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3rd XI Lead Premier Division
Sale 3rd XI kept up their 100 percent record on Sunday, opening up a 15 point lead at the top of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League Sunday premier division after defeating Cheadle.

Search sponsored Sale got off to a great start, skipper Abas Rizvi and Viraj Sorathia adding 88 for the first wicket (pictured above by George Franks).  Rizvi was in dominant mood, adding 59 off just 58 balls. Zikria Nadeem (12) joined Sorathia, adding 41 for the second wicket.

Simon Orton started to get Cheadle back into the match, taking wickets at regular intervals, but Sorathia kept his composure as he passed 50.

When Sorathia fell for a well-crafted 62, Sale were 156-6. Sohaib Farooq then hit a quick fire 14 as Sale were bowled out for 179 in the 43rd over, Orton finishing on 6-43.

Shah Zeb got Sale off to the perfect start, removing opener Kapoor for a duck. Cheadle continued to lose wickets at regular intervals as they had no answer to spinner Rizvi.

Only Haroon put up any resistance with 40, when he fell the score was 126-8 it wasn’t long before Rizvi took the final wickets to end with 7-22 as the visitors were bowled out for 135 in the 39th over.

On Saturday the 1st XI suffered a defeat at Davenham in a rain affected game.  With the match reduced to 66 overs Sale opted to bat first.

Ali Rizvi hit 32 at the top of the order and in form Jeremy McFarlane hit 69, but no other batsman made double figures as Sale were bowled out for 131 in the 33rd over, Robin Taylor taking 4-40.

Aqib Narwaz took two early wickets, but Davenham never looked in trouble, coasting home with5 overs to spare for the loss of 5 wickets.

Both the 2nd and 4th XI’s benefitted from walk overs at the weekend, Northwich unable to raise a 2nd XI on Saturday and Wilmslow 3rd XI defaulting on Sunday.

Early in the week the Silverback’s over 40’s match against reigning divisional champions Cheadle Hulme was cancelled due to rain.

On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Brooklands and on Thursday the 1st XI play their next T20 cup match at home to Didsbury.  On Saturday the 1st XI host Urmston and the 2nd XI make the short trip to Ashton on Mersey. On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Bramhall and the 4th XI visit Cheadle Hulme.
 
U13 Eagles 70 all out lost to Stretford 71-1
U11s 67-6 (20) beat Ashton-on-Mersey U11s 36 all out
U10s 276 (20) beat South West Manchester 213 (20)
U9 Squirrels 211 v Brooklands 295
U9 Badgers 308 beat Stretford 269 by 39 runs

A young Sale Eagles u13’s team played with great spirit against a strong Stretford team on Friday evening.

Winning the toss and batting first, the Eagles were indebted to James Dodds (21) who batted with determination on a very tricky pitch. Wickets fell quickly against accurate bowling from the opposition, although having 7 players clean bowled means that some work needs to be on defence and patience! Theo Brodbeck (10) played several handsome shots towards the end of the innings.

Stretford cruised to their target, although special mention should be made to Arnav Kamble who bowled with great accuracy and Robin Smith who deservedly picked up a wicket for a fine spell of bowling.

Sale under 11s having been invited to bat by AoM & forced onto the artificial wicket by the previous weeks weather, scoring freely proved to be difficult for our batsman. Shaheer & Ben H being the standout batsmen with 11 & 17* in a total 67/6 in 20 overs.

A Superb opening spell of bowling by Dattu 3-4 & Naman 1-2 left AoM 6-4 after 4 overs. Brilliantly backed up by everyone else with Nathan 1-6 Seb 1-6 & Ben H 2-3 (including an outstanding caught & bowled) bowling AoM out for just 36. Excellent from all that played.

After having the disappointment of their first home game washed out last week, the Under 10’s were back on the road on Monday night. This time destination was South West Manchester CC in Chorlton for their first hardball game.

