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?).
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