THE much-anticipated Sale derby match between Sale and Brooklands finally took place on Saturday after an earlier round of matches had been washed out.

The double-header finished honour even, with Brooklands winning the first XI match and Sale taking the second XI encounter.

Hive Projects-sponsored Sale seconds got home in a tight game at Brooklands after restricting the home side to 130.

After an early wicket for skipper Gareth Watterson Brooklands looked to be building a challenging total as they reached 70-2.

The introduction of 13-year-old spinner James Dodds turned the game in Sale’s favour with 4-57.

Tom Riley then took three late wickets as the home side were bowled out for 130 in the 42nd over.

After two early wickets, Sam Battersby hit a brisk 27 to get Sale’s reply to 40. Jamie Coombes and Watterson then added 38, but the loss of Watterson for 31 sparked a mini collapse to 107-7.

Coombes kept his head with a patent 33 as Lionel Thompson (16 not out) joined him to get home with plenty of overs in hand.

In the reverse fixture at Dane Road Sale firsts recovered from 28-3 to post 161-9. Dan Newton top-scored with 45, and a stand of 54 for the seventh wicket between Keith Wellings (34) and Ben Watkins (33) got Sale up to a defendable total.

However, 161 would rarely be enough at Dane Road and so it proved as Brooklands reached the target for the loss of six wickets, Richard Halkon and Isaac Brooks taking two wickets each. Sale’s third XI drew a high scoring game at Nantwich on Sunday. Viraj Sorathia took 5-24 as the home team posted 212-9. In reply Ian Habershon top-scored with 43 as Sale closed on 180-8.

The fourth XI posted their highest total of the year, 208-9 against Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge, thanks to 103 from Iain Harrop.

Ben Atkinson (24) and Jack Brassell (20 not out) played valuable supporting roles as Sale posted 208-9. The visitors reached their target despite Joe Wicks’ 4-31.

Sale Silverbacks won their over-40s match at Bowdon.

Sale posted 182-5, before restricting Bowdon to 98-4.