1st XI Lose in Final Over

1st XI Lose in Final Over
Sale 212-7 (50)
Oxton 215-4 (49.1)
Oxton win by 6 wickets
Sale 1st XI lost in the last over of their Vivio Cheshire County League division one game against Oxton as their mixed start to the season continues. Sale‘s chances were not helped by the loss of 4 first choice regulars including captain Chris Canning with a broken foot.
Oxton got off to a flying start after winning a crucial toss, Guyan Fernando doing the damage as Sale were reduced to 27-3.
Brooke Guest and Luke McCoy led the rebuilding, reaching 59-3 at drinks. They continued to increase the tempo after the break adding 156 for the 4th wicket.
Guest (pictured above by George Franks) was first to go for 87 as he was adjudged LBW attempting an inventive leg side shot. McCoy was bowled soon after for 86 as Sale chased quick runs in the final overs.  Sale closed on 212-7, Fernando finishing with 5-48.
In contrast to the first innings Sale allowed Oxton to get off to a strong start with some wayward bowling.  They reached 77 before the introduction of Ali Barrowman produced two quick wickets for Sale to keep their reply in check.
The home side increased the pressure with two wickets on 148, including top scorer Andrew Gibson for 83.  Sale were missing the control of Rick Halkon and were not able to take another wicket, despite two good run out shouts. Oxton eased to the total with 6 wickets in hand.
Sale Silverbacks made it 4 wins in a row in the Over 40s competition with a comfortable win over neighbours Brooklands.
Brooklands struggled to score against some disciplined Sale bowling, reaching 76-5 off their 20 overs. Tariq Butt was the pick of the bowling with 3-10.
Despite the early loss of Praveen, Sale reached their target with 7 overs to spare.  Skipper Iain Harrop retiring on 33 and Abasa Rizvi finishing unbeaten on 29.
Sale 2nd XI travelled to Oxton missing several regulars and could only manage 120, Abas Rizvi scoring an entertaining 50.  Oxton chased down the total for the loss of 4 wicket, Rizvi adding two wickets to his earlier runs.
On Sunday the 3rd XI were well beaten by Alderley Edge after posting a competitive 184 all out.  Soans Praveen (62) and Abas Rizvi (53) were the backbone of the inning with a partnership of exactly 100, Asad Khan adding a late flourish with 24.
In reply Edge got off to a flying start, and despite some tighter bowling from Kumar and Almond in the middle overs, ran out comfortable winners by 8 wickets.
The 4th XI had no game scheduled this week.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Bowdon. The 1st XI travel to Grappenhall on Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Bramhall and the 4th XI are at Ashley. 
U13 Colts 135-8 (20) beat Timperley 121 (20)
U10s 290 (20) beat Bowden Vale 270 (20)
U9 Squirrels 268 lost to Stretford 298
Sale u13 Colts defeated Timperley u13s by 14 runs in a competitive game at Sale on 27th May.
Batting first, Sale made 135-8 off their 20 overs.  Dan "Boom Boom" Newton making 33 retired off 12 balls and Saad Khan making a crucial 31 retired at a key stage of the game after Isaac Brooks had batted sensibly making 19 after the loss of a couple of early wickets.  Matt Holland made 10 great runs and Max Brodbeck again chipped in with 14 runs at key points of the innings, both batting impressively and contributing scores which were pivotal to the outcome of a close match.
In reply, Timperley batted strongly, with the top three of Nugith Jawawarne, Aadam Hassan and Jamie Matthews all retiring.  Viraj Sorathia again bowled superbly for the Colts, returning excellent figures of 4-0-14-4, Dan Newton picking up the other wicket.  The Colts stuck to their task well, combining excellent individual performances with strong teamwork to prevail in a good, close game of cricket.    Special thanks to Ian Holland for running this game.   
This win means the Colts have finished the initial group stage of games unbeaten representing a strong start to the season.

The u10s kept up their impressive form registering a third consecutive victory away at Bowden Vale. With a number of players taking part in their first game of the season Sale were put into bat by the home side on a lovely evening in Bowden. Every player contributed runs with the bat with some fine shots and big hitting from Arthur Tazaki-Quayle (21), Dattu Vadakutte (13) and Thomas Conway (9) helping steer Sale to 290 from their 20 overs.
Sale were always in control of the game thanks to some good bowling that saw Rahul Mohanraj and Aidan Bridle take their first wickets of the season ably supported by Kit Jordan and Dattu. Despite a strong last pair partnership for Bowden Vale putting on 36 in the final 4 overs Sale ran out winners by 20 runs.
On Friday the Under 9 team Sale Squirrels hosted Stretford. On a sunny Friday evening, the visitors batted first and made a steady start before accelerating with the second pair adding 34 in four overs. The Squirrels improved in the field in the second half of the innings, Luke picking up two wickets in his two overs as the batting side posted an eventual total of 298. A difficult start saw Sale fall below the starting total of 200 after 2 overs but William and Angus started to make progress, William making a promising 11. Beginning their batting partnership at 211 in the fifth over, James (20) and Dan added a useful 26 in their four overs to keep the Squirrels in contention. Taha showed glimpses of powerful hitting in the third pair but despite some superb hitting from Luke (26) with two sixes and two fours the Squirrels ended 29 runs short on 268.  Stretford looked the stronger side but the Sale Squirrels will have benefitted from the experience of a competitive performance against a good bowling attack.
Sale sent a team to the under 9 tournament at Hyde on Bank Holiday Monday. Drawn in a competitive group, the Sale team excelled in the group stages finishing top of the group without losing a wicket in their three games.
Starting with 100 runs, Sale reduced a young Hyde Rangers team to 74 at the end of their 6 overs, 8 wickets being taken including a superb caught and bowled by Ben Brunt. Sale started superbly with Dan Bradley hitting 14 off 5 balls in the first over. James Newhill continued his fine form, hitting all 8 balls he received to the boundary, finishing on 32 runs. Brisk running between the wicket from Ben Brunt and Herbie Brodbeck pushed the final score to 187 (net 87) without loss in their 6 overs.
Sale’s second game was against Macclesfield Tigers, James Newhill taking one for one in his over as Sale restricted Macclesfield to 139 (net 39) in their 6 overs. In reply Sale’s batting and running between the wickets was impeccable as they eased to 161-0 (net 61) in 6 overs. Ben Brunt hitting three fours in the second over and Herbie Brodbeck hitting 14 in the last over.
A clean sweep was completed against Poynton. Henry Reeves took 1 for none in his over as Sale made a superb start to the game. Tidy bowling from Sacha Adams and Ben Cleary helped restrict Poynton to just 126 (net 26) in their 6 overs. Batting second, Jacob Cleary excelled with 8 runs off his 3 balls and Herbie Brodbeck’s 17 pushed Sale to a total of 160-0 (net 60). Sale qualified for the top group competing for the tournament trophy.
In an exciting semi-final, Sale lost by 14 runs to Warrington. Both sides looked evenly matched, Warrington posting a total of 163-2. Sale remained on track for victory after an impressive opening two overs from Ben Brunt and Dan Bradley but started to fall behind the run rate as the innings progressed. James Newhill tried in vain to chase down the target, but 25 off the last over proved beyond the batting side.
Three superb wins (without losing a single wicket) and a narrow defeat in the semi-final indicated great progress made by the players and a great day was had by all the families.
The full scorecard can be found here,

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