Double Win Over Grappenhall

Double Win Over Grappenhall
Grappenahll: 269-4 (50)
Sale: 273-3 (48)
Sale win by 7 wickets 
Sale 1st XI got their season back on track in a high scoring encounter in their Vivio Cheshire County League division one game away at 2nd place Grappenhall. Still missing a number of regular players, the visitors chased down a massive 269 to claim the 25 points.  
Asked to bat first in the baking summer sun, Grappenahll got off to a flying start with McCoy & Roylance leading the team to 50-0 after 10 overs. However, some good bowling from Richard Adams & Tyrone Lawrence reduced the hosts to 68-3. 
That brought Barnes & overseas star Ninan to the wicket who together marshalled the middle part of the innings excellently. The partnership of 150 was eventually broken in the 46th over with Barnes departing for a well-made 62. Australian Ninan finished the innings unbeaten on 116 setting sale 270 for victory.   
The visitors reply got off to a bad start with both openers departing early. However, Tyrone Lawrence (pictured above by George Franks) and Australia U19 star Brooke Guest steadied the innings with some outstanding stroke play. A heavy rain storm when Sale were 69-2 couldn’t hold back the 2 in form batsmen who picked up where they had left off after a 30 minute delay. The left handed Lawrence took a liking to some full bowling from the Grappers attack whilst the classy Guest never looked troubled throughout the innings.  
After 40 overs Sale required just over a run a ball with 8 wickets in hand and both batsmen chasing their first hundred of the season. Lawrence was first to get there with a glorious cover drive. Guest followed the next over.  
A magnificent innings of 120 for Lawrence ended with Sale needing just 7 to win. The partnership worth 255 has club treasurer Roger Lee looking through the history books for highest 3rd wicket partnership.  
The loss of Lawrence proved only a minor blip with Guest steering the visitors over the line with 2 overs to spare. Ending not out on 133 from 132 balls, Guest showed his international class and left the travelling Sale crowd excited of what may follow during the season. 
In what was a double header against Grappenhall, the 2nd XI also claimed 25 points with an outstanding victory. Batting first, the 2nd XI set an impressive 219 -8 from their 50 overs. New signing Santhosh Rajasekaren top scored with 56 whilst club stalwart Jamal Benzafar hit 43.  
Grappenhall looked to be on track for the victory but some excellent bowling from captain Gareth Waterson & Siyan Siraj saw the visitors bowled out for 203. It was a great team performance and shows encouraging signs for the coming weeks.  
Sale Silverbacks made it 5 wins in a row in the Over 40s competition with a comfortable 8 wicket win over neighbours Bowdon. 
Bowdon struggled to score against some disciplined Sale bowling, reaching 95-6 off their 20 overs. Abas Rizvi was the pick of the Sale bowling with figures of 3-2. 
Sale got off to a flying start with openers Ian Holland (pictured above by George Franks) & Nigel Davenport both retiring at 30. This set the platform for the Silverbacks to reach their target with 2 overs to spare.  
On Sunday the 3rd XI made it a 75 point weekend for the club with their first victory of the season against Bramhall. The visitors batted first and were restricted to 158 due to some good bowling by Ben Watkin who claimed 3 wickets.  
Sale reached the target with the loss of only 5 wickets. Soans Praveen again top scoring with  a well-made 57, Sam Battersby also contributed 37 at the top of the order.   
The 4th XI lost by 87 runs to Ashley 4th, Viraj Sorathia taking 3-14 amd Kaytlin Watterson bowling and batting well.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Urmston. The 1st XI are in action in the T20 competition on Thursday at home to Mobberley, they also travel to Cheadle Hulme on Saturday whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Stockport and the 4th XI host Bredbury St Marks.

Sale Badgers under 9s played Cheadle on a beautiful summer evening last week. Captain Pranav won the toss and put the hosts in to bat. The Badgers bowled well as a unit, restricting Cheadle to just 45 runs after 12 overs, before an onslaught by the last pair brought 73 runs off the last 4 overs. Pick of the bowlers were Vikrant conceding just 4 runs and Likhith who went for only 6.
In reply, the Badgers were always behind the rate and lost wickets at regular intervals to some disciplined Cheadle bowling. That they remained in the game at all was down to some lusty hitting from William opening the batting, and Brayden and Herbie down the order, but the total of 318 remained out of reach. Thanks to Arjun who stepped in to help with the bowling and get the game underway while a quarter of the team were being led astray by a faulty satnav, and to Shesha for scoring.
The full scorecards can be found here,

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