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The weather had a major impact on Sale Cricket Club’s fixtures in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League last weekend. The 1st XI match in division one match against Oxton was abandoned after just 53 overs.

Search Sponsored Sale were asked to bat first by visitors Oxton in a game reduced to 80 overs. Ali Barrowman top scored with 31 as Sale posted 158-9.  Greg Gyves (29), Jeremy McFarlane (28) and Ben Watkins (24 - pictured above my George Franks) all made positive contributions.

In reply Oxton had reached 43-0 before the rain returned and the game abandoned.

Sale 2nd XI picked up 11 points from their trip to Congleton. After being asked to bat Jamal Benzafar hit 70 as Sale posted 227-9 in 50 overs.  The game was finely balanced with Congleton on 103-3 off 25 overs when the rain arrived.

Sale 3rd XI saw their lead at the top of the Sunday premier league reduced after securing a draw at home to Hyde. Sale asked the visitors to bat first, holding them to 164-9.  Abas Rizvi, Zikria Nadeem and Meisam Syed all took 2 wickets each.

Sale’s run chase fell 17 runs short, as they closed on 147-9 in their 45 overs. Mohammed Rizvi held the innings together with 55 not out.

Earlier in the week the Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, lost their top of the table match at home to Urmston by 12 runs.  The Silverbacks bowled well to hold the visitors to 102-8, Paul Hanrahan taking 3-14.

In reply the Silverbacks lost wickets at regular intervals, only opener Asad Khan (21) came to terms with the Urmston attack.  Some later order hitting from Ian Holland (23 not out) gave Sale hope, but the asking rate was too much.

The 4th XI had no fixture this week.

On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Cheadle.  On Saturday the 1st XI visit Bollington and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Grappenhall and the 4th XI host Ashley.
 
U13s 140 (20) beat Stockport 79 (20) (Late Result)
U13s 89 all out (20) tied with Alderley Edge (Cup)
U13s 112-6 (20) beat Alderley Edge 106-7 (20) (League)
U13 Eagles 80 All Out lost to Didsbury Buffaloes 103-4
U9 Badgers 234 “lost” to SW Manchester 256
 
(Catch up from two weeks ago, Ed): The u13s put in a good team performance to defeat Stockport on Friday evening.  Batting first, Sale made 140 with Dylan Walker contributing a powerfully hit 22 runs at the top of the order, and Isaac Brooks 31 retired and Maaz Khan 32 retired sharing a match-winning partnership, both batting sensibly and playing good cricket shots.   Mal Tazaki-Quayle contributed 12 off the last 3 balls of the innings, playing some impressive attacking shots against tidy spin bowling.  The Sale bowling was consistent and economical throughout, with wickets shared by the impressive Saad Khan, Maaz Khan (2), Mal Tazaki-Quayle, Suleman Khan (bowling with good pace) and Arthur Tazaki Quayle (2).  Stockport eventually finished on 79 off their 20 overs, with Louis Jackson impressing in an improved fielding display.

After the Under 13’s cup match was rescheduled due to rain, on an overcast Sunday morning we played on the Astro to avoid a mudwrestle. Sale lost the toss and Alderley Edge batted first, immediately discovering that captain Saad Khan's bowling was unplayable - 1 for 9 from 4. Progress was initially very slow for the visitors. Jared Moran took 2 for 10 from 2, including a fine caught and bowled, and his fielding at cover saved several boundaries. Suleman Khan got a fine run out from backward point. Alderley's innings built momentum in the second half, with Max Davidson retiring, supported by Josh Chalk and B Sharif, as they closed on 89 for 7.

