Newton Secures 2nd XI Promotion

Newton Secures 2nd XI Promotion
Sale 2nd XI have been promoted back to division one of the Vivio Cheshire County league after being relegated 12 months ago.  Sale had 14 year-old Dan Newton to thank as his first senior century secured an unlikely looking win at Bollington.
Search sponsored Sale were asked to bowl first as the Bollington openers made a positive start, reaching drinks without losing a wicket.
Sale fought back well after the break, led by Siyan Siraj who took 5-43 as the home side finished on 217-8.
Sale's reply got off to a shaky start as they were reduced to 19-3 and then 98-6 as a promotion damaging defeat loomed large.
This did not deter young Cheshire batsman Newton who fought well with support from Siraj (38) and Soans Praveen (41) as he reached his maiden century (106 not out) and also brought up his 1000th run of the campaign seeing Sale home by 3 wickets with 3 overs to spare.
Elsewhere 3rd placed Alvanley lost to 2nd placed Stockport Georgians, meaning promotion was secured as Sale head into the final two games with a 21 point advantage as they go for the divisional championship.
Sale 4th XI also have their fate in their own hands after they defeated 3rd placed Stockport Trinity in Sunday East Division Three, maintaining an 8 point advantage over Lindow with one round of games to go.
In a rain reduced game, Sale chased down 77-9 at Trinity for the loss of 3 wickets, Zikria Nadeem (31 not out) and Ian Habershon (38 not out) formed the winning partnership.
With only one team promoted they need to win their final game at Heaton Mersey 4s next Sunday to secure the divisional title and promotion. 
Sale 1st XI lost a competitive game at home to Bollington on Saturday, but did secure enough points to ensure any mathematical chance of relegation was ended.
Sale elected to bat first and found themselves struggling at 67-4 after losing early wickets, before a late cameo from chairman Paul Battersby (41 not out off 27 balls – pictured above by George Franks) ensured they posted a competitive 177-8.  Skipper Keith Wellings showing some late season form with 34 not out.
After tea Sale also took early wickets, before 76 from Jack Ward for the visitors guided them home with two overs to spare.  Young fast bowler Mal Clarke proved the pick for Sale with 3-46.
Sale 3rd XI rounded off their premiership winning season with their 12th win out of 18 against relegated Didsbury 4s, securing a final winning margin of 51 points over 2nd placed Didsbury 3s.
Didsbury 4s posted an imposing total as they reached 247-7 off 45 overs, Mike Jones and Abas Rizvi taking two wickets apiece.
Sale made light work of the reply despite losing Rizvi in the first over after tea.  Viraj Sorathia became the 2nd 14 year-old Sale batsman to pass 1000 runs for the season as he hit 34 in a stand of 103 with Soans Praveen for the 2nd wicket.
Sale didn’t lose another wicket as Praveen hit a magnificent 145 not out to see Sale home with 2 overs to spare, Dan Newton continuing where he left off the previous day with 62 not out.
On Saturday the 1st XI visit divisional leaders Oulton Park and the 2nd XI welcome Heaton Mersey to Dane Road.
The full scorecard can be found here.

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