Sale Draw at Marple - 16th May 2017

©George Franks
 

Sale 1st XI held on for a draw in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League after Marple had dominated much of the match.  Sale’s final pair batted out the final overs some 100 runs short of their target.
 
Search sponsored Sale got off to a good start, taking the early wicket of Matkin, and then Crisall to make the score 49-2.  Mark Bennett (81) and Paul Wood (88) then added 128 for the 3rd wicket to take the game away from Sale.
 
Influential spinner Jeremy McFarlane took both their wickets in a spell of 3-73.  Ali Barrowman then returned to claim 4-63 as Marple closed on 234-8.
 
Several Sale batsmen got starts, but none went on to play the big innings that was needed. Opener Matt Spells continued his good form with 31, McFarlane 32 and Ben Watkins 27.
 
Final pair Rich Adams and Aqib Nawaz held on at 134-9 for the draw.
 
Earlier in the week the 1st XI got their T20 cup campaign off to a winning start, beating Urmston by 8 wickets. Watkins taking 2 wickets in Urmston’s 138-5 and McFarlane hitting 59 as Sale coasted home with 2 overs to spare.
 
Sale 2nd XI secured a comfortable win at home to Alvanley.  Siyan Siraj top scoring with 76 as Sale posted a below par 148.
 
In reply Alvanley never got into the game as Siraj and Gareth Watterson reduced the visitors to 21-6, Mal Clarke then came on the clean up the tail as Alvanley were sent back for 85. Watterson and Clarke finishing with 3 wickets each.
 
On Sunday the 3rd XI chalked up another win at home to Alderley Edge in what turned out to be a tense finish.  The visitors racked up 175-5 in their 45 overs, George Bell finishing unbeaten on 73. Abas Rizvi and Sohaib Farooq taking two wickets each.
 
Sale were going well in reply with opener Sam Battersby hitting 54, before a rain interruption lost 4 vital overs in the chase. Some hard hitting from Mo and Abas Rizvi got Sale in with a chance, but they both fell with Sale still needing 30 to win.
 
Soans Praveen with a run-a-ball 19 and Kashaf Baig with 18 off just 9 balls got Sale home with 3 balls to spare.
 
Sale 4th Xl held on for a losing draw at Lindow on Sunday.  Winning the toss, Lindow batted first and compiled 180 all out.  Pick of the Sale bowlers was spinner Isaac Brooks, taking 6-35 off 9 overs, including a hat trick.  Howard Briggs and Asad Khan also took 2 wickets each, Saad Khan, Joe Wicks and Mal Clarke all bowling tidy spells, particularly Saad who bowled exceptionally at the end of the innings.
 
In reply, Sale started well, with Jay Jayoraman making an impressive 30 and Will Radcliffe 23.  A mid order collapse saw Sale struggling, however a composed Isaac Brooks and nervy Nick Brooks batter out for a draw.  A game with many positives, played in great spirit.
 
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks, the over 40s side, comfortably beat newcomers Whalley Range by 9 wickets. Mark Almond taking 2-14 out of the host’s 148-4.
 
In reply the Silverbacks were always ahead of the rate, Abas Rizvi opening up with 33 retired and Mark Rowe 35 retired. Soans Praveen then proved his batting was better than his fielding with 30 retired, before Paul Battersby smashed the winning runs in his 33 retired.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Cheadle Hulme and on Thursday the 1st XI play their next T20 cup match at home to Didsbury on Thursday.  On Saturday the 1st XI visit Davenham and the 2nd XI welcome Northwich. On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Bramhall and the 4th XI visit Cheadle Hulme.