton for arguably their best batting performances for the Squirrels, again ably supported by the rest of the team, and some fantastic squirrel-esque scampering between the wickets.  However, despite excellent technique and effort, Sale lacked the big-hitter that would have made the difference.  Ultimately it was a tale of what might have been, with the team not getting the rewards they deserved in arguably their best all-round performance to date.  As has been the case in several games this season, Sale's excellent line-and-length bowling meant the opposition batters had something to feed off whereas, when batting, Sale faced some pretty quick stuff mixed in with a high proportion of wides and no balls, limiting their ability to score.  However, as one wise member of the Sale team said, their excellent technique, particularly with the ball, will stand them in good stead for the future.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Big Wins for 2nd & 3rd Teams

Big Wins for 2nd & 3rd Teams
Sale 1st XI held on for a draw at 3rd placed Widnes in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League, whilst the 2nd and 3rd  teams both had decisive wins in their quests for silverwear.
 
Search sponsored Sale asked Widnes to bat first.  Opener Danny Naughton hit 75, but he struggled to find a partner to stay with him as Sale reduced the home team to 150-7.
 
The late order then added quick runs to post 207 all out in the 50th over, suffering 4 run outs in pursuit of a target. Jeremy McFarlane and Rich Adams finishing with two wickets a-piece.
 
Sale made a steady response, anchored by Mat Spells (pictured above by Gearoge Franks) who hit an unbeaten 81 at number three. Tight bowling from the home side meant Sale fell behind the required rate, finally closing on 167 for 5 and securing 7 points.
 
Sale 2nd XI secured a big win at home to divisional leaders Stockport Georgians, closing the gap at the top to just 11 points.
 
Sale asked the visitors to bat first and restricted them to 176-9 on a great looking track. Siyan Siraj leading the way with 4-46, well supported by Abas Rizvi with 3-28.
 
In the end Sale coasted home with 6 overs to spare, Rizvi showing his all-round abilities with 56 and young batsman Dan Newton enhancing his reputation with an unbeaten 50.
 
Sale 3rd XI continue to set the pace at the top of the Sunday premier division with a 128 run defeat of Marple. All top 6 batsman made double figures at Sale posted 207 all out in the 44th over, opener Mohammed Rizvi top scoring with 50.
 
After tea Marple struggled to come to terms with the Sale attack, subsiding to 79 all out inside 31 overs, Abas Rizi taking 4-28.
 
On Sunday, the 4s toiled hard achieving a winning draw against Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.  Losing the toss again, Sale were invited to bat and posted 221-5.  Opener Jay Jayaraman made an impressive 44, and junior coach Ian Habershon played a simply stunning innings of 125, including some exceptionally powerful boundary hitting.
 
The dependable and consistent Joe Wicks then took 2 early wickets, and should have had another however a dropped catch by the skipper ultimately proved costly, enabling batters to build a key partnership, using up valuable overs.   Sale fought back well, with Howard Briggs taking 2 wickets, Ian Habershon picking up 3 wickets. The game went down to the last over, with Ian Habershon taking the 9th wicket, but Sale were unable to claim the last wicket for a win, Ladybridge finishing on 184-9.  Roshan Mathew made 73 for the visitors.
 
Earlier in the week Sale Sliverbacks, our over 40s side, came a distant second to Cheadle Hulme. Chasing 148-2, Sale reached 91-7 with Paul Hanrahan hitting 30 retired.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks make the short trip to Brooklands.  On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Macclesfield to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Cheadle Hulme. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Alderley Edge and the 4th XI host Lindow 3s.
 
U15s 100-5 lost to Alderley Edge 148-2
U14s 96-77 (20) lost to Timperley 121-7
U13s 61-9 beat Didsbury Bulls
U13’s 62 all out lost to Alderley Edge Wizards 93-6
U11s 336-5 beat Prestbury 289-11
U11s 121-4 beat Bowdon Vale 95-7
U10s 276 beat Urmston 249 – CUP Quarter Final
U10s 292 beat Poynton 285 – CUP Semi Final
U10s 269 lost to Bowdon 332 – CUP Final
U9 Badgers 255 lost to Lindow Leopards 289
 
Sale's hopes of a cup run in the SMJCL U15 tournament were brought to an abrupt end by the perennially strong Alderley Edge CC. Opting to field first, Sale were soon under pressure. Opener Holden hit 51* (retired) and captain, Bhamdapati (50*), followed suit. Sale kept themselves in the game, with good spells from Ibraheem Shereef (1-23) and George Howling (1-16), well supported by Vaasu Goyal and Mo Rizvi.
 
Sale started positively, adding 40 for the first wicket. Four quick wickets then proved Sale's undoing. Throughout, Dan Newton's stroke play had the home fielders patrolling the boundary. Dan went on to an accomplished 42. He found support from Anudarshi Majumdar who finished on 13*. But their target remained out of reach.
 
Captain Nick O'Leary lost the toss and Timperley chose to bat. Matthew Holland continued a local tradition in bowling Anurag Bhatkhande for 1 for the second time in two games, but Jamie Matthews was not to be restrained and retired on 35 (with 4 fours) to allow others to bat. In the 6th over Tom Stackable achieved a double breakthrough, bowling Louis Mitchell for 16 and Billy Dawson taking a smart catch to send back J. Faris, and Tom took another wicket in his next over, finishing with a well-deserved 3 for 18. Nevertheless, Timperley scored freely, reaching 98 by the fourteenth over, but saved until the end, Yaqoob Sharif claimed two scalps (2-18) and George Howling bowled a wicket maiden in the 19th over to restrict the opposition to 121. Great fielding throughout, and credit to Nick O'Leary and Joe Moss for taking one and two catches respectively.
 
Sale got off to a slow start in the chase, with openers Anudarshi Majumdar and James Hobson facing some challenging bowling. The arrival of Joe Moss at the crease in the 6th over brought a change of pace, with three consecutive boundaries showing this was to be his day. On 40, the umpires conferred and agreed he would be allowed 5 balls to see if he could get to 50, but some canny bowling and cruel boundary riders meant he retired on 47 (7 fours) - a superb innings to exceed his excellent fielding in the match. Other than the contribution of Matthew Holland with 12 and Anu who finished on 15, and despite some comically valiant and unselfish running at the end from Nick and Yaqoob, Sale were not able to match the Timperley batters and left George not out on a strike rate of 150 wondering what would have been if he'd got in sooner.
 
On Friday, the u13s won an absorbing game of cricket away at Didsbury Bulls.  Asked to bat first, Sale struggled, losing wickets at regular intervals against some admirable Didsbury bowling.  Isaac Brooks looked a class apart, making 27 including some fine striking down the ground and square of the wicket.  Zeeshan Zhan and Arthur Tazaki- Quayle also combined well at the end of the innings, ensuring Sale batted their full 20 overs, posting 61-9.
 
This didn't look anywhere near enough runs, and Didsbury's openers set off very quickly punishing any wayward bowling.  As thoughts turned to "starting the car", Sale moved up a gear and wickets started to fall.  And Sale transformed.  Excellent bowling backed up by outstanding fielding and team spirit totally changed the complexion of the game.  Wickets were shared by Moh Rizvi, the impressive Suchit Sapkal, Mal Tazaki-Quayle (who almost took a hat trick) and fired up skipper Isaac Brooks.  Outstanding fielding from Suchit Sapkal and Thomas Burt contributed 2 quality run-outs.  Team spirit, pressure and commitment proved no game is ever lost.  All involved should be proud of this level of performance, a point emphasised by the coach after a brief lie down in a darkened room.
 
Sale Eagles u13’s suffered a heavy defeat at home to a good Alderley Edge team on Friday 7th July. Alderley Edge batted first and quickly lost their openers to Theo Brodbeck and Arnav Kamble. However, they gradually rebuilt their innings and scored freely towards the end of their innings. Callum Ross bowled with great pace towards the end and there were encouraging spells by Aiden Bridle and Ben Thomas.
 
In reply, the Eagles lost wickets at regular intervals, being dismissed for 62. James Dodds was top scorer with 26.
 
A busy weekend of cricket saw the u11s play two games that featured most of the u11 players - 17 in total. Saturday saw the u11s comfortably defeat Prestbury away in a 10-a-side game played to the Pairs format at the picturesque Kerridge CC ground in Bollington. Starting on 200 runs Sale batting first posted a formidable 336 for the loss of 6 wickets (136 runs scored off the bat) in 20 overs.
 
This saw some excellent individual batting performances: Louis (27no) and Dattu (12no) sharing a 42 run opening partnership from the first 4 overs. Alex and debutant Josh R adding 15 for the loss of one wicket from the next 4 with both players batting extremely well and sensibly.
 
Ben H (16no) and Fergus (8) then continued to add runs as the 3rd pair with some excellent running between the wickets before a lovely 21no by Krish in a stand of 35 with Shantnu (9) for no wicket moved the score on past 300. Nathan (22) and Ben A (17) then accelerated the score to 336, despite the loss of 3 wickets, with some lovely shots.
 
A fantastic fielding and bowling display limited Prestbury to just 22 runs from 16 overs. Sale taking 10 wickets with Alex (3-6), Josh (2-10), Louis (1-9), Dattu (1-8), Fergus (1-5) and 2 run outs accounting for them.
 
Prestbury's big hitter then came to the crease scoring a formidable 47runs in a last pair partnership of 62 from 4 overs to see the hosts finish on a respectable 284 albeit for the loss of 11 wickets with Sale winning by 52 runs.
 
On Sunday the u11s travelled to Bowdon Vale in a game played under the traditional cricket format. Sale batting first scored 121/4 from their 20 overs. Louis (25 retired) & Dattu (27 retired) continuing their fine openng partnership putting on 48 before Naman (21) contributed a fine innings. Ben A's (13no) late cameo, including a huge 6 over mid wicket, took the score onto 121.
 
Rahul struck with his first ball clean bowling one of Bowdon's openers before the home side moved onto 55/1 with two batsmen being retired out. Sale then turned the screw taking 6 wickets for 27 runs from the final 12 overs. Seb, Will, Shantnu, Ben A, Robin & Dattu all claiming one wicket each to propel Sale to victory by 26 runs.
 
A great weekend of cricket and two fantastic performances by the u11s.
 
Sale travelled to Urmston for the quarter final of the Under 10 Cup on Wednesday night.  At the fourth attempt the game finally took place on Urmston’s reserve ground at the grammar school. The home side won the toss and invited Sale to bat first.
 
After a scary start in the first couple of overs, with some interesting running between the wickets, William and Angus settled down to provide some momentum to the innings. James provided a huge boost to the total, collecting 14 runs in 4 balls in the fifth over. For the rest of pairing with Herbie the visitors progressed at a rate of a run a ball. The outfield made boundaries a luxury but James managed to equal his season’s best 26. Thomas B and Ben C continued to provide impetus to the innings, Ben looking extremely impressive during his innings of 12. Thomas K continued his good form with a purple patch which included the only six of the game as his partnership with Amy saw Sale pass the 250 mark (starting on 200). Brayden and Luke battled away against Urmston’s best bowler, Maggie, helping set a target of 277 for the hosts to achieve victory.
 
Regular opening bowler Thomas B set the tone for the second innings of the match with a tight opening maiden. Sale built on this start as the home side could only muster six runs in their first four overs. Urmston’s remote chances of winning the game ended in the ninth over bowled by Brayden which was a wicket maiden with a run out added in as well for good measure. Between overs 9 and 16 only four runs were scored off the bat. Urmston began the final four overs on 219 and despite some positive shots from last pair Maggie and Jenny, Sale ran out victors by 27 runs.
 
With the U10 cup final scheduled for 9th July it was agreed to stage the semi-final and final at Poynton on the same day. Bowdon had already beaten Lindow in the other semi-final so would await the winners of the semi-final between Poynton and Sale. As has been the norm over the past two or three seasons, Sale and Poynton played out another gripping contest, which ebbed and flowed as the contest progressed. Sale batted first and the innings followed a similar pattern to the quarter final. Ben Cleary (16) chose the big occasion to make his highest score for the under 10’s, three powerful boundaries being the highlight of the opening partnership with Thomas Kennedy, who provided solid support. James and Herbie  continued their successful partnership, scampering between the wickets to keep the scoreboard ticking over. James reached 23 including four boundaries, the highlight being a blistering straight drive past the bowler. The total stood at 244 after 8 overs (starting at 200). Angus and Dan were the third pair and kept the scoreboard moving when possible. Amy and Thomas Brassell tried to up the scoring with some daring running, increasing the heart rate of the spectators, but then Brayden calmed the Sale supporters with some powerful hitting, reaching 23 in the process. With excellent running between Brayden and Luke, Sale posted 291, a testing target.
 
Poynton made a blistering start, reaching 231 (starting at 200) in their opening four overs. With 16 overs to go, and a target of just 270 Sale were up against it. However, wickets started to fall, a smart stumping by James off Angus’ bowling was followed by a trio of “clean bowled” wickets for Brayden, Thomas K and Luke. The home side steadied the ship again, pressing on to 277 at the end of the 14th over, needing 15 to win off 6 overs. Herbie changed the direction of the match with a superb over, collecting three wickets in four balls. This set up as exciting last over bowled by James, Poynton requiring 8 to win. Two singles and a two left the home side needing four off 3 for victory but James settled the issue clean bowling one of the Poynton batsmen. With all the fielders set deep, Poynton were unable to collect boundaries off the final two deliveries and they finished on a total of 285. After a three hour battle Sale now faced Bowdon in the final.
 
With only a half hour rest on a hot day, Sale were up and against it in the final against Bowdon who arrived fresh and ready for the 2pm final. The Sale team battled bravely against some rapid bowling, James and Herbie scampering numerous byes to fast balls which flew past the wicketkeeper. Dan Bradley chose the final to register his highest score for Sale (17), skilfully locating gaps in the leg side field.
 
Sale eventually posted a respectable total of 269 but the odds were heavily stacked against them. Visibly wilting in the hot sun after a long day, Sale tried desperately to prevent Bowdon chasing down the runs but tiredness took its toll and once Bowdon passed the Sale total in the 14th over of the innings the wheels came off somewhat for Sale. The game ended with some fielders struggling to move at all. This was understandable as Sale had played 80 overs of cricket in the day with many overs consisting of eight balls. Bowdon took advantage to post an eventual total of 332.
 
So Sale finished runners up in the under 10 cup, to a powerful side that had strength in batting and pace bowling. This was a fantastic achievement, based on great team spirit, some outstanding individual moments and improvements in batting, bowling and fielding throughout the squad.  A record this season of 9 wins out in 11 games, losing only to powerful Lindow and Bowdon teams, is a good indicator of progress being made across the entire under 10 squad. Three friendly league games remain for the side before the summer holidays.
 
Under very threatening skies, the Badgers played their third home match in a row against Lindow Leopards.  Gracie Burt captained the side as we were put into bat first.  Gracie and her partner Lucy Dodds opened the batting and, after an initial fast start, conceded a couple of wickets that pegged us back. Kiko Tazaki-Quayle and Matthew Mather were next, the highlight of which was a boundary from Kiko.  Joseph Britain and Charlie Marson were next and were typically energetic in trying to move our score forwards.  Joe’s running in particular was enthusiastic, if a little bonkers at times.  We had to wait for our final pair to achieve some acceleration in our scoring.  Hector Bridle excelled, at one point hitting three boundaries in a row.  Lucy batted again as Hector’s partner, as we were a player short due to illness, and was eager as ever to seek out ones and twos.
 
Taking to the field, we had a respectable total to defend, but Lindow unfortunately got off to a flying start with an opening partnership of 31.  We also struggled to take wickets, which is unusual for our team this year, but one highlight was Gracie’s delight at taking her first wicket.  She was also our most economical bowler.  This seemed to lift the team, as what followed was some outstanding fielding.  Kiko in particular was called into action several times to block boundaries, and there were other blocks from Hector and Lucy.  Matthew had two more catching opportunities, one of which was above his head and he got his fingers to it which stopped another 4.  As with previous matches, there was lots of backing up from Joe, Charlie and Matthew.  A shame to have lost then, but the team worked really hard to keep Lindow’s runs down and make up for being a player short.
 
Richard and Andy took a young but incredibly keen team to the U9s tournament at SW Manchester Cricket Club on Sunday.  20 teams competed in the event, and Sale had a team of eight players for the 6-a-side tournament.  It turned out to be a baking hot afternoon of fun.
 
In our first match, we probably played the strongest team in our group, Langley.  Sam Parish and Tom Fenton put on 11 in the first pairing, and Elizabeth Mansfield hit a 6 off her first ball.  When Langley batted though, the boundaries (4s and 6s) were flowing.  Tom and Matthew Mather took our wickets but we lost by 47 runs.  The scores got much closer in our next match against Macclesfield.  Elizabeth and Alex Mansfield put on 22 runs for the middle pair, but we were pegged back by 4 wickets conceded.  Our bowling improved in accuracy, and there was much more care taken with our fielding, as we lost this game by 30 runs.
 
For the third match, the team really focused on backing up for quick runs and not conceding wickets. which secured us an impressive 8 run victory in a tight match against Littleborough.  On this occasion, James Wareing and Farhan Ali top scored with 22 in the middle pairing, including another 6 from Farhan.  We backed this up with a great bowling performance too.  The pick was Farhan, whose unerring accuracy got him a wicket for only 3 runs conceded, and Sam and Tom grabbed a wicket each at the end, Sam’s courtesy of a solid catch by James Wareing at Point.  By the final match against Heaton Mersey, we’d been joined by a number of other team-mates who cranked up the atmosphere.  The team put on their best bowling and fielding display of the day, with two run outs secured by Farhan and Matthew off James Wareing’s bowling, a stunning caught and bowled by Matthew (with a celebratory fist pump), topped off by a great delivery by James Dyson being caught by Sam at mid-on which sent the supporters into a frenzy.  The team battled hard when batting, with Sam and Tom the top partnership again with 17, but ultimately it wasn’t quite enough as we lost by 25 runs.
 
So, although the results were a little disappointing, everyone had a great time and the performances definitely improved as the day progressed.  All of our players hit double figures when batting, and all bar one took at least one wicket.  With four run-outs, three catches and some more committed fielding, there was much to celebrate.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Cricket Development Plan Update 2016-19

Cricket Development Plan Update 2016-19
Whilst the cricket season is now in full-flow for senior and junior members, the Club Committee remains very active away from the pitch as part of a continuing commitment to develop and improve facilities and section capability moving forward.  This is especially important this season given the exciting proposals being progressed by the Sports Club to develop the ground and facilities.  A key element of this commitment is the Club Development Plan, which has been agreed by, and is subject to continuing review, by the Committee.  This Development Plan provides a framework and focus for the section moving forward and the Club is determined to be innovative and ambitious, building upon progress made in recent seasons. 
 
Key elements of the Development Plan and objectives include:
 
  • Continued commitment to Clubmark and ECB Safeguarding policy to ensure a positive, safe cricketing experience for our junior membership
  • Representing the interests of the cricket section whilst contributing to, and supporting the Sports Club plans to develop and improve club facilities
  • The development and implementation of a Recruitment Plan for girl cricketers from local primary schools
  • To review and build upon links between the junior and senior sections, further developing opportunities for junior members to train and play in senior cricket
 
A full copy of the Development Plan is available for members to review here and Play-cricket site.  
 
Additionally, the Committee is considering a consultation process across the Membership to ensure Member's views and requirements are considered and reflected and built into future planning and section management.  Further details will follow later in the season.
 
Please contact Ian Dixon or Nick Brooks if you require any further information regarding the above.

Sale Battle for Draw

Sale Battle for Draw
Sale 1st XI held on for a draw at home to Macclesfield in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.  The former premiership team were looking favourites for the win before a rear guard action secured the draw points for the home side.
 
Search sponsored Sale asked Macclesfield to bat first.  The visitors enjoyed the surface at Dane Road, reaching 240-5 declared in 46 overs, Thomas Tudor leading the way with 94.  Jeremy McFarlane was the pick of the bowling for Sale with 2-53, with credit also to you young fast bowler Mal Clarke with an economical 1-31 off his 9 overs.
 
After losing an early wicket, Greg Gyves and Mat Spells added 55 for the first wicket before Spells was caught for 19. Gyves batted with fluency, before falling for 54 off just 52 balls.
 
The home side continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, slumping to 148-8.  McFarlane and Rich Adams then added 55 for the 9th wicket to secure maximum batting points and use up vital overs.  When Adams went for 17, Clarke then held on to secure the draw with McFarlane who finished unbeaten on 81 (pictured above by George Franks).
 
Sale 2nd XI remain in one of the promotion places after continuing their winning run at Cheadle Hulme.  The home side struggled after being asked to bat first, being bowled out for 134 in the 44th over.  Siyan Siraj with 4-23 and Grant Whittaker with 4-34 did the damage.
 
Sale made short work of the reply, reaching their target in the 36th over, Dan Newton getting the innings off to a flying start with a brisk 32. Siraj (23) and Whittaker (26 not out) then added runs to their earlier wickets as Sale coasted home for the loss of 5 wickets.
 
Sale 3rd XI lost at Alderley Edge, but remain top of the Sunday premier division. Young opener Viraj Sorathia top scored with 64 as Sale posted 185-9 in their 45 overs.
 
The home team reached their target for the loss of 5 wickets, with 2 overs to spare, Mike Jones taking a brace.
 
On Sunday, the 4s were involved in a losing draw against Lindow.  Lindow were invited to  bat first, and Sale produced arguably their best bowling and fielding display of the season, restricting Lindow to 131-7.  A Bull  (55)and Callum Livingstone (27) made key contributions for Lindow.   Howard Briggs opened for Sale with a fine spell of 10-3-10-2, and wickets were also taken by the impressive attack of Joe Wicks, Isaac Brooks, Ian Habershon and Dennis Gornall.  Gabe Smith and Billy Dawson both fielded superbly, keeping the Lindow score to what was believed to be a manageable total.
 
Sale's reply never settled.  The Lindow bowling attack was accurate making scoring difficult, with the impressive Rowan Day also picking up regular wickets and finishing with 6-22.  9 down with 18 overs remaining, Sale were facing their first defeat of the season.  However, a fine last wicket partnership between unflappable Isaac Brooks 13 not out and a resolute Joe Wicks 20 not out preserved the sides unbeaten status.   A difficult game to assess in the sense that the Lindow score was gettable, but in the end Sale were relieved to salvage the draw, mirroring the fixture away at Lindow early in the season.  Respect and credit is due to Pete Hodge and the Lindow team, who again played with great spirit in another tight finish.
 
