Stockport Hold Out for Draw

Stockport Hold Out for Draw
Sale 1st XI had the better of a drawn game against Stockport on Saturday, but couldn’t take the final wicket to secure an outright win in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League.
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bat first and slumped to 15-3, Mike Eley taking all 3 wickets.
Mat Spells hit 24 in a stand of 39 with Keith Wellings (pictured above by George Franks) to steady the Sale innings.
Fortunately Sale’s lower middle order has been in fine form recently, Ryan Burgess (24) adding 43 with Wellings.  Skipper Wellings marked his birthday by passing 50, but was bowled just one run later for a patent 51.
Ben Watkins upped the tempo with a run-a-ball 45, well supported by Andy Millward (22), as Sale closed on 194-8.
The visitors got off to a great start adding 54 against Sale’s seamers, before the introduction of spin turned the game in Sale’s favour.
Watkins made the first breakthrough, followed by Millward, as Stockport struggled against the turning ball.  Watkins returned a fine 5-30 and Millward 3-47.
Isaac Brooks also chipped in with a wicket, but Sale couldn’t knock over the final pair as Stockport closed on 164-9, number 3 Arden Van Eeden holding the innings together with 49 not out.
Sale 2nd XI also played out a draw at neighbours Brooklands.  Abbas Rizvi took 2-48 as Brooklands posted 221-6.
In reply Sale reached 171-9, Viraj Sorathia 45 and Dan Newton 32.
Sale 3rd XI drew against Nantwich on Sunday as the visitors posting 212-7.  Sale reached 164-9 after tea, Joe Cannon hitting 60 on his return following exams.
An inexperienced 4th XI lost at Disley 3s, being bowled out for 125 in pursuit of the home sides 215-8.  Ivan Flitcroft took a spectacular diving caught and bowled as he took 2 wickets on debut.  Theo Brodbeck also took 2 wickets and Chris Smith hit 35.
Earlier in the week the Silverbacks beat Brooklands in the over 40s competition.  Sale posted 137-7, Asad Khan 30 retired and Paul Hanrahan 24, Brooklands were always behind the required rate, finishing on 110-5, Owais Khan 2-31.
Next week the 1st XI visit Bowdon and the 2nd XI play the return fixture.  On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Stockport and the 4th XI host Bollington 3s.
Sale Squirrels U9s faced Hale Barns in the cup last Friday, full of confidence after 4 victories in a row.  Sale won the toss and captain Kavya Panchal chose to bat first, clearly with the intention of piling the pressure on the opposition from the start.  The tactic worked, with James Wareing and Jacob Cleary dominating the bowling, sharing 9 boundaries, including a huge 6 for Jacob, in an opening stand worth 51 runs.  The rest of the team carried on where James and Jacob left off, sharing a further 16 boundries, including 2 impressive sixes from Sam Parish and 3 from Drew Akers Hart, ably supported by Freddie Elliott (scoring his first fours of the season), Taha Chaudhry, Kavya Panchal and Eoghan Walker.  In the end Sale finished their innings with an imposing 343, for only 4 wickets lost.
Hale Barns battled gamely through their innings, but their relative inexperience made the difference as they lost 10 wickets in total, with 2 falling to Kavya and Sam (who also took a stunning one-handed catch), 1 each to Eoghan, James and Jacob, and 3 to Drew Akers Hart.  Sale won the match by 128 runs, to bring their winning streak to 5 games in a row, and to move into the Quarter Finals of the cup.
Sale CC u9 Badgers 291 beat SW Manchester 253 The hottest day of the year saw the Badgers post their highest score of the season of 291.Hitting 14 boundaries and only losing 2 wickets Sale made batting look easy.The main damage was caused by Shiva with 4, Xander & Lucy with 3 each, Joseph with 2 and Hallam and Eva with 1 each.Tight bowling with Eva bowling a maiden, excellent fielding from Charlie and Arthava and a wicket each for Xander, Shiva and Lucy restricted SW Manchester to 253
Alderley Edge v Sale Eagles u13. Bright sunny evening was matched today with a sensational stroke of cricket play by both teams.
A quick wicket for Alderley Edge of Ivan Flitcroft got the oppositions tail up early on, but fabulous crisp stroke play by James Dodds (18) at the top of the order only to hole out at the boundary. Now with Callum Ross (31no) hitting some stunning 4s and flat legside 6 saw the score moving at a rocket speed before retiring, his partner in crime Rahul Minocha (25) kept his eye on the ball before unleashing wildfire on the Alderley Edge attacking with boundaries in all direction. No rest for the bowling attack as Theo Brodbeck (31no) with a rapido array of stroke play to which Alderley Edge had no answer. Sales Eagles started to slow as a quick few wickets fell but Aryaan Mizra added a late boundary taking the score to respectable 131/6.
