Sale Cricket Club had a bumper round of fixtures at the weekend after two rain-affected weeks, unfortunately they were a little ring rusty as the weather once again impacted proceedings.

The firsts held out for a draw at Marple on Saturday after rain reduced the second innings to only 30 overs.

Amlyn Leyton led the attack with 3-53 as the home side posted 193-9 in their 50 overs. Tyrone Lawrence, Rick Halkon and James Dodds all taking two wickets each.

With 20 overs lost in the second innings, Sale had little prospect of winning, but nearly lost as they held on at 119-9, Halkon top scoring with 29.

It was a similar story on Sunday as they caught up their Covid postponed match at Bowdon. In a game reduced to 90 overs Bowdon posted 180-7 in 45 overs.

The game was finely poised when further overs were lost in the second innings as Sale reached 165-9 in the gloom.

Sam Hunt (48) and Gareth Davies (39) were the top scorers.

Sale seconds (83) conceded second place in Division One after they were well beaten by bogey team Heaton Mersey (237-9).

The thirds comfortably beat championship rivals Romiley by seven wickets but Sale fourths (115 all out) lost to Bowdon fourths (129-8).

Ashton on Mersey hung on for a hard-fought draw on another day of drama at The Beets.

Winning the toss and opting to bowl first in a match shortened by rain, Christleton posted an impressive 231-7 thanks to some big hitting.

In reply, a superb century from Miraj Patel earned Ashton a hard-earned draw as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

A rash of lbw decisions derailed their efforts and as wickets fell, the aim was to avoid defeat rather than go for the victory.

And Patel along with Zaheer Khan batted calmly in a last-wicket stand to earn the draw.

Ashton seconds (85-5) sealed a comprehensive win over league leaders Didsbury (84 all out) while the thirds (147 all out) narrowly lost to Elworth (150-7).

Ashton Women (67 all out) fell to a heavy defeat at Upton (246-7).