Earlier in the week the Silverbacks, over 40s side, lost at Brooklands by 27 runs.  Skipper Iain Harrop top scored with 30 retired, with Nigel Davenport hit 27 not out in pursuit of the home team’s 134-3.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Bowdon Vale.  On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Warrington and the 2nd XI welcome Middlewich to Dane Road. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Cheadle and the 4th XI host Wilmslow.
 
Sale Invitation XI 128 all out (18.1 overs) defeated Sale U18 126-7
U13s 139-5 beat Bowdon Vale 72 all out
U13 Eagles 74 all out (19) lost to Alderley Edge 88-7 (20)
U10s 271 beat Whalley Range 236
U9 Badgers 292 beat Lindow Leopards 214
 
Facing a fifth cancellation in six starts, the U18s fixture on Wednesday was saved by the positive response of club-mates to turn out as an 'Invitation XI'. The scratch team batted first. First teamers, Ryan Burgess (31*) and Jeremy Macfarlane, reached their retirement scores rapidly. U18 skipper Joe Cannon (3-16) dragged his team back into the game with three cheap middle order wickets. Meanwhile, his opposite number, Mat Spells (35*), was shepherding his side towards a respectable total. George Howling (2-12) seemed to have brought the innings to a close with two quick wickets, when Jeremy Macfarlane reappeared to restart his innings. One delivery from Will Radcliffe and a clean take of a steepling catch by Ibraheem Shereef ended the innings.
 
Sam Battersby (35) and Will Radcliffe (41* retired) built a solid opening partnership in response. Ali Rizvi (14) increased the scoring rate, keeping the u18s in sight of a famous victory. With wickets falling to Zikria Nadeem, Greg Gyves, Linesh Sorathia and Gabe Smith, Captain Cannon was left to score 11 off the final over bowled by Jeremy Macfarlane (2-12) and four off the final ball, which proved just out of reach.
 
Many thanks to all who played, particularly those who turned out at short-notice, including umpires Siyan Siraj and Paul Batts.
 
On Friday, the 9 man u13s batted first against Bowdon Vale.  Sale lost early wickets, however Suleman Khan (30 retired), Thomas Burt (25) and Ivan Flitcroft (19 retired) all played some attractive shots, and Sale posted a very respectable 139-5.  In reply, Sale maintained their recent high bowling and fielding standards, restricting Bowdon Vale to 72 all out.  Wickets were taken by Suleman Khan (3) in a give all round performance, Isaac Brooks (3), Moh Rizvi (2), and Zeeshan Khan, who also got a run-out.  A good team performance, highlighting some real development and progress across the season.
 
Sale Eagles u13’s showed great battling qualities and nearly pulled off an improbable victory at Alderley Edge on Friday night.
 
Alderley Edge got off to fast start but hostile bowling from Harvey Devenport and Callum Ross removed several of their top order. Tanay Patel continued to show great improvement with the ball and Aiden Bridle deservedly picked up a wicket at the end of a consistent spell of bowling.
 
In reply, the Eagles were indebted to Jack Brassell who made a quick fire 18, including a huge 6 over mid-wicket before stepping onto his own wicket en route to another boundary. Harvey Devenport maintained the momentum, cutting and pulling with power but he ran out of batting partners and finished on 21 not out. A very encouraging team performance for the Eagles but we ended up 14 runs short of the target.
 
The Under 10 team hosted Whalley Range on Thursday night. Sale batted first and made steady progress with Brayden Ross (19) hitting three fours in the opening four overs. James Newhill (18) also hit three boundaries in his four overs at the wicket. After 8 overs Sale, starting on 200, had reached 241. A difficult period followed with three run outs during the next pairing but Dan Bradley and Thomas Kennedy added 18 in the fourth pairing. Ben Cleary came out all guns blazing in the final pairing, hitting a new best for Sale of 19, beating a previous best set only last week. This enabled the home side to post a par score of 271.
 
The visitors made an impressive start, ending the first pairing on 220. From that point on Sale put the brakes on the reply. Zenen Evans conceded just one run in his two overs and James took two for five in his two overs. Highlight of the evening was William Taylor’s first wicket of the season which was celebrated in style by the entire team. Dan and Angus Rawson continued to stem the flow of runs as Whalley Range entered the final pairing on 236. Brayden finished a great all round performance with figures of one for six in his 2 overs. The hosts ended victors by 21 runs.
 
Sale took a group of four girls to the annual Marple Girls Festival on Sunday 16 July.  The event was an 8-a-side tournament, so we combined with two players from Bramhall (Claudia and Poppy) and two very young All Stars from Marple (Esther and Isabel), to compete as “Storm” at U11s level on the day.  Playing in one of two pools of four teams, we started against Lightning.  Our guest pairings from Bramhall and Marple got us off to a steady start, before Amy Seddon started trying to hit the coach and a poorly parked BMW (which was soon moved).  Having whacked a few 4s and a 6 in a partnership of 34 with Molly Saunders, Elizabeth Mansfield followed suit and with Jessica Parish they added another 33 runs.  Our bowling and fielding saw us comfortably win the first match by 34 runs.  The next two pool matches were much tighter.  We lost the second match against Didsbury by 1 run, leaving the team rueing a couple of missed run opportunities and a dropped catch.  The team was determined to make amends in our final pool match against Greenfield.  Amy and Elizabeth again led the way with some aggressive scoring, ably backed up by their partners Molly and Jess.  One of our guest players, Poppy, took 2 wickets and right at the end Molly made an amazing block on the boundary to prevent a six, which saw us home to a victory by 6 runs.  As three teams had all won two matches, we won the pool on runs scored, and so we went straight to the final against Lindow.
 
By now our team was depleted to six players (to our opponents ten) so a 10-over match followed where four of our players batted and bowled twice.  Batting first, Claudia and Poppy got us flying with 20 runs from the first two overs.  Elizabeth and Jess added 32 for the next pair, including an incredible sequence of 4646-4 in one over from Jess!  Molly and our remaining All-Star Esther maintained our momentum, before our Bramhall guests batted again for another 18 and Elizabeth and Jess got our score to a whopping 180 going into the last over.  Unfortunately Lindow saved their best bowler for last, as she skittled 3 wickets to peg us back to 166.  In reply, Molly and Esther kept things really tight, allowing only 12 and 4 runs to be scored from their two overs each.  The rest of the team bowled tidily which was enough to ensure that, going into the final over, the scores were level.  Lindow edged into the lead, but were pegged back with the penultimate ball when Molly held her nerve to take a catch.  There was even a run-out chance off the final ball, but Lindow got home to win by only 3 runs.  So, an unlucky result in the final but overall for our girls to play as they did in what was effectively a scratch team was a fantastic achievement.  For the record, no windows were broken and no BMWs or coaches were harmed in all the 4s and 6s (42 in total) smashed by our team.
 
Lindow had proven to be a thorn in our side so far this season, having beaten the U9 Badgers in our last outing, and our girls also having lost to them in the girls tournament final on Sunday, so we headed to Wilmslow on Tuesday night hoping to change our luck.  Well, I’m not sure what the Badgers had for their tea, but every player put on an outstanding performance.  We elected to bat first, because we had one player running late and we were also a player short.  Hector Bridle and Thomas Brassell opened the batting, and after a quiet first over, the runs started to flow with Thomas hitting 3 boundaries in a partnership of 21.  Our next pair in was Elizabeth and Alex Mansfield, who accelerated our innings with 29 between them, including 4 boundaries from Alex.  Hector then batted again with our captain for the day, James Dyson, and the pair continued our excellent scoring with lots of 1s and 2s and a couple of 4s from Hector.  Rey Bhardwaj and Pranav Sheshagiri finished our innings, both adding boundaries in a final partnership of 24.  Our score of 292 was our second highest of the season, so we knew we were in with a strong chance of winning.
 
As we took to the field, what followed was the best team bowling performance of the season by some margin.  5 wickets fell in the first three overs, as Rey picked off 3 wickets for only 4 runs in his two overs, before he then had to leave early.  Fielding for the rest of the match with only six players only seemed to spur the Badgers on as the wickets kept tumbling.  Pranav also chipped in with 3 wickets for only 3 runs, Thomas picked up 2 more wickets, and Elizabeth and James got one each.  There were also two run outs – one from James and one from Hector, as we notched up 12 wickets in total, but there could have been more.  Alex would have had a wicket but for a simple dropped catch, and Pranav hit the stumps twice – once when bowling and once for another run out – but failed to shift the bails both times.  Elizabeth and Hector in particular were unlucky not to be better rewarded for persistently accurate bowling, regularly passing the bat and missing the stumps by a whisker.
 
It was really pleasing to see our team’s substantially superior bowling, which has been a recurring feature of the season, finally being rewarded with a handsome win.  This combined with some excellent run chasing, committed fielding and a good level of encouragement and praise of each other throughout the match was wonderful to watch.  Well done Badgers, let’s finish the season on a high.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

One's Dominate Drawn Game, Two's Go Top

One's Dominate Drawn Game, Two's Go Top
Sale 1st XI had to settle for 15 points after failing to dislodge the final wicket at Warrington on Saturday.  Sale dominated the encounter with their nearest rivals in the quest to stay in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.
 
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bat first, with in form Greg Gyves and Lancashire’s Brooke Guest getting Sale off to a great start (pictured above by George Franks).  Gyves hitting 63 and Guest 70 as Sale dominated the early exchanges.
 
Mat Spells (19), Ryan Burgess (21) and Ben Watkin (28 not out) kept the momentum going as Sale closed on 219-5 off their 50 overs.
 
Ali Barrowman and Mal Clarke soon had Warrington in trouble, reducing the home team to 35-6, before a rear guard effort from Richard Heaney and the Rudd brothers took the score to 113-7 and seeming safety.
 
Gyves and Clarke then took two quick wickets to give Sale a chance, but the final pair held out in the final over.  Barrowman finished with 4-39 and Clarke 3-25.
 
With nearest rivals Stockport Georgians and Ashton-on-Mersey playing out a draw, Sale 2nd XI took the opportunity to go to the top of division two with a comfortable victory against bottom of the league Middlewich.
 
Grant Whittaker with 7-23 and Siyan Siraj with 2-22 blew the visitors away for just 79.  In reply Jamal Benzafar led the way with 27 not out as the 2s coasted home inside 19 overs.
 
On Sunday the 3rd XI had to settle for a draw at Cheadle, but remain top of the premier division after securing 14 points.  Thirteen year old Mohammed Rizvi played with maturity beyond his years as he hit a patient 59 not out as Sale were bowled out for 202 off the last ball of the final over.
 
Sale took wickets at regular intervals, but couldn’t dislodge veteran Rocky Kapoor as Cheadle closed on 143-8.
 
Sale 4th XI had a comfortable win at home to Wilmslow to stay in 2nd place in division three east. Ian Habershon took 5-32 and Joe Wicks 3-23 as Wilmslow were bowled out for 113.
 
Sale reached their target for the loss of two wickets after tea, with Jay Jayoraman (32) and Chris Smith (38 not out) top scoring.
 
Earlier in the week Sale Silverback’s over 40s match at home to Bowdon Vale went down to the final ball. Mark Almond hit 30 retired as Sale posted 116-8.
 
Mark Rowe took 3-35 in reply, but couldn’t prevent second placed Vale securing the win.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks finish their season at Urmston. On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Marple to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Alvanley. On Sunday the 3rd XI host second placed Didsbury and the 4th XI travel to Heaton Mersey.
 
U11s 93-4 (20 overs) beat Heaton Mersey 76-7 (20)
 
The u11s won their final home game of the season on Sunday beating a strong Heaton Mersey team by 17 runs.
 
Playing on the artificial wicket following the overnight downpours Sale, batting first, lost Rahul early on but then some great partnerships between Arthur (10), Louis (26 retired), Ben H (26 retired) and Dattu (13) took Sale to a respectable 93/4 from their 20 overs against a very consistent bowling attack.
 
With another tight performance in the field and some excellent bowling, victory never really looked in doubt with the Heaton Mersey batsmen never able to dominate the Sale bowling attack.
 
A great caught and bowled by Krish followed by some fantastic strike bowling in the final six overs by Rahul (2-2), Arthur (2-14) & Ben H (2-5) saw Sale run out comfortable winners.
 
The full scoresheets can be found here.

Mo Ali Hat-Trick Not Enough

Mo Ali Hat-Trick Not Enough
Sale 1st XI had to settle for a draw in a game where all three results remained possible right down to the final over. In tricky conditions following heavy overnight rain Sale finished 6 runs short against Marple in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.
 
After a delayed start Search sponsored Sale asked the visitors to bat first. James Crisall (43) and Mark Bennett (31) set a platform for Marple after the early loss of Darby.
 
From 129-3, the visitors collapsed to 147 all out, veteran seamer Mo Ali doing the damage with 7-27 (pictured above by George Franks).  His spell included a hat-trick, two days before his name sake completed a similar feat in the test match.
 
Sale took a similar approach after tea, with Joe Cannon opening up with a patent 21 and Brooke Guests adding 37 at number 4.  However the home side found it equally difficult to accelerate the score, finishing on 141-9 in the 38th over.
 
The 2nd XI’s recent winning run came to an end at Alvanley, although a strong batting display ensured they picked up 9 valuable points. Mo Rizvi (48) and Jamal Benzafar (34) led the way as they posted 216.
 
With leading bowlers Whittaker and Siraj both missing, Sale were unable to make inroads into the home batting line up as they reached their target for the loss of 4 wickets.
 
The 3rd XI secured a potentially decisive win over 2nd placed Didsbury to extend their lead at the top of the Sunday premier division to 24 points.
 
Siyan Siraj took 4-34 as the visitors were restricted to a below par 148-7 in their 45 overs.
 
In reply Sale got off to a flying start as skipper Abas Rizvi his 32 off just 28 balls at the top of the order.  His son Ali then then saw the 3s to their total with a chanceless 71 not out, as they coasted home with 13 overs to spare.
 
The 4th XI fixture at Heaton Mersey has been rescheduled to 10th September.
 
Earlier in the week Sale Silverback’s lost their over 40s match at champions elect Urmston. Mark Almond took 3-24 at Urmston were restricted to 109-7.  Nigel Davenport hit 33 retired and Graham Bolton 22 as the Silverbacks finished 9 runs short in reply.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks finish their season against Cheadle.  On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Davenham to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Northwich. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Nantwich and the 4th XI host Bredbury St Marks.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Important Wins All Round

Important Wins All Round
Sale 1st XI blew the race for promotion to the ECB premier league wide open and did their own survival hopes the power of good with a much needed victory over 2nd placed Davenham in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League on Saturday.
 
Sale needed an 8th wicket stand of 50 between Lancashire’s Brooke Guest (pictured above by George Franks) and 16 year-old Sam Battersby to see them home to their target with just one ball to spare in a thrilling finish.
 
Davenham won the toss and elected to bat on another great track at Dane Road, the home side doing well to restrict them the 203-7, Jeremy McFarlane leading the way with 4-70.
 
After losing two early wickets Mat Spells steadied the Sale response with 33.  Ali Barrowman then joined Brooke Guest, hitting 55 in even time to take control of the game.
 
The loss of Barrowman triggered a flurry of 4 wickets to leave Sale in a precarious position, before Battersby joined Guest to complete the win.  Guest finishing 64 not out, and Battersby hitting the winning runs in his 20 not out.
 
Sale 2nd XI routed strugglers Northwich to stay in 2nd place in division two.  Siyan Siraj hit a magnificent 139 not out as Sale racked up 261-5 declared in the 39th over, 13 year-old Mo Rizvi providing the main support with 45.
 
Sale made short work of the second innings, bowling the home side out for 54 inside 20 overs. Siraj (3-6) and Gareth Watterson (3-10), were the leading bowlers.
 
Sale 3rd XI moved a step closer to the Sunday premier league title after an important win at Nantwich.  That win coupled with 2nd placed Didsbury abandoning their game due to rain opened up a 42 point lead with just 4 games to go.
 
Nantwich posted a competitive 195 all out in their 45 overs, skipper Abas Rizvi taking 5-57.
 
Sale’s young guns led the way after tea, Viraj Sorathia (58) and Dan Newton (55 not out) saw Sale to their target with 16 balls to spare.
 
Sale’s 4th XI made a 100 point weekend, albeit due to Bredbury St Marks 4s conceding their division three east fixture.
 
Earlier in the week Sale Silverback’s rounded off their over 40s season with a win at home to Cheadle.  Sale posted 118-6, top scorers were Paul Battersby (28) and Iain Harrop (25).
 
In reply the visitors could only reach 96-5, Rob Moore taking 3-23.
 
On Saturday the 1st XI visit Urmston and the 2nd XI welcome 3rd placed Ashton-on-Mersey to Dane Road.  On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Hyde and the 4th XI have no fixture.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

2nd & 3rd XI's in Hunt for Silverwear

2nd & 3rd XI's in Hunt for Silverwear
Sale’s 2nd and 3rd teams both secured important wins in their quests for silverware in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League over the weekend.  The 2nd XI beat 3rd placed Ashton-on-Mersey to move to the top of division two and the 3rd XI secured their tenth win of the season at Hyde.
 
Sale asked nearest challengers Ashton-on-Mersey to bat first in their crucial 2nd XI clash at Dane Road. The visitors made a good start, reaching 136-2 and looking to set a challenging total.
 
The Sale bowlers then fought back, eventually restricting Ashton to a below par 181-8, Gareth Watterson, Grant Whittaker and Tom Riley all taking 2 wickets each.
 
The result never looked in doubt after tea, with opener Jamal Benzafar smashing 71 off just 72 balls to get Sale off to the perfect star.  Benzafar was the third and final Sale wicket to fall with the score on 114.
 
Siyan Siraj (66 not out) and Abas Rizvi (26 not out) then saw Sale to their target with 8 overs in hand.
 
With news that league leaders Stockport Georgians had been rained off, Sale moved top of the league by 3 points and 42 points ahead of Alvanley, who leapfrogged Ashton into third place.
 
Sale 3rd XI closed in on the Sunday premier league title with their 10th win of the season at Hyde, a statistical rarity as Sale won despite failing to take a single Hyde wicket.
 
After being invited to bat first the home side posted 201-0, Luke Young finishing unbeaten on 103 and George Baker unbeaten on 83.
 
Sale skipper Abas Rizvi knew what he was doing on the small Hyde ground however as Sale reached their target in the final over.  Rizvi himself scoring 69 at the top of the order (pictured above by George Franks) and young batsman Dan Newton finishing with an unbeaten 63 to see Sale home.
 
One more win from their final three games will probably be enough for Sale to be crowned Sunday champions.
 
Sale 1st XI had a day to forget at Urmston after the home side posted 258-4, Ali Barrowman and Jeremy McFarlane taking two wickets each.
 
Mat Spells top scored with 37 as Sale were bowled out for 130.
 
The 4th XI had no fixture this week.
 
On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Upton to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Lindow.  On Sunday the 3rd XI host Grappenhall and the 4th XI visit Ashley.
 
The full scorecard can be found here.

2nd XI Win on Wet Saturday

2nd XI Win on Wet Saturday
With plenty of rain about on Saturday Sale 2nd XI took the opportunity to go 21 points clear at the top of division two of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.  With nearest challengers Stockport Georgians abandoning their match, Sale extended their lead with a 6 wicket win at Lindow.
 
Search sponsored Sale asked Lindow to bat first after a delayed start, they reached 50 for the loss of 2 wicket as Gareth Watterson removed both openers.
 
Abas Rizvi then took 2 quick wickets to reduce the home side to 61-5. Ryan Johnson and James Bracewell then added 71 for the 6th wicket.
 
It was Rizvi who broke the partnership, as he finished with 4-17 as Lindow closed on 137-8 off 48 overs.  Watterson was next best with 3-38.
 
Despite losing a wicket in the first over, Sale never looked in danger as they knocked off the runs with 23 overs to spare. Young opener Viraj Soarthia (pictured above by George Franks) anchoring the innings with a measured 55 not out off 69 balls.
 
Rizvi (33 off 42 balls) and Siyan Siraj (30 off 31 balls) played with fluency as Sale reached their target for the loss of 4 wickets.
 
The 1st XI fixture at home to Upton was cancelled without a ball being bowled due to rain.
 
Sunday premier league leaders Sale 3rd XI were frustrated by Grappenhall as they couldn’t take the final wickets to secure an outright win.
 
Sale were asked to bat first, veteran opener Soans Praveen made a good start with 25.
 
Youngsters Dan Newton (39) and Mo Rizvi (41) were the backbone of the Sale innings as they reached a challenging 185-6.
 
After tea the visitors were content to bat out for a draw, which along with several dropped catches by Sale meant that the home side had to settle for a 14 points to 3 draw.
 
Nearest rivals Didsbury won closing the gap at the top of the league to 31 points, but with just two games left Sale remain favourites for the title.
 
Sale 4th XI remained top of division three east despite losing at Ashley.  Dennis Gornall top scored with 26 as Sale were bowled out for a below par 120.
 
Ashley reached their target for the loss of 7 wickets as Sale picked up 7 points to stay 8 points clear of Lindow.
 
On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Oxton and the 2nd XI welcome Congleton to Dane Road.  On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Bramhall and the 4th XI lost Cheadle Hulme.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Sale Crowned Sunday Champions

Sale Crowned Sunday Champions
3rd XI team v Bramhall (back L-R): Soans Praveen, Shah Zeb, Ali Rizvi, Owais Khan, Linesh Sorathia (scorer), Kashif Baig, Dan Newton, Rory Woodward, Sam Battersby; (front L-R): Viraj Sorathia, Abas Rizvi (captain), Mohammed Rizvi
 
Sale 3rd XI were crowned champions of Cheshire on Sunday, following a comprehensive 8 wicket win at Bramhall.  Sale wrapped up the Vivio Cheshire County League Sunday premier division title with a game to spare.
 
In a remarkable turnaround from last season Search Sponsored Sale led the top division for much of the season after being relegated on the final day of last season, only to be reprieved after third bottom Stockport requested demotion.
 
Sale showed no sign of nerves, wrapping up a rapid win over struggling Bramhall.  Shah Zeb struck the first over, with fellow opener Ali Rizvi soon getting into the act with a wicket in his second over to put the home team on the back foot.
 
