Sale beat League Leaders

Sale beat League Leaders
Weaverham 141 all out (41.2)
Sale 142-7 (35.4)
Sale won by 3 wickets
Sale 1st XI beat league leaders Weaverham on Saturday to climb into the top half of division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league, and followed this up on Sunday with a comfortable win over Brooklands in the Cheshire Cup.
Weaverham opted to bat first in a rain reduced game, their top three of Alex Nash (18) and Matt Jamieson (19) and Kevin Waterhouse (26) all contributed to a steady start for the home team.
The introduction of Taz Thayalan (pictured above by George Franks) turned the game in Sale’s favour as he removed Nash and Waterhouse before Tyrone Lawrence had Leeward Island’s all-rounder Wilden Cornwall caught without scoring.
Another wicket for Thayalan had Weaverham in trouble at 81-5.  James Lewis (38) then led a fightback before he fell to Lawrence as Ali Barrowman (3-11) cleaned up the tail in short order. Weaverham were bowled out for 142, Thayalan finishing with 4-28.
Cornwall took full advantage of the conditions and had Sale’s top order in trouble with his seam bowling as Sale slumped from 30-1 to 72-5.
Captain Chris Canning (35) and Rob Grant (26 not out) then put together a match winning partnership that put the game beyond Weaverham.  Despite a couple of late wickets Sale reached their target with 7 overs to spare.
In another rain affected game on Sunday Sale progressed in the Cheshire Cup at the expense of neighbours Brooklands.  Brooke Guest (54) and Tyrone Lawrence (57) did the damage in Sale’s 156-6 off 30 overs.
In reply Brooklands were never up with the required rate as they were bowled out for 129, Rob Grant the pick of the bowling with 4-22.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks won at Cheadle in the Over 40s competition.  Pete Britton (2-16) was in the wickets again as the home side were restricted to 101-4.
In reply the Silverbacks made a cautious start, seeing off the dangerous Dooler before accelerating in the middle overs.  Mark Rowe and Mark Almond hitting the match winning partnership, both retiring on 34.  Almond doing so with a 6 to win the game with 2 overs to spare.
The 2nd and 4th XI games were both cancelled without a ball being bowled and the 3rd XI’s match at Grappenhall was postponed due to their involvement in the Cheshire Cup.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks play Brooklands at home, 1st XI host Oxton on Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Alderley Edge and the 4th XI have a blank week. 
U10s 273 beat Didsbury 264
U9 Badgers beat Timperley 293
U9 Squirrels 252 lost to Brooklands 256
U9 combined 305 beat Stockport 243
Both Under 11 games were cancelled
Sale u10s won a thrilling match against Didsbury in midweek that went right to the final over of the game. Batting first Sale posted a competitive 273 thanks to a couple of solid partnerships between Nathan Gray and Ben Habershon at the start of the innings and Robin Smith and Fegus Banks at the end. Dattu Vadakutte also batted well in between. Sale bowled well with all players contributing towards a strong performance in the field but even so going into the final two overs Didsbury required just 4 runs to win. Under pressure some great 'death' bowling by Robin Smith and Dattu Vadakutte saw Sale take 3 wickets in their final 12 balls limiting Didsbury to 264 and winning by 9 runs! A fantastic finish to a very enjoyable game played in the right spirit by both teams.
The two Under 9 teams have been making encouraging progress this season. On Friday 13th – unlucky for some but not Sale – the Badgers hosted Timperley. Timperley won the toss and batted first, reaching an impressive 293, Josh top-scoring with 21 including four boundaries. Despite their inexperience, Sale Badgers bowled and fielded well, with impressive debuts from Eddie, Tom and Samuel. Eddie took a wicket with his very first ball and conceded just 7 runs, Jaskaran taking the only other wicket.
In reply, despite losing wickets at regular intervals, the Badgers kept up with the pace. Jaskaran and Likhith got the innings off to a great start, sharing a partnership of 26 which included 5 fours. Samuel and Tom consolidated the innings against some fast bowling. Some exciting scampering between the wickets between Herbie and William brought the last pair to the crease with 24 still needed off the last four overs. With Eddie standing firm and Brayden powering seven fours in his 31, the Badgers were victorious.
Sale Squirrels lost an exciting match at Brooklands by 4 runs. After a long spell of rain before the game, the conditions were damp and the pitch slow. Batting was difficult, which was reflected in the low scores. Starting at 200, Sale managed to reach 252, Dan Bradley top scoring with 14 and James Newhill also reached double figures, passing 100 runs for the season in his 4 innings to date.
When Brooklands batted, Henry Reeves and Angus Rawson bowled tidily, conceding only 11 runs in their  4 overs. As the home side closed in on their target, James Newhill and Luke Billinge bowled superbly but the home side overtook the Squirrels total during the last over of the game to finish on 256.
On Friday night, a combined Under 9 side beat Stockport convincingly in their first cup match of the season. Sale batted first and were provided with a positive start, Angus Rawson (11) and Luke Billinge (12) adding 23 runs in their 4 overs. James Newhill and Brayden Ross provided the acceleration needed, adding 44 in their 4 overs. James hit a fluent 27 with one 6’s and four 4’s, Brayden also hitting a memorable six on the offside in his innings of 13. Lucy Dodds and Pranav Sheshagiri kept the total moving, Lucy hitting a superb straight boundary, before Herbie Brodbeck (17) and Ben Brunt (7) pushed to eventual total up to 305.
Stockport’s reply began slowly and the first four overs yielded just 9 runs. As the rain started to fall, Sale seemed to be inspired in the field. A sensational one handed catch by Brayden Ross, followed up by other catches held by Herbie and Luke pushed the momentum firmly towards Sale. Superb bowling led by Luke Billinge (one for 1 in 2 overs), Lucy Dodds (one for 5 in 2 overs), Ben Brunt (two for 6 in 2 overs) and Herbie Brodbeck (one for 7 in 2 overs) ensured a 62 run victory for Sale. It was a game played with great sportsmanship and terrific support for both sides.
The full scorecards can be found here.

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