Newton Hits 2nd XI to Victory

Newton Hits 2nd XI to Victory
Sale 1st XI suffered a heavy defeat against Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League division one leaders Oulton Park on Saturday to drop into the bottom two places in the league.
Young opener Joe Cannon got Sale off to a solid start after being put into bat by the visitors, adding 41 runs on his return to the side.  However only two others make double figures at Sale subsided to 96 all out.
Andrew Hards (3-33) and Muhammad Kashif (5-18) did the damage for the leaders, Kashif particularly effective in running through Sale’s lower order.
Sale took two wickets before Oulton Park coasted home in the 24th over.
Sale 2nd XI kept their nerve and maintained the pressure on the leaders in division two in a low scoring game at Heaton Mersey.  The home team were bundled out for 112 in the 46th over, Gareth Watterson leading the way with 3 wickets.
Sale made hard work of the reply, losing 8 wickets before reaching their target in the 42nd over. Buoyed from receiving his Cheshire under-14 cap Dan Newton (pictured above by George Franks) led the way with 50 not out, Viraj Sorathia continuing his consistent form with 30 at the top of the order.
Sale 3rd XI suffered defeat in a similar game at 3rd placed Didsbury, but still maintained top spot in the premier division after picking up 9 valuable points.
Ali Rizvi top scored with 37 as Sale were bowled out for a below par 150 in the 42nd over, well backed up by opener Sam Battersby (30).
In a tense game Sale were always in the hunt for maximum points as Didsbury lost 8 wickets in pursuit of their target, Abas Rizvi (3-18) and Paul Hanrahan (2-22) doing the damage.  Sale were left to rue not batting out their full 45 overs in the first innings as Didsbury reached their target in the 48th over.
The 4th XI kept their decent run of form going with a 5 wicket win against Heaton Mersey.  Despite a combination of dismal weather on Sunday morning and shock at the skipper actually winning a toss,
Sale bowled and fielded impressively, with Howard Briggs and Isaac Brooks finishing with identical figures of 10-2-26-3.  The consistent Joe Wicks picked up a wicket after another impressive opening spell, and Andy Watt also bowled with control and pace to finish with 2-16 off 6 overs.
Heaton Mersey were eventually dismissed for 85, with special mentions deserved by Jay Jayoraman who kept wicket expertly, Chris Smith who took 2 fine catches, Tom Chute who bravely got something in the way no matter what was hit at him, and the committed Howard, emulating Tom Daley (or possibly Arthur Daley) with a full length dive to save runs late in the innings.
In reply, Vaasu Goyal made a powerful 29 and Jay Jayoraman a typically forthright 23 in another positive opening partnership.  Despite losing some quick wickets, Tris Brodbeck and Howard eventually saw Sale home for the loss of 5 wickets.   Real credit is due to Heaton Mersey, with some impressive performances notably from their younger players including Patrick Glare, Billy Hayward, Luke Howard and David Casey who all made positive contributions.
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks, our over 40s side, won a rain affected game on the longest night of the year at Bowdon.  Sale posted 160-7 either side of a rain interruption in a game reduced to 36 overs.
Promoted to open Tris Brodbeck hit 23 at the top of the order.  Skipper Iain Harrop then sacrificed himself to allow Soans Pravenn (33 off 11 balls) and Mark Almond (32 off 13 balls) to blast the Silverbacks to an imposing total.
Brodbeck showed his skills with the ball in the second innings as he took a hat-trick in a spell of 3-32. Bowdon were always behind the rate despite 32 from ex-Lancashire batsman Nathan Wood, Paul Hanrahan taking 3-9 as their closed on 132-8.
On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Whalley Range. On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Weaverham and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Didsbury 4s and the 4th XI welcome Stockport Trinity to Dane Road.
U14s 140-3 (20) lost to Bramhall 146-3 – CUP
U14s 97-7 (20) lost to Timperley 98-5) – Friendly
U13s 110 (20) lost to Didsbury Buffaloes 117-5 (20)
U13 Eagles 42 all out lost to Didsbury Buffaloes 43-3
U12’s 79 all out lost to Alderley Edge 136-6 (20) – CUP
U10s 310 (20) beat South West Manchester 266 (20)
U9 Squirrels (238) lost to Ashley (314)
U9 Badgers 239 lost to Ashton on Mersey 264
U9s Squirrels 274-33 (16) lost to Bowdon 287-7 – Friendly
There was a late start in the under 14s cup match. Bramhall won the toss and chose to bat first on a belter of a pitch. The openers R Linney and L Anson progressed slowly initially, reaching 24 from the first six overs, tightly bowled by Dan Newton getting good bounce, and Ibraheem Shareef. They soon hit their stride, however, and stared to find the boundary regularly. Sale's first breakthrough came in the 12th over when Mo Rizvi bowled Anson for a well-made 32. The spin pair of Rizvi and captain Viraj Sorathia re-established some control for the fielding team in the middle overs, but when Linney retired on 40 Bramhall's captain M Madeira came to the crease and hit a blistering 41 retired from 26 balls – including 6 fours through midwicket – an innings which saw Bramhall's score rise from 99 off 16 overs to 146 by the close. Rizvi was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 18 from 4 (the second well caught by George Howling), while Viraj took 1 for 31, 17 coming off the last over.
