Top Two Evenly Matched

Top Two Evenly Matched
Timperley 217-8
Sale 191-8
Timperley Winning Draw
The top two sides in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League proved to be evenly matched as the 1st XI game between Timperley and Sale ended in a narrow winning draw for Timperley.  All four results were possible for much of the match as Timperley increased their lead to 12 points, with Sale staying 15 points ahead of 3rd placed Didsbury at the half-way stage of the season.
Search sponsored Sale got off to a good start reducing Timperley to 50-3.  Daniel Cooper (90) and captain Craig Grindley (50) then rebuilt the inning, taking the score to 140.
As wickets began to fall it looked like Sale would keep the score below 200, but for a brutal final over from which Timperley plundered 28 runs to close on 217-8.  Tyrone Lawrence was once again the key bowler for Sale with 5-58.
In reply Sale lost a wicket with the 2nd ball of their reply, and found themselves in a similar position to the 1st innings at 60-4.  Keith Wellings (pictured above) and Ali Barrowman (29) added 50 to get Sale back into the game.  Rick Halkon then joined Wellings at 140-7 with 10 overs to go, as Wellings with 50 from 77 balls tried to force the win.
However Sale couldn't keep up with the rate, and when Halkon fell for 26 off the last delivery of the game Sale were 191-8, Timperley taking 14 points to Sale’s 7 in a good contest between two good sides.
Sale 2nd XI picked up 9 points with a good display with the bat against top of the table Timperley, but were unable to contain the visitors on another great track at Dane Road.
Rob Merga (71) and Dan Osborne (47) top scored for Sale as Sale posted 242-6, in reply Timperley reached the target for 3 wickets in the 49th over, Joe Cannon taking two wickets for the home side.
Sale 3rd XI held on for a losing draw at home to Didsbury 4th XI on Sunday.  Some wayward bowling from Sale allowed Didsbury to post 267-2.  In reply Sale secured maximum batting points, closing on 161-7.  Shah Zeb (31 not out) and Manoj Kumar (30) top scored for Sale.
Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side,  continued their winning run last Wednesday evening with a convincing 8 wicket victory over previously unbeaten Cheadle Hulme.
Having won the toss, Sale invited their visitors to bat 1st on a great looking wicket, and after a strong bowling and fielding display restricted Cheadle Hulme to 105-5. Howard Briggs was the pick of the bowling with 3 wickets, only Richard Battye showed any resistance with a well-made 30 not out.
In reply openers Paul Battersby and Mark Rowe made swift inroads into their modest target before Battersby was well caught at mid-wicket for 22 and Rowe was run out on 28. This brought together the form pair of Mark Almond (30 not out) and Nigel Davenport (15 not out) who finished the job with overs to spare, giving a 6 point cushion at the top of the North East division table.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Urmston.  On Saturday the 1st XI make the short trip to Didsbury, whilst the 2nd XI welcome Grappenhall to Dane Road.  On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Bowdon.
The junior section enjoyed its most successful week of the season, with teams winning all matches played.
The under 16s swept aside Deane and Derby, dismissing them for 62 with Gabe Smith taking 4-19 and Nathan D'Cunha 3-13. Daniel Osborne added another 41 unbeaten runs to his impressive record for the season in an eight wicket victory.
The under 13 Eagles won their second match on the trot, totalling 102 against Didsbury Buffalos, with Tom Stackable top-scoring. The Buffallos were bowled out for 89.
The under 11s played a local derby against Brooklands on Sunday, winning comfortably. Batting first, Sale totalled 106-6, with Isaac Brooks making 26 retired, Mal Tazaki-Quayle 20, Saad Isham 18 and Dylan Walker 15*. The visitors were restricted to 65-8 with Saad (2-1-1-2) and Shreyas Verma (2-1-5-2) leading the attack.
The under 9 Squirrels played away at Hale Barns. Batting first the Squirrels made 282 with five players reaching double figures, led by George Breen with 13. The home team replied with 227; James Newhill was the pick of the bowlers (2-5).
The under 9 Badgers won their first game of the season, against Lindow. Batting first, the Badgers made 258 (Robin Smith 20). Lindow fell 30 short of their target. Thomas Conway took 2-12 and Dan Billinge, on debut, 2-9.
There were also two very impressive performances for the Cheshire under 12 team by Viraj Sorathia, taking 5-22 against Derbyshire and 4-27 against Wales.
Finally, Sale continued its investment in girls cricket by hosting an evening of cricket activities for the Sale Moor 2nd Girls Guides. Thanks to Mike Sambell, Nick and Joely Brooks and Tris Brodbeck for running an enjoyable evening for 30 keen girl cricketers and potential future club members.
The full scorecards can be found here.

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