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1st XI Back to Winning Ways

1st XI Back to Winning Ways
Sale 1st XI got back to winning ways in a low scoring encounter at Bollington on Saturday.  Sale recovered from 59-6 to record a 38 run win in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League.
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bat first on a bowler friendly wicket and soon found themselves in trouble at 19-3.
Tyrone Lawrence (28) and Keith Wellings (14) added 43 for the fourth wicket to steady the Sale innings, before the loss of 3 wickets for 3 runs left Sale on the brink at 59-6.
Ryan Burgess (45) and Ben Watkins (pictured above by George Franks, 36) then put together what would be the match winning partnership, adding 84 for the 7th wicket.  Both fell in the search for quick runs in the closing overs as Sale closed on 144-8.
In reply the home team found scoring equally difficult as Lawrence took two early wickets.
Jack Ward added 29, but as in the first innings 3 wickets fell for 3 runs to reduce Bollington to 47-5.  Rich Adams took all 3 in a fine spell of 3-22.
Lawrence took two more wickets to take the score to 81-7, finishing with 4-39.  Leg-spinner Rick Halkon then mopped up the tail with 3-26 as Bollington were bowled out for 106 in the 38th over.
Sale 2nd XI suffered an agonising defeat by just 3 runs at home to Warrington on Saturday.
Sale asked the visitors to bat first, dismissing them for 207 in the final over, Gareth Watterson and Siyan Siraj both taking 4 wickets apiece.
In reply Sale looked well set for victory only to be bowled out for 204 with 7 overs to go.  Watterson completed a fine all round performance with 56, Matt Wilson 40 and Siraj 39.
On Sunday Sale 3rd XI lost a high scoring game at Marple.  The home side batted first, declaring on 266-5 in the 42nd over, Viraj Sorathia and Ian Habershon taking 2 wickets each.
In reply Sale recovered from 19-5 thanks to a 131 run partnership for the 6th wicket between Sandeep Yadala (66) and Asad Khan. Khan was 9th man out for 88 with the score on 193, soon after Sale were dismissed for 204.
Sale 4th XI were bowled out for 90 at home to Urmston, who went on to win by 8 wickets.
Earlier in the week the Sliverbacks, our over 40s side, narrowly lost to Whalley Range.  Sale posted a below par 105, thanks to a late order 24 not out from Tris Brodbeck.
Asad Khan and Mark Almond took two wickets each as Sale looked to restrict the visitors, only for Manni (21) and Hasan (28) to see them home off the last ball.
On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Stockport to Dane Road and the 2nd XI make the short trip to Brooklands.  On Sunday the 3rd XI host Nantwich and the 4th XI travel to Disley.
Sale U13 Eagles (99-6) defeated Didsbury Bulls (96-8)
For the second time this season, the Eagles went to the wire with a match decided by the final ball of the game. And for the second time, the Eagles prevailed.
Batting first, Callum Ross gave the innings momentum with a powerful 31* (retired). James Dodds cruised to 30* - his sixth retirement in all junior fixtures this season. Jack Brassell shored up the tail with 16*.
Didsbury’s innings stuttered to 25-4 as seamers Arnav Kamble, Harvey Devenport and Theo Brodbeck took early wickets. The visitors’ middle-order rallied around a fine 30* (retired) from Ben Renison. But with Callum Ross, mixing spin with seam, taking 2-3 (and benefiting from a fine catch by Ben Thomas), Sale seemed in control.  Didsbury’s lower order hit out and the pressure began to show on Sale’s bowlers. The critical moment came when Aidan Bridle picked up a wicket with the last ball of the 19th over. Arnav returned to defend eight off the final over and secure the victory.
Sale u13 Falcons 89/7 (20 overs) lost to Lindow Greens 95 all out (18.2 overs)
The Falcons agonisingly lost a close game by just 6 runs away to Lindow Greens on Friday 15th June.
With the hosts winning the toss and electing to bat both teams made a steady start, the Falcons taking early wickets through Ben H and Alex after which Lindow consolidated somewhat and started to put runs on the board.
Sale’s performance in the field was excellent with 4 run outs and 3 good catches restricting Lindow to 95, the second time in 2 weeks that they had bowled the opposition out within their 20 overs.
Ben A, Krish, Josh and Dylan were the other bowlers amongst the wickets, the latter one of two u11s making their first appearance for the u13s (the other being Herbie who also bowled incredibly well).
Chasing what was a very achievable target the Falcons stayed in contention throughout their innings only to fall 6 runs short. Special mentions for Tanay for opening and batting through the majority of the Sale innings, Ben A and Ben H for contributing runs and Josh, Krish and Herbie for nearly getting the Falcons over the line in the last few overs.
Sale's under 11 hardball were in action on Thursday night with a cup match against Wythenshawe at home.
Sale won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Brayden Ross and Herbie Brodbeck made a flying start and the run rate quickly reached double figures. Brayden reached 27 off just 15 balls becoming one of four players to reach the 25 mark for the first time. James Newhill joined Herbie at the crease and the run rate continued to escalate with a flurry of boundaries and quick singles.
Herbie (26 not out) and James (28 not out) soon made way for Dylan Parekh and Tejas Khot who punished short and wide balls on both sides of the wicket. Both batsmen reached the magical 25 mark, Dylan emulating James by reaching his with a six.
Amy Seddon (19 not out) and Roan Gardner (10 not out) ended the 20 overs in style, both hitting their highest scores, as Sale closed on an imposing total of 227-2 in their 20 overs.
With an opportunity to open with the young and inexperienced bowlers, Hector Bridle made the breakthrough for Sale in the fifth over of Wythenshawe's reply. Herbie capped a fine all round performance with a run out, catch and wicket as the visitors lost wickets steadily throughout the innings.