Chasing, alas, we kept losing wickets. 4 for 13 after 5 overs, Jack Brassell (19) set about rebuilding the innings, first with the indomitable Jared and then sharing a 6th wicket partnership of 28 with Theo Brodbeck. Mal Tazaki-Quayle and Maaz Khan brought the total in sight. With 13 needed from the last 3, two more quick wickets brought doughty no. 11 Arnav Kamble to the wicket. The finish was to prove excruciatingly tense for both sides (and the onlookers). Fine judgement from the last wicket pair was able to turn every wicketkeeping error into a scrambled bye, and just 4 were needed off the last over. With scores level, a cheer went up from the Sale team, but deadly accurate bowling from Josh Bell dashed our hopes and Alderley Edge go through to the next round as they lost fewer wickets.

On Friday, Sale u13s won a keenly contested game at Chelford cc against Alderley Edge Wizards.  Losing the toss again, Sale were invited to bat on a green wicket and posted a respectable 112-6.  Isaac Brooks 33 retired and Mal Tazaki-Quayle 27 put on a key partnership, combining solid defense with powerful hitting, typified by a flat 6 by Mal over mid-wicket. Suleman Khan continued an impressive run of form with a powerful 25 not out including 6 boundaries.  Saad Khan opened the bowling with real pace, bowling both openers and picking up 2-15.  Alderley Edge batted well, keeping up with the rate impressively.  A sharp catch by debutant Ivan Flitcroft off the bowling of Mal Tazaki-Quayle inspired Sale, together with a sharp delivery from Suchit Sapkal to remove the dangerous C White for 26.  Maaz Khan chipped in with a wicket, well caught by Suleman Khan.  A run out by Saad Khan and an economical spell by Isaac Brooks including 2 maidens helped the Sale cause, and Mal Tazaki-Quayle bowled the final over under real pressure conceding only 4 runs as Alderley finished on 106-7.  A top fielding and team performance by Sale, typified by the fielding of Arthur Tazaki- Quayle and Edward Allanson, both making numerous crucial stops at key points of the game.
 
An experienced Didsbury team defeated the Sale Eagles u13’s in the first match of the league group phase.

Didsbury raced to more than 60 in the first 10 overs but were pegged back by some accurate bowling from Arnav Kamble and Tanay Patel. Will Scott, making his debut, picked up a wicket (clean bowled) with his first delivery! Theo Brodbeck and Jared Moran picked up a wicket apiece too.
 
In reply, the Eagles were indebted to Theo Brodbeck, who capped a fine all-round performance by top scoring with 19 runs including several handsome lofted drives.
 
All ten outfield players bowled two overs and batted too and special mention should be made to Jack Brassell who kept wicket extremely well again and removed one of their danger batsmen with a sharp stumping.

We enjoyed a competitive match on a chilly evening in Chorlton.  Due to cup fixture congestion, SW Manchester were short of players and so in order to ensure the match went ahead, Badgers turned up with some spare.  More on that later.  Our captain for the day was Rey Bhardwaj, who won the toss and elected to field.  The Badgers put on a strong and very encouraging fielding performance, with very few runs conceded from the bat thanks to some excellent fielding, and on the whole some tidy bowling.  The highlights were Sammy Cuffe taking a wicket on his debut, and an excellent run-out from distance by James Dyson.  Hector and Rey were our most economical bowlers and Alex conceded no extras.  But for a couple of missed catches, and the bails refusing to budge when Matthew Mather hit the stumps, we would have reduced our opponents to a very low score. 

Hector and Alex led us out to bat and didn’t give anything away, but on this occasion they both struggled to score.  Our next pair, Joseph Britain and Charlie Marson, got the scoreboard ticking over with some excellent and enthusiastic running between the wickets, with Joe in particular timing some lovely shots to top score with 13.  Matthew and Sammy were next and kept the scoreboard moving, with Matthew adding another boundary to his tally, before Rey and James finished our innings.  Rey would have added another boundary had his shot not glanced the umpire, and James surprised us with a late rally of two boundaries of his own.

A final note on our volunteer to play for the other team - No one from Badgers wanted to swap sides to allow the game to go ahead, so Elizabeth kindly volunteered… and proceeded to hit 13 runs and took a wicket against us!  This, combined with our bad luck in the field was the difference between the sides.  As coaches, we agreed to call it a draw…
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

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