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Full House as 1st XI Seal Vital Win

Full House as 1st XI Seal Vital Win
Sale 1st XI moved out of the bottom two in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League with victory at bottom of the table Weaverham.  In a low scoring game Sale got home by two wickets in this must win game.
 
Weaverham opted to bat first and looked to play positively in the early stages, scoring at a healthy rate but losing wickets at regular intervals as they reached 41-3 off 9 overs.
 
Search sponsored Sale then tightened their grip on the game as Ali Barrowman (pictured above by George Franks) and Mo Ali reduced the home team to 80-7, Barrowman picking up 5-43 and Ali 2-49.
 
Jake Lightfoot (36 not out) and Rob Dickinson (31) added some vital lower order runs, before Rich Adams cleaned up the tail with 3-4 as Weaverham were bowled out for 129 in the 39th over.
 
Weaverham were looking favourites to pick up their second win of the season as Sale slumped to 85-7.  With hope fading Sale have Jeremy McFarlane to thank for the win, scoring a vital 38 not out at number 6 and effectively marshalling the lower order.  Mo Ali adding 10 runs at number 10 to see Sale to the win.
 
The 2nd XI secured a more comfortable win in the reverse fixture at Dane Road with a 118 run win against Weaverham 2s.
 
Despite losing opener Viraj Sorathia for 3, Sale soon had the visitors on the back foot after being invited to bat first. Zikria Nadeem and Siyan Siraj adding 104 for the 2nd wicket before Siraj fell for 70 off just 60 balls.
 
Sale lost two more wickets before Nadeem added 66 for the 5th wicket with Gareth Watterson, Nadeem eventually falling for a well-crafted 70.  Watterson finishing unbeaten on 38 as Sale declared on 231-5 from 47 overs.
 
Watterson showed his all-round capabilities, finishing with 7-36 as Weaverham slumped to 113 all out, only skipper Robert Harrison (48) showing any resitance.
 
The 3rd XI maintained top spot in the Sunday premier division with a 112 run win at Didsbury 4s. Ali Rizvi set the tone with 89 at the top of the order, well supported by Asad Khan (52 not out) as Sale posted an imposing 226 all out.
 
Didsbury subsided to 114 all out in the 38th over, skipper Abas Rizvi leading the way with 4-19.
 
The 4th XI made it a full house of wins for the weekend with another victory in division 3 east against Stockport Trinity.  Faced with the shock of winning the toss for a second week running, Stockport were invited to bat, and raced to 70-2 off 16 overs.  Sale fought back well, taking wickets at regular intervals and restricting the flow of runs, eventually bowling Trinity out for 145.  Howard Briggs produced another excellent spell taking 4-40 off 10 overs, with Owais Khan contributing another quality and pacy display to take 3-19.  Isaac Brooks maintained his consistently high level of performance, taking 2-11 off 6 overs, with Ian Habershon picking up the other wicket to fall after a probing spell.  Ian Habershon also snaffled 2 fine catches, including a one handed show boater in the covers, James Hobson won the expression of the day after catching a rasper at point (a mixture of terror, relief and amazement), and agile stand-in keeper Nick Brooks pouched a diving catch, obliging the crowd by completing his athletic leap in slow motion.  James Cairns, Peter Langton and Joel Shaw all batted well for Trinity, making scores in the 30s.
 
In reply, Trinity bowled accurately and maintained pressure on the Sale batters, taking wickets at regular intervals.  An excellent partnership between Ian Habershon 58 and the excellent James Hobson, making a brave 27, gave Sale the upper hand, however wickets continued to fall.  A composed 13 not out by Isaac Brooks eventually saw Sale home, winning by 2 wickets.  Pick of the Trinity bowlers were Peter Langton with 4-24 and Mike Stopford with 3-32.  A close and enjoyable game which could have gone either way, played in excellent spirit.
 
Sale Sliverbacks, our over 40s side, were rained off without a ball being bowled against Whalley Range on Wednesday.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks entertain Cheadle Hulme.  On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Widnes and the 2nd XI welcome Stockport Georgians. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Marple and the 4th XI host Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.
 
