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1st XI Well Beaten at Leaders Hyde

1st XI Well Beaten at Leaders Hyde
Sale 1st XI lost to Vivio Cheshire County League division one leaders Hyde on Saturday.  Hyde dominated the encounter and won by 8 wickets.
Sale won the toss, but got off to a bad start as they slumped to 13-3.  Tyrone Lawrence (pictured above by George Franks) started to rebuild the innings, adding 70 for the 4th wicket with Matt Wilson.
Lawrence fell for 40 when looking in good touch.  Wilson then added another 24 with Ryan Burgess before he fell for 43.
Burgess smashed a quick-fire 29 and Chris Canning added 19 as Sale were bowled out for 159 in the 41st over.
Sale’s total was unlikely to be enough against the league leaders on one of the smaller grounds in county, and so it proved.  Greg Gyves and Isaac Brooks were the wicket takers as the home side coasted home for the loss of 2 wickets inside 27 overs.
Sale 2nd XI played out a draw with high flying Bramhall.  The visitors posted 229-6 after being asked to bat first, Dan Newton taking 3-67.
Sale made a good reply, but couldn’t keep up with the required rate, closing on 178-6.  Newton showing his all-round qualities with 61 not out and Viraj Sorathia 36. 
Sale 3rd XI posted a competitive 213 at Hyde on Sunday, Dan Newton building on his recent return to form with 64 and Gareth Watterson hitting 44.
James Dodds took 3-38 as Hyde reached their target for the loss of 6 wickets in the 36th over.
Sale 4th XI lost to Bowdon 3s after posting 135-5, father and son openers Tris and Theo Brodbeck the leaders scorers with 54 and 23 respectively.
Bowdon made short work of their reply, reaching their target in the 21st over, Ivan Flitcroft taking 2-17.
On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Barrow to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Stockport Georgians.  On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Grappenhall and the 4th XI host Woodley.
Sale Squirrels U9s went into their quarter-final cup match against Lindow full of optimism, on the back of 5 successive victories.  Unfortunately that optimism didn’t apply to the weather, which looked like it was going to put a literal damper on proceedings, with an almighty downpour just before the game was about to start.  However, despite occasional rolls of thunder in the distance, it was decided the game would go ahead, and most of the Sale team were drenched anyway after deciding they needed to do some pre-match laps of the pitch in the pouring rain.  Captain Drew Akers Hart won the toss and elected to bowl first.  Drew and Jacob Cleary started in good fashion, with Drew taking a wicket in his first over.  Sale’s bowlers carried on in similar vein throughout, with special mention going to star bowler Freddie Elliott, taking 2 wickets for only 6 runs, and Jonty Rawson taking a wicket in his first game for the Squirrels.  However, Lindow’s batters were not to be cowed, and they battled manfully on in an epic tussle of bat and ball, ending on an impressive 291 runs.
Sale knew they had to bat at the top of their game to complete the run chase, but it wasn’t to be.  Some devastating bowling from Lindow’s opening pair limited Drew and Jacob to just 8 runs, taking an unprecedented 5 wickets in the first 4 overs.  Sadly Sale never recovered as their hopes, like the pitch, deteriorated in front of their eyes.  Special mention though should go to Will Hocking and Tom Fenton who were the only pair not to lose a wicket, and to Jonty Rawson for standing up to some fearsome bowling in his first ever innings for Sale.  James Wareing tried to mount a response, scoring an impressive 10 at the death, including two excellent 4s, but to no avail.  Much like England, Sale crashed out the cup to soon, but the young squad leave with their heads held high.
The full scorecards can be found here.

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