Club Cricket - Record Breaking Return for Sale and Lawrence
The return of league Cricket on Saturday saw the record book rewritten as a run-fest lifted the spirits of the local Salians. With the 2020 season severely curtailed a full Cheshire County Cricket league programme kicked off on time on Saturday much to the delight of all local cricketers.
Sale 1st under new sponsors IS Recruitment were asked to bat first by visitors Macclesfield and were soon in their stride as a breezy 28 from Gareth Davies took Sale past 50.
Tyrone Lawrence then joined Viraj Sorathia, as they eased the score past 100 before Sorathia fell for a confident 41.
Two further wickets pegged back the home team before skipper Chris Canning hit 25 from 21 balls to shift the momentum.
Lawrence then took control passing 50 as Sale topped 200, and with wickets in hand he accelerated to devastating effect. His innings of 133 not out from just 98 balls included 10 fours and 5 sixes. Sam Battersby (25) and Isaac Brooks (27) joined in the fun as Sale posted a home record score of 295-7.
Macclesfield made a good fist of the reply on a fantastic early season track, reaching 240-5 in their 50 overs. Angus Thompson hit 75 at the top of the order for the visitors, but they were always behind the required rate as Sale tried to force a win.
Dan Newton (3-50) and James Dodds (2-69) were the leading bowlers for Sale as the game finished in a 13-8 draw. A health crowd enjoying outdoor hospitality witnessed what is believed to be a record innings score, a record aggregate score and highest individual score by a Sale batsman at Dane Road.
Sale 2nd Xi went one better at local neighbours Timperley as they ran out comfortable winners by 6 wickets.
The home side ran up a useful 202-8, Grant Whittaker taking 4-80 on his return to the Sale side.
In reply Sale coasted home with 11 overs to spare thanks to an entertaining 65 from 33 balls from Mike Bishop against his former team. His flamboyance proved the perfect foil for Jamie Coombes who anchored the innings with a patient 53, and Rob Merga who hit 26 in even time.
On Sunday Sale 3rd XI rounded off the weekend with a 10 wicket thrashing of Ashley in the T20 cup group stage. Dan Hyner took 3-24 as the home team could only post 80-8 in their 20 overs.
Sale openers Inshaf Deen (46 not out) and debutant Joe Molley (22 not out) saw sale to their target in the 12th over.
Next Saturday sees the 1st travel to Warrington and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI entertain Cheadle.