Contrasting Fortunes for Sale
Sale experienced contrasting fortunes in their double header against Bowdon on Saturday. Sale 2nd XI ran out comfortable winners by 8 wickets in their Vivio Cheshire County League division one encounter at Dane Road, only for the 1st XI to suffer a similar reverse at South Downs Road.
Bowdon 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat first, but soon regretted that decision as Sale skipper Gareth Watterson tore into the visitors line up.
The Bowdon openers put on 21 for the first wicket in what would prove to be their largest stand of the day, before Watterson took the first wicket in the fourth over.
Watterson struck again in the 8th over to start a procession of wickets, only opener Simon Simons with 24 made double figures.
Watterson knocked over the first six wickets to reduce the visitors to 49-6 and finish with remarkable figures of 6 for 20 runs off 15 overs with 8 maidens.
Ben Watkins then got in on the act taking 3-16 as Bowdon subsided to 62 all out.
Sale made short of the reply, reaching their target for the loss of two wickets in the 16th over. Santhos Kumar (14) and James Dodds (9) took the score to 30. Ben Watkins (19) and Dan Newton (9) then finished off the run chase to claim the win.
The reverse game at South Downs Road followed a similar pattern, with Sale coming off second best.
Sale lost the toss and soon found themselves in trouble on a bowler friendly surface at Bowdon. Ex first class cricketer Chris Ashling and home skipper Matt Tully both took 5 wickets each as Sale subside to 36 all out.
Whilst a score approaching 100 might have been competitive the target of 37 was soon reached inside 10 overs.
On Sunday the 3rd XI started their league campaign with a comfortable win against Nantwich. After restricting the visitors to 195-7, Sale knocked off the target for the loss of 4 wickets inside 39 overs.
Shah Zeb and Sandeep Yadala were the leading bowlers with two wickets each in the first innings. After tea Dan Newton dominated the reply hitting an unbeaten 96, well supported by Muhammad Nadeem with 58.
The 4th XI season began with a difficult away fixture at Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge. The match ended in a heavy defeat, but had started promisingly for Sale with the home team reduced to 14-3 by opening bowlers Joe Wicks (4-64) and Theo Brodbeck (2-6). Thereafter, Sale faced a barrage of leg-side hitting from the home team. The bowlers did well to dismiss CHL in the 38th over for 263. Zeeshan Khan bowled tidily and picked up a first senior wicket (1-35).
Sale’s innings stuttered and stumbled to 31-7. Father and son act, Tris and Theo Brodbeck combined to double the total. Theo carried his bat (20 not out), showing great application and technique. Ben Atkinson also impressed on his senior debut, being the only other player to make double figures. But with five ducks, Sale closed on 71.
Earlier in the week the over 40s match v Bowdon and the 1st XI T20 cup game v Timperley both fell afoul of heavy rain during the week.
On Saturday the 1st welcome Upton to Dane Road and the 2nd XI make the short trip to Timperley, on Sunday the 3rd XI host Grappenhall and the 4th XI visit Lindow.