24 April 2017
Widnes 128 all out (44.5)
Sale 108 all out (46)
Widnes win by 20 runs
Sale 1st XI suffered defeat on the opening day of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League season. In a low scoring division one match the home team came up 20 runs short against visitors Widnes.
Search sponsored Sale got off to the perfect start as Ali Barrowman tore through the Widnes top order, reducing them to 29-5 with a spell of 4-12.
Sean Moore (50) and Ian Spencer (39) led the recovery with what would prove to be the match winning partnership of 69 for the 6th wicket. Ben Watkins made the breakthrough, removing Spencer, and then Moore.
At the other end Australian Jeremy McFarlane took 3-27 on debut at Widnes were bowled out for 128 in the 45th over.
In reply Sale collapsed from 57-1 to 108 all out. Mat Spells was run out for 18 in a stand of 24 with Joe Cannon (pictured above by George Franks). Cannon and Brooke Guest (22) then added 33 for the 2nd wicket before Guest was trapped LBW.
Cannon was next to fall for 23 to leave Sale at 65-3. From there the remaining 7 wickets fell for 43 runs, with only Watkins (22 not out) showing any resistance. Moore adding to his runs for Widnes with 3-26.
Sale 2nd XI got off to a winning start in their return to division two, beating Stockport Georgians by 4 wickets. Gareth Watterson led the way with 5-45 as the home side were bowled out for 5-45.
In reply Grant Whittaker (42) made a welcome return for Sale coasted home with 16 overs to spare.
Sale 3rd XI also started with a win, beating Bredury St Marks in the T20 cup. Ali Rizvi top scored with 44 and Dan Newton hit an unbeaten 33 as Sale posted 148-5 in their 20 overs. Meisam Syed took 5-21 on debut at Bredbury closed on 94-9.
On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Macclesfield and the 2nd XI welcome Cheadle Hulme. On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Didsbury 4s and on Monday they travel to Hyde, both in the T20 mini league.
Under 13s 100-3 (18 overs) beat Lindow 56-7 (18)
Under 11s 69/1 (16 overs) beat Timperley 65/7 (20)
Sale under 13s made a positive start to the season at Lindow. Losing the toss, skipper Isaac Brooks was happy to be put into bat. Mohammed Rizvi shone with the bat, opening and contributing a well-made 30 retired.
James Dodds added a composed 20, Thomas Burt batting well to post 16 not out and the skipper adding a rapid 9 not out to finish on 100 off 18 overs. Fielding is a strength of the squad, and the team showed little sign of early season rustiness. Jared Moran typified the performance, saving in excess of 10 runs and getting a direct hit run-out. Saad Khan opened the bowling with real pace and intelligence, and all bowlers performed impressively. Wickets were shared between Saad, Isaac 2, Callum Ross, and Maaz Khan with 2 run outs restricting Lindow to 56 off their 18 overs. Special mention goes to Dylan Walker, who has worked hard on his wicket keeping over the winter with newly qualified coach Will Radcliffe. This work has paid off, with a highly competent display.
Sale u11s won their opening league fixture on Sunday against Timperley by 9 wickets.
On a glorious April sunny morning having put Timperley into bat, some excellent bowling and fielding restricted the opposition to just 65 runs from their 20 overs.
Sale then took wickets on a regular basis with debutants Ben Atkinson, Alex O'Driscoll and Krish Gupta bowling extremely well. Krish getting incredible turn from his leg spin. All 7 wickets fell to different bowlers – Arjun, Alex, Will, Krish, Robin, Dattu & Arthur with Will Dyson & Thomas Conway taking good catches in the field.
Opening the Sale innings Louis Jackson & Arthur Tazaki-Quayle started brightly putting on 25 for the first wicket before Louis fell to bring Dattu Vadakutte to the crease. Arthur (22no) and Dattu (18no) went on to share an unbeaten stand of 44 in 10 overs, a partnership that included an incredible six from Dattu to ease Sale to victory by 9 wickets.
The full scorecards can be found here.