Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 12th June 2017 @ 09:58 by Mark Phillip

The weather had a large part to play last weekend. Some matches never got under way; one or two went the distance whilst others ended up being shortened with the dreaded ‘Duckworth Lewis’ calculations coming into play. Overall it is really only Droylsden and Ashton Ladysmith of our local teams who can look back on the weekends proceedings with much satisfaction.

Premier Division:

All three of our teams saw some action, but in shortened games. Denton West hosted Egerton at Windsor Park, and saw the visitors crawl to 106-9 in 36 overs, with the wickets shared around the West attack. With rain playing a part later on West attempted to chase the total but fell for 72, with the last 5 wickets falling for a single run in the space of 6 balls. The defeat leaves West in 9th spot in the table prior to this weekend’s trip to next to bottom Walsahw.

Up at North Road Glossop posted 153-5 in 32 overs, with Dale Pennington, (48*), being the leading light. In reply visitors Roe Green reached 146-2 off 27 overs and claimed the points. After the previous week’s nail biting win at Denton St Lawrence this will have been a disappointing outcome for Will Hargreaves’ side. Glossop travel to Bamford Fieldhouse on Saturday.

It was an inconclusive affair at Prestwich where Denton St Lawrence were the visitors. Prestwich reached 126-1 before rain brought an end. DSL host 3rd placed Clifton at Sycamore park this weekend.

Division 1:

Neither Flowery Field, (due to face leaders Greenmount in a top of the table clash at home), nor Denton, (away at Stand), got beyond the dressing room, leaving Dukinfield as the sole local team to see any action. Facing Woodhouses at home they subsided to 100 all out, and it was only a fighting 32* from Jonny Gascoigne that saw three figures reached. In reply the visitors reached the winning post with 6 wickets to spare, with the majority of the second innings being played in steady drizzle.

This weekend Dukinfield in 9th place make the short trip to Egerton Street to face 7th placed Denton. Flowery, (3rd) travel to Woodhouses whose victory at Dukinfield pushed them into 2nd spot.

Division 2:

With 14 teams in this division there are a number of ‘double headers’ on the fixture list. One of these fell last weekend, although Droylsden only saw action on Sunday following the early abandonment of Saturday’s game at Edenfield. A shorter trip on Sunday took them to

face Prestwich 2nd XI. An excellent performance with the bat left them with 240-5. The highlight was a century from Greg Shirley. The opener finished with 103 and received good assistance from fellow opener Alex Ciccharillo, (36), plus help from the Prestwich attack which conceded 25 wides. In reply Prestwich fell 58 short, finishing on 182-8. Alex Jones, (3-48), put in a useful stint with the ball for the Oakfield team. The win pushed Droylsden up into 4th place ahead of their encounter with Swinton Moorside this weekend.

Division 4 East:

Ashton Ladysmith limited Unsworth 2nd XI to 140, with Paul Reynolds picking up 3-36. With the weather playing a part, a hard hitting knock of 74* from Janak Patel took Ladysmith to 108-1 and the winning points as the rain rules came into play. The Rosehill Road team, placed in 5th spot, now have the short trip to Flowery Field 2nd XI this week,

Lancashire KO Cup:

Current holders of the trophy, Denton West, were the only local team left in the competition, and after a victory over Farnworth in the 1st Round faced Firwood Bootle at Windsor Park on Sunday. Sadly their hold on the title disappeared as the visitors progressed to the next round. The West innings was a stop start affair with three rain breaks. It had got off to a poor start with Hamish Dunlop, Mike Berry and pro Semila Seyibokwe all dismissed by the time the score had reached 16. West never really recovered and a total of 80 was unlikely to trouble the 2nd placed team in the Liverpool Competition. So it proved as Bootle raced to the target in 13 overs.

Derek Kay Perfit Cup:

The 2nd round fixtures are scheduled for this Sunday. 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