3rd XI Win Tense Finish, 1st XI Hold on for Draw

3rd XI Win Tense Finish, 1st XI Hold on for Draw
Marple 234-8 (50)
Sale 134-9 (50)
Sale 1st XI held on for a draw in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League after Marple had dominated much of the match.  Sale’s final pair batted out the final overs some 100 runs short of their target.
Search sponsored Sale got off to a good start, taking the early wicket of Matkin, and then Crisall to make the score 49-2.  Mark Bennett (81) and Paul Wood (88) then added 128 for the 3rd wicket to take the game away from Sale.
Influential spinner Jeremy McFarlane took both their wickets in a spell of 3-73.  Ali Barrowman then returned to claim 4-63 as Marple closed on 234-8.
Several Sale batsmen got starts, but none went on to play the big innings that was needed. Opener Matt Spells continued his good form with 31, McFarlane 32 and Ben Watkins 27.
Final pair Rich Adams and Aqib Nawaz held on at 134-9 for the draw.
Earlier in the week the 1st XI got their T20 cup campaign off to a winning start, beating Urmston by 8 wickets. Watkins taking 2 wickets in Urmston’s 138-5 and McFarlane hitting 59 as Sale coasted home with 2 overs to spare.
Sale 2nd XI secured a comfortable win at home to Alvanley.  Siyan Siraj top scoring with 76 as Sale posted a below par 148.
In reply Alvanley never got into the game as Siraj and Gareth Watterson reduced the visitors to 21-6, Mal Clarke then came on the clean up the tail as Alvanley were sent back for 85. Watterson and Clarke finishing with 3 wickets each.
On Sunday the 3rd XI chalked up another win at home to Alderley Edge in what turned out to be a tense finish.  The visitors racked up 175-5 in their 45 overs, George Bell finishing unbeaten on 73. Abas Rizvi and Sohaib Farooq taking two wickets each.
Sale were going well in reply with opener Sam Battersby hitting 54, before a rain interruption lost 4 vital overs in the chase. Some hard hitting from Mo and Abas Rizvi got Sale in with a chance, but they both fell with Sale still needing 30 to win.
Soans Praveen with a run-a-ball 19 and Kashaf Baig with 18 off just 9 balls got Sale home with 3 balls to spare (see picture above by George Franks).
Sale 4th Xl held on for a losing draw at Lindow on Sunday.  Winning the toss, Lindow batted first and compiled 180 all out.  Pick of the Sale bowlers was spinner Isaac Brooks, taking 6-35 off 9 overs, including a hat trick. Howard Briggs and Asad Khan also took 2 wickets each, Saad Khan, Joe Wicks and Mal Clarke all bowling tidy spells, particularly Saad who bowled exceptionally at the end of the innings.
In reply, Sale started well, with Jay Jayoraman making an impressive 30 and Will Radcliffe 23.  A mid order collapse saw Sale struggling, however a composed Isaac Brooks and nervy Nick Brooks batter out for a draw.  A game with many positives, played in great spirit.
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks, the over 40s side, comfortably beat newcomers Whalley Range by 9 wickets. Mark Almond taking 2-14 out of the host’s 148-4.
In reply the Silverbacks were always ahead of the rate, Abas Rizvi opening up with 33 retired and Mark Rowe 35 retired. Soans Praveen then proved his batting was better than his fielding with 30 retired, before Paul Battersby smashed the winning runs in his 33 retired.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Cheadle Hulme.  On Saturday the 1st XI visit Davenham and the 2nd XI welcome Northwich. On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Bramhall and the 4th XI visit Cheadle Hulme.
