Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 17th July 2017 11:24 Sports Posted by Mark Phillip

With the season now into its second half the weekend’s ‘double header’ for our local Clubs gave the opportunity for some to push on towards the top and look for title honours and for others the opportunity to escape the threat of the drop.  It was undoubtedly a weekend of mixed fortunes.

Premier Division

Denton St Lawrence went into the weekend sitting on top of the table, and were frustrated by the weather on Saturday as their game at Walshaw fell victim to the elements with only 8 overs bowled. Bamford’s win over 2nd placed Woodbank on Saturday meant that the Rochdale based club went into Sunday’s games on top, so a positive return by DSL, who faced Flixton, was a must.  And so it proved. Batting first DSL posted 208-7, thanks to a half century from Mark Dilnutt, and aided by a quickfire unbeaten 51 off 22 balls late in the innings from Liam Parkinson. Flixton had no answer and fell for 123, with the wickets shared around.  The bowling bonus point achieved enabled DSL to return to the top of the table ahead of this weekend’s home game against Roe Green.

Denton West made it three wins in a row with their double over Bury and Glossop. At Winsor Park on Saturday they contained Bury to 147, Steve Oddy, (5-18), was the key in the West attack, and his return now leaves him with 40 wickets this year.  The West reply wasn’t without alarms and at 85-6 the game was in the balance.  Mike Berry’s unbeaten 51 took West over the line.  A day later a local derby at North Road saw West get the better of a Glossop side who had secured a more than welcome win at Clifton on Saturday. A consistent upper order display, led by Hamish Dunlop, (72) and Mike Shum, (53), enabled West to set Glossop 242 for the win.  Will Hargreaves side put up a reasonable show without ever really looking like making the target, and eventually finished 52 short of the win.  Over at Clifton 24 hours earlier Glossop totalled 170 and then limited the home side to 157-9.  The winning points were more than welcome but Glossop still remain bottom of the table with the spectre of relegation looming large. League action this weekend sees them visit high flyers Woodbank whilst Denton West host Prestwich.

Division 1

This season’s surprise package Flowery Field came down to earth with a bump.  Going into the weekend at the head of the table and with real prospects of moving into the Premier Division in 2018, a double defeat saw them fall to 4th.  On Saturday, having contained Stand to 124, (pro Mike Burns 6-41), they tumbled to an all out 87.  It was no better on Sunday.  Dukinfield made the short trip and turned the form book upside down. Flowery totalled 202, thanks to half centuries from Keiran Lawton and Jamie Williams and would have felt reasonably confident of containing the visitors.  As it turned out they had no answer to pro Yohan De Silva, (61*) and Karl Mayne, (77*) who took Dukinfield to an 8 wicket victory with an unbeaten 3rd wicket partnership of 131.  The win for Dukinfield was better news after a very narrow home defeat at the hands of Greenmount a day earlier.  A below par total of 150 for Dukinfield was almost too many for the visitors, and that after an opening stand of 111.  The home attack suddenly discovered its edge and 8 wickets fell for 22, leaving Greenmount’s last pair to limp over the line.  A game great for spectators but disappointing in the end for the Higher King Street team.

Denton had a win and a loss over the weekend.  On Saturday a total of 165-7, (Adam Hayes 59), was too many for visitors Stretford who managed only 99.  Cloete Buitendag, (5-14), led the way.  Travelling to Greenmount on Sunday Ryan Halpin’s side would have been looking to build on the win. Pawar’s century for the home team saw them post 262-5, which proved to be more than a bridge too far for Denton who managed 162 in reply.  Hayes got a second half century of the weekend.

This weekend sees Flowery with the short trip to Denton, whilst Dukinfield are at home to Winton.

Division 2

Droylsden began the weekend in 3rd place and hoping to push on towards the top of the table.  Winning points against Hindley St Peters on Saturday certainly aided the cause. Their total of 200, with consistent contributions throughout the order was simply too many for the visitors, who collapsed to 80 all out. Following his man of the match display the previous week Haroon Cheema was again to the fore with the ball, finishing with 5-31.  A trip to Elton followed on Sunday and Droylsden will be disappointed that they went down to a narrow 14 run loss. The home side totalled 184, (Nathan Nistico 4-37).  In the Droylsden reply Greg Shirley, (52) led the way and at 148-4 with 7 overs remaining hopes of victory were high.  Sadly the last 6 wickets fell as only 22 were added, leaving Droylsden on the wrong end of the result.  With Thornham due to visit Oakfield this Saturday Droylsden will be hoping to get back into winning ways.

Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith won at a canter over Failsworth Macedonia who managed only 70.  Anthony Spafford, (4-4), took the eye with the ball for Ladysmith. Only 18 overs were required for Ladysmith to reach the target – a win which leaves them in 5th spot ahead of their home encounter with Rochdale catholic Club this Saturday.

Derek Kay Perfit Cup

This coming Sunday attention turns to Cup semi-final action, with significant Tameside interest.  Denton St Lawrence travel to Bury, whilst Denton West are also away at Egerton.  Hopefully the incentive of an all Tameside final will see both teams come through leaving a mouth-watering clash to claim the trophy.

By Martin Frost