Sale Slip Down the Table

Sale Slip Down the Table
Sale Cricket Club 1st XI suffered a heavy loss at Urmston on Saturday that saw them drop down the league table.  Sale now find themselves in the bottom two of division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league after the 8 wicket defeat
Search sponsored Sale elected to bat first, but soon found themselves in trouble, losing wickets at regular intervals.  Only Tyrone Lawrence (pictured above), batting at number 3, showed the necessary application with 55.  No other batsman made double figures as Sale were dismissed for 116.
Urmston showed some early nerves as Sale took two early wickets, but Callum Turner (67) and Lewis Jackson (31) saw them home.
The 2nd XI encounter at Dane Road was a far closer affair, finishing as a draw as Sale ended up 11 runs short in their pursuit of Urmston’s 188-8.
Young Cheshire spinner Isaac Brooks (pictured above) took 3-36, well supported by 2 wickets a-piece for Tom Riley and Syan Siraj as the visitors were restricted to a below par 188-8.
Sale lost early wickets and fell behind the required rate, before 45 from Grant Whittaker and 35 from Sam Battersby put Sale back in contention.
Dan Newton marshalled the tail well with an unbeaten 48, but ran out of overs as Sale closed on 177-8.
Sale 3rd XI suffered their own collapse at home to Grappenhall on Sunday, Moh Rizvi top scoring with 24 as the home side were bowled out for 111.
Grappenhall looked to be struggling in pursuit of their modest target as Shah Zeb and Abbas Rizvi knocked over the first 4 batsmen, before David Seed dug in to see the visitors home.
The 4th XI had much the better of their match at Hyde.  Ian Harbershon hit an unbeaten 114 as Sale posted 230-4.  Hyde held on at 105-9 to deny Sale the outright win, Isaac Brooks the leading protagonist with 5-9.
On Saturday the 1st XI host Macclesfield and the 2nd XI visit Cheadle. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Didsbury to Dane Road and the 4th XI make the short trip to Ashton-on-Mersey.
The under 11 hardball team (see above) had victories in back to back games this week. Following a last over loss at Urmston last week, a home match against Ashton on Mersey on Sunday was followed by a cup game away at Timperley on Monday night.
Sale batted first against Ashton on Mersey. A total of 104 for 8 was achieved in 20 overs, based around a partnership between James Newhill (25 retired) and Brayden Ross (18). Useful contributions followed before Tejas Khot and Dan Bradley saw Sale past a total of three figures. In reply the visitors posted 73 all out, a great all round bowling and fielding performance by Sale. Special mention must be made to Roan Gardner on his hardball debut taking a wicket in his first over and being responsible for an early run out for the visitors. That concludes the preliminary round of matches for Sale and the under 11’s are now waiting on league fixtures to be announced for June and July. 
On Monday night Sale’s under 11 team were invited to bat first by Timperley. Captain Dylan Parekh and Ben Cleary looked to give Sale a solid start in difficult batting conditions. A tight run out ended Ben’s innings, before James Newhill and Brayden Ross battled on through the rain to try and build a competitive total. Brayden hit three powerful boundaries before being stumped for 13, James continuing on to a retired score of 26. The lower order kept the scoreboard ticking over with Luke, Amy, Dan and Thomas Kennedy all scampering important runs to enable Sale to reach a pleasing score of 95 for seven.
As conditions dried out, Timperley attempted to chase down their target. Tight bowling and fielding kept Sale in the game. Throughout the innings it looks like a close finish was on the cards. Hector Bridle and Thomas produced tight bowling spells, each picking up a wicket. The home side started to struggle, needing 22 off the final 2 overs to win. A flurry of excitement led to run outs and overthrows as Timperley came within four of the Sale total with the final ball remaining. Brayden completed a return catch off his bowling to ensure Sale progress through to the next round of the cup. Again, great bowling and fielding in wet conditions was probably the difference between two evenly matched sides.
The Squirrels Under 9 team has been hampered by some bad weather, but has managed to play 2 games so far this season.  Their first game was against Bowdon, where Sale fielded a mix of experienced players and several making their debut for Sale (Will Hocking, Kavya Panchal and Noah Adams).  Sale won the toss and elected to put Bowdon into bat.  This tactic appeared to be the right one as hostile bowling from Sale’s old guard of Drew Akers Hart and Jacob Cleary quickly took a couple of wickets in the first few overs – and the trick was repeated by Harsimar Rekhi and debutant Kavya Panchal taking a further 2 wickets in their spell, ably backed up by some fantastic work in the field, including some excellent catches and run outs.  Sale looked to be well on top, until Bowdon brought in some fearsome big-hitters towards the end of their innings, who piled on 70 runs in the last 8 overs, despite a wicket for debutant Noah Adams, and another from stalwart Tom Fenton.  Sadly these last few overs took the game away from Sale, who batted admirably, including an impressive boundary from Kavya, and an imperious 6 from Drew, but they weren’t able to match the firepower of the more experienced Bowdon lower order.
