Sale CC 2nd XI Move Clear of Drop Zone
The weather continues to cause havoc with the cricket programme across the Vivio Cheshire County league as both Sale teams were forced to play reduced games on wet wickets.
A good win moved the 2nd XI clear of the relegation zone, however the 1st XI remain close to the drop zone as they could only manage a draw.
Hive Sponsored Sale 2nd XI welcomed back a number of first choice players as they entertained Heaton Mersey in a game reduce to 70 overs.
Opener Viraj Sorathia played what would be the match winning innings with a classy 80 at the top of the order. He was well supported by Shashwat Rusia with 25 as Sale closed on 143-5 off 35 overs.
The visitors made a confident start as their openers added 42 for the first wicket before the introduction of Siyan Siraj turned the game sharply in Sale’s favour. He removed both openers and went on the finish with 5-17 on his return to the team.
Sorathia then showed his all-round abilities as he took 3 wickets to wrap up the innings for just 79 inside 26 overs, the final 9 wickets falling for just 37 runs.
Sale 1st travelled to Davenham hoping to get their season back on track in a game reduced to the minimum 60 overs.
The home side posted a challenging 195-4 off 30 overs largely due to a barnstorming 84 off 55 balls from Sam Hatcher that proved the difference between the two sides, Tyrone Lawrence proved the pick of the bowling for Sale with 3-60.
Lawrence kept Sale in with a chance as he almost matched Hatcher with 78 off 55 balls, but Sale fell 24 runs short and had to settle for 7 draw points.
Any outside chance of winning the Sunday premier division probably faded for the 3rd XI on Sunday as they were held on for a draw against strugglers Toft.
Toft were asked to bat first and posted a challenging 210 all out in the final over. Ghani Khan returned 4-49 and Shashwat Rusia 3-25.
In rely Sale couldn’t get any partnerships going, eventually batting out for a draw at 113-8.
The original Silverback, Iain Harrop, showed he is still the alpha of the pack with a match winning performance for Sale 4th XI at local rivals, Ashton-on-Mersey, bringing the 4th team its first victory of the season.
Batting first, Harrop top-scored with 107. Key contributions were from Max Bishop (30), father and son, Indi (25) and Rahul (11) Minocha saw Sale top 200.
Ashton were despatched for 119, faced by strong performances from Sale’s juniors. Opening bowler, Ivan Flitcroft, removed the top three and picked up a run-out with a direct hit from the boundary. Vaasu Goyal took a hat-trick - all bowled. Arnav Kamble also took a wicket. And a certain silver backed gentleman picked up a couple of wickets.
On Saturday the 2nd XI welcome Bramhall to Dane Road and the 1st XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Stockport Georgians and the 4th XI host North East Cheshire.