Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Tuesday 29th August 2017 @ 09:54 by Mark Phillip

The weekend saw a full set of fixtures and as the action unfolded there was more clarity about the destination of silverware.  Disappointingly, it is now looking as though the Premier Division title will not be heading to Tameside as Denton St Lawrence went down at Clifton.

Premier Division

Coming into the weekend’s schedule Denton St Lawrenc stood in second place and were hoping for a favourable outcome at Clifton.  A win there and defeats for Flixton and Woodbank would have put them in a strong position going into the last two games.  Clifton batted first and at 67-1, with former Lancashire man Gareth Cross well set and 25 overs left, a sizeable total looked on the cards.  DSL were indebted to Lahiru Jayakody who with a fine return of 7-52, pegged back the Manchester Road outfit, who finished with 172.  News from Bury at the break will have heartened DSL as they had set leaders Flixton an imposing 226 for victory.  However, the DSL reply never threatened Clifton, and aside from Jayakody, who top scored with 31, and they fell away, being dismissed for 95, leaving 20 overs unused.  The news from Bury was not good, as Flixton cruised to an 8 wicket victory, and put themslves in pole position for the title, as elsewhere Woodbank tied with Egerton.  Flixton now have a 9 point advantage over Woodbank, with DSL in 3rd place, and a win this weekend will see them crowned as champions.

Elsewhere there was a welcome victory for Glossop, only their 4th of the season and the first since mid July.  Facing Bamford Fieldhouse, skipper Will Hargreaves led from the front picking up 6-59 in Bamford’s 183 all out.   This season has normally seen a target of that size well beyond Glossop, but despite the early loss of Dale Pennington it was Lee Dale with 64 who set them on the way.  Consistent contributions down the order saw Glossop win by 3 wickets with 4 balls to spare.

Denton West’s comfortable 81 run win over Walshaw left them knowing that another win will banish any fears of being dragged into the relegation zone.  A fine knock of 89 from Mike Berry was the backbone of the West innings.  Together with Liam Kilburn, (41) the pair added 76 for the 7th wicket and left West totalling 231.  In reply the wickets were shared around as Walshaw fell well short.

Division 1

Flowery Field will go into the last two games knowing that maximum points are a must if there is any hope of being in the Premier Division next year.  The loss at Woodhouses was hugely disappointing for a team which has looked promotion mterial for much of the campaign.  Having dismissed Woodhouses for 121 they fell to 78 all out.

In a local derby at Dukinfield the home side had a comfortable 6 wicket win over visitors Denton who managed only 88 all out.

Division 2

Droylsden travelled to Swinton Moorside and found themselves chasing a target of 233 for the win.  At 65-1 off 15 overs, with Greg Shirley and Aaqib Uppal going well, hopes would have been high, but the loss of 4 wickets with the addition of only 30 put the Oakfield team on the back foot, and they eventually fell 80 short.  The result leaves Droylsden in 8th spot.

Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith had a 48 run victory over Flowery Field 2nd XI.  Only two Ladysmith batsmen got into double figures but the sizeable contributions from Janak Patel, (81), and Chris Collings, (57) enabled them to post 190-8.  Joe Walsh, (4-43), put Flowery on the back foot, as they fell for 142.

By Martin Frost