Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 7th August 2017 @ 11:05 by Mark Phillip


The GMCL season entered August with 6 games remaining with championship and promotion issues remaining to be settled.  The announcement earlier in the week that the restructuring of the league in 2018  would now mean that, other than the Premier division, there would now be no relegation this year has taken the pressure off teams at the bottom of the tables.  It was a reasonable weekend for our teams locally, with 6 wins and 2 losses.

Premier Division

Denton St Lawrence went into their home game with Bury not only looking to exact revenge for the semi-final defeat suffered at their hands a fortnight previously but also, and more importantly, to keep the pressure on the league leaders.  Batting first the visitors had a decent start, reaching 81-1 before a collapse saw 6 wickets fall for 15 runs.  Ben Tighe, (2-42), and Jordan Williams, (3-37), led the way aided by a couple of run-outs.  Bury rallied to reach 158-9.  The target posed little difficulty for DSL as Adam Hawley, (65*), led form the front with the margin of victory being 7 wickets.    The win left DSL in 3rd place, just 2 points behind table toppers Flixton, with 5 games left.  They now face strugglers Glossop this weekend and will certainly be looking to pick up maximum points.

Denton West visited Flixton and went down in a high scoring encounter. They totalled 233-9, largely due to a great second wicket partnership of 121 between Hamish Dunlop, (74), and pro Semile Seyibokwe who just missed out on a century, finishing with 99. West were unable to make inroads into the Flixton top order, with the first wicket putting on 92.  Consistent displays thereafter saw the leaders get over the line by 5 wickets. West enter this weekend’s game with 2nd placed Woodbank aware that points are vital if they don not want to be dragged into the relegation fight.  As things stand they are only a single point above the drop zone.

A comprehensive defeat for Glossop at 11th placed Walshaw has realistically condemned the North Road team to relegation. It was their 14th reverse of the campaign. They could only manage a paltry 81, and Walshaw lost only 2 wickets in reply, taking only 18 overs to reach the target


Division 1

It was a great weekend locally with wins for all three of our local teams.  Flowery Field maintained their position in the promotion spots by routing strugglers Worsley.  Pro Mike Burns ran through the opposition, taking 6-15.  Patrick Hammond weighed in with 4-35 in an innings which lasted only 20 overs.  The target of 59 was reached for the loss of a single wicket in under 7 overs.  Burns has certainly found great form recently, and Flowery officials were delighted to announce on Saturday evening that Burns has signed on for another year.

Freed from the spectre of relegation Denton had a comfortable 59 run win over Unsworth with a target of 184 proving too many for the Bury based team. For Denton Cloete Buitendag, (45) and Keegan Taylor, (58), were the main contributors aided by an important knock of 33 from Mitch Andrew late in the innings.  Buitendag then picked up 4-31 and together with Adam Hayes, (5-30), dismissed Unsworth for 124.

Dukinfield took on Heywood at home and a total of 164 was far too many for the visitors. Jonny Forrester made 55 in the Dukinfield innings.  The Heywood reply was untroubled initially and reached 40-1 before Neil Mistry took over.  His return of 6-24 ran through the visitors who folded for 91.

This weekend Flowery are to home to Stretford whilst Denton and Dukinfield are both on the road, at Heywood and Stand respectively.


Division 2

Droylsden met Westleigh looking to keep in touch with the promotion spots. A total of 120 for the Oakfield team looked to be well under par, but a superb display with the ball by Jamie Walker who took 7-13 gave them a 19 run victory.  The winning points leaves them in 6th position just 4 adrift of Elton in 4th place.  Astley & Tyldesley and Thornham share the top spot with 77 points. This weekend Droylsden travel to Whalley Range.

Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith met Denton St Lawrence 2nd XI at Rosehill Road and came out on top.  In Ladysmith’s innings Janak Patel continued his fine recent form, picking up 65 in a total of 180.  Anthony Rogers contributed a useful 45.  In reply DSL fell for 111 with 4 wickets apiece for Khaliq ur Rehman and Paul Reynolds.  The win leaves Ladysmith in 5th place.

By Martin Frost