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Disappointing Start

Disappointing Start
Sale 134 all out (45.5)
Oulton Park 136-3 (33.4)
Oulton Park won by 7 wickets.

Search sponsored Sale made a disappointing start to the season after being well beaten by Oulton Park in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League.
 
Sale got off to a cautious start after being invited to bat first, adding 24 for the first wicket before Mat Spells was trapped LBW for 13.  Tyrone Lawrence and debutant Luke McCoy both fell without scoring to leave the inning in trouble at 28-3.
 
Brooke Guest was next to go for 28, bowled by Hards off his last over.  Ian Dixon (pictured above by George Franks) and Dan Halkon then added 54 in even time to bring up the Sale hundred.  Just as they were starting to get on top Halkon edged behind for 33 and Dixon was trapped LBW attempting a sweep off Blandford for 36.
 
Wickets continued to fall as the lower ordered failed to keep the momentum going, being bowled out for 134 with 4 overs to go.  Sam Blandford (5-40) and Andy Hards (4-25) did the damage.
 
Oulton Park started their reply confidently, Martin East making a brisk 54 in a 93 run partnership with Danny Leech.
 
Captain Chris Canning tried numerous bowling changes, but the visitors were always ahead of the rate.  Two late wickets for Rick Halkon proved a consolation as Oulton Park won by 7 wickets with 20 overs to spare, Leech finishing unbeaten on 62.
 
The 2nd and 3rd XI made it a clean sweep of defeats over the weekend.  The 2nd XI lost by 6 wickets at Upton despite a fine all-round performance from Joe Cannon who scored 45 not out and took 2 wickets.  Sale were dismissed for a below par 144 in 46 overs, Upton cantered home after tea thanks to 82 from Andy Beacher.
 
The 3rd XI had a somewhat closer T20 cup match at Didsbury, where both teams played through persistent showers to reach a finish.  Soans Praveen scored a breezy 46, supported by 34 from Siyan Siraj as Sale posted 100-9.  Tight bowling kept the home side behind the rate, but with wickets in hand they were able to accelerate in the final overs to reach the target for the loss of 4 wickets.
 
Next week the 1st XI travel to Warrington, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture.  The 3rd XI complete their T20 mini league against Bredbury on Sunday and Urmston on Monday, both at home.
 
U13 Colts beat Warrington by 49 runs
U14s beat Monton by 106 runs
U13 Colts beat Didsbury Buffalos by 93 runs
U11s lost to Brooklands by 16 runs
U9 Squirrels lost to Urmston by 13 runs
 
Sale u13 Colts started the season with a friendly victory over Warrington.  Batting first, Sale scored 160 for 5 off 24 overs. Isaac Brooks (27) and Zikria Nadeem (30 retired) opened the innings and season superbly, with a run-a-ball opening stand.  Dan "Boom Boom" Newton then batted sensibly, contributing an impressive 33 retired, including 3 impressive sixes (one in particular would have cleared any boundary, on any ground, anywhere).  Saad Khan (15 not out), Ibraheem Sareef (17) and Dylan Walker (13 not out) kept the scoreboard moving impressively, posting a decent total. 
 
Warrington made 111 for 6 in reply, with Suchit Sapkal and Zikria Nadeem the pick of the Sale bowlers, Zikria taking 2 wickets.  Luke Griffith top scored for Warrington with an impressively compiled 32 retired.
 
The Sale team was well skippered by Viraj Sorathia, who managed his bowlers and field intelligently throughout.  All involved are grateful to Sean Nicholl for his assistance in getting the game played.
 
Winning the toss, Sale U14s batted first on Thursday.  A superb opening stand of 78 was ended when Vaasu Goyal departed for an excellent 43 off 35 balls.  Zikria Nadeem compiled an excellent 50 retired, combining great running between the wickets and a good range of stroke play.  Max Tait added a well constructed 32 off 24 balls, including 4 cleanly hit boundaries.
 
Georgina Gill and Vaasu Goyal opened the bowling impressively for Sale, setting the tone for the rest of the innings.  Wicket takers for Sale were Vaasu Goyal, Max Tait, James Layton, Dan Gray and Isaac Brooks, who took an all bowled hat trick with his left arm spin.   Catches were held by Max Tait, James Layton (2), Isaac Brooks and Georgina Gill.  Monton's innings finished on 41-9 off 20 overs.
 
Ross Davenport captained the side effectively and intelligently, setting the standard for the fielding team with his tidy and impressive keeping.  An excellent all round team performance by Sale. 
 
The U13 Colts won their opening league game against Didsbury Buffaloes at home on Friday.  The evening was cold and dark, and it was a credit to the umpires that the game was finished.
 
Sale lost the toss and were invited to bat.  The Colts team complied a competitive total of 161-4, with all batters contributing effectively.  Dylan Walker was the pick of the batters, top scoring with a fluent 32 retired, including 6 boundaries.  Max Brodbeck contributed a well crafted 23 not out, and Isaac Brooks made 19 at the top of the innings.  Dylan in particular batted exceptionally well at a key part of the innings, confirming he is a talented and powerful batsman, hitting shots all round the wicket.
 
Didsbury made 68 in their reply, with Dan Ward hitting an excellent 15 in difficult batting conditions.  Dan Newton  and Isaac Brooks were the pick of the bowlers with 2 each, with further wickets for Suchit Sapkal, Mal Tazaki Quayle, Matthew Holland, Thomas Burt and Zikria Nadeem.  Fielding from Sale was also impressive, with 2 run outs.  Zikria Nadeem captained the Sale side sensibly and with maturity.  Overall, the name represented a good team performance, with many positives. 
 
On a bitterly cold Sunday morning, Sale U11s lost a closely-fought contest against a strong Brooklands team.
 
Will Dyson and Maaz Khan opened the bowling for Sale , showing great control in breezy conditions. Nathan Gray, playing his first match for the u11’s, got the breakthrough with his first ball and bowled with skill, ably supported by Shreyas Verma and Robin Smith. A typically hostile spell of left-arm pace bowling from Harvey Devenport removed one of Brooklands’ top batsmen. The team showed great spirit and encouragement for each other in the field and did well to restrict Brooklands to a target of 98/2.
 
In reply, Theo Brodbeck (18) and Jared Moran (25 no) batted with composure in the worsening conditions. Despite some aggressive hitting towards the end of the innings from Callum Ross (17 no), Sale came up just short of their target.
 
On a cold night the Under 9s Squirrels’ first fixture of 2016 was against Urmston Badgers. Batting proved difficult for both sides and the top score in the match was just 14. Squirrels batted first and scored 239 (Under 9 games start with the batting side on 200) in their 16 overs. Angus Rawson was top scorer for the Squirrels with 11.
 
Urmston finished on 252 overhauling the Sale total in the penultimate over, Sale making Urmston fight for every run. Pick of the bowlers were James Newhill who took two for 1 in his 2 overs and Henry Reeves who took two for 7 including two wickets in consecutive balls on his debut.
 
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