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Sale CC 2nd XI Stay Up

Gareth Watterson took 5 wickets for 2nd XI
Gareth Watterson took 5 wickets for 2nd XI
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Sale 2nd XI preserved their Vivio Cheshire County league division one status on Saturday with a convincing win at promotion chasing Macclesfield.  Sale won by 58 runs in a high scoring game.

 

Hive Sponsored Sale lost the toss but soon got off to a flying start as Greg Gyves hit 65 off just 58 balls, adding 81 for the first wicket with Jamie Coombes.

Dan Newton kept the momentum going with a fluent 41 off 50 balls at number 4, and a run a ball 30 from Ben Watkin meant that Sale posted a competitive 227-8 off 50 overs. 

The dangerous John Birchall started positively hitting 17 before he fell to a sharp one handed catch from Rich Adams.

His dismissal sparked a collapse as the home team slumped to 31-5 and then 54-7. Adam Longshaw then led the rebuilding with 60.

However Sale were not to be denied the win that kept them up, with skipper Gareth Watterson returning to complete a 5 wicket haul and Coombes affecting a run out to close the innings on 169.

In the reverse fixture at Dane Road Sale used the dead rubber to give a few promising youngsters an opportunity with young opener hitting 33 at the top of the order. 

Left-arm bowler Isaac Brooks was promoted to number 3 and soon showed his all-round abilities as he top scored with 44 as Sale posted a below part 153 all out. 

Fourteen year old James Dodds proved to be the pick of the bowler for Sale after tea as he took 3-32 with his off-spin as Macclesfield costed home for the loss of 6 wickets. 

Sale 4th XI finished their season at Epworth on Sunday, losing by 135 runs.  Mike Bishop hit 35 at Sale were dismissed for 95 in pursuit of 230-2.

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