Sal­ford storm dam­age

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

CRICKET De­spite an ex­cel­lent all-round per­for­mance from Josh Henry, Sal­ford Blue Jays were beaten by a West Dids­bury side chal­leng­ing for the ti­tle.

With stormy con­di­tions cer­tain to make it a dif­fi­cult day for cricket, West Dids­bury won an im­por­tant toss and put Sal­ford in to bat.

Josh Henry (40) and skip­per Jonny Wineberg (5) opened the bat­ting and moved the score on at a good rate between rain stop­pages be­fore Wineberg fell in the fifth over, de­ceived by a slower ball.

Henry was joined by Caleb Blake and they added 19 runs be­fore Blake (5) fell to a swing­ing ball just as the rain lashed down again.

Wick­ets kept fall­ing at the other end with none of the Sal­ford mid­dle or­der mak­ing it into dou­ble fig­ures. Henry and John Egan added 26 for the sixth wicket be­fore Egan (6) was caught try­ing to force the score on.

At 83 for 5 in the 21st over Henry, having sur­vived one catch­ing chance, was joined by the Sal­ford tail and pushed the side up to 90 runs, be­fore be­ing caught at point for a ca­reer-best 40 runs.

Daniel Paul, on loan to his for­mer club, and Chaim Har­ris helped add an­other 10 to the to­tal be­fore Sal­ford were bowled all out for 100.

With the weather bright­en­ing up, West Dids­bury went on the of­fen­sive, at­tack­ing Dan Paul (4-12-0) and Adam Schog­ger. Both Dids­bury open­ers gave catch­ing chances that Sal­ford were un­able to cap­i­talise on. Grant Pak­ter (5-15-0) showed good line and length and helped frus­trate the open­ing part­ner­ship. Henry (4-12-1) fi­nally found the break­through with a good catch at mid­wicket by the re­turn­ing Moishe Har­ris, who did well to hold on to the ball af­ter a nasty col­li­sion with Pak­ter.

Wineberg (3-14-1)then brought him­self on and bowled a tight line, frus­trat­ingly cre­at­ing more chances, but his field­ers failed to back up his good work.

W i n e b e r g f i n a l l y g o t h i s wicket with an edge to Blake at slip who held on at the third at­tempt. Blake (1.3-10-1) added a third wicket be­fore West Dids­bury made it home safely with seven wick­ets to spare.

There were many pos­i­tives to take away from the match, none more so than Henry’s bat­tling bat­ting dis­play hope­fully in­spir­ing him to many more runs in the future.

Of­fer­ton’s with­drawal from the league sees Sal­ford drop to sixth with one more match to play against bot­tom club Foresters in two weeks.

Bel­mont and Edg­ware’s present side, led by cap­tain Adam Ja­cobs, beat a se­lect team of past play­ers with 10 overs to spare in a spe­cial game to com­mem­o­rate the club’s 40th an­niver­sary.

This was very much a friendly, with a rule in­tro­duced to pre­vent play­ers from be­ing dis­missed for ducks, but­was still a com­pet­i­tive fix­ture with the older “Se­lect XI” keen to show the younger cur­rent squad they still knew their way around a cricket field.

PHOTO: CHRIS TOFALOS

Strik­ing out: Sal­ford cap­tain Jonny Wineberg went for just five

GMACL DI­VI­SION THREE

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