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1st XI Held to Draw at Barrow

1st XI Held to Draw at Barrow
Sale Cricket Club 1st XI just came up short on their first visit to league newcomers Barrow on Saturday. Sale had to settle for a draw in their Vivio Cheshire County League division one match after falling 10 runs short of their target.
Search sponsored Sale elected to bowl first on the warmest day of the season so far, but soon found it hard going as Barrow made a confident start, Iroshan De Silva and Alex Reid adding 110 for the first wicket.
Matt Wilson made the breakthrough as De Silva was stumped for 38. Reid then added a further 50 for the second wicket with Chris Woodcock.
Reid was the second and final wicket to fall to a smart return catch from Andy Millward on his return to the 1st XI. Woodcock (45 not out) and Steve Ogilby (27 not out) took Barrow to 221-2.
After tea Sale were always in the chase as Mat Spells anchored the innings with a patent 73 not out at number 4, but a success of batsmen made starts but failed to build a winning partnership.
Greg Gyves started well with 32 at the top of the order and Tyrone Lawrence added 27, but it was left to Andy Millward (19 not out) to try to force the win with Spells. Together they added 42 for the 8th wicket, but couldn’t reach the target closing on 211-7.
The 2nd XI also drew on Saturday, although the prospect of winning against fellow promoted side Stockport Georgians never looked likely.
Gareth Watterson (pictured above by George Franks) and Moh Rizvi both took 2 wickets as the visitors posted a competitive 215-7 off 50 overs.
Captain Jamal Benzafar got Sale off to a blistering start with 33 off 26 balls, but after he was out  only Dan Newton with a patent 28 got to grips with the situation as the home side fell behind the required rate.
New signing Sandeep Yadala secured an extra bonus point with a brisk 46 towards the end as Sale closed on 149-8.
The 3rd XI started their league campaign at home to Alderley Edge on Sunday, included in the Edge team was former England captain Michael Vaughan and his son Archie.
Sale batted first and got off to a bad start with only Arshad Muhammad (20) in the top 7 making double figures.  Skipper Abas Rizvi then blasted 76 before Vaughan senior come on to wrap up the innings on 151.
Sale bowled tightly in the 2nd innings, but the target was always going to be short as the visitors got home by 4 wickets, Abas Rizvi (3-43) and Isaac Brooks (2-20) were the pick of the bowling.
The 3rd XI soon got back to winning ways on Monday, beating Hyde to progress to the knock-out stages of the cup. The visitors posted 128-3 in 20 overs.
Sale got home with 3 balls to spare, Soans Praveen finishing unbeaten on 44, with early support from Abas Rizvi (36) and Viraj Sorathia (25).
The 4th lost at Woodford 3s in their first match of the season on Sunday.
Earlier the week Sale Silverbacks, lost a close encounter at Brooklands in the over 40s competition. Paul Hanrahan took 3-15 as Brooklands posted 88. In reply only Asad Khan (16) and Mark Almond (18) reached double figures as Sale finished 10 runs short. The match was notable for a spectacular one handed catch from new Silverbacks skipper Rob Moore.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks entertain Cheadle Hulme.  On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Upton to Dane road and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Hyde and the 4th XI have a blank week.
Monday 30th April away at Ashton On Mersey
Sale cc u9 Badgers Beat Ashton On Mersey 234 v 224
With Eva as captain for our first game of the season she called heads correctly winning the toss and put Ashton into bat. A fine bowling performance followed with 6 wickets falling – 3 for Charlie, 2 for Eva and 1 for Hallam and backed up by impressive fielding from Xander (great wicket keeping), Atharva, Luke and Hallam who took a spectacular diving catch.
Batting was hard work to start with but Matthew and Isaac dug in against a tough Ashton bowling attack keeping Sale up with the run rate. As the middle order took strike 2 boundaries from Joseph (who top scored with 11) meant that in the end Sale Badgers were to run out winners. A great start to the season in our first match
Sale Sparks (284) beat Heaton Mersey (276) by 8 runs
The Sparks made it two wins out of two in the U13 Girls competition, with a tight encounter in challenging conditions.  Isabelle Beaumont was captain for the day and, having won the toss, elected to bat.  Our first pair, Amy Seddon and Molly Saunders, got the team off to a flying start.  With clear calling, excellent backing up and no hesitation, they put pressure on the fielding team by running pretty much every delivery.  Jessica Parish and Isabelle followed with some calm, confident play, regularly rotating the strike in a partnership of 17.
Lucy Dodds and Gracie Burt kept the scoreboard moving, with some quick singles and a lovely 4 from Lucy over Point.  Gracie connected well with one shot, but was unfortunate to see it go straight back to the bowler for a catch.  Elizabeth Mansfield and Eva Beaumont produced a strong scoring finish, with two more boundaries from Elizabeth, which were unfortunately cancelled out by two wickets conceded when chasing the ball.
As the second innings commenced, the wind had picked up so fighting that and the cold was no easy task for the Sparks’ bowlers.  Amy and Molly bowled first against Heaton Mersey’s two strongest players, but managed to peg them back, helped by two wickets in one over from Amy.  Isabelle bowled fast and Jessica very accurately to slow their scoring further.  Jess hit the stumps but, ironically on a night when the bails kept blowing away, they didn’t budge on this occasion.
Heaton Mersey’s scoring accelerated with the third pair, as Gracie and Lucy struggled with their line in the wind.  They were unlucky, however, as in amongst these middle overs, the team were really close to securing a couple of run outs.  As the final pairing took to the field, we could tell the scores were close.  Eva struggled with her first over but improved with her second.  Going into the last over, a cry from the frozen parents on the boundary told us that Heaton Mersey needed three to win.  Having taken a wicket in her first over, Elizabeth bowled one and ran out another, and remained ice cool with her final two deliveries to see the Sparks home by 8 runs.
Both teams deserved their three cheers at the end for some good cricket, great teamwork and excellent attitude and encouragement throughout.
Monday 7th May Home v UrmstonSale CC u9 Badgers lost to Urmston 261 v 270
A close game that went all the way to the final over before Urmston, batting last, hit the winning runs. On a beautiful sunny evening Sale had Matthew, Xander and James find the boundary and star man James hit 4 boundaries with the sides top score of 17.
In reply Urmston found the early going difficult as Sale took 7 wickets (2 for Joseph and 1 for Lucy, Eva, Kiko, Gracie And James). However Urmston finished strongly and in the end their 8 boundaries (2 sixes and 6 fours) meant that they took the honours this time. Credit to all the players for a great effort.
Brooklands 95-7; Sale 66-8
After the first two fixtures were postponed by opposition, Sale's under 11's kicked off their season by hosting Brooklands on Sunday.
On a sweltering day Sale invited the visitors to bat first. After a careful start against new ball bowlers Thomas Brassell and James Newhill, Brooklands compiled a challenging total of 95-7 in 20 overs. Outstanding bowling from Dan Bradley and Hector Bridle and four run outs from direct hits were the highlights for Sale.
Sale lost three early wickets in reply before James Newhill and Luke Billinge looked to consolidate. Thomas Brassell followed up with some impressive batting but Brooklands restricted the hosts to a total of 66-8 in 20 overs. The difference between the sides may have been 25 extras conceded by the hosts but it a promising first game of the season for Sale's under 11's.
‚ÄčThe full scorecard can be found here.

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