Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Tuesday 8th May 2018 @ 10:00 by Mark Phillip

It could hardly have been a better weekend for cricket as the sun shone.  Across the Tameside and Glossop areas it was a par outcome with five wins and five defeats for teams in the Reporter and Chronicle circulation areas.  There was also action on Sunday as the Premier and First Division teams competed in the first round of the Derek Kay Cup, which produced a mixed bag of results.

Premier Division

Denton St Lawrence travelled to Edgworth and came back with a win.  They got off to a great start as Scott Kirwin took a wicket with the first ball of the game.  The wickets were shared around the DSL attack as Edgworth posted 182-9.  The reply was a really consistent effort, as the top five all got 24 or more, leaving DSL victors by six wickets.  It’s been a poor start for Denton West and it was more of the same as they were beaten comprehensively at Greenmount.  Wests, batting first, fell to 49-6, but were rescued by contributions from the lower order.  Coming in at no.10 Max Cole top scored with 38*.  The target proved no problem for Greenmount who raced home by eight wickets..

Greenmount are the only side with a 100% record after three games, closely followed by five sides with two wins.

Division 1A

In Division 1A Denton fell by 24 runs in a relatively high scoring game at Heyside.  Chasing the home side’s 227-8, (Ryan Barnes – 67), the visitors put up a decent fight, pro Cloete Buitendag getting 80, and finished on 203ao.  Flowery Field have had an excellent start and their win at Walshaw featured Jamie Garde.  He contributed 55 to the Flowery total of 196ao and then followed it with 4-28 as Walshaw fell 18 short.  Stayley seem to having trouble settling at this level and fell to a third defeat.  Chasing visitor’s Brooksbottoms 185ao, (in which pro Hamza Nadeem picked up 6-25), they fell well short managing only 96.

Greenfield and Flowery Field lead the way with three wins each.  The Lad Hill lane side top the table courtesy of an additional bonus point.

Division 1B

Dukinfield had no game, being the odd team out last weekend in an 11 team Division.  Glossop were in action, and claimed a more than welcome win, visiting Swinton Moorside.  It looked as though it might be another poor afternoon as they fell to 43-5, but a partnership of 80 between Alex Coates and Will Hargreaves was key in their total of 151ao.  Swinton struggled against Rob Adderley, (5-21) and at one stage were 33-7.  A rally saw them reach 129, as Glossop won by 22 runs.

Saddleworth top the division but Dukinfield, without a game, are hot on their heels with two wins from their only fixtures so far.

Division 2A

Micklehurst have had difficulty with bat so far, with collapses from promising positions having contributed to their 2 defeats before last weekend.  It looked to be more of the same as they managed a paltry 59 at Elton Vale. But in an incredibly tight game they edged home by four runs, thanks to youngster Tom White, a real star in the making at Richmond Hill, who took 4-15, to give Micklehurst a more than welcome win.

Droylsden weren’t far away from that game, playing at Elton.  The home side got 151-9, having recovered from 60-6,  Droylsden hung on deep into the game, and at 98-4 with 11 overs left the match was in the balance.  However, the last six wickets couldn’t manage to get them over the line and they finished 17 short.

Elton now lead the way in the table with a 100% record.

Division 2B

Ashton have struggled so far, but gained really welcome winning points as old CLL rivals Radcliffe visited Reyner Lane.  The Racecourse team set a target of 121 to win, after a good display with the ball for Ashton from Peter Higginbottom, (5-23).   Ashton got home comfortably, thanks to a patient hall century from SiraJ Kadodia, aided by overseas man Lachlan Watts, (35).

Uppermill top the table, but in what is looking to be a well balanced division no side has a 100% record after 3 games

Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith just lost out to Newton Heath, failing by 7 runs to match  the visitors total of 89.  Khalil ur Rehman, (6-23), starred with the ball for Ladysmith, but in reality a little support for Liam Loynd, (29), would have led to winning points.

Derek Kay Perfit Cup

Sides in the Premier and First Divisions were in Cup action on Sunday.  The big game locally was at Denton West who hosted Glossop.  West’s turned their league form around as they romped home by nine wickets in pursuit of Glossop’s 109ao.  Denton St Lawrence had a comfortable 114 run win at Unsworth, having set the home side 235 for victory.  Dukinfield had a close game against last season’s Premier Division champions Flixton.  They got 198-9 and pushed the visitors all the way, but eventually went down by two wickets.  Denton’s trip to Royton was over in short order as they managed only 69, and the home side raced home by nine wickets.  Stayley’s losing run continued as Monton beat them by 10 wickets, the Oxford Street team having managed only 120.