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Big Wins for 2nd & 3rd Teams
Sale 1st XI held on for a draw at 3rd placed Widnes in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League, whilst the 2nd and 3rd  teams both had decisive wins in their quests for silverwear.
 
Search sponsored Sale asked Widnes to bat first.  Opener Danny Naughton hit 75, but he struggled to find a partner to stay with him as Sale reduced the home team to 150-7.
 
The late order then added quick runs to post 207 all out in the 50th over, suffering 4 run outs in pursuit of a target. Jeremy McFarlane and Rich Adams finishing with two wickets a-piece.
 
Sale made a steady response, anchored by Mat Spells (pictured above by Gearoge Franks) who hit an unbeaten 81 at number three. Tight bowling from the home side meant Sale fell behind the required rate, finally closing on 167 for 5 and securing 7 points.
 
Sale 2nd XI secured a big win at home to divisional leaders Stockport Georgians, closing the gap at the top to just 11 points.
 
Sale asked the visitors to bat first and restricted them to 176-9 on a great looking track. Siyan Siraj leading the way with 4-46, well supported by Abas Rizvi with 3-28.
 
In the end Sale coasted home with 6 overs to spare, Rizvi showing his all-round abilities with 56 and young batsman Dan Newton enhancing his reputation with an unbeaten 50.
 
Sale 3rd XI continue to set the pace at the top of the Sunday premier division with a 128 run defeat of Marple. All top 6 batsman made double figures at Sale posted 207 all out in the 44th over, opener Mohammed Rizvi top scoring with 50.
 
After tea Marple struggled to come to terms with the Sale attack, subsiding to 79 all out inside 31 overs, Abas Rizi taking 4-28.
 
On Sunday, the 4s toiled hard achieving a winning draw against Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.  Losing the toss again, Sale were invited to bat and posted 221-5.  Opener Jay Jayaraman made an impressive 44, and junior coach Ian Habershon played a simply stunning innings of 125, including some exceptionally powerful boundary hitting.
 
The dependable and consistent Joe Wicks then took 2 early wickets, and should have had another however a dropped catch by the skipper ultimately proved costly, enabling batters to build a key partnership, using up valuable overs.   Sale fought back well, with Howard Briggs taking 2 wickets, Ian Habershon picking up 3 wickets. The game went down to the last over, with Ian Habershon taking the 9th wicket, but Sale were unable to claim the last wicket for a win, Ladybridge finishing on 184-9.  Roshan Mathew made 73 for the visitors.
 
Earlier in the week Sale Sliverbacks, our over 40s side, came a distant second to Cheadle Hulme. Chasing 148-2, Sale reached 91-7 with Paul Hanrahan hitting 30 retired.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks make the short trip to Brooklands.  On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Macclesfield to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Cheadle Hulme. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Alderley Edge and the 4th XI host Lindow 3s.
 
U15s 100-5 lost to Alderley Edge 148-2
U14s 96-77 (20) lost to Timperley 121-7
U13s 61-9 beat Didsbury Bulls
U13’s 62 all out lost to Alderley Edge Wizards 93-6
U11s 336-5 beat Prestbury 289-11
U11s 121-4 beat Bowdon Vale 95-7
U10s 276 beat Urmston 249 – CUP Quarter Final
U10s 292 beat Poynton 285 – CUP Semi Final
U10s 269 lost to Bowdon 332 – CUP Final
U9 Badgers 255 lost to Lindow Leopards 289
 
Sale's hopes of a cup run in the SMJCL U15 tournament were brought to an abrupt end by the perennially strong Alderley Edge CC. Opting to field first, Sale were soon under pressure. Opener Holden hit 51* (retired) and captain, Bhamdapati (50*), followed suit. Sale kept themselves in the game, with good spells from Ibraheem Shereef (1-23) and George Howling (1-16), well supported by Vaasu Goyal and Mo Rizvi.
 
Sale started positively, adding 40 for the first wicket. Four quick wickets then proved Sale's undoing. Throughout, Dan Newton's stroke play had the home fielders patrolling the boundary. Dan went on to an accomplished 42. He found support from Anudarshi Majumdar who finished on 13*. But their target remained out of reach.
 
