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1st XI Back to Winning Ways

1st XI Back to Winning Ways
Sale 1st XI got back to winning ways in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League on Saturday. In glorious weather conditions they beat 4th placed Bollington by 26 runs.
 
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bat first, Ben Watkin and Mat Spells adding 24 for the first wicket.  When Spells was third man out for 20, the score was 53-3.
 
Brooke Guest and Ali Barrowman (15) added 39 for the 4th wicket.  Influential Jeremy Mcfarlane then joined Guest, putting on 69 to take the score to 161-5. Guest fell for 62, becoming one of Tom Horsfield’s 3 victims.
 
McFarlane then accelerated the score, reaching 56 off just 50 balls to take Sale to 201-9, the final few wickets falling in the quest for quick runs in the final overs.
 
Bollington made a confident start, adding 48 for the first wicket. The introduction of spinners Watkin and McFarlane turned the game in favour of Sale. Watkin made the breakthrough, taking Leese caught and bowled for 37.
 
Two further quick wickets reduced the home team to 63-3 before Rick Hough and Harri Dickinson added 40 for the 4th wicket. Hough was then run out for 18 and Dickinson was caught for 43.
 
James Cross (33 not out) attempted to marshal the lower order, but Watkin (4-66) and McFarlane (3-47) cleaned up the tail as Bollington closed their innings on 175 in the 42nd over.
 
The 2nd XI couldn’t take the final two wickets to secure an outright win in the reverse fixture at Dane Road.  Sale posted 207-8 in their 50 overs, young opening pair of Zikria Nadeem (32) and Viraj Sorathia (23) getting the 2s off to the perfect start.  Naveed Ahmed top scoring with 44 and Jamal Benzafar adding 36 at number 3.
 
Sale’s young spin attack nearly secured all the points, but Bollington held on at 133-8.  Nadeem completed a fine all-round display with 3-53, backed up by Sulaiman Butt with 2-22.
 
Sale 3rd XI maintained their lead at the top of the Sunday premier division with a convincing win at 3rd placed Grappenhall.  Sale asked the home team to bat first, restricting them to 164-9 off their 45 overs. Skipper Abas Rizvi leading from the front with 5-35 (pictured above by George Franks).
 
Sale made short work of the reply, reaching their target for the loss of 3 wickets in the 24th over. Rizvi getting his team off to a great start with 51 at the top of the order. Grant Whittaker (39), Viraj Sorathia (34) and Mohammed Rizvi (28 not out) all made positive contributions.
 
On Sunday, the 4s turned in another solid performance to maintain their unbeaten status.  Losing the toss again (maintaining a 100% streak), Ashley chose to bat on a wicket that resembled the new M6 link-road.  Owais Khan opened the bowling, and bowled with pace and aggression to claim 6-24 off 8 overs in an excellent spell.  The unlucky Joe Wicks backed his opening partner well, and deserved a couple of wickets after another dependable spell.  Isaac Brooks grabbed 3 quick wickets with his spin, and Howard Briggs claimed the other wicket in his solitary over.   Good catches by Jay Jayoraman and Tris Brodbeck typified a solid fielding performance, and Ibraheem Shereef and Dylan Walker capped excellent senior debuts with impressive fielding and wicket-keeping displays. 
 
Chasing Ashley's total of 82, Jay Jayoraman hit a powerful 51 not out, which included some impressive hitting.  Excellent support was provided by Tris Brodbeck, who mixed stout defence with some quality attacking strokes.
 
Earlier in the week the Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, won at Cheadle to stay in 3rd place in the North-East division. Sale posted 132 and restricted Cheadle to 100 and secure the win. Paul Hanrahan led the way with 32 retired and 3-20, well supported by Abas Rizi (32 retired) and Mark Almond 3-28.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Bowdon.  On Saturday the 1st XI welcome divisional leaders Oulton Park to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Heaton Mersey. On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to 2nd placed Didsbury and the 4th XI host Heaton Mersey.
 
U15s 151-5 (20) beat Lindow 70-9 (20)
U13s 107-9 (20) beat Alderley Edge 82 (20)
U10s 275 (20) beat Didsbury 275 (20) on few wickets lost (CUP)
U10s 292 (20) beat Wythenshawe 200 (20)
 
Sale never looked back after being given a blistering start to this cup-tie by Dan Newton, who struck ten boundaries in scoring 52* retired from 37 balls. The run-rate was maintained by Viraj Sorathia (40) and Zikria Nadeem (29*), with all of Sale’s batsmen playing selflessly to set the home team a challenging target.
 
Lindow struggled to make headway against Sale’s attack, which saw seven of the nine bowlers used take wickets. The three left-arm spinners – Isaac Brooks, Mohammed Rizvi and Viraj Sorathia – returned combined figures of 7-0-14-5.
 
