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Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 26th June 2017 @ 09:57 by Mark Phillip

Premier Division

The game of the day locally was the local derby between Denton West and Denton St Lawrence at Windsor Park.  This went the way of the home team.  West’s totalled 185 thanks to a fine late innings knock of 48 from no. 9 Luke Melling who came to the wicket at 115-7. For DSL Ben Tighe picked up 5-41.  The total proved 21 too many for 2nd placed St Lawrence’s, Steve Oddy finishing with 4-34 .  For DSL only Matt Hawley, (51), was able to get to grips with the West’s attack.  DSL will have been disappointed not to put more pressure on leaders Woodbank and ended up dropping to 4th spot.

Over at North Road it was another dismal day for rock bottom Glossop who went down by 65 runs to fellow strugglers Bury.  Will Hargreaves side suffered at the hands of ex-Unsworth man Jon Wiggans, who reached 101, as the visitors compiled 206-8, (Steve Hunt 4-50). In reply, the Glossop upper order offered little and tumbled to 58-7. Some semblance of respectability came with an 8th wicket partnership of 74 between Hargreaves, (33), and George Dyson, (42).  This weekend’s game at Flixton marks the half way point of the season, and Glossop unquestionably have a relegation battle to fight.

Division 1

Denton lost to Woodhouses who had set them 191 for victory.  Keegan Taylor ended with 5-55 for Denton.  In reply despite a reasonable start Denton were unable to make great inroads with pro Choete Buitendag unable to repeat the big hitting he had displayed the previous night in a T20 game.   The Egerton Street team finished 47 runs adrift.  Over at Dukinfield, visitors Edgworth ran up 250-8.  Pro Yohan de Silva, (75), made a sound contribution but Dukinfield ended up 29 adrift, and are now 3rd bottom.

The success story locally this season in Division 1 has been at Flowery Field. It was a real thriller as they edged out Winton by 4 runs. Having totalled a no more than par 173 the result could have gone either way.  In the Flowery innings it was once again Alex Dolly who caught the eye.  His 81 made it nearly 320 runs this year at an average of 40. In reply Winton reached 127-4 with 20 overs left and were probably favourites, but fine efforts from Sean Gibson, (2-27), and pro Mike Burns, (3-54), gave Flowery the win.  They now lie 3rd just 3 points behind leaders Greenmount and must have high hopes of moving into the Premier Division next year.

Division 2

Droylsden have had an improvement of late and went into the game at Brooksbottom in 2nd place. Sadly the run came to an end.  Batting first Droylsden limped to 123 all out with only Aaqib Uppal, (43), making much of an impression.  The Oakfield team made Brooksbootom fight for the win, taking 6 wickets in the process, but it was certainly a disappointing afternoon for Droylsden which saw them drop to 4th.  A game at home, to lower mid table Wythenshawe, awaits this weekend and offers the chance to get back on track.

Division 4 East

Mid table Ashton Ladysmith comfortably overcame South West Manchester 2nd XI.  Batting first at Rosehill Road the visitors were contained to 148, thanks largely to 4 wicket hauls for both Joe Walsh and Paul Reynolds.  In reply it was Janak Patel who put the attack to the sword.  His 76 included 11 boundaries, (with 6 ‘maximums’), and ensured the victory which leaves Ladysmith in 5th spot ahead of this Saturday’s game at the Crimble, Heywood.

Archway T20 Competition

Over the weekend the GMCL T20 competition group stages have continued.  Locally in Pool 2 there was action for both Denton and Flowery Field and both came out on top. Springhead posted 126-7 against Denton but simply had no answer to Denton pro Cloete Buitendag. Facing just 38 balls he hammered his way to 104* – an innings which included 10 boundaries and 9 ‘maximums’.  Denton reached the target with 10 overs to spare.  Over at Flowery Field the home team ran up an impressive 212-5, thanks to Sean Gibson, (68) and Patrick Hammond, (67).  This was far too many for visitors Oldham West who managed 128 in reply leaving Flowery winners by 84.

On Sunday, (in Pool 1), DSL visited Denton West for the 2nd time in the weekend hoping for revenge for their league defeat the previous day.  And they went away more than satisfied. They set Denton West 235 for victory at 10.75 an over, thanks to an all-round batting display, with ben Tighe, (63), and Kyle O’Reilly, (49), being the leading lights. O’Reilly then made his mark with the ball, picking up a hat-trick as West’s finished well short, closing on 146-9.

Derek Kay Perfit Cup

It is the quarter final of the competition this comingSunday.  Locally Denton West travel to Unsworth and Denton St Lawrence will be hoping to follow Hyde’s example with a winning trip to Heywood.

By Martin Frost