27 August 2018
Sale 2nd XI beat struggling Widnes at Dane Road on Saturday to all but confirm a top half finish in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League. Sale completed a comfortable 7 wicket victory thanks to another fine all round performance from Dan Newton (pictured above by George Franks).
Search sponsored Sale got off the perfect start after winning the toss and electing to field as Newton removed danger men Andy Kirby and Ben Hewitt for ducks.
Father and son Tim and James Wearden top scored with 33 and 32 respectively but Widnes had no answer to Newton who finished with remarkable figures of 5 wickets for 10 runs off 8 overs.
Veteran Mark Almond on a rare appearance and Gareth Watterson on the comeback from injury both took two wickets as the visitors were dismissed for 108 in 42 overs.
Sale made short work of their reply after tea. Skipper Jamal Benzafar top scored with 45 at the top of the order, well supported by Viraj Sorathia (27).
After the loss of 3 wickets it was left to Newton to see Sale to their target with a breezy 30 not out as the home tea coasted home in the 25th over.
The reverse fixture at Widnes was played in an attacking manner after the delayed start meant both sides were guaranteed 7 points no matter the result.
Unfortunately the home team came off the better as the racked up 178-5 off 27 overs despite two early wickets for Sale. Tyrone Lawrence and Isaac Brooks both picking up two wickets.
In reply Sale had a free hit at the target, but only Chris Canning got to terms with the chase hitting 41 off 44 balls as Sale were bowled out for 92.
On Sunday both fixtures fell victim to the weather, the 4th XI at home to Disley 3s and the 3rd XI at Nantwich we’re both cancelled.
Sale's under 11 hardball team were invited to provide opposition in a 30 over game as part of a week-long cricket camp at Didsbury CC. Complete with free hits for no balls above waist height the aim was to give players experience in some of the features of one day cricket they hadn't seen in junior matches so far in their careers.
After a morning deluge the game was played on Didsbury's artificial strip. In overcast conditions Sale were asked to bat first. On a slow outfield runs were elusive but with no balls and wides counting double the scoreboard began to tick over. The highlight of Sale's innings was a third wicket partnership between Dylan Parekh and Tom Brassell which lasted over 20 overs. Both players showed impressive skills and played few loose shots between them, showing how to construct an innings. Remarkably Sale were 125-2 with just 3 overs remaining. A quick flurry of runs and wickets ensured a total of 147-6 was achieved of which extras reached the half century mark.
What followed was a devastating performance by Sale's bowling attack. James Newhill and Tom Brassell put the Didsbury batsmen under severe pressure. James clean bowling Liam first ball and repeating the feat in his second over. Already 1 for 2 after 4 overs, Sale put in a sensational period reducing the home side to 10 for 7 in 10 overs. Zenen, Brayden, Tejas and Thomas K all collecting wickets. Eventually Didsbury reached 45 all out in 17 overs with only 5 wides and no balls conceded by Sale's impressive bowlers. As a result of the early finish it was suggested that the home team continue to bat for the full 30 overs to provide more bowling and batting opportunities. Didsbury's opening batsmen showed a great range of shots second time around confirming the importance of dismissing them early. Didsbury finished short of Sale's total after the full allocation of overs but a tight pressurised finish was created which was great experience for all the players involved.
All in all it was a friendly game played in a great atmosphere, and Sale's terrific team spirit and highly skilled performance was very encouraging for the future.
The full scorecards can be found here.