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Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 16th July 2018 @ 12:21 by Mark Phillip

After weeks where bowlers had suffered, with huge scores being posted throughout the GMCL, maybe the rain on Friday evening affected pitches and redressed the balance to a degree. In the top two divisions, there were nine teams who failed to reach the 100 mark. Most notable were Premier Division leaders Flixton who fell for 61 allowing Woodbank, who beat Denton West, to get within five points and open up the race for the title. Elsewhere locally, there were wins for Denton St Lawrence; Glossop; Flowery Field; Stayley; Micklehurst and Ashton Ladysmith. Droylsden also won in a top-of-the-table game at Westleigh and now lead Division 2A.

Premier Division

Denton West travelled to Woodbank, facing a tough challenge with the second placed team, and also knowing that with 10 games left a win was vital to their hopes of beating the drop. Sadly they failed to rise to the occasion and collapsed to 103ao. This proved no problem for the hosts who romped to an eight wicket win inside 17 overs. The bare facts for West show them 24 points adrift of safety in a Division which has four relegation places, and it is looking increasingly likely that they will be competing in Division 1 next year. It was better for news for town neighbours Denton St Lawrence, who rolled out Greenmount for 90. Scott Kirwin and Gareth Burns, with four wickets apiece, were the key for DSL. They got home inside 19 overs for the loss of three wickets, and now stand fourth in the table, 11 points behind leaders Flixton.

Joining Denton West in the relegation spots are Greenmount; Edgworth and Heywood after Woodhouses picked up a comprehensive win, their third in a row.

Full results: Greenmount 90ao Denton St Lawrence 94-3; Edgworth 49ao Woodhouses 239-7; Heywood 116ao Egerton 57ao; Prestwich 169-9 Flixton 61ao; Roe Green 201-6 Clifton 197-8; Woodbank 104-2 Denton West 103ao


Division 1A

Stayley have picked up form in the last month and made it three wins in their last four games, routing Astley & Tyldesley in a game which only lasted 35 overs in total. The visitors to Oxford Street simply had no answer to the Stayley opening attack of Hamza Nadeem and Ben Downend. Pro Nadeem picked up 5-29, (making it 45 wickets for the season), and Downend weighed in with 3-35. It took Stayley less than 13 overs to reach the target and the winning points lifted them off the bottom of the table. With two teams going down, Stayley will be hopeful of pulling back the small gap of four points which currently separates them from safety. Flowery Field bounced back from a below par display against Royton the previous week with a victory at Stretford. They posted 249-8, the highest total in the Division on Saturday, mainly due to Alex Dolly, (79), and Sean Gibson, (64*). Stretford put a decent fight up but fell for 218, and in doing so found themselves at the bottom of the table. Dolly made it a good all-round day, finishing with 4-58. Denton are in fifth place, and hopes of moving up the table were dashed as they went down to a six wicket defeat at Walshaw. The positives for the Egerton Street outfit in their 208ao were from pro Cloete Buitendag, (83), and Jack Sedgwick, (45). The hosts eased to victory by six wickets.

In the top-of-the-table clash leaders Royton were humbled by Greenfield, who dismissed them for 70, and a nine wicket win saw the Lad Hill Lane team move to the top.

Full results. Heyside 221-6 Bury 220-9; Whalley Range 158-3 Brooksbottom 157ao; Stayley 77-3 Astley & Tyldesley 76ao; Royton 70ao Greenfield 77-1; Streford 218ao Flowery Field 249-8; Walshaw 210-4 Denton 208ao


Division 1B

It was a really low scoring game at Dukinfield who ended up on the wrong end as visitors Glossop defended 110. Charlie Dowling, (5-12), was outstanding with the ball for Dukinfield, and it was only pro Lahiru Udara, (34), who managed to get the Glossop total over the 100 mark. In reply Dukinfield got to 78-1, (Michael Jones, with 52, leading the way), and a Dukinfield victory looked assured, with only another 33 required and nine wickets remaining. Rob Adderley made the breakthrough getting rid of Jones, pro Yohan de Silva and Dowling as only six runs were added. Will Hargreaves then took over and it was an inspired spell of 4-20 which saw Dukinfield fall for 97 – a real turn round with the last nine wickets falling for 19. Dukinfield lie fifth with Glossop a place below them, but with only eight games left a gap of 18 points to the promotion places will require an outstanding run if either are to feature in the end of season honours.

