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Fine All Round Performance from McFarlance

Fine All Round Performance from McFarlance
Warrington 201-7 (50)
Sale 202-9 (49.5)
Sale win by 1 wicket
 
Sale 1st XI got off the mark in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League after beating Warrington off the penultimate delivery of their match in a thrilling finish.  The win, inspired by a fine all-round performance from Jeremy McFarlane (pictured above by George Franks), set up a great weekend during which all 4 senior teams won.
 
Visitors Warrington got off to a confident start, with Mal Agar and Mike Rudd adding 86 for the first wicket. The introduction of McFarlance and Rich Adams turned the game in Sale’s favour, with McFarlance removing Agar (39) caught and bowled for 39.
 
Adams had Rudd (47) caught two runs later, followed by Els without further addition to the score. Wickets continued to fall as Warrington were reduced to 105-6.
 
Brad Macintosh and skipper Richard Heany (15) added 50 for the 7th wicket before he was bowled by Watkins.  Macintosh then added a further 46 with James Rudd to finish on 77 not out and close the Warrington innings on 201-7. McFarlane finished with 3-35 and Adams 3-39.
 
Keith Wellings and Mat Spells got Search sponsored Sale off to a steady start adding 34 before Wellings was bowled by Soni.
 
Sale then lost 4 further wickets for just 25 runs to reduce them to 59-5.  McFarlane and Ali Barrowman then led the recovery with some aggressive stroke play, adding 56 for the 6th wicket.
 
When Barrowman looked unlucky to be given out LBW for 31 still looked a long way off with 87 runs still needed.  Thankfully veteran Iain Harrop (20), on his 1st XI comeback, was on hand to play a vital supporting role in a stand of 65.
 
McFarlane finally fell for 85 with Sale just 3 runs short of their target, leaving bowling partner Adams to hit the winning runs from the penultimate delivery.
 
Sale 2nd XI secured a more comfortable victory at Middlewich. Gareth Watterson hit a fine 64, well supported by hard hitting Dan Newton (47) and Adam Laughton (41) as Sale posted 228-9.
 
In reply Middlewich were bowled out for 186, Brad Ross doing the damage with 5 wickets.
 
On Sunday the 3rd XI chased down 205 at home to Marple inside 41 overs. Mohammed Rizvi (67) led the way, well supported by Viraj Sorathia (47) and Ali Rizvi (38).
 
The Sunday 4s started the season with a competitive win at Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.  Losing the toss, Sale fielded first.  Setting the tone for the season admirably from the start, the skipper having already lost the toss, spilled a regulation catch in the slips early on.  Howard Briggs and Joe Wicks both bowled well at the start of the innings, however a big hitting 60 from no 3 A Ahmed threatened a big total for the hosts.  Ian Habershon and Asad Khan both bowled tightly, their figures not doing them justice. Pick of the bowlers on senior debut was Isaac Brooks, taking 4-32 off 9 well flighted and controlled overs of left arm spin.  Briggs finished with 2-39, Habershon 1-29, Khan 2-24 and Goyal 1-25.  Ross Davenport dislocated a finger keeping, before bravely retaking the field and taking a stunning one handed catch at square leg.  Keeping it in the family, Nigel and Ross Davenport shared a stumping and 4 catches between them. 
 
Chasing 197 to win, Jay Jayoraman and Vaasu Goyal  batted impressively putting on 65 for the first wicket.  Vaasu went on to make a rapid 40, including 9 boundaries.   Several batters got starts, Ross Davenport proving his bravery again making a very well-constructed 25.  Tris Brodbeck contributed the shot of the day, executing a ferocious cover drive with real panache.  With 9 wickets down, Sale needed 33 off the last 5 overs.  Howard Briggs and the skipper saw the team home, largely thanks to some impressive hitting by Howard, and some sprightly running between the wickets.  Many observers noted they had never seen anything like it before, not necessarily being complimentary.
 
This game could have gone either way, and was a thoroughly enjoyable start to the season.  A great team performance, built on a combination of youth and experience.
 
