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Mixed Start for Sale CC

Dan Newton hit 74 against Urmston
Dan Newton hit 74 against Urmston
©George Franks
Dan Newton hit 74 against Urmston
Dan Newton hit 74 against Urmston
©George Franks

Sale Cricket Club started the 2019 season in glorious sunshine with a double header against Urmston.  The 1st XI came up short in their run chase, whereas as the 2nd XI secured an impressive win as all-rounders Tyron Lawrence and Dan Newton showed some early season form.

Hive Projects sponsored Sale 1st XI made the short trip to Urmston and asked the home side to bat first in division one of the Vivio Cheshire county league.

The Sale bowlers found it hard work in perfect batting conditions.  After surviving a close LBW shout Callum Turner led the way, putting on 132 for the first wicket with Arav Shetty.

Shetty (47) was first to go as he was caught at the wicket off Matt Wilson, who then affected the run out of Turner for 78 with the score on 160.

Despite Urmston’s opening partnership Sale didn’t let the home side get away.  After Lewis Jackson and Sumit Panda added 45 for the 3rd wicket Sale took 5 wickets for the addition of just 20 runs, Isaac Brooks taking 3 -87 and Tyrone Lawrence 2-43.

With a few lusty blows from the Urmston tail they closed on 248-9.

Despite the early loss of Viraj Sorathia Sale made a confident start.  Greg Gyves kept the scoreboard moving with 54 off 68 balls at the top of the order as he added 73 for the 3rd wicket with Tyrone Lawrence.

After Gyves was caught off Shetty, Wilson then joined Lawrence as they added 61 for the 4th wicket.

Lawrence proved to be the crucial wicket as he caught for 67 off 86 balls with the score on 161.  Summer signing Gaz Burns then took 5-51 as Sale were bowled out for 202 in the 48th over.  Sale were left to rue their shot selection with 9 caught dismissals as they collected 7 points.

Sale 2nd XI secured a comfortable 7 wicket win in the reverse fixture at Dane Road.

Dan Newton (3-41) and Siyan Siraj (4-58), did the damage as the visitors were dismissed for 179 in the 37th over.  Sale would have been chasing a lot less if it hadn’t been for a barnstorming 67 off 58 from number 9 batsman Aaron Moore.

Sale made light work of the reply after tea.  Sam Battersby hit 53 and debutant James Dodds 20 as Sale got off to a good start.

 Newton (74 not out) and Sasiraj Pushparajah (19 not out) saw Sale to their target for the loss of 3 wickets in the 42nd over, Newton’s 74 coming off just 59 balls.

The 3rd and 4th XI had no game this week.

Next Saturday the 1st XI make the short trip to Brooklands and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture at Dane Road.


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