Search sponsored Sale asked Oxton to bat first with opening bowlers Tyrone Lawrence and Ali Barrowman taking two wickets each to reduce the visitors to 56-4.
A disastrous run out for Mahdi Quadri made the score 83-6 with 20 overs to go and Sale looking at a modest chase.
However the Oxton tail wagged, as they eventually closed on 181-9, Lawrence finishing with 3-33.
Sale made a positive start after tea as they reached 62-2 at drinks, openers Matt Wilson and Joe Cannon contributing 24 & 28 respectively.
Lawrence then anchored the rest of the innings as Sale continued to lose wickets in pursuit of their target.
Skipper Keith Wellings then hit 20 out of a partnership of 25 to take the score to 163 before he became 7th man out with just 4 overs to go.
Thankfully for Sale Rick Halton held his nerve hitting the winning runs with an over to spare, finishing 10 not out and Lawrence 57 not out.
Sale 2nd XI’s winning run and outside chance of promotion both faltered in the reverse fixture at Oxton as they batted out for a draw.
Oxton posted 220-7, Dan Newton and Sasiraj Pushparajah both taking 3 wickets.
Sale reached 190-5 after tea, Newton completing a fine all-round performance with 78 not out, well supported by Dan Khan (40) and Sam Battersby (36).
Sale 3rd XI had a vital win against Marple on Sunday that boosted their survival hopes. Sale bowled the visitors out for 131 in the 43rd over, Shah Zeb with 3-29 and Manoj Kumasi 3-24.
Sale coasted to their target inside 28 overs for the loss of 4 wickets, Soans Praveen 33, Viraj Sorathia 30 and Sai Kumara 32.
Sale 4th XI lost by 9 wickets at Urmston after being bowled out for 140, skipper Iain Harrop posting 54 and Shane Osborne 27.
Next Saturday the 2nd XI welcome Widnes to Dane Road and the 1st XI play the reverse fixture, on Sunday the 3rd XI travel to Nantwich and the 4th XI entertain Disney 3s.