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Sale Lose to League Leaders

Sale Lose to League Leaders
Sale 142 all out (48)
Didsbury 143-2 (37)
Didsbury won by 8 wickets
 
Sale 1st XI slipped back to fifth place in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League after league leaders Didsbury ended their recent run of wins.
 
Sale were asked to bat first and lost in form batsmen Brooke Guest for 6 and Tyrone Lawrence for 4.
 
Mat Spells and Luke McCoy started the rebuilding, adding 56 for the third wicket before McCoy fell for 36 with the score on 83.
Chris Canning added a brisk 15 to bring up the Sale hundred, but was out soon after. When Spells went for a top scoring 44 the score had moved to 119-6.
 
Rob Greenhough was the only other batsman to make double figures, when he was last man out the score had reached 142.  Simon Normanton was the pick of the bowling with 3-44.
 
Taz Thayalan got Sale off to the perfect start, removing Tim Hughes and Nick Anderson cheaply to reduce the visitors to 23-2.
 
However Didsbury never lost another wicket on the excellent Dane Road surface, Simon Normanton (60 not out) and Matt Marfani (59 not out) saw the leader’s home with 15 overs to spare.
 
Sale 2nd XI had a great win at high flying Bowdon after being asked to bat first.  Opener Santhosh Rajasekaran got Sale off to the perfect start hitting 51, well supported by a season’s best 34 from Lionel Thompson.
Abas Rizvi then added 30 late order runs at Sale closed on 171-6 off their 50 overs.
 
In reply Rupam Saha got Sale off to the perfect start bowling Robert Shenkman without scoring.
 
Oliver Simons with 44 was holding the home reply together before the introduction of leg spinner Joe Cannon, who removed Simons in a devastating spell of 3-3.
 
Saha then returned to clean up the tail, finishing with 4-25 as Bowdon were dismissed for 121, 50 runs short of their target.
 
Sale 3rd XI had much the better of their match at home to Grappenhall on Sunday.  Young openers Joe Cannon (44) and Sam Battersby (45 - pictured above by George Franks) getting Sale off to a great start. Abas Rizvi then hit 59 as Sale posted 187-5 off their 45 overs.
 
Mal Clarke started the second inning well, removing Dave Tully to reduce Grappers to 0-1. Spin twins Rizvi (3-41 and Cannon (2-42) reduced the visitors to 95-7.
 
Former Grappenhall 1st skipper Mike Holden then batted out for 36, added to his 3 wickets earlier in the day to secure a draw, the points finishing 14-6 in favour of Sale.
 
Sale 4th XI lost by 137 runs at Disley, Vaasu Goyal taking 3-32 in the first innings.
 
Mosain Chohan looking on as Barry Craven bowls his fine spell, picture by George Franks.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks completed a comprehensive 76 win over Bowdon in the Over 40s competition. The Silverbacks batted first, posting 149-3 in their 20 overs.  Ian Holland, Abas Rizvi and Nigel Davenport all retiring after reaching 30.
 
In reply the visitors were always behind the required rate, only former Sale chairman Mosain Chohan with 31 retired made a score.  Rob Moore (2-4) and his worship Barry Craven (2-17) were the pick of the bowling.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Urmston for a must win game. The 1st XI travel to Davenham, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI play at Alderley Edge and the 4th XI have a blank week.

U13 Colts 114-4 (20) beat Whalley Range 106 all out
U9 Squirrels 312 beat South West Manchester 236
Girls U8-12 66 (18) lost to Didsbury 71 (18)
 
The u13 Colts played their final league game away at Whalley Range on Friday.  Still in with a chance of winning the league, this was a tense game for the Colts, and the game could have gone either way.
 
Batting first, the Colts posted a reasonable 114 for 4 off 20 overs.  Matt Holland opened, and made a gutsy 12.  Viraj Sorathia led from the front again with a faultless 30 retired, ably supported by an excellent 24 not out from Luke Brunt.  Both players punished the bad ball impressively.  Sporting an impressive haircut, Dan Gray added real momentum at the end of the innings, making 10 not out in a crucial phase of the game.  Both Luke and Dan batted excellently in a pressurised game situation.  
 
Whalley Range started their innings well, opener Fred making 27 and number 4 R Ahmed adding a quick fire 31 retired.  The Colts looked second favourites at this point, then Adam Downs entered the fray, bowling a great over under real pressure, taking 2 wickets and facilitating a run out before finishing with 2-11 off 2 overs. To Adam's credit, this spell changed the course of the match, firing up the Colts when the game seemed to be slipping away.   Suchit Sapkal contributed 2 run-outs, Dan Gray added a run-out, and Zikria Nadeem took a key wicket early in the innings.  Viraj Sorathia showed great tactical awareness, bringing himself on to bowl the 19th over.  This over yielded only 2 runs, with two batsmen bowled in an aggressive, controlled over of pace bowling.  When Suchit ran out he last batsmen off the first ball of the last over, Whalley Range had lost 4 wickets for no runs and finished their innings on 106 all out. 
 
