Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 6th August 2018 @ 09:50 by Mark Phillip

After rain affected games the previous week the sun returned and there was a full programme locally.  There were 8 wins, including welcome ones for both Denton West and Ashton who have struggled this year.  Droylsden continued towards the Div 2A title and Denton; Stayley and Glossop all won at Division 1 level and Micklehurst and Ashton Ladysmith also picked up winning points.  It promises to be a competitive end to the season, with 6 games left.

Premier Division

The season is bubbling up to an intriguing conclusion.  With 6 games left the title, in reality, is for any of Flixton, Woodbank or Prestwich to claim.  But it’s at the other end of the table where things are far more open.  Sadly, locally, it looks as though Denton West will be relegated, but with 3 other relegation spots, there are still 8 teams separated by only 11 points, and one of those is Denton St Lawrence.  They went into the derby with West at Sycamore Park knowing that a victory would ease fears of an uncomfortable end to the season.  It turned out to be a thriller. DSL posted 212-6, with Ryan Waterhouse, Adam Hawley and Ben Tighe all getting 40+.  Joel Barnett picked up 3-34 for West.  The reply produced one of the closest finishes for a long while.  A consistent display through the order kept West in the game, but at 136-6 the odds probably favoured DSL.  Dale Pennington, (top scoring with 36*), guided the lower order through and the game was won off the last ball, by the narrowest of margins – a single wicket.  The win was a welcome one for West but leaves DSL only 5 points above the relegation zone.

At the top a win for Flixton enabled them to leapfrog Woodbank, who lost to Egerton.

Full results:  Denton St Lawrence 212-6 Denton West 216-9; Edgworth 203ao Clifton 206-7; Greenmount 201-9 Flixton 265-9; Woodbank 180ao Egerton 181-8; Roe Green 284-5 Heywood 168ao; Prestwich 181ao Woodhouses 187ao


Division 1A

Staley made it 6 wins out of 7 as they beat Stretford and in doing so gave themselves a 9 point cushion over the relegation places.  It has been a great recovery for the Oxford Street team who had a desperate start to the season.  Batting first they totalled 239-8, after recovering from 18-3.  Aqeel Ahmed, (52); Peter Skuse, (69) and an unbeaten 48* from pro Hamza Nadeem led the way.  After falling to 56-5 struggling Stretford then fought back, and reached 201, with Nadeem, (4-53), making it a good all-round day.  It’s now looking like another 3 wins will secure Stayley’s place in Division 1 next year.  Denton have had a decent season, and kept what are admittedly very faint hopes of promotion alive as they won by 4 wickets at Bury.  They contained the hosts to 154, with Adrian Holmes, (5-39), playing a big part.  After the loss of a couple of early wickets, pro Cloete Buitendag, (41), and Keegan Taylor, (51), provided the basis for the victory.  It will however, take a good run from them and a collapse by Royton for them to challenge for promotion.  With a 19 point gap between them and the relegation spots, Flowery Field look to be safe, but it was a disappointing afternoon, as they lost heavily at Whalley Range.  The home side got 213-8, (Keiran Lawton 5-50), which proved far too many for Flowery who stumbled to 111ao.

Greenfield and Royton both won, with the latter’s pro, Chirag Khurana piling up 199 –  his 10th century of the season which sees him with over 1,500 runs.

Full results: Bury 154ao Denton 155-6; Whalley Range 213-8 Flowery Field 111ao; Heyside 173ao Greenfield 249-8; Walshaw 250-8 Astley & Tyldesley 89ao; Stretford 201ao Stayley 239-8; Royton 372-5 Brooksbottom 138ao


Division 1B

Glossop travelled to 2nd placed Stand, and returned with a comprehensive 9 wicket win.  They dismissed their hosts for 116, with the wickets being shared around, and then cantered home, thanks to George Dyson and pro Lahiru Udara, who both registered unbeaten half-centuries.  The win leaves the North Road side in 5th place.  Dukinfield struggled against a Saddleworth team, whose win enabled them to reach 2nd place.  Dukinfield managed only 108.  Pro Yohan da Silva was the sole meaningful contributor with 40.  Saddleworth struggled in reply, and at 49-5, with prolific Saddleworth pro Kashif Naveed gone, the game was definitely in the balance.  They eventually limped over the line for the loss of 7 wickets, Charlie Dowling picking up 4-43 for Dukinfield, who are now only 8 points above 2nd bottom Thornham, but do have a game in hand.

