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Double Over Warrington

Double Over Warrington
Warrington 121 all out (45.5)
Sale 125-2 (24.5)
Sale Win by 8 wickets
 
Sale 1st XI climbed to third place in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League after a comprehensive 8-wicket win over Warrington.
 
Sale invited the visitors to bat first and soon had Mike Rudd well caught by a diving Brooke Guest for a duck in the fifth over.  They had only added 13 runs more runs in the next 10 overs when Mal Agar fell to a juggling catch at slip by Chris Canning for 7, both wickets falling to Tyrone Lawrence.
 
More smart fielding, this time from Luke McCoy, removed Will Fleetwood for 1 off Rick Halkon.  Who followed up 4 balls later by trapping Adam Green LBW for 13. Warrington were 23-4.
 
Overseas player Huw Stone struck partnerships of 24 with both Rich Heaney and James Rudd to take the score to 71-6 from 36 overs. A further 23 runs were added with James Lewis before Stone clipped Ben Watkin to a running Canning at mid-wicket for 40.
 
The final three wickets then fell quickly as Warrington closed on 121 all out in the 46th over, Mal Clarke finishing off the innings with a run out. Rick Halkon finished leading bowler with 3-35.
 
Sale openers Brooke Guest (pictured above by George Franks) and Mat Spells were in no mood to hang around, motoring on at 6 runs per over in the early stages, Guest in particular continued his fine form.
 
Spells was caught on the edge for the circle for 17 with the score on 70. Guest added a further 19 runs with Lawrence before he fell for 54.
 
With victory in sight Lawrence (30) and McCoy (18) went on the offensive, reaching the target inside 25 overs. Sale’s fourth consecutive win saw then climb above Oulton Park and set up next week’s big clash against leaders Didsbury.
 
The 2nd XI made it a double over Warrington, winning by 5 wickets. Gareth Watterson and Joe Cannon took 3 wickets each as the home team were bowled out for 155 in the 42nd over.
 
In reply openers Jamal Benzafar (32) and Narsi Ramaswamy (33) got off to a good start.  Siyan Siraj then top scored with 39 in the middle order as Sale comfortably reached their target in the 48th over.
 
On Sunday the 3rd XI had a great win at 2nd placed Hyde, although victory looked unlikely in the early stages as Sale struggled to 40-4 after being asked to bat first.
 
A barnstorming partnership of 90 from Howard Briggs and Soans Praveen shifted the momentum, Briggs in particular raining sixes in his 48, and Praveen adding 51.  Despite this Sale’s total of 171 all out looked inadequate with a very short boundary on one side.
 
Hyde made a confident start, seeing off the opening bowlers without alarm.  The introduction of spin twins Joe Cannon and Abas Rizvi turned the game in Sale’s favour, firstly drying up the scoring rate, then taking wickets.  Only opener Gaskins came to terms with the spin attack adding 47 before he was well caught by Ian Holland at short cover off Rizvi. Only one other batsmen made double figures as Hyde subsided to 111 all out in the 37th over.  Rizvi finishing with 5-22 and Cannon 3-29.
 
The 4th XI held on for a losing draw at home to Timperley. Tom Riley took 3-44 in the visitors 195-6, Sale struggling to 70-8 in reply.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks completed a comfortable 88-run victory at neighbours Brooklands in the Over 40s competition. The Silverbacks batted first on a tricky surface, reaching 135-9, Paul Battersby top scoring with 30 and Iain Harrop making 28.
 
In reply the home team never got in the chase.  Tariq Butt did the damage with 4-12, well supported by Soans Praveen (3-7) and Abas Rizvi (2-4), as Brooklands were bowled out for 47.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks are at home to Bowdon. The 1st XI host Didsbury on Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI travel to Bowdon. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Grappenhall and the 4th XI go to Disley.
 
U14s 116-9 (19.5) lost to Brooklands 117-4 (19.1)
U13 Eagles lost to Ashley 86
U11s 108-6 beat Lindow 74-4
U10s 257 (20) tied with Prestbury 257 (20 overs)
U9 Squirrels 276 beat Whalley Range 254
 
The Under 14 team, lightly sprinkled with three under 15s, lost a friendly against Brooklands in the final over of the match. Batting first, Sale leant heavily on the clean hitting of Tom Gill (41* retired) and Adam Holland (25). But for a 10th wicket partnership of 27 between Gabe Smith & Nathan D’Cunha, Sale would have fallen short of three figures.
 
Vaasu Goyal and Kaytlin Watterson each took an early wicket, but Brooklands recovered and closed in on the target. Two late wickets, taken by Max Tait and Adam Holland, gave Sale a sliver of hope. Brooklands went into the final over needing four – and duly hit a boundary off the first ball.
 
