Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 4th September 2017 @ 09:47 by Mark Phillip


The penultimate weekend of the season for all Clubs with the exception of Droylsden, was a good one locally.  Denton St Lawrence will visit Woodbank this Saturday where a win, on the back of a  victory over local rivals Denton West, will give them runners up spot in the Premier Division.  Similarly, a win for Flowery Field at Unsworth, after their destruction of Winton, will deliver promotion.  It promises to be an exciting weekend’s cricket and a great conclusion to the 2017 season.


Premier Division

The highlight of the Premier Division locally was the derby at Sycamore Park where Denton St Lawrence hosted Denton West.  With both teams having plenty for play for it was a keenly contested game with a nail biting finish.  Mike Shum has made a decent all round contribution for West this year and it was his 54 which was the mainstay of the home side’s innings.  The DSL attack helped as well giving West 39 wides in a total of 194.  For DSL Scott Kirwin picked up 5-69 and in doing so passed 50 wickets for the campaign. Needing the win to keep up pressure at the top of the table, especially with news that leaders Flixton were subsiding to defeat at the hands of Egerton, DSL made an excellent start and at 87-1 with 35 overs remaining looked odds on favourites.  Lahiru Jayakody led the way, remaining undefeated with 86, and together with supporting contributions from Kirwin, (34), and Mark Dilnutt, (47), DSL found themselves 35 short of victory with plenty of time left.  A sure fire victory … or so it looked.  There followed a huge collapse as Hamish Dunlop, (5-30), ran through the DSL line-up.  When last man Greg Johnson came to the wicket four runs were still required, but it was Jayakody, with a match winning performance, who got them over the line.  Results elsewhere meant that DSL now face a game with Woodbank this weekend where victory will leave them with the runners up spot.

Glossop have had a more than disappointing year, but look to be finishing the season on a high.  A win last week was followed by a successful trip to Bury.  The home side made 182-9, a target which has been beyond the North Road team for the majority of the campaign. However, a consistent reply, led by Lee Dale, (57*), who has made just under 600 runs this year, saw Glossop take the honours by 4 wickets.  Glossop end the season this Saturday with a home game against title favourites Flixton.

Division 1

Flowery Field blasted their way back into the promotion places with a complete routing of Winton, who fell for 26 in a mere 16 overs.  The Flowery pace attack of pro Mike Burns, (5-7), and Patrick Hammond, (5-19), were the destroyers.  Between them the pair have now picked up 89 wickets this year and have been integral to the Flowery success.  A target of 27 for the win took less than 4 overs.  Flowery now visit Unsworth where a win would leave them playing in the Premier Division in 2018.

Elsewhere both Denton and Dukinfield picked up winning points.  Denton triumphed at high flying Woodhouses where they totalled 172 with Karl Taylor top scoring with 56.  The Woodhouses reply never really got going and Taylor followed his batting display with an impressive 5-19, and together with Cloete Buitendag, (4-29), saw Denton win by 60 runs.  Dukinfield faced Edgworth and at 10-3 it looked as though a difficult afternoon was on the cards.  However, a magnificent 4th wicket partnership of 181 between pro Yohan da Silva, (136), and Karl Mayne, (58), left them posting an imposing 250-6.  Edgworth put up a good show in reply, but eventually fell 11 short.  Joel Morton, (5-51), featured well in the Dukinfield attack.

Division 2

Droylsden’s hopes of promotion have realistically disappeared – a disappointment for the Oakfield team who had pushed towards the top of the table until the last 6 weeks or so.  A total of 73 was never likely to threaten Brooksbottom, who duly won by 9 wickets.  In a 14 team Division Droylsden have 3 games remaining and in those fixtures will be looking to recover their early season form.

Division 4 East

It was a good day all round for Flowery Field as their 2nd XI were promoted. Elsewhere,  Ashton Ladysmith had to chase 221 for victory at South West Manchester.  This proved to be 41 too many despite the best efforts of Janak Patel, (76).  Ladysmith finish the season with a home game against Heywood 2nd XI this Saturday, (9th Sept).

By Martin Frost