U18s 121-6 (20 overs) lost to Stockport Georgians 170-5 (20 overs)
U13s 99-4 (20) beat Whalley Range 79-8 (20)
U11s 38/7 (20) lost to Lindow 120/4 (20)
U11s 113/6 (20) beat Urmston 52/6 (20)
U11s 97/7 lost to Bowdon 144/5 (20) CUP
U11s 100/4 (20) beat Timperley 85/7 (20)
U10s 272 (20) beat Didsbury 256
U9 Badgers 246 beat Whalley Range 239
U9 Squirrels lost to Lindow
 
The under 18s' season opener was a tough assignment against last year's champions. Stockport Georgians batted first and capitalised on an untidy fielding display to make a rapid start. It took the team's youngest players - Viraj Sorathia (0-19) and Zikria Nadeem  (1-18) - to put a brake on the scoring. Mal Clarke (2-23) returned to bowl the final over and was rewarded for bowling full and straight with two wickets.
 
Ali Rizvi (26) ensured Sale got off to the quick start essential for the run-chase. The stand-out innings was played by Will Radcliffe (25), who recovered from a painful blow struck by the Georgians' fast bowler, to see him off with a sweetly struck boundary through mid-wicket. Joe Cannon (21*) and Sam Battersby (15) batted fluently without challenging Georgians' target. A score of 121 shows that Sale have the potential to be competitive, as long as their fielding keeps them in the game.
 
On Friday, the u13s turned in a quality team performance to beat Whalley Range.  Batting first, Saad Khan and Dylan Walker opened the innings superbly, both retiring on 31 not out.  Both players combined sensible defence with excellent hitting, Dylan smacking a monster 6 out of the park into a neighbouring garden.  Sale finished on 99, a decent total on a green wicket which offered assistance to the home seamers.
 
Sale produced their best fielding display of the season, restricting the opposition to 85 runs.  Saad Khan, Maaz Khan and Suchit Sapkal all bowled great spells collecting 2 wickets apiece, and Isaac Brooks conceded only 9 runs off his 4 overs.   2 run outs typified Sale's fielding effort, and Mal Tazaki-Quayle made a steepling catch look straightforward at a key point of the game.  Edward Allanson, Ivan Flitcroft, Suleman Khan, Zeeshan Khan and Arthur Tazaki-Quayle all deserve credit for their brave, committed fielding, proving teamwork in the field can win matches.
 
A mixed set of results for the u11s from their last four games winning two and losing two. Outplayed by a stronger team at home to Lindow the u11s lost by 82 runs. Ben H, Krish, Arthur and James in the wickets with no one unfortunately standing out with the bat.
 
Bouncing straight back the team had a great win away at Urmston easing to a comfortable 61 run victory.  Louis (13) and Robin (25 retired) getting the innings off to a solid start with Ben H (21no), James N (12no) and Dattu (11) contributing runs down through the order. Tight fielding and bowling restricted Urmston to just 52/6 from their 20 overs with Ben H (2), James, Naman & Robin in the wickets together with a run out.
 
The u11s then came up against a very strong batting line up in the Cup away at Bowdon conceding 144/5 from their 20 overs in the field. Four Bowdon batsmen retiring at 25! Ben H, Naman and 3 run outs accounting for the 5 wickets. The team then batted extremely well against a good bowling attack never really looking in trouble reaching 97/7 from their 20 overs -the last 3 wickets lost mainly a result of ambitious shots trying to get near to Bowdon's total. Louis (25 retired), Arthur (13), Dattu (10) top scoring.
 
Again bouncing straight back from defeat the team had a comfortable win at home against Timperley. Batting first posting 100/4 thanks to some attacking batting from Louis (25 retired), Robin (16no), Arthur (11), Ben A (11) and Ben H (9no). Backed up by a really positive overall team performance in the field the u11s won by 14 runs.
 
Sale under 10’s made it five wins out of six friendly league games so far this season.  After the disappointment of having the cup game at Urmston called off for the third time, a hastily arranged home match with Didsbury followed a similar pattern to the closely fought cup match played last month.
 
