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Greater Manchester Cricket League Weekend Review
Monday 5th June 2017 @ 09:44 by Mark Phillip

Once again the weather was kind last Saturday and there was a full programme of fixtures in the GMCL.  It was a day of mixed fortunes for our local teams, and with a third of the league programme now completed the league tables are beginning to take shape.

Premier Division

Unquestionably the game of the day was at Sycamore Park.  Denton St Lawrence went into the game lying in 2nd spot and hoping to put pressure on leaders Woodbank.  Visitors Glossop have had a really disappointing start to the campaign and before play started were in bottom place.  DSL got off to a poor start, falling to 27-3, before a consistent display from the middle and lower order pushed them to 199-9. A target of 200 for victory looked like a real challenge for the North Road team, given recent form but Daniel Eyre, (52) gave them a good start.  This was built on to the extent that with 5 wickets and 14 overs remaining Glossop needed only 21. A relatively easy task on paper, but not on the pitch! DSL fought back with 4 quick wickets, thanks largely to Kyle O’Reilly, (who finished with 6-57).  It came down to the last pair, skipper Will Hargreaves and Mark Usher to get the 3 needed for what was a welcome win for Glossop.

Elsewhere mid-table Denton West travelled to table toppers Woodbank.  The home team put 200 on the board with overseas man Semila Seyibokwe, (4-52) and Michael Shum, (4-45) leading the way for West. In reply it was a patchy performance at the top of the order as they fell to 88-6.  A fighting display from John McAllister, (42) and useful contributions from the lower order pushed West to 162, but still 39 short of the win  They will now look to get back to winning ways when Egerton visit Windsor Park this weekend.

Division 1

Flowery Field continued their recent impressive form making it 5 league wins in a row to which can be added a comprehensive Cup triumph over Stand.  They beat Stretford but made heavy weather of the victory.  Patrick Hammond starred with the ball for Flowery, and finished with 6-42 as the home side were dismissed for 92.  Only Alex Dolly, (28) made any great impression when Flowery replied, and at 71-6 the game was in the balance.  Sean Gibson showed his experience and guided Flowery to the win, but it was a close call, with the margin being 2 wickets.  The win leaves them in 2nd place, and well placed to push for a place in the premier Division next year.  It’s a huge game this weekend as leaders Greenmount are the visitors.

For Denton and Dukinfield it was a disappointing day.  Denton fell to 32-5 against visitors Heywood, but recovered to 154 all out, thanks to a half century from Alex Beeley.  England Womens test player, Kate Cross, starred for the Crimble outfit, finishing with 6-32.  A target of 155 didn’t trouble Heywood who won with 8 wickets and 19 overs to spare.  Dukinfield could only manage 125 against a Stand team who had been comprehensively beaten a mile down the road at Flowery Field only 6 days previously.  Despite a couple of early wickets Dukinfield were unable to make any other meaningful impact and went down by 7 wickets.

Division 2

Droylsden have had a rough couple of weeks after an impressive start to the campaign.  They certainly got back on track with a comprehensive win over Whalley Range.  Nathan Nistico starred for the Oakfield team. After an invaluable 30, coming at at no 10, and helping Droylsden to 151 he then took 3-23 as the visitors collapsed to 69 all out leaving Droylsden winners by 82 runs.  They now lie 5th in the table ahead of the trip to Edenfield this weekend.

Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith were looking to get back onto winning ways following a heavy defeat at Denton St Lawrence 2nd XI the previous week but it was a disappointing performance with bat as they limped to 71 all out.  This proved to be too few as Stretford 2nd XI got home by 4 wickets.  Khaliq ur Rehman put up a good show with the ball  for Ladysmith finishing with 4-24. The Rosehill Road team are now 6th and face Unsworth 2nd XI at home on Saturday.

Derek Kay Perfit Cup

Following the 1st round last week the draw has been made for Round 2 which is on Sunday June 18th.  Locally it sees home games for Denton St Lawrence and Glossop who will face Woodbank and Heywood respectively.  Flowery Field face a trip to Division 2 Whalley Range and Denton West travel to Elton.  In the Championship Cup Ashton Ladysmith will renew an old North Manchester League rivalry with Littleborough Lakeside a game in which they have home advantage.

By Martin Frost