Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 30th July 2018 @ 09:38 by Mark Phillip

After weeks of unbroken sunshine the rain had a say in proceedings on Saturday.  Whilst there were results in all the local games, the vagaries of the Duckworth-Lewis calculations came into play in some of them.  Locally, Stayley continued their vastly improved recent form as they had a successful DL run chase against title hopefuls Royton.  Flowery Field bounced back from defeat at the hands of Walshaw the previous week as they saw off Heyside but Denton’s hopes of taking advantage of slip-ups by Greenfield and Royton were dashed by Whalley Range.  Droylsden stayed top of Division 2A as Clifton 2nd XI conceded the game.  As we move into August, with seven weekends left the promotion and relegation issues are becoming clearer and the hopes for silverware locally are realistically centred on Aaqib Uppal’s Droylsden team.

Premier Division

Denton St Lawrence made the short trip to Woodhouses knowing that victory was vital if they were to keep their admittedly faint hopes of the title alive.  Their attack was taken to task as the Medlock Road team ran up 260-6. This included five penalty runs which almost proved crucial. There were three wickets each for Gareth Burns and Casey Roche.  DSL made a good fist of the reply.  Led by Scott Kirwin, (87), and pro Lahiru Jayakody, (42), they were always in the hunt, but a flurry of wickets left them at 212-8 with five overs left.  The last two wickets added another 36 but with three balls left, and 13 required, (which would have been eight but for the penalty runs), last man Roche was bowled, and in all reality hopes of being involved in the title race disappeared.  Denton West went down again, and with only 42 points to play for they now need a miracle involving a 100% record from hereon in, and results going their way elsewhere if they are to avoid the drop.  They suffered at the hands of Edgworth who totalled 287-8.  Pro Blessing Muzarabani was back in action, but made little impression.  Mike Berry, (5-60), had a decent return.  In a DL determined reply West’s tumbled to 121ao, with only John Barnett, (40), showing much resistance.

In the top of the table clash Flixton fell to defeat at the hands of previously second placed Woodbank.  The win for the Bury based side enabled them to take top spot, and it promises to be a real title chase with Prestwich also having more than an interest.

Full results:  Clifton  182-5 Greenmount 166-5, (won on D/L) ; Denton West 121ao  Edgworth 287-8; Woodhouses  260-6 Denton St Lawrence 248ao; Heywood 116-4  Prestwich 269-4 (won on D/L) ; Egerton 77-8  Roe Green dnb (abandoned)  ; Flixton 112ao Woodbank 113-6


Division 1A

Staley made it five wins out of six as they took on second placed Royton.  DL certainly came into play at Oxford Street as the Royton innings was curtailed by the elements after 31 overs with them being 129-4.  The rain eventually relented and despite falling to 60-5 a magnificent unbeaten 91 from Aqeel Ahmed, (who is now approaching 500 runs for the season), helped them to 153-5 after 20 overs, the minimum for a result to be declared.  They were ahead of the target at that point and gave them the win which boosts their hopes of avoiding the drop. Denton fell at the hands of Whalley Range and dropped a couple of places in the table as a result.  Janak Patel, (82), was the mainstay of Denton’s 226-9.  With a rain interruption the visitors were set a target of 231 and despite three early wickets for Bradleigh Holmes they got over the line with two balls to spare.  Flowery Field took on Heyside and totalled 193-8 before rain curtailed the innings with six overs left.  Steve Wharton batted throughout finishing with 86*. The Heyside target was 199 after the DL calculation but they struggled against the Flowery attack.  Jamie Garde led the way, finishing with 5-29, as Heyside managed 146 in reply.

Full results: Flowery Field 193-8 Heyside 146ao; Denton 226-9 Whalley Range 231-8; Brooksbottom dnb Bury 180-8 (abandoned)  ; Stayley 153–5 Royton 129-4 (D/L); Astley & Tyldesley 201-7 Stretford 182ao ; Greenfield 131ao Walshaw 137-4


Division 1B

Glossop were without a game leaving Dukinfield as the only local team in action as they travelled to Monton.  They put up a decent 211-7 with a consistent display though the order, before the rain arrived after 42 overs.  Charlie Dowling top scored with 62.  The Monton DL target was set at 205, and they reached this for the loss of six wickets.  Dowling, (3-54),  also showed up well with the ball. They are now seventh in the table, and with a seven point breathing space from the relegation spots know that three wins from their remaining games will ensure safety.

