SALE firsts lost to Brooklands in the first round of the Cheshire Cup – one of three matches between the clubs to beat the weather.

After Saturday’s double header were both washouts – although the seconds did see some action and picked up 13 points in a game that did not reach its conclusion – the clubs' first teams met in the cup on Sunday.

And it was Brooklands who progressed to the next round following a 74-run win in a game reduced to 80 overs.

The crucial innings was 94 from 72 balls from Kevin Carroll who punished Sale’s fifth bowler after Sale had made a promising start.

In reply, Tyrone Lawrence and Chris Canning hit 28 apiece as Sale were bowled out for 157 in the final over.

The best result of the weekend came at Stockport Georgians as Sale thirds beat the home team by six wickets.

Sale bowled Georgians out for 115 with Sam Baker (6-30) and Tom Riley (3-2) the pick of the bowlers. Sale coasted home for the loss of four wickets in the 29th over, Dattu Vadakutte top scoring with 26.

Earlier in the week Sale Silverbacks lost their over 40s match against Toft by 19 runs after the visitors had posted 111-3.

Ashton on Mersey fell to their third defeat of the season against Mobberley on a day when the weather once again had a major say in the outcome of the contest.

Batting first in difficult conditions under foot that hampered the Ashton bowlers, Mobberley took advantage and declared on 200-3 (Ibrar Latif 57, Hamza Butt 50no) leaving Ashton just 40 overs to chase down the total.

In reply, Tom Scott (47) and Miraj Patel and Akash Patel – who posted a rapid 50 partnership – meant Ashton need 37 runs off the last four overs to win.

However, once Miraj departed, wickets tumbled at an alarming rate – Ashton losing their last five wickets for six runs in the space of two overs.