Rizvi and Shah quickly worked their way through the top order reducing Bramhall to 18-6, Rizvi finishing with 4-31 and Zeb with 2-11.
 
Bramhall rallied somewhat to reach 61, before Dan Newton mopped up the tail with 3-2.
 
Sale made short order of the reply, knocking off the runs inside 13 overs.  Young openers Mo Rizvi and Viraj Sorathia added 49 for the first wicket before Sorathia fell for 11.
 
Rizvi then saw Sale through to their target for the loss of one more wicket, finishing unbeaten on 38.
 
Sale’s 11th victory of the season meant that second placed Didsbury can no longer overhaul their points total, confirming Sale’s first ever premier league title.

1st XI Move Towards Safety

1st XI Move Towards Safety
Sale 1st XI all but secured their Vivio Cheshire County League division one status on Saturday with victory at Oxton. The combination of a 3 wicket win for Sale and Warrington’s defeat at Bollington means that only a freak set of results between now and the end of the season would see Sale relegated.
 
Search sponsored Sale did well to dismiss the home team for 170 in the 48th over after Oxton reached 64 for the loss of one wicket, Rich Adams taking 3-16 and regular ‘keeper Brooke Guest showing his bowling skills with 3-24. Greg Gyves and Jeremy McFarlane chipped in with 2 wicket a piece.
 
Jamal Benzafar (15), Gyves (24) both got starts as Sale reached 49-2.  McFarlane and Mat Spells then put together the match winning partnership, adding 85 for the fourth wicket.
 
The loss of Spells for 30 and McFarlane for 65 prompted a mini collapse, before skipper Keith Wellings saw his side home with 10 not out.
 
Sale 2nd XI continue to set the pace at the top of division two with a comfortable 8 wicket win over lowly Congleton, maintaining a 21 point advantage over second placed Stockport Georgians.
 
Congleton posted a below par 156-7 off their 50 overs after being asked to bat first.  Gareth Watterson with 3-29 and Grant Whittaker with 2-35 were the leading bowlers for Sale.
 
After tea Sale made short work of the reply, Whittaker smashing 65 off just 43 balls (pictured above by George Franks) and Siyan Siraj with 40 not out off 30 balls provided the fireworks.  Young opener Zikria Nadeem finished 33 not out as Sale reached their target in the 31st over.
 
With Sale 3rd XI winning the Sunday Premier division title at Bramhall, Sale 4th XI made it a full house of wins for Sale as their beat Cheadle Hulme to stay top of division three east on Sunday.
 
Cheadle Hulme posted 140-6 off 40 overs, with stand-in captain Howard Briggs leading the way with 2-8.
 
Sale coasted to victory after tea, reaching their target with 7 overs to spare for the loss of just two wickets. Ian Habershon finishing 71 not out and Zikria Nadeem 36 not out.
 
On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Bollington to Dane Road and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture.  On Sunday the 3rd XI host Didsbury and the 4th XI travel to Stockport Trinity.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Newton Secures 2nd XI Promotion

Newton Secures 2nd XI Promotion
Sale 2nd XI have been promoted back to division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league after being relegated 12 months ago.  Sale had 14 year-old Dan Newton to thank as his first senior century secured an unlikely looking win at Bollington.
 
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bowl first as the Bollington openers made a positive start, reaching drinks without losing a wicket.
 
Sale fought back well after the break, led by Siyan Siraj who took 5-43 as the home side finished on 217-8.
 
Sale's reply got off to a shaky start as they were reduced to 19-3 and then 98-6 as a promotion damaging defeat loomed large.
 
This did not deter young Cheshire batsman Newton who fought well with support from Siraj (38) and Soans Praveen (41) as he reached his maiden century (106 not out) and also brought up his 1000th run of the campaign seeing Sale home by 3 wickets with 3 overs to spare.
 
Elsewhere 3rd placed Alvanley lost to 2nd placed Stockport Georgians, meaning promotion was secured as Sale head into the final two games with a 21 point advantage as they go for the divisional championship.
 
Sale 4th XI also have their fate in their own hands after they defeated 3rd placed Stockport Trinity in Sunday East Division Three, maintaining an 8 point advantage over Lindow with one round of games to go.
 
In a rain reduced game, Sale chased down 77-9 at Trinity for the loss of 3 wickets, Zikria Nadeem (31 not out) and Ian Habershon (38 not out) formed the winning partnership.
 
With only one team promoted they need to win their final game at Heaton Mersey 4s next Sunday to secure the divisional title and promotion. 
 
Sale 1st XI lost a competitive game at home to Bollington on Saturday, but did secure enough points to ensure any mathematical chance of relegation was ended.
 
Sale elected to bat first and found themselves struggling at 67-4 after losing early wickets, before a late cameo from chairman Paul Battersby (41 not out off 27 balls – pictured above by George Franks) ensured they posted a competitive 177-8.  Skipper Keith Wellings showing some late season form with 34 not out.
 
After tea Sale also took early wickets, before 76 from Jack Ward for the visitors guided them home with two overs to spare.  Young fast bowler Mal Clarke proved the pick for Sale with 3-46.
 
Sale 3rd XI rounded off their premiership winning season with their 12th win out of 18 against relegated Didsbury 4s, securing a final winning margin of 51 points over 2nd placed Didsbury 3s.
 
Didsbury 4s posted an imposing total as they reached 247-7 off 45 overs, Mike Jones and Abas Rizvi taking two wickets apiece.
 
Sale made light work of the reply despite losing Rizvi in the first over after tea.  Viraj Sorathia became the 2nd 14 year-old Sale batsman to pass 1000 runs for the season as he hit 34 in a stand of 103 with Soans Praveen for the 2nd wicket.
 
Sale didn’t lose another wicket as Praveen hit a magnificent 145 not out to see Sale home with 2 overs to spare, Dan Newton continuing where he left off the previous day with 62 not out.
 
On Saturday the 1st XI visit divisional leaders Oulton Park and the 2nd XI welcome Heaton Mersey to Dane Road.
 
The full scorecard can be found here.

Guest Century as Sale Lose at Champions

Guest Century as Sale Lose at Champions
Sale 1st XI lost their penultimate game at division one champions Oulton Park in the Vivio Cheshire County league on Saturday.  With rain disrupting much of the weekend cricket programme Sale lost by 9 wickets in a game reduced to 80 overs.
 
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bat first after a delay of 70 minutes and got off to the worst possible start as Ryan Burgess was caught at the wicket from the very first ball of the match.
 
Jeremy McFarlane then added 22 with Sam Battersby and a further 22 with Brooke Guest before he was dismissed for 24.
 
Fresh from winning the 2nd XI County Championship with Lancashire in mid-week Guest (pictured above by George Franks) went on to dominate the innings, adding 56 for the 4th wicket with Mat Spells (10) and 60 for the 7th wicket with Lionel Thompson (22).
 
Guest brought up a classy century (103 not out) in the final over from 114 balls, including 12 fours and a six.  Sale closed on 177-9 off the revised 40 overs.
 
With other games around the county being cancelled Oulton Park had been confirmed as division one champions before the start of play, and were presented with the trophy by league chairman David Humpage during the tea interval.
 
Full of confidence the home side made short work of the reply on a drying wicket.
 
Martin East and Danny Leech added 124 for the first wicket before thirteen year old spinner Isaac Brooks dismissed East for 70.
 
Leech (58 not out) and Matt Jamieson (30 not out) then coasted home inside 28 overs.
 
Sale 2nd XI’s match at home to Heaton Mersey was cancelled without a ball being bowled due to heavy morning rain.
 
It was a case of “as you were” at the top of division two as nearest rivals Stockport Georgians were also rained off.  With one match to go Sale remain firm championship favourites, needing just 5 points form their final game at bottom of the table Weaverham to claim the divisional title.
 
The 1st XI round their season off by entertaining relegated Weaverham.
 
Sale 4th XI could claim an unprecedented third divisional title for Sale in the same season, but need Lindow to draw or lose after there rearrange game against Heaton Mersey on Sunday with cancelled.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Sale Secure 2nd League Title

Sale Secure 2nd League Title
 
2nd XI (back L-R): Viraj Sorathia, Grant Whittaker, Will Radcliffe, Mohammed Rizvi, Syan Siraj, Zikria Nadeem, Abas Rizvi, Tom Riley; (front L-R): Lionel Thompson, James Hall (Captain), Dan Newton
 
Sale secured their second league title of 2017 as the 2nd XI were crowned champions of Vivio Cheshire County League division two on Saturday, securing a return to division one at the first attempt after relegation a year ago.
 
After confirming promotion last week, Search sponsored Sale needed just 4 points to wrap up the divisional title at relegated Weaverham, and did so in style with a 218 run victory.
 
Opener Grant Whittaker set the tone, smashing 57 of just 36 balls at the top of the order in a 74 run opening stand with Zikria Nadeem (14).
 
When both openers fell within 7 runs of each other Jamal Benzafar continued the scoring rate, passing 50 as Sale reached the 4 bonus points they needed to secure the league title.
 
Banzafar scored 54 out of a stand of 66 with Siyan Siraj (11) for the 3rd wicket, and a further 33 in a stand of 50 with Dan Newton for the 4th.  Benzafar eventually falling for 89 off 59 balls, including 10 fours and three sixes.
 
Newton then went on to post 58 not out off a relatively pedestrian 42 balls as Sale declared on 259-5 from 34 overs.
 
Sale made short work of the reply against bottom of the table Weaverham, dismissing the home side for just 41 inside 18 overs to start the celebrations.
 
Very occasional bowler Lionel Thompson took 2 early wickets, as did Newton and Mo Rizvi as Sale secured their 16th win from 22 games and finished 21 points clear of 2nd placed Stockport Georgians.
 
Sale 4th XI were prevented from winning a third league title by the weather as their final game at Heaton Mersey was cancelled, leaving Lindow to pip them by 10 points.
 
Sale 1st XI enjoyed a comfortable win to end their season in the reverse fixture over Weaverham at Dane Road.  With the visitors relegated and Sale safe the game had an end of season feel about it.
 
Weaverham were dismissed for 146 in the 35th over, Jeremey McFarlane leading the way with 4-31, backed up by Mal Clarke and Greg Gyves would took two wickets each.
 
A rain interruption came at the right time, with Sale reeling at 34-5 off 20 overs.  The break gave the home side time to regroup, as Sale went on the reach their target without losing a further wicket.
 
Australian McFarlane showing his all-round qualities finishing unbeaten on 68, well supported by Joe Cannon (48 not out).
 
Sale were left to celebrate a very successful season securing two league titles, the 3rd XI being crowned overall Sunday premier league champions and the 2nd XI winning division two. The 1st XI achieved their aim of staying in division one and the 4th XI progressed from finishing bottom of the league to just missing out on their own league title.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

Green Light for Development

Green Light for Development
A major investment in a community sports hub for Sale moved a step closer as Trafford Council unanimously approved the ambitious plans of Sale Sports Club.
The club, founded in 1854, brought forward plans that will secure the long-term future of this important community facility through an innovative partnership with Hales & Brown that will see the redevelopment of the club funded through the sale of surplus land for much needed local housing.
Whilst the club has increased participation across its five sports through investing in its sporting facilities and workforce over the last 15 years, the costs of maintaining the aging changing and social facilities have been a considerable burden. The costs of bringing the existing facilities up to just a minimum standard are prohibitive, threatening the long term viability of the club.
The scheme, developed with the support of Sport England, the England & Wales Cricket Board and the Lawn Tennis Association, will see the construction of a 2-storey community clubhouse and pavilion on the site of the existing sports pavilion and a new indoor tennis centre.
The club’s county standard cricket facilities will be unaffected and the remaining outdoor tennis courts will be upgraded.
The indoor tennis and multi-sports facility will enable all year around tennis, as well as the expansion of the club’s popular holiday clubs and Saturday morning multi-sports club, Sale Sporties.
The new clubhouse will deliver Sport England compliant changing facilities that are accessible to all and an exercise studio, as well as providing a first class viewing vista from a bar and function room on the first floor.
The new facilities will allow the club to broaden its appeal and contribute to the health and well-being of local residents by working with other local organisations to target those who will benefit from increasing their physical activity rates and reduce social isolation.
Construction is expected to start in the spring.
 
Mike Kane MP (second from left), with Sue Laister, Steve Hodkinson & Paul Battersby
Local MP Mike Kane said, “I welcome the proposed development, it’s great to see such an ambitious investment in the sports facilities in Sale that will benefit the whole community”
He went on to say “I look forward to working with the club to widen its appeal and reach those who will benefit from increased physical and social activities”
Sale Sports Club President Sue Laister is delighted with the planning consent, “It has long been our ambition to build a new facility and it’s down to the hard work of our volunteers that’s made it a reality.  We look forward to working with the local community to help them get more active, and building on the success of our thriving sports sections.”
Pictured above (L-R): Sue Laister, Mike Kane MP, Steve Hodkinson, Paul Battersby.

Century for Returning Lawrence

Century for Returning Lawrence
Sale Cricket Club 1st XI kicked off a new season in the Vivio Cheshire County League with a comfortable win at bogey team Davenham thanks to an unbeaten century from Tyrone Lawrence (pictured above by George Franks). Lawrence made an immediate impact on his return to Sale following a season at Timperley in this opening division one encounter.
 
Search sponsored Sale won the toss and asked the home side to bat first against their most successful combination of recent seasons, Lawrence opening up with Rick Halkon, himself returning from a 2-year sabbatical.
 
They made the breakthrough as Davenham were reduced to 34-2.  Ben Gough and Sam Hunt then looked to be putting the home side in a strong position as they reached 131-2 at drinks.
 
In an old cricketing cliché the drinks interval brought the breakthrough as Hunt (43) and Gough (71) both fell to first change bowlers Rich Adams and Ben King without adding to the score.
 
Sale then took control as the remaining 6 wickets fell for just 48 runs as the hosts were dismissed for 179 in the 42nd over. Halkon returning to claim 4-40, supported by Adams (2-28) and Ben Watkins (2-15).
 
Despite the early loss of new signing Matt Wilson for 4, Sale looked in complete control after tea. Greg Gyves and Lawrence reaching 95-1 at the drinks interval.
 
Sale also lost a wicket shortly after drinks as Gyves fell for 35, but there was no collapse in the second inning as Lawrence and Mat Spells saw the visitors to their target in the 47th over.
 
This allowed Lawrence to mark his return with a century, finishing on 106 not out, Spells adding an unbeaten 24.
 
Sale 2nd XI had to settle for a draw in their opening game at home to Tattenhall.
 
New skipper Jamal Benzafar won the toss as Sale dominated the early exchanges, restricting the visitors to 25-3 off 18 overs.
 
Dane Tinsley and Matt Spann then added 89 in even time to put the visitors on top, before the extra pace of Mal Clarke in his second spell made the vital breakthroughs. Clarke finished with 4-33, well supported by Siyan Siraj (3-12) as Tattenhall closed on 176-9.
 
Sale were disappointed not to reach their target as a number of batsmen made good starts including openers Benzafar (28) and Viraj Sorathia (31).
 
Sam Battersby, with a well-crafted 52, held the inning together, but when he fell Sale were forced to bat out for a draw 18 runs short of their target.
 
Sale 3rd XI also got off to a winning start, beating Urmston by 49 runs in their T20 cup match against Urmston on Sunday.
 
Sale’s trio of talented youngsters led the way as Sale posted a formidable 162-8, Mohammad Rizvi top scored with 42, well supported by Dan Newton (36) and Viraj Sorathia (25).
 
In reply Urmston were always behind the required rate, reaching 113-4 off their 20 overs. Sohail Bahaduri taking 2-13 on debut.
 
Next week the 1st XI welcome former premier league champions Hyde to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Bramhall. On Sunday the 3rd XI play a 20/20 cup fixture at Hale Barns.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

1st XI lose to Promotion Favourites Hyde

1st XI lose to Promotion Favourites Hyde
Sale Cricket Club 1st XI failed to follow up their opening day win against recent premier league champions Hyde on Saturday. Sale lost their Vivio Cheshire County League division one encounter by 107 runs to the promotion favourites.
 
Search sponsored Sale hoped to capitalise on a wet wicket following recent heavy rain after asking the visitors to bat first, but found Cheshire regular Danny Berry in fine form as he reached 40 off just 52 balls in what would prove to be a decisive contribution.
 
First change bowler Ali Barrowman made the breakthrough, taking two wickets to reduce Hyde to 73-2 at drinks.
 
Sale kept taking wickets at regular intervals as Rich Adams took two middle order wickets and a fine spell of left arm spin from Ben Watkins yielded 3 wickets for 22 runs as Hyde closed on 168-8.  Chris Canning was in fine form behind the stumps with 5 victims.
 
A target of 169 would normally be well below par but the wet wicket combined with Hyde’s minor counties attack proved too much for the home batsmen.
 
Tyrone Lawrence top scored with 15 as Jason Whittaker (6-19) and Danny Cranmer (3-20) routed the home side for 61.
 
The 2nd XI match due to be played at Bramhall was cancelled on Friday due to a flooded pitch.
 
On Sunday the 3rd XI continued their winning start in the T20 cup with a comfortable win against Hale Barns.  With the Hale Barns ground under water the match was switched to Sale.
 
Sid Bahaduri made the breakthrough in the first over after the visitors elected to bat first, with Shah Zeb soon getting into the action removing the other opener.
 
Shane Osborne (2-15) and Moh Rizvi (3-18) controlled the middle overs, reducing Hal Barns to 73-8.  A late flurry from James Fullerton-Batten (22 off 21 balls), got the score past 100 before Zeb returned to bowl the visitors out for 108.
 
Despite losing Viraj Sorathia without scoring Sale reached their target with ease, Moh Rizvi (pictured above by George Franks) and Arshad Muhammad adding 96 for the 2nd wicket.
 
When Muhammad was caught for 41 Sale only needed 5 runs to win. Rizvi soon hit the winning runs to finish 43 not out and secure an 8 wicket victory.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks start their over 40s season at Brooklands, on Saturday the 1st XI travel to new comers Barrow and the 2nd XI welcome Stockport Georgians to Dane Road, and on Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Alderley Edge and the 4th XI start their season at Woodley 3’s. Bank holiday Monday sees the 3rd XI play their final T20 cup match at home to Hyde.
 
Sale Sparks u13’s - 298
Didsbury Diamonds u13’s - 273

The Sale Girls u13’s team played their first match of the season away at Didsbury Diamonds on Monday evening and began with a solid victory.

Batting first, Sale got off to a flying start with Elisabeth Mansfield plundering several boundaries in her 18 runs. Momentum was maintained by Gracie Burt in the middle order who hit a fine straight drive to the boundary, whilst Isabelle Beaumont played a controlled innings and played very straight. Captain Amy Seddon (23) and Lucy Dodds (20) blasted their way to a 43-run partnership in 4 overs, helping the team to post a very competitive score.

In reply, Didsbury were always behind the required run rate. Ava Beaumont and Kiko Tazaki-Quayle bowled very tidily, Kiko being very unlucky not to take a wicket when the ball passed through the batter’s stumps! Jessica Parish kept up the pressure with a fine spell of accurate bowling and Ava Beaumont took a well-deserved wicket. The Sparks fielded with great enthusiasm and merited their fine victory. The match was played in a superb spirit throughout and all players from both teams were a credit to their clubs.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

FC Sporting Sale - FA Charter

FC Sporting Sale - FA Charter

Our junior football section, FC Sporting Sale have just achieved the FA Charter Standard following their annual health check. Well done to all concerned.