Full results. Dukinfield 97ao Glossop 110ao; Swinton Moorside 242-8 Moorside 259-9; Stand 195ao Thornham 150ao; Winton 63ao Saddleworth 67-2; Unsworth 158-5 Monton 157ao


Division 2A

Droylsden went top with a great win at Westleigh. It was Mehmood ul-Hassan who once again led the way. After his outstanding seven wicket performance the previous week he followed it with 5-36 as Westleigh were contained to 135. With 40 wickets at an average of 13 so far this year he has been integral to the Oakfield team’s march to the top. Droylsden strolled to victory with an unbeaten third wicket partnership of 109 between Matt Halliday, (76*) and Mike Schofield, (41*). Micklehurst took the field for the first time in 3 weeks, and enjoyed a good win at Clifton 2nd XI. On a day when runs generally were not as plentiful as in previous weeks they impressed with the bat, totalling 269, thanks to half centuries from Lewis Daniel and Daniel Clayton. In the Clifton reply four wickets each for Michael Blomeley and Tom White proved the key, as Micklehurst won by 82 runs, lifting themselves out of the relegation places. With 2 games in hand on the teams around them, they will be looking to make further advances in the next few weeks.

Full results: Littleborough Lakeside 77ao Shaw 79-2; Glossop 2nd XI 295-5 Werneth 243ao; Westleigh 135ao Droylsden 138-2; Elton 202ao East Lancs PM 166ao; Clifton 2nd XI 177ao Micklehurst 269ao; Elton Vale 35ao Prestwich 2nd XI 37-2


Division 2B

Things are looking gloomy at Reyner Lane. Visiting Wythenshawe got 190-8, and Ashton, having totalled over 200 in each of the last two games, would have been hopeful of reaching this and putting a first win on the board since May. Sadly, the writing was on the wall in the first four overs as they fell to 13-3, and thereafter it was a procession as they managed a paltry 66. With wins for those just above them in the table the gap has widened and relegation is now more than a possibility. Leaders Uppermill, and second placed Austerlands both won leaving them favourites for promotion, as defeats for both Hollinwood and Oldham widened the gap.

Full results. Uppermill 107-3 Edenfield 106ao; Austerlands 99-2 Whalley Range 2nd XI 95ao; Oldham 184-9 Friarmere 189ao; Bolton Deane & Derby 192ao Radcliffe 145ao; Ashton 66ao Wythenshawe 190-8; Hollinwood 164ao SW Manchester 212ao


Division 4 East

Paul Reynolds had been the hero for Ashton Ladysmith the previous week and he proved his value to the Rose Hill Road team again. His 5-53 enabled Ladysmith to dismiss visitors Heyside 2nd XI for 115, and he then followed it with 61* in an unbeaten opening partnership of 117 with Mark Collings, (45*), as Ladysmith romped home with a 10 wicket win and in doing so moved up to 4th place.

Full results: Moorside 2nd XI 127ao Heywood 2nd XI 149ao; Woodhouses 2nd XI 252-7 Newton Heath 177so; Ashton Ladysmith 117-0 Heyside 2nd XI 115ao; Denton 2nd XI 118ao Hollinwood 2nd XI 121-3; Saddleworth 2nd XI 181ao Ashton 2nd XI 295-3; Failsworth Macedonia 141-1 Royton 2nd XI 139ao


Division 5A

Full results: United Stars (conceded) Friends Sporting (win); Worsley (conceded) Staley 2nd XI (win); Thornham 264-9 Tottington St Johns 202ao

Division 5B

Full results; springhead 42ao Austerlands 2nd XI 252-9; Brooksbottom 2nd XI 120-3 Bolton Indians 116ao; Droylsden 2nd XI 137ao Hindley St Peters 2nd XI 142-6

Division 5C

Full results: East Lancs PM 2nd XI 131ao Uppermill 2nd XI 122ao; Milnrow 3rd XI 203-7 Edenfield 2nd XI 62ao

By Martin Frost