Frustrating Weekend of Weather

Frustrating Weekend of Weather
Sale 1st XI were frustrated on Saturday after their Vivio Cheshire County league division one match at Marple was cancelled.  Despite a dry Saturday the umpires ruled that the square was unfit after heavy rain in the preceding days, the only match in the county not to start.
Fortunately for Sale the top four teams in the division all lost meaning they didn’t lose any ground against their promotion rivals.
The 2nd XI were well beaten by Nantwich at Dane Road after being bowled out for 96, Naveed Ahmed top scoring with 26. Gareth Watterson taking 4-36 as the visitors struggled to their target for the loss of 5 wickets.
The 3rd and 4th XI both had their games abandoned on Sunday.  The 3s reached 91-4 against Toft when the rain arrived, Soans Praveen unbeaten on 36.
The 4th XI game at Heaton Mersey was well poised when the weather called a halt.  Linesh Sorathia taking 5-24 in Mersey’s 96-8, Sale were 28-2 when the heavens opened.
Earlier in the week the Silverbacks lost their first game of the season at Cheadle Hulme, as they slipped to 2nd place in the Over 40s North East division.
It proved a bad toss to lose on a very wet wicket, only Mark Rowe (30 retired – pictured above by George Franks) and Nigel Davenport (22) came to terms with conditions as the Silverbacks closed on 91-4.
In reply Mark Almond took 3 early wickets to keep the game finely balanced until Phil Dare and Richard Battye hit 30 a-piece to reach their target in the 19th over.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Bowdon Vale. On Saturday the 1st XI welcome promoted Bollington to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Stockport. On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Marple and the 4th XI host Stockport Trinity. 
U16s 137-1 (18 overs) lost to Winton 138-1 (17 overs)
On a very damp evening at Winton, the match got underway once wading birds had been persuaded to leave the outfield. Sale put in their best batting performance of the season. Tom Gill and Adam Holland scattered the field (as well as any remaining fowl), recording 50* retired each. It was, though, to be a night for the batsmen, as Sale’s bowlers struggled with a ball that rapidly took the form of a cake of soap. Nathan D’Cunha took Sale’s sole wicket, as Winton aqua-planed to their target. Big thank you to: a) our parents for struggling through heavy rain and heavier traffic to the match and b) our hosts for allowing the match to be played.
Full scorecards can be found here.

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