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Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 10th July 2017 @ 11:31 by Mark Phillip

As the season passes the half way stage there is a variety of ambitions for the local clubs.  For some there are title aspirations, but for others the spectre of relegation threatens.  The marvellous weather last Saturday provided the ideal opportunity to get points under the belt and either challenge at the top of the table or alternatively to push away from the other end.

Premier Division

Denton St Lawrence went into the home game with Egerton standing in 3rd place and contained the visitors to 138ao, with Scott Kirwin picking up 3-37.  In reply a 2nd wicket partnership of 72 between Adam Hawley, (46) and Lahiru Jayakody, (42), put DSL in the driving seat, with the eventual margin of victory being 4 wickets.  The winning points enabled DSL to move to the top of the table as Flixton lost at Walshaw and Denton West did their neighbours a good turn with a comprehensive win over previous leaders Bamford Fieldhouse.  West took the game to Bamford, piling up 223-9, with contributions throughout the order.  A fine 8th wicket stand of 60 between John Barnett and John McAllister was a feature of the innings. In reply Bamford simply had no answer to Hamish Dunlop who routed them with a great return of 7-24.  The win lifted West 2 places to 8th.

Sadly it was more of the same for Glossop.  The North Road side have struggled all season, with only 2 wins. Visiting Prestwich they put together a reasonable 174, but had no answer to the home side, who cantered home by 7 wickets.  Glossop are now marooned at the bottom of the table on 11 points, 13 away from safety.

DSL visit a rejuvenated Walshaw this weekend.  Glossop are on the road at Clifton whilst Denton West will welcome Bury to Windsor Park.

Division 1

The game of the day saw Flowery Field, (lying 2nd), take on leaders Heywood at home.  Flowery batted first and at 156-8 a below par total looked on the cards.  There followed a simply magnificent 9th wicket partnership which enabled Flowery to post an imposing 253-9.  Professional Mike Burns, (69*), and Patrick Hammond, (51), put on 94 in 11 overs and left the visitors with a real challenge.  At 123-1 the game was in the balance, but Alex Dolly with a fine return of 5-48 helped to contain Heywood to 223, leaving Flowery proudly at the top of the table.

Denton made the trip to Worsley and defeat now leaves them just above the relegation zone.  The home team set Denton 183 for victory and at 53-5 the writing was on the wall.  No Denton batsman got more than 16, and it was left to ‘extras’ to top score with 31, as they managed just 119 – a defeat by 63 runs.

Dukinfield eased thoughts of relegation with a win at Stretford in a low scoring encounter.  Having only totalled 124 they must have feared the worst, but 4 wicket returns for both Joel Morton and Glynn Middleton saw them dismiss Stretford for 99.

Flowery Field will look to maintain their top of the table position as they travel to mid-table Stand on Saturday.  Denton host Stretford and Dukinfield are at home to 4th placed Greenmount.

Division 2

Droylsden moved up to 3rd courtesy of a win over Glossop 2nd XI. Haroon Cheema put in a real ‘man of the match performance’.  He led the way with the ball, finishing with 4-47 as Glossop managed just 139.  In reply the Oakfield team had a disastrous start and fell to 35-7. Cheema, (77*), together with Jamie Walker put on 87 for the 8th wicket and Droylsden inched over the line with 2 wickets to spare.

Droylsden have a busy weekend ahead. After a home game against Hindley St Peter’s on Saturday they travel to Elton the following day.

Division 4 East

It was a day to forget for Ashton Ladysmith as they visited Stand 2nd XI. They managed only 59, which would have been a lot worse were it not for Janak Patel’s 42.  It posed no problem for the hosts who raced home in 8 overs losing just a single wicket in the process.  Ladysmith will hope they can return to winning ways as they meet old North Manchester League rivals Failsworth Macedonia at home on Saturday.

By Martin Frost