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1st XI Held to Draw at Barrow

1st XI Held to Draw at Barrow
Sale Cricket Club 1st XI just came up short on their first visit to league newcomers Barrow on Saturday. Sale had to settle for a draw in their Vivio Cheshire County League division one match after falling 10 runs short of their target.
Search sponsored Sale elected to bowl first on the warmest day of the season so far, but soon found it hard going as Barrow made a confident start, Iroshan De Silva and Alex Reid adding 110 for the first wicket.
Matt Wilson made the breakthrough as De Silva was stumped for 38. Reid then added a further 50 for the second wicket with Chris Woodcock.
Reid was the second and final wicket to fall to a smart return catch from Andy Millward on his return to the 1st XI. Woodcock (45 not out) and Steve Ogilby (27 not out) took Barrow to 221-2.
After tea Sale were always in the chase as Mat Spells anchored the innings with a patent 73 not out at number 4, but a success of batsmen made starts but failed to build a winning partnership.
Greg Gyves started well with 32 at the top of the order and Tyrone Lawrence added 27, but it was left to Andy Millward (19 not out) to try to force the win with Spells. Together they added 42 for the 8th wicket, but couldn’t reach the target closing on 211-7.
The 2nd XI also drew on Saturday, although the prospect of winning against fellow promoted side Stockport Georgians never looked likely.
Gareth Watterson (pictured above by George Franks) and Moh Rizvi both took 2 wickets as the visitors posted a competitive 215-7 off 50 overs.
Captain Jamal Benzafar got Sale off to a blistering start with 33 off 26 balls, but after he was out  only Dan Newton with a patent 28 got to grips with the situation as the home side fell behind the required rate.
New signing Sandeep Yadala secured an extra bonus point with a brisk 46 towards the end as Sale closed on 149-8.
The 3rd XI started their league campaign at home to Alderley Edge on Sunday, included in the Edge team was former England captain Michael Vaughan and his son Archie.
Sale batted first and got off to a bad start with only Arshad Muhammad (20) in the top 7 making double figures.  Skipper Abas Rizvi then blasted 76 before Vaughan senior come on to wrap up the innings on 151.
Sale bowled tightly in the 2nd innings, but the target was always going to be short as the visitors got home by 4 wickets, Abas Rizvi (3-43) and Isaac Brooks (2-20) were the pick of the bowling.
The 3rd XI soon got back to winning ways on Monday, beating Hyde to progress to the knock-out stages of the cup. The visitors posted 128-3 in 20 overs.
Sale got home with 3 balls to spare, Soans Praveen finishing unbeaten on 44, with early support from Abas Rizvi (36) and Viraj Sorathia (25).
The 4th lost at Woodford 3s in their first match of the season on Sunday.
Earlier the week Sale Silverbacks, lost a close encounter at Brooklands in the over 40s competition. Paul Hanrahan took 3-15 as Brooklands posted 88. In reply only Asad Khan (16) and Mark Almond (18) reached double figures as Sale finished 10 runs short. The match was notable for a spectacular one handed catch from new Silverbacks skipper Rob Moore.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks entertain Cheadle Hulme.  On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Upton to Dane road and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Hyde and the 4th XI have a blank week.
Monday 30th April away at Ashton On Mersey
Sale cc u9 Badgers Beat Ashton On Mersey 234 v 224
With Eva as captain for our first game of the season she called heads correctly winning the toss and put Ashton into bat. A fine bowling performance followed with 6 wickets falling – 3 for Charlie, 2 for Eva and 1 for Hallam and backed up by impressive fielding from Xander (great wicket keeping), Atharva, Luke and Hallam who took a spectacular diving catch.
Batting was hard work to start with but Matthew and Isaac dug in against a tough Ashton bowling attack keeping Sale up with the run rate. As the middle order took strike 2 boundaries from Joseph (who top scored with 11) meant that in the end Sale Badgers were to run out winners. A great start to the season in our first match
Sale Sparks (284) beat Heaton Mersey (276) by 8 runs
The Sparks made it two wins out of two in the U13 Girls competition, with a tight encounter in challenging conditions.  Isabelle Beaumont was captain for the day and, having won the toss, elected to bat.  Our first pair, Amy Seddon and Molly Saunders, got the team off to a flying start.  With clear calling, excellent backing up and no hesitation, they put pressure on the fielding team by running pretty much every delivery.  Jessica Parish and Isabelle followed with some calm, confident play, regularly rotating the strike in a partnership of 17.
Lucy Dodds and Gracie Burt kept the scoreboard moving, with some quick singles and a lovely 4 from Lucy over Point.  Gracie connected well with one shot, but was unfortunate to see it go straight back to the bowler for a catch.  Elizabeth Mansfield and Eva Beaumont produced a strong scoring finish, with two more boundaries from Elizabeth, which were unfortunately cancelled out by two wickets conceded when chasing the ball.
As the second innings commenced, the wind had picked up so fighting that and the cold was no easy task for the Sparks’ bowlers.  Amy and Molly bowled first against Heaton Mersey’s two strongest players, but managed to peg them back, helped by two wickets in one over from Amy.  Isabelle bowled fast and Jessica very accurately to slow their scoring further.  Jess hit the stumps but, ironically on a night when the bails kept blowing away, they didn’t budge on this occasion.
Heaton Mersey’s scoring accelerated with the third pair, as Gracie and Lucy struggled with their line in the wind.  They were unlucky, however, as in amongst these middle overs, the team were really close to securing a couple of run outs.  As the final pairing took to the field, we could tell the scores were close.  Eva struggled with her first over but improved with her second.  Going into the last over, a cry from the frozen parents on the boundary told us that Heaton Mersey needed three to win.  Having taken a wicket in her first over, Elizabeth bowled one and ran out another, and remained ice cool with her final two deliveries to see the Sparks home by 8 runs.
Both teams deserved their three cheers at the end for some good cricket, great teamwork and excellent attitude and encouragement throughout.
Monday 7th May Home v UrmstonSale CC u9 Badgers lost to Urmston 261 v 270
A close game that went all the way to the final over before Urmston, batting last, hit the winning runs. On a beautiful sunny evening Sale had Matthew, Xander and James find the boundary and star man James hit 4 boundaries with the sides top score of 17.
In reply Urmston found the early going difficult as Sale took 7 wickets (2 for Joseph and 1 for Lucy, Eva, Kiko, Gracie And James). However Urmston finished strongly and in the end their 8 boundaries (2 sixes and 6 fours) meant that they took the honours this time. Credit to all the players for a great effort.
Brooklands 95-7; Sale 66-8
After the first two fixtures were postponed by opposition, Sale's under 11's kicked off their season by hosting Brooklands on Sunday.
On a sweltering day Sale invited the visitors to bat first. After a careful start against new ball bowlers Thomas Brassell and James Newhill, Brooklands compiled a challenging total of 95-7 in 20 overs. Outstanding bowling from Dan Bradley and Hector Bridle and four run outs from direct hits were the highlights for Sale.
Sale lost three early wickets in reply before James Newhill and Luke Billinge looked to consolidate. Thomas Brassell followed up with some impressive batting but Brooklands restricted the hosts to a total of 66-8 in 20 overs. The difference between the sides may have been 25 extras conceded by the hosts but it a promising first game of the season for Sale's under 11's.
​The full scorecard can be found here.

Siraj Leads Sale to Dramatic Win

Siraj Leads Sale to Dramatic Win
Sale Cricket Club 2nd XI pulled off a dramatic first win of the season in a low scoring affair at Upton on Saturday.  Sale won by 13 runs in their Vivio Cheshire County League division one match after posting just 128 in the first innings.
 
Search sponsored Sale elected to bat first, but soon found themselves in trouble as wickets began to tumble.  Sam Battersby top scored with 29 at number 6, well supported by Sandeep Yadala, whose late order 19 runs would prove to be crucial.
 
After tea Upton got off to a confident start, before the introduction of Siyan Siraj turned the game dramatically in Sale’s favour.  He ripped through the middle order with a spell of 5 for 26 to leave the home side reeling.
 
Siraj also affected a run out in an excellent display of fielding that saw Sale hold a number of important catches, including 3 for Gareth Watterson.  As the Upton tail wagged from 77-7 to 100-8 the tension rose before Watterson and Abas Rizvi took the last two wickets to secure the win.
 
The reverse fixture at Sale promised to produce an equally thrilling finish before a Sale collapse lead to an 81 run win for Upton 1st XI.
 
Sale asked the visitors to bat first, and despite an early breakthrough from Rick Halkon, the home side were soon toiling on an excellent batting surface at Dane Road.Chris McArthur and Chris Stowell-Smith added 140 for the 2nd wicket, McArthur finishing on 138 as Upton declared on 247-4 off 47 overs.
 
Sale were going well at 100 for 3 wickets at the half way stage, led by 64 from opener Greg Gyves.  However the drinks break working for the visitors as Sale lost 3 quick wickets.Ryan Burgess looked like he might salvage a draw for Sale with a patient 44, but when he fell the last two Sale wickets soon followed as the home side were bowled out for 166.
 
On Sunday the 3rd XI secured a comfortable victory against Hyde at Dane Road.  Sale asked the visitors to bat first and restricted them to 176-9 off their 45 overs.  Skipper Abas Rizvi led the way with 3-22, well supported by Shah Zeb and Moh Rizvi with a brace apiece.
 
Sale lost two early wickets, but from 14-2 Rizvi senior led from the front with 57 at number 3.  Soans Praveen added 26 in a stand of 78 before Asad Khan saw Sale home with an unbeaten 58.
 
Earlier in the week the Silverback’s game against Cheadle Hulme was cancelled and the 4th XI had no fixture.On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Urmston and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Grappenhall to Dane Road and the 4th XI visit Hyde.
 
Sale Sparks (269) lost to Ashley (284) by 15 runs
 
The Sparks came up a little short in Round 3 of the U13 Girls competition, with another tight encounter against a strong Ashley side.  Sale’s captain, Elizabeth Mansfield, won the toss and elected to bat.  Amy Seddon and Lucy Dodds picked up from where they left off in week 1, with a lightning start with lots of positive running and excellent backing up (and a big 6 from Amy), marred by a couple of run outs due to some exceptional fielding.  Our second pair was Jessica Parish and Eva Beaumont, both of whom improved significantly on week 2 with some confident hitting.  Kiko Tazaki-Quayle returned to the team and paired with our young debutant, Genie Moore.  Together they did a great job, achieving the highest partnership of our innings, including a lovely 4 from Kiko.  Sale were hoping for a repeat of week 2 when the final pairing accelerated the scoring to a strong total, and Elizabeth and Isabelle Beaumont would have achieved just that but for the unfortunate loss of two further wickets.
 
Nevertheless, a total of 269 was something to go at, and so the Sparks took to the field with enthusiastic optimism.  The pick of Sale’s bowlers was Amy who took a hat-trick on her way to bowling figures of 4 for 16.  Other highlights included Genie taking a wicket on her debut with a catch by Elizabeth, and Kiko also chipping in with a wicket with a catch by Lucy.  There were also run outs off of the bowling of Lucy, Genie and Elizabeth (2), with several more run out chances being narrowly missed.  Isabelle was again unlucky not to take any wickets but was Sale’s most economical bowler, and Eva was unfortunate to bowl against Ashley’s two best batters.
 
Another great match, thoroughly enjoyed by all involved, and the Sparks will be itching to get back out there and win the next one!
 
Sale u13 Falcons 98/5 (20 overs) lost to Alderley Edge 157/3 (20 overs)
 
The u13 Falcons played out an enjoyable game with Alderley Edge at Dane Road on Friday. Winning the toss Sale chose to put the visitors into bat and saw them make a confident start racing to 100 for no wicket off the first 10 overs with 3 visiting batsmen retiring out.Tighter bowling from then on in restricted Alferley Edge to 157/3, Krish, Gautham and Nathan taking one wicket each - Gautham's first wicket for the club.
 
Positive play by the Sale openers, Louis and Dattu, got the Sale reply off to a steady start. Louis going on to make 31 (retired). Solid and sensible batting contributions from Alex, Ben H and Nathan saw Sale finish just short of 100 for the loss of 5 wickets.Given that the Falcons are an u12 team playing u13 cricket, this season is mainly about development for both the team and individuals alike. Pleasing to see some positive foundations being laid for the remainder of the season.
 
Sale u13 Eagles 58-1 (8.5 overs) defeated Bowdon Vale 57 all out (14.2 overs)
 
Bowdon Vale struggled against all of Sale’s bowlers, particularly the spin attack. Captain James Dodds led the way with 3-6. Callum Ross claimed 1-3 (2 overs), Aidan Bridle 1-5 and left-armer Ayaan Mirza 2-21 including the big wicket of Tom Greening, who had hit a quick-fire 25. Greening skied a slog, which looked to be falling into no man’s land until Callum darted underneath and held on with a tumbling catch. Opening bowlers, Arnav Kamble and Theo Brodbeck were rewarded for tight spells with a wicket apiece.
 
Openers Jared Moran and Jack Brassall combined for a 50 partnership, with sensible risk-free batting, putting away to the boundary anything loose. Jared retired on 32*, with six cleanly hit boundaries from just 30 balls. Jack remained 15*, seeing the Eagles home to their first victory of the season.
 
Sale u13 Eagles 99-2 (20 overs) defeated Ashley 96-7 (20 overs)
 
This thrilling Cheshire County Cup match at Dane Road on Sunday morning went to the final ball. Ashley needed 12 from the 20th over and, hitting a 4 from the penultimate ball, required a 6 to win the game. Callum Ross (3-12) held his nerve and put Sale into the next round. Sale, put into bat, started circumspectly. Openers, Theo Brodbeck and James Dodds were starting to accelerate when Theo fell for 16. James, favouring the off-drive, soon after retired with 33*. Callum Ross then made his first key intervention of the game, clattering 30* (retired) from 20 balls, with six 4’s. Scoring just short of three figures, the Eagles knew their total was competitive but hardly impregnable.
 
Scoring 20 from the first four overs, Ashley’s openers were up with the rate from the start. Theo Brodbeck’s first delivery was pulled forcefully square and caught smartly by Callum Ross. Two more wickets fell as Sale’s slow bowlers - Dodds and Ross - strangled the scoring. But Ashley rebuilt with 32 for the fourth wicket, pressuring Sale’s field with some quick running between the wickets. Taking on Jared Moran at point, the batsmen took one risk too many and the game swung again towards Sale, their position reinforced by two tight overs from Will Scott. Ashley attacked again and the tension never lessened. Even with ten runs required from the final two balls, the visitors managed to stay in the game, until ‘player of the match’, Callum had his final decisive moment.  We look forward to welcoming Ashley back for a league match this Friday.
 
Sale's under 11's have two teams this season, one for hardball and one for softball.
 
On Monday night the hardball team were involved in an exciting game at Urmston as two evenly matched teams played out two very similar innings with the home side coming out victorious in the final over of the game.
 
Invited to bat first Sale overcome the loss of an early wicket to lay the foundations of a competitive total. Thomas Brassell and James Newhill worked the ball skillfully into the gaps to keep the scoreboard ticking along at a healthy rate. James Newhill retired on 25 before Brayden Ross hit some heavy blows in an impressive 22 as Sale reached 79-3 off 14 overs.
 
Runs were harder to come by at the end of the innings as the final six overs yielded only six runs.
 
In reply Urmston lost two early wickets before the innings followed a similar pattern to Sale's. At 71 for two after 14 overs the game looked lost for Sale but steady bowling and superb fielding increased the pressure on the home side. Pick of the bowling was young Jacob Cleary who caused the batsmen difficulty bowling round the wicket. He conceded just one run in his two overs.
 
With only 1 run scored in each of the 18th and 19th overs, and two run outs, Urmston sneaked over the line in the last over at the end of a tense, closely fought match.
 
Despite the loss it was a very impressive performance from the under 11's.
 
Scores: Sale 85-3 (20 overs); Urmston 87-4 (19 1 overs).
 
Sale U11 Softball (218) beat Ashton-on-Mersey/Trafford MV (266) by default
 
Ashton/Trafford were only able to field 5 players for the first U11 Softball cricket match of the season.  Whilst that conceded the match in Sale’s favour, all players were keen to play some cricket particularly as a match had been lost to bad weather the previous week.  Sale were put into bat first, with captain Roan Gardner and Herbie Brodbeck getting the innings off to a lively start.  Unfortunately, their desire to run got the better of them with a few run outs pegging the score back.  Sale’s second pair, Reyansh Bhardwaj and Rohan Vakil, faced some familiar bowling, as our very own James Newhill popped up for the opposition and took two wickets and a run-out.  The wickets kept tumbling with our third pair.  Alex Mansfield, having hit the only boundary of Sale’s innings, then hit his own stumps twice when facing the bowling of another team-mate, Eddie Fenton, who also bowled Seamus Farrell.  Alex and Seamus nevertheless restored some forward momentum going into our final pairing.  Thankfully, Eddie and Hector Bridle conceded no further wickets, but scoring continued to be difficult, when facing two very economical overs from Herbie.
 
So, taking to the field Sale knew that the only chance of winning was to take even more than the 11 wickets conceded when batting.  Roan and Herbie bowled with gusto but without any luck.  Rey and Rohan were up next, and the wickets started to tumble with two run-outs secured by Roan and Rohan, and Rey clean bowling one opponent to slow Ashton’s scoring.  In our third pairing, Alex took another wicket and Seamus bowled tidily to do their best to keep the score down.  For our final bowling pair, the last two overs were the most frenetic of the innings.  Eddie bowled one opponent and set up a run out chance.  Going into Hector’s final over, the coach asked him to just take the six wickets.  He, with Herbie’s assistance, secured two run-outs from the first two balls to build the excitement…but alas the batsmen saw out the remaining deliveries without further incident.

The full scorecards can be found here.

Sale Slip Down the Table

Sale Slip Down the Table
Sale Cricket Club 1st XI suffered a heavy loss at Urmston on Saturday that saw them drop down the league table.  Sale now find themselves in the bottom two of division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league after the 8 wicket defeat
Search sponsored Sale elected to bat first, but soon found themselves in trouble, losing wickets at regular intervals.  Only Tyrone Lawrence (pictured above), batting at number 3, showed the necessary application with 55.  No other batsman made double figures as Sale were dismissed for 116.
Urmston showed some early nerves as Sale took two early wickets, but Callum Turner (67) and Lewis Jackson (31) saw them home.
The 2nd XI encounter at Dane Road was a far closer affair, finishing as a draw as Sale ended up 11 runs short in their pursuit of Urmston’s 188-8.
Young Cheshire spinner Isaac Brooks (pictured above) took 3-36, well supported by 2 wickets a-piece for Tom Riley and Syan Siraj as the visitors were restricted to a below par 188-8.
Sale lost early wickets and fell behind the required rate, before 45 from Grant Whittaker and 35 from Sam Battersby put Sale back in contention.
Dan Newton marshalled the tail well with an unbeaten 48, but ran out of overs as Sale closed on 177-8.
Sale 3rd XI suffered their own collapse at home to Grappenhall on Sunday, Moh Rizvi top scoring with 24 as the home side were bowled out for 111.
Grappenhall looked to be struggling in pursuit of their modest target as Shah Zeb and Abbas Rizvi knocked over the first 4 batsmen, before David Seed dug in to see the visitors home.
The 4th XI had much the better of their match at Hyde.  Ian Harbershon hit an unbeaten 114 as Sale posted 230-4.  Hyde held on at 105-9 to deny Sale the outright win, Isaac Brooks the leading protagonist with 5-9.
On Saturday the 1st XI host Macclesfield and the 2nd XI visit Cheadle. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Didsbury to Dane Road and the 4th XI make the short trip to Ashton-on-Mersey.
The under 11 hardball team (see above) had victories in back to back games this week. Following a last over loss at Urmston last week, a home match against Ashton on Mersey on Sunday was followed by a cup game away at Timperley on Monday night.
Sale batted first against Ashton on Mersey. A total of 104 for 8 was achieved in 20 overs, based around a partnership between James Newhill (25 retired) and Brayden Ross (18). Useful contributions followed before Tejas Khot and Dan Bradley saw Sale past a total of three figures. In reply the visitors posted 73 all out, a great all round bowling and fielding performance by Sale. Special mention must be made to Roan Gardner on his hardball debut taking a wicket in his first over and being responsible for an early run out for the visitors. That concludes the preliminary round of matches for Sale and the under 11’s are now waiting on league fixtures to be announced for June and July. 
On Monday night Sale’s under 11 team were invited to bat first by Timperley. Captain Dylan Parekh and Ben Cleary looked to give Sale a solid start in difficult batting conditions. A tight run out ended Ben’s innings, before James Newhill and Brayden Ross battled on through the rain to try and build a competitive total. Brayden hit three powerful boundaries before being stumped for 13, James continuing on to a retired score of 26. The lower order kept the scoreboard ticking over with Luke, Amy, Dan and Thomas Kennedy all scampering important runs to enable Sale to reach a pleasing score of 95 for seven.
As conditions dried out, Timperley attempted to chase down their target. Tight bowling and fielding kept Sale in the game. Throughout the innings it looks like a close finish was on the cards. Hector Bridle and Thomas produced tight bowling spells, each picking up a wicket. The home side started to struggle, needing 22 off the final 2 overs to win. A flurry of excitement led to run outs and overthrows as Timperley came within four of the Sale total with the final ball remaining. Brayden completed a return catch off his bowling to ensure Sale progress through to the next round of the cup. Again, great bowling and fielding in wet conditions was probably the difference between two evenly matched sides.
The Squirrels Under 9 team has been hampered by some bad weather, but has managed to play 2 games so far this season.  Their first game was against Bowdon, where Sale fielded a mix of experienced players and several making their debut for Sale (Will Hocking, Kavya Panchal and Noah Adams).  Sale won the toss and elected to put Bowdon into bat.  This tactic appeared to be the right one as hostile bowling from Sale’s old guard of Drew Akers Hart and Jacob Cleary quickly took a couple of wickets in the first few overs – and the trick was repeated by Harsimar Rekhi and debutant Kavya Panchal taking a further 2 wickets in their spell, ably backed up by some fantastic work in the field, including some excellent catches and run outs.  Sale looked to be well on top, until Bowdon brought in some fearsome big-hitters towards the end of their innings, who piled on 70 runs in the last 8 overs, despite a wicket for debutant Noah Adams, and another from stalwart Tom Fenton.  Sadly these last few overs took the game away from Sale, who batted admirably, including an impressive boundary from Kavya, and an imperious 6 from Drew, but they weren’t able to match the firepower of the more experienced Bowdon lower order.
Despite that loss in the first game, Sale were determined in their next outing against 7-man Cheadle (+ Roan Gardner who admirably stepped in as sub fielder).  Debutant William Lightening was captain for the day, and won the toss and elected to bat. Harsimar Rekhi and Kavya Panchal got the innings off to a solid start, but scoring was hampered by some less-than-perfect bowling by the Cheadle team, which left the Sale batsmen with few balls to strike, but Tom Fenton, William Lightening, Taha Chaudhry and debutant Freddie Elliott scored steadily when able to, and big-hitters Noah Adams and Eoghan Walker both struck some impressive boundaries, leaving Sale on 248 at the end of the innings.
Sale were well on top when Cheadle came into bat, with Harsimar Rekhi taking 3 wickets and Tom Fenton taking 1 in the early overs.  Eoghan Walker carried on the trend, taking another wicket, as did Taha Chaudhry, helped by a stunning catch by Kavya Panchal, putting Sale in a commanding position.  At that point though Cheadle brought on their best batsman who hit a torrent of impressive boundaries.  Sale were pleased to see the back of him, only for him to come back out for the final 4 overs of the innings, as stand-in for Cheadle’s missing player.  By this time Sale had learned how to deal with him, and some impressive fielding in the deep restricted his scoring.  It was a nail-biting finish, with the some confusion about the final score at the end – but guest scorer Eddie Fenton’s scoresheet revealed Cheadle had only amassed 245, meaning Sale had won by 3 runs!   The result was no more than Sale deserved, thanks to some excellent straight bowling, and great all-round performances throughout the team.
Hale Barns u15’s 159-5, Sale u15’s 107-7
Sale u15s played in an entertaining and high scoring encounter on a lightening quick pitch at Hale Barns on Sunday morning.   Hale Barns’ openers blasted their way through the first few overs, swinging across the line to good effect. On a fast outfield, the run rate continued to grow until 12-year old Ben Habershon was bought into the attack. He bowled with great control in the face of the onslaught and deservedly picked up a wicket. Harvey Devenport and James Dodds then picked up wickets, clean bowled. Zeeshan Khan, Suchit Sakpal and Arnav Kample came back at the end of the innings to good effect and kept the Hale target to a minimum.   Captain Nick O’Leary led from the front, opening the innings and gapping the ball well for a controlled 32. Luke Brunt and Dan Gray both looked well set when losing their wickets trying to accelerate. Suleiman Khan gave the innings great momentum with a quickfire 23 but in the end the team cam up 52 runs short.   For the first outing of the season, this was a very encouraging team performance.
U13 Eagles (58-6) lost to Ashley (119-7) With Ashley 31-4 after seven overs, Sale looked set for a repeat of last week’s cup victory against the same side. Not much went right for Sale, though, after that point in the game. Ashley recovered with a rapid 59 run partnership for the fifth wicket and reached 119-7 in 20 overs. Skipper Harvey Devenport picked up 1-5 from three overs. Maaz Khan, Jared Moran and Aidan Bridle also bowled tidily; Arjun Jay claimed a catch and a run out in the field. Sale struggled in reply, never challenging the Ashley total. Only Jack Brassell made double figures, ending undefeated on 28.
Sale Sparks (329) beat Brooklands (288) by 41 runs.  Wednesday 16 May 2018
The Sparks returned to winning ways against a young Brooklands girls team.  Kiko Tazaki-Quayle was captain and, having won the toss, elected to bat.  Amy Seddon and Molly Saunders opened the innings and smashed 11 boundaries on their way to a partnership of 63, 45 of which from Amy.  After such a strong start, the rest of the team just needed to keep the scoreboard moving.  Elizabeth Mansfield and Jessica Parish were next up, and both hit sixes as they added another 33 to the score.  Isabelle Beaumont and Genie Moore faced some more variable bowling as Sparks’ scoring slowed, then Kiko partnered Eva Beaumont to a tidy finish, conceding no wickets to maximise the advantage.
As the Sparks took to the field having posted a very strong score, they were determined to keep the pressure on Brooklands.  Amy took a wicket with her first ball, on her way to another three-wicket haul.  Her bowling partner Molly added two further wickets, and chipped in with two excellent catches in the field.  There were further wickets for Isabelle, Jessica and Kiko (2), and a run-out off Isabelle’s bowling.  Jessica and Amy also took catches as Sale helped themselves to 10 wickets in total.  Brooklands did rally with their final pairing, who added 39 to the score, but a fantastic team effort in the field, keeping all of the other Brooklands batters to single figure scores, meant it wasn’t enough to threaten the Sparks total. 
That makes it three wins out of four for the Sparks so far this season.
​All the scorecards can be found here.

