Sale Suffer Narrow Defeat
Sale suffered a narrow defeat against Oxton in their first home game in division one of the Vivio Cheshire County League. In a low scoring affair at Dane Road Sale went down by 10 runs in the failing light.
Hive Projects sponsored Sale had no hesitation in asking the visitors to bat first on a damp pitch following a week of wet weather.
After Tyrone Lawrence had removed skipper Jack Smith for 15 Ali Barrowman ripped through the Oxton top order as they slumped to 51-6.
Rich Adams then nipped out Alex Risk for a duck to leave the visitors reeling on 53-7.
Chris Williams and the experienced Chris Stenhouse then dug in for what would be the match winning partnership, adding 65 for the 8th wicket.
[mpu-1Lawrence returned to dismiss Williams for 38 as Stenhouse finished unbeaten on 37 as Oxton closed on 141-9. Ali Barrowman finished the pick of the bowling for Sale with 5-28.
The second innings followed a similar pattern to the first. Greg Gyves was batting fluently when he looked unlucky to be adjudged LBW for 10.
However Sale had no complaints as Lawrence was caught plumb in front immediately after Stenhouse had sent Wilson’s off stump cartwheeling.
Chris Canning survived the hat-trick ball but Sale we’re now 12-3.
Canning led the counter attack, but wickets continued to fall, so when Canning fell for the top score on the day of 39 as Sale looked in trouble at 54-6.
Skipper Keith Wellings and Barrowman then dug in take the score to 102 before Barrowman was bowled for 27.
Wellings marshalled the score to 127, but when he was ninth man out for 28, Sale could only add 4 more runs as the returning Stenhouse finished his match winning performance to claim 7-45. Sale collected 5 points.
Sale 2nd XI suffered a batting collapse of their own in the reverse fixture at Oxton. From 123-4, Sale collapsed to 145 all out in the 43rd over.
Dan Newton (46) and Ben Watkins (39) seemed to be putting Sale on target for a challenging total before losing 6 wickets for 23 runs, including two run outs, left them short of a challenging target.
Oxton had problems of their own as Sasiraj Pushparajah took 3 wickets to reduce Oxton to 96-5, leaving the game finely balanced. However the home side didn’t lose another wicket as they reached their target in the 46th over, Sale settling for 6 points.
On Sunday the 3rd XI made a belated start to their season in the T20 cup at Timperely, running out winners by 28 runs.
Most of the batsmen contributed as Sale posted 122 all out in the 20th over, Sandeep Yadala and Vic Sunderamanie top scoring with 20 runs each.
Timperely could only reach 94-7 in reply, Syan Siraj (3-12) and Insaf Jaweed (2-23) were the leading bowlers.
Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks, our over 40s team, lost at last years’ divisional champions Cheadle Hulme.
Skipper Rob Moore got Sale off to the perfect start with two early wickets, before a late flourish got the home team up to 95-3 in a game reduced to 16 overs per side.
Only Asad Khan with 31 retired got to grips with Cheadle Hulme’s battery of slow bowlers as Sale closed on 78-7.
Sale 1st XI host Timperely in the T20 cup on Thursday, followed by a trip to Bowdon on Saturday. The 2nd XI play the reverse fixture, whilst the 3rd XI head to Nantwich and the 4th XI host Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge on Sunday.