Siraj Leads Sale to Dramatic Win in Vivio Cheshire County League

Siyan Siraj took 5 Wickets for 2nd XI
Siyan Siraj took 5 Wickets for 2nd XI
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Sale Cricket Club 2nd XI pulled off a dramatic first win of the season in a low scoring affair at Upton on Saturday. Sale won by 13 runs in their Vivio Cheshire County League division one match after posting just 128 in the first innings.

Search sponsored Sale elected to bat first, but soon found themselves in trouble as wickets began to tumble. Sam Battersby top scored with 29 at number 6, well supported by Sandeep Yadala, whose late order 19 runs would prove to be crucial.

After tea Upton got off to a confident start, before the introduction of Siyan Siraj turned the game dramatically in Sale’s favour. He ripped through the middle order with a spell of 5 for 26 to leave the home side reeling.

Siraj also affected a run out in an excellent display of fielding that saw Sale hold a number of important catches, including 3 for Gareth Watterson. As the Upton tail wagged from 77-7 to 100-8 the tension rose before Watterson and Abas Rizvi took the last two wickets to secure the win.

The reverse fixture at Sale promised to produce an equally thrilling finish before a Sale collapse lead to an 81 run win for Upton 1st XI.

Sale asked the visitors to bat first, and despite an early breakthrough from Rick Halkon, the home side were soon toiling on an excellent batting surface at Dane Road.

Chris McArthur and Chris Stowell-Smith added 140 for the 2nd wicket, McArthur finishing on 138 as Upton declared on 247-4 off 47 overs.

Sale were going well at 100 for 3 wickets at the half way stage, led by 64 from opener Greg Gyves. However the drinks break working for the visitors as Sale lost 3 quick wickets.

Ryan Burgess looked like he might salvage a draw for Sale with a patient 44, but when he fell the last two Sale wickets soon followed as the home side were bowled out for 166.

On Sunday the 3rd XI secured a comfortable victory against Hyde at Dane Road. Sale asked the visitors to bat first and restricted them to 176-9 off their 45 overs. Skipper Abas Rizvi led the way with 3-22, well supported by Shah Zeb and Moh Rizvi with a brace apiece.

Sale lost two early wickets, but from 14-2 Rizvi senior led from the front with 57 at number 3. Soans Praveen added 26 in a stand of 78 before Asad Khan saw Sale home with an unbeaten 58.

Earlier in the week the Silverback’s game against Cheadle Hulme was cancelled and the 4th XI had no fixture.

On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Urmston and the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Grappenhall to Dane Road and the 4th XI visit Hyde.

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