Sale Four Tops

Sale Four Tops
Four out of Sale’s five senior teams find themselves top of their respective divisions after the latest round of matches in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League.
Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, started off the week with an improbable win over Brooklands to stay top of the north-east division. After setting the visitors only 100 to win following a poor batting display, Brooklands reached 56-2 without alarm.
Rob Moore then struck with 3 quick wickets to get Sale back into the game, but with 5 runs needed off 8 balls and 4 wickets in hand Brooklands were still favourites. Moore then took a steepling catch on the extra cover boundary to dismiss White for 18, before Mark Almond took the final wickets to finish with 3-4 and leave Brooklands 95 all out.
Search sponsored Sale 2nd XI went top of division two after recording a comprehensive win over Ashton on Mersey. Young spinner Zikria Nadeem returned his best senior figures of 6-44 as the home team were dismissed for 178 in the 44th over, well backed up by Grant Whittaker with 2-53.
In reply Sale got off to a shaky start losing two quick wickets before skipper Gareth Watterson steadied the inning with 46.
Jamal Benzafar with a run-a-ball 50 and Whittaker with 50 off just 20 balls saw Sale to their target with over 25 overs to spare.
The 3rd XI kept up their 100% record with a win against Bramhall on Sunday.  The visitors made a good total of 200-8 in 45 overs, Tom Mason hitting 82. Shah Zeb with 3-45 and Sohaib Farooq with 3-34 were the pick of the Sale bowling.
In reply Sale were always up with the rate, reaching 92-4 before Dan Newton (pictured above by George Franks) was joined by Farooq. This pair accelerated the scoring reaching the target with 5 overs in hand.  Newton hitting 60 off 44 balls and Farooq 59 off 56 balls.
The 1st XI lost by 8 wickets to Urmston, but did pick up 8 valuable points. Lancashire and Sale batsman Brooke Guest returned to form with 117 not out as Sale posted 235-5, well supported by Jeremey McFarlane with 34.
The Sale wicket proved to be too good as Urmston reached the target in the 49th over, fellow Lancastrian Callum Turner hitting 143 not out. McFarlane taking the two wickets to fall.
The 4th XI went top of division three east, after a second consecutive walk-over, Cheadle Hulme 4ths the defaulters this week.
Earlier in the week the 1st XI lost their second T20 Cup match against Didsbury.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Bowdon Vale.  On Saturday the 1st XI visit Upton and the 2nd XI host Lindow. On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Nantwich and the 4th XI visit Bredbury St Marks 4s.
U14s 131-7 (20 overs) beat Poynton 92-9 - CUP

Losing the toss, Sale under 14s were put into bat by Poynton in their first cup match of the season. Openers Zikria Nadeem and captain Viraj Sorathia got the innings off to a fine start, Viraj retiring on 41 from 35 balls with 5 fours. Dan Newton dominated the bowling, plundering 30 from 20 balls, Zikria hitting a rare six which clattered on the pavilion roof and 5 fours in his 37. At 122 in the 16th over a massive total looked possible but some fine bowling from Poynton's J. Chignell and T. Fredrickson saw Sale lose 5 more wickets while adding just 9 runs.
Ibraheem Shareef struck early for Sale, having Poynton's wicketkeeper/captain C. Bowden smartly caught behind by Dan Gray. Further wickets were shared amongst the bowlers despite a  fine knock from N. Caine - 40 from 38 balls with 2 sixes - until, in the 17th over with Poynton struggling on 85 for 5, Yaqoob Sharif (4 for 10 from 3 overs) took a devastating hat trick - all clean bowled with yorkers - and the innings was closed by George Howling (2 for 11 from 2.4).  We go on to meet Bramhall or Stretford in the 2nd round. Thanks to Linesh for scoring, and to all the parents who braved the traffic to get to the ground and enjoy a beautiful evening's cricket.
The full scorecard can be found here.

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