1st XI Beat Bowdon to Move Up Table

1st XI Beat Bowdon to Move Up Table
Sale 1st XI beat Bowdon on Saturday to move up division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league as the season reached the half way point.  After restricting the visitors with a fine display in the field, Sale chalked up a comfortable 5 wicket victory.
Search sponsored Sale asked Bowdon to bat first and got off to the perfect start when Tyrone Lawrence had the dangerous Pat Ashling caught second ball.  Fellow opener Hamish Dunlop fell soon after for 2 to Ali Barrowman with the score on 12 (picture above by George Franks).
Barrowman took another wicket before the introduction of Cheshire under 14 spinner Isaac Brooks yielded 3 more wickets to leave Bowdon in trouble.
Tom Graham led the recovery, marshalling the tail with an unbeaten 79, as Bowdon closed on a below par 178-8.  Brooks finished the pick of the bowling with 3-61, Barrowman and Rick Halkon both taking 2 wickets each.
Sale got off to an even worse start, losing Sam Battersby run out without facing a ball.  However they recovered quickly as Matt Wilson added a fluent 26 and Mat Spells 22 to take the score to 79-3.
Lawrence then took charge of the run chase, with a patent 51 not out, well supported by 21 from Ryan Burgess and a welcome return to form from Chris Canning (33 not out) as Sale coasted home with an over to spare.
Sale 2nd XI also won in the reserve fixture at Bowdon, Skipper Jamal Benzafar leading his team to victory with 64 as Sale chased down 201 for the loss of 7 wickets with 4 overs to spare.
Sale bowled the home side out in the final over of their inning, Tom Riley leading the way with 5 for 42, well supported by Moh Rizvi 3-37 and Siyan Siraj 2-40.After Benzafar’s start, youngsters Viraj Sorathia and Dan Newton both contributed 20 to the chase before veteran Abbas Rizvi scored an unbeaten 38 to complete the chase.
Sale 3rd XI lost at Stockport on Sunday after being bowled out for 165 in pursuit of the home side’s 236 all out, Soans Praveen (pictured above) the stand out player with 62 runs and 3 wickets.
Sale 4th XI completed a welcome win at home to Bollington 3s.  Theo Brodbeck (35), Dyalan Walker (28) and Ibrahim Shareef (25 not out) were the main contributors to Sale’s 151-7.In reply Bollington were bowled out for 123, Joe Wicks taking 5-23.
Early in the week the Silverbacks lost to second placed Cheadle Hulme in the over 40’s competition.  Tris Brodbeck (30 retired), Mark Rowe 29 (pictured below) and Asad Khan 23 as Sale posted 122-4.  Cheadle Hulme reached their target in the 19h over, Rob Moore and Ian Holland the wicket takers.
Next week Sale welcome Davenham to Dane Road, with the 2nd XI travelling to Tattenhall.  On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Alderley Edge and the 4th XI entertain Hyde.
The under 11 hardball team had a tough cup semi final at Whalley Range. Having beaten the opposition in a close league game last week, hopes were high before the game. The outcome of the game was virtually decided by the toss of the coin which came down in Whalley Range's favour.
In temperatures around 30 degrees fielding and bowling proved a challenge. Some dropped catches and misfields in the parched outfield added to the difficulties. Whalley Range batted well to accumulate 126 for three in their 20 overs which took an hour and three quarters to complete.
With a quick turn round Sale were soon on the back foot as Podge Mahmood sent the stumps flying on two occasions leaving Sale 10 for three after 3 overs of the reply. James Newhill and Ben Cleary tried to rebuild the innings but Sale never looked like threatening to reach the target. Amy Seddon hit a powerful 18 to top score for Sale who ended on a respectable 87-7 in their 20 overs.
The u11 hardball completed their group 2 league campaign with a 100 per cent success rate. A sixth consecutive win was achieved on Sunday against Ashton on Mersey.
Put into bat, Sale made a positive start and based upon a half century stand between James Newhill (28 retired) and Herbie Brodbeck (25 retired) a challenging total of 115-3 was attained.
After a steady start with Mark Soan top scoring for AOM with 27 retired, Sale took wickets at regular intervals against an eight man side who kept plugging away at the target. Sale eventually came out victorious by a margin of 26 runs.
With a friendly at Poynton in the afternoon also arranged, Sale had a total of 21 players in hardball action for the under 11's on Sunday.
Sale U11 Softball (310) beat Lindow U11 Softball (277) by 33 runs
Sale fielded a mixture of inexperienced players and more familiar faces as they welcomed Lindow on a hot sunny evening.  Rohan Vakil and James Dyson opened the innings, and plundered a quickfire opening partnership of 30, thanks in particular to 5 fours from James.  Eddie Fenton and Herbie Brodbeck continued the strong start, with Herbie adding four more boundaries and both participating in positive running to build our score.  Seamus Farrell and Dhairya Parekh were next and, after a slow start, began to pick up some runs including a nice 4 to leg from Dhairya.  Our final pair of Pip Moss and Madhav Lakshminara, previously untried, proved to be a revelation.  Both hit fours and were quick between the wickets to add 35 for our final pairing.
Having got the total past 300 and lost only four wickets in the process, Sale knew that they just needed to bowl and field  sensibly to secure the win.   The team did just that, despite it being a challenge to concentrate in such warm conditions.  The pick of the bowlers, not for the first time this season, was James with four wickets for only 9 runs conceded.  This was helped in no small part by fine catches from Herbie (2) and Eddie.  Pip and Herbie also chipped in with a wicket each, as did Dhairya with his first wicket of the season.  There was also a run out off of Seamus’s bowling, to complete a fine performance in the field, and a great team effort all round.
The full scorecards can be found here.

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