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Thrilling Last Wicket Win for Sale 2nd XI

Thrilling Last Wicket Win for Sale 2nd XI
Thrilling Last Wicket Win for Sale 2nd XI
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Sale Cricket Club continued its recent run of good form with another double winning Saturday. Whilst the 1st XI had a comfortable win over Davenham the 2nd XI won a thriller at Stockport Georgians by a single wicket.

Davenham elected to bat first at Dane Road but soon found themselves in trouble at 48-4, Tyrone Lawrence bowling both openers.

Sam Hunt and Oli Gallagher then added 65 for the visitors before Dan Newton made the breakthrough as 3 wickets fell for 15 runs.

Dan Gough and Dan Hancock then rallied to add 39 for the eighth wicket, closing on a below par 167-7.

Sale made light work of the reply, coasting home for the loss of two wickets thanks to a chanceless 84 from young opener Viraj Sorathia.

17 year old Sorathia and fellow opener Mat Spells got Sale off to a great start, adding 61 for the first wicket.

When Spells was caught for 22 Sorathia was joined by Gareth Davies who enjoyed an 85 run stand to take Sale within 22 runs of victory. Sorathia’s 84 took just 76 balls, including 10 fours and a six.

Davies then guided Sale home to finish on 42 not out.

Sale 2nd XI were involved in a much tighter game at Stockport Georgians despite being in a strong position at the half-way stage after bowling the hosts out for 118.

Leg spinner Joe Cannon was the chief tormentor for Sale with 4-31, well supported by Gareth Watterson and James Dodds who picked up two wickets each.

With 5 batsman making double figures, but none going on to make a telling contribution, Sale looked destined for defeat at 83-9. However a heroic last wicket stand of 39 between Dan Hyner (30 not out) and Steven Mycock (11 not out) saw Sale to a thrilling win.

On Sunday Sale 3rd XI suffered a narrow defeat against Grappenhall after posting a below par 137 not out, captain Soans Praveen top scoring with 27 and Rob Merga hitting 26.

Lionel Thompson took 3-20 as wickets fell at regular intervals, but Grappenhall held out to win by 2 wickets.

Sale 4th XI lost at Timperley 5s after bowling their hosts out for 167.

Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks enjoyed an over 40s friendly at Bowdon Vale. Ian Holland with a fine all round display hitting 16 not out and taking 3-16 and Mark Almond retiring on 31.

On Saturday the 1st XI welcome Bowdon to Dane Road and the 2nd XI visit Lindow. On Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Nantwich and the 4th XI host Hale Barns.

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