1st XI Hold on for Draw against Widnes

1st XI Hold on for Draw against Widnes
Sale 1st XI held on for a draw after a rear-guard action against Widnes on Saturday.  Sale are still searching for their best form in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League as they held on 9 wickets down.
Search sponsored Sale ask the visitors to bat first and despite finding wickets hard to come by kept the scoring rate in check with some accurate bowling.
Widnes looked like posting a below par score of around 200 before Majid Majeed blasted 64 off 40 balls to get Widnes up to 236-6, Tyrone Lawrence finishing the pick of the bowling with 2-43.
Greg Gyves got Sale off to a flying start after tea, hitting 37 off 28 balls at the top of the order. Sale then lost 3 quick wickets, slumping to 40-3.
Skipper Keith Wellings (pictured above by George Franks) led the rebuilding effort with 45, but Sale continued to fall behind the required rate and focused on securing a draw.
Late order runs from Andy Millward (23) and Rick Halkon (11) secured both the draw and an extra bonus point as Sale closed on 175-9.
Sale 2nd XI moved into mid-table after beating bottom side Widnes in the reverse fixture.
The home side were asked to bat first and were bowled out for 195 in the final over, skipper Siyan Siraj leading the way with 3-41.
Sale coasted home after tea for the loss of 4 wickets.  Young opener Viraj Sorathia (pictured above) leading he way with an unbeaten 73, well supported by Gareth Watterson (40) and Soans Praveen (38 not out).
Sale 3rd XI secured a welcome win at home to Oxton on Sunday, who they bowled out for 99 in the 36th over.
Young bowler Saad Khan did the early damage with 3-15 and veteran Howard Briggs cleaned up the tail with 4-20.
Sale made hard work of the reply, reaching their target for the loss of 8 wickets, Ian Habershon 39 and Soans Praveen 18 not out.
The 4th XI had no fixture this week.
Early in the week Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, secured a 6 wicket win over Cheadle.  Paul Hanrahan taking 3-11 as Cheadle closed on 105-5.
The Silverbacks reached their target with an over to spare, Hemant Sakpal 30 retired and Mark Rowe 29.
Next week the 1st XI visit Bollington and the 2nd XI welcome Warrington to Dane Road. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Marple and the 4th XI host Urmston 3s.
Sale u13 Falcons 111/7 (20 overs) lost to Hale Barns u13s 120 all out (19.3)
The u13 Falcons lost a close game away at Hale Barns in the u13s Cup last Friday. Taking to the field Sale found the Hale Barns opening pair a tough nut to crack with both openers retiring out at 30 in the the first 8 overs. After this the Falcons took all the remaining opposition wickets restricting Hale Barns to 120 from 19.3 overs.
Three excellent run outs, two fantastic direct hits from Naman and some great fielding by Tanay and Arthur accounting for these. Ben A, Dattu, Josh & Nathan we’re the bowlers amongst the wickets with Krish once again bowling extremely tightly.
The Falcons reply started slowly reaching 40 from the first 10 overs after which some spirited batting from Ben H (28), Arthur (14) & Ben A (10) left Sale needing 20 from the final 2 overs. Despite the best efforts of Tanay with a quick fire 9 the ask was a little too much with the Falcons finishing 9 runs short.
Sale u15’s 122-5; 20 overs, Stretford u15’s 123-3; 18.3 overs - Sunday 10th June
Sale u15’s narrowly lost in a closely-fought contest at Clarendon Road on Sunday. Captain Nick O’Leary won the toss and elected to bat, continuing his good form with a fluent 20. James Dodds topped the scoring with an elegant, unbeaten 53 off 46 balls. Some lusty striking from Tom Burt (13*) towards the end of the innings presented Stretford with a challenging target.
In the field, Ghani and Dan Gray bowled with speed and skill against some aggressive opening batting. Arnav Kamble continued to impress and deservedly picked up a wicket, well supported by Theo Brodbeck, Suleman Khan and Adam Downes. However, on a quick outfield the boundaries continued to flow and Stretford reached their target with 9 balls to spare.
Sale's under 11 hardball had a busy Sunday. Firstly they visited Urmston for a Group 2 League game. Sale won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first. The visitors made a spectacular start with James Newhill running out  batsman Freddie Cartwright in the opening over. Soon Urmston were reduced to 0-2 as Angus Rawson completed a catch at square leg off Brayden Ross's bowling.
Urmston made a rapid recovery before Tejas Khot turned in a brilliant spell of leg spin bowling. From 43-2 in the 9th over the game swung back in Sale's favour. Tejas finished with figures of 2 for 1 in 2 overs. Amy Seddon and Thomas Kennedy also picked up wickets as the hosts ended their 20 overs on 78 for seven.
In reply Sale lost an early wicket before James (28 retired not out) and Herbie Brodbeck (23) made the match winning partnership. Despite a late flurry of wickets, Sale reached their target of 79 in 17 overs, completing a second victory in Group 2.
Following the morning game players and parents jumped into cars and headed to Malpas to enter the u12 cricket festival, meeting up with the u10 team that had competed in the morning's tournament.
