Rickelton Shows Class as Sale Record Full house Weekend

Rickelton Shows Class as Sale Record Full house Weekend
Middlewich 110 all out (48.3 overs)
Sale 111-6 (37.5 overs)
Sale win by 4 wickets
Sale Cricket Club 1st XI secured a double victory over Middlewich at the weekend.  On Saturday they completed a 4-wicket victory to maintain their lead at the top of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League division 1, and on Sunday they progressed to the next round of the Cheshire Cup with a 128 run win.  Success for both the 2nd and 3rd XI’s made it a full house of wins for the senior teams over the weekend.
The Search sponsored side made short work of their first trip to Middlewich.  The home side chose to bat first despite overnight rain and had no response to the accuracy of Tyrone Lawrence and Rick Halkon as they bowled unchanged to dismiss Middlewich for 110.
Middlewich were reduced to 55-7 at one point, before some late resistance from Kristian Clowes (51) got the score past 100.  Halkon knocked over the top order to finish with 5-51 and Lawrence cleaned up the tail as he finished with 5-56.
Sale looked to be cruising to victory as South Africa under-19 international Ryan Rickelton and Ian Dixon added 70 for the first wicket.  The loss of first Rickelton for 33 and then Dixon for 38 sparked a mini collapse as 6 wickets fell for 27 runs, before Keith Wellings and Ali Barrowman saw Sale to their target.
On Sunday Middlewich once again won the toss and this time asked Sale to bat first anticipating another low scoring game.  Having got a start in his first innings for Sale the day before Rickelton was in no mood to miss out again, posting an unbeaten 122 that set Sale up for an imposing 253-6 in 45 overs.  Lawrence showed his form with the bat adding 51.
In reply Middlewich lost wickets at regular intervals, being bowled out for 125. Ali Barrowman took 4 wicket and Rob Grant 3 wickets to set up a trip to Oxton on 24th May.  The match was notable for the performances of promising youngsters Dan Osborne and Sam Battersby, both of whom held their own on 1st XI debut.
The 2nd XI got their first outright win of the season with a convincing win over their Middlewich counterparts.  Sale were asked to bat first and scored 199-6 in 44 overs, all the more remarkable given the wicket was offering some rare assistance to the bowlers following heavy overnight rain.  Rob Merga scored a brutal 88 not out and Siyan Siraj hit a well-judged 58 as a young Middlewich team had no answer to the home side.
The wickets were shared around after tea as Middlewich subsided to 86 all out, Rob Merga took 3 wickets, Robbie Squire and Joe Cannon claimed two apiece.
On Sunday the 3rd XI continued their good form as they chased down 219-6 set by visitors Hale Barns.  Adam Holland was the pick of the bowling for Sale with 3 wickets in another high scoring game at Dane Road.  In reply Mark Almond (60) and Captain Paul Battersby (75 not out) did the damage, as Sale won by 2 wickets in the last over.
The 1st XI host Didsbury in the T20 cup on Thursday followed by Cheadle Hulme in the league on Saturday.  The 2nd XI travel to Nantwich and the 3rd XI are at home to Marple 4th.
The Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, will be hoping for better weather on Wednesday as they welcome Urmston to Dane Road, after their first match of the season was cancelled last week.
Our under 15 girls team made a winning start to their season, defeating Hayfield by 20 runs. Strong performances from Georgie Gill (25), Joely Brooks (17) and Hollie Jenkinson (4-7).
The growth of girls cricket is a major theme at Sale this year. We have Manchester University player, Abi Bates, running girls training on Monday nights. As well as the under 15 team, there will be playing opportunities in Trafford teams run with neighbouring clubs, the Trafford Women's team and in our South Manchester Junior Cricket league teams. If you know any girls, from age 7 upwards, who would like to give cricket a go, please put them in touch with us. 
The under 14s were knocked out of the cup at Hale Barns, despite 38 from Sam Battersby. Sam's junior form shows the benefit of playing senior cricket - he appeared for the 1st XI at the weekend. Players in year 8 and above are eligible to play senior matches. 
The fur will fly on Friday. The Squirrels take on the Badgers in a contest between our two under 9 teams. Do come along and watch the action. The under 13 Eagles are hosting Didsbury at the same time.
The full scorecards can be found here.

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