Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 9th July 2018 @ 10:15 by Mark Phillip

It was an interesting week in the GMCL, with a lot of debate around the lack of flexibility from the league about fixture re-arrangements and timing of games. Other leagues throughout the North had reacted to the impact of the World Cup game but the GMCL were not for moving. It led to a series of games being conceded, and under-strength teams fielded elsewhere – a less than satisfactory situation, and something that the GMCL Board would do well to reflect on. On the field locally things are looking good for Droylsden as another win took them to 2nd in Division 2A. Elsewhere there were wins for Denton St Lawrence; Dukinfield; Denton and Ashton Ladysmith, but both Stayley and Ashton need vastly improved form if they to avoid relegation.


Premier Division

There were two close high-scoring games in Denton. At Sycamore Park Denton St Lawrence maintained 5th place as they successfully defended 271-9 against Woodbank. A magnificent century from Ryan Waterhouse, (119), was the cornerstone of the DSL innings, with Mark Dilnutt contributing a useful 64. Gareth Burns, (4-64), led the way with the ball as Woodbank fell to 31-3, but a decent recovery led to an entertaining game as DSL finally won by 12 runs. Sadly Denton West fell to yet another defeat in a home game against Roe Green which produced just under 600 runs. The visitors posted 301-7, (Chris Stevenson 5-84). West have had to turn to substitute professionals in recent weeks with Blessing Muzurabawi back home playing for Zimbabwe in a series of T20 internationals against Australia and Pakistan. Amogh Singh Desai was the replacement against Roe Green and his 100, together with 66 from Dale Pennington took them within sight of the target. They eventually finished an agonising 6 runs short. With 10 games left West are 19 points from safety and things are looking bleak at Windsor Park.

Elsewhere, Flixton won again, which together with Woodbank’s defeat at DSL leaves them with a 10 point lead in the race for the title.

Full results: Greenmount 280-7 Edgworth 225ao; Denton St Lawrence 271-9 Woodbank 259ao; Denton West 295-8 Roe Green 301-7; Clifton 194-8 Prestwich 144ao; Flixton 159-3 Heywood 157-8; Woodhouses 175-9 Egerton 171-9



Division 1A

Having conceded over 300 runs in each of the last two games the Denton attack had a far better day as Stretford visited Egerton Street. Pro Cloete Buitendag picked up 5-43 as Stretford were limited to 139. Denton lost only 3 wickets in getting the win which left them in 5th place. Buitendag top scored with 40, and now has nearly 500 runs and over 30 wickets with the season now just over half way through. Stayley’s recent improved form wasn’t continued as they managed only 97 at high-flyers Greenfield. The home team might have been expected to romp to victory, with openers Chris Gill and Harrison Woolley having both scored centuries in a T20 game on Friday, but Stayley made them fight and captured 5 wickets. Stayley are now 10 points from safety. Flowery Field fell to a 3rd defeat in 4 games and suffered at the hands of Royton pro Chirag Khurana. He certainly enjoys visits to the area, and his 108 in Royton’s 217-9 made it 465 runs in the last week on Tameside soil following big hundreds at Denton and Denton West last weekend. Alex Dolly got 4-70 for Flowery. It was a poor reply from the home team as they collapsed to 100ao, using only 27 overs.

Royton stayed top and together with Greenfield in 2nd, look well placed to step up to the Premier Division, as Bury went down to a surprise defeat at the hands of Walshaw.

Full results. Heyside 188ao Whalley Range 189-7; Bury 142ao Walshaw 145-3; Denton 140-3 Stretford 139ao; Flowery Field 100ao Royton 217-9; Greenfield 98-5 Stayley 97ao; Brooksbottom 94-0 Astley & Tyldesley 89ao


