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Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 11th June 2018 @ 11:20 by Mark Phillip

Droylsden undoubtedly took the honours last Saturday as they visited leaders Shaw in Division 2A and came back with a great win. Glossop continued their impressive form, making it five wins on the bounce, lifting them to fourth in the table. It was another dismal afternoon in the Premier Division as both Denton teams went down again. Both Ashton and Micklehurst failed to build on wins the previous week, and Denton fell to Greenfield. There were wins for Flowery Field and Dukinfield, whilst Stayley are still without a win this campaign.

Premier Division

Denton St Lawrence made it three losses in a row as they failed to overhaul visitors Egerton’s 196-8. The Sycamore Park side might have disappointed with that target after reducing Egerton to 121-6. The reply got off to a bad start at 9-2, but pro Lahiru Jayakody, (46), and Ryan Waterhouse, (39), got them back into the game. Their departure left DSL at 109-4, but the middle order didn’t manage to challenge the target. DSL need to get back to winning ways this week, as they host Heywood.

A drop down into Division 1 is a real threat for Denton West, following an 8th consecutive defeat, this time at the hands of Flixton. A total of 167-6 was probably below par, and it was only Chris Stevenson, (94), who got to grips with the visitors attack. West made Flixton fight for the win as they reduced them to 102-6, (pro Blessing Muzarabani 3-41), but they couldn’t make further headway as a 7th wicket partnership of 66 took the 2017 champions to the win.

Clifton stay at the top despite a shock defeat at the hands of Woodhouses.

Full results: Greenmount 215-8 Prestwich 327-4; Edgworth 290-9 Heywood 255-7; Denton St Lawrence 167ao Egerton 196-8; Denton West 167-7 Flixton 168-6; Clifton 146-9 Woodhouses 149-7; Woodbank 102ao Roe Green 223-7

Division 1A

It was big game at Egerton Street as in-form Denton met Greenfield, who had lost their previous two matches. Having reduced the visitors to 10-2, Denton must have been hopeful of another win. Thereafter it was a consistent display from Greenfield with eight batsmen getting into double figures as they totalled 210-8. Keegan Taylor, (5-68), took the honours with the ball for Denton. The reply was a poor effort and at 46-6 the writing was on the wall. Only Adrian Holmes, (37), made much impression as Denton folded for 89, and defeat by 121 runs. Stayley are still winless after a visit to Whalley Range. The Rangers got to 185-8, with Stayley pro Hamza Nadeem picking up 5-36. This was too many for the Oxford Street team, who fell for 127. Flowery Field got back to winning ways after two losses. In a game which in total lasted only 24 overs, they saw off Brooksbottom, who managed only 48. The wickets were shared between Mike Finan, (6-23) and pro Mike Burns, (4-21)

Full results. Heyside 251-8 Royton 256-3; Whalley Range 185-8 Stayley 127ao; Bury 179-9 Astley & Tyldesley 91ao; Denton 89ao Greenfield 210-9; Flowery Field 50-1 Brooksbottom 48ao; Walshaw 194ao Stretford 316-7

Division 1B

Glossop travelled to previous leaders Saddleworth and made it a 5th consecutive win. They totalled a more than useful 245, thanks to pro Lahiru Udara, (113), who made his first ton for the North Road outfit. The Saddleworth reply fell 67 short. There were three wickets each for Mark Usher; Rob Adderley and Will Hargreaves. Adderley now has 17 wickets this year at an average of under 12. There was a welcome win for Dukinfield after four defeats. The Duki attack stepped up to the mark after a decent start which saw visitors Swinton Moorside get to 108-3. The last 7 wickets fell for 12, Ajmal Ghafoor, (4-9) and Charlie Dowling, (3-16), did the damage. The reply got off to a poor start and at 6-2 Dukinfield must have feared the worst. But a sound, consistent recovery led to a 6 wicket win, and maximum points.

Full results. Glodwick 147ao Stand 284-9; Dukinfield 121-4 Swinton Moorside 120ao; Monton 318-9 Thornham 214-9; Saddleworth 178ao Glossop 245ao; Unsworth 219-8 Winton 157ao

Division 2A

Droylsden’s win at leaders Shaw was outstanding, as they put the home attack to the sword, totalling an imposing 324-7. All nine batsmen who got to the crease treached double figures, with Matt Halliday, (72), and Mike Schofield, (51), hitting the half century mark. The Shaw reply was a good effort, as they fell only 19 short, pro Marques Ackerman hitting 137. Mehmood ul-Hassan, (4-74), led the way with the ball for the Oakfield team.

Arguably the game of the day was at Richmond Hill as spectators saw just short of 700 runs. Home side, Micklehurst, flayed the Werneth attack to the tune of 345-4. There were half-centuries for Dave Barker, (52); skipper Jonny Forrester, (71) and Rico Hurley, (83* in 43 balls) with Jack Darnborough, (93), falling just short of a richly deserved hundred. It was the second time in a week that Forrester’s team had got more than 300. The target didn’t, however, deter a Werneth team as they chased it down, winning with a couple of overs and five wickets to spare.

Full results: Littleborough Lakeside 261-8 Elton 259ao; Glossop 2nd XI 130ao Westleigh 269-9; Shaw 305ao Droylsden 324-7; Prestwich 2nd XI 236-6 East Lancs PM 100ao; Micklehurst 345-4 Werneth 346-5; Elton Vale v Clifton 2nd XI (N/A)

Division 2B

After two wins in a row Ashton fell to Hollinwood in a game played at Friarmere. A total of 139 from the Reyner Lane team was hardly likely to trouble a Hollinwood team which has been in decent form. And so it proved despite a couple of early wickets for Siraj Kadodia. Ryan Heap’s team need to be more consistent if they are not to be looking over their shoulders at the relegation places.

Uppermill are looking good for the title with the half way mark only three games away, having a 14 point lead over 2nd placed Hollinwood.

Full results. Uppermill 251-9 Bolton Deane & Derby 80ao; Austerlands 67-4 Oldham 66ao; Edenfield 204-3 Friarmere 203ao; SW Manchester 171ao Radcliffe 140ao; Wythenshawe Whalley Range 2nd XI; Hollinwood 140-2 Ashton 139ao

Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith had a good eight wicket win at Woodhouses 2nd XI but at the time of writing no details were available. On the other side of town, Ashton have invested a lot during the winter to rebuild their junior section so despite defeat by Newton Heath it was good to see juniors stepping up to senior level. The top five in the order had a total age of 71, and there were excellent performances from 13 year old Kartik Joshi, (83), and Om Trivedi, (50).

Full results: Ashton 2nd XI 188-8 Newton Heath 262-9; Woodhouses 2nd XI 189ao Ashton Ladysmith 190-2, Heywood 2nd XI 189-8 Heyside 2nd XI 127-9; Royton 2nd XI 169ao Hollinwood 2nd XI 172-6; Failsworth Macedonia 86-2 Saddleworth 2nd XI 81ao

T20 Competition

The third set of fixtures took place on Friday evening when there were wins for Dukinfield, (at Ashton) and Denton who beat Droylsden at home. In the Denton derby DSL had the better of Denton West and in another local derby Stayley had the better of Micklehurst.

By Martin Frost