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Sale CC Youngsters have Davenham in a Spin

James Dodds took first 5 wicket for 1st XI
James Dodds took first 5 wicket for 1st XI
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Sale dominated their double header against Davenham on Saturday in the Cheshire County cricket league, both the 1st and 2nd routed the bottom of the league club to win in short order.

IS Recruitment sponsored Sale 1st XI visited Butcher’s Style and soon had the home club in trouble after they elected to bat first, with skipper Ben Gough an early victim of Dan Newton.

His stand of 28 with top scorer Thomas Edwards (27) proved to be the highest of the day as the introduction of spin turned the game decisively in favour of Sale.

North of England left-armer Isaac Brooks made the initial breakthrough with two quick wickets to make the score 37-3.

Sixteen year old of spinner James Dodds then got into the action, securing his first 5 wicket haul for the first team, taking 5-19. Another spinner, Ben Watkin, then took the final two wickets as Davenham were bowled out for 106 in the 40th over.

Despite the early loss of Sam Battersby, Sale reached their target inside 18 overs as Viraj Sorathia and Tyrone Lawrence dominated the second innings.

They added 59 for the second wicket before Sorathia fell for a run-a-ball 36.

Lawrence was in no mood to hang around though as he blasted 56 off just 33 balls to see Sale home.

The reverse fixture at Dane Road was concluded in even shorter order as Sale 2nd XI blasted out 10-man Davenham for just 91 in the 35th over, spinner Rob Grant leading the way with 5-25.

Grant completed a good all-round day as he hit 25 at the top of order. He proved to be the only wicket to fall at Joe Molloy (36 not out) and Mike Bishop (28 not out) as Sale completed a 9 wicket win in the 17th over.

On Sunday Sale 3rd XI played out a draw against Grappenhall in a game where all 3 results remained possible until the final over.

Grappenhall made first use of the Dane Road track, running up 196-7 in their 45 overs, spinner Lionel Thompson the leading bowler with 4-17.

In reply Sale recovered from 43-4 to almost pull off a second dramatic victory in as many weeks as skipper Ian Habershon and Thompson added 111 for the 5th wicket.

From looking like favourites the loss of Habershon for 67, and then a few over later Thompson for 57 shifted the momentum back to the visitors, as Sale’s final pair batted out the final overs for the draw.

Sale 4th XI lost a high scoring game at Timperley, the highlight being a maiden senior century for Jared Moran. He hit 105 not out as Sale posted 210-6 in 40 overs, he was well supported by Theo Brodbeck (44).

The home team reached their target with two overs to spare.

Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks lost their over 40s match against Cheadle off the final ball. Soans Praveen retiring on 33 as Sale scored 120-7 in 20 overs.

On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Congleton to Dane Road, whilst the 2nd XI travel to Upton. On Sunday the 3rd XI host Romiley and the 4th XI travel to Northwich.

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