U14s 134-1 (20 overs), lost to Didsbury 136-6
U13 Colts 125-3 (20) beat Cheadle
U13s Eagles 102 All Out (19) lost to Alderley Edge Moles 103-3 (16)
U13s Eagles 100-8 (20) lost to South West Manchester 119-5 (20)
U11s 106 all out (19.2) lost to Stretford 112-3 (20)
U10s 248 (20) lost to Lindow 260 (20)
U9 Badgers 241 lost to Urmston 288
U9 Badgers 257 lost to Trafford MV 269
The under 14s were involved in a last-ball nail-biter this week. Seeing off the new ball bowlers, the platform was set by a first wicket stand of 39 between Zikria Nadeem and Nick O'Leary, before Viraj Sorathia joined Zikria at the crease and the pair put the second string attack to the sword. Zikria retired on 43 with 9 fours - several through backward point with his trademark cut shot - and Viraj shared a useful contribution from Yaqoob Sharif (18 not out) before retiring with a commanding 40 from 25 balls, repeatedly piercing the gaps between extra cover and mid-off. Captain Billy Dawson added a useful cameo at the end, with a huge 6 over midwicket, as Sale posted a competitive 134. Matthew Plested was Didsbury's most economical bowler, conceding 17 from 4 overs, but Didsbury had taken an hour and 40 minutes to get through their overs.
Joe Moss had immediate revenge for Sale, bowling Plested with his second ball.  Discipline in the field and tight bowling (Max Brodbeck 4 runs from 2) meant Didsbury were under pressure when Adam Downs had dangerman Felix Clement neatly caught at mid-off by Joe Moss. Two runs outs from cover - one each for Adam Downs and Viraj, both neatly bagged by Luke Brunt behind the stumps - meant much was needed from Ammar Iqbal and Lancs. player Basil Sultan. With 34 required off the last 3 overs, and the light fading rapidly, Joe Moss was brought back on to finish the job but the batsmen indicated they were struggling to see the ball so we finished the innings with spin. It was all to play for when Viraj ran out Basil (36 from 29 with 6 fours) scrambling to keep the strike, leaving Didsbury needing 9 from the last over. Zikria bowled into the gloom... 2.. a single...another single.... bowled Ammar Iqbal! (39 from 28 balls). Max Fisher strode to the crease, frantically ran 2... but a heroic diving Billy Dawson couldn't stop the last ball boundary, and it was all over. Bar the re-match - under floodlights.
The U13 Colts produced a strong team performance to win on Friday away at Cheadle.  Batting first, Sale made 125 - 3 off their 20 overs.  Moh Rizvi made a rapid 35 retired, hitting with real power.  Dylan Walker added a controlled 33 retired, and Isaac Brooks making 20.  Sale bowled and fielded well as a unit, typified by a direct hit run out by Maaz Khan and a later run out by Moh Rizvi.  Suchit Sapkal opened the bowling superbly with figures of 2-1-4-1.  Isaac Brooks returned figures of 2-2-0-3, and wickets were also taken by Maaz Khan, Mal Tazaki Quayle 2-8 and deservedly by Arthur Tazaki Quayle.  Suleman Khan produced a fine personal fielding display, making numerous run-saving stops and taking 3 catches.  A good all round team performance.
Sale u13 Eagles performed creditably against a very strong Alderley Edge team featuring four sons of ex-England cricketers! Batting first, Sale reached a very respectable 102. James Dodds retired after reaching an accomplished 32 not out, ably supported by Callum Ross who scored a quick-fire 21 runs. Harvey Devenport posted a mature 12 not out towards the end of the innings.
Harvey capped a fine all round display by clean bowling their opener and generated good pace which troubled the Alderley Edge batsmen. Jared Moran bowled several tight overs and deservedly picked up a wicket at the end of innings but Alderley Edge reached their target with four overs to spare.
Sale u13’s nearly pulled off an unlikely victory in the gathering gloom on Friday evening. Fielding first, Sale bowled tightly and fielded with great energy. However, some strong hitting in the final 5 overs took South West Manchester to a high total. Aidan Bridle and Alex Ross bowled accurately.
In reply, Sale were indebted to a belligerent 30 not out retired from Callum Ross and a quick-fire 14 from Robin Smith but in the end just fell short of their target.
Sale u11s narrowly lost an exciting game away at Stretford by just 6 runs on Sunday. Fielding first Sale took the ball in wet conditions bowling their first 8 overs against a back drop of intermittent rain. This made gripping and controlling the wet ball difficult and Stretford benefitted by sending the loose balls to the boundary a number of times.
