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Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 25th June 2018 @ 09:48 by Mark Phillip

With the season reaching the half way mark this Saturday things are looking good locally. In Division 1A Greenfield lead the way, hotly pursued by Royton. With Stand not in action in Division 1B Moorside took advantage, with their win over fellow title chasing Saddleworth taking them to the top of the table. Shaw got back to winning ways and now stand second in Division 2A, whilst it is a clean sweep in Division 2B. Uppermill convincingly beat Hollinwood, enabling Austerlands to leapfrog them into second, and Oldham stand fourth. Callum Porteous, of Werneth, continued his rich vein of form in the win over East Lancs PM. His second century in a week left him with a total of 390 runs in June, and he has been a major factor in the Coppice club’s renaissance in recent weeks.


Premier Division

Woodhouses faced a tough encounter with last years champions, and current leaders, Flixton. They made 163, (skipper Nick Hardman top scoring with 48), a total that was unlikely to challenge the visitors. And so it proved as they took only 33 overs to reach the target. Woodhouses, with three wins in 10 games, now sit next to bottom, and must look to improved form if they are to maintain their Premier League status in 2019.

Flixton’s win kept them top, but Clifton slipped against Egerton so fall to fourth. Wins for Woodbank and Prestwich sees them jump to second and third.

Full results: Woodbank 221-6 Greenmount 112ao ; Roe Green 230-8 v Edgworth 266-6 ; Prestwich 207-6 Denton St Lawrence 204ao; Heywood 204-8 Denton West 207-2 ; Egerton 181ao Clifton 152ao ; Woodhouses 163ao Flixton 164-4



Division 1A

Greenfield made it three victories in a row, and stayed top of the table, with an emphatic win at struggling Brooksbottom. The home side made a decent 219ao, (Adam Robinson and Jamil Khalil with 4 wickets each). Greenfield then made short work of the target. An opening partnership between Chris Gill, (who finished with an unbeaten 62), and overseas man Harrison Woolley, (96) provided the platform. Alex Peters joined Gill and the pair took them home by nine wickets. Royton are hot on the tail of Greenfield, and they ran up an impressive 335-8 against Bury. Pro Chirag Khurana, (151), and James Maurice-Scott, (72) gave them a blazing start with a partnership of 123 inside 18 overs. It was Khurana’s fourth century of a season where he now has over 600 runs before the half-way mark. Bury had no answer to a sensational spell from Renaldo Holder. He finished with 6-9 as the visitors fell 190 short. Heyside made it six wins for the season, visiting Walshaw. Having limited the hosts to 160, they raced home inside 29 overs. Pro Semile Seyibokwe proved his worth with 100*. It was the former Denton West man’s second ton of the campaign.


Full results. Walshaw 160ao Heyside 161-4 ; Stretford 98ao Whalley Range 212-7; Royton 335-8 Bury 145ao ; Stayley 303-8 Denton 269ao; Astley & Tyldesley 99ao Flowery Field 259-7; Brooksbottom 219ao Greenfield 222-1

Division 1B

Stand weren’t in action at the weekend so Moorside had the chance to overtake them, and they did it in style, with a win over a strong Saddleworth outfit, who are also pushing in the upper reaches of the table. It turned out to be a very close game. Saddleworth got 194-7, (Brian Lord 50 & Ned Absalom 69), with Imran Khan, (4-32) putting in a useful stint for Moorside. The Moorside reply stuttered and at 124-7 with 12 overs left the odds favoured the visitors. But a great eighth wicket partnership of 66 between Jordan Whyatt and Craig Taylor was the key factor in giving Moorside the win, which they accomplished with two wickets, but only four balls to spare. Glodwick made it two wins in a row over a struggling Unsworth outfit. The home side crawled to 98 all out in 41 overs, having been pegged back by a Glodwick attack in which Arkam Zeer, (4-30), featured. An unbeaten half century from pro Mohammed Mohsin ensured Glodwick got the winning points with seven wickets and plenty of overs to spare.

Full results. Unsworth 98ao Glodwick 101-3; Winton 86ao Dukinfield 146-9 ; Moorside 195-8 Saddleworth 194-7; Glossop 233-7 Thornham 234-7 ; Swinton Moorside 199ao Monton 201-5

Division 2A

Werneth have been steadily improving and made it 4 wins in a row, defeating visitors East Lancs PM comprehensively. Callum Porteous’ knock, (103), was the feature, but there was decent support from Rehan Anwar, (49*). ELPM had no answer whatsoever to Kervon Christmas, (5-29), as they fell to a 168 run defeat. Shaw picked up after their defeat the previous week with a win over Elton lifting them to second. Elton set an imposing target, having totalled 259-7. Tharsan Thayalan, (4-50), put in a decent shift for Shaw. Steve Whiston and Callum Jones got Shaw off to a good start in the chase, putting on 104, but it was Justin Watson who provided the acceleration. His unbeaten 91, off only 52 balls, left Shaw passing the winning post with 11 overs to spare.

Full results: Elton Vale 111ao Littleborough Lakeside 114-2 ; Clifton 2nd XI 118ao Glossop 2nd XI 312-4; Elton 259-7 Shaw 263-4 ; Westleigh 217-8 Prestwich 2nd XI 216ao; Droylsden 367-5 Micklehurst 70ao ; Werneth 266-6 East Lancs Paper Mill 98ao

Division 2B

It is certainly the Uppermill show as they remain with a 100% record, (barring one abandoned game). In a top of the table clash with homeless Hollinwood, which was played at Micklehurst, they dismissed their hosts for 181. It was Uppermill pro Ayaz Tazawar’s day. He took 5-36 in the Hollinwood innings, (Abif Fazil 59), and followed it with 96 as they eased home by eight wickets. Tazawar now has 434 runs and 25 wickets this year, and is a real asset for Uppermill. Austerlands have been in impressive from recently and made it seven wins in a row as they visited Ashton. For much of the Austerlands innings it was a battle of attrition. With 40 overs gone, the game was evenly balanced, but a late charge by pro Roger Arendse, (100), saw them post 213-6. The Ashton reply saw a valiant effort from opener, Pete Higginbottom, but the rest of the Ashton order had little answer to Arendse, He made it a great all-round day, finishing with 5-19. The win saw Austerlands in second place. Oldham faced SW Manchester, and set the visitors 215 for the win, after posting 214-8. It was a consistent display through the order for Rashid Hussain’s team. The reply fell 63 short, Majid Khan with 4-40 leading the way for Oldham who rose to fourth place. At the time of writing the result from the Friarmere v Wythenshawe game was not available.

Full results. