Sale Overtake Weaverham

Sale Overtake Weaverham
Sale leap frogged 4th placed Weaverham in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League, thanks to a comprehensive 8 wicket in this vital promotion game.
Weaverham opted to bat first and reached 34 before Jake Lightfoot skied a running catch to Luke McCoy for 5. Two balls later visiting captain Ian Eaton tried to cut a ball that was too close to him and edged through to Chris Canning, both wickets going to Tyrone Lawrence.
Opener Kevin Waterhouse was joined by Wilden Cornwall of the Leeward Islands, they added 27 in even time. After surviving a close stumping shout Waterhouse fell to good running catch from Brooke Guest off Lawrence to take the score to 61-3.
Ryan Simms scored just one when he became Lawrence’s fourth victim, when he was well caught down the ground by Ali Rizvi.
Ian Dixon then delivered with the prized wicket of Cornwall, pinned LBW for a fluent 26 (pictured above by George Franks). Sale followed up the wicket with some tight bowling to leave Weaverham on 89-5 at drinks.
Alex Nash and James Lewis steadily rebuilt the innings, adding 29 before Nash edged Ali Barrowman to the Canning for a composed 17. Lewis then edged Dixon to Canning for 31, followed two balls later by a clean bowled Kev Douglas, to leave the score 137-8.
The innings closed as George McCormick skied a ball from Guest that was brilliantly caught out of the sun by a tumbling Joe Cannon (pictured above by George Franks), and Matt Jamieson was bowled tried to hit the returning Lawrence through midwicket.  Lawrence finishing with 5-39 and Dixon with 3-36 as Weaverham were bowled out for 157 in the 50th over.
Weaverham were made to pay for dropping Guest on at backward point on nought, as he and fellow opener Matt Spells put together a century opening stand.  Guest hitting a huge six to bring up the milestone.
The runs continued to flow as the score raced to 135 when with Guest on 90, and looking as comfortable as ever, he missed a sweep off Stuart Hayes and was bowled.  His 77 ball innings included 11 fours and 2 sixes.
With just three runs needed, Tyrone Lawrence hit Cornwall straight to Jamieson at cover for 14. It was left to McCoy to hit the winning runs with 20 overs to spare.  Spells finishing unbeaten on 44.
Sale 2nd XI lost by 54 runs at Brooklands, Gareth Watterson and Siyan Siraj taking two wickets each in the home sides 167-7.
Despite keeping up with the run rate after tea, Sale lost too many early wickets, being bowled out for 113 with 17 overs still to play. Only Watterson came to terms with conditions with 43.
The 3rd XI had a disappointing performance at bottom of the table Bramhall, losing by 79 runs. Rob Moore took 3-39 in the home team’s 172-9.  Mal Clarke top scored with 18 as the 3s slumped to 93 all out.
Sale 4th XI had the better of a drawn game with Ashley. Zikra Nadeem made 53, well supported by Michael Grant (43) and Vaasu Goyal (38 not out) in Sale’s 189-7.
In reply Ashley reached 177-5, Nadeem adding 4-37 to his earlier runs to complete a fine all-round performance.
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks had to settle for 2nd place in the North East division after a narrow 7 run defeat to Champions Cheadle Hulme, despite a fine 57 run partnership between Abas Rizvi (30 retired) and Iain Harrop (24 not out).
On Wednesday the Silverbacks travel to Bollington in the quarter final. The 1st XI travel to Oxton and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 1st XI play premiership Hyde at home in the Cheshire Cup, the 3rd XI visit Stockport and the 4th XI are at Bredbury St Marks.

Sale's Isaac Brooks enjoyed a successful week representing Cheshire u12s at the Shrewsbury School County Cricket Festival last week.  Bowling left arm spin, Isaac claimed a total of 12 wickets, jointly winning the Festival bowling award.  Included in his figures, Isaac bowled 4 overs, 4 maidens, 0 runs and 2 wickets against Shropshire, and returned figures of 9 overs, 7 maidens, 2 runs and 1 wicket against Derbyshire.  Isaac also claimed a hat trick in a 20 over game against Derbyshire, finishing with figures of 4-11 in this match.   Cheshire u12 finished runners up in the festival, a creditable performance by a squad of talented cricketers, superbly coached and managed by Ben Tomlinson, Ben Istead and David Batty.
The full scorecards can be found here.

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