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Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 25th June 2018 @ 09:36 by Mark Phillip

There were smiles on faces at Denton West and Stayley, (playing Denton), on Saturday evening, as both Clubs put their first win of the season on the board. With the season reaching half way this coming Saturday this certainly provides something to build on as they look to pull away from the spectre of relegation. Elsewhere there were wins for Flowery Field; Dukinfield and Ashton Ladysmith, whilst Denton St Lawrence; Glossop and Ashton came off second best. Droylsden must take the team and individual performance of the day. Rocked 24 hours earlier by the deduction of five points following disciplinary problems they bounced back with a 297 run trouncing of Micklehurst, with skipper Aaqib Uppal leading the way with a magnificent 177*.


Premier Division

Pride of place locally goes to Denton West who got off the mark for the season as they visited Heywood. They were indebted to sub-professional Ed Moore. The Rochdale paid man put in a useful stint with the ball as Heywood got 208-8, with Moore picking up 3-49. That kind of target has been beyond West so far this season, but coming to the wicket 16 balls into the innings Moore dominated proceedings with an unbeaten 135, taking them to the win with three overs left. Whilst still at the foot of the table West now have the springboard to move forward, with 12 games remaining. Heywood had also fallen at the hands of Denton St Lawrence seven days previously, but the Sycamore Park team didn’t manage to make it a second win in a row, visiting Prestwich. A reasonably consistent display through the order saw DSL reach 204, but may have felt that this was a little below par. So it proved, as the home team got home with three wickets and a couple of overs to spare, despite 3-41 from Gareth Burns.

Elsewhere, Flixton won to stay top, but Clifton slipped against Egerton so fall to fourth. Wins for Woodbank and Prestwich sees them jump to second and third.

Full results: Woodbank 221-6 Greenmount 112ao ; Roe Green 230-8 v Edgworth 266-6 ; Prestwich 207-6 Denton St Lawrence 204ao; Heywood 204-8 Denton West 207-2 ; Egerton 181ao Clifton 152ao ; Woodhouses 163ao Flixton 164-4


Division 1A

Stayley had the sweet taste of victory for the first time this year in a high scoring Tameside derby game with Denton. Having got off to a shaky start, falling to 26-2, Aqeel Ahmed then stole the show. He reached 129, (with 114 of these coming in boundaries), and found great support from pro Hamza Nadeem. More renowned for his bowling, Nadeem, coming at no. 8 at 133-6, added 132 for the seventh wicket with Ahmed and finished with 76 himself. The Denton bowlers toiled in the sun, but Andy Pannett, (4-74), had a decent afternoon. The Egerton St team’s reply fell to 125-6, with a long haul ahead, but they made a good fight of things led by Ryan Halpin’s unbeaten 60. However, it was Nadeem, (4-53), who made it a great all-round day personally, taking Staley to the win by 34 runs. Flowery Field totalled an imposing 259-7 as they visited struggling Astley & Tyldesley. Steve Crossan, having dropped down the order to no. 4, got 64 and partnered by Alex Dolly who made 55 in his 1st appearance of the season, made the main contribution. The A&T reply had no answer to Mike Finan, (5-31), and managed only 99, leaving Flowery winners by 160 runs. Finan now has 34 victims this year, and together with pro Mike Burns provides Flowery with a powerful attack.

Elsewhere, Royton defeated Bury to overtake them to second, as Greenfield’s convincing win saw them stretch their lead to four points at the top.

Full results. Walshaw 160ao Heyside 161-4 ; Stretford 98ao Whalley Range 212-7; Royton 335-8 Bury 145ao ; Stayley 303-8 Denton 269ao; Astley & Tyldesley 99ao Flowery Field 259-7; Brooksbottom 219ao Greenfield 222-1


Division 1B

Dukinfield bounced back from the defeat by Stand the previous week, as they overcame hosts Winton. Dukinfield totalled a below par 146, and were indebted to Jake Fenton, (69), for even that total. Fenton made it a great all round day for himself when Winton replied. Coming into the attack with Winton on 81-4, and still in the game, he ran through the middle and lower order, finishing with 4-2, as the home team lost six wickets for five runs, leaving Dukinfield winners by 60 runs. After a great run recently Glossop lost at Unsworth the previous week and it became two losses in a row as Thornham visited North Road. They totalled 234-7, thanks to half centuries from pro Lahiru Udara, (69), and George Dyson, (52). It was an entertaining game for the spectators, as a consistent reply from Thornham, led by Tristian Coetzee, (104), meant that they reached the target with a single ball to spare. Glossop are fifth with Dukinfield just below them in sixth place.