Alderley Edge started well with some quick scoring until Maz Khan took the first wicket bowling into the sun. Sales Eagles bowling took some further blows as a few fours and sharp running making the Eagles score look chaseable. On came Captain James Dodds but a few leaky boundaries kept the pressure on Sale, but then James turned spinning screw to be rewarded with 2 wickets one of which was the start of Jack Brassell demolishing stumpings (2) and run outs (2), super sharp work by the young keeper throughout the game. Theo Brodbeck came firing in with 2 wickets aided by some clever field positioning leading to a sprinting running catch off the boundary by Ivan Flitcroft, great pair of safe hands. With sun glaring in the eyes of the bowlers and fielders at the cricket net end Rahul Minocha took an amazing catch parrying the ball while landing backwards grasped into his midriff bringing Callum Ross his wicket. Aiden Bridle bowling a good line hit the top of leg stump clean through. Surely this would be Sales Eagles game now, but some smash and grab 4s by Alderley Edge batters and Jacks run out and stumping took the game to last over with only 8 needed…enter the cool head of Maz Khan who kept a tight line to see Sale Eagles flying home winning by 4 runs.  What a breathtaking performance with both teams putting in a display of worthy cricket for a warm summer's evening. A pleasure to watch and coach/umpire.
Sale U13 Eagles (93 all out) lost to Bowdon (94-2)
Sale batted first and coped well with a dry pitch, on which some balls climbed and others kept low. Their score of 93 was based on two strong partnerships. Theo Brodbeck (11) and Jack Brassell (20) added 33 for the second wicket. Jared Moran (26) and Zeeshan Khan (14) combined well to make 48 for the fourth wicket. The lower order sacrificed wickets selflessly to push the total upwards. 
The opening bowlers, Theo and Maaz Khan, bowled tightly with Maaz picking up an early wicket. Thereafter, Sale’s bowling was, on the whole, too inconsistent in length and direction to make use of the vagaries of the pitch. Despite a strong fielding performance – Jared, Maaz, Aidan Bridle, Ayaan Mirza and Ivan Flitcroft all performing well – and tidy keeping and captaincy from Jack Brassell, Bowdon accelerated to victory and a place in the cup semi final in the 14th over.
Sale U11 Softball (245) lost to Hale Barns U11 Softball (323) by 78 runs
Sale welcomed Hale Barns on Wednesday and continued their recent run of losing the toss.  Put into bat, Rohan Vakil and Alex Mansfield opened the innings and confidently hit a few fours in a good start for the team.  Reyansh Bhardwaj and Dhairya Parekh were up next and, along with our third pair of Hector Bridle and Seamus Farrell, struggled to get some runs on the board as the bowlers gave little away.  The final pairing of Isabelle Beaumont and Elizabeth Mansfield ran very confidently, but unfortunately gave their wicket away on six occasions.
It was always going to be a tough task to defend such a low total.  Rey was the pick of Sale’s bowlers, chipping in with 2 wickets and some very straight bowling.  Alex and Elizabeth also took wickets, and other bowlers, most notably Isabelle, were unlucky not to be rewarded for consistent pace and accuracy.  In the field, the team fought really hard to keep the runs down, with Hector, Alex and Elizabeth making several blocks at full stretch.  So, a disappointing result, but no shortage of effort or commitment from our team.
Sale Sparks (277) lost to Heaton Mersey (280) by 3 runs
The Sparks took on Heaton Mersey for the second time this season on a sunny, if chilly evening in the Heatons.  Having lost the toss, Sale were put into bat and Isabelle Beaumont and Elizabeth Mansfield opened the innings.  Both players got the team off to a flying start, with energetic running, excellent backing up and some boundaries.  Eva Beaumont and Gracie Burt were up next, and both improved their batting from last week.  Jessica Parish was joined by Isabelle and Elizabeth for two overs each, delivering the highest scoring “pair” of the innings.  Kiko Tazaki-Quayle and Lucy Dodds were the final pair, and both were in typically positive mood in keeping the runs flowing, including a nice leg glance for 4 by Kiko.
Having posted a decent total, the Sparks were confident they could contain Heaton Mersey.  Kiko secured two wickets for a miserly 8 runs as the pick of Sale’s bowlers, but there were also wickets from Isabelle, Lucy, Elizabeth and Jessica.  Both Eva’s and Gracie’s bowling was noticeably improved from last week, and Genie Moore – our youngest squad member – stepped up bravely to have a go.  Sale’s fielding was also noticeably more confident than in previous matches.  Heaton Mersey saved their strongest batting pairs for the final two pairings, as they roared back to within range of Sale’s score.  Going into the final ball, Sale had a lead of one.  The delivery was dispatched for four to secure Heaton Mersey the win by the narrowest of margins so far this season.
The full scorecards can be found here.

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