Sale CC Make it Four in a Row
Sale 1st XI made it four wins in a row with a convincing 4 wicket win over Bowdon on Saturday after heavy rain in the morning threatened to curtail their winning run.
Visitors Bowdon elected to bat first and got off to the worst possible start, the influential Pat Ashling caught by Dan Newton off the third ball of the day from Tyrone Lawrence.
Newton then got into the act at the other end taking two wickets, shortly followed by Lawrence’s second to reduce Bowdon to 23-4 and put Hive Projects sponsored Sale in control.
Alec Matkin top scored with 17, but he soon become one of spinner Isaac Brooks 3 victims as Bowdon slumped to 64-7.
Fellow spinner Ben Watkin then polished off the tail to finish with 3-11 as the visitors were bowled out for 76 in the 28th over.
After the early loss of last week’s hero Viraj Sorathia Sale looked in little trouble chasing a modest total, Sam Battersby and Gareth Davies adding 33 for the second wicket.
Davies topped scored with 24, taking the score to 59 before he was out caught. Dan Newton then saw Sale to their target with 15 not out to set up a top of the table clash with Grappenhall next week.
On Sunday Sale 3rd XI completed a welcome win at Nantwich after electing to bowl first.
Ivan Flitcroft got Sale off to the perfect start taking two early wickets to reduce the home side to 3-2.
Nantwich then rallied before wily spinner Lionel Thompson took two wickets to make the score 69-4.
From then on it was all Sale, Jared Moran taking 4-17 as Nantwich subsided to 97 all out.
Sale might light work of the reply with Jamie Coombes (33) and Inshaf Deen (32) taking the score to 79-4. Sale lost two further wickets before reaching their target in the 38th over.
Sale 2nd XI’s clash at Lindow on Saturday and the 4th XI game at home to Hale Barns on Sunday both fell victim to the weather, as did the over 40s friendly against Cheadle.
On Saturday Sale 1st XI welcome Grappenhall to Dane Road and the 2nd XI visit Timperley. On Sunday Sale 3rd XI host Didsbury and the 4th XI travel to Elworth.