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Sale's table toppers have mixed week

Sale's table toppers have mixed week
Three of Sale’s five senior teams retained their positions at the top of their respective divisions in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League, despite a mixed week of results.
 
Sale 1st XI’s batting has been misfiring through the early part of the season. On Saturday, away at Upton, it couldn’t even manage a spark. Dismissed in the twentieth over for a paltry 41, Sale had to rely on extras for the only double-figure contribution. Upton’s Liam Sundve was Sale’s chief tormentor taking 6-8 in ten testing overs.
 
Upton had amassed 196-6 in their innings, thanks chiefly to Chris McArthur who finished unbeaten on 93.
 
The table-topping 2nd XI spent the early part of Saturday afternoon chasing leather around Sale’s Dane Road ground. Lindow made 288-3, with runs aplenty for Mark Ramsden (98), Daniel Braddock (85) and Ian Park (67).
 
In the second half of the game, Sale were reduced to battling for a draw, which they achieved by reaching 133-8 at the end of their 50 overs. Lionel Thompson remained 31*at the close. Matt Ramsden made up for the disappointment of missing a ton in the first innings by picking up 5-34 with the ball. Collecting only three points, Sale slipped down a place to second in division two.
 
Sale 3rd XI hosted Nantwich on Sunday and were seeking a fifth successive victory. Batting first, Sale started strongly with Viraj Sorathia making his highest score in senior cricket (68). Captain and vice-captain, Abbas Rizvi and Praveen Soans (pictured above by George Franks), each made 43 as Sale ended on 229-8.
 
In reply, Nantwich fell to 40-4, with swing bowler Shah Zeb taking 3-12. The visitors set about saving the game, with Jack Baston’s patient 64* defying all ten bowlers tried by Sale. Nantwich closed on 140-5. Sale picked up 13 points and retained their first place in the Sunday premier division.
 
Search sponsored Sale’s only victory of the weekend came at Bredbury St Mark’s. The 4th XI wrapped up the game before tea, dismissing the hosts for 53. Isaac Brooks, for the third match running, was the leading wicket-taker with five victims. Brooks’ left-arm spin was well-supported by incisive bowling from Ian Holland, Joe Wicks and Howard Briggs as well as a near faultless display in the field.
 
Vaasu Goyal was impressive in the brief run-chase that saw Sale to a nine wicket victory that extended their lead at the top of the Sunday east division.
 
On Wednesday, the Sale Silverbacks over 40s side visited Bowdon Vale. The hosts, set a target of 97, chased it down for the loss of a single wicket and now accompany Sale and Urmston – who visit Sale this week -  in joint first place in the north-east division.
 
The 1st XI play local rivals Brooklands on Thursday in the T20 cup, before returning to County League action against Oxton on Saturday. The 2nd XI visit Congleton. On Sunday, the 3rd XI are at home to Hyde, while the 4th XI enjoy a week’s break.
 
The full scorecards can be found here.

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