Club Cricket - Sale Couldn't Catch Bowdon
Sale came off second best in a high scoring game against Bowdon on Saturday. The clash between two of the leading sides in division one of the Cheshire County league being decided by some superior out cricket from the visitors.
Bowdon elected to make first use of the Dane Road track, openers Pat Ashling and Jack Tipton finding it to their liking as they added 109 for the first wicket.
Rob Grant made the breakthrough for IS Recruitment sponsored Sale as he trapped Tipton for 41. Isaac Brooks then took 2 quick wickets, including Ashling for 70, to make the score 121-3.
Ross Zalem (73) then took the score to 192 before two wickets in two balls for Brooks reduced Bowdon to 192-6 and the change to keep the visitors below 240.
However a quick-fire 39 from Matt Tully, helped by a couple of dropped chances from Sale, allowed Bowdon to post 259-7 declared in 49 overs. Brooks finished with 4-81.
For much of the second inning a close finish looked on the cards as the in-form Tyrone Lawrence took Sale past 100 with just 2 wickets down.
Dan Newton looked in good touch before he fell to a smart catch by Zalem for 18, as did skipper Chris Canning who dragged one on after hitting 3 boundaries.
Despite this Lawrence with 75 off 92 balls looked untroubled and was set to make it close game before a spectacular one handed catch from Zelem turned the game decisively for the visitors at 137-6.
A valiant rear guard action led by Grant (27) wasn’t enough as Sale were bowled out for 189 in the 49th over.
Sale 2nd XI lost a thriller at Oxton after posting a below par 159-9. Sale’s top 4 all got starts, but nobody went on to get a decisive score. Joe Cannon (38) and Mike Bishop (33) were the top scorers.
Sale took the game to the wire, having the home side 115-7 against the leg-spin of Joe Cannon (3-17), but eventually they scraped home with 1 wicket and two overs to spare.
On Sunday Sale 3rd XI were knocked out of the T20 cup on net run rate by Timperley after being bowled out for 125 in pursuit of the 139-5 posted by the home side.
Despite Sam Baker top scoring with 33, Sale missed out on a place in the knock-out stages by just 0.2 runs on the count back.
On Saturday Sale 2nd XI welcome Grappenhall to Dane Road and the 1st XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI host Nantwich and the 4th XI start their season at Lymm.