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Heavy Defeat at Oxton

Heavy Defeat at Oxton
Sale 1st XI suffered a heavy defeat in a rain affected game at Oxton on Saturday. The home side posted 192-4 off 36 overs, Tyrone Lawrence taking 2-21.
In reply Sale were bowled out for 90, Sam Battersby (pictured above by George Franks) top scoring with an unbeaten 25.
The 2nd XI won a low scoring match against Oxton at Dane Road. Rob Merga marked his return to Sale colours with 3-39 and Gareth Watterson took 3-27 as the visitors were bowled out for 89 in the 43rd over.
In reply Sale made hard work of the chase losing 7 wickets in pursuit of the target. Siyan Siraj hit 23 and Moh Rizvi finished unbeaten on 23.
The 3rd XI picked up 10 points from a high scoring defeat at Cheadle on Sunday.
Ian Harbershon top scored with 83, Krish Sambasivan hit 41 and Moh Rizvi hit 39 as Sale posted 238-7.
Habershon took 3-34 and Owais Khan 2-77 as Cheadle reached their target in the final over.
Earlier in the week The Silverbacks beat their bogey team Bowdon Vale.  Mark Rowe hit 34 retired and Mark Almond 27 and the Silverbacks posted 129-5.
Paul Hanraham took 3-11 and Ian Holland 2-30 as Bowdon Vale were restricted to 102-7.
Sale u13 Falcons 90/5 (20 overs) lost to Bowdon u13s 120/4 (20 overs)
A late change of venue from Bowdon to Mere CC saw Sale Falcons fly down the A50 to fulfill their match against Bowdon last Friday evening.
With the late venue change reducing Sale to 10 players, the Falcons took to the field as the hosts won the toss and elected to bat first. A flurry of big hitting by one of the Bowdon openers saw the hosts make a positive start. Accurate bowling by Josh (2 overs for 4 runs) and Will (3 overs, 1 wicket for 8 runs, including a wicket maiden) surpressed the run rate before Nathan picked up two wickets with the help of Ben A taking a good catch and stumping. The other wicket fell to a superb piece of fielding by Arthur with a direct hit run out from the covers.
Chasing 120 on a dark and murky evening was never going to be easy but Sale batted extremely well against a decent bowling attack. Solid contributions from Dattu (31 retired), Ben A with some lovely back foot shots and Ben H saw Sale bat out their 20 overs albeit finishing 30 runs short.Another improved performance by the Falcons with both bat and ball in a game in which the team conducted themselves superbly.
Sale u15’s – 73 all out, 19 overs, Lindow u15’s – 74 / 2, 12 overs
Sale u15’s had a challenging day against a strong Lindow team. Batting first, wickets fell regularly against quick and accurate bowling. James Dodds opened the innings and top scored with an accomplished 28. Suleimann Khan (12), Zeeshan Khan (6) and Dan Gray (6) also made contributions with the bat.
Defending a small total was a difficult task for the Sale team but they acquitted themselves well, with fine fielding for the duration and determination to make Lindow work for every run. The pick of the bowlers was Arnav Kamble who deservedly picked up two wickets for a fine spell of accurate bowling, including one perfect delivery which took the top of off-stump. Ghani, making his first appearance for the club, showed great promise and bowled three fast overs.  
This was a good learning experience for the team, all of whom batted and most of whom had the chance to bowl.
Sale U13 (45 all out) lost to Bowdon (46-2)
Sale’s County Cup run was halted by a strong Bowdon bowling attack. Only James Dodds acquitted himself, with a battling 22, as seven players recorded ducks. Sale responded well in the field. Accurate bowling from Harvey Devenport, Arnav Kamble, Theo Brodbeck, Sam Moss, Jared Moran and Zeeshan Khan was supported by tight fielding, with Ivan Flitcroft providing the highlight with a fine catch in the deep.
Sale U13 Eagles (103 all out) lost to Lindow Gold (184-1)
Powerful batting by league-leaders Lindow saw the home team rack up the runs against the Eagles. Of the bowlers, Theo Brodbeck emerged with most credit, taking 1-14 from 3 overs. Ivan Flitcroft impressed again in the field.
Facing an imposing target, the Eagles batted positively. Callum Ross made 19, including a well-struck 6; James Dodds hit a rapid 29 and Harvey Devenport was left undefeated on 13.
