Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 4th June 2018 @ 10:08 by Mark Phillip

With seven games of the season now completed the league programme is all but a third of the way through. Locally the signs look promising for Denton and Droylsden, but there are worrying signs for both Denton West and Staley who have tasted defeat in every game. Both Micklehurst and Ashton picked up valuable points after poor starts to their campaigns, and Glossop have certainly improved over the last month. Star man of the week was Micklehurst overseas player Rico Hurley. He followed a century with four wickets in the Richmond Hill side’s victory. The season is now set up for some interesting, and challenging games in the next few weeks.


Premier Division

Denton St Lawrence were pushing leaders Clifton until a fortnight ago, but their meeting with champions Flixton saw them fall to a second successive loss and they now find themselves in mid-table. DSL posted a competitive 207-9 thanks largely to half-centuries from both Adam Hawley and pro Lahiru Jayakody. In reply DSL got off to a great start reducing the hosts to 9-2, but a consistent performance saw Flixton get home by four wickets, despite Scott Kirwin’s 4-36.

It has been a dismal campaign so far for Denton West and a trip to leaders Clifton promised to be a real tough challenge and so it proved. Home pro, and former Lancashire man, Gareth Cross took the West attack to task with 114, a second century in a season which has seen him reach nearly 500 runs already. The total of 242-8 proved far too many for West who fell for 98, which itself was a slight recovery after being 24-5. It was a salutary 24 hours for them, having managed only 38 against Denton in the T20 competition on Friday evening.

Denton West are now 18 points from safety, 11 behind Woodhouses. Wins for the leading four kept it tight at the top, with Clifton leading the way.

Full results: Clifton 242-8 Denton West 94ao; Flixton 208-6 Denton St Lawrence 207-9; Egerton 141-8 Edgworth 140ao; Heywood 157ao Greenmount 86ao; Prestwich 154ao Woodbank 157-6; Woodhouses 67ao Roe Green 194-8


Division 1A

Denton are on fire at the moment and a fourth consecutive win took them to second in the table, level on points with leaders Royton. The feature of the Egerton St team’s performances has been the batting, as they once again topped 250, finishing with 267-9 in the derby at Flowery Field. Pro Cloete Buitendag starred, and his 113 took him to over 400 runs for the season in just six innings. This was far too many for Flowery, who fell to a second loss in seven days, and now sit fifth in the table. They were dismissed for 139, as Andy Pannett’s 4-24 gave Denton a comprehensive 128 run win. Sadly it was more of the same for Stayley, who fell to a seventh loss. They would have been hopeful of winning points having posted 218, (Aqeel Ahmed with 64). However, a consistent display from visitors Heyside saw them reach the target with 13 overs to spare.

Full results. Flowery Field 139ao Denton 267-9; Greenfield 175-9 Bury 320-5; Astley & Tyldesley 135ao Whalley Range 116ao; Staley 218ao Heyside 219-5; Royton 178ao Walshaw 123ao; Brooksbottom 89ao Stretford 90-3.


Division 1B

Glossop maintained their recent improved form, with a fourth consecutive win helping them to fourth place. The visitors to North Road, Winton, posed little challenge for Glossop as they crawled to 107ao in 44 overs. The wickets were shared around the Glossop attack. In reply George Dyson, (45), top scored as the home side eased home by six wickets with half the overs to spare. Dukinfield have been in poorish form recently and a fourth consecutive defeat at the hands of table topping Moorside, left them looking over their shoulders as they dropped to eighth place. Set 184 to win they tumbled for 85ao, with only pro Yohan da Silva, (40), making much of an impression.

Full results. Saddleworth 95-4 Monton 94ao; Moorside 183-5 Dukinfield 85ao; Swinton Moorside 163ao Glodwick 164-4; Stand 184ao Unsworth 140ao; Glossop 111-5 Winton 107ao.


Division 2A

Droylsden stayed in fourth place, just seven points behind leaders Shaw, as they saw off Glossop 2nd XI. The visitors to Oakfield set Droylsden 197 to win, and it was skipper Aaqib Uppal, who has been in great from, who led the way. His 78, aided by 63 from Matt Halliday, led them to a 5 wicket win, with 18 overs left. Over at Richmond Hill the spectators certainly got good value, in a game which saw nearly 600 runs. It was a great display with the bat by Micklehurst as Rico Hurley, (104), and Daniel Clayton, (who fell agonisingly short of a century with 98), put on 170 for the fifth wicket, leaving them totalling 314ao. The Prestwich 2nd XI reply saw a valiant effort, as they fell 37 short. Hurley featured with the ball, (4-77), giving a victory which took Micklehurst away from the bottom of the table.

Full results: Micklehurst 314ao Prestwich 2nd XI 277ao; East Lancs PM 90ao Shaw 93-3; Droylsden 197-5 Glossop 2nd XI 196ao; Westleigh 133-5 Littleborough Lakeside 129ao; Elton 242-6 Elton Vale 76ao; Werneth 128-1 Clifton 2nd XI 127ao


Division 2B

Ashton made it two wins in a row in a game which was closer than it should have been at Whalley Range 2nd XI. The Ashton attack contained the home team to 156-6, and Peter Higginbottom, (61) and Lachlan Watts, (38), gave the Reyner Lane side the basis for victory. A series of lax shots then saw Ashton fall to 148-8, and the game was in the balance. They managed to get over the line in what turned out to be a close run encounter.

Uppermill stay top of the table posting their sixth win in seven games as they overcame Oldham.

Full results. Wythenshawe 171-8 SW Manchester 170-9; Radcliffe 164-7 Edenfield 166-5; Friarmere 57ao Austerlands 59-3; Oldham 75ao Uppermill 156ao; Bolton Deane & Derby 262ao Hollinwood 264-6; Whalley Range 156-6 Ashton 157-8


Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith put their first league win on the board as they easily beat Moorside 2nd XI. There were five wickets each for Paul Reynolds and Joe Walsh as the visitors to Rose Hill Road fell for 58. Ladysmith lost two wickets in claiming the win.

Full results: Ashton 2nd XI 35ao Royton 2nd XI 36-2; Hollinwood 2nd XI 150ao Heywood 2nd XI 153-5; Heyside 2nd XI 202ao; Ashton Ladysmith 59-2 Moorside 2nd XI 58ao; Denton 2nd XI 259-6 Failsworth Macedonia 184ao; Newton Heath 330-4 Saddleworth 2nd XI 63ao


T20 Competition

The third set of fixtures took place on Friday evening. Denton West struggled again and were soundly beaten by Denton; Ashton won at Droylsden in a high scoring game, and in a rain affected derby Dukinfield edged out Flowery Field on the D/L method. Stayley lost at Greenfield but Micklehurst tasted victory, beating Austerlands.

By Martin Frost