Captain Nick O'Leary lost the toss and Timperley chose to bat. Matthew Holland continued a local tradition in bowling Anurag Bhatkhande for 1 for the second time in two games, but Jamie Matthews was not to be restrained and retired on 35 (with 4 fours) to allow others to bat. In the 6th over Tom Stackable achieved a double breakthrough, bowling Louis Mitchell for 16 and Billy Dawson taking a smart catch to send back J. Faris, and Tom took another wicket in his next over, finishing with a well-deserved 3 for 18. Nevertheless, Timperley scored freely, reaching 98 by the fourteenth over, but saved until the end, Yaqoob Sharif claimed two scalps (2-18) and George Howling bowled a wicket maiden in the 19th over to restrict the opposition to 121. Great fielding throughout, and credit to Nick O'Leary and Joe Moss for taking one and two catches respectively.
 
Sale got off to a slow start in the chase, with openers Anudarshi Majumdar and James Hobson facing some challenging bowling. The arrival of Joe Moss at the crease in the 6th over brought a change of pace, with three consecutive boundaries showing this was to be his day. On 40, the umpires conferred and agreed he would be allowed 5 balls to see if he could get to 50, but some canny bowling and cruel boundary riders meant he retired on 47 (7 fours) - a superb innings to exceed his excellent fielding in the match. Other than the contribution of Matthew Holland with 12 and Anu who finished on 15, and despite some comically valiant and unselfish running at the end from Nick and Yaqoob, Sale were not able to match the Timperley batters and left George not out on a strike rate of 150 wondering what would have been if he'd got in sooner.
 
On Friday, the u13s won an absorbing game of cricket away at Didsbury Bulls.  Asked to bat first, Sale struggled, losing wickets at regular intervals against some admirable Didsbury bowling.  Isaac Brooks looked a class apart, making 27 including some fine striking down the ground and square of the wicket.  Zeeshan Zhan and Arthur Tazaki- Quayle also combined well at the end of the innings, ensuring Sale batted their full 20 overs, posting 61-9.
 
This didn't look anywhere near enough runs, and Didsbury's openers set off very quickly punishing any wayward bowling.  As thoughts turned to "starting the car", Sale moved up a gear and wickets started to fall.  And Sale transformed.  Excellent bowling backed up by outstanding fielding and team spirit totally changed the complexion of the game.  Wickets were shared by Moh Rizvi, the impressive Suchit Sapkal, Mal Tazaki-Quayle (who almost took a hat trick) and fired up skipper Isaac Brooks.  Outstanding fielding from Suchit Sapkal and Thomas Burt contributed 2 quality run-outs.  Team spirit, pressure and commitment proved no game is ever lost.  All involved should be proud of this level of performance, a point emphasised by the coach after a brief lie down in a darkened room.
 
Sale Eagles u13’s suffered a heavy defeat at home to a good Alderley Edge team on Friday 7th July. Alderley Edge batted first and quickly lost their openers to Theo Brodbeck and Arnav Kamble. However, they gradually rebuilt their innings and scored freely towards the end of their innings. Callum Ross bowled with great pace towards the end and there were encouraging spells by Aiden Bridle and Ben Thomas.
 
In reply, the Eagles lost wickets at regular intervals, being dismissed for 62. James Dodds was top scorer with 26.
 
A busy weekend of cricket saw the u11s play two games that featured most of the u11 players - 17 in total. Saturday saw the u11s comfortably defeat Prestbury away in a 10-a-side game played to the Pairs format at the picturesque Kerridge CC ground in Bollington. Starting on 200 runs Sale batting first posted a formidable 336 for the loss of 6 wickets (136 runs scored off the bat) in 20 overs.
 
This saw some excellent individual batting performances: Louis (27no) and Dattu (12no) sharing a 42 run opening partnership from the first 4 overs. Alex and debutant Josh R adding 15 for the loss of one wicket from the next 4 with both players batting extremely well and sensibly.
 
Ben H (16no) and Fergus (8) then continued to add runs as the 3rd pair with some excellent running between the wickets before a lovely 21no by Krish in a stand of 35 with Shantnu (9) for no wicket moved the score on past 300. Nathan (22) and Ben A (17) then accelerated the score to 336, despite the loss of 3 wickets, with some lovely shots.
 
A fantastic fielding and bowling display limited Prestbury to just 22 runs from 16 overs. Sale taking 10 wickets with Alex (3-6), Josh (2-10), Louis (1-9), Dattu (1-8), Fergus (1-5) and 2 run outs accounting for them.
 
Prestbury's big hitter then came to the crease scoring a formidable 47runs in a last pair partnership of 62 from 4 overs to see the hosts finish on a respectable 284 albeit for the loss of 11 wickets with Sale winning by 52 runs.
 
