All-rounder Lawrence Keeps Sale Top

All-rounder Lawrence Keeps Sale Top
Davenham 172-9 (50)
Sale 175-8 (49)
Sale win by 2 Wickets
Sale 1st XI maintained top spot in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League thanks to a fine all round display from Tyrone Lawrence.  With all three chasing teams winning Sale produced a determined performance at strugglers Davenham to keep their lead to 8 points.
Davenham  produced a lively wicket and did well to post 172-9, thanks to 69 from skipper Mark Greaves.  Sale bowled accurately, with 7 clean bowled, an LBW and a stumping.  Lawrence once again led the attack for Sale with 4-44, supported by Rick Halkon (3-55) and Ali Barrowman (2-28).
In reply Sale were always up with the run rate as Lawrence and Keith Wellings (26) put together a good partnership for the third wicket.  However wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and when Lawrence went for 66, to one of three outfield catches for Greaves, Sale still had work to do.
Rob Greenhough (19) was once again on hand to marshal the lower order as Sale reached their target for an over and two wickets to spare, much to the relief of Sale Captain Chris Canning.
Sale 2nd XI produced a disappointing bowling display at home to Upton to lose by 10 wickets.  This overshadowed a fine performance from Rick Hampton on what is proving to be one of the best batting tracks in the league this season.
Hampton hit his first ever century for Sale, scoring 105.  Next best was young ‘keep-batsman Dan Osborne with 35.  However Sale’s total of 194-8 proved to be well short of par as Upton coasted home with 10 overs to spare.
Sale 3rd XI suffered a 6 wicket reverse at Cheadle on Sunday as the home side successfully chased down 153.
On Wednesday Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, maintained their lead at the top of the North East division with a 6 wicket victory over Bowdon.  Sale chased down Bowdon’s 89-7 with 3 overs to spare.
Graham Bolton led the way with 21 and 2-5, well supported by Paul Battersby (35 retired) and Tristan Brodbeck (2-16).
On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Bowdon Vale.  On Saturday the 1st XI make the short trip to Urmston, whilst the 2nd XI welcome Bowdon to Dane Road.  On Sunday the visitors are Heaton Mersey in the 3rd XI competition.
Sale continue to develop cricket in the area for both boys and girls, as the under 15 girls side started their league programme against Stockport Trinity during the week.  Georgina Gill led the way with 21 retired and 2-7.
The under 16s kept their 100% record in the Salford League intact with a five wicket victory over Monton & Weaste at Dane Road. The visitors managed a useful total of 113-4, with Nathan D'Cunha picking up two wickets. Sale reached the target with two overs to spare. Dan Osborne top-scored with 36.
Both under 9 teams lost narrowly: the Squirrels by 5 runs to Cheadle and the Badgers by 10 runs to Whalley Range.
44 junior awards were handed out by Ryan Rickelton at the end of practice on Monday, recognising achievements in matches played in the first six weeks of the season. The achievements range from half-centuries recorded in under 16 fixtures to notable catches in the first over of a player's first ever under 9 match. Leading the juniors with three awards each were Dan Osborne, James Layton and James Newhill. The full list will be on the club and play cricket websites shortly. Thank you to  Pinnacle Payroll for sponsoring our Ashes Awards.
The full scorecards can be found here.

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