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4 in 4 Waktkin Eases Sale CC Relegation Fears

Ben Watkin (pictured batting)
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Dan Newton
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Sale travelled to Bramhall on Saturday for a vital clash in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league.  Bramhall had slipped out of the promotion places after 4 rain cancellations and Sale needed a result to ease their relegations fears.

Hive Sponsored Sale asked the home side to bat first, who found run scoring difficult against new ball bowlers Dan Newton and Ali Barrowman.

Newton quickly nipped out opener Patel before Barrowman removed the dangerous Adam Wilde for 23.  Rich Adams and Barrowman struck again the reduce Bramhall to 47-4.

Ashley West (35) then dug in, but wickets kept falling at the other end as inspired spell from Ben Watkin saw him take 4 wickets in 4 balls as the home side slumped to 64-8.

Bramhall rallied somewhat before they were all out for 113 in the final over.

Viraj Sorathia and Mat Spells got Sale off to a solid start adding 27 for the first wicket after tea, before two quick wickets reduced Sale to 30-2.

Too often this season that has led to a Sale collapse, but 16-year old Dan Newton showed no signs of nerves as he hit 70 off just 65 balls, including 13 boundaries, to upset the form book and ease Sale to a comfortable 8 wicket victory inside 37 overs.

Sale 2nd XI had the better of the reverse fixture at Dane Road, picking up 12 points as Bramhall batted out for a draw in the second innings.

A welcome return to form for Joe Cannon saw him score a patient 54 at the top of the innings, well supported by Skipper Gareth Watterson with 40 as Sale posted 188-5.

Relegation threatened Bramhall were happy to play out for a draw after tea, reaching 119-7 at the close.  Andy Millward was the pick of the bowling with 3-26 on his return to the side.

Sale 3rd XI lost to championship rivals Stockport Georgians on Sunday after posting a below par 133 all out, Sam Battersby top scoring with 38. Georgians costed home for the loss of 4 wickets after tea.

Sale 4th XI lost at home to newly formed North-East Cheshire, being bowled out for 100 in pursuit of 200-4.  Joe Wicks picked up 2-43 and Jack Brassell top scored with 32.

Next Saturday Sale have another crucial game as they host Romiley at Dane Road, with the 2nd XI playing the reverse fixture.

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