Amy produced a rapid spell of bowling, finishing with 2 for 3 in her 2 overs. Runs dried up in the later overs as the experienced bowlers Brayden, Tejas, Dylan and James brought the innings to a close on 56 for 8.
A game played in good spirit and with a late finish but Sale secured a semi final spot at Whalley Range to be played next week.
Ironically, Sale travelled to Whalley Range for a league game on Sunday. Despite recent rain having slowed the oufield, Sale elected to bat first again upon winning the toss.
A steady start from Tejas Khot and Brayden Ross saw the visitors reach 33 in the ninth over before the first wicket fell. Scoring was difficult on a slow wicket but Ben Cleary accelerated with two powerful pull shots. James Newhill (25 retired not out) managed to find the acceleration required to enable Sale to set a par total of 90 for 6 in their 20 overs.
In reply, James removed opening batsman Jacob Ranson early on but Whalley Range looked in track reaching 43 for one at the halfway mark. The bowling in the second half of the innings proved decisive for Sale. Tejas and Dylan Parekh turned in tight spells of spin bowling. Needing 17 to win in the last 2 overs, Amy Seddon bowled a superb 19th over and Brayden Ross once again delivered a tidy final over in a pressurised situation to ensure Sale triumphed by 8 runs.
The under 11's return to Whalley Range for the cup semi final next week.
Sale Squirrels U9s faced 2 tough back-to-back games last week, one against Wythenshawe, and the other the next day against Cheadle in the cup.
Sale fielded first in their game against Wythenshawe, but struggled to contain the opposition who quickly progressed to 241 midway through their innings.  However, Sale regained control thanks to some excellent bowling and fielding (including a truly stunning catch by Noah Adams), with wickets being shared among Kavya Panchal, Noah Adams, Eoghan Walker, Xander Beaumont, and 2 for Eva Beaumont, leaving a target of 250 to chase down.  Sale started their innings strongly, with James Wareing in particularly fine form, scoring 23 runs, ably assisted by Drew Akers Hart. Tom Fenton, Kavya, Eoghan and Noah then kept the scoreboard ticking along leaving Sale needing just 3 runs in the last 4 overs to win.  Things looked fine, until a couple of quick wickets fell, leaving the scores tied with 2 balls remaining.  Honorary Squirrels Eva and Xander Beaumont held their nerve though, picking up the much needed single, and surviving without further loss, to guide Sale to an emphatic 1-run victory at the end.
The next day Sale were at home in the Cup against Cheadle.  They lost the toss, but from then on everything went Sale’s way.  Once again James Wareing and Drew Akers Hart set the tone with their batting, scoring 42 in the first 4 overs, including 6 boundaries and a hugely impressive 6 by Drew.  From then on Sale cruised to an excellent 274, including some notable big hitting by Sam Parish, Eoghan Walker and honorary Squirrel Jess Parish.  Sale continued in the same vein with their bowling, with a notable contribution by Kavish Gupta, taking a wicket on his debut for the Squirrels, and helping to keep the opening pair to just 14 runs after their 4 overs.  From that point wickets fell to Drew, Sam, Jess and Kavya Panchal, resulting in Cheadle finishing their innings on 260, 14 runs short of Sale’s total.  That means Sale Squirrels have now won 4 games in a row and progress to the next round in the cup.  Thanks to everyone involved in what has been an excellent season so far for the Squirrels.
Sale Sparks (303) beat Didsbury (290) by 13 runs
The Sparks continued their recent run of good form with a very close win at home to Didsbury.  Sale batted first, and Amy Seddon and Molly Saunders got the team off to the usual flying start with a quickfire partnership of 37.  Lucy Dodds and Gracie Burt kept the scoreboard ticking over and completed their overs without conceding any wickets.  The remaining two pairs of Eva Beaumont and Lizzie Mansfield, and Isabelle Beaumont and Jess Parish, maintained the team average of 20 runs or more per partnership to see Sale past 300 runs.
Taking to the field, Amy and Molly bowled an exceptional spell, with Amy securing two maidens and a wicket, and Molly conceding only 5 runs.  In terms of wickets, the next pair of Lucy and Lizzie had the greatest success, with Lucy bagging 3 wickets including an outstanding caught-and-bowled, and Lizzie 2 wickets.  Didsbury fought back against Eva and Gracie but they maintained Sparks’ strong lead going into the final pair.  Isabelle and Jess saw the team home against another strong batting pair.
Sale u13 Falcons 39/1 (10 overs) beat Hale Barns 37 all out (10.2)
All the hard work and commitment put in by the Falcons so far this season finally paid off as they demolished Hale Barns u13s on Friday night, the team that narrowly knocked them out of the Cup two weeks earlier.Losing the toss on a glorious evening the Falcons were asked to bowl as the visitors batted first. Sale hit the ground running taking quick wickets that saw the visitors reduced to 19/5 and finally 37 all out in just 10.2 overs. With the wicket turning, Krish (1.2-0-1-3), Ben A (2-1-6-2) and Naman (2-1-4-2) were the pick of the bowlers taking 7 wickets between them. Ben H, Gautham and a run out by Shantnu accounting for the others.
The Falcons reached their target in 10 overs showing great discipline to knock off the required runs against some accurate bowling for the loss of just one wicket. Nathan finishing unbeaten having opened, seeing off the opening bowlers and Arthur with a solid 23no, guiding the Falcons to victory.
Overall, a fantastic team performance by the Falcons that had been coming for the past few weeks. Well done!
The scorecards can be found here.

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