Sale Silverbacks Shine at Bowdon Vale
With the entire weekend cricket programme across Cheshire falling foul to unrelenting rain the focus this week fell on Sale’s over 40s team, Sale Silverbacks.
The Silverbacks travelled to Bowdon Vale on Wednesday in the North-East division of the Vivio Cheshire County league looking to continue their recent upturn of form.
Sale lost the toss on a soft wicket and found stroke-play difficult. However openers Keith Welling and Paul Hanrahan quickly assessed conditions and played patently looking to rotate the strike and use their feet against the Vale attack.
Wellings and Hanrahan both retired on 30, leaving Sale a platform from which to build.
Ian Habershon, playing his first game of the season, dully accelerated before he was caught at long on for 23.
With the game in the balance Nigel Davenport played the pivotal innings. From 109 after 19 overs the Silverbacks finished on 134-2 off 20 overs, Davenport hitting 3 sixes and a four in a brutal final over as he finished on 33 not out.
In reply Bowdon Vale never kept up with the required rate, with Wellings taking the important wickets of Gary Webb and Pete Thorpe to reduce the home side to 35-3.
Hanrahan then removed Sale old boy Steve Bottomley for 21 in a spell of 3-2.
Habershon then nipped in with two wickets before Stefan Peilober took the final wicket to wrap up a 45 run win.
Constant rain throughout the weekend meant all other senior games were cancelled without a ball being bowled, these being a double header against Bowdon on Saturday, the 3rd XI against Cheadle and the 4th XI at Woodley on Sunday.
Next week the 1st XI travel to Upton and the 2nd XI welcome Timperley to Dane Road. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Hyde and the 4th XI host Bowdon 3s.
Following a successful trial Sale left-arm spinner Isaac Brooks has been called up to play for the North of England under 15s at the world famous Bunbury Festival.
Isaac Brooks Called up for North of England
Fourteen year-old Brooks broke into the Sale 1st XI last season and soon established himself as an integral member of the team with some fine performances.
His call up is a testament to his hard work, the support of his family and the youth coaching programme at Sale.
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