Macclesfield Too Strong

Macclesfield Too Strong
Sale 102 all out (35.3)
Macclesfield 103-1 (21.1)
Macclesfield win by 9 wickets
Sale 1st XI suffered a heavy defeat at Macclesfield in their Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League division one match on Saturday.  Former premier league outfit Maccelsfield secured a 9 wicket victory.
Search sponsored Sale got off to the worst possible start, losing skipper Keith Wellings and Brooke Guest early to reduce the score to 8-2.
Mat Spells (pictured above by George Franks) and Syan Siraj then added 52 for the 3rd wicket before Siraj was caught and bowled by Birchall for 24.
When Spells fell for 41, Sale were reduced to 72-5. After that only McFarlane made double figures as Sale were bowled out for 102 in the 36th over.
Macclesfield made short order of the reply, reaching their target for the loss of one wicket in the 22nd over.  John Birchall adding 64 not out to his 5-50 from the first innings.
Sale 2nd XI also lost heavily, by 8 wickets to Cheadle Hulme after posting only 87.
Sale 3rd XI had a mixed weekend, losing to Didsbury by 9 wickets on Sunday but beating Hyde by 14 runs on Sunday in the T20 cup mini league.
Abas Rizvi hit 90 in Sale’s 165-8 against Hyde, son Ali adding 28 runs and taking 2-27 as Hyde closed on 151-5.
Soans Praveen had top scored with 35 the previous day as Sale posted 126-8, before Didsbury coasted home for the loss of one wicket in the 17th over.
On Saturday the 1st XI host Warrington and the 2nd XI travel to Middlewich. On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Marple and the 4th XI start their campaign at Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.
U13 Colts 89-7 (20) lost to Didsbury Buffaloes 116-2 (20)
U13 Eagles 69/6 (20) lost to Didsbury Bulls 70/1 (14)
U13s 105-4 (19.4) beat Brooklands 104-5 (20) – Cheshire Cup
U11s 68/7 (20) beat Urmston 62/2 (20)
U10s 244 beat Trafford MV 229
U9 Badgers 276 beat Stretford 245
U9 Squirrels 241 lost to Hale Barns 292
Batting first, Didsbury posted 116/2 off their 20 overs.  This total looked like it was going to be much higher, but tight bowling by Saad Khan 4-2-6-0; Isaac Brooks 4-1-7-0 and Mal Tazaki-Quayle 3-2-4-2 restricted the scoring impressively. In reply, Sale made 89/7 off their 20 overs.
Only Isaac Brooks, making 33 retired including 7 boundaries and Mal Tazaki-Quayle with 12 reached double figures against a strong attack.  Special mention to Suleman, Zeeshan and Edward who made their Sale debuts in this match.
A young Sale Eagles team performed creditably against a strong Didsbury Bulls team on Friday. Batting first, runs were hard to come by for the Eagles against tight bowling. Callum Ross was the only batsman to reach double figures, hitting 16 runs including several fine boundaries to the off-side.
There was a spirited display from the Eagles in the field with promising bowling from Ben Habershon and Arnav Kamble and some sharp fielding from Ben Thomas. Ultimately, the Eagles did not quite have enough runs on the board and Didsbury reached their target with 6 overs to spare.
The u13s won a nail biting Cheshire Cup match at Brooklands at Tuesday.  Batting first Brooklands made a competitive 104-5 with quality knocks from Charlie Mitchell and Matt Lomas who both retired.  Saad Khan and Isaac Brooks were the key bowlers for Sale, each picking up 2 wickets in quality spells.  All bowlers and fielders worked impressively as a unit, restricting Brooklands to a competitive total. 
In reply, Sale lost 2 early wickets, but James Dodds 30 retired and Isaac Brooks 29 batted sensibly in a key partnership.  Sale needed 11 to win off the last 7 balls, with Callum Ross striking a nerveless boundary off the last ball of the 19th over to keep the game wide open.  Theo Brodbeck, the coolest head in the ground, effectively settled matters with a rasping cover drive boundary in the last over. This game could easily have gone either way, and was played in great spirit between 2 evenly matched teams.
Sale u11s positive start to the season continued with a second straight victory away at Urmston.
Winning the toss and deciding to bat Sale somewhat stuttered to 68 for the loss of 7 wickets from their 20 overs. The stand out batting performance being Ben Habershon's accomplished 25 (retired out). Special mention also for Thomas Conway who helped steady the innings with Ben following the loss of early wickets before unfortunately playing on.
Defending a modest total Sale bowled and fielded extremely well reducing Urmston to 27 for 2 from 13 overs. Krish Gupta taking both wickets with his leg spin. The first to a wonderful catch behind the stumps by Rahul Minocha. Alex O'Driscoll and debutant Naman Mudaliar also impressed with the ball.
However, Urmston picked up the pace and a number of extras together with a 25 retired out batting performance from the opposition left the home side needing 9 to win from the final over. With Ben Atkinson conceding just 3 runs Sale won the game by 6 runs.