The rain then departed and the remainder of the game was played out in brilliant sunshine. Sale taking just 3 Stretford wickets, one each for Ben Atkinson, Will Dyson & Shantu Sarda who was making his u11 debut.
Set an imposing 113 to win Sale made a cautious but steady start. Dattu Vadakutte and Naman Mudaltar putting on 39 for the second wicket before Dattu fell for 21 and Naman 11.
What was to follow was both frustrating and pure comedy. Sale lost  4 quick wickets to run outs in an attempt to try and up the run rate and chase down their target. Plenty to reflect on there!
This however brought Ben Atkinson to the crease for an innings that can only be described as sensational. 9 balls later Ben was retired out for 30 after hitting four 4s and two 6s in a destructive batting spree.
This left Sale needing 14 from the final two overs but despite both Alex O'Driscoll and Seb Ross finding the boundary the Sale innings was brought to an end by a final wicket run out with 6 needed to win.
Sale Under 10’s came second in a tight game at Lindow on Wednesday night. Play began in blistering heat but ended in freezing conditions. The home side made steady progress, making their way from a starting score of 200 to finish their 20 overs with 260. Wickets for Amy Seddon, Thomas Brassell, Thomas Kennedy and James Newhill plus two run outs by Luke Billinge helped keep the target within sight. Sale’s response was slow, tight bowling by Lindow left Sale on 203 with 8 overs completed. Thomas Kennedy (13) and Ben Cleary provided a solid partnership, rotating the strike nicely. James Newhill (17) provided the innings with some impetus, leaving Sale on 248 after 16 overs. Challenging bowling increased the pressure on the visitors and a couple of run outs at the end led to a 12 run victory for the home side, who fielded exceptionally well and saved a number of potential boundaries. Steady progress though for the under 10 team in their second game of the season.
On Sunday Sale sent a team to Congleton for an under 10 tournament for a six a side competition, played with 6 overs each game. Sale opened up against regular rivals, Macclesfield who, starting on 100, soon found themselves up against a determined Sale team. Brayden Ross took two wickets in the opening over, one with the assistance of an excellent catch by wicketkeeper James Newhill. An excellent boundary catch by Roan Gardner, followed by a run out meant the batting side only passed their starting total in the third over. Eventually a net score of 114 was achieved. Chasing their target, two sixes and a four from Brayden put Sale into the lead within 8 balls of the reply. Steady progress was made before James Newhill scored 19 off 6 balls to lead Sale a winning total of 158.
The second game was against Checkley Kestrels. Sale restricted their opponents to 147, Thomas Brassell’s bowling and a fantastic catch by Roan being the highlights. Sale’s reply was led by Amy Seddon, who hit a six and two fours in the opening over, and Thomas Brassell who hit three consecutive fours. Roan and Thomas Kennedy kept the momentum going before James Newhill blasted 28 in 7 balls, adding 39 in 12 balls with Herbie Brodbeck, putting Sale out of sight on 174.
The third game, against the hosts Congleton Cougars, was perhaps the most pleasing win of the day. Scrapping their way to a par score of 142 in their 6 overs after a fast start from Thomas Kennedy, Sale bowled and fielded outstandingly. In their 36 balls, Sale bowled 22 dot balls, as the hosts were restricted to just 110 in reply.
Three wins out of three and the semi-finals were within sight. However, beautiful sunshine was replaced by steady rain. In the final game Sale struggled with the conditions, a wet ball made bowling and fielding challenging. Thomas Brassell was the pick of the bowlers as a target of 144 was set. In their 6 overs Sale just couldn’t get going at all, with the pitch now wet and unpredictable. A defeat by 18 runs meant that Poynton leapt above Sale to the top of the group with a higher total of runs over the four games. After the brief downpour the players collected their medals in glorious sunshine.
Overall the players made massive improvements in all skills and everyone concerned had a great day.