Moorside defeated Saddleworth to go top, as the season approaches the half way mark.

Full results. Unsworth 98ao Glodwick 101-3; Winton 86ao Dukinfield 146ao ; Moorside 195-8 Saddleworth 194-7; Glossop 233-7 Thornham 234-7 ; Swinton Moorside 199ao Monton 201-5


Division 2A

The two local teams met at Oakfield. Hurt by the five point deduction Droylsden responded in style as they flayed the Micklehurst attack. Averaging nearly 7.5 runs an over throughout the innings, they totalled 367-5. Uppal was clearly the star. His 177* contained 23 boundaries and eight maximums, and he received great support from stalwart Richard Mooney, (65). Micklehurst have posted some imposing totals recently, but clearly shell shocked, fell for 70 at the hands of Mehmood ul-Hassan, (4-33) and Alex Jones, (4-27), leaving Droylsden victors by a huge margin of 297 runs. The win left Droylsden in fourth spot, after the points deduction, whilst Micklehurst are only kept off bottom spot by Clifton 2nd XI.

Full results: Elton Vale 111ao Littleborough Lakeside 114-2 ; Clifton 2nd XI 118ao Glossop 2nd XI 312-4; Elton 259-7 Shaw 263-4 ; Westleigh 217-8 Prestwich 2nd XI 216ao; Droylsden 367-5 Micklehurst 70ao ; Werneth 266-6 East Lancs Paper Mill 98ao

Division 2B

Ashton welcomed form team Austerlands to Reyner Lane. For much of the Austerlands innings it was a battle of attrition. With 40 overs gone, the game was evenly balanced, but a late charge by visiting pro Roger Arendse, (100), saw them post 213-6. Siraj Kadodia picked up 3-45 for Ashton in his 15 overs. The Ashton reply saw a valiant effort from Pete Higginbottom. Batting throughout he was last man out for 75, but the rest of the Ashton order had little answer to Arendse, He made it a great all-round day, finishing with 5-19. Ashton fell into the relegation spots, as Deane & Derby inched home with a one run win over Edenfield.

Uppermill continued their march to the title, comprehensively thrashing Hollinwood. Austerlands win saw them leapfrog Hollinwood into 2nd place.

Full results. Hollinwood 181ao Uppermill 186-2; Ashton 148ao Austerlands 213-6 ; Bolton Deane & Derby 207-9 v Edenfield 205ao; Oldham 214-8 South West Manchester 151ao ; Friarmere v Wythenshawe ; Whalley Range 2nd XI 234-8 Radcliffe 128ao


Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith had a great win over Heywood 2nd XI the previous week and they continued their good form as Royton 2nd XI visited Rose Hill Road. Limiting the visitors to 136, thanks to an impressive performance from Khaliq ur Rehman, (6-12), they struggled to reach the target losing seven wickets in doing so. Dave Gaskin, (51), was the key to the win, which left Ladysmith in mid-table ahead of the derby at Reyner Lane against Ashton 2nd XI this Saturday.

Full results: Failsworth Macedonia 84ao Moorside 2nd XI 86-3; Saddleworth 2nd XI 162-4 Woodhouses 2nd XI 165-3; Denton 2nd XI 158-9 Heywood 2nd XI 157-7; Ashton Ladysmith 138-7 Royton 2nd XI 136ao; Heyside 2nd XI 164-7 Ashton 2nd XI 185-5; Newton Heath 70ao Hollinwood 2nd XI 121ao


Division 5 South and East

Full Results: Austerlands 2nd XI 159ao Stayley 2nd XI 87ao; Thornham 2nd XI 93-3 Springhead 92ao; Uppermill 2nd XI 239-9 Shaw 2nd XI 74ao

By Martin Frost