30 July 2015
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.