1st XI Win Nail Biter

1st XI Win Nail Biter
Sale Cricket Club 1st XI got back to winning ways in a nail biting finish on Saturday. Sale climbed out of the bottom two in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League with a win against fellow strugglers Macclesfield.
Search sponsored Sale asked Macclesfield to bat first and soon had them in trouble as Tyrone Lawrence took 4 early wickets (pictured above by George Franks).
Rick Halkon then got in on the act with 3-27.  Only John Birchall showed any resistance for the visitors with 69.
Lawrence returned to complete a five wicket hall (5-32) and Ben Watkins dismissed Birchall as Macclesfield were bowled out for 106 in the 44th over.
Sale made hard work of the chase, Lawrence top scoring with 24 before Rich Adams and Mal Clarke knocked off the required runs with 12 overs to spare.
Sale 2nd XI had a day to forget at league leaders Cheadle on Saturday, Dan Newton top scoring with 25 as Sale were dismissed for 94.
Cheadle reached their target for the loss of two wickets in the 27th over.
Sale 3rd XI also came up against the league leaders as they faced Didsbury and got off to a great start as they reduced the visitors to 13-4.
Chris Elsden then hit back as Didsbury posted 170 all out, Shah Zeb taking 4025 and Moh Rizvi 4-60.
In reply Sale subsided to 79 all out, Arshad Muhammad top scoring with 26.
Sale 4th XI posted 141 at Ashton-on-Mersey 3rd XI, Tris Brodbeck top scoring with 40 not out and Hemant Sakpal hitting 35.
Ashton reached their target for the loss of 4 wickets.
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks, the over 40s side, got their first win of the season against Bowdon.  Abbas Rizvi (34), Mark Almond (33) and Iain Harrop (31) all retired at the Sliverbacks posted 166.
In reply Almond took 2-17 as Bowdon reached 116.
The full scorecards can be found here.

Heavy Defeat at Oxton

Heavy Defeat at Oxton
Sale 1st XI suffered a heavy defeat in a rain affected game at Oxton on Saturday. The home side posted 192-4 off 36 overs, Tyrone Lawrence taking 2-21.
In reply Sale were bowled out for 90, Sam Battersby (pictured above by George Franks) top scoring with an unbeaten 25.
The 2nd XI won a low scoring match against Oxton at Dane Road. Rob Merga marked his return to Sale colours with 3-39 and Gareth Watterson took 3-27 as the visitors were bowled out for 89 in the 43rd over.
In reply Sale made hard work of the chase losing 7 wickets in pursuit of the target. Siyan Siraj hit 23 and Moh Rizvi finished unbeaten on 23.
The 3rd XI picked up 10 points from a high scoring defeat at Cheadle on Sunday.
Ian Harbershon top scored with 83, Krish Sambasivan hit 41 and Moh Rizvi hit 39 as Sale posted 238-7.
Habershon took 3-34 and Owais Khan 2-77 as Cheadle reached their target in the final over.
Earlier in the week The Silverbacks beat their bogey team Bowdon Vale.  Mark Rowe hit 34 retired and Mark Almond 27 and the Silverbacks posted 129-5.
Paul Hanraham took 3-11 and Ian Holland 2-30 as Bowdon Vale were restricted to 102-7.
Sale u13 Falcons 90/5 (20 overs) lost to Bowdon u13s 120/4 (20 overs)
A late change of venue from Bowdon to Mere CC saw Sale Falcons fly down the A50 to fulfill their match against Bowdon last Friday evening.
With the late venue change reducing Sale to 10 players, the Falcons took to the field as the hosts won the toss and elected to bat first. A flurry of big hitting by one of the Bowdon openers saw the hosts make a positive start. Accurate bowling by Josh (2 overs for 4 runs) and Will (3 overs, 1 wicket for 8 runs, including a wicket maiden) surpressed the run rate before Nathan picked up two wickets with the help of Ben A taking a good catch and stumping. The other wicket fell to a superb piece of fielding by Arthur with a direct hit run out from the covers.
Chasing 120 on a dark and murky evening was never going to be easy but Sale batted extremely well against a decent bowling attack. Solid contributions from Dattu (31 retired), Ben A with some lovely back foot shots and Ben H saw Sale bat out their 20 overs albeit finishing 30 runs short.Another improved performance by the Falcons with both bat and ball in a game in which the team conducted themselves superbly.
Sale u15’s – 73 all out, 19 overs, Lindow u15’s – 74 / 2, 12 overs
Sale u15’s had a challenging day against a strong Lindow team. Batting first, wickets fell regularly against quick and accurate bowling. James Dodds opened the innings and top scored with an accomplished 28. Suleimann Khan (12), Zeeshan Khan (6) and Dan Gray (6) also made contributions with the bat.
Defending a small total was a difficult task for the Sale team but they acquitted themselves well, with fine fielding for the duration and determination to make Lindow work for every run. The pick of the bowlers was Arnav Kamble who deservedly picked up two wickets for a fine spell of accurate bowling, including one perfect delivery which took the top of off-stump. Ghani, making his first appearance for the club, showed great promise and bowled three fast overs.  
This was a good learning experience for the team, all of whom batted and most of whom had the chance to bowl.
Sale U13 (45 all out) lost to Bowdon (46-2)
Sale’s County Cup run was halted by a strong Bowdon bowling attack. Only James Dodds acquitted himself, with a battling 22, as seven players recorded ducks. Sale responded well in the field. Accurate bowling from Harvey Devenport, Arnav Kamble, Theo Brodbeck, Sam Moss, Jared Moran and Zeeshan Khan was supported by tight fielding, with Ivan Flitcroft providing the highlight with a fine catch in the deep.
Sale U13 Eagles (103 all out) lost to Lindow Gold (184-1)
Powerful batting by league-leaders Lindow saw the home team rack up the runs against the Eagles. Of the bowlers, Theo Brodbeck emerged with most credit, taking 1-14 from 3 overs. Ivan Flitcroft impressed again in the field.
Facing an imposing target, the Eagles batted positively. Callum Ross made 19, including a well-struck 6; James Dodds hit a rapid 29 and Harvey Devenport was left undefeated on 13.
Sale u13s Falcons 98/5 (20 overs) lost to Timperley u13s 144/8 (20 overs)
The Falcons undertook the short trip to Timperley last Friday to play their final match of the initial group stages of the u13 league.
Deciding to bat first Timperley benefitted from some uncharacteristic casual fielding from the Falcons as well as some inconsistent bowling to post an imposing 144/8. That said, Sale took six great catches with Ben A, Dattu & Nathan taking two each. Nathan (2 overs, 3 for 12) and Krish (2 overs, 2 for 8) being the pick of the Falcons attack that took 8 wickets.
It was always going to be a big ask getting anywhere near the target against an older opposition attack who gave very little away. However, a series of lovely shots from Ben A in his powerful 26 supported by accomplished knocks from Arthur, Ben H & Dattu took Sale to 98/5 from their 20 overs.
Once again as a younger age side in the u13 league it was a game that the Falcons can learn a lot from and take forward into the second half of the season.
Sale u15’s; 83/6; 20 overs, Ashely u15’s; 84/3; 13 overs
A young Sale u15’s side put up a spirited display against a strong Ashley u15’s unit. Winning the toss, captain Nick O’Leary elected to bat first. Jared Moran made a patient 14 runs, supported well towards the end of the innings by some inventive batting by Jack Brassell (19 n.o) and strong hitting from Adam Downes (18).
Defending a small total on a fast outfield was always going to be a difficult task but Sale were sharp in the field. Dan Gray opened the bowling and generated real pace. Ben Habershon deservedly took a wicket, clean bowling their opener with a beautiful inswinging delivery. Arjun Jay’s accurate spell resulted in a wicket too. However, Ashley’s middle order blasted their way to a comfortable victory.
Sale's under 11 hardball team started the second phase of their season as they were allocated in group 2 with Timperley, Urmston, Whalley Range and Ashton on Mersey. Having won away at Timperley last week in the cup the under 11's returned to Timperley for a league game. In comparison to last week's nailbiting finish Sale were in control of this game from the moment they were invited to bat first by the home side. Sale's total of 104 for four (20 overs) was based upon two solid partnerships. James Newhill and Dylan Parekh put on an opening stand of 58 in 9 overs which ended when James retired on 28. Dylan was run out shortly afterwards for 14, but Herbie Brodbeck and Thomas Kennedy kept the scoreboard ticking over with a series of quick singles which saw the visitors past three figures.
Chasing a target of 105, Timperley found the going tough. Brayden Ross and Herbie conceded only 12 runs in the opening four overs, backed up by some tidy fielding and an early stumping and run out. Timperley came into contention as the run rate improved, before Zenen Bilyk (2 for 6 in his 2 overs) and Hector Bridle (1 for 7 in 2 overs) put the game beyond the reach of the home side. Finishing on 72 for five, Sale u11's completed a 32 run victory, particularly satisfying as Sale could only raise 10 players for the game due to holidays. This was the u11 hardball team's third consecutive victory after two narrow losses in early May. Great strides are being made in all aspects of the game and the team spirit is second to none.
The Sale Squirrels U9 team had their best performance of the season so far away at Timperley last week.  Timperley won the toss and elected to bat first – perhaps in retrospect a mistake, as it allowed Sale’s finely-honed bowling unit to swing into action and set the tone for the rest of the game.  Hugely impressive bowling by stalwarts Jacob Cleary and James Wareing opened proceedings, taking 5 wickets between them in the opening 4 overs.  Timperley never recovered, as Sale’s excellent bowling continued with 2 further wickets taken by both Freddie Elliott and Harsimar Rekhi, and a wicket each by Will Hocking and Eoghan Walker.  At the end of their innings Timperley finished on 265 for 11 – a highly achievable target for Sale’s big hitters.
James and Jacob opened the batting for Sale, and again set the tone for the rest of the innings, with James in particular in fine form, scoring 33 runs, including 5 fours, to leave Sale on 246 after 4 overs.  It was then something of a formality as Sale overtook Timperley’s score around the 10th over, with notable contributions from Sam Parish (10 runs, including an impressive four) and Noah Adams (12 runs, including an impressive four and an even more impressive five!).  Sale closed out their innings on 296, marking a hugely impressive all-round performance, and a very well-deserved second victory in a row.
The full scorecards can be found here.

1st XI Hold on for Draw against Widnes

1st XI Hold on for Draw against Widnes
Sale 1st XI held on for a draw after a rear-guard action against Widnes on Saturday.  Sale are still searching for their best form in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League as they held on 9 wickets down.
Search sponsored Sale ask the visitors to bat first and despite finding wickets hard to come by kept the scoring rate in check with some accurate bowling.
Widnes looked like posting a below par score of around 200 before Majid Majeed blasted 64 off 40 balls to get Widnes up to 236-6, Tyrone Lawrence finishing the pick of the bowling with 2-43.
Greg Gyves got Sale off to a flying start after tea, hitting 37 off 28 balls at the top of the order. Sale then lost 3 quick wickets, slumping to 40-3.
Skipper Keith Wellings (pictured above by George Franks) led the rebuilding effort with 45, but Sale continued to fall behind the required rate and focused on securing a draw.
Late order runs from Andy Millward (23) and Rick Halkon (11) secured both the draw and an extra bonus point as Sale closed on 175-9.
Sale 2nd XI moved into mid-table after beating bottom side Widnes in the reverse fixture.
The home side were asked to bat first and were bowled out for 195 in the final over, skipper Siyan Siraj leading the way with 3-41.
Sale coasted home after tea for the loss of 4 wickets.  Young opener Viraj Sorathia (pictured above) leading he way with an unbeaten 73, well supported by Gareth Watterson (40) and Soans Praveen (38 not out).
Sale 3rd XI secured a welcome win at home to Oxton on Sunday, who they bowled out for 99 in the 36th over.
Young bowler Saad Khan did the early damage with 3-15 and veteran Howard Briggs cleaned up the tail with 4-20.
Sale made hard work of the reply, reaching their target for the loss of 8 wickets, Ian Habershon 39 and Soans Praveen 18 not out.
The 4th XI had no fixture this week.
Early in the week Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, secured a 6 wicket win over Cheadle.  Paul Hanrahan taking 3-11 as Cheadle closed on 105-5.
The Silverbacks reached their target with an over to spare, Hemant Sakpal 30 retired and Mark Rowe 29.
Next week the 1st XI visit Bollington and the 2nd XI welcome Warrington to Dane Road. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Marple and the 4th XI host Urmston 3s.
Sale u13 Falcons 111/7 (20 overs) lost to Hale Barns u13s 120 all out (19.3)
The u13 Falcons lost a close game away at Hale Barns in the u13s Cup last Friday. Taking to the field Sale found the Hale Barns opening pair a tough nut to crack with both openers retiring out at 30 in the the first 8 overs. After this the Falcons took all the remaining opposition wickets restricting Hale Barns to 120 from 19.3 overs.
Three excellent run outs, two fantastic direct hits from Naman and some great fielding by Tanay and Arthur accounting for these. Ben A, Dattu, Josh & Nathan we’re the bowlers amongst the wickets with Krish once again bowling extremely tightly.
The Falcons reply started slowly reaching 40 from the first 10 overs after which some spirited batting from Ben H (28), Arthur (14) & Ben A (10) left Sale needing 20 from the final 2 overs. Despite the best efforts of Tanay with a quick fire 9 the ask was a little too much with the Falcons finishing 9 runs short.
Sale u15’s 122-5; 20 overs, Stretford u15’s 123-3; 18.3 overs - Sunday 10th June
Sale u15’s narrowly lost in a closely-fought contest at Clarendon Road on Sunday. Captain Nick O’Leary won the toss and elected to bat, continuing his good form with a fluent 20. James Dodds topped the scoring with an elegant, unbeaten 53 off 46 balls. Some lusty striking from Tom Burt (13*) towards the end of the innings presented Stretford with a challenging target.
In the field, Ghani and Dan Gray bowled with speed and skill against some aggressive opening batting. Arnav Kamble continued to impress and deservedly picked up a wicket, well supported by Theo Brodbeck, Suleman Khan and Adam Downes. However, on a quick outfield the boundaries continued to flow and Stretford reached their target with 9 balls to spare.
Sale's under 11 hardball had a busy Sunday. Firstly they visited Urmston for a Group 2 League game. Sale won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first. The visitors made a spectacular start with James Newhill running out  batsman Freddie Cartwright in the opening over. Soon Urmston were reduced to 0-2 as Angus Rawson completed a catch at square leg off Brayden Ross's bowling.
Urmston made a rapid recovery before Tejas Khot turned in a brilliant spell of leg spin bowling. From 43-2 in the 9th over the game swung back in Sale's favour. Tejas finished with figures of 2 for 1 in 2 overs. Amy Seddon and Thomas Kennedy also picked up wickets as the hosts ended their 20 overs on 78 for seven.
In reply Sale lost an early wicket before James (28 retired not out) and Herbie Brodbeck (23) made the match winning partnership. Despite a late flurry of wickets, Sale reached their target of 79 in 17 overs, completing a second victory in Group 2.
Following the morning game players and parents jumped into cars and headed to Malpas to enter the u12 cricket festival, meeting up with the u10 team that had competed in the morning's tournament.
In the morning U10 competition (pictured above), Sale finished a very creditable 2nd, having lost a close opening match to the eventual winners, Whitchurch, but piling on the runs in the other two games against Tattenhall and Malpas.  Each pair - Eddie and James, Pip and Taaha, Alex and Rohan and Lizzie and Jess - demonstrated some great teamwork in achieving high-scoring partnerships (6 of 30 or more), and the smiles were as big as the hits as every player struck some boundaries including a shot now known as "The Rohan".  There was some great bowling and fielding too, with Lizzie grabbing 3 wickets, 2 each from Taaha and Alex, and James, Pip and Jess also chipping in.  The general consensus at the end of the tournament was that everyone had had a blast.
Sale u12 (pictured below) competed against two Warrington teams and Malpas A. Opposition varied greatly and so did the results but all had a great time. Malpas Cricket Club were excellent hosts, with food and drink enjoyed by all.
Sale U14s (106-4) lost to Didsbury (145-4)
Didsbury seized the initiative, scoring at 10 runs per over for the first half of their innings. Wickets to Isaac Brooks, Harvey Devenport and Jared Moran, supported by a smart run out and a catch by Suchit Sapkal and an economical spell of off-spin from the versatile Jack Brassell, just about kept Sale in contention.
After losing Dylan Walker early, Mal Tazaki-Quayle and Isaac Brooks put on 50 for the second wicket. Mal batted superbly, driving through point and hooking a bouncer behind square. He struck seven 4’s in reaching 40* retired. Isaac made 31, but with Didsbury patrolling the boundary, the target proved too stiff for Sale.
Sale U13 Eagles (63-3) defeated Lindow Greens (61 all out)
Lindow Greens, the Eagles’ 1st round cup opponents, batted first at Clarendon Road. Arnav Kamble accounted for the first two wickets, bowling the opener and combining with Jack Brassell to run out the number 3. Lindow had reached 27-2 when Maaz Khan intervened. Within five minutes, the innings was reeling as Maaz had taken an unassisted hat-trick (bowled / caught & bowled / bowled). He finished with figures of 3-0-4-4. Ivan Flitcroft picked up two wickets in two balls (2-4); Zeeshan Khan and Aidan Bridle wrapped up the innings with a wicket each.
Maaz  and Zeeshan kept up the pressure on Lindow when opening the batting, putting 25 on the board within four overs. The innings stuttered, caused by a fine spell from the visiting Dan Walter (3-9), including the wicket of top-scorer Maaz (23). Jack Brassell and captain, Callum Ross, calmly completed the chase with eight overs to spare.
Sale U13 Eagles (30-0) defeated Didsbury Bulls (29 all out)
One night after comprehensively defeating Lindow, the Eagles were back in cup action away at Didsbury, expecting a tougher encounter. The home team won the toss and batted. Barely 13 overs later the game was over.
Arnav Kamble (3-7) and Harvey Devenport (2-5) did the early damage, taking five wickets with the score stuck on 7. Rahul Minocha picked up the wicket of top-scorer Ben Lowe (15) who was one of only three of the Didsbury team to get off the mark. Callum Ross (3-1) ran through the tail.
Sale openers Theo Brodbeck (10*) and James Dodds (20*) took Sale to a ten wicket victory in under five overs. A re-match of the County Cup defeat to Bowdon awaits the Eagles in the next round.
Sale U11 Softball (280) beat Ashley U11 Softball (272) by 8 runs
Sale's U11 Softball side travelled to Ashley and were put in to bat on a sunny evening. The opening pair of Amy and Zenen hit the ball well but were undone by 3 run-outs. Pair 2 gelled really well and were unbeaten in their 4 overs with Herbie hitting a quickfire 11 and Pip 4. Rohan and Taaha struggled a bit with the bat and the 4th pair knew they needed a big score. Dylan had the satisfaction of scoring the only 6 of the night and it was only a couple of wickets which kept his score down to 6. Brayden hit two 4s in an unbeaten 14 to end up Sale's top run scorer.
With 80 on the board, Sale knew that they had something to bowl at in the 2nd innings and Amy and Zenen promptly reduced Ashley's opening pair to minus figures. Amy's 2 overs included 1 maiden and saw her take 2 wickets for just 4 runs conceded whilst Zenen matched her by taking 2 wickets for only 7 runs. Pip stepped up and took a wicket with his 1st ball, ending up with 18-2 whilst his partner Herbie took a wicket.  The 3rd pair kept up the pressure with a fine spell of bowling from Taaha seeing him take 2 wickets for 10 runs whilst Rohan bowled a good line and was unlucky not to take a wicket but conceded only 14 runs. As the final pair came in to bat Ashley still needed 31 runs to win and they came at Sale with some big 4s. Dylan's 2 wickets kept pegged them back but it all went down to the last ball with Ashley still needing 6 to win. Brayden set his field out on the boundary as the watching parents held their breath but we needn't have worried as Brayden coolly sent the ball straight on to middle stump to take his 2nd wicket and see Sale win the match by 8 runs. 
Sale CC u9 Badgers Tied with Whalley Range 279 v 279
A lovely sunny evening was rewarded by some excellent cricket with the game ending in a tie.
Sale Batting first kept the scoreboard moving with boundaries from Kiko, Gracie, Joseph and Atharva whilst the team only lost 2 wickets throughout the 16 overs.
A competitive run chase meant that Whalley Range flashed hard on a quick outfield.
Sale took 3 wickets with Shiva, Gracie and Kavish doing the damage for Sale and great fielding from Harry and Luke (who almost pulled off a spectacular one handed catch) meant that Whalley Range needed 8 off the final over to win.
With the crowd on their feet cheering their team on cricket was the winner as the score ended in an exciting tie.
The scorecards can be found here.