Great credit goes to Whalley Range, who played with great spirit ensuring the game could easily have gone either way.  The Colts showed they could dig deep when necessary, and this result was based on a team effort, combined with great bowling and fielding under pressure.   
 
The Colts have finished the u13 South Manchester Junior Cricket League unbeaten, and have narrowly missed out on winning the Title.  This season therefore represents an excellent performance by a talented group of young cricketers.  There is great potential within this squad, which the Club hopes to develop this further moving forward to the 2017 season.
 
To bring the u10 season to a close an in house friendly game was arranged to try and include as many of the 24 players that have represented the u10s this season (see picture above).

In the end 12 players (and 2 older siblings - thanks to Matthew T and Malachi T-Q for getting involved) took part in a hardball Pairs game with each pair facing 5 overs and each player bowling a minimum of 2 overs.

The game was played in a great spirit with lots of enthusiasm and good humour. Well done to the winning pair of Louis & Juan (42 runs) who narrowly beat Robin & Kit (37) and Aidan & Arthur (32). Well played also to Dattu & Sam (26), Seb & Shaheer (19) and Ben T & Herbie (16).

Everyone bowled well with Dattu being the pick of the bowlers taking 3 wickets in the game with one each for Herbie, Juan, Louis, Malachi Matthew & Robin. Well done also to Arthur and Kit who bowled the games only two maiden overs. Thanks to all that got involved - a great way to bring the season to an end.
 
On Friday night Sale’s two under 9 teams played a friendly. In typical under 9 style the result of the game was in the balance until the last ball of the match.
 
Sale Badgers batted first and posted a useful total of 274. Henry took an early wicket again for Sale Squirrels as the batting side were restricted to 229 (starting at 200) at the halfway stage. Dylan provided the acceleration to the Badgers innings with a quick-fire 19.
 
Sale Squirrels made a lightning start to their reply with James hitting 49 off 15 balls. Badgers bowled tidily, Brayden picking up a couple of wickets as the Squirrels stuttered as they closed in on the target. The rivalry between the two teams reached a peak in the last over which began with Squirrels four ahead but with wickets counting as -3 to the total, Herbie tried desperately to take a wicket. In the end Ben Brunt confirmed victory for the Squirrels with a four off the last ball of the match.
 
Sale Squirrels also won at South West Manchester on Sunday with what was their most impressive all round performance of the season. Both teams fielded relatively inexperienced sides. Batting first, James Newhill (31) and Luke Billinge (10) set the tone with an opening stand of 41. Roan Gardner and Amy Seddon kept the scoreboard ticking over with steady batting and running between the wickets. The last four batsmen all scored their highest score for Sale, Jacob Cleary (16) and Joshua D’Cunha (7) followed by Ben Cleary (15) and Angus Rawson (13). Pleasing was the fact that no run outs occurred in the innings, which closed on 312.
 
South West Manchester found it hard work against a tidy fielding and bowling performance by the Squirrels, Roan Gardner impressing in the field with a run out and a wicket and Ben Cleary confusing the young opposition with his leg breaks. Squirrels finished winners by 76 runs and ending the season with four successive victories beginning in late June with success at Didsbury. Highest scores, improved running between the wickets and backing up in the field are all good signs and indicate there is huge future potential at Sale Cricket Club in the junior section.
 
Sale Girls played in a thrilling 9-a-side contest against Didsbury Girls on Monday evening. Sale’s team captain, Amy Seddon, won the toss and chose to bowl first. Katie Dunne bowled a tidy opening spell and picked up a wicket in her second over. Further accurate bowling followed from Emily O’Leary (2-0-2-1), Lucy Dodds (2-0-4-0) and Molly Saunders (2-0-6-1). Gracie Burt too showed promise with great bowling, restricting Didsbury Girls to 71 from their 18 over allocation.
 
Ava Mottram and Katie Dunne got the Sale reply off to a flying start. Ava ended up as the team’s top scorer with an incredible 22 not out, comprising 4 fours and a huge 6 over mid-wicket. Sale’s middle order were then restricted by some probing Didsbury bowling. Amy Seddon hit several fine shots, whilst some excellent calling and running between the wickets from Kiko Tazaki-Quayle kept the scoreboard ticking over. Ruth Baxandale came in at the end of the innings and rapidly increased the scoring rate, scoring 18 runs in just 12 balls. In the end, Sale came up just short of their target.
 
Most importantly, the match was played in a wonderful spirit and all players were a great credit to their respective clubs.
 
Full scorecards are available here.

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