Sale CC Stay Up After Thrilling Win
Sale preserved their Vivio Cheshire County league division one status on Saturday with a dramatic win at Bollington. In a low scoring game Sale secured the crucial win by just 4 runs.
Hive Projects sponsored Sale were asked to bat first and soon found themselves in trouble as both openers were dismissed for only 3 runs.
Tyrone Lawrence hit 21 at number 3 but Sale soon found themselves on the brink at 35-5.
Chris Canning did his best to rebuild the innings as he top scored with 25, taking the score to 74-8. Ali Barrowman (14) and Isaac Brooks (13) added some useful runs but Sale were finally bowled out for 104 in the 48th over.
Bollington started positively with both openers making double figures to take the score to 36. Ali Barrowman then got Sale back into the game as he took the first 5 wickets to fall as the home side slumped to 55-5.
Richard Halkon and Isaac Brooks then took a wicket each before James Longhorn dug in to get Bollington within 9 runs of victory with 3 wickets remaining.
There was one final twist to come as Lawrence returned for a second spell, trapping Longhorn for 28 and taking two further wickets to bowl Bollington out for 100 and secure the win that kept them up.
Sale 2nd XI couldn’t match the exploits of the 1st XI, losing by 2 wickets in an equally tight game at home to Stockport Georgians.
Sam Battersby (29) and Keith Wellings (28) were the top scorers as Sale posted 130-9 after being inserted on a green wicket.
Skipper Gareth Watterson got Sale off to the perfect start taking two wickets with his first two balls and soon followed it up with a third as the visitors slumped to 33-5.
Rick Barrow then dug in for the visitors, hitting an unbeaten 44 to see them home with 2 wickets to spare, meaning Sale will need to secure a result in the final game to stay in division one.
Sale 3rd XI finished their season at Alderley Edge and securing their premier division status with a comfortable 6 wicket win.
Ibraheem Shereef was the pick of the bowling with 3-52 as the home side posted 238-8. Sale reached their target with a ball to spare for the loss of 4 wickets.
Sale 4th XI lost by 9 wickets at home to Elworth after posting 152-9, Jack Brassell top scoring with 41.
Next Saturday Sale end their season with a double header against Macclesfield, with the 4th XI ending their season at Elworth on Sunday.
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