Put into bat, Sale started on 200. A slow but careful start from Herbie Brodbeck and Pranav Sheshagiri ensured that the brisk opening bowlers collected only one wicket in their four overs. Amy and Zenen consolidated progress, Zenen hitting a brace of boundaries, before the acceleration came in the third pairing. James Newhill (16) and Thomas Kennedy (10) enjoyed a partnership of 35 in four overs pushing the ball to all corners of the ground. Energetic batting from Thomas Brassell and Dylan Parekh maintained the upward progress. Brayden Ross became the fifth batsman to reach double figures, as the home side ended on a total of 272 from their 20 overs.
Didsbury made a flying start to their reply but Dylan made a double breakthrough with his leg spin to put the brakes on the batting side. Thomas Kennedy followed up with a superb spell of two wickets for 4 runs in his 2 overs. Amy, Angus and Pranav kept the pressure on with tidy spells, as Didsbury reached 238 after 12 overs, needing 35 more runs in the last 8 overs. The match turned in the fourteenth over with Thomas Kennedy’s superb catch running towards the boundary. James took advantage with figures of three wickets for 2 runs in his 2 overs, receiving good support from Zenen at the other end. Requiring 31 off the last four overs, the experienced pair of Herbie and Brayden closed out the game, ensuring victory by 16 runs.
 
The game was played in a tremendous spirit, both sides playing some impressive cricket. From the Sale perspective it was pleasing to see only four wides conceded in 20 overs, with crisp fielding and superb backing up proving to be the difference between the sides.  Next game – it’s a fourth attempt to play the cup quarter final with Urmston.
 
Our latest home match saw the U9 Badgers emerge victorious from an extremely close encounter on Friday night.  Kiko Tazaki-Quayle was our captain for the day, and having won the toss elected to bowl.  As has become customary, the Badgers put on a display of economical bowling and committed fielding.  Lucy Dodds got us off to a great start, bowling fast and accurately and taking a wicket in her first over, and her partner Elizabeth Mansfield did the same in the next.  The pick of our bowlers though was Alex Mansfield, who took 3 wickets for only five runs conceded.  Matthew Mather took a catch for one of those 3 wickets, and could have had two more catches.  Joseph Britain too was unlucky not to take a caught and bowled opportunity, and Hector Bridle somehow managed to hit the stumps three times when bowling but the bails never budged.  Gracie Burt put in her best bowling performance of the season so far.  So, a great display of accurate bowling reduced our opponents to a low total.
 
The Badgers only needed to bat with patience to bring home a win.  Hector and Alex got us off to a typically solid start, picking off a boundary each and nicking some singles.  Lucy and Elizabeth were next, with Lucy top scoring for either side with 7 on a day when no-one was scoring big.  The trend continued with Joseph and Matthew moving us into the lead as we went into the final pair.  As captain, Kiko had asked to bat last and so she and Gracie were under pressure to hold on for the win.  It all started to unravel in their second over, when two run outs brought the scores back to level.  With nerves jangling, Kiko and Gracie remained cool for the final two overs and protected their wickets to eke out the 7 runs that were the winning margin.  It was a lovely reward for yet another hard working display from the team.
 
Sale Squirrels travelled to Lindow on Tuesday evening for what turned out to be an eventful, but ultimately frustrating, match.  Lindow decided to break with tradition by assembling a squad of 10 players, as opposed to the normal 8, meaning the game was extended by 25% to 20 overs per team.  Sale captain Sam Parish won the toss and elected to put Lindow into bat.  This seemed the right decision as, by the end of the standard 16 overs, Lindow had been restricted to a highly achievable 52 runs, thanks to some excellent bowling by the whole Sale team, with particular mention going to Roan Gardner for some terrific pace bowling (claiming 2 wickets), ably backed up by the rest of the team (including a wicket each for Drew Akers Hart and Jess Parish), and some excellent fielding throughout.  However, at the end of the 16th over, the match turned - Lindow brought out their 2 'extra' batsmen, who bared a striking similarity to messers Butler and Root, and proceeded to clump the ball around the ground in the face of some admirable, but tiring bowling.  This final pair virtually doubled Lindow's lead, leaving Sale with a less-achievable target of 91 to win.
 
Sale batted like they had bowled and fielded, with excellent technique and enthusiasm - with particular mention going to Drew, Roan, and Eddie and Tom Fenton for arguably their best batting performances for the Squirrels, again ably supported by the rest of the team, and some fantastic squirrel-esque scampering between the wickets.  However, despite excellent technique and effort, Sale lacked the big-hitter that would have made the difference.  Ultimately it was a tale of what might have been, with the team not getting the rewards they deserved in arguably their best all-round performance to date.  As has been the case in several games this season, Sale's excellent line-and-length bowling meant the opposition batters had something to feed off whereas, when batting, Sale faced some pretty quick stuff mixed in with a high proportion of wides and no balls, limiting their ability to score.  However, as one wise member of the Sale team said, their excellent technique, particularly with the ball, will stand them in good stead for the future.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

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