Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 31st July 2017 @ 10:36 by Mark Phillip
News Sports

The rain on Friday must have left our teams wondering whether or not they would see any action on Saturday.  As things turned out the majority of fixtures were completed but it was on the whole an unsuccessful day locally.

Premier Division

Denton St Lawrence were hoping to put pressure on Bamford Fieldhouse, who stood a place above them in the table, but the gain fell foul of the elements.  Despite a three hour wait for the outfield condition to improve play proved impossible.

Denton West visited Clifton and went down to a comprehensive defeat.  The home side rattled up 252-4 with a feature being a hard hit 78* off 52 balls from former Lancashire man Gareth Cross.  In reply the loss of two early wickets put West on the back foot.  Pro Semila Seyibokwe and Mike Shum pulled things round but the dismissal of Shum at 62-3 was quickly followed by a collapse to 87-8.  It was only 25 from keeper Matt Lowndes late on which enabled West to reach 126, leaving them 126 adrift.

There was another tale of woe for Glossop.  Desperately needing points to give themselves an outside chance of avoiding the drop they did reasonably well to limit Egerton to 152.  In reply there was no individual innings of any substance, and they ended with 93, and defeat by 59 runs.

This weekend DSL will meet Bur, looking not only for the winning points to keep the pressure on the leaders, but also to exact revenge for their defeat in the Derek Kay Perfit Cup semi-final.  Denton West have a tough challenge at new leaders Flixton and there is a real basement battle at Walshaw where the home team, lying next to bottom, face Glossop.

Division 1

A week previously Flowery Field had bounced back from a double defeat by overcoming Denton and would have looked to the home game with Edgworth to build on this and push their way back into championship contention.  In a low scoring affair the visitors reached 139, with the wickets being shared around the Flowery attack. At 56-5 the odds were on an away victory but a fine partnership between Sean Gibson and pro Mike Burns saw Flowery within 30 of the win.  A flurry of wickets left the last pair needing 8 for victory but they finished an agonising 4 runs adrift.  Flowery will certainly be looking to get back into winning ways as they visit strugglers Worsley this weekend.

Denton slipped into a relegation battle after their defeat at the hands of strugglers Winton.  The home team totalled 205-7 and in reply at 82-2 with 37 overs left Denton would have had high hopes of the win.  A further 25 runs saw the fall of 5 wickets, and the hopes were all but extinguished.  A decent knock of 52 from Alex Beeley briefly reignited Denton fortunes but they ended up 15 runs short, finishing with 190-9.

Dukinfield travelled to Unsworth, and found that the overnight rain had left the ground unfit.

This weekend Denton host Unsworth and  Dukinfield are at home to Heywood.


Division 2

Droylsden’s recent form has been up and down, and a visit to leaders Astley and Tyldesley was important not only to return to winning ways but also to keep the pressure on the clubs above them.   Batting first they reached 158 all out, without any real starring contributions.  The home side rarely looked troubled in reply and eventually won by 5 wickets. Droylsden face Westleigh at home this weekend, and will be looking to avenge the narrow 4 run defeat they suffered at their hands at the end of May.

Division 4 East

The only bright spot on the local scene came at Woodhouses where Ashton Ladysmith came out with a  comprehensive win.  Batting first they posted an impressive 224-2, and were indebted to a tremendous knock from Janak Patel.  In an innings which included 13 boundaries and 9 ‘maximums’ he finished with an unbeaten 141.  Together with Dave Gaskin, (52*) the former Ashton pair contributed an unbeaten partnership of 135.  In reply the Woodhouses 2nd XI managed 132-8. Ladysmith now lie 7th in the table but face a challenge to get into the promotion spots after a poorish run recently.  They have the chance to consolidate this victory this weekend as they face  Denton St Lawrence 2nd XI at Rosehill Road.

Archway T20 Finals Day

There was plenty of local interest in the T20 finals day, held at Flixton on Sunday, with both Denton St Lawrence and Denton West featuring.  DSL met the host club in the first semi-final, and were contained to 117ao. Ben Tighe with 32 top scored.  In reply, despite an early wicket, Flixton were hardly troubled, reaching the target with 6 wickets and over 4 overs to spare.

Denton West were paired with Stretford and the Division 1 side sprung an upset.  West would, however, have been really hopeful of making the final after containing Stretford to 89ao.  Liam Kilburn, (3-10) and Seyibokwe, (3-20) were the highlights of the West bowling display. It was a disastrous start in reply as West fell to 9-3 but at 60-4 with 4 overs remaining the odds still favoured them.  However, it wasn’t to be as the last 6 wickets fell for 17 runs, leaving Stretford the winners by 12 runs.

The rain later in the day meant that the final between Flixton and Stretford was held over until this Sunday.

By Martin Frost