Silverbacks Start Title Defence

Silverbacks Start Title Defence
Sale Silverbacks made a successful start to their defence of the North-East division of the Vivio Cheshire County Over 40s competition on Wednesday.  Sales scored a 23 run victory over Bowdon Vale Vikings thanks to the bowling of Paul Hanrahan (pictured above by George Franks) and Tariq Butt.
Sale got off to a good start, with Paul Battersby scoring a fluent 25 at the top of the order. Iain Harrop (17), Nigel Davenport (16) kept the score moving on before Graham Bolton hit 22 off 17 balls in later stages to ensure Sale posted a competitive 120-6.
In reply Bowdon Vale made a confident start, Matt Dean scoring 20 before Pete Britton removed both openers coming on first change.  With game nicely poised the introduction of Butt (1-8) and Hanrahan (3-4) turned it decisive in favour of the home team as the Vikings closed on 97-8.
Sale 1st XI suffered a comprehensive defeat at promotion chasing Didsbury on Saturday in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league, failing to recover from a fine opening spell from Matthew Grace.
Search sponsored Sale found themselves in trouble at 10-3 as Grace made early inroads. Mat Spells steadied the innings with a patent 32 in a stand of 49 with Ian Dixon. Dixon went on to top score with 46 adding 38 with Rob Grant.
Grant tried to marshal the lower order, eventually falling for 42 shortly before Sale were dismissed for 160.
Didsbury made a confident start, adding 58 for the first wicket before Richard Adams claimed his first victim for Sale.  Two quick wickets then reduced the home side to 75-3, including Tim Hughes for 42, giving Sale a glimmer of hope.
Didsbury were only to lose one more wicket as Jacob Roach finished unbeaten on 43, wrapping up a 6 wicket victory.
Sale 2nd XI made a better fist of chasing down 217 on a fine home wicket against Bowdon. Ali Rizvi looks like a good find for Sale, being the pick of the home bowling with 2-34.
In reply Sale were left to rue not batting their full 50 overs, falling 22 short with 7 overs still to go.  Father and son combination Abbas (39) and Ali Rizvi (20) forming an entertaining partnership that looked to be turning the game for Sale.
The 3rd XI made an inauspicious start to the premier division campaign after winning promotion last season, losing by 10 wickets at Cheadle.
The Silverbacks visit Bramhall on Wednesday.  On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Davenham to Dane Road, with the 2nd XI playing the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI host Hyde, whilst the 4th XI makes the short trip to Timperley.
Under 16s again struggled with the bat. Gabe Smith top-scored with 32. But incisive bowling and sharp fielding kept them in the game as Monton & Weaste fell to 34-4 at the half-way point of their innings. The hosts were carried home by some strong, but chancy hitting. Nathan D’Cunha returned figures of 2-5.
Under 13 Eagles had reached a promising 62-1 off 13 overs, with Ibraheem Shereef 33 retired, before the middle order was blown away by a hat-trick. Callum Ross got the innings back on course with a rapid 25 not out.  Ashton’s reply began with a flurry of runs (27 from the first three overs), but once George Howling dismissed Ashton’s hard-hitting number 3, Sale’s bowlers tightened their grip. Nick O’Leary (3-0-5-2) was the leading bowler of a strong all-round attack.
Under 13 Colts played back to back matches against Bowdon this week.  On Thursday, Sale batted first in a Cheshire cup game at Bowdon, making 104-7 off their 20 overs.  Zikria Nadeem batted superbly to make 31 not out, Dan Newton made a fluent 17 and Saad Khan batted well at the end of the innings, contributing 18 not out, punishing the bad ball and targeting and running singles effectively.  Sale made Bowdon work hard for their runs, and Dan Newton and Isaac Brooks were the wicket takers, with 2 run outs the highlights of some good fielding and pressure building in the field.  Bowdon eventually reached their winning target in the 18th over.  Despite Sale working hard and fighting well, Bowdon were the stronger side on the day and deserved winners.  We wish them well in the competition.  Maaz Khan personified the Sale performance, encouraging his team and saving several runs with some excellent fielding.