1st XI Back to Winning Ways

1st XI Back to Winning Ways
Sale 1st XI got back to winning ways in a low scoring encounter at Bollington on Saturday.  Sale recovered from 59-6 to record a 38 run win in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League.
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bat first on a bowler friendly wicket and soon found themselves in trouble at 19-3.
Tyrone Lawrence (28) and Keith Wellings (14) added 43 for the fourth wicket to steady the Sale innings, before the loss of 3 wickets for 3 runs left Sale on the brink at 59-6.
Ryan Burgess (45) and Ben Watkins (pictured above by George Franks, 36) then put together what would be the match winning partnership, adding 84 for the 7th wicket.  Both fell in the search for quick runs in the closing overs as Sale closed on 144-8.
In reply the home team found scoring equally difficult as Lawrence took two early wickets.
Jack Ward added 29, but as in the first innings 3 wickets fell for 3 runs to reduce Bollington to 47-5.  Rich Adams took all 3 in a fine spell of 3-22.
Lawrence took two more wickets to take the score to 81-7, finishing with 4-39.  Leg-spinner Rick Halkon then mopped up the tail with 3-26 as Bollington were bowled out for 106 in the 38th over.
Sale 2nd XI suffered an agonising defeat by just 3 runs at home to Warrington on Saturday.
Sale asked the visitors to bat first, dismissing them for 207 in the final over, Gareth Watterson and Siyan Siraj both taking 4 wickets apiece.
In reply Sale looked well set for victory only to be bowled out for 204 with 7 overs to go.  Watterson completed a fine all round performance with 56, Matt Wilson 40 and Siraj 39.
On Sunday Sale 3rd XI lost a high scoring game at Marple.  The home side batted first, declaring on 266-5 in the 42nd over, Viraj Sorathia and Ian Habershon taking 2 wickets each.
In reply Sale recovered from 19-5 thanks to a 131 run partnership for the 6th wicket between Sandeep Yadala (66) and Asad Khan. Khan was 9th man out for 88 with the score on 193, soon after Sale were dismissed for 204.
Sale 4th XI were bowled out for 90 at home to Urmston, who went on to win by 8 wickets.
Earlier in the week the Sliverbacks, our over 40s side, narrowly lost to Whalley Range.  Sale posted a below par 105, thanks to a late order 24 not out from Tris Brodbeck.
Asad Khan and Mark Almond took two wickets each as Sale looked to restrict the visitors, only for Manni (21) and Hasan (28) to see them home off the last ball.
On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Stockport to Dane Road and the 2nd XI make the short trip to Brooklands.  On Sunday the 3rd XI host Nantwich and the 4th XI travel to Disley.
Sale U13 Eagles (99-6) defeated Didsbury Bulls (96-8)
For the second time this season, the Eagles went to the wire with a match decided by the final ball of the game. And for the second time, the Eagles prevailed.
Batting first, Callum Ross gave the innings momentum with a powerful 31* (retired). James Dodds cruised to 30* - his sixth retirement in all junior fixtures this season. Jack Brassell shored up the tail with 16*.
Didsbury’s innings stuttered to 25-4 as seamers Arnav Kamble, Harvey Devenport and Theo Brodbeck took early wickets. The visitors’ middle-order rallied around a fine 30* (retired) from Ben Renison. But with Callum Ross, mixing spin with seam, taking 2-3 (and benefiting from a fine catch by Ben Thomas), Sale seemed in control.  Didsbury’s lower order hit out and the pressure began to show on Sale’s bowlers. The critical moment came when Aidan Bridle picked up a wicket with the last ball of the 19th over. Arnav returned to defend eight off the final over and secure the victory.
Sale u13 Falcons 89/7 (20 overs) lost to Lindow Greens 95 all out (18.2 overs)
The Falcons agonisingly lost a close game by just 6 runs away to Lindow Greens on Friday 15th June.
With the hosts winning the toss and electing to bat both teams made a steady start, the Falcons taking early wickets through Ben H and Alex after which Lindow consolidated somewhat and started to put runs on the board.
Sale’s performance in the field was excellent with 4 run outs and 3 good catches restricting Lindow to 95, the second time in 2 weeks that they had bowled the opposition out within their 20 overs.
Ben A, Krish, Josh and Dylan were the other bowlers amongst the wickets, the latter one of two u11s making their first appearance for the u13s (the other being Herbie who also bowled incredibly well).
Chasing what was a very achievable target the Falcons stayed in contention throughout their innings only to fall 6 runs short. Special mentions for Tanay for opening and batting through the majority of the Sale innings, Ben A and Ben H for contributing runs and Josh, Krish and Herbie for nearly getting the Falcons over the line in the last few overs.
Sale's under 11 hardball were in action on Thursday night with a cup match against Wythenshawe at home.
Sale won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Brayden Ross and Herbie Brodbeck made a flying start and the run rate quickly reached double figures. Brayden reached 27 off just 15 balls becoming one of four players to reach the 25 mark for the first time. James Newhill joined Herbie at the crease and the run rate continued to escalate with a flurry of boundaries and quick singles.
Herbie (26 not out) and James (28 not out) soon made way for Dylan Parekh and Tejas Khot who punished short and wide balls on both sides of the wicket. Both batsmen reached the magical 25 mark, Dylan emulating James by reaching his with a six.
Amy Seddon (19 not out) and Roan Gardner (10 not out) ended the 20 overs in style, both hitting their highest scores, as Sale closed on an imposing total of 227-2 in their 20 overs.
With an opportunity to open with the young and inexperienced bowlers, Hector Bridle made the breakthrough for Sale in the fifth over of Wythenshawe's reply. Herbie capped a fine all round performance with a run out, catch and wicket as the visitors lost wickets steadily throughout the innings.
Amy produced a rapid spell of bowling, finishing with 2 for 3 in her 2 overs. Runs dried up in the later overs as the experienced bowlers Brayden, Tejas, Dylan and James brought the innings to a close on 56 for 8.
A game played in good spirit and with a late finish but Sale secured a semi final spot at Whalley Range to be played next week.
Ironically, Sale travelled to Whalley Range for a league game on Sunday. Despite recent rain having slowed the oufield, Sale elected to bat first again upon winning the toss.
A steady start from Tejas Khot and Brayden Ross saw the visitors reach 33 in the ninth over before the first wicket fell. Scoring was difficult on a slow wicket but Ben Cleary accelerated with two powerful pull shots. James Newhill (25 retired not out) managed to find the acceleration required to enable Sale to set a par total of 90 for 6 in their 20 overs.
In reply, James removed opening batsman Jacob Ranson early on but Whalley Range looked in track reaching 43 for one at the halfway mark. The bowling in the second half of the innings proved decisive for Sale. Tejas and Dylan Parekh turned in tight spells of spin bowling. Needing 17 to win in the last 2 overs, Amy Seddon bowled a superb 19th over and Brayden Ross once again delivered a tidy final over in a pressurised situation to ensure Sale triumphed by 8 runs.
The under 11's return to Whalley Range for the cup semi final next week.
Sale Squirrels U9s faced 2 tough back-to-back games last week, one against Wythenshawe, and the other the next day against Cheadle in the cup.
Sale fielded first in their game against Wythenshawe, but struggled to contain the opposition who quickly progressed to 241 midway through their innings.  However, Sale regained control thanks to some excellent bowling and fielding (including a truly stunning catch by Noah Adams), with wickets being shared among Kavya Panchal, Noah Adams, Eoghan Walker, Xander Beaumont, and 2 for Eva Beaumont, leaving a target of 250 to chase down.  Sale started their innings strongly, with James Wareing in particularly fine form, scoring 23 runs, ably assisted by Drew Akers Hart. Tom Fenton, Kavya, Eoghan and Noah then kept the scoreboard ticking along leaving Sale needing just 3 runs in the last 4 overs to win.  Things looked fine, until a couple of quick wickets fell, leaving the scores tied with 2 balls remaining.  Honorary Squirrels Eva and Xander Beaumont held their nerve though, picking up the much needed single, and surviving without further loss, to guide Sale to an emphatic 1-run victory at the end.
The next day Sale were at home in the Cup against Cheadle.  They lost the toss, but from then on everything went Sale’s way.  Once again James Wareing and Drew Akers Hart set the tone with their batting, scoring 42 in the first 4 overs, including 6 boundaries and a hugely impressive 6 by Drew.  From then on Sale cruised to an excellent 274, including some notable big hitting by Sam Parish, Eoghan Walker and honorary Squirrel Jess Parish.  Sale continued in the same vein with their bowling, with a notable contribution by Kavish Gupta, taking a wicket on his debut for the Squirrels, and helping to keep the opening pair to just 14 runs after their 4 overs.  From that point wickets fell to Drew, Sam, Jess and Kavya Panchal, resulting in Cheadle finishing their innings on 260, 14 runs short of Sale’s total.  That means Sale Squirrels have now won 4 games in a row and progress to the next round in the cup.  Thanks to everyone involved in what has been an excellent season so far for the Squirrels.
Sale Sparks (303) beat Didsbury (290) by 13 runs
The Sparks continued their recent run of good form with a very close win at home to Didsbury.  Sale batted first, and Amy Seddon and Molly Saunders got the team off to the usual flying start with a quickfire partnership of 37.  Lucy Dodds and Gracie Burt kept the scoreboard ticking over and completed their overs without conceding any wickets.  The remaining two pairs of Eva Beaumont and Lizzie Mansfield, and Isabelle Beaumont and Jess Parish, maintained the team average of 20 runs or more per partnership to see Sale past 300 runs.
Taking to the field, Amy and Molly bowled an exceptional spell, with Amy securing two maidens and a wicket, and Molly conceding only 5 runs.  In terms of wickets, the next pair of Lucy and Lizzie had the greatest success, with Lucy bagging 3 wickets including an outstanding caught-and-bowled, and Lizzie 2 wickets.  Didsbury fought back against Eva and Gracie but they maintained Sparks’ strong lead going into the final pair.  Isabelle and Jess saw the team home against another strong batting pair.
Sale u13 Falcons 39/1 (10 overs) beat Hale Barns 37 all out (10.2)
All the hard work and commitment put in by the Falcons so far this season finally paid off as they demolished Hale Barns u13s on Friday night, the team that narrowly knocked them out of the Cup two weeks earlier.Losing the toss on a glorious evening the Falcons were asked to bowl as the visitors batted first. Sale hit the ground running taking quick wickets that saw the visitors reduced to 19/5 and finally 37 all out in just 10.2 overs. With the wicket turning, Krish (1.2-0-1-3), Ben A (2-1-6-2) and Naman (2-1-4-2) were the pick of the bowlers taking 7 wickets between them. Ben H, Gautham and a run out by Shantnu accounting for the others.
The Falcons reached their target in 10 overs showing great discipline to knock off the required runs against some accurate bowling for the loss of just one wicket. Nathan finishing unbeaten having opened, seeing off the opening bowlers and Arthur with a solid 23no, guiding the Falcons to victory.
Overall, a fantastic team performance by the Falcons that had been coming for the past few weeks. Well done!
The scorecards can be found here.

Stockport Hold Out for Draw

Stockport Hold Out for Draw
Sale 1st XI had the better of a drawn game against Stockport on Saturday, but couldn’t take the final wicket to secure an outright win in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League.
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bat first and slumped to 15-3, Mike Eley taking all 3 wickets.
Mat Spells hit 24 in a stand of 39 with Keith Wellings (pictured above by George Franks) to steady the Sale innings.
Fortunately Sale’s lower middle order has been in fine form recently, Ryan Burgess (24) adding 43 with Wellings.  Skipper Wellings marked his birthday by passing 50, but was bowled just one run later for a patent 51.
Ben Watkins upped the tempo with a run-a-ball 45, well supported by Andy Millward (22), as Sale closed on 194-8.
The visitors got off to a great start adding 54 against Sale’s seamers, before the introduction of spin turned the game in Sale’s favour.
Watkins made the first breakthrough, followed by Millward, as Stockport struggled against the turning ball.  Watkins returned a fine 5-30 and Millward 3-47.
Isaac Brooks also chipped in with a wicket, but Sale couldn’t knock over the final pair as Stockport closed on 164-9, number 3 Arden Van Eeden holding the innings together with 49 not out.
Sale 2nd XI also played out a draw at neighbours Brooklands.  Abbas Rizvi took 2-48 as Brooklands posted 221-6.
In reply Sale reached 171-9, Viraj Sorathia 45 and Dan Newton 32.
Sale 3rd XI drew against Nantwich on Sunday as the visitors posting 212-7.  Sale reached 164-9 after tea, Joe Cannon hitting 60 on his return following exams.
An inexperienced 4th XI lost at Disley 3s, being bowled out for 125 in pursuit of the home sides 215-8.  Ivan Flitcroft took a spectacular diving caught and bowled as he took 2 wickets on debut.  Theo Brodbeck also took 2 wickets and Chris Smith hit 35.
Earlier in the week the Silverbacks beat Brooklands in the over 40s competition.  Sale posted 137-7, Asad Khan 30 retired and Paul Hanrahan 24, Brooklands were always behind the required rate, finishing on 110-5, Owais Khan 2-31.
Next week the 1st XI visit Bowdon and the 2nd XI play the return fixture.  On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Stockport and the 4th XI host Bollington 3s.
Sale Squirrels U9s faced Hale Barns in the cup last Friday, full of confidence after 4 victories in a row.  Sale won the toss and captain Kavya Panchal chose to bat first, clearly with the intention of piling the pressure on the opposition from the start.  The tactic worked, with James Wareing and Jacob Cleary dominating the bowling, sharing 9 boundaries, including a huge 6 for Jacob, in an opening stand worth 51 runs.  The rest of the team carried on where James and Jacob left off, sharing a further 16 boundries, including 2 impressive sixes from Sam Parish and 3 from Drew Akers Hart, ably supported by Freddie Elliott (scoring his first fours of the season), Taha Chaudhry, Kavya Panchal and Eoghan Walker.  In the end Sale finished their innings with an imposing 343, for only 4 wickets lost.
Hale Barns battled gamely through their innings, but their relative inexperience made the difference as they lost 10 wickets in total, with 2 falling to Kavya and Sam (who also took a stunning one-handed catch), 1 each to Eoghan, James and Jacob, and 3 to Drew Akers Hart.  Sale won the match by 128 runs, to bring their winning streak to 5 games in a row, and to move into the Quarter Finals of the cup.
Sale CC u9 Badgers 291 beat SW Manchester 253 The hottest day of the year saw the Badgers post their highest score of the season of 291.Hitting 14 boundaries and only losing 2 wickets Sale made batting look easy.The main damage was caused by Shiva with 4, Xander & Lucy with 3 each, Joseph with 2 and Hallam and Eva with 1 each.Tight bowling with Eva bowling a maiden, excellent fielding from Charlie and Arthava and a wicket each for Xander, Shiva and Lucy restricted SW Manchester to 253
Alderley Edge v Sale Eagles u13. Bright sunny evening was matched today with a sensational stroke of cricket play by both teams.
A quick wicket for Alderley Edge of Ivan Flitcroft got the oppositions tail up early on, but fabulous crisp stroke play by James Dodds (18) at the top of the order only to hole out at the boundary. Now with Callum Ross (31no) hitting some stunning 4s and flat legside 6 saw the score moving at a rocket speed before retiring, his partner in crime Rahul Minocha (25) kept his eye on the ball before unleashing wildfire on the Alderley Edge attacking with boundaries in all direction. No rest for the bowling attack as Theo Brodbeck (31no) with a rapido array of stroke play to which Alderley Edge had no answer. Sales Eagles started to slow as a quick few wickets fell but Aryaan Mizra added a late boundary taking the score to respectable 131/6.
Alderley Edge started well with some quick scoring until Maz Khan took the first wicket bowling into the sun. Sales Eagles bowling took some further blows as a few fours and sharp running making the Eagles score look chaseable. On came Captain James Dodds but a few leaky boundaries kept the pressure on Sale, but then James turned spinning screw to be rewarded with 2 wickets one of which was the start of Jack Brassell demolishing stumpings (2) and run outs (2), super sharp work by the young keeper throughout the game. Theo Brodbeck came firing in with 2 wickets aided by some clever field positioning leading to a sprinting running catch off the boundary by Ivan Flitcroft, great pair of safe hands. With sun glaring in the eyes of the bowlers and fielders at the cricket net end Rahul Minocha took an amazing catch parrying the ball while landing backwards grasped into his midriff bringing Callum Ross his wicket. Aiden Bridle bowling a good line hit the top of leg stump clean through. Surely this would be Sales Eagles game now, but some smash and grab 4s by Alderley Edge batters and Jacks run out and stumping took the game to last over with only 8 needed…enter the cool head of Maz Khan who kept a tight line to see Sale Eagles flying home winning by 4 runs.  What a breathtaking performance with both teams putting in a display of worthy cricket for a warm summer's evening. A pleasure to watch and coach/umpire.
Sale U13 Eagles (93 all out) lost to Bowdon (94-2)
Sale batted first and coped well with a dry pitch, on which some balls climbed and others kept low. Their score of 93 was based on two strong partnerships. Theo Brodbeck (11) and Jack Brassell (20) added 33 for the second wicket. Jared Moran (26) and Zeeshan Khan (14) combined well to make 48 for the fourth wicket. The lower order sacrificed wickets selflessly to push the total upwards. 
The opening bowlers, Theo and Maaz Khan, bowled tightly with Maaz picking up an early wicket. Thereafter, Sale’s bowling was, on the whole, too inconsistent in length and direction to make use of the vagaries of the pitch. Despite a strong fielding performance – Jared, Maaz, Aidan Bridle, Ayaan Mirza and Ivan Flitcroft all performing well – and tidy keeping and captaincy from Jack Brassell, Bowdon accelerated to victory and a place in the cup semi final in the 14th over.
Sale U11 Softball (245) lost to Hale Barns U11 Softball (323) by 78 runs
Sale welcomed Hale Barns on Wednesday and continued their recent run of losing the toss.  Put into bat, Rohan Vakil and Alex Mansfield opened the innings and confidently hit a few fours in a good start for the team.  Reyansh Bhardwaj and Dhairya Parekh were up next and, along with our third pair of Hector Bridle and Seamus Farrell, struggled to get some runs on the board as the bowlers gave little away.  The final pairing of Isabelle Beaumont and Elizabeth Mansfield ran very confidently, but unfortunately gave their wicket away on six occasions.
It was always going to be a tough task to defend such a low total.  Rey was the pick of Sale’s bowlers, chipping in with 2 wickets and some very straight bowling.  Alex and Elizabeth also took wickets, and other bowlers, most notably Isabelle, were unlucky not to be rewarded for consistent pace and accuracy.  In the field, the team fought really hard to keep the runs down, with Hector, Alex and Elizabeth making several blocks at full stretch.  So, a disappointing result, but no shortage of effort or commitment from our team.
Sale Sparks (277) lost to Heaton Mersey (280) by 3 runs
The Sparks took on Heaton Mersey for the second time this season on a sunny, if chilly evening in the Heatons.  Having lost the toss, Sale were put into bat and Isabelle Beaumont and Elizabeth Mansfield opened the innings.  Both players got the team off to a flying start, with energetic running, excellent backing up and some boundaries.  Eva Beaumont and Gracie Burt were up next, and both improved their batting from last week.  Jessica Parish was joined by Isabelle and Elizabeth for two overs each, delivering the highest scoring “pair” of the innings.  Kiko Tazaki-Quayle and Lucy Dodds were the final pair, and both were in typically positive mood in keeping the runs flowing, including a nice leg glance for 4 by Kiko.
Having posted a decent total, the Sparks were confident they could contain Heaton Mersey.  Kiko secured two wickets for a miserly 8 runs as the pick of Sale’s bowlers, but there were also wickets from Isabelle, Lucy, Elizabeth and Jessica.  Both Eva’s and Gracie’s bowling was noticeably improved from last week, and Genie Moore – our youngest squad member – stepped up bravely to have a go.  Sale’s fielding was also noticeably more confident than in previous matches.  Heaton Mersey saved their strongest batting pairs for the final two pairings, as they roared back to within range of Sale’s score.  Going into the final ball, Sale had a lead of one.  The delivery was dispatched for four to secure Heaton Mersey the win by the narrowest of margins so far this season.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

