Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Tuesday 24th April 2018 @ 09:35 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Two weeks ago there were real fears that the planned start of the GMCL campaign would fall foul of the weather.  After weeks of heavy rain, and indeed snow as well, ground preparation time had been at a minimum. So the sun beating down last Saturday was a bonus and led to some competitive cricket.

Locally in the Premier Division it was a great start for Denton St Lawrence.  Having finished 3rd last year they travelled to runners-up Woodbank and returned with maximum points, having dismissed the hosts for 156.  Scott Kirwin picked up 4-43.  In reply DSL took their time to reach 160-7, with the cornerstone of the reply being from Ryan Waterhouse, (40), who impressed on his first knock for the Sycamore Park team after moving from Hyde.  It wasn’t such good news for Denton West who fell 53 short of Roe Green’s 185-8.  Only Luke Melling, (45) managed to get more than 20.   Elsewhere, there were comprehensive wins for champions Flixton and Greenmount together with an impressive debut at this level for Woodhouses, who edged home at re-instated Egerton.

In Division 1A Denton started well, beating Stretford by 51 runs having totalled 154 themselves.  Adrian Holmes had a great day, following his 49 with the bat with a match winning performance with the ball, finishing with 6-21.  Flowery Field also got winning points, dismissing Royton for 82, (Rashid Nadeem 4-14), then knocking the target off for the loss of six wickets.  In an all ex-PCL game Staley came off second best at home to Greenfield in a high scoring game.  The visitors got 238, (Peter Skuse 4-40), but Stayley fell 35 short, despite  a fighting 60 from Anton Jones.

At the same level, but in Division 1B Dukinfield had a comprehensive win over Glodwick.  They totalled 242 thanks largely to a debut 86 from overseas amateur Charlie Dowling.  Glodwick fell well short getting only 106, with the wickets shared around the Dukinfield attack. Glossop would have hoped to bounce back following relegation last year, but went down heavily by 8  wickets visiting Moorside, despite half centuries from new captain, Oliver Kenyon, and Joe Moss.  A total of 161-6 was reached with 13 overs to spare by the home team.

In Division 2A it was a dismal day locally.  Droylsden were only chasing 122 for victory at home to Werneth, but fell 16 short.  Micklehurst looked set for a decent total at 83-2 but then lost 8 wickets for 7 runs, and hosts Elton had no trouble in knocking off the 91 for the win.  In a controversial game at Reyner Lane in Division 2B, visitors South West Manchester turned up late, and without a scorer, but still prevailed.  So at Division 2 level it was a poor day for the Tameside area.

It was no better in Division 4 East where Ashton Ladysmith only managed 118 against visitors Hollinwood 2nds.  Anthony Rogers with 59 was the sole contributor of any substance to the Ladysmith innings which proved to be no problem for the visitors.

Off the field it looks as though Hollinwood are facing real problems.  Based at Lime Lane there have been reports on social media earlier this weeks that they could well be homeless following a decision of the Committee which runs the facilities there that there will no longer be a cricket section.  With just one game of the season gone, and the short notice, this is depressing news for league  cricket.  Hollinwood are working with GMCL officials to overcome the problem and are seeking an alternative ground.

by Martin Frost