17 September 2018
Sale 2nd XI rounded off their season with a barnstorming win against Bowdon to finish fourth in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League. Sale have been the form team in the second half of the season but couldn’t make up enough points to secure promotion.
Captain Jamal Benzafar started in typically aggressive fashion as Search sponsored Sale passed 50 in the 7th over after electing to bat first. Benzafar and Viraj Sorathia hit an opening stand of 134 to put Sale in control, Sorathia the first wicket to fall for 37.
Benzafar added 30 with Joe Cannon (23) for the 2nd wicket before he was bowled shortly after reaching his century for 101.
Siyan Siraj (pictured above by George Franks) then picked up the scoring rate as he blasted 68 in the final overs to set the visitors an imposing target of 279 to win for the loss of 9 wickets.
Bowdon were never really in the chase as Gareth Watterson took two early wickets and Siraj took 4 middle order wickets to reduce the visitors to 91-6.
The lower order showed some resistance as Sale rotated the bowling, before finally being bowled out for 153 in the 41st over. Siraj finished with 4-35 and Watterson 3-19.
Sale 1st XI suffered a disappointing loss in the reverse fixture to Bowdon, or more specifically the Ashling brothers who dominated the match. Pat hit 104 in Bowdon’s 200-8, with Sale’s leading bowler for the season Isaac Brooks taking 4-37.
After tea Sale had no response to the accuracy of former first class cricketer Chris, who took 6-47 as Sale subsided to 99 all out, Tyrone Lawrence top scoring with 39.
Sale ended an enjoyable season by achieving their objective of keep all teams in their respective divisions ahead of moving into a new purpose build clubhouse next season that will confirm Sale as one of the premier facilities in the county.
The full scorecards can be found here.