Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 13th August 2018 @ 09:14 by Mark Phillip

It was a disappointing weekend which saw not only 7 defeats and only 4 wins for the local teams, but also led to the confirmation of relegation from the Premier Division for Denton West.  Droylsden took the honours with another win and look well set for promotion, but things are looking very gloomy for Ashton as they lost again and are now 15 points adrift with only 5 games left.  Denton St Lawrence, after a defeat at Clifton, also face a real battle to avoid the drop.

Premier Division

Relegation has, in reality, been staring Denton West in the face for many weeks now, and the axe finally fell as they made the short trip to Woodhouses and set their hosts a very moderate target.  Managing only 131ao, (Nick Doyle 43), this proved no problem for Woodhouses, who took only 24 overs to get the win.  West must now look to rebuilding as they look ahead to life in Division 1 in 2019.  Across town Denton St Lawrence have had a poor run and a 4th successive defeat, this time at Clifton, plunged them into a battle against the drop.  Clifton totalled 223-9, (pro Lahiru Jayakody 4-40), and the DSL reply faltered after a decent start.  Rain arrived with them at 125-7, and ended proceedings with DSL well adrift on the Duckworth Lewis calculation.  The defeat left them just one place, and two points, above the drop zone.  The closeness of the Division actually sees every club from 4th placed Clifton still involved in the battle against the drop.

At the top a win for Flixton maintained top spot for them, but Prestwich leapfrogged Woodbank, after the latter went down at Heywood.

Full results:  Egerton 194-7 (won on D/L) Greenmount 200-5; Flixton 259ao Edgworth 178ao; Clifton 223-9 (won on D/L) Denton St Lawrence 125-7; Woodhouses 134-5 Denton West 131ao; Prestwich 216-8 Roe Green 80ao; Heywood 153ao (won on D/L) Woodbank 77-8


Division 1A

Denton had an easy win over struggling Brooksbottom, running through their hosts, who managed only 79.  Adrian Holmes, (4-39), led the way, and then pro Cloete Buitendag ran through the Brooksbottom lower order, taking 5-12.  The target proved no problem as Denton lost only 2 wickets.  They will still have hopes of being involved in the promotion race, being only 9 points adrift of 2nd placed Royton, with 5 games left. The last game of the season is at the Paddock, Royton’s home, which could prove conclusive!  Flowery Field have not had a good time recently so will be relieved that they got winning points against Bury, and that after managing only 122 batting first. Jamie Garde top scored with 53.  In reply Bury had reached 93-9, (with the wickets being shared around the Flowery attack), when the rain arrived, leaving Flowery winners by 18 runs on the Duckworth Lewis basis.  They now sit comfortably in mid-table.  Stayley have had a great run recently but fell at the hands of a Walshaw team which has been in decent form recently.  They would have been hopeful of winning points after posting 216ao, (Peter Skuse 57), but were blown away by the Walshaw reply as the visitors lost only a single wicket.

Things have opened up at the top.  Greenfield lost to 3rd placed Whalley Range, and Royton’s easy win over Stretford took them to within 3 points of the leaders.  With 5 games to go it is certainly all to play for.

Full results: Astley & Tyldesley 161-6 Heyside 250-8 (won on D/L); Greenfield 208ao Whalley Range 285-9; Flowery Field 122ao (won on D/L) Bury 93-9; Brooksbottom 79ao Denton 83-2; Royton 236ao Stretford 109ao; Stayley 216ao Walshaw 217-1


Division 1B

Both Glossop and Dukinfield lie in reasonable comfort in mid table, with Winton already relegated and Thornham looking favourites to join them.  Dukinfield made the trip to Thornham and after the home side had reached 142-2 the Higher King St team fought back well, taking the last 8 wickets for 55, leaving them to chase 198 for the win.  Ajmal Ghafoor made it a great day personally.  After picking up 4-24 in the Thornham innings he then led from the front, and fell agonisingly 1 short of a century, but took Dukinfield to the win, their first in 4 games.  Glossop hosted Monton and fell from a decent start as they reached 102-3, adding only 51 to finish on 153ao.  The North Road side tried 7 bowlers in the reply but failed to really test Monton, who romped home by 7 wickets inside 24 overs.