Chasing 7.3 runs per over, Sale's openers Zikria Nadeem and Viraj couldn't afford a slow start and shared a partnership of 47 until Zikria fell for 17 in the seventh over. Dan Newton joined Viraj at the crease and they were bang on the required rate at the halfway point. Viraj retired with 40 from 35 balls, including several sumptuous drives threaded through the offside gaps. Mo Rizvi joined Newton at the crease but after a couple of early boundaries the pair struggled to time the ball as the light began to fade and Bramhall stationed deep fielders. 11 from the 18th over brought the possibility of a Sale win back into the equation.  With 20 needed off the last 2 overs Mo perished for a run-a-ball 26, then Dan retired for an untypically stately 41 from 36 balls, leaving 4 balls of the innings left and 8 still needed. In the near-dark it proved too much for the incoming batsman and the under 14s were left counting the "if only's".
We won the toss and Sale under 14s chose to bat first. A fine innings from Billy Dawson (32 with 5 fours) supported by Matthew Holland (16) and Ibraheem Shereef (11), showed what was possible, but generally we struggled to find any fluency and rotate the strike in making 97.
In reply, despite a superb opening spell from George Howling, we couldn't dislodge Timperley's openers Jamie and Joe, who got to 63 in the tenth over before Matthew Holland had Jamie trapped LBW for 33. He followed this up with a wicket maiden , clean bowling the dangerous Anurag and finishing with figures of 2 for 4. Yaqoob was just as impressive, also bowling a wicket maiden and claiming 2 wickets for 6 runs (one with a terrific running catch from Billy), whilst Matthew Thomas chipped in by bowling Anyrudh for a duck to the evident delight of his teammates. Joe retired with 40, Captain Max Brodbeck tried 9 bowlers in all but Timperley were not to be thwarted despite some valiant fielding and they reached the target with an over to spare.
On Friday the u13s lost a competitive match away at Didsbury Buffaloes.  Batting first, Didsbury made a good score of 117-5.  Saad Khan opened the bowling with controlled aggression, causing problems for all the batters and finishing with 3-12 off 4 overs.  Wickets were also picked up by Moh Rizvi and Thomas Burt, and stand in keeper Isaac Brooks completed an acrobatic run-out, and several impressive diving stops.  Suchit Sapkal bowled superbly, conceding only 7 runs of his 4 overs. 
In reply, Sale kept in touch, and Moh Rizvi and Isaac Brooks both batting with authority to make 30 retired.  Saad Khan contributed 14 good runs before falling lbw, and Sale finished on 110 despite an impressive late effort by Suchit Sapkal.  Some uncharacteristic misfields ultimately proved to be the difference, but there were plenty of positives for both teams aft a good game of cricket
Sale under 12’s fielded first in their cup match against Alderley Edge, who got off to a blistering start but were pegged back by a hostile opening spell from Arnav Kamble who continued his fine form with the ball. This was followed by some accurate bowling from Ben Habershon and Will Scott. James Dodds bowled economically and picked up 3 key wickets.
Sale’s response was spearheaded by James Dodds (retired 30) and Jack Brassell who made a fine 15 runs. The wickets continued to fall and Alderley Edge progressed to the next round of the Cup.
Sale got off to a bad start, being 10-5 after 5 overs. Only Arjun Jay (8) played with the necessary straight bat on a testing surface. Fortunately we picked up 23 extras but to get only 19 runs off the bat is somewhat disappointing!
The team displayed great enthusiasm in the field and made Didsbury work for every run. There were wickets for Callum Ross and James Dodds and a sensational run out by Harvey Devenport. All players managed to get a bat and a bowl during the match which can only bode well for next season. Sale Under 10’s finally had a home game this week and hosted a hardball league match against South West Manchester. The visitors won the toss and elected to field. Sale made a watchful start, but Thomas Brassell and Pranav Sheshagiri protected their wickets against testing bowling. The second pair, James Newhill and Angus Rawson accelerated the run rate, adding 36 in four overs, James reaching a season best 26. Next up were Luke Billinge and Amy Seddon who continued to keep the scoreboard moving. For Luke it was a hardball debut and he made it a debut to remember, collecting 17 off 17 balls. Thomas Kennedy and Brayden Ross added 35 in the final four overs, Brayden reaching 20 for the second time in consecutive games. An imposing total of 310 was established.