Despite that loss in the first game, Sale were determined in their next outing against 7-man Cheadle (+ Roan Gardner who admirably stepped in as sub fielder).  Debutant William Lightening was captain for the day, and won the toss and elected to bat. Harsimar Rekhi and Kavya Panchal got the innings off to a solid start, but scoring was hampered by some less-than-perfect bowling by the Cheadle team, which left the Sale batsmen with few balls to strike, but Tom Fenton, William Lightening, Taha Chaudhry and debutant Freddie Elliott scored steadily when able to, and big-hitters Noah Adams and Eoghan Walker both struck some impressive boundaries, leaving Sale on 248 at the end of the innings.
Sale were well on top when Cheadle came into bat, with Harsimar Rekhi taking 3 wickets and Tom Fenton taking 1 in the early overs.  Eoghan Walker carried on the trend, taking another wicket, as did Taha Chaudhry, helped by a stunning catch by Kavya Panchal, putting Sale in a commanding position.  At that point though Cheadle brought on their best batsman who hit a torrent of impressive boundaries.  Sale were pleased to see the back of him, only for him to come back out for the final 4 overs of the innings, as stand-in for Cheadle’s missing player.  By this time Sale had learned how to deal with him, and some impressive fielding in the deep restricted his scoring.  It was a nail-biting finish, with the some confusion about the final score at the end – but guest scorer Eddie Fenton’s scoresheet revealed Cheadle had only amassed 245, meaning Sale had won by 3 runs!   The result was no more than Sale deserved, thanks to some excellent straight bowling, and great all-round performances throughout the team.
Hale Barns u15’s 159-5, Sale u15’s 107-7
Sale u15s played in an entertaining and high scoring encounter on a lightening quick pitch at Hale Barns on Sunday morning.   Hale Barns’ openers blasted their way through the first few overs, swinging across the line to good effect. On a fast outfield, the run rate continued to grow until 12-year old Ben Habershon was bought into the attack. He bowled with great control in the face of the onslaught and deservedly picked up a wicket. Harvey Devenport and James Dodds then picked up wickets, clean bowled. Zeeshan Khan, Suchit Sakpal and Arnav Kample came back at the end of the innings to good effect and kept the Hale target to a minimum.   Captain Nick O’Leary led from the front, opening the innings and gapping the ball well for a controlled 32. Luke Brunt and Dan Gray both looked well set when losing their wickets trying to accelerate. Suleiman Khan gave the innings great momentum with a quickfire 23 but in the end the team cam up 52 runs short.   For the first outing of the season, this was a very encouraging team performance.
U13 Eagles (58-6) lost to Ashley (119-7) With Ashley 31-4 after seven overs, Sale looked set for a repeat of last week’s cup victory against the same side. Not much went right for Sale, though, after that point in the game. Ashley recovered with a rapid 59 run partnership for the fifth wicket and reached 119-7 in 20 overs. Skipper Harvey Devenport picked up 1-5 from three overs. Maaz Khan, Jared Moran and Aidan Bridle also bowled tidily; Arjun Jay claimed a catch and a run out in the field. Sale struggled in reply, never challenging the Ashley total. Only Jack Brassell made double figures, ending undefeated on 28.
Sale Sparks (329) beat Brooklands (288) by 41 runs.  Wednesday 16 May 2018
The Sparks returned to winning ways against a young Brooklands girls team.  Kiko Tazaki-Quayle was captain and, having won the toss, elected to bat.  Amy Seddon and Molly Saunders opened the innings and smashed 11 boundaries on their way to a partnership of 63, 45 of which from Amy.  After such a strong start, the rest of the team just needed to keep the scoreboard moving.  Elizabeth Mansfield and Jessica Parish were next up, and both hit sixes as they added another 33 to the score.  Isabelle Beaumont and Genie Moore faced some more variable bowling as Sparks’ scoring slowed, then Kiko partnered Eva Beaumont to a tidy finish, conceding no wickets to maximise the advantage.
As the Sparks took to the field having posted a very strong score, they were determined to keep the pressure on Brooklands.  Amy took a wicket with her first ball, on her way to another three-wicket haul.  Her bowling partner Molly added two further wickets, and chipped in with two excellent catches in the field.  There were further wickets for Isabelle, Jessica and Kiko (2), and a run-out off Isabelle’s bowling.  Jessica and Amy also took catches as Sale helped themselves to 10 wickets in total.  Brooklands did rally with their final pairing, who added 39 to the score, but a fantastic team effort in the field, keeping all of the other Brooklands batters to single figure scores, meant it wasn’t enough to threaten the Sparks total. 
That makes it three wins out of four for the Sparks so far this season.
‚ÄčAll the scorecards can be found here.

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