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GMCL Review 30 June – Tameside and Glossop
Wednesday 4th July 2018 @ 10:42 by Lee Wild

Seven days previously Denton West and Stayley had got off the mark for the season, and would no doubt have been hopeful of a repeat in their bids to climb away from the foot of their Divisions.

At the end of a glorious day, which marked the half way point of the season, it was however only Stayley who made it 2 wins in a row as they came out in top in the Tameside derby at Flowery Field, whilst West went down at the hands of Prestwich. Denton St Lawrence; Dukinfield; Droylsden and Ashton Ladysmith all got winning points, but Denton; Glossop and Ashton lost. Micklehurst’s game with Westleigh was postponed with air quality up at Richmond Hill suffering with the impact of the moorland fire.

Premier Division

Denton St Lawrence came out on top against visitors Roe Green. Set 217 for the win, DSL opener Liam Parkinson led from the front and finished with a superb 114*. Scott Kirwin chipped in with a valuable 45 as DSL romped home by 7 wickets with 7 overs to spare. The win leaves DSL in 6th place at the half way stage in what has been an inconsistent campaign with 6 wins and 5 defeats. Looking to build on the win the previous week Denton West batted first against Prestwich, and got off to a desperate start, falling to 12-4. A half century from John McAllister, with support from John Barnett, enabled them to finish on 169. They certainly put a fight up, defending that modest total, taking 8 Prestwich wickets, but it wasn’t enough, leaving West to look for salvation from relegation with vastly improved form in the 2nd half of the season.

Elsewhere, Flixton pulled off a superb chase to beat Egerton and lead the table in their defence of the Premier League title at the half way point.

Full results: Flixton 229-3 Egerton 227-5 ; Clifton 133ao Heywood 173ao ; Denton West 169ao Prestwich 173-8; Denton St Lawrence 217-3 Roe Green 216-6 ; Edgworth195ao Woodbank 225ao; Greenmount 165ao Woodhouses 167-1

Division 1A

Stayley certainly have the taste for Tameside derbies as they followed up the win over Denton seven days previously, with a comprehensive triumph at Flowery Field. Stayley’s Aqeel Ahmed followed his century against Denton with another impressive knock of 82 as they totalled 242. Rashid Nadeem took 4-55 for Flowery. The home side, in reply, simply had no answer to Stayley pro, Hamza Nadeem, who ripped through them, taking 7-30, leaving Stayley winners by 118 runs. It took Nadeem to 37 victims at the half way mark of the campaign. Mid-table Denton toiled in the field, conceding over 300 for the second successive week, as Royton visited Egerton St. Royton pro, Chirag Khurana, is arguably the best in the league, and he delivered yet again, finishing with 166 as Royton amassed 309. Andy Pannett put in a useful shift for Denton, finishing with 5-60. Shell shocked Denton fell

for 136 in an innings which lasted only 26 overs, with Khurana, (4-31), proving his worth with the ball as well as bat.

The win took Royton to the top as Greenfield fell to a surprise defeat at the hands of Astley & Tyldesley.

Full results. Greenfield 186ao Astley & Tyldesley 187-7; Flowery Field 124ao Stayley 242ao; Denton 136ao Royton 309ao; Bury 338-4 Stretford 134ao; Whalley Range 214-4 Walshaw 218-8; Heyside 234-7 Brooksbottom 238-9

Division 1B

Dukinfield made it two wins in a row as they met Unsworth at home. They posted a challenging 230-8, batting first, with Michael Jones, (64), and pro Yohan da Silva, (74), both contributing well. The game was over as a contest inside 12 overs of the reply, as Unsworth fell to 18-5, and it was only thanks to 71* from pro Amogh Desai that they managed to limp to 148ao. The wickets were shared around the Dukinfield attack as they moved up to 5th place. Glossop on the other hand went down at Glodwick and would have been disappointed that the home side recovered from 87-7 to add 97 for the last 3 wickets. Will Hargreaves, (6-61), was the pick of the North Road team’s attack. In reply none of the Glossop line-up got to grips with the task, and they subsided to a 70 run defeat, being all out for 114.

Moorside lead the way at the halfway point with only 1 loss from 11. Stand and Monton tied their game and they sandwich Saddleworth who suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Swinton Moorside..

Full results. Thornham 146ao Moorside 149-5; Saddleworth 93ao Swinton Moorside 98-4; Monton 239ao Stand 239ao; Dukinfield 230-8 Unsworth 148ao; Glodwick 184ao Glossop 114ao

Division 2A

With Micklehurst not in action after their game with Westleigh was postponed in the aftermath of the moorland fire the local interest was with Droylsden. After hitting well over 300 the previous week they posted another decent score, of 241-8, batting first as they visited East Lancs PM. It was a consistent display through the order for Droylsden, (Richard Mooney top scoring with 50 – his second consecutive half century). ELPM have struggled recently, having managed 100 or less in 3 of their last 4 games, but they made a decent fist of things. With 18 overs and 6 wickets left and only 50 to get the odds were probably in their favour. However, Droylsden were indebted to Mehmood ul-Hassan who saw to it that the hosts added only a further 24. He finished with 6-61 as Droylsden won by 26 runs.

Full results: East Lancs Paper Mill 215ao Droylsden 241-8; Micklehurst P-P Westleigh; Prestwich 2nd XI 134-8 Elton 135-5; Shaw 134-4 Clifton 2nd XI 133ao; Glossop 2nd XI 108-3 Elton Vale 107ao ; Littleborough Lakeside 195ao Werneth 257-9

Division 2B

Ashton ventured onto new ground visiting Edenfield. The eventual outcome saw them losing by 18 as they chased the host’s 248-8, (Lachlan Watts 4-64), and they must have rued letting Edenfield add 73 in the last 7 overs. This was the difference, as great contributions from Brad Wilshaw Phillips, (58), and Adnan Bashir, (92*), left them not too far short of what would have been a morale boosting win.

Uppermill stayed top in a sensational game against Whalley Range. Needing 9 off the last two balls with the last pair at the wicket to win what had longed looked to be the visitors game, James Chamberlain promptly hit them both for six to maintain their 100% record. Austerland’s win over 3rd placed Hollinwood stretched the gap between the pair.

Full results. Radcliffe 186ao Friarmere 190-6; Wythenshawe 115ao Oldham 119-5; South West Manchester v Bolton Deane & Derby ; Edenfield 248-8 Ashton 230ao ; Austerlands 111-4 Hollinwood 109ao; Uppermill 265-9 Whalley Range 2nd XI 261ao

Division 4 East

In the local derby at Reyner Lane Ashton Ladysmith took the honours having totalled 218-9. This was too many for Ashtons 2nd team which fell 52 short. Paul Reynolds took 5-41 to seal the Rose Hill Road club’s victory.

Full results: Hollinwood 2nd XI 305ao Heyside 2nd XI 138ao; Ashton 2nd XI 166ao Ashton Ladysmith 218-9; Royton 2nd XI 199-9 Denton 2nd XI 203-5; Heywood 2nd XI 257-6 Saddleworth 2nd XI 93ao, Woodhouses 2nd XI 115-5 Failsworth Macedonia 112ao; Moorside 2nd XI 222-9 Newton Heath 223-8

Division 5 South and East

Full Results: Springhead 243-7 Austerlands 2nd XI 209ao; Stayley 2nd XI 212-5 Thornham 2nd XI 211-9