Battersby Doubles up for Sale CC
Sale started the second half of the season with a fine double win over Urmston in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league.
A fine team performance secured a comfortable win for the 1st XI and an outstanding individual performance from Sam Battersby for the 2nd XI also secured the win.
Hive Projects sponsored Sale won the toss and invited Urmston to bat first in the 1st XI fixture at Dane Road. Ali Barrowman made the early breakthrough removing danger man Cal Turner for just 4.
Max Buckley (17) and Arav Shetty (30) moved the score on but couldn’t get the run rate above 3 an over. Buckley was first to go, bowled by Isaac Brooks, with Tyrone Lawrence dismissing Shetty.
Rich Adams then removed the Urmston middle order as Chris Turner was caught at the wicket for 16, Josh Espley was bowled, and top scorer Sumit Panda was stumped for 32.
Brooks then cleaned up the tail, including two more stumping for Canning, as the visitors were dismissed for 146 in the 49th over. Brooks finished with 4-35 and Adams 3-20.
Sale reached their target relatively comfortably after tea. Urmston sensed an opening after Sale lost their fouth wicket, before an unbeaten stand between Lawrence (48 not out) Canning (47 not out) saw Sale to their target inside 32 overs.
Sale 2nd Xi looked up against it at the halfway stage of their match after Urmston had declared on 238-5 in the 47th to give themselves 3 extra overs to bowl Sale out. Young spinners Viraj Sorathia and James Dodds picked up three wickets between them.
Urmston had not banked on an outstanding individual performance from Sam Battersby, who after ‘keeping for 47 overs then opened for Sale and proceeded to bat the next 51 overs for a magnificent 143 not out off 147 balls, including 20 4’s.
Together with Sorathia he added 111 for the first wicket, before Sorathia went for 44.
Jamie Coombes (47 not out) then joined him and helped add another 128 for the 2nd wicket to see Sale to their target and a 9 wicket victory.
Another run fest at Dane Road on Sunday saw the 3rd XI pick up a 7 wicket win against Alderley Edge.
The visitors won the toss and posted a challenging 215-9 in 45 overs, Tejas Rao hitting 102. Young spinner James Dodds was the pick of the bowling for Sale with 3-54.
Sale reached their target with two overs to spare, Dodds and Viraj Sorathia setting the foundation with an opening stand of 83.
Sorathia batted through, being left stranded on 99 not out, well supported by Asad Khan (32 not out).
The 4th XI had no fixture this week.
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks lost to divisional leaders Cheadle Hulme in the over 40s completion, Mark Rowe hitting 26 and Keith Wellings 16 runs and 2-8 with the ball.
Saturday sees the Sale derby with the 1st XI welcoming Brooklands to Dane Road and the 2nd XI playing the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Nantwich and the 4th XI entertain Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.
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