Sale Under 9 Badgers struggled in their second outing of the season in a disappointing defeat to Urmston.  Battling a strong, cold wind, opportunities to score were hard to come by, so when put into bat, the loss of 3 early wickets put a largely inexperienced team up against it from the start.  Captaining the side for the first time, Hector Bridle started to steady the ship, with consecutive boundaries in a composed partnership with James Dyson.  Our final pairing of Thomas Brassell and Kiko Tazaki-Quayle tried hard to push our score on, with Thomas in particular flicking some late boundaries.
In spite of the cold, the Badgers put in a creditable bowling and fielding performance, as they valiantly fought to keep Urmston’s total down.  As with our first match last week, Pranav Sheshagiri bowled quickly and accurately, and was rewarded with two wickets.  His partner, Reyansh Bhardwaj was our most economical bowler, conceding only 1 run for his two overs.  Joseph Britain and Charlie Marson were making their debuts.  We secured two run-outs off Charlie’s bowling, and Joseph’s close fielding would have secured three run-outs had the bails not stubbornly refused to break on two occasions!  Pranav and Thomas both scored direct hits from distance, and James celebrated his first wicket with the help of a fine catch low down from Pranav.  So, there were some encouraging contributions from the whole team, and no shortage of effort and commitment which will no doubt bear fruit as the season progresses.
Sale took 8 players to the girls cricket mini-festival at Timperley Cricket Club on Sunday 7 May.  In an interesting tactical move, Sale’s two most experienced players (Ruth Baxandale and Molly Saunders) were loaned out to Didsbury, who only brought four players.  All of our girls got to play three matches.  In the first of these, we narrowly lost to Heaton Mersey by 7 runs, but the highlight was Amy Seddon’s 11 runs and two wickets, including a caught and bowled.  Our second game against Didsbury was similarly close, which we lost by 16 runs.  Lucy Dodds formed an excellent batting partnership with Emily (guest player), and followed this up with a wicket in a typically fast bowling display.  Kiko Tazaki-Quayle also chipped in with a wicket, as did Amy.  It was in the final game though, an impressive 46 run victory against Bowdon, that the whole team clicked with strong partnerships with bat and ball.  There was excellent calling and running between wickets by every pair.  Elizabeth Mansfield and Jessica Parish top-scored with 16 runs from their two overs, and the team only conceded two wickets to post a strong total.  Elizabeth and Jessica also led the bowling performance, picking up 3 wickets (including a caught and bowled) and 1 wicket and a run-out respectively.  Kiko also picked up a wicket, and there were further run outs off the bowling of Gracie Burt, Lucy and Amy, and catches by Lucy and Amy as the team took an impressive nine wickets in total.  Pretty much every catch or run-out opportunity was taken.  The improvement as a team through the afternoon was impressive, as was the camaraderie and team spirit.  These girls can!
Sale Badgers narrowly missed out in a close-fought game against Trafford MV U9s at Sale Cricket Club.  Batting first, Trafford scored heavily in the first and last overs, but otherwise nudged the score along slowly.  As with last week, Rey Bhardwaj was our most economical bowler only conceding 5 runs and no extras.  Joseph Britain also only conceded 5 runs in total, and we secured two run-outs off his bowling.  Thomas Kennedy took a wicket and there was a further run out off of Lucy’s bowling.  The team fielded well and conceded little, with some excellent backing up from Thomas, Lucy and Charlie Marson.
Our batting display got off to a promising start.  Matthew Mather, making his debut, scored a lovely boundary off only his second ball, and he and his partner Rey got us off to a solid start adding 20 runs with no wickets conceded.  Charlie and Joseph, both making only their second appearance, were next and, although they struggled due to some wayward bowling, again they focused on not conceding wickets and moved our score forward.  Michael Young, another player making his debut, played well in partnership with Thomas to keep rotating the strike with good running between the wickets.  Thomas picked up four boundaries as he and Michael moved our score close to Trafford’s total.  As with our match two weeks ago, Lucy Dodds and Kiko Tazaki-Quayle were our final pair and were intent on pushing our score over the winning line.  Unfortunately on this occasion, they were on the wrong end of a few run-outs.  It was a nail-biting end to a fun game, and although half of our team was very inexperienced, they showed a lot of promise.
The full scorecards can be found here

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