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Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 24th July 2017 @ 10:33 by Mark Phillip


It was certainly a busy weekend in the GMCL.  Friday night T20 action was followed by a full league programme on Saturday, and a day later attention turned to the Cup competitions. It was a weekend of mixed fortunes locally.

Premier Division

Competition at the top of the Premier Division is more than keen, and once again the leadership changed hands over the weekend.  Denton St Lawrence went into Saturday’s encounter with Roe Green heading the way but sadly it was a dismal afternoon for the Sycamore Park team.  Led by Guy Emmett, (6-36), the visitors took complete control, and the game was slipping away as DSL fell to 32-5.  Only Scott Kirwin with 33 made any impression, and a total of 76 was never realistically going to extend Roe Green.  So it proved as they coasted home by 8 wickets.  DSL will be looking to get back on track this weekend as they visit 2nd place Bamford Fieldhouse

Denton West fared better and their improved form in recent weeks has seen them climb to 6th.  The latest win came over Prestwich in a game which ended up being determined on a DL calculation.  It was a consistent display throughout the order as West totalled 179, with John McAllister’s 46 providing the impetus in the second half of the innings. In reply Prestwich were behind the run rate and with a rain interruption had only reached 110-7 after 30 overs when proceedings were drawn to a close – leaving West with the points, and looking forward to building on things as they travel to Clifton this weekend.

Glossop went down yet again.  Batting first at high flying Woodbank they could only post a moderate 140, Chris Tipper top scoring with 29.  The North Road team made the hosts fight for the victory, and Mark Usher, (3-38), showed up well but the result was never really in doubt.  The win gave Woodbank the points to move to the top of the table.  Unless there is a huge swing in form it now looks as though Glossop will be facing Division 1 cricket in 2018.

Division 1

It was local derby day at Egerton Street as Flowery Field visited Denton looking to bounce back from two disappointing defeats the previous weekend.  Denton have had an up and down season and went into the game in 8th spot. Denton batted first and at 51-1 off just 12 overs hopes must have been high of a decent total.  But the fall of Adam Hayes, (who got two half centuries a week previously), followed by Cloete Buitendag, exposed the middle order.  A total of 135 would have been below expectations for skipper Ryan Halpin.  For Flowery pro Mike Burns has certainly contributed well in recent weeks and his return of 5-43 was instrumental in ensuring that the visitors were in with an excellent chance. The Flowery reply set off without alarms, but with 3 wickets falling in the 80’s Denton’s hopes were raised, but then quickly dashed as the margin of victory was 4 wickets.  Flowery face Edgworth this weekend, whilst Denton will be looking to get back into winning ways as they travel to strugglers Winton.

Dukinfield had a disastrous afternoon against basement club Winton who ran up 209-8 batting first.  Glynn Middleton and Joel Morton both had 4 wicket hauls for Dukinfield.  In reply the Higher King Street team simply had no answer to Simon Brittain who finished with 8-15, and in doing so lifted his side off the bottom of the table.


Division 2

Droylsden entered the game against 2nd placed Thornham clinging onto the 4th promotion spot, but failed to improve on this as they fell to an 85 run defeat. The visitors, at one stage 98-7, rallied to reach 150 – a total that was beyond Droylsden, for whom Alex Jones showed up well with the ball, picking up 4-21.  Only openers Greg Shirley and Alex Ciccarillo managed double figures and the Oakfield team folded for 65.  Droylsden’s season has been up and down, but thus far they have managed to keep in contact with the leaders.  Amore consistency in the remaining 9 games offers them a real prospect of promotion, and the trip to leaders Astley & Tyldesley this weekend, whilst a real challenge, provides a great opportunity to force themselves back into the race.

Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith met old North Manchester League rivals Rochdale Catholic Club at Rose Hill Road, and fell to a chastening defeat.  The visitors piled up 235 in their allotted overs.  For Ladysmith Mark Collings picked up 6-67.  In reply it was a no more than a procession with the innings lasting only 20 overs.  Ladysmith totalled a mere 53, and defeat by the huge margin of 182 runs.  They now have the short trip to Woodhouses 2nd XI this Saturday.

It got no better for Ladysmith on Sunday when they met Thornham in the Championship Cup as a total of 72 never extended the visitors

Derek Kay Perfit Cup Semi Finals

There was significant local interest in the Cup semi-finals the following day with both Denton St Lawrence and Denton West featuring and throwing up the prospect of an all Tameside final.  Sadly the rain that arrived in the late afternoon ended up delivering a “technical knockout” to both Clubs.

West travelled to Egerton where the home side reached 188-8. The reply got off to a hesitant start at 25-3.  Slow progress thereafter saw West reach 108-6 when the rains came.  There was to be no resumption leaving Egerton winners on a Duckworth Lewis calculation.

DSL met Bury for the second time in 48 hours, and contained the home side to a more than reachable 158.  In the reply only 15 overs were able to be bowled, during which DSL reached 69-4, before the umpires took the players off.  At that point the rules of the competition deemed that there was insufficient play for a result and, to the consternation of players from both sides, the tie had to be decided by a bowl out, which went the way of Bury.

Archway T20 Competition

Friday evening saw the T20 quarter finals and both DSL and Denton West qualified for finals day which will be held at Flixton this Sunday.  Over at Elton West limited the home side to 93-8, with Aaron Sutherland picking up a creditable 3-18.  West lost 5 wickets in reaching the target but got there in the space of 11 overs.  At Sycamore Park a high scoring game went right to the wire.  Bury posted an imposing 181-7 thanks largely to an impressive unbeaten 8th wicket partnership of 69 in 5 overs.  At 63-4 in reply the odds were probably against DSL but a half century from Mark Dilnutt aided by Kyle O’Reilly, (35), pulled them back into the game.  Needing 10 off the last over Dan Moriarty won the tie in style planting the penultimate ball for a maximum.

DSL will face Flixton in the first game of Finals day with Denton West coming up against Stretford.

By Martin Frost