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Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 14th May 2018 @ 09:29 by Mark Phillip

Once again it was a decent weekend for local cricket weatherwise. However, on the field, things weren’t as good in the Tameside and Glossop areas. All the local teams, with the exception of Glossop, were in action and the outcome saw three wins locally but seven defeats.

Premier Division

It was more of the same in the Premier Division with a win for Denton St Lawrence, but yet another defeat for Denton West, making it four losses from four games. DSL had a home game against Woodhouses. The visitors had a good win on the opening day, but have gone off the boil since then. DSL were well placed at 112-2, (Lahiru Jayakody – 57), with 18 overs left but the innings rather tailed off from that point, and they finished with 182ao.   Woodhouses put up a decent fight, but finished 22 short. Jordan Williams, (4-34) and Ben Tighe, (3-17) were the main men with the ball for DSL. Denton West travelled to Edgworth, and after reducing the hosts to 17-2 had a long afternoon.. Chris Stevenson, (4-72), toiled well with the ball for Wests, but they were eventually set a target of 263 for victory.   Stevenson, (62), also contributed with the bat but at 129-5 it was a steep hill to climb. Andy O’Brien, (50*), did his best but Wests fell 30 short of the Edgworth total, with 232ao.

Greenmount remain leaders despite a first reverse of the season, but are joined by Clifton on 17 points.

Division 1A

In Division 1A Denton bounced back from defeat at Heyside seven days previously with a comprehensive win at Whalley Range. Pro Chloe Buitendag was the key figure. In the Egerton Street side’s 218-8, he was the main contributor with 58, receiving able assistance from Adrian Holmes, 49. The Whalley Range reply was limited to 160ao, leaving Denton winners by 58 runs. Buitendag led the way with the ball, finishing with 5-39. Flowery Field went into the trip to Heyside with a 100% win record. This went by the board as they were dismissed for 159, albeit that there was a decent recovery from 15-3, thanks to Sean Gibson, (52), and pro Mike Burns,, (32). At 129-4 a bigger total was on the cards but the last six wickets added only 29. Heyside, led by former Denton West pro Semile Seyibokwe, (62* after picking up 3-40 with the ball), reached the target with only four wickets down. It was another poor day for Stayley, as they went down at Royton who piled up 260-7. Pro Chirag Khurana was the star man for the Paddock outfit, following his 74 with the bat with 6-44 when Stayley replied with 177ao.

Greenfield lead the way with a perfect record of four wins. Flowery Field lie 2nd with Denton in 4th spot..

Division 1B

Glossop had no game, being the odd team out last weekend in an 11 team Division. Dukinfield were in action but fell to their first league loss of the season as Monton were the visitors.   Dukinfield fell to 44-7 batting first and, but for Joel Morton, who got 29* coming in at no. 9, could well have folded for a lot less than their eventual 106ao. That was no problem for Monton, who got their second comprehensive win in seven days on Tameside soil, (following their Cup demolition of Stayley the previous Sunday), as they reached 109-1.

Saddleworth top the division, with three wins from their four games.

Division 2A

Micklehurst had edged a close win at Elton Vale the previous week, and would have been hoping for more winning points as they reduced hosts Littleborough Lakeside to 11-2. Thereafter it was a long afternoon for the Richmond Hill team as Lakeside piled up 312-7. Tom White, (3-74), and Daniel Clifton, (3-44), toiled manfully, but a chase requiring over six runs an over was well beyond Micklehurst, who managed only 132ao, and a sizeable defeat by 180 runs.

Droylsden travelled to Clifton 2nd XI, and returned with winning points. Skipper Aaqib Uppal had a productive afternoon, top scoring with 78 in Droylsden’s 255-6. There was valuable support from Richard Mooney and Haroon Cheema as well. In reply Uppal picked up 3-47, but Jamie Walker, (5-26), was the key to the Droylsden attack as they dismissed the hosts for 153, leaving a win by 102 runs.

Shaw, (who put the Werneth bowling to the sword to the tune of 383-9), and Westleigh lead the way, whilst at the other end Micklehurst and Werneth prop up the table.

Division 2B

Ashton were looking to build on their win over Radcliffe as they welcomed Friarmere to Reyner Lane. The visitors totalled 197ao, with skipper Ryan Heap leading the Ashton attack with 4-46. He wasn’t helped by key bowler Siraj Kadodia having to pull out of the attack after only two overs. In reply Ashton struggled and but for Ahasan Shazad, (47), coming in at no. 7, would have fallen for less than their eventual 171

Uppermill stay top of the table after an easy eight wicket win over Wythenshawe.

Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith had a short trip to play Denton 2nd XI. Dave Gaskin reached 51 for Ladysmith, but a total of 145-9, was barely competitive and so it proved. Denton cruised to victory by 7 wickets, with martin leech leading the way with 58*.

By Martin Frost