1st XI Beat Bowdon to Move Up Table

1st XI Beat Bowdon to Move Up Table
Sale 1st XI beat Bowdon on Saturday to move up division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league as the season reached the half way point.  After restricting the visitors with a fine display in the field, Sale chalked up a comfortable 5 wicket victory.
Search sponsored Sale asked Bowdon to bat first and got off to the perfect start when Tyrone Lawrence had the dangerous Pat Ashling caught second ball.  Fellow opener Hamish Dunlop fell soon after for 2 to Ali Barrowman with the score on 12 (picture above by George Franks).
Barrowman took another wicket before the introduction of Cheshire under 14 spinner Isaac Brooks yielded 3 more wickets to leave Bowdon in trouble.
Tom Graham led the recovery, marshalling the tail with an unbeaten 79, as Bowdon closed on a below par 178-8.  Brooks finished the pick of the bowling with 3-61, Barrowman and Rick Halkon both taking 2 wickets each.
Sale got off to an even worse start, losing Sam Battersby run out without facing a ball.  However they recovered quickly as Matt Wilson added a fluent 26 and Mat Spells 22 to take the score to 79-3.
Lawrence then took charge of the run chase, with a patent 51 not out, well supported by 21 from Ryan Burgess and a welcome return to form from Chris Canning (33 not out) as Sale coasted home with an over to spare.
Sale 2nd XI also won in the reserve fixture at Bowdon, Skipper Jamal Benzafar leading his team to victory with 64 as Sale chased down 201 for the loss of 7 wickets with 4 overs to spare.
Sale bowled the home side out in the final over of their inning, Tom Riley leading the way with 5 for 42, well supported by Moh Rizvi 3-37 and Siyan Siraj 2-40.After Benzafar’s start, youngsters Viraj Sorathia and Dan Newton both contributed 20 to the chase before veteran Abbas Rizvi scored an unbeaten 38 to complete the chase.
Sale 3rd XI lost at Stockport on Sunday after being bowled out for 165 in pursuit of the home side’s 236 all out, Soans Praveen (pictured above) the stand out player with 62 runs and 3 wickets.
Sale 4th XI completed a welcome win at home to Bollington 3s.  Theo Brodbeck (35), Dyalan Walker (28) and Ibrahim Shareef (25 not out) were the main contributors to Sale’s 151-7.In reply Bollington were bowled out for 123, Joe Wicks taking 5-23.
Early in the week the Silverbacks lost to second placed Cheadle Hulme in the over 40’s competition.  Tris Brodbeck (30 retired), Mark Rowe 29 (pictured below) and Asad Khan 23 as Sale posted 122-4.  Cheadle Hulme reached their target in the 19h over, Rob Moore and Ian Holland the wicket takers.
Next week Sale welcome Davenham to Dane Road, with the 2nd XI travelling to Tattenhall.  On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Alderley Edge and the 4th XI entertain Hyde.
The under 11 hardball team had a tough cup semi final at Whalley Range. Having beaten the opposition in a close league game last week, hopes were high before the game. The outcome of the game was virtually decided by the toss of the coin which came down in Whalley Range's favour.
In temperatures around 30 degrees fielding and bowling proved a challenge. Some dropped catches and misfields in the parched outfield added to the difficulties. Whalley Range batted well to accumulate 126 for three in their 20 overs which took an hour and three quarters to complete.
With a quick turn round Sale were soon on the back foot as Podge Mahmood sent the stumps flying on two occasions leaving Sale 10 for three after 3 overs of the reply. James Newhill and Ben Cleary tried to rebuild the innings but Sale never looked like threatening to reach the target. Amy Seddon hit a powerful 18 to top score for Sale who ended on a respectable 87-7 in their 20 overs.
The u11 hardball completed their group 2 league campaign with a 100 per cent success rate. A sixth consecutive win was achieved on Sunday against Ashton on Mersey.
Put into bat, Sale made a positive start and based upon a half century stand between James Newhill (28 retired) and Herbie Brodbeck (25 retired) a challenging total of 115-3 was attained.
After a steady start with Mark Soan top scoring for AOM with 27 retired, Sale took wickets at regular intervals against an eight man side who kept plugging away at the target. Sale eventually came out victorious by a margin of 26 runs.
With a friendly at Poynton in the afternoon also arranged, Sale had a total of 21 players in hardball action for the under 11's on Sunday.
Sale U11 Softball (310) beat Lindow U11 Softball (277) by 33 runs
Sale fielded a mixture of inexperienced players and more familiar faces as they welcomed Lindow on a hot sunny evening.  Rohan Vakil and James Dyson opened the innings, and plundered a quickfire opening partnership of 30, thanks in particular to 5 fours from James.  Eddie Fenton and Herbie Brodbeck continued the strong start, with Herbie adding four more boundaries and both participating in positive running to build our score.  Seamus Farrell and Dhairya Parekh were next and, after a slow start, began to pick up some runs including a nice 4 to leg from Dhairya.  Our final pair of Pip Moss and Madhav Lakshminara, previously untried, proved to be a revelation.  Both hit fours and were quick between the wickets to add 35 for our final pairing.
Having got the total past 300 and lost only four wickets in the process, Sale knew that they just needed to bowl and field  sensibly to secure the win.   The team did just that, despite it being a challenge to concentrate in such warm conditions.  The pick of the bowlers, not for the first time this season, was James with four wickets for only 9 runs conceded.  This was helped in no small part by fine catches from Herbie (2) and Eddie.  Pip and Herbie also chipped in with a wicket each, as did Dhairya with his first wicket of the season.  There was also a run out off of Seamus’s bowling, to complete a fine performance in the field, and a great team effort all round.
The full scorecards can be found here.

1st XI Slip Up Against Davenham

1st XI Slip Up Against Davenham
Sale 1st XI failed to follow up last week’s win with another inconsistent performance against Davenham on Saturday.  Sale fell 30 runs short in their Vivio Cheshire County league division one encounter.
With an unusual 9.30am start to accommodate the World Cup quarter final Search sponsored Sale asked the visitors to bat first.
James Loveridge (33) and Ben Gough (38) made a confident start, but the loss of 6 wickets either side of the drinks break put Sale in control.  Ben King took 3-28 on his return from injury and Isaac Brooks 2-25.
The Davenham tail then wagged as Mike Sambell (23) and Oli Gallager (24 not out) marshalled the score up to 161-7.
Sale made a confident start to their innings, Joe Cannon hitting 20 as score reached 43-1.  However a similar mid order collapse saw Sale slump to 78-6.
Ryan Burgess (22) and Rick Halkon (27 – pictured above by George Franks) led the fightback, but Sale were finally bowled out for 131 with 8 overs to spare.
Sale 2nd XI had an even earlier start, travelling to Tattenhall for a 9.30am start.  They got off to a great start taking 3 early wickets, before the home side recovered to post 262-8, Gareth Watterson the pick with 3-39.
In reply Jamal Benzafar (36) and Viraj Sorathia (39) got Sale off to a good start, but as Sale fell behind the required rate they batted out for a draw at 187-8.
On Sunday the 3rd XI lost at Alderley Edge after posting 185-6, Asad Khan (43) and James Dodds (22).  Alderley coasted home after tea for the loss of 2 wickets.
The 4th had a good win at home to Hyde 4s, skipper Iain Harrop leading the way with 56 not out chasing down the visitors 139-7.  Ibraheem Shareef (20 not out) and Theo Brodbeck (20) backed up the skipper.
Earlier in the week the Silverbacks lost to north-east over 40’s champions elect Urmston.  Ian Holland (25 not out) showing the top order how to do it as Sale posted a below par 88-8.  Urmston coasted home for the loss of 1 wicket.
Next week the 1st XI visit Hyde and the 2nd XI welcome Bramhall to Dane Road.  On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Hyde and the 4th XI visit Bowdon.
Under 15s (137 for 3, 20 overs) beat South West Manchester (107 for 8), friendly, Sunday 8th July 2018
Sale under 15s had a well-earned win on Sunday. Put in to bat, Sale reached 137 for 3 thanks to a terrific partnership between Anudarshi Majumdar (43 with 4 fours) and Theo Brodbeck (49 not out, 5 fours), ably assisted by a cameo from Jack Brassell (20 not out, 3 fours).
In reply, opening bowler Ghani (2 for 3 from 3 overs) struck immediately with his pacey yorkers, taking two wickets in consecutive balls in the first over. Mashin fought back for SW Manchester hitting 8 fours in his 44 before a remarkable over from Adam Downs (3 for 10 from 2 overs) saw three wickets fall – all clean bowled – and the heart of the opposition was ripped out. The game trickled to an end with youngsters at the crease and Hamdan, Callum Ross and Theo chipping in with late wickets.
Sale Sparks beat Brooklands for a second time in their final league game of the season (see team above).
The full scorecards can be found here.

1st XI Well Beaten at Leaders Hyde

1st XI Well Beaten at Leaders Hyde
Sale 1st XI lost to Vivio Cheshire County League division one leaders Hyde on Saturday.  Hyde dominated the encounter and won by 8 wickets.
Sale won the toss, but got off to a bad start as they slumped to 13-3.  Tyrone Lawrence (pictured above by George Franks) started to rebuild the innings, adding 70 for the 4th wicket with Matt Wilson.
Lawrence fell for 40 when looking in good touch.  Wilson then added another 24 with Ryan Burgess before he fell for 43.
Burgess smashed a quick-fire 29 and Chris Canning added 19 as Sale were bowled out for 159 in the 41st over.
Sale’s total was unlikely to be enough against the league leaders on one of the smaller grounds in county, and so it proved.  Greg Gyves and Isaac Brooks were the wicket takers as the home side coasted home for the loss of 2 wickets inside 27 overs.
Sale 2nd XI played out a draw with high flying Bramhall.  The visitors posted 229-6 after being asked to bat first, Dan Newton taking 3-67.
Sale made a good reply, but couldn’t keep up with the required rate, closing on 178-6.  Newton showing his all-round qualities with 61 not out and Viraj Sorathia 36. 
Sale 3rd XI posted a competitive 213 at Hyde on Sunday, Dan Newton building on his recent return to form with 64 and Gareth Watterson hitting 44.
James Dodds took 3-38 as Hyde reached their target for the loss of 6 wickets in the 36th over.
Sale 4th XI lost to Bowdon 3s after posting 135-5, father and son openers Tris and Theo Brodbeck the leaders scorers with 54 and 23 respectively.
Bowdon made short work of their reply, reaching their target in the 21st over, Ivan Flitcroft taking 2-17.
On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Barrow to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Stockport Georgians.  On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Grappenhall and the 4th XI host Woodley.
Sale Squirrels U9s went into their quarter-final cup match against Lindow full of optimism, on the back of 5 successive victories.  Unfortunately that optimism didn’t apply to the weather, which looked like it was going to put a literal damper on proceedings, with an almighty downpour just before the game was about to start.  However, despite occasional rolls of thunder in the distance, it was decided the game would go ahead, and most of the Sale team were drenched anyway after deciding they needed to do some pre-match laps of the pitch in the pouring rain.  Captain Drew Akers Hart won the toss and elected to bowl first.  Drew and Jacob Cleary started in good fashion, with Drew taking a wicket in his first over.  Sale’s bowlers carried on in similar vein throughout, with special mention going to star bowler Freddie Elliott, taking 2 wickets for only 6 runs, and Jonty Rawson taking a wicket in his first game for the Squirrels.  However, Lindow’s batters were not to be cowed, and they battled manfully on in an epic tussle of bat and ball, ending on an impressive 291 runs.
Sale knew they had to bat at the top of their game to complete the run chase, but it wasn’t to be.  Some devastating bowling from Lindow’s opening pair limited Drew and Jacob to just 8 runs, taking an unprecedented 5 wickets in the first 4 overs.  Sadly Sale never recovered as their hopes, like the pitch, deteriorated in front of their eyes.  Special mention though should go to Will Hocking and Tom Fenton who were the only pair not to lose a wicket, and to Jonty Rawson for standing up to some fearsome bowling in his first ever innings for Sale.  James Wareing tried to mount a response, scoring an impressive 10 at the death, including two excellent 4s, but to no avail.  Much like England, Sale crashed out the cup to soon, but the young squad leave with their heads held high.
The full scorecards can be found here.

Local MP Breaks Ground on Clubhouse

Local MP Breaks Ground on Clubhouse
The development of a community sports hub for Sale reached a key milestone this week as local MP Mike Kane broke ground on the construction of Sale Sports Club’s new clubhouse.

Trafford Council granted planning permission for a 2-storey community clubhouse and pavilion and a new indoor tennis centre in February.  Since then work has gathered pace culminating in the start of building work this week, with construction expected to be completed by the spring of 2019.

The new clubhouse will deliver Sport England compliant changing facilities that are accessible to all and an exercise studio, as well as providing a first class viewing vista from a bar and function room on the first floor.

The new facilities will allow the club to broaden its appeal and contribute to the health and well-being of local residents by working with other local organisations to target those who will benefit from increasing their physical activity rates and reduce social isolation.

Mike Kane wished the club the best of luck, “It’s great to have the relationship with this club. I’ve seen the plans and they’re world class, it’s going to be so exciting”.

“Clubs like this build so much solidarity in communities, being a member of a club improves people’s health and their outcomes and that’s why this type of development is so important.”

Local councillor Jane Baugh was also on hand to hear the club committing to do more for children’s services in the area, as well as increasing activities for all age groups.

The club, founded in 1854, is funding the redevelopment through the sale of surplus land for much needed local housing.

Steve Hodkinson, Chair of the development committee, praised the role of local developer Darren Brown of Lunbro homes and main contractors Brierstone;

Steve said, “This project has been a long time in the making, so thanks to Darren.  He has been involved from the start, has been good to his word and great to work with, as have Brierstone”.

Club President Matt Whiteley concluded by praising the enormous amount of work a number of volunteers have put in to get the project to this important stage.
 
(L-R): Steve Hodkinson, Mike Kane MP, Darren Brown

1st XI Can't Force Win

1st XI Can't Force Win
Sale 1st XI had the better of their encounter with bottom of the table Barrow, but couldn’t force the win in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bat first and got off to a positive start.  Openers Matt Wilson and Greg Gyves adding 48 for the first wicket.
Gyves was first to go for 26, with Wilson third man out for 38.
Tyrone Lawrence then played the anchor role for Sale, adding 57 for the fifth wicket with Ryan Burgess (30) and 45 for the sixth wicket with Chris Canning (19).
Lawrence then marshalled the tail, eventually falling for 72 in the closing over as Sale finished on 225-9.
Gyves started well for Sale after tea, removing both openers for 30 runs.
Sale’s twin spin attack of Rick Halkon (3-52) and Isaac Brooks (2-24) then took control, reducing the visitors to 114-7.
However Sale couldn’t force the win as Barrow closed on 182-7, settling for 14 points for the draw.
Sale 2nd XI had a good win at high flying Stockport Georgians.
Sale dismissed Georgians for 97, skipper Siyan Siraj leading the way with 4-6, well supported by Ben King, Rich Adams and Dan Newton, who all took 2 wickets.
Sale reached their target for the loss of 5 wickets, Siraj with 31, Newton 29 not out and Joe Cannon 23.
Sale 3rd XI lost at Grappenhall on Sunday after posting 196-6, Asad Khan 44, Soans Praveen 43 and Dan Newton 41.
Grappenhall reached their target with 4 balls to spare in a tight finish, Praveen and Newton with 2 wickets each.
Sale 4th lost at home to Disley.  The visitors posted 180-7, Maaz Khan taking 3-26.  Sale replied with 129 all out, Joe Moss 31.
Earlier in the week the Silverbacks had back-to-back wins in the over 40’s competition.  On Tuesday they beat Bowdon by 18 runs after posting 146-3.  Tris Brodbeck and Keith Wellings both hit 31 retired and Mark Almond 28.
On Wednesday a captain’s performance from Rob Moore (pictured above by George Franks) snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.  From 34-6 the Silverbacks posted 103 against Bowdon Vale, Moore top scoring with 28 not out.
The visitors then collapsed from 60-1 to 86-9, Moore returning 4-20 after Wellings had taken two crucial wickets earlier in the innings.
On Saturday the 4th XI visit Upton and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd travel to Didsbury and the 4th XI host Bowdon 3s.
Sale Squirrels ended their season last week with a home victory against Trafford Metrovicks. Captain Tom Fenton and William Lightening opened the batting for Sale against some tricky bowling, with William in particular producing some excellent shots, including a very fine 4 – his first boundary for Sale.  Eoghan Walker and Noah Adams kept things moving, scoring 25 as a pair, including two excellent boundaries for Eoghan.  The experienced pair of Jacob Clearly and Taha Chaudhry then stepped in the further accelerate the run rate, scoring 34 for no loss, with Jacob hitting four boundaries to top score the day with 20.  The Sale innings was wrapped up by Harsimar Rekhi and Kavya Panchal, scoring a comfortable 16, leaving Sale on a healthy total of 273.
Trafford batted well, but were consistently pinned back by some excellent bowling throughout the Sale team.  Particular mention should go to William Lightening for taking his first 2 wickets for Sale, along with 2 each for Kavya and Eoghan and 1 each for Noah and Jacob.  Trafford ended their innings on 263, leaving Sale the victors by 10 runs.  That ended Sale Squirrels’ season with a fantastic 6 victories and only 2 losses, founded on some excellent individual and team performances throughout.  Huge congratulations to the players, and thanks to all the parents for their support.  Looking forward to the next season already…
The full scorecards can be found here.

1st XI Hold High Flying Upton

1st XI Hold High Flying Upton
Despite an improved performance from Sale 1st XI at high flying Upton on Saturday they had to settle for a draw in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.
Search sponsored Sale asked the home team to bat first and found wickets difficult to come by.  Matt Owens (100 not out) and Chris McArthur (70) leading the way as Upton posted 249-2 in 46 overs.
Rich Adams and Isaac Brooks were the wicket takers for Sale.
Sale got off to a confident start, Matt Wilson adding 40 in a stand of 90 for the first wicket with Greg Gyves.
Gyves had reached 69 when he was one of two quick wickets that reduced Sale to 122-4.
Tyrone Lawrence and Chris Canning accelerated the score to 155 before Canning was caught for 19.
Whilst Lawrence remained at the crease the chase was on, but when he fell for a well crafted 54 Sale batted out the remaining overs for 214-6.
Sale 2nd XI continued their fine recent form with a comfortable win in the reverse fixture at Dane Road. Dan Newton (3-28) and Siyan Siraj (3-24, pictured above by George Franks) were the leading bowlers as Upton were bowled out for 151, having recovered from 87-8.
Sale made light work of the reply after tea, coasting home for the loss of 1 wicket.  Viraj Sorathia (58 not out) and Siyan Siraj (58 not out) saw Sale home.
Sale 3rd XI started brightly against league leaders Didsbury on Sunday, young openers Zikria Nadeem (39) & Viraj Sorathia (38) batting for 21 overs before being parted and adding 82. Dan Newton looked to add impetus before being run out for 25, which heralded a shuddering collapse of 8 wickets for 19 runs to be bowled out for 139. Two early wickets left Didsbury wobbling, but eventually ran out comfortable winners for the loss of 3 wickets.
The 4th XI fixture at home to Bowdon was cancelled due to heavy rain.
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks had a good win at Cheadle in the over 40s competition.  Tris Broadbeck was the leading scorer with 29, well supported by Jay Finley and Graham Bolton who both hit 22. Cheadle were going well before Bolton took 3-19 in the middle overs to ensure the home team only reached 103, Rob Moore and Paul Hanrahan supporting with 2 wickets each.
On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Urmston to Dane Road and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI host Cheadle and the 4th XI have no fixture.
The full scorecards can be found here.

Walking Netball off to a flying start

Walking Netball off to a flying start

There was a great start to the Walking Netball session in the sunshine at the Club on Thursday.
We had 9 ladies turn up, some of whom hadn't played for a considerable period of time!


 


The next session is 13:30 this Thursday (9th Aug) so get your trainers ready and don't forget to spread the word mongst friends and family.



 


Double Over Urmston

Double Over Urmston
Sale 1st XI secured a vital win against Urmston on Saturday to move clear of the relegation zone in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League.  Sale belied their recent poor record against Urmston to win with a ball to spare in a tight finish.
Urmston batted first and made a positive start against Sale’s opening attack, Furkan Hassan had reached 35 when he was run out by Matt Wilson.
Callum Turner top scored with 49 at the top of the order before he was one of 4 victims for 14 year old spinner Isaac Brooks.
Brooks and leg-spinner Rick Halkon have struck up an effective partnership this season and controlled the middle overs as the visitors were restricted to 243 for 7 wickets, Brooks finishing with 4-61.
Despite the early loss of Greg Gyves, Sale made a positive start after tea, Matt Wilson hitting a season’s best 60 and Mat Spells 33.
Tyrone Lawrence continued his fine recent form with 64, well supported by 23 from Chris Canning.
Ryan Burgess (pictured above by George Franks) looked to have got Sale to their target, however when he fell for 47 in the final over Sale still needed 3 runs for vitory.  Enter the unflappable Danial Khan who levelled the score off his first ball and hit the winning runs off his second to secure a memorable win.
Sale 2nd XI made is a double win over Urmston in the reverse fixture.  A rare appearance from all-rounder Rob Merga led Sale to a comfortable win.
Merga took 5-55 as Urmston were bowled out for 217 in the first innings, with good support from Zikria Nadeem (2-44) and Siyan Siraj (2-43).
In reply Sale had reached 93-4 before an unbeaten stand of 127 between Merga and Dan Newton saw Sale home with 6 overs to spare.  Merga finishing on 58 not out and Newton 54 not out.
On Sunday the 3rd XI held on for a draw at home to Cheadle.  The visitors were bowled out for 256 in the final over, Sujith Nag and Sasiraj Pushparajah taking 3 wickets a piece.
Sale held on at 200-9 after tea, Insaf top scoring with 53, Sons Praveen 32 and Manoj Kumar 29.
Sale 4th XI had no fixture this week and the Silverbacks had a walk over against Whalley Range in the over 40s competition.
On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Macclesfield and the 2nd XI welcome Cheadle to Dane Road.  On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Oxton and the 4th XI host Aston-on-Mersey. 
The full scorecards can be found here.

2nd XI Have Leaders in a Spin

2nd XI Have Leaders in a Spin
Sale 2nd XI upset Vivio Cheshire County League division one leaders Cheadle on Saturday and kept their own outside chance of promotion alive.  Cheadle looked set for an imposing total before Sale spun their way to victory.
Cheadle opted to bat first against Search sponsored Sale, reaching 74-0 off 18 overs and looking to set a sizable total.
Captain Siyan Siraj then introduced himself and fellow spinner Grant Whittaker who turned the game dramatically in favour of the home team.  Siraj taking 4-35 and Whittaker 4-33 as Cheadle were bowled out for 160 in the 48th over, Tom Riley cleaning up the tail with 2 wickets.
Sale reached their target with two overs to spare.  Young opener Viraj Sorathia (pictured above) hit a calm 57 at the top of the order, with vital contributions of 34 from Dan Newton and 33 from skipper Siraj.
Sale 1st XI’s trip to Macclesfield reached a premature end as rain intervened with the game finely poised.
Opener Greg Gyves led the way for Sale with 91 at the top of the order, well supported by Tyrone Lawrence (44) and Chris Canning (40) as Sale closed on 259-8. Sale looked to be ruing dropping Kalid Sawas as Macclesfield reached 78-1 off 21 overs when rain stopped play for the first time.
Richard Adams took two quick wickets after the resumption, before the rain returned at 118-3 with Sawas on 81 not out.  No further play was possible, Sale picked up a valuable 11 points.
The 3rd XI looked well set for a vital win when rain curtailed their run chase at Oxton on Sunday.  Sale bowled the home team out for 118 in the 41st over, Dan Newton (3-17) and Shah Zeb returning from injury (3-47) did the damage.
Sale had reached 52-3 in the 18th over when the rain arrived, Zikria Nadeem well placed on 23 not out.
The 4th XI had the better of their drawn match against Ashton-on-Mersey 3s.  Chris Dyson hitting 58 and Howard Briggs 41 as Sale posted 186.
After tea the visitors batted out at 124-6, Joe Wicks leading bowler with 4-22.
Earlier in the week the Over 40s Silverbacks rounded off their season against Sale Under 18’s, with the “unders” retaining their trophy.  Paul Hanrahan and Mark Rowe both retired on 30 as the Silverbacks posted 110.
Joe Cannon led his side to victory with 31 retired and 2-9, with Viraj Sorathia also retiring on 32.
Next week the 1st XI welcome Oxton to Dane Road and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI host Marple and the 4th XI visit Urmston.
The full scorecards can be found here.