Moorside stayed top, after a 9 wicket demolition of Glodwick, and with a 12 point gap to 3rd placed Saddleworth look well placed for promotion.  Stand remain in 2nd place after beating bottom of the table Winton.

Full results.  Moorside 98-1 Glodwick 97ao; Thornham 197ao Dukinfield 198-3; Glossop 153ao Monton 156-3; Stand 230-9 Winton 177-8  ; Swinton Moorside 272ao Unsworth 176-7


Division 2A

Droylsden will have to have a real fall from grace if they are not to gain promotion, and after a tight win against Littleborough Lakeside look favourites for the title.  Their opening attack of Mehmood ul-Hassan, (4-40), and Alex Jones, (6-42), contained Lakeside to 147 at Oakfield.  Thoughts of an easy canter to the win after getting to 98-2 were dispelled as 6 wickets fell for 23, and it was ul-Hassan who rescued them.  Coming in at no 9 his unbeaten 20 took Droyslden over the line, in a game which was closer than maybe it should have been.  Micklehurst will still be looking anxiously at the relegation spots after losing to Shaw, but there is still no news as to whether the 2 games they have in hand (which were cancelled as a result of the recent moorland fires) will be held.  If so then there is an opportunity to climb away. Shaw got 298-6 and in reply Micklehurst stumbled to 94-6 before overseas man Rico Hurley, with a hard hit 62, restored things and enabled them to total a respectable 202.

Full results: Droylsden 148-8 Littleborough Lakeside 147ao; East Lancs PM 174ao Glossop 2nd XI 201ao; Micklehurst 202ao Shaw 298-6; Werneth 221-8 Prestwich 2nd XI 88ao; Elton 87-2 Clifton 2nd XI 84ao; Westleigh 306-8 Elton Vale 161ao


Division 2B

Ashton are looking doomed for the drop, as they went down at Bolton Deane & Derby and saw Whalley Range 2nd XI beat SW Manchester.  The Reyner Lane side are now 15 points adrift of safety, and with having to face promoted Uppermill, and 2nd placed Austerlands, in their remaining 5 games it is hard to see them escaping.  Ashton managed only 125 at Deane & Derby and the home side cantered home by 8 wickets.

Uppermill’s promotion was finally confirmed as they won at Friarmere and 2 more maximum point wins will give them the title.  Austerlands look firm favourites to join them, even though they struggled somewhat to beat bottom of the table Radcliffe.

Full results: Friarmere 130ao Uppermill 131-5; Radcliffe 146-8 Austerlands 147-7; Wythenshawe 98ao Edenfield 99-1; Whalley Range 2nd XI 247-8 SW Manchester 246; Bolton Deane & Derby 126-2 Ashton 125ao; Oldham 209-6 Hollinwood 205ao


Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith’s hopes of featuring in the promotion shake-up were hit as they went down to Failsworth Macedonia.  It was only their 2nd defeat in 11 games, as they failed to defend 181.  Paul Reynolds has had an outstanding season at Rose Hill Road and his 77 took him over 500 runs for the campaign, added to which he has captured 39 wickets.  Locally Denton 2nd XI are in the chase for promotion.

Full results: Heyside 2nd XI 66ao Moorside 2nd XI 68-2; Hollinwood 2nd XI 242-9 Wppdhouses 2nd XI 184-8; Ashton 2nd XI 96ao Heywood 2nd XI 132ao; Newton Heath (won) Royton 2nd XI (conceded); Denton 2nd XI 222-8 Saddleworth 2nd XI 91-8; Ashton Ladysmith 181ao Failsworth Macedonia 183-8


Division 5A

Full results: United Stars 128-9 Thornham 2nd XI 127-9; Tottington St Johns 227-6 Stayley 2nd XI 177-6


Division 5B

Full results; Bolton Indians 156-8 Brooksbottom 2nd XI 180ao; Austerlands 2nd XI 216ao Hindley St Peters 2nd XI 129ao


Division 5C

Full results: Edenfield 2nd XI 162-4 East Lancs PM 2nd XI 159ao; Uppermill 2nd XI 148ao Milnrow 3rd XI 82ao