Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 19th June 2017 @ 11:12 by Mark Phillip


Blessed with a weekend which simply could not have been better for cricket, action in the GMCL centred around a league programme on Saturday followed by the 2nd Round of the Derek Kay Perfit Cup the following day.

Derek Kay Perfit Cup

Without a shadow of doubt the game of the day was at Sycamore Park where Denton St Lawrence took on Premier Division leaders Woodbank.  In a game which lasted for 8 hours the result was in doubt until the very last ball of the allotted 100 overs. DSL batted first and posted an imposing 253-9 thanks largely to consistent contributions at the top of the order from Mark Dilnutt, (65); Lahiru Jayakody, (58) and Scott Kirwin, (27). Woodbank’s reply was equally steady but at 171-5 with 13 overs left the odds leaned to DSL.  Casey Roche picked up 3-56 but Woodbank edged within sight of the winning post.  With the last over to be bowled 13 were required for the win with 2 wickets remaining.  With tension gripping players and spectators alike DSL managed to contain Woodbank to 8, and thus winning an absolute thriller by 4 runs.

Elsewhere, Flowery Field travelled to Division 2 Whalley Range and were pre-game favourites.  Their total of 180 was probably just under par, and in that Flowery were indebted to Sean Gibson, (57) and pro Mike Burns, (51), who rescued them from 92-5 with a solid mid innings partnership.  Whalley Range got over the line with 8 overs to spare after the Flowery attack was unable to break through at key times.

Denton West travelled to Elton and ran up 200 with overseas man Semila Seyibokwe being the main contributor with 60. In reply, after a couple of early wickets, Elton put up a decent show but eventually fell 24 short.  Steve Oddy, with a magnificent return of 6-16 from 10 overs was key for Denton West and was aided by a decent return of 3-29 from Conor Woolley.

Glossop’s disappointing season continued as they exited the Cup,  Chasing a target of 173 set by Heywood they fell well short, managing only 111.

Premier Division

Glossop proved no match for Bamford Fieldhouse.  Managing only 89 this proved no problem for the home team who marched to a 9 wicket win.  Denton St Lawrence met Clifton at Sycamore Park, and set the visitors 237 for victory.  In the DSL innings a partnership of 120 between  Kirwin, (84) and Jayakody, (45), was the key feature.  In reply Clifton got off to a good start posting 77 before a wicket fell.  Kyle O’Reilly then got among things, and his return of 5-45, backed up by Kirwin, (4-38), gave DSL the points as Clifton fell 53 short.  DSL are now 2nd in the table just 4 points behind leaders Woodbank.

Denton West travelled to an improving Walshaw and came out on the wrong end of the result.  Walshaw set a less than imposing 158, with Oddy, (4-31), being the main man with the ball.  In reply it was only Ebrahim Ginwalla, (40) who got to grips with the home attack as West fell 36 adrift.

Division 1

Pride of place last weekend must go to Denton who piled up 324-4 in the local derby against visitors Dukinfield.   After the early dismissal of Ryan Halpin, Adam Hayes and Cloete Buitendag put the visitors attack to the sword.  Both reached superb centuries, Hayes finishing with 104 and Buitendag remaining undefeated on 118.  A brisk half century from Alex Beeley put the icing on the cake for Denton.  Faced with scoring at well over 6 runs an over for victory Dukinfield were shell shocked and only Yohan de Silva, (40), made much impression.  Hayes made it more than a day to remember.  After his exploits with the bat he picked up 5-25.  Definitely a “Man of the Match” performance!!

Flowery Field continued their push towards the top of the table, picking up another victory as they travelled to 2nd placed Woodhouses.  At the break, with Flowery having only totalled 113 the odds must have favoured Woodhouses.  As things turned out it was late innings contributions from David Williams and David Dickin which proved crucial.  They pushed the score up from 67-7.  The Woodhouses reply was blown away by pro Mike Burns, (5-36) and Patrick Hammond, (3-32), giving Flowery the win which leaves them in 3rd spot just 3 points adrift of leaders Greenmount.

Division 2

Droylsden faced Swinton Moorside who won the toss and batted.  That decision looked like the correct one as they progressed  to 32-0 in the 13th over. However, three quick wickets shared by Nathan Nistico (1-25) and Haroon Cheema (2-42) reduced Swinton to 50-3. There was then a slight recovery before Aaqib Uppal got in on the act. The Droylsden skipper (4-37), with the help of Schofield (2-0) and a run out from Mooney, cleaned up the tail with ease, eventually bowling Swinton Moorside out for 131 in the 42nd over.

The in-form Australian opener Greg Shirley fell early in the reply for a duck.  Paul Smith (14) and Uppal steered the hosts to 49 before the opener fell in the teens. The experienced Uppal (61*) and Mike Schofield (48*) made the chase look extremely easy as the pair put on 83 for the third wicket and reached the target with 11 overs to go and in doing so securing a bonus point victory. The win moved Droylsden up to second place in Division 2, three points behind leaders Thornham.

Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith failed to improve their mid-table standing as they made the short trip to Flowery Field 2nd XI.  They managed 166, with Dave Gaskin, (36) and a late innings contribution of 30 from Paul Reynolds being the main features.  Flowery made easy work of the reply getting home by 7 wickets thanks to 65 from Owen Feakes.  Ladysmith go into Saturday’s game against South West Manchester in 6th place.

 By Martin Frost