23 April 2018
Sale Cricket Club 1st XI kicked off a new season in the Vivio Cheshire County League with a comfortable win at bogey team Davenham thanks to an unbeaten century from Tyrone Lawrence (pictured above by George Franks). Lawrence made an immediate impact on his return to Sale following a season at Timperley in this opening division one encounter.
Search sponsored Sale won the toss and asked the home side to bat first against their most successful combination of recent seasons, Lawrence opening up with Rick Halkon, himself returning from a 2-year sabbatical.
They made the breakthrough as Davenham were reduced to 34-2. Ben Gough and Sam Hunt then looked to be putting the home side in a strong position as they reached 131-2 at drinks.
In an old cricketing cliché the drinks interval brought the breakthrough as Hunt (43) and Gough (71) both fell to first change bowlers Rich Adams and Ben King without adding to the score.
Sale then took control as the remaining 6 wickets fell for just 48 runs as the hosts were dismissed for 179 in the 42nd over. Halkon returning to claim 4-40, supported by Adams (2-28) and Ben Watkins (2-15).
Despite the early loss of new signing Matt Wilson for 4, Sale looked in complete control after tea. Greg Gyves and Lawrence reaching 95-1 at the drinks interval.
Sale also lost a wicket shortly after drinks as Gyves fell for 35, but there was no collapse in the second inning as Lawrence and Mat Spells saw the visitors to their target in the 47th over.
This allowed Lawrence to mark his return with a century, finishing on 106 not out, Spells adding an unbeaten 24.
Sale 2nd XI had to settle for a draw in their opening game at home to Tattenhall.
New skipper Jamal Benzafar won the toss as Sale dominated the early exchanges, restricting the visitors to 25-3 off 18 overs.
Dane Tinsley and Matt Spann then added 89 in even time to put the visitors on top, before the extra pace of Mal Clarke in his second spell made the vital breakthroughs. Clarke finished with 4-33, well supported by Siyan Siraj (3-12) as Tattenhall closed on 176-9.
Sale were disappointed not to reach their target as a number of batsmen made good starts including openers Benzafar (28) and Viraj Sorathia (31).
Sam Battersby, with a well-crafted 52, held the inning together, but when he fell Sale were forced to bat out for a draw 18 runs short of their target.
Sale 3rd XI also got off to a winning start, beating Urmston by 49 runs in their T20 cup match against Urmston on Sunday.
Sale’s trio of talented youngsters led the way as Sale posted a formidable 162-8, Mohammad Rizvi top scored with 42, well supported by Dan Newton (36) and Viraj Sorathia (25).
In reply Urmston were always behind the required rate, reaching 113-4 off their 20 overs. Sohail Bahaduri taking 2-13 on debut.
Next week the 1st XI welcome former premier league champions Hyde to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Bramhall. On Sunday the 3rd XI play a 20/20 cup fixture at Hale Barns.
The full scorecards can be found here.