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Last Week it Mostly Rained (and Snowed)

Last Week it Mostly Rained (and Snowed)
No cricket was played by any of Sale’s senior teams this weekend, heavy rain in the preceding week left many grounds across the county saturated.  The 1st XI got closest to a start at Warrington, travelling in hope of a game, but unable to start due to an unsafe bowlers run up. The 2nd and 3rd XI games at home were all called off mid-morning, with large parts of the square waterlogged.
 
On Saturday the 1st XI make the short trip to Didsbury and the 2nd XI host Bowdon.  On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Cheadle and the newly established 4th XI play their first game at home to Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.  The Over 40’s (pictured above) start their campaign at home to Bowdon Vale on Wednesday.
 
The opening match of the Under 16s defence of their league and cup double was ended by snow. The visitors Radcliffe were struggling at 14-1 (5 overs), when the umpire called the match off. Tom Kellett bowled a challenging spell, beating the bat, finding the edge and picking up a wicket. Earlier, Sale had themselves found scoring difficult, managing just 78-8 in 18 overs. Adam Holland was the sole batsmen to combine fluency with resilience, scoring an accomplished 32.
 
Sale and Stretford u11’s were involved in a thrilling contest in testing conditions on Sunday at Stretford .
 
Batting first, Sale ’s James Dodds (25), Callum Ross (28) and then Maaz Khan (25) all retired, Callum’s aggressive innings including 5 boundaries. This was followed by intelligent hitting and running between the wickets in the final overs from Harvey Devenport and Mia Battersby, helping Sale to post a competitive target of 112 from their 20 over allocation.
 
In reply, Stretford were contained by accurate bowling but as conditions deteriorated and the ball became slippier, the extras total rose! Requiring 6 runs from the final over, Robin Smith bowled with great skill but excellent Stretford running led to them requiring a single off the final ball, when Robin produced a beautiful delivery which resulted in a dot ball.
 
The previous time these two teams met, the match also resulted in a tie!
 
Sale Squirrels Under 9 Team played their second friendly league game on Monday night at Ashton on Mersey. After a slight delay due to the rain, Ashton on Mersey batted first starting as usual on 200 runs. Ben Brunt opened with an impressive spell, Pranav Sheshagiri chipped in with two wickets, and James Newhill took two for 6 in his 2 overs. The home side were restricted to 254.
 
Sale began positively, with Ben Brunt looking in good form, and Jacob Cleary made a very promising debut. In the middle overs Sale began to fall behind the required rate leaving the total on 226 with four overs remaining. Despite an expansive innings of 27 from James Newhill, a couple of late wickets left Sale 10 runs adrift at the end of the game.

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