On Sunday the u11s travelled to Bowdon Vale in a game played under the traditional cricket format. Sale batting first scored 121/4 from their 20 overs. Louis (25 retired) & Dattu (27 retired) continuing their fine openng partnership putting on 48 before Naman (21) contributed a fine innings. Ben A's (13no) late cameo, including a huge 6 over mid wicket, took the score onto 121.
 
Rahul struck with his first ball clean bowling one of Bowdon's openers before the home side moved onto 55/1 with two batsmen being retired out. Sale then turned the screw taking 6 wickets for 27 runs from the final 12 overs. Seb, Will, Shantnu, Ben A, Robin & Dattu all claiming one wicket each to propel Sale to victory by 26 runs.
 
A great weekend of cricket and two fantastic performances by the u11s.
 
Sale travelled to Urmston for the quarter final of the Under 10 Cup on Wednesday night.  At the fourth attempt the game finally took place on Urmston’s reserve ground at the grammar school. The home side won the toss and invited Sale to bat first.
 
After a scary start in the first couple of overs, with some interesting running between the wickets, William and Angus settled down to provide some momentum to the innings. James provided a huge boost to the total, collecting 14 runs in 4 balls in the fifth over. For the rest of pairing with Herbie the visitors progressed at a rate of a run a ball. The outfield made boundaries a luxury but James managed to equal his season’s best 26. Thomas B and Ben C continued to provide impetus to the innings, Ben looking extremely impressive during his innings of 12. Thomas K continued his good form with a purple patch which included the only six of the game as his partnership with Amy saw Sale pass the 250 mark (starting on 200). Brayden and Luke battled away against Urmston’s best bowler, Maggie, helping set a target of 277 for the hosts to achieve victory.
 
Regular opening bowler Thomas B set the tone for the second innings of the match with a tight opening maiden. Sale built on this start as the home side could only muster six runs in their first four overs. Urmston’s remote chances of winning the game ended in the ninth over bowled by Brayden which was a wicket maiden with a run out added in as well for good measure. Between overs 9 and 16 only four runs were scored off the bat. Urmston began the final four overs on 219 and despite some positive shots from last pair Maggie and Jenny, Sale ran out victors by 27 runs.
 
With the U10 cup final scheduled for 9th July it was agreed to stage the semi-final and final at Poynton on the same day. Bowdon had already beaten Lindow in the other semi-final so would await the winners of the semi-final between Poynton and Sale. As has been the norm over the past two or three seasons, Sale and Poynton played out another gripping contest, which ebbed and flowed as the contest progressed. Sale batted first and the innings followed a similar pattern to the quarter final. Ben Cleary (16) chose the big occasion to make his highest score for the under 10’s, three powerful boundaries being the highlight of the opening partnership with Thomas Kennedy, who provided solid support. James and Herbie  continued their successful partnership, scampering between the wickets to keep the scoreboard ticking over. James reached 23 including four boundaries, the highlight being a blistering straight drive past the bowler. The total stood at 244 after 8 overs (starting at 200). Angus and Dan were the third pair and kept the scoreboard moving when possible. Amy and Thomas Brassell tried to up the scoring with some daring running, increasing the heart rate of the spectators, but then Brayden calmed the Sale supporters with some powerful hitting, reaching 23 in the process. With excellent running between Brayden and Luke, Sale posted 291, a testing target.
 
Poynton made a blistering start, reaching 231 (starting at 200) in their opening four overs. With 16 overs to go, and a target of just 270 Sale were up against it. However, wickets started to fall, a smart stumping by James off Angus’ bowling was followed by a trio of “clean bowled” wickets for Brayden, Thomas K and Luke. The home side steadied the ship again, pressing on to 277 at the end of the 14th over, needing 15 to win off 6 overs. Herbie changed the direction of the match with a superb over, collecting three wickets in four balls. This set up as exciting last over bowled by James, Poynton requiring 8 to win. Two singles and a two left the home side needing four off 3 for victory but James settled the issue clean bowling one of the Poynton batsmen. With all the fielders set deep, Poynton were unable to collect boundaries off the final two deliveries and they finished on a total of 285. After a three hour battle Sale now faced Bowdon in the final.
 
With only a half hour rest on a hot day, Sale were up and against it in the final against Bowdon who arrived fresh and ready for the 2pm final. The Sale team battled bravely against some rapid bowling, James and Herbie scampering numerous byes to fast balls which flew past the wicketkeeper. Dan Bradley chose the final to register his highest score for Sale (17), skilfully locating gaps in the leg side field.
 