Sale under 10’s kicked off their 2017 season with a win against Metrovicks on Tuesday night. Having had their scheduled opening game at Whalley Range cancelled due to wintry conditions, Sale’s under 10’s were a little rusty in this fixture, but managed to restrict their opponents to 229 (starting on 200). Luke Billinge was outstanding, taking three wickets and Roan Gardner conceded just 2 runs in his 2 overs. In Sale’s reply, Thomas Kennedy and Dan Bradley gave the Sale side an energetic response. However, wickets began to fall, with a couple of crazy run outs thrown in for good measure. A six from James Newhill helped calm the nerves before solid performances by Herbie Brodbeck (15) and by Brayden Ross ensured victory was achieved by 15 runs. Particularly pleasing was the way Sale pulled through when victory was by no means certain.
It was a chilly and overcast evening for Under 9 Badgers, with drizzle on-and-off throughout our first fixture of the season.  Stretford batted first and, after a couple of “looseners”, Alex Mansfield got us off to a flying start with two wickets in the first over, helped with a great catch low-down from Thomas Kennedy for the second.  This set the tone for an impressive fielding performance from the Badgers. Pranav Sheshagi picked up three wickets, Kiko Tazaki-Quayle one, there were run outs off of the bowling of Elizabeth Mansfield (2) and Thomas (1), and further catches from Alex and Kiko.  Farhan Ali and James Dyson were both making their debuts and both showed tremendous commitment as they bowled and fielded.  In his first over the only run Farhan conceded was a no-ball.  James made a brilliant block to prevent a boundary towards the end as Stretford’s strongest two batters started to cut loose. Lucy Dodds bowled fast, accurately and economically but without reward.
Sale’s innings was typified by defence first, as only three wickets were conceded.  Thomas and Pranav started strongly, with Thomas hitting two early boundaries and the pair adding 20 to our score.  Scoring became harder work in the middle, but Elizabeth and Alex defended well with few chances to score. Farhan and James survived their four overs without conceding any wickets and displayed excellent technique.  The middle four had nudged our score to level with Stretford’s so we just needed a solid finish to complete the win.  But where’s the fun in that?  Kiko and Lucy entertained the shivering crowd, chipping and charging almost a run a ball to secure a comfortable win.
Despite pessimistic reports from the weather forecasters all day, Sale Squirrels battled Hale Barns U9s in a fiercely-fought contest on Thursday night. Sale won the toss and elected to put Hale Barns in to bat. Debutants Dhairya Parekh and Drew Akers Hart set the tone with some excellent tight bowling, restricting the opening batsmen to just 10 runs at the end of their 4 overs.  Eddie Fenton and Thomas Kennedy followed in a similar vein, with Eddie taking 2 wickets, and Thomas (again on debut for the Squirrels) helping to keep the score down.  The youngest members of the team, Samuel Parish and Tom Fenton then carried on the bowling, but unfortunately were up against Hale Barns’ most experienced batsmen – despite Sam and Tom’s best efforts (including a wicket for Tom, and some excellent spin bowling from Sam), Hale Barns started to pull away.  Jessica Parish and Amy Seddon then finished off the innings, and were both unlucky not to pick up a couple of wickets each, despite some very accurate bowling.  Hale Barns finished their innings on 292.
Dhairya and Drew opened the batting for the Squirrels, producing some excellent defence in the face of some very good bowling.  Eddie and Thomas then helped to accelerate the run rate, with some great scurrying between the wickets, scoring at over a run a ball.  Tom and Sam battled manfully against some stiff bowling and, despite again being up against the opposition’s most experienced players, they managed to keep the scoreboard ticking along.  However, by the time Jessica and Amy came in, the writing was on the wall.  Despite some excellent strokes, the target proved to be too much, and Sale finished their innings on 241; 51 short of Hale Barns.
Despite the result, it was a very impressive performance by a very inexperienced side.  If they can build on that performance in the games to come, then the future will be looking much brighter than the weather for the Squirrels this year.
Sale sent an under 9 team to compete in a tournament at Warrington on Bank Holiday Monday. 20 teams from the North West competed in the event.  Sale had a squad of eight to select from in the six a side event. Maintaining the high standards set during the previous two seasons, Sale had a successful event. They won three of their four group matches, losing the other against Liverpool off the last ball of the game.
The opening six over match against Elton Belles victory by 27 runs was secured, the highlights being double figure scores by Jacob Cleary, Alex Mansfield and Thomas Brassell. Opening the batting, Amy Seddon set the tone for the game with a six off the first ball she faced. A second victory was gained against Warrington. An outstanding opening over by Thomas put the hosts on the back foot before steady batting enabled Sale to gain a 23 run success. Sale’s highest total was gained in the third game against Liverpool. Amy’s batting was the highlight, hitting 25 runs off 10 balls. Chasing a total of 153 (teams start on 100), Liverpool passed the target off the last ball of the match. The fourth and final group game was against Macclesfield. Tidy bowling all round restricted Macclesfield to 117 in their 6 overs, James Wareing and Jacob bowled maiden overs. Lizzie and Amy eased Sale past the target, to complete 3 wins in 4 games.
Sale came second in the group, a creditable performance once again by Sale Spitfires at an under 9 tournament. Highlight of the day must have been Eddie’s celebration after taking his wicket. A great day was had by all, coaches Mark, Andy and Richard were impressed by the attitude and commitments of all the players. Indeed, two of the squad left Warrington around 5pm and were ready for junior training at the club an hour later!!
The full scorecards can be found here.

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