Sale beat Tattenhall to go fifth

Mat Spells got Sale off to quick start
Mat Spells got Sale off to quick start
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Brooke Guest
Brooke Guest
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Ali Barrowman bowling
Ali Barrowman bowling
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Sale are up to fifth place in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League Division One, thanks to their win over bottom side Tattenhall on Saturday and some good luck with the weather.

With rain in the air, Sale chose to bowl first and had opener Josh Harding caught at first slip off Tyrone Lawrence for just seven. Henry Dobson and Dylan Reeves then tried to consolidate, taking the score to 45 off 20 overs before Reeves was bowled by Ali Barrowman for a patient 13.

Without adding to the score Dobson called new batsman Koppack through for a single, but he was easily run out by Lawrence.

With a scoring rate of less than two an over Tattenhall had reached 52 when Dobson inexplicably hit the ball straight to Lawrence for 29. Two quick wickets for Barrowman and one for Richard Adams reduced the home side to 54 for seven.

Captain Owen Williamson hit a brisk 26 to lift his team to 93, before he ballooned a high catch to Luke McCoy, the innings closing shortly after for 99 all out. Lawrence took the final wicket to finish with three for 15, well supported by Barrowman with three for seven.

With rain in the air, Sale’s openers Mat Spells and Brooke Guest set about their task of scoring the runs required as quickly as possible, taking 26 off the first four overs.

With the score on 58 Spells was stumped for 33 off 35 balls but Guest and McCoy continued to score quickly as two successive fours from Guest took him to 46; needing a boundary to seal both his fifty and the Sale win, he was bowled by Dobson

With the rain starting to get heavier McCoy went to the first ball of the next over to a juggling catch from Dobson, for 17. However Ian Dixon held his nerve pulling his fourth delivery for four to seal a six-wicket victory. Within minutes of leaving the field large puddles started to form on the outfield meaning a resumption would have been doubtful.

The 2nd XI couldn’t force a win against bottom of the table Bramhall in a game reduced to 78 overs. Sale declared on 152 for six off 35 overs, Joe Cannon (38), Siyan Siraj (34) and Abas Rizvi (30) leading the way.

With only one wicket left the visitors managed to hold on for a draw, reaching 100 off the remaining 43 overs, Siraj the leading bowler with four for 19.

The 3rd XI were well beaten by league leaders Didsbury on Sunday. Sale batted first, and reached 128 for three. Howard Briggs (45) and Ian Holland (38) were the unbeaten batsmen. Sale took three early wickets to reduce the visitors to 26 for three, Shah Zeb claiming two of them, but lost only one more wicket as they reached their target with overs to spare.

The 4th XI were involved in a close game at Cheadle Hulme. Sale reached 170 for nine in pursuit of the hosts' 184 for four. Linesh Sorathia top scored with 75 and took two wickets, son Viraj adding a valuable 27.

Sale Silverbacks couldn’t beat the weather as their over 40s game at home to Bramhall was cancelled.

On Wednesday the Silverbacks welcome Cheadle. The 1st XI travel to Oulton Park on Saturday, while the 2nd XI host Upton and on Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Cheadle as the 4th XI are at Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.

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