Sale Teams Miss Out on Finals Day
Sale’s 1st and 2nd XI started the day knowing they had to win and hope other results went their way to reach finals day. Despite both teams dully winning they both narrowly missed out in the strangest of seasons.
Sale 1st XI travelled to struggling Warrington, but made hard work of the win after bowling the home side out for 80 runs.
After a promising start the last 8 wickets fell in a procession, Isaac Brooks completed a well-deserved 5-27.
Sale also struggled, final pair of Ben Watkin and Rich Adams seeing them to their target. However the narrow win didn’t help Sale who were pipped to finals day by Grappenhall on net run rate.
Sale 2nd XI boosted their run rate with a 76 run win over Heaton Mersey, but finished two points behind Romiley, this missing out on their final.
Jamal Benzafar with a run-a-ball 77 and Rob Merga with a breezy 37 dominated Sale’s 200-7.
Mersey were never in the hunt after two early wickets for Merga, with spinners James Dodds and Lionel Thompson also taking a brace as the visitors closed on 124-8.
On Sunday Sale 3rd XI had a walk over Natwich as they conceded their final game. However in a hastily arranged friendly they finished off with a 2 wicket win against Didsbury.
Sagar Shetty took 3-25 and Jack Brassell 2-10 as the visitors were bowled out for 184. In a close finish Sale reached their target for the loss of 8 wickets, Siyan Siraj hitting 87 off just 82 balls and Shetty 48 off 36.
Sale 4th XI made it a full house as they beat Ashley 3s after restricting them to 109-9 and knocking off the required runs for the loss of 7 wickets.
As this short 8 week season came to a close huge credit goes out to all the players, officials, groundsmen and volunteers who have made this strangest of seasons possible and brought some well needed reality back for those who love cricket.