Sale Slip in the Rain

Sale Slip in the Rain
Sale 115-9 (40.0)
Grappenhall 119-5 (39.4)
Grappenhall win by 5 wickets
Sale 1st XI lost a crucial promotion game at home to Grappenhall on Saturday in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League. The game between 2nd placed Grappenhall and 4th placed Sale was reduced to 80 overs following rain. In shortened games the team winning the toss normally has the advantage and so it proved as the visitors asked Sale to bat first in very tough conditions.
Sale lost in form openers Brooke Guest and Mat Spells early on to reduce the score to 17-2. The usually dependable Tyrone Lawrence scored just 10 as the score reached 35-4.
Captain Chris Canning hit a typically aggressive 38 off 43 balls to take the score to 100, adding 44 for the 8th wicket with Ali Barrowman (18). However, Sale’s batsmen never really applied themselves to the conditions giving away regular wickets due to poor shot selection. Sale eventually closed on a below par 115-9 off 40 overs.
In reply Grappenhall made a similar start as Lawrence took 2 early wickets to reduce the visitors to 14-2. Rick Halkon and Lawrence took a wicket each with the score on 27 to give the advantage to Sale.
However, this year's tighter bowling restrictions came to the rescue of the Grappenhall batsmen after 20 overs. With both Lawrence and Halkon bowled out, the change bowlers couldn't exert the same level of control in extremely challenging conditions of constant light rain and wind. Grappers only lost one further wicket on 88, Jamie Bye for 23 when Barrowman made the much needed breakthrough.
The game went down to the final over as Grappenhall’s overseas all rounder, Ryan Ninan (49 not out) hit the winning runs with 2 balls to spare.
In the reverse fixture at Grappenhall the 2nd XI secured 8 points from a losing draw. Gareth Watterson (4-36) and Siyan Siraj (3-43) did the damage as the home team were bowled out for 198 in the 48th over.
In reply the twos lost 2 early wickets before Siraj (92 - pictured above by George Franks) and Abas Rizvi (40) looked to be setting Sale up for the win.
However the lower order couldn't match their effort, only skipper James Hall (27) made double figures as Sale's batted out at 186-9.
The 3rd XI were in a strong position at bottom of the table Toft on Sunday, when rain forced the abandonment.
Soans Praveen (41) and Zikria Nadeem (26) led Sale to 172 all out with 2 balls to go.
Toft were struggling at 117-6 off 33 overs when the rain got too heavy. Joe Cannon with 4-37 doing the damage with his leg spin. Sale picked up 10 valuable points.
The 4th XI game v Heaton Mersey was cancelled due to a waterlogged square.
Earlier in the week the Silverbacks lost their Over 40's quarter final at Bollington.
This weekend the 1st team will hope to get their promotion challenge back on track at home v Cheadle Hulme. The 2nd team play the reverse fixture. The third team host Marple.

On Wednesday, the Under 16s play in the Salford Youth Cricket Association Cup Final away at Winton CC.
The full scorecard can be found here.

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