Halkon Sets Up First Win

Halkon Sets Up First Win
Sale 1st XI won for the first time this season, beating Davenham by 5 wickets in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league.  Leg spinner Rick Halkon (pictured above by George Franks) claimed his first 5 wicket haul of the year before Sale coasted home after tea.
Search sponsored Sale invited Davenham to bat first at Dane Road and soon had them in trouble at 19-2. Mark Greaves (41) and Sam Hunt (60) led the recovery, being well placed on 100-2 at drinks.
Taz Thayalan took two wickets immediately after the break, and soon had a third as the visitors began to falter. Halkon then took a wicket with the first ball of his second spell to remove the dangerous Begg as the lower order had no answer to his leg spin, finishing with 5-33.
In reply Ian Dixon and Mat Spells got the home side off to a good start before Dixon chipped to mid-off. This brought Tyrone Lawrence to the wicket, who smashed 29, including 20 in one over from Taylor before miss-judging the spin of Christian.
Brooke Guest joined Spells, who looked like calmly knocking off the score before Spells holed out to long-on 2 short of a deserved 50.
Two late consolation wickets never looked like changing the result as Guest finished unbeaten on 44 as Sale reached their target with 12 overs to spare.
Sale Silverbacks continued their winning start in the Over 40s competition, beating Bramhall by 7 wickets on Wednesday. Pete Britton got the Silverbacks off to the perfect start with two wickets in the first over.
Stuart Stoneman made a brisk 31 retired and Paul Hanrahan claimed 2-30 as Bramhall posted 110-6.
In reply Sale were always ahead of the required rate, Hanrahan and Mark Rowe both making 30 in even time.  With the target in sight Davenport and Asad then knocked the final 20 runs off in just 12 balls to complete a comfortable chase.
Sale 2nd XI couldn’t get the final wicket in a tense finish at Davenham.  Siyan Siraj top scored with 70 as Sale posted 171 all out in the 44th over. Sale rued not batting their full allocation as the home side reached their target in the 54th over for the loss of 9 wickets, Ben Watkin and Gareth Watterson taking 2 wickets a piece.
Sale 3rd XI made a much better effort with the bat on Sunday reaching 184-9, Ian Holland 45 (pictured above by George Franks), Iain Harrop 44 and Abas Rizvi 41.  Hyde made the chase look easy on a belting wicket at Dane Road, reaching their target for 2 wickets.
The 4th XI played their first game, with a losing draw at Timperley, skipper Nigel Davenport leading from the front with 60.
The Under 16s had their most effective performance with the bat of the season so far, built on a partnership of 65 between Tom Gill and Sam Battersby. Tom hit 6 boundaries, including a six that carried the long boundary to the flats. Sam stroked several cover drives for classy fours. Neither batsman was dismissed, Tom retiring for 50 and Sam remaining 31*. Monton were up to the challenge when it came to their reply. Despite consistent bowling throughout the attack and a lively fielding performance, with Luke Brunt outstanding, the visitors powered to a victory with five overs to spare.
On a bitterly cold Friday evening, the u13 Colts batted first and powered their way to an imposing 161/4.  Viraj Sorathia (30), Isaac Brooks (30) and Dan "Boom Boom" Newton (34) all retired, with Zikria Nadeem again leading from the front with an impressive 28 runs.  All Sale batters through the order looked to play positively, contributing to a good score.  In reply,  Brooklands made 61/7 off their 20 overs, with Matthew Lomas contributing a composed and mature 21 not out.  Sale's bowling was consistent throughout, the pick of the bowlers being Newton with figures of 4-1-8-3 and Sorathia 2-2-0-1.  Saad Khan also contributed an excellent direct hit runout.  A solid team performance, combined with impressive team spirit, contributing to a good win.
The u10s had a tough first game of the season away to a strong Brookands team in the South Manchester Cup with many players experiencing their first competitive hard ball game. Winning the toss Sale bowled and fielded well taking 8 wickets in their 20 overs. The pick of the bowlers were Thomas Conway (3-8 which included a hat trick attempt and Seb Ross (2-6). Arjan Amudalapalli also bowled tightly (0-4). Unfortunately the batting never got going with the team losing wickets at regular intervals. Despite a fast scoring 19 from top scorer Robin Smith, Sale never troubled Brooklands total and were eventually beaten by 78 runs.
Next Saturday the 1st XI visit league leaders Weaverham and the 2nd XI host Brooklands. On Sunday the 1st XI meet Brooklands in the Cheshire Cup and the 4th XI host Disley, the 3rd XI game at Grappenhall is being rearranged.  On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Cheadle.
The full scorecards can be found here.

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