The visitors made a good attempt to chase the total, reaching 248 after 8 overs, but the home side’s bowling improved as the innings progressed. Dylan Parekh confused the batsmen with his leg spin, and after a testing over from Brayden the home side kept total control over the opposition total. James and Amy collected wickets, each bowled, before a resting closing spell held the finishing total at 266. Sale ending up victorious by 54 runs, another indication of the progress being made by the players this season. Highlight of the game being Luke Billinge's impressive hardball debut. Next match for the under 10’s is the Second Round Cup match against Urmston on Friday night.
It was the under 9 Squirrels’ misfortune to run into the Ashley Assassins on Friday night. The Squirrels applied the lessons of their training sessions, calling and running positively. But their opponents turned out to be a sharp-shooting team of Jonty Rhodes emulators, who pulled off six direct hit run outs.
The Assassins had batted first. Amy Seddon was Sale’s stand-out performer in the field: completing her own direct-hit run out as well as taking a wicket. Jacob Cleary picked up a wicket – reward for bowling full and straight. Taha Chaudhry was the most economical of Sale’s bowlers, conceding just five runs in two overs.
Ashley’s total was imposing even before their dead-eye fielders got to work. Farhan Ali, Harsimer Rekhi, Rohan Vakil and Jacob all played pleasing shots that show, on another evening, runs will come.
The weather cooled again for the Under 9 Badgers’ first home fixture for a month against Ashton.  Our captain for the day was Lucy Dodds, who won the toss and elected to bat.  We sent out Thomas Brassell and Matthew Mather to open the innings, who were faced with some tidy bowling as they struggled to get runs on the board.  Our next pair, Joseph Britain and Charlie Marson, continued where they left off in the last game with some good running, Charlie picking up his first runs off the bat and Joseph again top scoring for the team.  When Kiko Tazaki Quayle and Gracie Burt came out third, the scoreboard started to tick along with 15 added for their pairing, a total that was matched by our final pair.  Elizabeth Mansfield, a last minute stand-in for Pranav, struck our first boundary, which was matched in the next over by Lucy Dodds.
The Badgers’ total was always going to be a challenge to defend, but once again our team put in a really committed fielding display, and heading into Ashton’s final batting pair, a win was still possible.  Among the highlights were two run-outs by Charlie and some excellent blocks by Kiko.  It was also pleasing to see plenty of movement in the field as the team chased down the ball and backed up at the stumps in numbers.  Thomas was back among the wickets, taking two with only 8 runs conceded, and Kiko also chipped in with one of her own.  As with last week, Matthew hit the stumps but the bails refused to budge and Lucy missed the stumps by a whisker in her first over.  Joseph was also unlucky not to take a wicket as he had a tricky caught-and-bowled chance.  Gracie was our most economical bowler, only conceding 3 runs, and Elizabeth notched up the only maiden over of our innings.  Overall, the difference between the sides were the boundaries (8 by Ashton to 2 by Badgers), probably as a result of our team bowling straighter than the opposition, but with the commitment shown, we will prevail again soon…
We saw a spirited performance for the Under 9 Squirrels in a close game under cloudy skies at Bowdon. We batted first, and the innings got off to a great start with a partnership of 22 between captain James Wareing and Eoghan Walker, featuring two huge fours from Eoghan. Drew Ackers Hart and Jacob Cleary added 18 despite some fine accurate bowling, Sam Atkinson and Eoghan (batting again) shared a partnership of 17, as did last pair Thomas Kennedy and Amy Seddon in a good all-round batting performance with excellent judgement of singles, good communication between the batters and only three wickets being lost.
When the Bowdon innings began, the Squirrels were treated to an absolute onslaught from the fluorescent pink plastic bat of Freddie, who blasted 37 runs including 5 fours and a six, despite good bowling from openers James and Eoghan. Missing a player in the field, Sale had to field well to peg Bowdon back, and Drew and Jacob conceded just 12 from their 4 overs, Drew taking a wicket with an effortless catch from James. Amy had 3 overs and took 2 wickets clean bowled, Sam took 2 wickets including a fine catch from Thomas who had a clean bowled of his own and Jacob came back to produce a fine last over. In all, the Squirrels took 7 wickets and conceded half as many extras as Bowdon in a game they would have won had it not been for the brilliance of the blond Bowdon opener.
The full scorecards can be found here.

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