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Sale CC move to top of Cheshire County League

Sale CC move to top of Cheshire County League
Sale CC move to top of Cheshire County League
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Sale 1st XI moved to the top of Cheshire County league division one west after a thrilling last ball victory over nearest rivals Grappenhall on Saturday. Hive Projects sponsored Sale put themselves in pole position to reach finals day with just two games to go.

Grappenhall, with two former first class players in their ranks, started the game two points ahead of Sale and were asked to bat first. Adam Roylance got the visitors off to a breeze start before Dan Newton had him caught at the wicket for 13.

Sale didn’t allow the visitors to score quickly as Tyrone Lawrence took the next wicket with the score on 30. Amlyn Layton and Isaac Brooks then heaped on the pressure keeping the scoring below 3 an over.

Ben Watkin then came on as Grappers were looking to accelerate and immediately removed former Gloucestershire batsman Grant Hodnett for 31. Ex Lancashire man Richard Green tried to up the rate, but he fell for 36 to Rich Adams to leave the score on 101-5.

Some lower order hitting alongside some indifferent ground fielding allowed the visitors to reach 143, as Watkin finished with 3-47 and the returning Lawrence mopped up two more wickets to finish on 3-13, both helped by 3 excellent catches in the deep from Newton.

Sale made hard work of the reply, not helped by two rain breaks that both led to Sale wickets, and when Gareth Davies fell for 22 Sale were in trouble at 63-5.

Isaac Brooks and Mat Spells then added a crucial 42 run partnership to take the score to 105 before Spells was bowled by Roylance for 22.

Young Brooks kept his head as he then added 33 with veteran Mike Bishop, who after hitting two consecutive 4s in the penultimate over fell for 14.

Watkins and Brooks paced the final over perfectly as Brooks scored the 1 run needed off the final ball to finish on 35 not out and leave Grappenhall ruing not batting the full 40 overs in the first innings.

Sale 2nd XI’s hopes of qualifying for finals day suffered a blow at Timperley as they lost by 7 wickets after posting 169-5. The home team reached their target with 3 overs to spare.

On Sunday Sale 3rd XI lost against divisional leaders Didsbury. Young spinner Callum Ross took 3-27 as the visitors posted 183-7 in 40 overs.

In reply skipper Soans Praveen hot 52 and Lionel Thompson 36 as Sale could only manage 152-8 in reply.

Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks lost a close over 40s friendly against Timperley. Mike Bishop hitting 32 retired for Sale.

Next Saturday Sale 1st XI make the short trip to Brooklands and the 2nd XI host league leaders Romiley. On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Toft and the 4th XI welcome Oulton Park 3s to Dane Road.

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