Sale saw contrasting fortunes in their double-header against Warrington.

Numerous rain interruptions meant that the firsts' clash at Dane Road petered out to a draw, while the seconds forced a win with a dominant display at Walton Lea.

The firsts match at Sale saw a moment of history as a SIS hybrid pitch was used for the first time in the Cheshire County League, albeit after a short delay as the game was reduced to 92 overs following a rain delayed start.

Warrington skipper Jonathan Fletcher certainly found the hybrid pitch to his liking as he hit a season’s best 152 off 118 balls as the visitors posted 234-5 – Rick Halkon (3-53) the pick of the Sale bowlers.

In their rain-affected reply, Sale closed on 121-4 with Tyrone Lawrence top scoring with an unbeaten 47.

Sale 2nd XI made light work of the return fixture, winning by 150 runs in a game reduced to 90 overs.

Viraj Sorathia hit 57 at the top of the innings and the consistent Mike Bishop scored 47 as Sale posted 203-4 in 45 overs.

In reply, Warrington were bowled out for 53 with spinners Rob Grant (4-13) and Ben Watkin (4-5) doing the damage as Sale consolidated second place in Division One and made up for losing the T20 quarter-final to Didsbury earlier in the week.

Ian Habershon scored 106 as the thirds picked up 13 points in a draw at Nantwich while the fourths could only reach 170-6 chasing Timperley’s 199-7 total.

Ashton on Mersey fell agonisingly short of victory in a well-fought contest at Alvanley.

Choosing to bowl first, Ashton dismissed Alvanley for 205 with spinner Miraj Patel finishing with 3-37.

In reply, Ashton lost early wickets but the middle order batters restored hope as Tom Scott returned to form with a hard-hitting 64.

Patel (52no) took up the challenge and guided Ashton to within touching distance of a win but they fell just five runs short and had to settle for the draw.

The seconds (134-8) held on for a draw in a rain-affected game against Widnes (240-6) while the thirds (97-2) beat Woodley (96 all out).