Sale CC Dodge Showers but Lose a Thriller
Cricket across the Vivio Cheshire County league continues to be disrupted by the wet weather as three out of four Sale games over the weekend were curtailed by rain.
The only game that did reach a finish turned out to be a thriller as the 4th XI lost by just 2 runs to neighbours Ashton-on-Mersey.
Hive sponsored Sale 4th XI came agonisingly close to a first win of the season on a damp Sunday afternoon. The cricket world’s eyes may have been on a match up the road at Old Trafford, but the day’s drama took place at Dane Road. Ashton-on-Mersey 3rd XI managed to recover from 80-8 to inch closer and closer to the target of 140, which the visitors reached with three balls to spare.
Sale’s total was set up by a solid top-order performance, featuring Theo Brodbeck (38), Chris Dyson (22) and Chris Smith (17). Boosted by extras, Sale reached 93-1 after 22 overs. Wickets then fell regularly and apart from some strong blows by Max Bishop, the innings looked like stalling. It took an injection of energy from Tris Brodbeck and Callum Ross to lift Sale to 139 at the innings close.
Ashton started positively, but were pegged back when Ivan Flitcroft bowled both openers. At the other end, Arnav Kamble bowled a controlled and challenging spell, without luck. The game began to turn Sale’s way when off-spinner Callum Ross took 3 wickets, including a sprawling one-handed catch by Ivan, and Rahul Minocha picked up a maiden senior wicket, with the first of two catches by Maaz Khan. Tris Brodbeck accounted for two more of the Ashton batsmen and Sale seemed on the verge of victory.
But Ashton’s ninth wicket pair could not be separated. Captain Chris Smith spurned two opportunities, dropping one and declining the chance to ‘time out’ the other when at least five minutes elapsed as the players waited for him to appear at the start of his innings. With that exception, it was an excellent performance in the field, with wicket-keeper Indi Minocha setting the standard.
Both Saturday games started on time, but with rain forecast later in the afternoon both were inevitably abandoned during the 1st innings.
Despite this the 1st XI did their best to produce a result after they were put into bat on a bowler friendly surface at Romiley. Only Mike Bishop (14) reached double figures as Sale reached 64-9 after 25 overs when the rain arrived.
The 2nd XI game at Dane Road only reached the 13th over, with Viraj Sorathia (16) and James Dodds (10) looked untroubled as Sale reached 28-0 when the game was abandoned,
The 3rd XI didn’t even get that far on Sunday despite an improved forecast as the Toft square was already waterlogged from the previous day.
Next week the 1st XI welcome Bollington to Dane Road and the 2nd XI visit Stockport Georgians. On Sunday the 3rd XI host Stockport Georgians and the 4th XI travel to North East Cheshire.