Sale won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first in a 20 over game of pairs cricket. Testing opening bowling by Thomas Brassell and Herbie Brodbeck and two run outs from wicketkeeper James Newhill left the home team on 203 (starting on 200) after the opening four overs. Amy Seddon followed up with a maiden over as the visitors kept tight control of the game. Ben Cleary’s spin confused the batsmen before Brayden Ross sent down a wicket maiden in over 15. James Newhill and Pranav Sheshagiri sent the total into freefall with a final four overs that bought three wickets and just one run conceded between them. James being directly responsible for five of the seven wickets lost by Chorlton, who posted a target of 213. Particularly pleasing was the fielding, backing up and communication between the players.

In reply Sale lost a couple of early wickets but moved ahead of the target in over 8 as Will Taylor and Pranav batted patiently. Thomas Kennedy and Ben pushed ahead in overs 9 to 12, Thomas continuing his impressive start to the season, making 12 in his first hardball game. Thomas Brassell and Dan Bradley eased Sale to the 250 mark, Thomas scoring a couple of stylish boundaries. The final pairing, James and Brayden saw the visitors to a final total of 276 with a series of well run singles. Again there was massive improvement in the batting, with only 3 wickets lost in the 20 overs, and none after the eighth over of the innings. Next up for the under 10’s is the Cup game away at Didsbury in early June.

Sale Squirrels U9s played an experienced Brooklands team on Friday night. Despite the fact that most of the Sale team were playing in their first ever game, they had enthusiasm on their side - and the signs were good when captain Harsimar Rekhi won the toss and elected to put Brooklands into bat.
 
Experienced pair Jacob Cleary and James Wareing opened the bowling for Sale, and restricted the visitors to only 20 runs in the first 4 overs. After that it was over to the debutants who all bowled very well.  Particular credit goes to Farhan Ali and Taha Cahudhry for some very tight bowling, including a maiden over each, and to Harsimar Rekhi for taking 2 wickets - one including an excellent catch by James Wareing. However, Brooklands' experienced final pair increased the run rate at the end of the innings, leaving Sale with an intimidating score of 295 to chase down.

Sale again opened the batting with their most experienced pair, James and Jacob, getting the Squirrels off to a strong start, staying in touch with Brooklands' initial run rate.  They were supported admirably by the rest of the team, with some very good scampering between the wickets by Harsimar and Farhan, and particular credit going to Seamus Farrell, Eoghan Walker and Rohan Vakil, despite facing some quick, accurate bowling by the visitors.
 
However a flurry of quick wickets meant that towards the end of the innings the run rate had slowed, and Sale ended up with a hard-fought 211.  Despite the result there were some very good signs, particularly in terms of effort and enthusiasm in the field, and hopefully the Squirrels team can build on this experience for future games.

We finally had some warm sunshine for our match at Stretford, and with the warmer weather came the Badgers’ best performance so far, even though we were a player short due to a late withdrawal.  Our captain for the day, Alex Mansfield, lost the toss but we got the result we wanted by being asked to bowl first.  Stretford got off to a flying start, with 35 runs scored off their opening pair.  In amongst this, Hector Bridle picked up the first of his two wickets in the match, and Alex secured a run-out off of Elizabeth’s bowling. 
 
James Dyson put in his best bowling performance to date, and there was a sharp catch from Matthew Mather off of Hector’s bowling.  Alex and Elizabeth both chipped in with their customary wicket apiece, and then Thomas Brassell came roaring back in the last over to take two more wickets.

Stretford had set a challenging target, but Thomas and Elizabeth cut loose from the first ball, with Thomas hitting 3 boundaries, some “generous” fielding and the pair of them rotating the strike regularly as they put 40 runs on the board.  Hector and Alex maintained this momentum, with some beautiful strokes from Hector in particular as the pair added four more boundaries and another 32 runs to our score.  Matthew and James stretched our lead in the middle before Rey Bhardwaj, partnered first by Elizabeth and then by Alex, got the boundaries flowing again with an entertaining final flourish to push the Badgers over 300 runs for the first time this season.  It was a great batting display by the team, exemplified by some great footwork and only conceding two wickets in the whole innings compared to the opposition’s seven.

The full scorecards can be found here.

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