Division 1B

Dukinfield repeated their opening day victory over Glodwick. It was Charlie Dowling’s day. He closed off the Glodwick innings with a hat-trick, leaving Dukinfield looking at 163 for victory. Back in April they had won comfortably, but it was a lot closer this time. Dowling came in at no 3, but Dukinfield fell to 75-4, with pro Yohan da Silva already gone. However Dowling, (85), together with Ajmal Ghafoor, steadied the ship, and when Dowling departed they needed 29 for the win. A flurry of wickets had nails being bitten but it eventually ended in a 2 wicket win, which leaves them in 4th spot. Glossop are in mid-table and fell to a 4th consecutive defeat as leaders Moorside took the honours at North Road. An opening partnership of 115 with only 22 overs gone would have left Glossop looking at a larger total than their eventual 210-8. George Dyson, (71), had led the way. They then lost 6 wickets for 35, and only a late contribution from Will Hargreaves got them over the 200 mark. The visitors eased home by 5 wickets with 7 overs remaining.

Full results. Glodwick 162ao Dukinfield 163-8; Monton (win) v Winton (conceded); Saddleworth (conceded) v Stand (won); Thornham v Swinton Moorside (N/A); Glossop 210-8 Moorside 214-5


Division 2A

With Micklehurst not in action after their game with Elton was postponed in the aftermath of the moorland fire the local interest was with Droylsden who visited Werneth. Droylsden have been in excellent from with the bat recently but on Saturday this fire-power wasn’t need as they dismissed the Coppice team for 104. Mehmood ul-Hassan, (7-54), impressed with ball, leaving a relatively simple target. Skipper Aaqib Uppal, (52*), led from the front as his team won by 6 wickets, taking only 22 overs to get home. Droylsden now lie in 2nd place, and but for the 5 point deduction imposed by the League’s Disciplinary Committee would be top.

Full results: Littleborough Lakeside 133ao Glossop 137-0; Shaw 194ao Elton Vale 205ao; Prestwich 2nd XI (win) Clifton 2nd XI (conceded); Micklehurst A-A Elton; East Lancs PM 131ao Westleigh 169ao; Werneth 104ao Droylsden 108-4


Division 2B

Ashton went down to another defeat, and with 10 games remaining must look to an improvement if they are not to face the drop. They put up 206 at SW Manchester, with a half century from Lachlan Watts, at SW Manchester but failed to defend it as the home side won by 4 wickets.

Uppermill now look to have one hand on the title after a 5 wicket win over 2nd placed Austerlands. With a 19 point lead coming from a 100% record, (with the exception of one abandoned game), and 10 games to go it is difficult to see them missing out.

Full results. Uppermill 146-5 Austerlands 142ao; Edenfield 148ao Hollinwood 149-3 ; SW Manchester 207-6 Ashton 206ao; Wythenshawe 148-7 Bolton Deane & Derby 163-1; Radcliffe (conceded) v Oldham (win) ; Whalley Range 2nd XI 161-7 Friarmere 160ao


Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith had a win in a tight game with Hollinwood 2nd XI. The encounter lasted for only 26 overs in total, and saw 258 runs and 18 wickets. Ladysmith dismissed their visitors for 128, with Paul Reynolds picking up an outstanding 8-48. In reply Ladysmith fell to 87-8 and the odds must have favoured Hollinwood. However, Khaliq ur Rehman, (more renowned for his bowling), came in at no 10 and his 29* off just 10 balls, and containing 4 maximums, was the deciding factor.

Full results: Moorside 2nd XI Woodhouses 2nd XI 199-8 ; Heywood 2nd XI 83-2 Failsworth Macedonia 81ao ; Royton 2nd Xi (won) v Saddleworth 2nd XI (conceded); Ashton 2nd XI 44ao Denton 2nd XI 48-1; Ashton Ladysmith 130-8 Hollinwood 2nd XI 128ao ; Newton Heath (won) v Heyside 2nd XI (conceded)


In the Derek Kay Perfit Cup quarter final on Sunday Flowery Field beat Denton St Lawrence by 5 wickets, and will now play the semi-final a week on Sunday, (July 22nd). Flowery are away at Greenmount in the semi final.

Elsewhere, Broadbottom lost in the National Village Cup at Folkton and Flixton. They got 266-9 and F&F got 267-9.

 By Martin Frost