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Sale CC suffer blow after loss to Brooklands

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Sale 1st XI’s chances of reaching finals day suffered a blow on Saturday after losing a T20 double header at neighbours Brooklands.

Sale now need Brooklands to beat top of the table Grappenhall next week to stand any chance of qualifying.

In the first match Sale posted just 95 after being asked to bat first on a tricky surface, Tyrone Lawrence top scoring with 35.

Brooklands looked to be cruising to victory before a clatter of wickets saw them go from 60-1 to 88-5 thanks to a spell of 3-16 from Ben Watkin.

With a tight finish on the cards the umpires ruled that when a cap placed behind the stumps due to Covid regulations was hit attempting a run out that 5 penalty runs were awarded to the home side denying the ample crowd a grandstand finish.

In the second game Brooklands again won the toss but this time elected to bat first and again reached 60-1 before another collapse saw 4 wickets fall for 8 runs, Watkin and Lawrence with 2 wickets each. The home side then recovered their composure to post 109-7.

Unfortunately for Sale their batting failed again, as they were routed for 55, only Lawrence and Sam Battersby making double figures.

In contrast at Dane Road, Sale 2nd XI gave themselves an outside chance of reaching finals day after beating divisional leaders Romiley by 30 runs.

Sale were asked to bat first and posted a competitive 152-7 off 40 overs, Siyan Siraj hitting 36 off 31 balls and Joe Cannon scoring 35 at the top of the order led the way.

Despite making a confident start, Sale’s spin attack of Siraj, Cannon and James Dodds strangled the game in the middle overs. Dodds took a brace as Romiley could only manage 122-4.

Sale 3rd XI lost a rain affected game at Toft after the home side posted 149-5, Sagar Shetty taking two of the wickets to fall.

In reply Sale struggled to keep up with the rate in the early stages, and despite a run-a-ball 21 from slipper Soans Praveen Sale could only reach 111-8.

Sale 4th XI completed a good win at home to Oulton Park in a game reduced to 60 overs. Jonny Litler scored 75 out of the visitors 96 all out, as tight bowling and some excellent fielding saw Sale take 8 catches, a run out and a stumping. Naman Mudalier (3-13) and Johnathan Dickens (3-17) were the leading bowlers.

In reply Sale got off to a steady start, Indi Minocha and Theo Brodbeck adding 59 for the first wicket. Minocha was first to go for 36, leaving Brodbeck to finish unbeaten on 31 as Sale reached its target for the loss of 3 wickets in the 26th over.

Earlier in the week the final over 40s fixture against Ashley was rained off.

In the final round of matches next weekend the 1st XI welcome Warrington to Dane Road and the 2nd XI visit Heaton Mersey. On Sunday the 3rd XI host Nantwich and the 4th XI travel to Ashley.

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