Sale Settle for Winning Draw at Oxton

Sale Settle for Winning Draw at Oxton
Sale 233-7 (50)
Oxton 180-8 (50)
Sale Winning Draw
Sale stay top of division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League following a winning draw against 3rd placed Oxton. With the other chasing teams winning Sale’s advantage over 2nd placed Timperley was reduced to 9 points, with Oulton Park a further 34 points behind in 3rd place.
Search sponsored Sale chose to bat first and got off to a solid start, Ian Dixon and Rob Greenhough (pictured above) adding 66 for the first wicket before Dixon was caught behind for 37.
Tyrone Lawrence added 60 for the second wicket with Greenhough, to take the score to 121 with 20 overs to go. Greenhough was out next over for 47, the highest score of the day.
Sale then pushed the score on as Lawrence was third man out for 45.  The remaining Sale line up all made double figures as a series of partnerships got the final total to 233-7.
Oxton started well, keeping up with the required rate through the early overs.  With 20 overs to go they had reached 121-3, on par with the Sale innings. With a developing partnership between Marc DeBrabander and Guyan Fernando the home team were putting themselves in a strong position.
Rob Grant made the crucial breakthrough the following over, DeBrabander caught at slip for 44.
Rick Halkon quickly followed this up with a double wicket maiden, bowling Fernando for 34 and Luke Filer without scoring, as Oxton were reduced to 130-6.
Oxton soon abandoned their run chase and looking to play out the remaining overs, which they managed to do for the loss of 2 more wickets, closing on 180-8.  Halkon finishing the pick of the bowling with 4-72 as Sale took 14 points to Oxton’s 7.
Sale 2nd XI made it three wins in a row with a comprehensive 6 wicket win at home to Oxton.
Oxton posted 218-6, Joe Cannon 3-59.  This would have been a competitive score a few years ago, but the Sale square has now matured into one of the best in the county, as Sale passed their score with ease.
Jamal Benzafar led the way, posting a destructive 108 not out as Sale coasted home within 33 overs.  His century come up from just 73 balls, including several huge sixes.  He was well supported by Rob Merga (54 not out), as the home side reached their target for the loss of 4 wickets.
The 3rd XI had a comfortable 9 wicket victory over Marple 4th XI on Sunday.  Despite dropping numerous catches they dismissed the home side for 142 in the 35th over, Rob Moore 5-19.
Sale ran out comfortable winners after tea as Dan Osborne (75 not out) and Adam Holland (55 not out) added 137 for the 2nd wicket to reach their target in the 32nd over.
Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, beat Brooklands by 15 runs on Wednesday.  They stay top of the North East division by 2 points.
Paul Battersby and Mark Almond both retired on 30 as Sale posted 144-3.  In reply Paul Hanrahan took 2-20 as Brooklands closed on 129-7.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Bowdon.  On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Middlewich, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture.  On Sunday Romiley are the visitors for the 3rd XI.
Sale under 9s took part in the Poynton 6-a-side festival, where they put together a five game winning streak, including a last ball victory over Toft in the semi-final. Macclesfield prevailed in the final, but a trophy and medals were well earned by William Dyson, Nathan Gray, Ben Habershon, Rahul Minocha, James Newhill and Braydon Ross.

The under 11 team's cup run ended in semi-final defeat at Alderley Edge.
Sale 64-6 (20 overs)
Alderley Edge 65-2 (10.4 overs)
Sale's total leant heavily on James Dodds, who made an impressive 27 retired. Alderley Edge's reply began shakily with Suchit Sapkal taking two early wickets (2-1-1-2), but the home team pushed on to victory.
The under 16s had returned to winning ways the previous week at Urmston.
Urmston 110-4 (20 overs)
Sale 111-4 (17.2 overs)
Urmston's innings was kept in check by disciplined bowling, led by Mal Clarke who conceded only 11 runs from his 4 overs. Sale's reply featured Daniel Osborne and Tom Gill as joint top scorers with 29.
The under 13 Colts completed their league season with a convincing victory over Timperley.
Sale 138-6 (20 overs)
Timperley 56 all out
Runs flowed for the Colts: Adam Holland (30) and Max Tait (32) retired; Joe Moss (26) and Isaac Brooks (24) also prospered. Timperley found the Colts attack too hot: Matt Holland (3-34), Viraj Sorathia (2-5) and Zikria Nadeem (2-5) did the damage, with Max Tait picking up three catches.
The under 9 Squirrels defeated Whalley Range by 56 runs.
Sale Squirrels 290 (16 overs)
Whalley Range 234 (16 overs)
James Newhill top-scored for the Squirrels with 29. Nathan Gray contributed 21. James was also busy in the field collecting a catch and two direct hit run outs. Dattu Vadukutte also managed a catch and a run out with a direct hit.
The under 9 Badgers lost narrowly in a high-scoring contest at Stretford.
Sale Badgers 275 (16 overs)
Stretford 277 (16 overs)
Oscar McCarthy was Sale's top performer on the day with 18 runs, two wickets and a fabulous catch. Rahul Minocha picked up two wickets, despite carrying an injury that required medical treatment after the match.
The under 15s played (and defeated) Brooklands in a friendly (surely some mistake?)
Brooklands 123-9 (20 overs)
Sale 124-1 (13.2 overs)
After a solid start, wickets fell regularly through the Brooklands innings. Tom Kellett had outstanding figures of 4-2-5-2. Tim Martin picked up two important top order wickets. Sale, though, made light work of the run chase. Sam Battersby scored 50 (retired), Adam Holland and Tom Gill both made 22.
The full scorecards can be found here.

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