On Friday, the Under 13 Colts entertained Bowdon again.  In the warm sunshine, It was raining sixes at Sale, and having lost the toss; Sale batted first and posted 162-5 off their 20 overs.  Zikria Nadeem again led from the front making a faultless 30 retired, Viraj Sorathia made a classy 33 retired including 2 sixes, and Dan "Boom Boom" Newton made an explosive 32 off 12 balls including 2 sixes.  Isaac Brooks contributed 23 runs, including one six.  In reply, Bowdon showed real character and batted well to post 115.  Charlie Mallinder made an impressive 26, and Freddie Fallows made a superb 30 retired including 2 sixes.   Isaac Brooks was the pick of the Sale bowlers, with figures of 3-0-14-4.  Dan Newton, Viraj Sorathia, Billy Dawson and Matt Holland with an unplayable delivery took the other wickets, Billy Dawson also affecting a direct hit run out.  Dylan Walker kept well, making an impressive stumping off the bowling of Brooks.  A good all round display, and special thanks to Sean for the impressive pitch, reflected in the runs scored.
Under 11s had a comprehensive victory at Trafford on a sunny Sunday morning. Batting first, Sale posted a competitive total of 133-6 from their 20 overs. Shreyas Verma opened the innings and made a fluent 18, ably assisted by Harvey Davenport (25 retired) and James Dodds (27 retired). Will Dyson batted with composure towards the end of the innings to finish on 21 not out.
In reply, Trafford’s top order was removed by an accurate spell of bowling from Ben Habershon who finished with excellent figures of 3-3. Arjan Amdualapalli showed great promise in bowling two good overs in his first start for the u11’s. Jared Moran too picked up a couple of wickets and finished with economical figures of 2-4. This was a strong team performance and all players contributed to the victory.
The Under 9 Badgers had an away game at Urmston. The home side batted first and made rapid progress on a good batting wicket before two run outs in the fourth over brought Sale Badgers back into the game. Impressive bowling from Kiko Tazaki Quayle and Lucy Dodds kept the scoring rate in check at the midway point of the innings. Powerful batting with five boundaries in the 11th over helped Urmston propel themselves to an eventual total of 300 (starting as usual on 200). Brayden Ross bowled tidily at the death in his two overs, his first over being a maiden.
Chasing a huge total, Sale made a slow start but the momentum was picked up by Lucy, Kiko and Alex Mansfield. Sharp fielding by the home side kept the Sale total in check, but impressive batting from top scorer Brayden Ross (16) and Herbie Brodbeck saw the visitors end on 233.
The Under 9 Squirrels (pictured above) had a home win on Friday night against Trafford Metrovicks. After a steady start with five runs in the first two overs, Sale took the initiative with the opening pair Angus Rawson and Ben Cleary adding 26 in their next two overs, both batsmen ending their four overs with 10.
James Newhill and Sacha Adams proceeded to bat the visitors out of the game in the next four overs, adding 68 runs. James making 55 off 16 balls including four 6's and seven 4's. Sacha provided great support with 11, his highest score for the under 9's. The home side reaching halfway on 299.
After consolidating the innings, with Dan Bradley contributing 11 in the third pairing, Ben Brunt and Luke Billinge provided a final flourish with some classy shots, Ben scoring a season's best 16. Indeed five of the batsmen recorded their highest score of the season in an impressive total of 339.
Henry Reeves started the reply with a testing maiden over, setting the tone for the innings. Despite some dropped catches, significant improvements in the bowling saw a huge reduction in extras conceded. Dan Bradley (1-8), Ben Cleary (0-3 in his 2 overs) and Ben Brunt (0-5 in his 2 overs) kept up the pressure on the visiting batsmen.
Wickets started to tumble in the last pairing, James Newhill 2-5 and Sacha Adams 1-13 benefitting from good catches as Sale clinched an emphatic 75 run victory.
Full scorecards can be found here.

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