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Sale March On As Chasing Pack Falter

Sale March On As Chasing Pack Falter
Christleton 102 all out (36.5)
Sale 105-3 (23)
Sale win by 7 Wickets
 
Sale extended their lead at the top of division one of the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League following a comfortable 7 wicket win over Christleton. With the chasing teams all losing Sale now have a 20 point advantage over 2nd placed Timperley and are 51 points ahead of Oxton in 3rd place.
 
Search sponsored Sale chose to bowl first and soon had visitors Christleton in trouble as Rick Halkon (pictured above) bowled Rob Marks in his first over.  Fellow opener Tufail Talha hit a run-a-ball 30 before Halkon had him trapped LBW. 
 
Christleton are having a tough season, but do have the division’s leading run scorer in Mitch Renwick.  When Ali Barrowman had him caught for 15 by Dan Halkon the visitors were reduced to 50-3 and Sale were firmly in control.
 
Rick Halkon (5-28) and Tyrone Lawrence (4-50) then ran through the rest of the line up in short order as Christleton subsided to 102 all out in the 37th over.
 
In reply Sale showed a few nerves as they lost 3 early wickets before a stand of 81 between Ian Dixon and Dan Halkon saw them to their target in the 23rd over.
 
Dixon hit 8 fours in his 67-ball 61 and Halkon hit 7 fours in his 38-ball 36 as Sale coasted home in good time before the forecast early evening rain could intervene.
 
Sale meet Oxton, who knocked Oulton Park off 3rd place, on Saturday.  With Timperley and Didsbury also losing it proved a great round of results for Sale.
 
Sale 2nd XI made it back-to-back wins at Congleton, with a convincing 72 run win.
 
Skipper Rob Merga led the way with a fine 71 in Sale’s total of 193-9, with great support from promising juniors Dan Osborne (41) and Joe Cannon (39).
 
Sale then bowled the home side out in the 35th over.  Gareth Watterson (3-25) dismissed the middle order and Andy Millward (4-15) cleaned up the tail as the home side subsided to 121 all out.
 
The 3rd XI made it a full house of weekend wins with a 7 wicket victory over Hale Barns on Sunday.  Rob Moore took 5-37 in the visitors 136 all out.  In reply James Hall (48) and Tom Gill (35) hit an unbeaten partnership of 89 for the 4th wicket as Sale coasted home with 12 overs to spare.
 
Sale Silverbacks, our over 40’s side, suffered their first defeat of the season, by 9 wickets to Cheadle.  Their advantage at the top of the North East division was cut to 2 points.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks visit Brooklands.  On Saturday the 1st XI travel to Oxton, whilst the 2nd XI play the reverse fixture.  On Sunday the 3rd XI visit Marple 4th.
 
Brayden Ross of the under 9 Badgers had the performance of this (or any other) week.
 
Sale Badgers 296 (16 overs)
Urmston 256 (16 overs)
 
Brayden took 6-3, including four wickets in five balls. Urmston couldn't recover from that devastating spell and already faced a tall order chasing a strong total featuring 26 from James Newhill and 22 from Will Dyson.
 
On the verge of winning the league and qualifying for the cup final, the under 16s have had a blip in form.
 
Sale 89-8 (20 overs)
Radcliffe 90-2 (17.3 overs)
 
Sale's own Radcliffe (Will) top scored with 22. Radcliffe lost an early wicket to a fine bit of fielding in the covers by Adam Holland, but won comfortably.
 
The under 15s Cup run was brought to an end by Didsbury.
 
Didsbury 150-8 (20 overs)
Sale 135-9 (19.3 overs)
 
Didsbury set a challenging total, despite Sam Battersby recording five dismissals behind the stumps(3 catches, 2 stumpings). Tom Kellett led the bowlers with figures of 3-0-14-3. Sale began well, through opener Adam Holland (30) and Dan Osborne retiring for the umpteenth time this season on 53. But the innings fell away with the last six wickets falling for 10 runs.
 
The Under 13 Colts ran Cheadle close in a tight match
 
Cheadle 102 (20 overs)
Sale 99 (20 overs)
 
Going into the final over Sale needed 13 runs for the win. Dan Newton kept Sale in the game until the final ball.

The full scorecards can be found here.

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