18 April 2016
Sale Cricket Club is looking forward to the forthcoming season in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League. After missing out on promotion to the ECB premier league in 2015 the club are looking to go one better this season.
Once again led by outstanding ‘keeper Chris Canning (462 runs & 28 dismissals) Sale have strengthened their squad for the season ahead.
Sale born Brooke Guest joins the club for the summer from South Perth CC in Australia. After emigrating down under aged 6 Brooke returns to his home town club following a fine domestic season that saw him make his under 19 international debut.
All-rounder Luke McCoy joins from Widnes CC where he scored 735 runs last season and will be hoping to strike up a partnership with the division’s leading all-rounder Tyrone Lawrence (623 runs & 57 wickets), who continues as vice-captain.
The bowling attack that includes wily leg spinner Rick Halkon (55 wickets) is further strengthened by the full-time returns of both Tharshan Thayalan (52 wickets in 2013) and Ben Watkin (27 wickets in 2014).
With leading batsman Dan Halkon expecting to play more regularly the 1st XI looks at its strongest for many years.
Search sponsored Sale open the season on Saturday 23rd April when Oulton Park visit the club’s Dane Road ground. The match starts at 1pm and spectators are welcome.
Sale Club captain Canning is understandably confident: “We have strengthened in key areas and I’m confident the boys can go one better. Brooke is a top level batsman and will add stability at the top of the order; and Luke is a proven match winner in this league.”
He went on to say, “Having been top of the league for the majority of the season, we were naturally disappointed to miss out on promotion. We didn’t quite get the rub of the green in the last 4 games but are stronger as a unit this year and the boys are more determined than ever to reach the Premier League.”
“We have a tough couple of games in the first 5 but I know if we play positive cricket we will be able to hold our own with anyone in the county.”
Picture by George Franks