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Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 18th June 2018 @ 10:03 by Mark Phillip

The rain which arrived around 4 o’clock on Saturday led to a number of games having to be settled on the Duckworth Lewis, (DL), system with shortened second innings.  Denton St Lawrence got back to winning ways but town rivals Denton West are still winless with the campaign only two games away from the half-way stage.  In Division 1 it was a fruitless afternoon for Stayley; Flowery Field; Dukinfield and Glossop with Denton the only local team tasting victory.  In Division 2, Droylsden had another great win, but Ashton and Micklehurst struggled once more.  Ashton Ladysmith had arguably the performance of the week as they went to Heywood 2nd XI.  The Crimble side had a 100% record to that point but Ladysmith destroyed that with a really impressive win.


Premier Division

Denton St Lawrence hosted Heywood and the visitors totalled 216-6.  The rain break between innings left DSL with a target of 154 off 26 overs.  Opener Adam Hawley was the cornerstone of the DSL chase, and his 72, aided by Kyle O’Reilly, (24), took the Saints to the brink of victory.  It was finally achieved with four balls left, and meant that DSL, after three consecutive defeats, put winning points on the board.  At Windsor Park visitors Egerton were limited to 156-6 off 43 overs by Denton West when the rain intervened.  Chris Stevenson picked up 4-29 for the home team.  The West target was calculated as 181, and they put up a decent fight.  Stevenson, (45) and Andy O’Brien, (46*), led the way, but facing Lancashire man, Matt Parkinson, (who finished with 7-53), they fell 18 short.  The portents aren’t good for West, and it will need championship winning form over the 2nd half of the season if the spectre of relegation is to be avoided.

Elsewhere, in a top of the table battle, 2017 champions Flixton went to the top of the pile as they beat previous leaders Clifton.

Full results:  Clifton 143ao Flixton 209-6; Denton West 162ao Egerton156-6 (won on DL); Denton St Lawrence 154-7 (won on DL) Heywood 216-6; Edgworth 74ao Prestwich 75-7; Greenmount 89-3 (won on DL) Roe Green 96-9; Woodbank 107-4 (won on DL) Woodhouses 134-6


Division 1A

Denton put last week’s defeat at the hands of Greenfield behind them as they comfortably beat visitors Astley & Tyldesley.  They totalled an average 156, with Janak Patel, who recently made the move from Ashton Ladysmith, top scoring with 40.  A revised target of 131 for A&T was well beyond them, as pro Cloete Buitendag, (6-29), led the Egerton Street team to a comfortable win.  Flowery Field, at home to Greenfield, might have been hopeful of victory as they dismissed the visitors for 146.  Sean Gibson, (5-47) and pro Mike Burns, (4-35) excelled with the ball.  A target of 137 to win after the rain interruption was too many however, as Flowery fell to 39-4.  They eventually made 104 – a defeat by 32 runs.  Staley travelled to Bury, who were at 162-4 when rain intervened after 41 overs.  The complexities of DL gave Stayley a target of 184, but despite 45 from Joshua Healey they were dismissed for 138, and fell to their ninth consecutive defeat and remain pointless.

Full results.  Flowery Field 104ao Greenfield 146ao; Denton156ao Astley & Tyldesley 81ao; Bury 162-4 Stayley 138ao; Whalley Range 104-4 (won on dL) Royton 107ao; Heyside 72-3 (won on DL) Stretford 123ao; Walshaw 236-3 Brooksbottom 142ao


Division 1B

Glossop have been in great form recently and having dismissed hosts Unsworth for 118 must have thought it would be a sixth consecutive win.  Rob Adderley maintained his good from with the ball, finishing with 6-32.  A delay left Glossop with a target of 116 off 47 overs, but they struggled throughout, and fell to 70-7.  Despite late resistance from Will Hargreaves, (top scoring with 25*), they failed by 21 runs.  Another rain affected game at Dukinfield was a disappointment after the Higher King Street team had run up 228-5, pro Yohan da Silva being the key and finishing with 88*.  The DL target for Stand was 201 from 39 overs, and they got home easily, with seven wickets to spare.  The win left Stand topping the table, two points ahead of Moorside.

Full results.  Saddleworth 147-7 (won on dL) Thornham 174ao; Monton 131-5 Moorside 114-3 (won on DL); Dukinfield 228-5 Stand 202-3 (won on DL); Glodwick 232-5 Winton 144-8; Unsworth 118ao Glossop 94ao


Division 2A

Droylsden’s comprehensive trouncing of Prestwich 2nd XI saw them climb to second spot, as long time leaders Shaw went down in a top of the table clash with Westleigh.  Droylsden dismissed the opposition for 69, with the wickets shared around between Mehmood ul-Hassan, (4-16); Haroon Cheema, (3-17) and Alex Jones, (3-28).  This proved no problem for Aaqib Uppal’s team who raced away with a nine wicket win in 17 overs.  After run feasts at Micklehurst over the last two weekends with nearly 1,300 runs scored there were prospects of a repeat as visitors East Lancs PM totalled 268-9.  Tom White, a real prospect and selected last week for the Lancahire U15 Development Squad, had the impressive return of 6-44.  Johnny Forrester’s team faced a target of 272 to win from 48 overs, and recent form suggested that this would not be beyond them.  However,  it was a real disappointment when they fell for 129, despite 65 from Dave Barker.

Full results: Micklehurst 129ao East Lancs PM 268-9; Prestwich 2nd XI 69ao Droylsden 70-1; Shaw 142ao Westleigh 200ao; Glossop 2nd XI 202-8 Elton 148-9; Littleborough Lakeside 166ao Clifton 2nd XI 69ao; Elton Vale 108-9 Werneth 208-7


Division 2B

Ashton’s game at leaders Uppermill wasn’t affected by the rain, finishing well before it arrived.  Batting first the Reyner Lane team got off to a decent start, reaching 53 without loss.  Three wickets then fell in the space of a few balls and thereafter it was little more than a procession as they managed a paltry 110.  With clouds building up, and rain not too far away, Uppermill chased down the target in under 13 overs and in doing so cemented their position at the top.  It will take a real loss of form for them not to take the title this year.


Full results.  Wythenshawe 286-7 Radcliffe 125ao; SW Manchester v Friarmere (N/A); Edenfield 110-8 Oldham 115-3; Austerlands 55-2 (won on DL) Bolton Deane & Derby 77ao; Uppermill 111-0 Ashton 110ao; Hollinwood 87-4 (won on DL) Whalley Range 2nd XI 107ao


Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith visited Heywood and must have thought that the leaders, (boasting a 100% record), would maintain that as the Rose Hill team totalled 123.  Dave Gaskin, (57), starred for them with the bat.  In reply Heywood, set a target of 119 off 42 overs, simply had no answer to  Khalil -ur-Rehman, (4-7) and Dave Walsh, (3-3), and folded for 47.

Full results: Ashton 2nd XI 91ao Hollinwood 2nd XI 92-3; Royton 2nd XI 161-6 Heyside 2nd XI dnb; Heywood 2nd XI 47ao Ashton Ladysmith 123ao; Woodhouses 2nd XI 76ao Denton 2nd XI 81-2; Moorside 2nd XI 66-3 Saddleworth 2nd XI 64ao; Failsworth Macedonia 243-8 Newton Heath 203ao

By Martin Frost