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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.

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