Sale u13s Falcons 98/5 (20 overs) lost to Timperley u13s 144/8 (20 overs)
The Falcons undertook the short trip to Timperley last Friday to play their final match of the initial group stages of the u13 league.
Deciding to bat first Timperley benefitted from some uncharacteristic casual fielding from the Falcons as well as some inconsistent bowling to post an imposing 144/8. That said, Sale took six great catches with Ben A, Dattu & Nathan taking two each. Nathan (2 overs, 3 for 12) and Krish (2 overs, 2 for 8) being the pick of the Falcons attack that took 8 wickets.
It was always going to be a big ask getting anywhere near the target against an older opposition attack who gave very little away. However, a series of lovely shots from Ben A in his powerful 26 supported by accomplished knocks from Arthur, Ben H & Dattu took Sale to 98/5 from their 20 overs.
Once again as a younger age side in the u13 league it was a game that the Falcons can learn a lot from and take forward into the second half of the season.
Sale u15’s; 83/6; 20 overs, Ashely u15’s; 84/3; 13 overs
A young Sale u15’s side put up a spirited display against a strong Ashley u15’s unit. Winning the toss, captain Nick O’Leary elected to bat first. Jared Moran made a patient 14 runs, supported well towards the end of the innings by some inventive batting by Jack Brassell (19 n.o) and strong hitting from Adam Downes (18).
Defending a small total on a fast outfield was always going to be a difficult task but Sale were sharp in the field. Dan Gray opened the bowling and generated real pace. Ben Habershon deservedly took a wicket, clean bowling their opener with a beautiful inswinging delivery. Arjun Jay’s accurate spell resulted in a wicket too. However, Ashley’s middle order blasted their way to a comfortable victory.
Sale's under 11 hardball team started the second phase of their season as they were allocated in group 2 with Timperley, Urmston, Whalley Range and Ashton on Mersey. Having won away at Timperley last week in the cup the under 11's returned to Timperley for a league game. In comparison to last week's nailbiting finish Sale were in control of this game from the moment they were invited to bat first by the home side. Sale's total of 104 for four (20 overs) was based upon two solid partnerships. James Newhill and Dylan Parekh put on an opening stand of 58 in 9 overs which ended when James retired on 28. Dylan was run out shortly afterwards for 14, but Herbie Brodbeck and Thomas Kennedy kept the scoreboard ticking over with a series of quick singles which saw the visitors past three figures.
Chasing a target of 105, Timperley found the going tough. Brayden Ross and Herbie conceded only 12 runs in the opening four overs, backed up by some tidy fielding and an early stumping and run out. Timperley came into contention as the run rate improved, before Zenen Bilyk (2 for 6 in his 2 overs) and Hector Bridle (1 for 7 in 2 overs) put the game beyond the reach of the home side. Finishing on 72 for five, Sale u11's completed a 32 run victory, particularly satisfying as Sale could only raise 10 players for the game due to holidays. This was the u11 hardball team's third consecutive victory after two narrow losses in early May. Great strides are being made in all aspects of the game and the team spirit is second to none.
The Sale Squirrels U9 team had their best performance of the season so far away at Timperley last week.  Timperley won the toss and elected to bat first – perhaps in retrospect a mistake, as it allowed Sale’s finely-honed bowling unit to swing into action and set the tone for the rest of the game.  Hugely impressive bowling by stalwarts Jacob Cleary and James Wareing opened proceedings, taking 5 wickets between them in the opening 4 overs.  Timperley never recovered, as Sale’s excellent bowling continued with 2 further wickets taken by both Freddie Elliott and Harsimar Rekhi, and a wicket each by Will Hocking and Eoghan Walker.  At the end of their innings Timperley finished on 265 for 11 – a highly achievable target for Sale’s big hitters.
James and Jacob opened the batting for Sale, and again set the tone for the rest of the innings, with James in particular in fine form, scoring 33 runs, including 5 fours, to leave Sale on 246 after 4 overs.  It was then something of a formality as Sale overtook Timperley’s score around the 10th over, with notable contributions from Sam Parish (10 runs, including an impressive four) and Noah Adams (12 runs, including an impressive four and an even more impressive five!).  Sale closed out their innings on 296, marking a hugely impressive all-round performance, and a very well-deserved second victory in a row.
The full scorecards can be found here.

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