Siraj Leads Sale to Dramatic Win

Siraj Leads Sale to Dramatic Win
Sale Cricket Club 2nd XI pulled off a dramatic first win of the season in a low scoring affair at Upton on Saturday.  Sale won by 13 runs in their Vivio Cheshire County League division one match after posting just 128 in the first innings.
Search sponsored Sale elected to bat first, but soon found themselves in trouble as wickets began to tumble.  Sam Battersby top scored with 29 at number 6, well supported by Sandeep Yadala, whose late order 19 runs would prove to be crucial.
After tea Upton got off to a confident start, before the introduction of Siyan Siraj turned the game dramatically in Sale’s favour.  He ripped through the middle order with a spell of 5 for 26 to leave the home side reeling.
Siraj also affected a run out in an excellent display of fielding that saw Sale hold a number of important catches, including 3 for Gareth Watterson.  As the Upton tail wagged from 77-7 to 100-8 the tension rose before Watterson and Abas Rizvi took the last two wickets to secure the win.
The reverse fixture at Sale promised to produce an equally thrilling finish before a Sale collapse lead to an 81 run win for Upton 1st XI.
Sale asked the visitors to bat first, and despite an early breakthrough from Rick Halkon, the home side were soon toiling on an excellent batting surface at Dane Road.Chris McArthur and Chris Stowell-Smith added 140 for the 2nd wicket, McArthur finishing on 138 as Upton declared on 247-4 off 47 overs.
Sale were going well at 100 for 3 wickets at the half way stage, led by 64 from opener Greg Gyves.  However the drinks break working for the visitors as Sale lost 3 quick wickets.Ryan Burgess looked like he might salvage a draw for Sale with a patient 44, but when he fell the last two Sale wickets soon followed as the home side were bowled out for 166.
On Sunday the 3rd XI secured a comfortable victory against Hyde at Dane Road.  Sale asked the visitors to bat first and restricted them to 176-9 off their 45 overs.  Skipper Abas Rizvi led the way with 3-22, well supported by Shah Zeb and Moh Rizvi with a brace apiece.
Sale lost two early wickets, but from 14-2 Rizvi senior led from the front with 57 at number 3.  Soans Praveen added 26 in a stand of 78 before Asad Khan saw Sale home with an unbeaten 58.
Earlier in the week the Silverback’s game against Cheadle Hulme was cancelled and the 4th XI had no fixture.On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Urmston and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Grappenhall to Dane Road and the 4th XI visit Hyde.
Sale Sparks (269) lost to Ashley (284) by 15 runs
The Sparks came up a little short in Round 3 of the U13 Girls competition, with another tight encounter against a strong Ashley side.  Sale’s captain, Elizabeth Mansfield, won the toss and elected to bat.  Amy Seddon and Lucy Dodds picked up from where they left off in week 1, with a lightning start with lots of positive running and excellent backing up (and a big 6 from Amy), marred by a couple of run outs due to some exceptional fielding.  Our second pair was Jessica Parish and Eva Beaumont, both of whom improved significantly on week 2 with some confident hitting.  Kiko Tazaki-Quayle returned to the team and paired with our young debutant, Genie Moore.  Together they did a great job, achieving the highest partnership of our innings, including a lovely 4 from Kiko.  Sale were hoping for a repeat of week 2 when the final pairing accelerated the scoring to a strong total, and Elizabeth and Isabelle Beaumont would have achieved just that but for the unfortunate loss of two further wickets.
Nevertheless, a total of 269 was something to go at, and so the Sparks took to the field with enthusiastic optimism.  The pick of Sale’s bowlers was Amy who took a hat-trick on her way to bowling figures of 4 for 16.  Other highlights included Genie taking a wicket on her debut with a catch by Elizabeth, and Kiko also chipping in with a wicket with a catch by Lucy.  There were also run outs off of the bowling of Lucy, Genie and Elizabeth (2), with several more run out chances being narrowly missed.  Isabelle was again unlucky not to take any wickets but was Sale’s most economical bowler, and Eva was unfortunate to bowl against Ashley’s two best batters.
Another great match, thoroughly enjoyed by all involved, and the Sparks will be itching to get back out there and win the next one!
Sale u13 Falcons 98/5 (20 overs) lost to Alderley Edge 157/3 (20 overs)
The u13 Falcons played out an enjoyable game with Alderley Edge at Dane Road on Friday. Winning the toss Sale chose to put the visitors into bat and saw them make a confident start racing to 100 for no wicket off the first 10 overs with 3 visiting batsmen retiring out.Tighter bowling from then on in restricted Alferley Edge to 157/3, Krish, Gautham and Nathan taking one wicket each - Gautham's first wicket for the club.
Positive play by the Sale openers, Louis and Dattu, got the Sale reply off to a steady start. Louis going on to make 31 (retired). Solid and sensible batting contributions from Alex, Ben H and Nathan saw Sale finish just short of 100 for the loss of 5 wickets.Given that the Falcons are an u12 team playing u13 cricket, this season is mainly about development for both the team and individuals alike. Pleasing to see some positive foundations being laid for the remainder of the season.
Sale u13 Eagles 58-1 (8.5 overs) defeated Bowdon Vale 57 all out (14.2 overs)
Bowdon Vale struggled against all of Sale’s bowlers, particularly the spin attack. Captain James Dodds led the way with 3-6. Callum Ross claimed 1-3 (2 overs), Aidan Bridle 1-5 and left-armer Ayaan Mirza 2-21 including the big wicket of Tom Greening, who had hit a quick-fire 25. Greening skied a slog, which looked to be falling into no man’s land until Callum darted underneath and held on with a tumbling catch. Opening bowlers, Arnav Kamble and Theo Brodbeck were rewarded for tight spells with a wicket apiece.
