Century from Captain Canning

Century from Captain Canning
Oulton Park 235-8 (46)
Sale 237-6 (39.5)
Sale win by 4 wickets
Sale 1st XI beat third placed Oulton Park on Saturday thanks to a barnstorming innings from Captain Chris Canning that closed the gap to second placed Grappenhall to just 12 points.
With games around the league being rained off, Sale took the opportunity to gain ground on their nearest rivals in the Vivio Cheshire County League division one.  With the worst of the weather avoided Sale elected to field in what would be a 92-over contest.
With both teams missing senior players Oulton Park made a confident start. Martin East and Danny Leech racing to 120 inside 20 overs. East was first to go for 68, shortly followed by Ben Tomlinson to a sharp catch by Brooke Guest at short cover.
Tom Hyslop joined Leech who worked busily to take the score to 147 before Leech was bowled attempting to run Richard Adams to third man for 65.
Hyslop was well caught by Mat Spells on the leg-side boundary for 23 and Eddie Roberts was run out by Luke McCoy for just 3. Oulton Park had now lost 5 wickets for 64 runs since their opening partnership and Sale were back in the game.
Pat Roberts marshalled the tail with a quick fire 40 that helped the home side post 235-8 in their 46 overs. Tyrone Lawrence was the pick of the bowling with 3-53.
Sale made the worst possible start losing Spells for a duck, leaving Sale 2-1. Lawrence joined opener Guest and they began to play ever more fluently until Guest was run out by Pat Roberts after a calamitous mix-up for 43 (with three sixes and three fours).
Luke McCoy then skied a short Blandford delivery to sub fielder Ben Kettle for 4, reducing Sale to 63-3. Lawrence was joined by a limping Chris Canning who immediately upped the run rate.
Canning (pictured above by George Franks) passed 50 off 44 balls, including 24 from one Tomlinson over, in a stand of 97 with Lawrence. Lawrence falling for 47, well caught by Ashwell on the boundary.
Canning pressed on and took 24 off another over, this time from Matt Parkinson, to bring the target down to 51 off the final 15 overs. After scampering two to complete his century (from 66 balls), he then launched his seventh six to bring the runs required below twenty.
After two quick wickets Canning hit Hyslop for six, dot, four, four to seal the 4 wicket win with 6 overs to spare.  Canning’s inning of 121 not out off just 76 balls included 11 fours and 8 sixes.
Sale 2nd XI’s home game against Upton was cancelled mid-morning after heavy rain.
Sale 3rd XI secured their 2nd win of the season against Cheadle on Sunday.  After bowling Sale out for 35 at the start of the season the visitors once against asked Sale to bat first.  A much improved performance on a wet surface yielded 178-8. Soans Praveen was the mainstay with 45 runs, well supported by Abbas Rizvi with 35.
In reply Cheadle never got into their stride, Mal Clarke making early inroads with two wicket, before a decisive spell of 3-4 from leg spinner Joe Cannon saw the visitors bowled out for 87.  Tom Riley and Will Radcliffe also claimed a brace in a fine all-round performance.
Sale Silverbacks bounced back to winning ways with a convincing 37 run win over Cheadle on Wednesday.  Openers Mark Rowe (35) and Iain Harrop (34) both retired after setting a good platform.  After losing 4 cheap wickets in the pursuit of quick runs in the middle overs, Soans Praveen (15) and Paul Hanrahan (14 not out) ensured a competitive 125-6 was posted.
In reply Cheadle sent in Stevens and Hall as pinch hitters, reaching 26 off the first 3 overs.  However both were run out as the Sale fielders kept their cool.  A miserly spell of 2-8 from Rizvi and 2-17 from Hanrahan meant the visitors innings petered out to 88-8.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks make the short trip to Brooklands. The 1st XI host Warrington on Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Hyde and the 4th XI host Timperley.