Last ball thriller – In a gripping match, U13 Eagles visited Ashley on a sunny evening on Thursday 14th. Bowling first, Sale restricted Ashley to 86 in a fine fielding performance – pick of the bowlers were Joe Moss 1 for 9 off 3, George 0 for 7 off 3, and Theo Brodbeck 2 for 6 off 2, on a hat trick in his second over after Joe Moss took a beautiful one-handed catch at cover. Harvey Davenport bowled the only maiden of the match, which featured the Eagles debuts from under 9 stars Herbie Brodbeck and Brayden Ross, looking comfortable in a hardball format alongside their older brothers.
 
In the run chase Sale were always a little behind the rate, the innings dominated by a partnership of 33 between Ibraheem (who was run out on 28 just short of retiring) and Joe Moss (who survived a big caught behind appeal before being brilliantly caught out for 17). Needing 13 from the last 2 overs, Sale were almost powered over the line by an unbeaten 11 from George in a partnership of 21 with captain Yaqoob, but the quality of the Ashley bowling proved too much even for the skills of Callum Ross at the death.
 
U11’s finished the season with a strong performance and victory against Lindow Lions. Batting first, Sale scored more than 100 thanks again to strong batting from Callum Ross (29 retired) and Harvey Davenport (15). Sale scored quickly in the final few overs thanks to Jared Moran and Sam Moss.
 
In reply, Lindow were always behind the required rate and steadily lost wickets. Debutant Arjun Jay bowled tidily, supported by Ben Habershon and Nathan Gray, both of whom again took wickets at important times. This was another excellent team performance, with alert fielding from Arthur Tazaki Quayle and Will Dyson.
 
Well done to all the boys and girls involved in u11’s matches this season!
 
Sale snatched a tie off the last ball of the match in a game that they really should have won away at Prestbury.
 
Some good bowling saw Sale take 6 wickets restricting the home side to 257 from their 20 overs. The stand out bowling performance coming from Arnav who took 2-4 from his two overs including a maiden. The other wicket takers were Mollie & Ben. However, Sale weren't as tight as normal in the field with Prestbury benefitting and adding runs to their total.
 
Louis (15) and Thomas (8) got the run chase off to a great start in a stand of 23 from the first four overs but the runs slowed with only 19 added off the next eight although no wickets were lost. With 6 overs remaining only 4 runs were needed for victory but the loss of 5 wickets including two suicidal run outs meant 5 runs were needed to win off the last ball which Ben neatly pulled for 4 to secure a tie.
 
Overall an enjoyable game played on a lovely summer evening against very welcoming hosts.
 
On Friday night, Sale Squirrels hosted Whalley Range despite inclement weather during the day, the under 9 team were keen to make up for lost time. A superb bowling and fielding performance restricted the visitors to 254 (starting on 200), Henry Reeves set the tone with a wicket off the second ball. Amy Seddon, Lucy Dodds and Alex Mansfield also took wickets but particular mention must be made of Dan Bradley who produced his best bowling performance of the season and Roan Gardner who made a promising debut.
 
Chasing a moderate total it was decided to send the most experienced batsmen out first to set the tone for the innings. Ben Brunt and Luke Billinge responded superbly with a blistering opening stand of 42 in 4 overs to bring Sale within sight of the visitors’ total. Ben was in superb form, easily surpassing his previous highest score, mixing power with touch as he compiled 30 from 18 balls with five boundaries. Luke Billinge provided great support with 13 off 8 balls.
 
The remaining batsmen dealt calmly with the situation as Sale moved gradually ahead of the opposition total. With wickets counting as -3 to the total the danger was always there of falling back behind the Whalley Range total in the closing overs but Henry and Alex ran steadily between the wickets to ensure Sale finished on 276, 22 runs ahead of their opponents.
 
Sale Under 9’s also sent a team (Spitfires) to the rearranged tournament at Poynton on Sunday. In the opening fixture Sale Spitfires won an exciting match against Macclesfield Tigers. Starting at 100, Sale restricted their opposition to 120 after their 6 overs. Henry Reeves taking a wicket in his over and Herbie Brodbeck bowling a maiden over. Sale chased down the total comfortably, Brayden Ross and James Newhill leading the response and helping their side to a winning total of 127.
 
As the temperature soared, Sale lost games two and three despite impressive individual batting performances from James Newhill (23 off 8 balls in game 2) and Luke Billinge (21 off 8 balls in game 3).
 
Sale’s fourth game saw a return to winning ways against Poynton. Sale turned in an impressive display in the field with Angus Rawson contributing his first maiden over for Sale. Spitfires raced to victory with a solid all round batting performance.
 
Match five was against Bowdon. All six members of the team were superb. Chasing 138, Herbie and Luke made a lightning start, Herbie blasting his way to 20 off 8 balls. Dan and Henry were particularly impressive in the middle overs before James and Brayden put the game beyond the reach of the opposition. A convincing 37 run victory was achieved and Sale finished on a high.
 
With three teams finishing equal top of the group, Sale lost out on a place in the semi-finals by 9 runs. However a fantastic day was had by all 8 players and families. A special thank you must be made to Callum Ross for scoring most of the games.
 
The scoresheets can be found here.

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