Guest Century as Sale lose at Champions

©George Franks
 
Sale 1st XI lost their penultimate game at division one champions Oulton Park in the Vivio Cheshire County league on Saturday.  With rain disrupting much of the weekend cricket programme Sale lost by 9 wickets in a game reduced to 80 overs.
 
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bat first after a delay of 70 minutes and got off to the worst possible start as Ryan Burgess was caught at the wicket from the very first ball of the match.
 
Jeremy McFarlane then added 22 with Sam Battersby and a further 22 with Brooke Guest before he was dismissed for 24.
 
Fresh from winning the 2nd XI County Championship with Lancashire in mid-week Guest went on to dominate the innings, adding 56 for the 4th wicket with Mat Spells (10) and 60 for the 7th wicket with Lionel Thompson (22).
 
Guest brought up a classy century (103 not out) in the final over from 114 balls, including 12 fours and a six.  Sale closed on 177-9 off the revised 40 overs.
 
With other games around the county being cancelled Oulton Park had been confirmed as division one champions before the start of play, and were presented with the trophy by league chairman David Humpage during the tea interval.
 
Full of confidence the home side made short work of the reply on a drying wicket.
 
Martin East and Danny Leech added 124 for the first wicket before thirteen year old spinner Isaac Brooks dismissed East for 70.
 
Leech (58 not out) and Matt Jamieson (30 not out) then coasted home inside 28 overs.
 
Sale 2nd XI’s match at home to Heaton Mersey was cancelled without a ball being bowled due to heavy morning rain.
 
It was a case of “as you were” at the top of division two as nearest rivals Stockport Georgians were also rained off.  With one match to go Sale remain firm championship favourites, needing just 5 points form their final game at bottom of the table Weaverham to claim the divisional title.
 
The 1st XI round their season off by entertaining relegated Weaverham.
 
Sale 4th XI could claim an unprecedented third divisional title for Sale in the same season as they go into their final match of the season at Heaton Mersey on Sunday with an 8 point advantage over 2nd placed Lindow.