Rick Halkon Back on Form for Sale CC
Sale Cricket Club kick started their 2019 campaign with a comfortable 8 wicket win against Upton on Saturday.
The 1st XI rapped up their first win of the season in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league thanks to some fine individual performances.
Hive sponsored Sale were asked to field first by visitors Upton. Sale struck the first blow as Dan Newton had Andy Roberts caught behind for 6.
Sale kept the pressure on with some tight bowling, but it took until the 15th over for the second wicket to fall. Rich Adams nipped out brothers Matt and Dan Owen to take the score to 52-3 by the 21st over.
After a quiet couple of seasons leg spinner Rick Halkon got back into his old grove, taking the wicket of the dangerous Connor Smith for 42 with the score on 83.
Smith’s dismissal started a procession as the visitors subsided to 105-9, Halkon taking all five wickets.
Darren Leach and Laim Sundve then added 34 for the 10th wicket before Halkon finally got his man to finish with 7-41 off 12.5 overs as Upton were dismissed for 139 in the 48th over.
Despite the early loss of skipper Keith Wellings after tea, Sale coasted to their target for the loss of just two wickets.
Matt Wilson (17) and Tyrone Lawrence added 36 for the second wicket, before Lawrence was joined by 16 year old Dan Newton.
Senior partner Lawrence led the way with an unbeaten 70. Newton, newly promoted from the second XI, completed an impressive performance with 51 not out as Sale reached their target in the 33rd over.
Sale 2nd XI had a tougher game at neighbours Timperley, but managed to hold on for a draw.
Sale elected to bowl first against a strong Timperley side, Sasiraj Pushparajah taking 3-71 and Tom Riley 3-30 as the home side posted 236-9.
Sale got off to the worst possible start slumping to 6-3. Young opener James Dodds continued to impress with an assured 35 at the top of the order and Pushparajah showed his all-round abilities as they took the score to 76.
Wickets continued to fall so when Pushparajah went for 41 with the score on 115-8 defeat looked likely. However a rear-guard action from Will Radcliffe (23 not out) and Steve Mycock (7 not out) saw Sale hold out at 142-8 and pick up 7 points.
Sale 3rd XI secured an impressive win at home to Grappenhall on Sunday, skipper Soans Pravin leading the way with an unbeaten 85 as Sale coasted home for the loss of one wicket inside 28 overs. Will Radcliffe hitting 28.
Earlier in the match Sale had bowled the visitors out for 137 after asking them to bat first, Ghani Khan the leading bowler with 3-25, Riley and Baig with a brace a-piece.
The 4th XI found it much harder at Lindow. Sale posted 155 all out after recovering from 72-7. This was largely down to 85 not out from Ian Habershon, including a stand of 51 for the 10th wicket with Joe Wicks.
After tea Sale rued not taking the chances they did create, Matt Hoyle punishing Sale for dropping him early in his innings with 97 not out. Arnav Kamble took his first senior wicket on debut as Lindow coasted home for the loss of two wickets.
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks, our over 40s side lost by 6 wickets at Timperely. Mark Almond hit 30 retired in a below par 107 all out after Sale had been 69-3 off 9 overs.
Keith Wellings took 2-15 as Timperley got home with an over to spare.
Sale 1st XI also lost their re-arranged T20 cup game against Timperley. Greg Gyves hit 35 and Dan Newton 28 not out as Sale posted 146-6. Premier division leaders Timperley coasted home by 8 wickets inside 15 overs.
On Saturday the 1st XI visit Didsbury and the 2nd XI welcome Warrington to Dane Road. On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Cheadle and the 4th XI host Woodley.
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