Sale eventually posted a respectable total of 269 but the odds were heavily stacked against them. Visibly wilting in the hot sun after a long day, Sale tried desperately to prevent Bowdon chasing down the runs but tiredness took its toll and once Bowdon passed the Sale total in the 14th over of the innings the wheels came off somewhat for Sale. The game ended with some fielders struggling to move at all. This was understandable as Sale had played 80 overs of cricket in the day with many overs consisting of eight balls. Bowdon took advantage to post an eventual total of 332.
 
So Sale finished runners up in the under 10 cup, to a powerful side that had strength in batting and pace bowling. This was a fantastic achievement, based on great team spirit, some outstanding individual moments and improvements in batting, bowling and fielding throughout the squad.  A record this season of 9 wins out in 11 games, losing only to powerful Lindow and Bowdon teams, is a good indicator of progress being made across the entire under 10 squad. Three friendly league games remain for the side before the summer holidays.
 
Under very threatening skies, the Badgers played their third home match in a row against Lindow Leopards.  Gracie Burt captained the side as we were put into bat first.  Gracie and her partner Lucy Dodds opened the batting and, after an initial fast start, conceded a couple of wickets that pegged us back. Kiko Tazaki-Quayle and Matthew Mather were next, the highlight of which was a boundary from Kiko.  Joseph Britain and Charlie Marson were next and were typically energetic in trying to move our score forwards.  Joe’s running in particular was enthusiastic, if a little bonkers at times.  We had to wait for our final pair to achieve some acceleration in our scoring.  Hector Bridle excelled, at one point hitting three boundaries in a row.  Lucy batted again as Hector’s partner, as we were a player short due to illness, and was eager as ever to seek out ones and twos.
 
Taking to the field, we had a respectable total to defend, but Lindow unfortunately got off to a flying start with an opening partnership of 31.  We also struggled to take wickets, which is unusual for our team this year, but one highlight was Gracie’s delight at taking her first wicket.  She was also our most economical bowler.  This seemed to lift the team, as what followed was some outstanding fielding.  Kiko in particular was called into action several times to block boundaries, and there were other blocks from Hector and Lucy.  Matthew had two more catching opportunities, one of which was above his head and he got his fingers to it which stopped another 4.  As with previous matches, there was lots of backing up from Joe, Charlie and Matthew.  A shame to have lost then, but the team worked really hard to keep Lindow’s runs down and make up for being a player short.
 
Richard and Andy took a young but incredibly keen team to the U9s tournament at SW Manchester Cricket Club on Sunday.  20 teams competed in the event, and Sale had a team of eight players for the 6-a-side tournament.  It turned out to be a baking hot afternoon of fun.
 
In our first match, we probably played the strongest team in our group, Langley.  Sam Parish and Tom Fenton put on 11 in the first pairing, and Elizabeth Mansfield hit a 6 off her first ball.  When Langley batted though, the boundaries (4s and 6s) were flowing.  Tom and Matthew Mather took our wickets but we lost by 47 runs.  The scores got much closer in our next match against Macclesfield.  Elizabeth and Alex Mansfield put on 22 runs for the middle pair, but we were pegged back by 4 wickets conceded.  Our bowling improved in accuracy, and there was much more care taken with our fielding, as we lost this game by 30 runs.
 
For the third match, the team really focused on backing up for quick runs and not conceding wickets. which secured us an impressive 8 run victory in a tight match against Littleborough.  On this occasion, James Wareing and Farhan Ali top scored with 22 in the middle pairing, including another 6 from Farhan.  We backed this up with a great bowling performance too.  The pick was Farhan, whose unerring accuracy got him a wicket for only 3 runs conceded, and Sam and Tom grabbed a wicket each at the end, Sam’s courtesy of a solid catch by James Wareing at Point.  By the final match against Heaton Mersey, we’d been joined by a number of other team-mates who cranked up the atmosphere.  The team put on their best bowling and fielding display of the day, with two run outs secured by Farhan and Matthew off James Wareing’s bowling, a stunning caught and bowled by Matthew (with a celebratory fist pump), topped off by a great delivery by James Dyson being caught by Sam at mid-on which sent the supporters into a frenzy.  The team battled hard when batting, with Sam and Tom the top partnership again with 17, but ultimately it wasn’t quite enough as we lost by 25 runs.
 
So, although the results were a little disappointing, everyone had a great time and the performances definitely improved as the day progressed.  All of our players hit double figures when batting, and all bar one took at least one wicket.  With four run-outs, three catches and some more committed fielding, there was much to celebrate.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

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