24 July 2017
Sale 1st XI had to settle for 15 points after failing to dislodge the final wicket at Warrington on Saturday. Sale dominated the encounter with their nearest rivals in the quest to stay in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bat first, with in form Greg Gyves and Lancashire’s Brooke Guest getting Sale off to a great start (pictured above by George Franks). Gyves hitting 63 and Guest 70 as Sale dominated the early exchanges.
Mat Spells (19), Ryan Burgess (21) and Ben Watkin (28 not out) kept the momentum going as Sale closed on 219-5 off their 50 overs.
Ali Barrowman and Mal Clarke soon had Warrington in trouble, reducing the home team to 35-6, before a rear guard effort from Richard Heaney and the Rudd brothers took the score to 113-7 and seeming safety.
Gyves and Clarke then took two quick wickets to give Sale a chance, but the final pair held out in the final over. Barrowman finished with 4-39 and Clarke 3-25.
With nearest rivals Stockport Georgians and Ashton-on-Mersey playing out a draw, Sale 2nd XI took the opportunity to go to the top of division two with a comfortable victory against bottom of the league Middlewich.
Grant Whittaker with 7-23 and Siyan Siraj with 2-22 blew the visitors away for just 79. In reply Jamal Benzafar led the way with 27 not out as the 2s coasted home inside 19 overs.
On Sunday the 3rd XI had to settle for a draw at Cheadle, but remain top of the premier division after securing 14 points. Thirteen year old Mohammed Rizvi played with maturity beyond his years as he hit a patient 59 not out as Sale were bowled out for 202 off the last ball of the final over.
Sale took wickets at regular intervals, but couldn’t dislodge veteran Rocky Kapoor as Cheadle closed on 143-8.
Sale 4th XI had a comfortable win at home to Wilmslow to stay in 2nd place in division three east. Ian Habershon took 5-32 and Joe Wicks 3-23 as Wilmslow were bowled out for 113.
Sale reached their target for the loss of two wickets after tea, with Jay Jayoraman (32) and Chris Smith (38 not out) top scoring.
Earlier in the week Sale Silverback’s over 40s match at home to Bowdon Vale went down to the final ball. Mark Almond hit 30 retired as Sale posted 116-8.
Mark Rowe took 3-35 in reply, but couldn’t prevent second placed Vale securing the win.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks finish their season at Urmston. On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Marple to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Alvanley. On Sunday the 3rd XI host second placed Didsbury and the 4th XI travel to Heaton Mersey.
U11s 93-4 (20 overs) beat Heaton Mersey 76-7 (20)
The u11s won their final home game of the season on Sunday beating a strong Heaton Mersey team by 17 runs.
Playing on the artificial wicket following the overnight downpours Sale, batting first, lost Rahul early on but then some great partnerships between Arthur (10), Louis (26 retired), Ben H (26 retired) and Dattu (13) took Sale to a respectable 93/4 from their 20 overs against a very consistent bowling attack.
With another tight performance in the field and some excellent bowling, victory never really looked in doubt with the Heaton Mersey batsmen never able to dominate the Sale bowling attack.
A great caught and bowled by Krish followed by some fantastic strike bowling in the final six overs by Rahul (2-2), Arthur (2-14) & Ben H (2-5) saw Sale run out comfortable winners.
The full scoresheets can be found here.