U16s 25-1 (5.3) beat Winton 24 all out (12.1)
U14s 63 (11) beat Radcliffe 62-2 (10.5)
U13 Colts 95-6 (20) lost to Timperley 97-7 (19.5) – CUP
U13 Colts 125-2 (20) beat Timperley 93 all out (19.5)
U11s 62 all out lost to Alderley Edge Wizards 63-4
Sale U16s were home in time for the European Championship semi-final on Wednesday. Winton, doughty opponents a fortnight ago, collapsed against sustained, pressure bowling from Sale, who did not put a foot wrong. Vaasu Goyal took two wickets in the opening over and finished with 4-1-11-4, as well as scooping a diving catch. Captain Joe Cannon picked up 3-5 and Georgie Gill took 2-2 to add to a run out. Nathan D'Cunha's spell applied a vice to the Winton innings (4-1-4-0).
Dan Newton showed there were no demons in the pitch, hitting 14* as Sale coasted to a comfortable victory and an early night.
On Thursday, the u14s played Radcliffe in a game lucky to go ahead and badly disrupted by the weather.  Big thanks to Sean Nicholl, who again went the extra mile to get the game played.  Radcliffe batted first, and after a couple of rain disruptions, posted 62-2 off 10.5 overs.  Vaasu Goyal and Zikria Nadeem took the wickets, ably supported by good bowling from Ibraheem Shereff and Kaytlin Watterson.  Chasing a target of 63 off 11 overs, Zikria Nadeem (19 not out) and Dan Newton (42 off 22 balls), Sale reached their target in the 6th over, punishing the bad ball and running between the wickets superbly.  A superb batting exhibition.  Ross Davenport again skippered impressively, adjusting to the conditions expertly.  Special thanks also to Marc Newton, Nadeem Rana and Cat Moss for cover work above and beyond the call of duty.
On Tuesday, the u13 Colts hosted Timperley in a cup quarter final in a game hastily rearranged due to rain on Monday.  Sale batted first, making 95-6, Zikria Nadeem and Dan Newton both retiring with 30 not out.  Batting second, Timperley reached 97-7 off 19.5 overs, assisted by an unfortunate 5 penalty runs at a critical stage.  Sale put in an impressive team effort, almost defending a below par total with wickets shared between the superb Saad Khan (3-14), Suchit Sapkal (2), and 1 each for Mal Tazaki Quayle and Dan Newton.
Another competitive game against Timperley, who we wish well in the semi final.  Special thanks to Rob Matthews at Timperley for getting the game on, and John Dodds and Paul Battersby for running the game. 
On Friday, the U13 Colts again hosted Timperley in a league game at Sale. Sale batted first, making 125-2 off 20 overs, Zikria Nadeem 33 retired, Isaac Brooks 35 retired and Dan Newton 35 retired with excellent contributions, and Matt Holland and Luke Brunt adding some momentum at the end of the innings.  Timperley were eventually dismissed for 93 in 19.5 overs in an impressive all round fielding display, the spin twins Brooks and Nadeem doing the damage early on with 3 wickets each, and Matt Holland capping an excellent individual display with 2-1-7-3.  Luke Brunt deserves a special mention for some excellent wicket keeping, including an excellent catch and a calm run-out to seal the victory.  The Colts remain top of the South Manchester u13 League, with tough matches against Stretford and Whalley Range coming up.
Sale U11s took a young side containing six u10’s regulars down to Alderley Edge on Sunday morning. Batting first, Sale reached a creditable 62 off their 20 over allocation. Theo Brodbeck was the pick of the batsmen, opening the batting and reaching an excellent 18, ably supported by Callum Ross who scored a quickfire 13.
Alderley Edge were made to work hard for their victory, with promising bowling from Dattu Verdakatte who bowled a wicket maiden and Robin Smith in particular. There was some fine fielding from several of our debutants, including Arthur Tazaki-Quayle and James Newhill. The highlight of Sale ’s fielding was two stunning catches, one from Rahul Mohanraj and the other by Maaz Khan.
Overall, the team showed great promise and played with great enthusiasm against the strongest team we have faced this season.
The full scorecards can be found here.

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