1st XI Move Clear of Drop Zone

1st XI Move Clear of Drop Zone
Sale 1st XI eased any relegation fears on Saturday after beating Oxton to move 56 points clear of the drop zone. Sale won their Vivio Cheshire County League division one encounter by 3 wickets in a tight finish.
Search sponsored Sale asked Oxton to bat first with opening bowlers Tyrone Lawrence and Ali Barrowman taking two wickets each to reduce the visitors to 56-4.
A disastrous run out for Mahdi Quadri made the score 83-6 with 20 overs to go and Sale looking at a modest chase.
However the Oxton tail wagged, as they eventually closed on 181-9, Lawrence finishing with 3-33.
Sale made a positive start after tea as they reached 62-2 at drinks, openers Matt Wilson and Joe Cannon contributing 24 & 28 respectively.
Lawrence then anchored the rest of the innings as Sale continued to lose wickets in pursuit of their target.
Skipper Keith Wellings then hit 20 out of a partnership of 25 to take the score to 163 before he became 7th man out with just 4 overs to go.
Thankfully for Sale Rick Halton held his nerve hitting the winning runs with an over to spare (pictured above my George Franks), finishing 10 not out and Lawrence 57 not out.
Sale 2nd XI’s winning run and outside chance of promotion both faltered in the reverse fixture at Oxton as they batted out for a draw.
Oxton posted 220-7, Dan Newton and Sasiraj Pushparajah both taking 3 wickets.
Sale reached 190-5 after tea, Newton completing a fine all-round performance with 78 not out, well supported by Dan Khan (40) and Sam Battersby (36).
Sale 3rd XI had a vital win against Marple on Sunday that boosted their survival hopes. Sale bowled the visitors out for 131 in the 43rd over, Shah Zeb with 3-29 and Manoj Kumar 3-24.
Sale coasted to their target inside 28 overs for the loss of 4 wickets, Soans Praveen 33, Viraj Sorathia 30 and Sai Kumara 32.
Sale 4th XI lost by 9 wickets at Urmston after being bowled out for 140, skipper Iain Harrop posting 54 and Shane Osborne 27.
Next Saturday the 2nd XI welcome Widnes to Dane Road and the 1st XI play the reverse fixture, on Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Nantwich and the 4th XI entertain Disney 3s.
The full scorecards can be found here.

Easy Win for 2nd XI

Easy Win for 2nd XI
Sale 2nd XI beat struggling Widnes at Dane Road on Saturday to all but confirm a top half finish in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League. Sale completed a comfortable 7 wicket victory thanks to another fine all round performance from Dan Newton (pictured above by George Franks).
Search sponsored Sale got off the perfect start after winning the toss and electing to field as Newton removed danger men Andy Kirby and Ben Hewitt for ducks.
Father and son Tim and James Wearden top scored with 33 and 32 respectively but Widnes had no answer to Newton who finished with remarkable figures of 5 wickets for 10 runs off 8 overs.
Veteran Mark Almond on a rare appearance and Gareth Watterson on the comeback from injury both took two wickets as the visitors were dismissed for 108 in 42 overs.
Sale made short work of their reply after tea. Skipper Jamal Benzafar top scored with 45 at the top of the order, well supported by Viraj Sorathia (27).
After the loss of 3 wickets it was left to Newton to see Sale to their target with a breezy 30 not out as the home tea coasted home in the 25th over.
The reverse fixture at Widnes was played in an attacking manner after the delayed start meant both sides were guaranteed 7 points no matter the result.
Unfortunately the home team came off the better as the racked up 178-5 off 27 overs despite two early wickets for Sale. Tyrone Lawrence and Isaac Brooks both picking up two wickets.
In reply Sale had a free hit at the target, but only Chris Canning got to terms with the chase hitting 41 off 44 balls as Sale were bowled out for 92.
On Sunday both fixtures fell victim to the weather, the 4th XI at home to Disley 3s and the 3rd XI at Nantwich we’re both cancelled.
Sale's under 11 hardball team were invited to provide opposition in a 30 over game as part of a week-long cricket camp at Didsbury CC. Complete with free hits for no balls above waist height the aim was to give players experience in some of the features of one day cricket they hadn't seen in junior matches so far in their careers.
After a morning deluge the game was played on Didsbury's artificial strip. In overcast conditions Sale were asked to bat first. On a slow outfield runs were elusive but with no balls and wides counting double the scoreboard began to tick over. The highlight of Sale's innings was a third wicket partnership between Dylan Parekh and Tom Brassell which lasted over 20 overs. Both players showed impressive skills and played few loose shots between them, showing how to construct an innings. Remarkably Sale were 125-2 with just 3 overs remaining. A quick flurry of runs and wickets ensured a total of 147-6 was achieved of which extras reached the half century mark.
What followed was a devastating performance by Sale's bowling attack. James Newhill and Tom Brassell put the Didsbury batsmen under severe pressure. James clean bowling Liam first ball and repeating the feat in his second over. Already 1 for 2 after 4 overs, Sale put in a sensational period reducing the home side to 10 for 7 in 10 overs. Zenen, Brayden, Tejas and Thomas K all collecting wickets. Eventually Didsbury reached 45 all out in 17 overs with only 5 wides and no balls conceded by Sale's impressive bowlers. As a result of the early finish it was suggested that the home team continue to bat for the full 30 overs to provide more bowling and batting opportunities. Didsbury's opening batsmen showed a great range of shots second time around confirming the importance of dismissing them early. Didsbury finished short of Sale's total after the full allocation of overs but a tight pressurised finish was created which was great experience for all the players involved.
All in all it was a friendly game played in a great atmosphere, and Sale's terrific team spirit and highly skilled performance was very encouraging for the future.
The full scorecards can be found here.

Full House of Wins

Full House of Wins
1st XI retained their place in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league on Saturday after beating Bollington at Dane Road. Sale won by 5 wickets in this high scoring game to move up to 7th place.
Bollington won the toss and unusually asked Search sponsored Sale to bat first on a great looking batting track. They got off to a great start as skipper Rick Hough and Andrej Yakesender added 145 for the first wicket.
Andy Millward (pictured above by George Franks) made the breakthrough for Sale bowling Hough for 62, and then picked up a further 3 wickets to finish with a seasons best 4-56.
Millward’s fourth wicket was that of Yakesender for 104 with the score on 196.
Opening bowler Tyrone Lawrence then returned for his second spell, picking up two wickets as the visitors were restricted to 225-6.
Bollington made early in roads after tea as Sale found themselves at 54-4.
Lawrence and Ryan Burgess then put together the match winning partnership as they first steadied the Sale innings, then accelerated, adding 166 for the fifth wicket.
Burgess was the main aggressor adding 84 off 80 balls before he was caught with just 6 runs needed, leaving Lawrence to finish the job with an unbeaten 85 to secure the win with 2 overs in hand.
Sale 2nd XI continued their fine form with a comfortable win at Warrington.
Sale bowled their hosts out for 116 inside 40 overs, Rob Merga taking 3-30 at the top of the innings, followed by Gareth Watterson (4-33) and Siyan Siraj (3-28).
Sale chased down their total for the loss of 3 wickets in the 31st over.  Opener Viraj Sorathia hit 44 at the top of the innings, well supported by Soans Praveen (24) and Dan Newton (22 not out).
Sale 4th XI finished their season with a fine win at Bollington 3s on Sunday. Sale dismissed their hosts for 120 in the 26th over, Max Bishop the leading bowler with 3-2.  Ivan Flitcroft, Mal Tazki-Quayle and Callum Ross all took 2 wickets each.
After tea skipper Chris Smith and fellow opener Theo Brodbeck got Sale off to a good start before the loss of Smith for 24 sparked the loss of a further 4 wickets.
Ibraheem Shareef then hit 30 not out, with the support of a patent 20 not out from Brodbeck, to see Sale to their target.
Sale 3rd XI had a walkover Stockport, making it four wins out of four over the weekend and secured their place in the premier division next season.  Oxton failed to secure enough points to take the relegation battel down to the final game.
On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Stockport and the 2nd XI host neighbours Brooklands.
The full scorecards can be found here.

Last Man Standing

Here we go again... Last Man Standing is back, starting from Friday 5th October. Last time the prize pot was over £100 and this time we are hoping it will be even bigger! Entry is still only £3 and, as well as the possibility of winning the pot, you are helping to raise vital Club funds! For an entry form please see Alison or Jamie Broadbent. Just to whet your appetite here are the fixtures for the first weekend we are running...

 

Brighton v West Ham United (Friday)

Burnley v Huddersfield Town

Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton

Fulham v Arsenal (Sunday)

Leicester City v Everton

Liverpool v Manchester City (Sunday)

Manchester United v Newcastle United

Southampton v Chelsea (Sunday)

Tottenham Hotspur v Cardiff City

Watford v A.F.C. Bournemouth

 

You’ve got to be in it to win it!

Washout Across County

Search sponsored Sale couldn’t escape a near washout across the county on Saturday with neither the 1st XI at Stockport nor the 2nd XI at home to Brooklands able to start their games due to heavy rain, all sides settling for 7 points each.
The washout settled any remaining promotion and relegation issues within the Vivio Cheshire County league with one game to go.  The 1st XI look set to finish mid table in division one, a creditable performance after a poor start.  Any outside chance of promotion to the premier division for the 2nd XI ended as they cannot now catch second placed Upton.
Of the Sunday teams the 3rd XI stay in the premier division by the smallest of margins after 2nd bottom Oxton beat Champions Didsbury to finish just one point behind Sale.  The 4th XI, the academy team for younger players (and a few older ones too), finished mid table in division two east.

2nd XI End Season on a High

2nd XI End Season on a High
Sale 2nd XI rounded off their season with a barnstorming win against Bowdon to finish fourth in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League.  Sale have been the form team in the second half of the season but couldn’t make up enough points to secure promotion.
Captain Jamal Benzafar started in typically aggressive fashion as Search sponsored Sale passed 50 in the 7th over after electing to bat first. Benzafar and Viraj Sorathia hit an opening stand of 134 to put Sale in control, Sorathia the first wicket to fall for 37.
Benzafar added 30 with Joe Cannon (23) for the 2nd wicket before he was bowled shortly after reaching his century for 101.
Siyan Siraj (pictured above by George Franks) then picked up the scoring rate as he blasted 68 in the final overs to set the visitors an imposing target of 279 to win for the loss of 9 wickets.
Bowdon were never really in the chase as Gareth Watterson took two early wickets and Siraj took 4 middle order wickets to reduce the visitors to 91-6.
The lower order showed some resistance as Sale rotated the bowling, before finally being bowled out for 153 in the 41st over.  Siraj finished with 4-35 and Watterson 3-19.
Sale 1st XI suffered a disappointing loss in the reverse fixture to Bowdon, or more specifically the Ashling brothers who dominated the match. Pat hit 104 in Bowdon’s 200-8, with Sale’s leading bowler for the season Isaac Brooks taking 4-37.
After tea Sale had no response to the accuracy of former first class cricketer Chris, who took 6-47 as Sale subsided to 99 all out, Tyrone Lawrence top scoring with 39.
Sale ended an enjoyable season by achieving their objective of keep all teams in their respective divisions ahead of moving into a new purpose build clubhouse next season that will confirm Sale as one of the premier facilities in the county.
The full scorecards can be found here.

Steve Asher (1962 - 2018)

Steve Asher (1962 - 2018)
(Steve Asher with the 1990 Manchester Association division two championship side - front row, thrird from left)
On behalf of the club we are all very sorry to hear that S J Asher passed away following a short illness on Sunday, he was just 56, our thoughts are with his family.
Steve was 2nd XI Captain in 1987 & 1992-94 and also served as 1st XI vice-captain under Howard Briggs.
He also served at honorary secretary 1995-96 during which time the club moved from the Manchester Association to the Cheshire County league.
He was a member of the 1990 MDCA 1st XI 2nd division championship team (see above).
Steve took 95 1st XI league wickets @ 20.85 with his slow left arm bowling and earned the knick-name "Slasher Asher" for his uncanny knack of finding the 3rd man boundary.
A club legend on and off the pitch who had plenty of good stories to tell.

Junior Tennis and Multi-Sport Awards - Halloween Event 26th Oct

Junior Tennis and Multi-Sport Awards - Halloween Event 26th Oct

Friday 26th October 6.30 – 9pm
Fancy dress themed Tennis & Multi-Sports Awards Evening.
For all for Adults, Parents, Juniors and friends from all sport sections welcome.
Bar will be open and food is being served… Join in the fancy dress, tennis drills, or watch the fun and enjoy the presentation. Children can join in their own tennis and multi sport games too!

Halloween costume Competition for:
Best dressed
Best DIY costume.
Funniest
Least recognisable

Zombie Wrapping Game
Pumpkin carving competition – Bring along your pumpkins 🎃
The one with the most votes wins a prize!

£10 per person Inc. Lasagne/Shepherd’s Pie and Hotdog/Nuggets with chips for children.

Contact Organiser, Head of Tennis – Matt Pearsall for tickets by latest 18th October at pros_tennis@hotmail.co.uk or ask any member of the tennis coaching team https://www.facebook.com/events/239977346649730/
Thank you – Matt and the coaching team

Music Night - Sat 20th October

Music Night - Sat 20th October

Dance or just listen to rock and country music from the Banks Band – a specially reformed local group of talented musicians who are guaranteed to continue the high standard of recent musical events at the club.


Saturday October 20th from 8.00 p.m – bar open at 7.30


 


Tickets £10 from dwalmsley@uk2.net


OR online via WebCollect: Tickets


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And get November 17th in your diary – Comedy night at the Club.


Tickets £10 from dwalmsley@uk2.net


Brooks is Cheshire Player of Year

Brooks is Cheshire Player of Year
Young Sale Spinner Isaac Brooks crowned his breakthrough season by being named overall Cheshire Boys player of the year at the recent awards dinner.
 
The 14 year old left-armer started the season in the Sale 2nd XI as Sale’s fourth choice spinner, but ended the season as the club’s number one slow bowler and a regular in the 1st XI.
 
Brooks took 21 wickets at an average of 25 for the first team with best figures of 4-37 against Bowdon, winning the Harold Midwinter trophy for Sale’s young player of the year.
 
He picked up more awards at the Cheshire Youth dinner as he was named overall Boys Player of the Year and Under 14 bowler of the year after picking up 37 wickets including two five wicket hauls, with best figures of 6-23 against Lancashire.
 
These performances have earned Brooks a place on the Cheshire emerging players programme this winter.
 
The dinner also saw fellow Sale player Viraj Sorathia named Under 15 improver of the year, reflecting the quality of the coaching programme at Sale and the support of both their parents.

Sale Cricket Club - Development Planning 2018-19

The Committee at Sale Cricket Club has conducted a review of the Club's Development Plan. 

A copy of the revised Development Plan has been added to the "Links" page within the Cricket section on this site.  This document will be subject to further review by the Committee as part of the Club's application for Clubmark re-accreditation in 2019.  

The Committee is keen to involve Members in this review process.  Please therefore direct any questions or comments regarding the Development Plan to nickrbrooks@sky.com.

 

Sale Cricket Club - Review of Safeguarding Policies

Sale Cricket Club is committed to providing cricket in a safe and welcoming environment.  A Review of all club safeguarding policies has been completed  on behalf of the Committee by Nick Brooks, Club Welfare Officer.   A full list of club safeguarding policies and supporting guidance has been added to the "Juniors" page on the Cricket section of this site. 

Please contact Nick direct on nickrbrooks@sky.com if you would like to request a copy of any of the policies, or if you have any questions regarding safeguarding at Sale Cricket Club generally.   

Please also contact Nick if you would be interested in contributing to the Club's continuing Safeguarding work.   The Club is working toward Clubmark reaccreditation in 2019, and assisting with the Club's safeguarding commitments represents a great way to support the continued success of the Club's Junior section.

 

 

Cricket AGM - Thursday 8 November, 8pm

Notice is hereby given of the section AGM that will take place in the Stockton room on Thursday 8th November, 8pm prompt start.

Anyone who is interested in joining the committee please speak to Jamie Broadbent and send any formal nominations or apologies to Ian Dixon.

Please make every effort to attend, we've got a big season coming up in our new home.

Download AGM Notice & Agenda

Comedy Night - 17th November

Comedy Night - 17th November

Tickets £10 from WebCollect

or through Dave Walmsley: dwalmsley@uk.net

Club Olympics - Sat 24th November

Club Olympics - Sat 24th November

Enter your team of four now! Via Alison (appyammer@hotmail.com), or Anne Monaghan.

Glyn Roberts (1946 - 2018)

Glyn Roberts (1946 - 2018)
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of former club president M G Roberts on 18 October at the age of 72.
 
Glyn made a major contribution to the club as a competitor, coach, official and administrator during the last 50 years.
 
He joined the club as a cricketer in 1968 after moving to the area from Somerset and was an outstanding all-rounder.  Over 27 seasons he scored 6,651 runs and took 432 wickets in 1st XI cricket, his run scoring is a post war record. He also captained the club over seven seasons between 1976 and 1984.  When asked about his captaincy he stated, “well when nobody else wanted to do it I stepped in”.  He took on the 3rd XI captaincy in similar circumstances between 1999 and 2001.
 
The highlight of his playing career was the H C Smith cup final played at Old Trafford in 1974, a game that Sale won by one run (front row, second from right).  Glyn took 1 for 22 off 10 overs. He was also a member of the division two championship teams of 1980 and 1990.
 
Glyn topped the 1st XI batting averages in 1969, 1972 and 1981. His best season was 1985 when he scored 667 runs, including his highest score for Sale of 111 not out against Earlestown (one of three centuries he scored). As a bowler his most successful season was in 1982 when he took 36 wickets, including his best return of 6 for 21 against Bury, although in 1992 he had the remarkable figures of 3 for 1 off 8 overs against Flixton.
 
He is thought to hold a unique record of scoring back-to-back centuries in a single weekend, for Sale on the Saturday and the Manchester & District representative XI on the Sunday.  He played for the League team for several years, helping a number of younger players to develop and go onto represent Lancashire CCC.
 
He also served as the Manchester Association Treasurer between 1985 and 1996, the year that Sale joined the Cheshire County Cricket League.
 
At the club’s 150th anniversary dinner where Glyn spoke about the great players who had represented the club (see picture above) his great friend Russ Wyatt described him as “a better player than he thought he was”, perfectly reflecting both his humility and his talent.
 
Glyn was also a qualified cricket coach and for over 10 years coached and organised the junior cricket section on a voluntary basis, passing on his knowledge and developing a number of cricketers who are still playing for the club today.  Inspired by his commitment several of these cricketers have gone on to train and develop as cricket coaches themselves.
 
Upon retiring from playing Glyn qualified as both a cricket and hockey umpire, he was well respected and was appointed to the elite Premier League panel of the Cheshire County Cricket League.
 
As an administrator Glyn was a committee member for countless years, including 13 as an active President of the club. In his time the club adopted the title “Sale Sports Club” and made significant progress as a community sports club including major investments in the Cricket and Tennis facilities as well as achieving Clubmark accreditation for the first time, assisted by Glyn who has added the role of Child Welfare Officer to his long list of voluntary posts over the years.
 
His retirement from the presidency coincided with him winning the Trafford Unsung Hero in Sport award for 2009 in recognition of the major contribution he had made over the previous 40 years.
 
Despite stepping back from his commitments he remained a fixture at the club was always on hand to help out when requested. In 2014 he was appointed a director of The Sale Cricket Ground Co Ltd and more recently he joined the fledgling board following the club’s move to become a Community Benefit Society.
 
This allowed him to take on the role of Honorary Secretary of the Cheshire County Cricket League Umpires Association from 2010 to 2018.
 
He also served as a Governor of a local school and was an accomplished singer, performing in three local choirs.
 
Glyn’s three children all went on to represent the club at Cricket and Hockey, unsurprising given the countless hours they would spend at the club in their early years.
 
Glyn will be missed by everyone at the club, a true gentleman.

 

Christmas Bar Opening Times

Christmas Bar Opening Times

Christmas and New Year Bar Opening Times

The members bars will be open as follows during the festive period however if there are any special requests please contact either Sue Laister, John or Alison.

Saturday 22nd December – 2pm to midnight
Sunday 23rd December – 8pm to 10pm
Monday 24th December – 1pm to 10pm
Christmas Day & Boxing Day – Closed
Thursday 27th December – 8pm to 10.30pm
Friday 28th December – 8pm to midnight
Saturday 29th December – 2pm to midnight
Sunday 30th December – 8pm to 10pm
New Year’s Eve – 7pm to midnight
Tuesday 1stJanuary – Closed
Wednesday 2nd January onwards – hours as normal

200 Club - December Draw and Jackpot Prize

200 Club - December Draw and Jackpot Prize

200 Club


1st Prize –           Nick Buchanan   – £99.00


2nd Prize –          Marion Rawson -  £33.00


Jackpot –            Dave Wilkinson – £399.50


 


The proceeds from the 200 Club will be used to help meet the costs of fitting out the new clubhouse.


This is a great way to help support the club so if you haven't already done so why not take out an entry from as little as £5 a month.

Click HERE to find out more including how to enter.



Sale SC "200 CLUB"

Sale SC

Remember that it’s really important that as many people as possible support this fund-raising scheme to ensure that we can continue to enjoy the sporting and social activities of the Club.

If you start subscribing before the 1st July you will also be eligible for the additional Christmas Jackpot prize draw so don’t delay.

To find more information including how to enter the draw click on the following links or just go to the Club website.

Click HERE to view the draw Terms & Conditions

Click HERE to view the instructions on how to set up your subscription on WebCollect

Click HERE to view the 200 Club Frequently Asked Questions

Manchester Marathon 7th April - Marshals Required

Manchester Marathon 7th April - Marshals Required

The Club has again been invited to supply marshals for the upconing Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday 7th April. This is a great way for the Club to raise funds, so look out for detals of the registration process in the near future and block out the date in your diary now.

We are aiming to get 60 volunteers from the Club this year so we need you!

 

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