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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.

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