The match, played on the longest day, ended at 9.30pm – play delayed by heavy traffic on the drive to the ground and the time Lindow fielders spent hunting for balls driven and pulled into the undergrowth beyond the boundary.
 
On Friday the u13s played Alderley Edge Hedgehogs at home.  Batting first, Thomas Burt opened impressively, playing some attractive shots in a rapid 10.  Isaac Brooks batted sensibly making a solid 18 before Saad Khan hit an imposing 30 retired.  107 for 9 was a par score at best, and impressive bowling and fielding was needed.
 
The team did exactly what was required, all contributing to an impressive performance restricting Alderley to a total of 82.  Opening the batting, Tejas Rao made an excellent 31 retired, however Saad Khan with 3-10 off 4 pacy overs and Isaac Brooks with 3-9 including his second hat-trick of the season off his 4 overs produced excellent spells, with Maaz Khan picking up a further wicket and the Tazaki-Quayle brothers both effecting excellent run outs at key stages. Suleman Khan enhanced his fielding reputation with a quality catch off a rocket shot at gully.  Special thanks to Oliver Jackson, who displayed great commitment turning out at short notice and fielded impeccably.
 
After a lengthy break caused by school holidays and inclement weather, Sale’s Under 10’s had back to back away games this week. Their current good form continued, with wins at Didsbury in a hardball Cup match on Wednesday and at Wythenshawe in a softball friendly league match the following night.
 
The rearranged cup match at Didsbury started very late, Sale invited the home side to bat first. A succession of sharp deliveried from opening bowler Thomas Brassell soon put Sale on the front foot, clean bowling both  batsmen in his second over. Pranav Sheshagiri and Dan Bradley followed up with tidy performances, completing seventeen dot balls in their four overs as the score progressed slowly to 217 (starting at 200) after 8 overs. Amy Seddon and Angus Rawson kept the scoring in check, both collecting wickets along the way. After a slight acceleration near the end of the innings the home side pushed along to a testing total of 275.
 
After a slow start, Sale were up against it. Thomas Brassell set the innings rolling with two crisp boundaries. Inspired, Pranav did likewise in the following over. James Newhill and Herbie Brodbeck took their opportunities when they were presented, as Sale reaching 237 at the midway point of the innings. Amy and Dan ran energetically and a close finish beckoned. An exciting game, running past 9pm reached its climax as Angus and captain William Taylor took on some fast bowling, each collecting a five as the pressure mounted. William top scored with 15, his highest score for Sale and made in the most difficult of circumstances. Needing eight to win in the last over, after frenetic running, scores ended up level after 20 overs, both sides finishing on 275. Sale were victorious on the grounds of having lost fewer wickets. An incredible game that ended with the Sale players running around the ground in celebration.
 
Fresh from their success at Didsbury, Sale, made a steady start the following night at Wythenshawe. Starting at 200, Dylan Parekh and Angus Rawson rotated the strike nicely. Thomas Brassell and Dan kept the momentum going. With the thick grass making boundaries a challenge, James Newhill and Thomas Kennedy tried to accelerate the run rate, James finally hitting the first boundary of the innings in the eleventh over during an innings of 17. Ben Cleary also hit a stylish boundary through the leg side, batting positively with Roan Gardner. Starting the final four overs at 255, Brayden Ross took advantage of pace on the ball, collecting four boundaries in a powerful innings of 28. Energetic backing up from Herbie Brodbeck helped push the final total to an imposing 292 at the end of the 20 overs.
 
An inexperienced home side found the going tough against a Sale side fresh from a tough hardball game the night before. Thomas Brassell set the tone for the innings with a challenging opening over and Dylan’s whirlwind leg spin left the opposing batsmen bemused. Sale were dynamic in the field, collecting five run outs, backing up was exceptional, and decision making was improving, reducing overthrows to a minimum. The highlight of the innings was a sensational over from Brayden, which included a hat-trick. A smart stumping by wicketkeeper James was followed by two clean bowled to send the Sale players crazy. The celebrations certainly matched the skills on display.
 
Everybody bowled well, but special praise must be mentioned to Dan Bradley whose return was outstanding, 2 for two in his 2 overs.
 
Wythenshawe scored 44 runs but lost 11 wickets (-4 per wicket lost) so finished on their starting total of 200 leaving Sale victorious by 92 runs. Two long evenings, with games finishing at 9.10pm and 8.45pm respectively but the superb performances mean that 4 out of 5 games have been won this season. Add to that 3 wins out of 4 at the Congleton tournament in May illustrates the progress being made, especially as the team keep switching from hardball to softball games!
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

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