Cannon Shines in Disappointing Weekend

Cannon Shines in Disappointing Weekend
Bollington 203-6 (50)
Sale 91 all out (21.5)
Sale lose by 112 runs
Sale 1st XI lost their penultimate game at Bollington in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League on Saturday after a disappointing display with the bat.
An under strength Sale team lost the toss and were asked to field first.  Bollington captain Rick Hough was the chief tormentor, as he had been in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, scoring 104 not out in the home team’s 203-6. Ali Barrowman (2-30) and Ian Dixon (2-48) were the leading bowlers.
Search sponsored Sale set off confidently as Brooke Guest reached 30 off just 27 balls, before he dragged a wide delivery from Alex Durie onto the stumps. Sale continued to score quickly but lost wickets at regular intervals, only skipper Chris Canning (23 off 16 balls) and Ben Watkins (10) reached double figures.  Sale were bowled out for 91 in just 21.5 overs.
Sale 2nd XI lost against Stockport, meaning they will go into the final round of matching needing a draw to guarantee their first division status.  Abas Rizvi scored 61 in Sale’s 150 all out, Stockport reaching their target for the loss of 3 wickets.
Sale 3rd XI finished their league campaign with a narrow defeat at Grappenhall, meaning they need Toft to avoid defeat at Bramhall next week to maintain their premier division status. Sale almost snatched victory as Joe Cannon with 97 not out (pictured above by George Franks), supported by Dan Newton (34) and Zikria Nadeem (19) took the score from 49-6 to 184-8, before Sale we bowled out for 186 in the final over.
Earlier in the day Grappers had reached 190-7, Sale ruing dropping James Jenkins early on before he made a rapid 55. Ian Holland (2-15) and Cannon (2-47) were the leading bowlers.
Sale conclude their season next week as the 1st XI welcome Tattenhall to Dane Road and the 2nd XI travel to Bramhall.
Sale sent a team to an under 9 tournament at Lindow on Sunday.
It was a long hot day but very rewarding and enjoyable. The squad of 8 included 6 players who had played less than 5 games of cricket for Sale but they won all 4 group matches against Hale Barns, Liverpool, Macclesfield and hosts Lindow.
Games were 6 overs in length, with 6 players per side, meaning plenty of gaps in the field. Most pleasing was the win against Macclesfield as a very young side, consisting of Lucy, Amy, Tom, Eddie, Roan and Jacob came out victorious.
Qualifying for the semi-final against a strong Congleton side, Sale equipped themselves remarkably. Despite James and Ben adding some experience to the Sale line up, Congleton came out narrow winners after 6pm – 8 hours after the first match had started.
A great day was had by all, and in summary this season the under 9's have learned a lot at the tournaments this season. Batting, bowling and fielding has improved throughout the day on each occasion. The results have been fantastic for the second consecutive year. At Hyde in May they qualified for the semi finals, winning all three group games without losing a wicket. This was followed in July at Poynton with three wins in four group games, narrowly missing out on the final stages by "fewer runs scored" and finishing with another four successes at Lindow yesterday.
The scorecards can be found here.

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