Sale Win in Dramatic Finish

Sale Win in Dramatic Finish
Weaverham 227-7 (50)
Sale 228-8 (46.3)
Sale win by 2 wickets
Sale 1st XI returned to winning ways with a dramatic victory over promoted Weaverham in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League. It seemed for much of the match that Sale would be on the end of a second heavy defeat in as many weeks, but for some brilliant lower order batting from Rob Grant (pictured above) and Rick Halkon. Sale remain 5 points behind leaders Timperley who they play next weekend in a top of the table clash.
Search sponsored Sale got off to the perfect start, reducing Weaverham to 22-3 after asking them to bat first. Wilden Cornwall and James Lewis (59) rebuilt the inning with a stand of 154 to put Weaverham in a strong position. The fall of Leeward Island's Cornwall for a fine 123 sparked a mini collapse as the visitors closed on 227-7, Rick Halkon and Tyrone Lawrence finishing with 3 wickets each.
The start of Sale's innings mirrored the first, as they found themselves at 28-3.  The next two wickets only added a further 27 runs as Sale found themselves on the brink of defeat at 55-5.
It says much for the spirit and belief of second placed Sale that they started to counter attack.  Captain Chris Canning added 36 off 34 balls to regain some momentum, but wickets continued to fall.
The game turned in favour of the home side with a crucial stand of 87 for the 7th wicket between Grant and Halkon that took the score to 207. In desperation Weaverham ran Grant out for 63 backing up at the non striker's end, his 77 ball innings including 7 fours and 2 sixes.
Halkon was joined by Jon Hall (6 not out), who together knocked off the final 21 runs to secure victory to the jubilation of their team-mates. Halkon finished on 52 not out from 60 ball, including 9 fours. Cornwall took 3 wickets.
The 3rd XI also secured a fine victory due to some determined lower order batting as an unbeaten 8th wicket stand between Howard Briggs (58) and Manoj Kumar (32) chased down Stockport Georgians total of 177-6 with 9 overs to spare.
Mark Almond (33) and Sam Battersby (27) had got the innings going, before a middle order collapse had left Sale reeling. Shah Zeb has been the pick of the Sale bowling earlier in the day with 3-31.
Sale 2nd XI lost out at neighbours Brooklands under new captain Iain Harrop. Rick Hampton top scored with 64 in Sale's 191 all out, as the home side reached the target for the loss of 6 wickets.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks, our over 40's side, kept their 100% record going with a convincing 55 run victory over Bramhall. Mark Rowe top scored with 33 retired and the consistent Nigel Davenport scored another 30 retired in Sale's 159-4.
Howard Briggs did the damage with the ball, taking 3-7 as Bramhall could only manage 104-8.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Cheadle Hulme. Saturday the 1st XI travel to Timperley, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 1st XI visit premiership side Chester Boughton Hall in the Cheshire Cup and the 3rd XI host Didsbury 4th.
Sale hosted three junior matches on Friday night, against visiting under 13, under 9 and under 7 teams - all from Ashley.

The under 13 Colts won a tight contest. Ashley were restricted to 80-8 with Dan Flisk taking 3-11. Batting at number 7, Flisk hit a rapid 31 (retired) to win the match.

Ashley won the undercard, defeating the Badgers - for whom Robin Smith and Thomas Conway added 39 runs - and the under 7s.

There was a better outcome for Sale's youngest juniors on Sunday at the Poynton Festival where our team reached the semi-finals, winning three of four group games. Strong performances from James Newhill and William Dyson, including a partnership of 31 against Warrington; and from Nathan Gray, who conceded just 2 runs in the final over against Macclesfield.

Earlier in the week, the under 9 Squirrels lost a high-scoring match with Timperley. Four Sale batsmen reached double-figures, led by James Newhill (26 and 2 for 6), who was joined by Kit Jordan 13, Will Dyson 12, Fergus Banks 10.

The under 13 Eagles broke their 2015 duck with a fine victory by just two runs away at Hale Barns. Billy Dawson top scored with 31 (retired) and Ibraheem Shereef (18) gave good support. Dawson picked up a couple of wickets in the Hale Barns reply, as did Dan Gray (2-6) and Jack Farren (2-9).

Success also came the way of the under 11s, who comprehensively defeated Whalley Range. Isaac Brooks (25 retired) and Malachi Tazaki-Quayle (21) were the major contributors to a score of 90-5. The visitors were restricted to 54-6. Saad Khan recorded 2-1-1-1 and Suchit Sapkal 2-1-5-2.

The under 10s played Bowdon Vale on Tuesday. Despite tight bowling by Aidan Bridle and Shreyas Verma, the visitors set a target of 313. A good platform was set by Joel Copeland and Maaz Khan (who hit 3 fours, including a perfect straight drive) but Sale couldn't keep up the required rate.

The under 16s progress was halted by the wet weather on Wednesday, and look to get back into action at Deane and Derby this week.
The full scorecards can be found here.

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