Widnes just fail to Sale off with a win

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Theguide -

WIDNES Cricket Club’s first XI trav­elled to Sale hop­ing to main­tain their re­cent win­ning form.

Vis­it­ing cap­tain Tom Evans lost the toss and Widnes were in­serted into bat.

Chris Kirby and Mike Byrne opened the bat­ting fac­ing ex-Lan­cashire player Ty­rone Lawrence and his open­ing bowling part­ner Alis­tair Bar­row­man.

Kirby took the fight to the Sale at­tack though scor­ing a quick 16 runs of 22 balls be­fore be­ing caught by Ben Watkin off Lawrence with the to­tal on 22.

Matty Burns now joined Byrne at the crease, with the young pair of lo­cal lads hop­ing to keep up their good form with the bat.

They worked hard putting on what proved to be Widnes’s high­est part­ner­ship of the day – 58 – un­til Byrne was bowled by Watkin for 26 with the to­tal now on 76.

Zim­bab­wean Johnathan Camp­bell now joined Burns in the mid­dle fac­ing Sale’s tricky spin at­tack of Watkin and Richard Halkon.

The Widnes pair worked hard gath­er­ing runs but also valu­ing their wicket mov­ing the to­tal onto 121 when Camp­bell was given out to a du­bi­ous-look­ing lbw de­ci­sion to Halkon for 31.

Next to join Burns was Ma­jid Ma­jeed who was com­ing into bat at the ideal time to suit his ag­gres­sive bat­ting style.

With wick­ets in hand and lit­tle dan­ger of Widnes not us­ing their full allocation of overs, Burns now passed the half-cen­tury mark hav­ing done his job bat­ting res­o­lutely get­ting his team into this at­tack­ing po­si­tion in the fi­nal overs.

This was, how­ever, to be his down­fall as he fell, caught by Andy Mill­ward play­ing an at­tack­ing shot off Isaac Brooks for 51. His fine knock from 106 de­liv­er­ies fea­tured six bound­aries.

Alex He­witt was next in with the same in­tent as Ma­jeed and they pushed the to­tal on with the lat­ter hit­ting sixes to all parts of the ground.

Heitt went for 17, bowled by Mill­ward, with the to­tal now on 180 in the 46th over.

Qa­mar Hafiz joined Ma­jeed and the run fest con­tin­ued. Ma­jeed passed his 50 in 36 balls and con­tin­ued to hit out be­fore he was even­tu­ally caught in the ● 49th over by Brooks off Lawrence for 64.

Ma­jeed’s mem­o­rable in­nings off just 40 balls in­cluded one four and six big max­i­mums.

Rob Magee joined Hafiz and he im­me­di­ately got the lat­ter back on strike for him to hit two sixes and finish 20 not out as Widnes ended their 50 overs on 236-6.

Sale set about chas­ing the large Widnes to­tal with open­ers Greg Gyves and Sam Bat­tersby fac­ing Widnes bowlers Hafiz and Camp­bell.

Gyves seemed to be the more ag­gres­sive bats­man and when the first wicket fell – Bat­tersby caught by wick­et­keeper Kirby off Camp­bell’s bowling for a sin­gle with the to­tal on 28 – he had scored 27.

Lawrence was the next Sale bats­man in and this ap­peared the point at which the fate of the match hinged.

If this pair could con­tinue bat­ting there was a good pos­si­bil­ity the Widnes to­tal would be in jeop­ardy.

Thank­fully for Widnes, how­ever, two wick­ets fell with the to­tal on 40.

First of all, Gyves was bowled by Hafiz for 37. Then Camp­bell took the big wicket of Lawrence hav­ing him caught by Will My­ers for just two.

With Mat Spells and Sale cap­tain Keith Wellings now in, the home out­fit’s in­nings stut­tered some­what and the run rate plum­meted.

Widnes in­tro­duced the spin of Magee and Ma­jeed and it took un­til the 25th over when Spells was caught, again by Kirby off Magee’s bowling for 25.

The to­tal moved onto 98 when the fifth sale wicket fell, Ryan Burgess caught by My­ers off Ma­jeed for 14.

At 106 the sixth wicket fell, Watkin caught by Hafiz, again from Ma­jeed’s bowling for two.

Widnes now thought they were in with a chance of clear­ing up the Sale tail-en­ders as an­other wicket fell with the score on 119, Bar­row­man be­com­ing Kirby’s third catch of the game, this time off Hafiz’s bowling for one.

Widnes tried var­i­ous bowling com­bi­na­tions to strike next and it took cap­tain Evans who put him­self on to bowl in the 41st over to get the cru­cial wicket of Wellings who he cas­tled for 45 to put Widnes in with a fight­ing chance of claim­ing the win.

Un­for­tu­nately for Evans and his side, no more wick­ets fell un­til the 48th over when Magee bowled Halkon for 11 with Sale tee­ter­ing at 168-9.

Sadly for Widnes, they did not man­age to claim that fi­nal wicket and claim the full 25 points as Sale held on and Widnes were good value for the win­ning draw.

Sale fin­ished on 175-9 off 50 overs with Widnes bag­ging 15 points and the hosts six from the en­counter.

Mean­while at Bea­cons­field Road Widnes’s sec­ond XI en­ter­tained their coun­ter­parts from Sale.

Widnes bat­ted first and scored 195 all out in 50 overs.

Robert Critch­ley held the Widnes in­nings to­gether with an ex­cel­lent knock of 64.

In re­ply, Sale knocked off this to­tal in 47 overs only los­ing four wick­ets along the way as opener Vi­raj So­rathia clubbed an un­de­feated 73.

This Satur­day, the first XI en­ter­tain Daven­ham with an ear­lier than usual start time of 12pm, whilst the se­conds travel to Tat­ten­hall with the con­test there com­menc­ing at 1pm.

Ma­jid Ma­jeed at the crease for Widnes in their drawn en­counter with Sale last Satur­day.

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