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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.

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