Moorside stayed top, despite a surprise loss at Unsworth, and the 2 promotion places now look to be between them; Saddleworth and Stand.

Full results.  Dukinfield 108ao Saddleworth 110-7; Glodwick 258-8 Thornham 123ao; Unsworth 136-7 Moorside 134ao; Winton 147ao Swinton Moorside 240-8; Stand 116ao Glossop 120-1


Division 2A

Droylsden continued their march to the title as they had a 6 wicket win at Elton Vale.  Mike Schofield starred with the ball for the Oakfield team, picking up 6-34 as the home team struggled to 96ao.  Droylsden lost 4 wickets in reaching the target, which left them 15 points in front of 2nd placed Westleigh, (who have played 2 games fewer).  Micklehurst travelled to North Road to meet Glossop 2nd XI, and picked up a welcome win.  Daniel Clayton led the way with the ball for the Richmond Hill side, finishing with 4-40 as Glossop totalled 190ao.  Promising youngster Tom White starred with the bat as Micklehurst replied.  He just missed out on a half century as Micklehurst won by 3 wickets and gave them a real boost as they look to avoid the drop.

Full results: Shaw 170ao Prestwich 2nd XI 171-5; Glossop 2nd XI 190ao Micklehurst 191-7; Littleborough Lakeside 152-2 East Lancs PM 151ao; Elton Vale 96ao Droylsden 97-4; Clifton 2nd XI  147-7 Westleigh 158-2; Elton 128ao Werneth 153ao


Division 2B

Ashton finally got a win – their first since late May as they contained Oldham to 139ao.  The basis of the successful chase was laid by Lachlan Watts and Suhaib Khan.  They displayed the patience and application which has so often been missing from the Reyner Lane side this year.  Watts reached a deserved half century but fell with only a handful needed.  There was a late alarm as three wickets fell with the winning post in sight, but Ashton finally got over the line.  While they still face a big task if they are to avoid the drop the performance will gave them heart as they go into the last 6 games of the season.

It will take a big upset from hereon in to see Uppermill and Austerlands miss out on promotion.  They both won at a canter whilst 3rd placed SW Manchester went down at Edenfield.

Full results: Edenfield 206-6 SW Manchester 194ao; Austerlands 68-1 Wythenshawe 66ao; Uppermill 144ao Radcliffe 43ao; Hollinwood 110ao Friarmere 209ao; Ashton 140-8 Oldham 139ao; Bolton Deane & Derby 162-4 Whalley Range 158ao


Division 4 East

Ashton Ladysmith made it 9 wins in 10 games as they ran up an imposing 349-3 at Saddleworth 2nd XI.  Connor Kemp, (75), Paul Reynolds, (77), and Anthony Rogers, (93*), ensured that Ladysmith set the home team a mammoth target.  Saddleworth had no answer to this, as they fell for 101, skipper Joe Walsh leading the way with 5-38.  Ladysmith are now only 10 points off the promotion spots and a continuation of this form could well see them involved in the end of season shake-up.

Full results: Heywood 2nd XI 149-3 Royton 2nd XI 147-9; Woodhouses 2nd XI (won) Ashton 2nd XI (conceded); Moorside 2nd XI 188ao Hollinwood 2nd XI 216-7; Failsworth Macedonia 217-5 Heyside 2nd XI 215ao; Saddleworth 2nd XI 101ao Ashton Ladysmith 349-3; Denton 2nd XI 143-1 Newton Heath 141ao


Division 5A

Full results: Worsley 2nd XI 188-8 Tottington St Johns 2nd XI 187-8; Stayley 2nd XI 160ao Friends Sporting Club 115-9; Thornham 2nd XI  168ao United Stars 188ao


Division 5B

Full results; Brooksbottom 2nd XI 134-6 Springhead 322-4;  Droylsden 2nd XI 149ao  Bolton Indians 150-0


Division 5C

Full results: East Lancs PM 2nd XI 128ao Shaw 2nd XI 129-1