Moorside won again, beating Winton, and now have a five point gap over Stand at the top, after the latter lost a DL based game to Swinton Moorside.

Full results.  Saddleworth 108-3 Glodwick 103ao; Monton 205-6 (won on D/L) Dukinfield 211-7; Swinton Moorside 225-6 (won on D/L) Stand 266-8; Moorside 183-5  Winton 181ao; Thornham 137ao Unsworth 193-5

Division 2A

Droylsden consolidated top spot, after Clifton 2nd XI conceded the game.  They now have a 10 point advantage over second placed Westleigh.  Micklehurst, hosting Littleborough Lakeside, recovered from 75-5 to reach 175ao, thanks to 47 from Daniel Clayton.  They were unable to restrict the visitors who reached the target for the loss of six wickets. Micklehurst dropped into the relegation places as a result, but they have two games in hand following the postponement of matches as a result of the moorland fires.  At the time of writing there has been no word from the GMCL as to if and when these games may be rescheduled.

Full results: Micklehurst 175ao  Littleborough Lakeside 178-6; Prestwich 2nd XI 161-8 Glossop 2nd XI 220-6; Werneth 130-4 Shaw 129ao; Westleigh 213-6 Elton 145ao; Droylsden (win) Clifton 2nd XI (conceded); East Lancs PM 126ao Elton Vale 127-6


Division 2B

At the time of writing no details were available of the game between Friarmere and Ashton, although Reporter Sport understands that Friarmere had a comprehensive win.  It leaves Ashton staring down the barrel of relegation.  Potentially there are 42 points still up for grabs, but with a 15 point gap to third bottom Whalley Range 2nd XI, and having won only three of the 15 games so far, it looks to be a forlorn hope. At the other end of the table leaders Uppermill had a convincing 10 wicket win which, (put together with second placed Austerlands defeat at the hands of SW Manchester which left a 19 point gap between the two), means that the silverware could well be delivered to Uppermill by mid August.

Full results: Wythenshawe 68ao Uppermill 69-0; SW Manchester 175ao Austerlands 158ao; Whalley Range 2nd XI 205ao Edenfield 207-7; Oldham 157ao Bolton Deane & Derby 162-5; Friarmere  Ashton  ; Radcliffe 177-9 Hollinwood 205-8


Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith, after eight wins in a row, and high hopes of moving into the promotion places, entertained Denton 2nd XI. They totalled 164ao, (Richard Taylor on a rare appearance top scoring with 31).  Ali Ismail got 4-37 for Denton.  Ladysmith were unable to restrict Denton who were assisted to a six wicket win with an unbeaten partnership of 69 between Harry Horsfall and Alex Beeley.  As a result Denton moved to second place whilst Ladysmith dropped a couple of places to sixth.

Full results: Ashton 2nd XI 73ao Moorside 2nd XI 75-1; Royton 2nd XI  Woodhouses 2nd XI  ; Newton Heath 222-4 Heywood 2nd XI 113ao; Ashton Ladysmith 164ao  Denton 2nd XI 167-4; Heyside 2nd XI 229-7 Saddleworth 2nd XI 233-3; Failsworth Macedonia 257ao  Hollinwood 2nd XI 268-9


Division 5A

Full results: United Stars 152ao Stayley 2nd XI 82ao; Friends Sporting 215-9  Worsley 2nd XI 193ao


Division 5B

Full results; Bolton Indians 2nd XI 75ao Austerlands 2nd XI 78-2; Hindley St Peters 2nd XI dnb  Brooksbottom 2nd XI 58-4 (abandoned); Springhead  Droylsden 2nd XI


Division 5C

Full results: Shaw 2nd XI 247-6 Milnrow 3rd XI 231-5 (won on D/L); Edenfield 2nd XI 84-2 Uppermill 2nd XI 81ao

By Martin Frost