14 August 2017
Sale’s 2nd and 3rd teams both secured important wins in their quests for silverware in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League over the weekend. The 2nd XI beat 3rd placed Ashton-on-Mersey to move to the top of division two and the 3rd XI secured their tenth win of the season at Hyde.
Sale asked nearest challengers Ashton-on-Mersey to bat first in their crucial 2nd XI clash at Dane Road. The visitors made a good start, reaching 136-2 and looking to set a challenging total.
The Sale bowlers then fought back, eventually restricting Ashton to a below par 181-8, Gareth Watterson, Grant Whittaker and Tom Riley all taking 2 wickets each.
The result never looked in doubt after tea, with opener Jamal Benzafar smashing 71 off just 72 balls to get Sale off to the perfect star. Benzafar was the third and final Sale wicket to fall with the score on 114.
Siyan Siraj (66 not out) and Abas Rizvi (26 not out) then saw Sale to their target with 8 overs in hand.
With news that league leaders Stockport Georgians had been rained off, Sale moved top of the league by 3 points and 42 points ahead of Alvanley, who leapfrogged Ashton into third place.
Sale 3rd XI closed in on the Sunday premier league title with their 10th win of the season at Hyde, a statistical rarity as Sale won despite failing to take a single Hyde wicket.
After being invited to bat first the home side posted 201-0, Luke Young finishing unbeaten on 103 and George Baker unbeaten on 83.
Sale skipper Abas Rizvi knew what he was doing on the small Hyde ground however as Sale reached their target in the final over. Rizvi himself scoring 69 at the top of the order (pictured above by George Franks) and young batsman Dan Newton finishing with an unbeaten 63 to see Sale home.
One more win from their final three games will probably be enough for Sale to be crowned Sunday champions.
Sale 1st XI had a day to forget at Urmston after the home side posted 258-4, Ali Barrowman and Jeremy McFarlane taking two wickets each.
Mat Spells top scored with 37 as Sale were bowled out for 130.
The 4th XI had no fixture this week.
On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Upton to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Lindow. On Sunday the 3rd XI host Grappenhall and the 4th XI visit Ashley.
The full scorecard can be found here.