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Sale Held Up by Tattenhall

Sale Held Up by Tattenhall
Sale 153 all out (45.3)
Tattenhall 130-9 (54)
Sale Winning Draw
 
Sale 1st XI were again frustrated by a rear guard action that prevented victory and saw their lead at the top of the Vivio Cheshire County League division one cut to 4 points.  The final pair for Tattenhall survived the last 8 overs meaning Sale secured only 11 points instead of the maximum 25 had the final wicket fallen.
 
Opening batsman Ian Dixon top scored with 44 as Search sponsored Sale posted a below par 153. Sale got off to the worst possible start as Ryan Rickelton was bowled without scoring on a surface offering some assistance to the bowlers.  Dixon and Tyrone Lawrence counter attacked to get the score to 51. The departure of Lawrence for 21 saw wickets fall at regular intervals, including an unfortunate run out for the luckless Dixon.
 
A stand of 38 between Rob Grant (34) and Rob Greenhough (25) for the sixth wicket gave Sale something to defend as they were bowled out in the 46th over.

Tattenhall were favourites at tea due to the additional overs they received from bowling Sale out.  However tight bowling from Sale meant the home side were never in the hunt and batted out for a draw from an early stage.
 
The wickets were shared around as Rick Halkon (3-44), Tharshan Thayalan (2-21) and Lawrence (2-13) reduced Tattenhall to 115-9 with 8 overs to go, however the last pair of Williamson and Gibbon held on to secure a draw.
 
Sale 2nd XI only had themselves to blame for losing at home to Tattenhall’s second string as they drop a number of catches defending a modest total of 135.

Matt Millward top scored with 37 and Mike Wolanski chipped in with a useful 22 in Sale’s disappointing total.  Sale had Tattenhall in trouble at 60-3, but after spilling a number of chances the visitors cruised to a 5 wicket victory with 11 overs to spare.
 
Sale 3rd XI suffered a heavy defeat at Romiley on Sunday.  Sale found a very wet wicket after the home side had left the wicket uncovered overnight.  Sadly for Sale they lost the toss and could only muster 131-9 thanks to a late order recovery led by Nick Brooks (33 not out).  After tea the wicket gradually dried out as Romiley coasted home for the loss of 5 wickets.
 
Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, kept up their winning start to the season with a convincing win over last season’s play-off finalists Cheadle.

Nick Brooks got Sale off to the perfect start, Blood caught at point by Carl Hicks without scoring.  After 2 maidens from Paul Hanrahan, Mark Almond took over from the far end and quickly had Roberts caught at mid-on, wickets fell at regular intervals with only Cheadle opener Watkin (20) showing any resistance.
 
When tail ender Dooler was caught by Barry Craven off the final ball of the innings Cheadle were bowled out for 63. Ian Holland took 3-17, supported by 2 a-piece for Hanrahan, Almond and Iain Harrop.  Sale replied in style knocking the small total off in 14 overs for the loss of 3 wickets, Mark Rowe 24 and Nigel Davenport 26 not out.

Sale faces a busy week of fixtures.  On Wednesday the Silverbacks host Brooklands, with the 1st XI playing at Brooklands in the T20 cup on Thursday.  At the weekend the 1st XI host third placed Oulton Park, with the 2nd XI travelling to Warrington.  On Sunday the 3rd XI host Ashley, whilst the 1st XI visits Oxton in the 3rd round of the Cheshire Cup.
 
Sale's junior sides competed in some tight contests last week, but came off second best. The under 9 Squirrels narrowly lost to Brooklands, despite contributions from Nathan Gray (4-6), James Newhill (2-1, 12 runs & 1 catch) and Ben Habershon (2-5, 10 runs).

The under 13 Eagles had a similar fate at Ashton-on-Mersey. James Layton continued his good form with 20 and 2-7, Jack Farren scored 22 and Eric Gornall conceded just 4 runs in 3 overs with 1 wicket. The under 13 Colts, couldn't catch Cheadle despite Dan Flisk's 31 (retired). The under 9 Badgers were unsuccessful away at Whalley Range with Molly Saunders and Ruth Baxendale making the hosts work hard for their victory.

The under 16s did manage to continue their excellent start to the season against Dean and Derby. Sam Battersby (62) and Joe Cannon (41*) opened with a century stand. Two wickets apiece for Adam Holland, Joe Cannon and Tom Gill as well as 3 stumpings and a catch by Daniel Osborne dismissed the visitors to bring about a comfortable victory.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

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