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks, the over 40s side, started their season with a comfortable 6 wicket win over Bowdon. Soans Praveeen and Paul Hanrahan both picked up a couple of wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 93.
 
In reply the Silverbacks got off to a poor start losing two wickets for 6 runs before Graham Bolton (33 retired) and Iain Harrop (30 retired) set Sale up for the win.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit newcomers Whalley Range and the 1st XI have a T20 cup match at Urmston on Thursday. On Saturday the 1st XI visit Marple and the 2nd XI welcome Alvanley. On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Alderley Edge and the 4th XI visit Lindow.
 
U16s 102-5 (20 overs) lost by 16 runs to Winton, 118-3 (20 overs)
U15s 129-3 (20) lost to Brooklands, 169-2 (20) – Cheshire County U15 Cup
U14s (131-4) beat Timperley (116-5)
U11s 60/9 (20) lost to Brooklands u11s 61/3 (13 overs)
 
The Under 16s opened their season with a match against the side they defeated in last year’s Salford YCA Cup Final. Batting first, Winton made good use of a flat track, but wickets to Dan Newton, Yaqoob Sharif and Zikria Nadeem – courtesy of a diving one-handed take by keeper, Dan Gray – kept the scoring in check. Sale started solidly, with an opening partnership of 41 between Ross Davenport and Vaasu Goyal, who made a fluent 28 (retired). The asking rate climbed and despite useful contributions from Viraj Sorathia and Luke Brunt, the target remained just out of reach.
 
Sale lost a high scoring cup tie to Brooklands on a belting pitch at Dane Road. Brooklands’ openers set off at a high tempo. 100 was reached by the half-way mark for the loss of one wicket. With Ned Atkinson retiring on 53* (four 4s, four 6s), Sale were able to rein in the run rate in latter stages. Facing an intimidating target, Sale mounted a bold challenge, based around an exhilarating century partnership in 11 overs between Zikria Nadeem (51* retired), who regularly punctured the off-side with drives and cuts, and Mohammad Rizvi (49*), who hit powerfully straight and through the leg-side, including a towering blow to the pavilion. Sale remained in the game with this pair batting, but Zikria’s retirement saw Brooklands close out the game in comfort. 
 
Sale had an extra player and Timperley were two short, so we lent them our extra player. Batting first, Anudarshi Majumdar and captain Viraj Sorathia (29) got the innings off to a steady start in the glorious sunshine before Dan Newton shared partnerships of 20, 28 and 46 with Anudarshi (14), Ibraheem Shereef (14) and Matthew Holland (21 off 19 with 3 fours), smiting the ball into the nettles and retiring on 42 off 25 balls.
 
In reply, Nugith Jayawarna (41 retired) and surprise guest star Zikria Nadeem (33) were up with the required rate until some tidy bowling from Matthew Holland (1-4) broke the partnership. An excellent team performance in the field then squeezed the opposition, with Malachi Tazaki-Quayle having four close run out appeals being turned down and choking Timperley's scoring rate with 1-5. Superb diving boundary stops by Yaqoob Sharif were symptomatic of the team's commitment and the economical middle overs bowled by George Howling, Matthew, Max Brodbeck and Mal proved decisive. With 34 need off the last 2 overs, Timperley's keeper Louis Mitchell had too much to do, Max picking up two late wickets (2-14).

The u11s winning start to the season was halted by a strong Brooklands team on Sunday at Dane Road. After losing the toss and being put in the Sale batsmen came up against some good accurate bowling which limited the home team's score to just 60 runs from their 20 overs for the loss of 9 wickets.

Will Dyson top scoring with 14, a knock that included two lovely straight drives for four. Robin Smith, Shaheer Chaudhry & Krish Gupta also finding the boundary with accomplished shots.

Although performing admirably in the field Brooklands proved too strong reaching their target with 7 overs to spare for the loss of 3 wickets. Krish and Naman Mudaltar taking one wicket each clean bowling the batsman with a run out, following good fielding by Seb Ross on the boundary and Arthur Tazaki-Quayle behind the stumps, accounting for the third.

Although a defeat it was a game from which Sale can hopefully learn a lot from.
 
Full scorecards can be found here.

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