Openers Jared Moran and Jack Brassall combined for a 50 partnership, with sensible risk-free batting, putting away to the boundary anything loose. Jared retired on 32*, with six cleanly hit boundaries from just 30 balls. Jack remained 15*, seeing the Eagles home to their first victory of the season.
Sale u13 Eagles 99-2 (20 overs) defeated Ashley 96-7 (20 overs)
This thrilling Cheshire County Cup match at Dane Road on Sunday morning went to the final ball. Ashley needed 12 from the 20th over and, hitting a 4 from the penultimate ball, required a 6 to win the game. Callum Ross (3-12) held his nerve and put Sale into the next round. Sale, put into bat, started circumspectly. Openers, Theo Brodbeck and James Dodds were starting to accelerate when Theo fell for 16. James, favouring the off-drive, soon after retired with 33*. Callum Ross then made his first key intervention of the game, clattering 30* (retired) from 20 balls, with six 4’s. Scoring just short of three figures, the Eagles knew their total was competitive but hardly impregnable.
Scoring 20 from the first four overs, Ashley’s openers were up with the rate from the start. Theo Brodbeck’s first delivery was pulled forcefully square and caught smartly by Callum Ross. Two more wickets fell as Sale’s slow bowlers - Dodds and Ross - strangled the scoring. But Ashley rebuilt with 32 for the fourth wicket, pressuring Sale’s field with some quick running between the wickets. Taking on Jared Moran at point, the batsmen took one risk too many and the game swung again towards Sale, their position reinforced by two tight overs from Will Scott. Ashley attacked again and the tension never lessened. Even with ten runs required from the final two balls, the visitors managed to stay in the game, until ‘player of the match’, Callum had his final decisive moment.  We look forward to welcoming Ashley back for a league match this Friday.
Sale's under 11's have two teams this season, one for hardball and one for softball.
On Monday night the hardball team were involved in an exciting game at Urmston as two evenly matched teams played out two very similar innings with the home side coming out victorious in the final over of the game.
Invited to bat first Sale overcome the loss of an early wicket to lay the foundations of a competitive total. Thomas Brassell and James Newhill worked the ball skillfully into the gaps to keep the scoreboard ticking along at a healthy rate. James Newhill retired on 25 before Brayden Ross hit some heavy blows in an impressive 22 as Sale reached 79-3 off 14 overs.
Runs were harder to come by at the end of the innings as the final six overs yielded only six runs.
In reply Urmston lost two early wickets before the innings followed a similar pattern to Sale's. At 71 for two after 14 overs the game looked lost for Sale but steady bowling and superb fielding increased the pressure on the home side. Pick of the bowling was young Jacob Cleary who caused the batsmen difficulty bowling round the wicket. He conceded just one run in his two overs.
With only 1 run scored in each of the 18th and 19th overs, and two run outs, Urmston sneaked over the line in the last over at the end of a tense, closely fought match.
Despite the loss it was a very impressive performance from the under 11's.
Scores: Sale 85-3 (20 overs); Urmston 87-4 (19 1 overs).
Sale U11 Softball (218) beat Ashton-on-Mersey/Trafford MV (266) by default
Ashton/Trafford were only able to field 5 players for the first U11 Softball cricket match of the season.  Whilst that conceded the match in Sale’s favour, all players were keen to play some cricket particularly as a match had been lost to bad weather the previous week.  Sale were put into bat first, with captain Roan Gardner and Herbie Brodbeck getting the innings off to a lively start.  Unfortunately, their desire to run got the better of them with a few run outs pegging the score back.  Sale’s second pair, Reyansh Bhardwaj and Rohan Vakil, faced some familiar bowling, as our very own James Newhill popped up for the opposition and took two wickets and a run-out.  The wickets kept tumbling with our third pair.  Alex Mansfield, having hit the only boundary of Sale’s innings, then hit his own stumps twice when facing the bowling of another team-mate, Eddie Fenton, who also bowled Seamus Farrell.  Alex and Seamus nevertheless restored some forward momentum going into our final pairing.  Thankfully, Eddie and Hector Bridle conceded no further wickets, but scoring continued to be difficult, when facing two very economical overs from Herbie.
So, taking to the field Sale knew that the only chance of winning was to take even more than the 11 wickets conceded when batting.  Roan and Herbie bowled with gusto but without any luck.  Rey and Rohan were up next, and the wickets started to tumble with two run-outs secured by Roan and Rohan, and Rey clean bowling one opponent to slow Ashton’s scoring.  In our third pairing, Alex took another wicket and Seamus bowled tidily to do their best to keep the score down.  For our final bowling pair, the last two overs were the most frenetic of the innings.  Eddie bowled one opponent and set up a run out chance.  Going into Hector’s final over, the coach asked him to just take the six wickets.  He, with Herbie’s assistance, secured two run-outs from the first two balls to build the excitement…but alas the batsmen saw out the remaining deliveries without further incident.

The full scorecards can be found here.

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