CHRISTLETON were unable to build on their first Division One victory of the season as they went down to a 43-run home loss to high-flying Sale on Saturday.
Confident after seeing his side become the first team to beat Irby, Guy Newell chose to insert the Greater Manchester visitors on to a near-perfect Little Heath wicket.
But Iftikhar Naseer (4-49) aside, the home attack failed to justify their captain’s faith as Sale put on 209-9dec.
Naseer then hit 40 off 33 balls to get the reply off to a good start. But after the all-rounder was dismissed, only Iroshan de Silva (53no) showed any sort of staying power as Christleton fell for 166.
Draw-specialists MALPAS earned a share of the spoils at second-placed Upton in Division Two.
The Wirral hosts set 197-9dec despite the best efforts of Mark Goldsmith (2-38), Rob Ward (2-43) and Phil Johnson (2-45).
Malpas never looked like chasing down that total, but they hung on at 148-9 thanks to Goldsmith (30no).
TATTENHALL were brought back down to earth with a seven-wicket reverse at Brooklands.
Opener John Hope cracked 65 and Andrew Morris (37) and Rob Mulvihill (25) offered lower-order support as Tatts posted 176-9dec.
But that target proved no problem for Brooklands as they made their way to 179-3 (Morris 2-30)