In the morning U10 competition (pictured above), Sale finished a very creditable 2nd, having lost a close opening match to the eventual winners, Whitchurch, but piling on the runs in the other two games against Tattenhall and Malpas.  Each pair - Eddie and James, Pip and Taaha, Alex and Rohan and Lizzie and Jess - demonstrated some great teamwork in achieving high-scoring partnerships (6 of 30 or more), and the smiles were as big as the hits as every player struck some boundaries including a shot now known as "The Rohan".  There was some great bowling and fielding too, with Lizzie grabbing 3 wickets, 2 each from Taaha and Alex, and James, Pip and Jess also chipping in.  The general consensus at the end of the tournament was that everyone had had a blast.
Sale u12 (pictured below) competed against two Warrington teams and Malpas A. Opposition varied greatly and so did the results but all had a great time. Malpas Cricket Club were excellent hosts, with food and drink enjoyed by all.
Sale U14s (106-4) lost to Didsbury (145-4)
Didsbury seized the initiative, scoring at 10 runs per over for the first half of their innings. Wickets to Isaac Brooks, Harvey Devenport and Jared Moran, supported by a smart run out and a catch by Suchit Sapkal and an economical spell of off-spin from the versatile Jack Brassell, just about kept Sale in contention.
After losing Dylan Walker early, Mal Tazaki-Quayle and Isaac Brooks put on 50 for the second wicket. Mal batted superbly, driving through point and hooking a bouncer behind square. He struck seven 4’s in reaching 40* retired. Isaac made 31, but with Didsbury patrolling the boundary, the target proved too stiff for Sale.
Sale U13 Eagles (63-3) defeated Lindow Greens (61 all out)
Lindow Greens, the Eagles’ 1st round cup opponents, batted first at Clarendon Road. Arnav Kamble accounted for the first two wickets, bowling the opener and combining with Jack Brassell to run out the number 3. Lindow had reached 27-2 when Maaz Khan intervened. Within five minutes, the innings was reeling as Maaz had taken an unassisted hat-trick (bowled / caught & bowled / bowled). He finished with figures of 3-0-4-4. Ivan Flitcroft picked up two wickets in two balls (2-4); Zeeshan Khan and Aidan Bridle wrapped up the innings with a wicket each.
Maaz  and Zeeshan kept up the pressure on Lindow when opening the batting, putting 25 on the board within four overs. The innings stuttered, caused by a fine spell from the visiting Dan Walter (3-9), including the wicket of top-scorer Maaz (23). Jack Brassell and captain, Callum Ross, calmly completed the chase with eight overs to spare.
Sale U13 Eagles (30-0) defeated Didsbury Bulls (29 all out)
One night after comprehensively defeating Lindow, the Eagles were back in cup action away at Didsbury, expecting a tougher encounter. The home team won the toss and batted. Barely 13 overs later the game was over.
Arnav Kamble (3-7) and Harvey Devenport (2-5) did the early damage, taking five wickets with the score stuck on 7. Rahul Minocha picked up the wicket of top-scorer Ben Lowe (15) who was one of only three of the Didsbury team to get off the mark. Callum Ross (3-1) ran through the tail.
Sale openers Theo Brodbeck (10*) and James Dodds (20*) took Sale to a ten wicket victory in under five overs. A re-match of the County Cup defeat to Bowdon awaits the Eagles in the next round.
Sale U11 Softball (280) beat Ashley U11 Softball (272) by 8 runs
Sale's U11 Softball side travelled to Ashley and were put in to bat on a sunny evening. The opening pair of Amy and Zenen hit the ball well but were undone by 3 run-outs. Pair 2 gelled really well and were unbeaten in their 4 overs with Herbie hitting a quickfire 11 and Pip 4. Rohan and Taaha struggled a bit with the bat and the 4th pair knew they needed a big score. Dylan had the satisfaction of scoring the only 6 of the night and it was only a couple of wickets which kept his score down to 6. Brayden hit two 4s in an unbeaten 14 to end up Sale's top run scorer.
With 80 on the board, Sale knew that they had something to bowl at in the 2nd innings and Amy and Zenen promptly reduced Ashley's opening pair to minus figures. Amy's 2 overs included 1 maiden and saw her take 2 wickets for just 4 runs conceded whilst Zenen matched her by taking 2 wickets for only 7 runs. Pip stepped up and took a wicket with his 1st ball, ending up with 18-2 whilst his partner Herbie took a wicket.  The 3rd pair kept up the pressure with a fine spell of bowling from Taaha seeing him take 2 wickets for 10 runs whilst Rohan bowled a good line and was unlucky not to take a wicket but conceded only 14 runs. As the final pair came in to bat Ashley still needed 31 runs to win and they came at Sale with some big 4s. Dylan's 2 wickets kept pegged them back but it all went down to the last ball with Ashley still needing 6 to win. Brayden set his field out on the boundary as the watching parents held their breath but we needn't have worried as Brayden coolly sent the ball straight on to middle stump to take his 2nd wicket and see Sale win the match by 8 runs. 
Sale CC u9 Badgers Tied with Whalley Range 279 v 279
A lovely sunny evening was rewarded by some excellent cricket with the game ending in a tie.
Sale Batting first kept the scoreboard moving with boundaries from Kiko, Gracie, Joseph and Atharva whilst the team only lost 2 wickets throughout the 16 overs.
A competitive run chase meant that Whalley Range flashed hard on a quick outfield.
Sale took 3 wickets with Shiva, Gracie and Kavish doing the damage for Sale and great fielding from Harry and Luke (who almost pulled off a spectacular one handed catch) meant that Whalley Range needed 8 off the final over to win.
With the crowd on their feet cheering their team on cricket was the winner as the score ended in an exciting tie.
The scorecards can be found here.

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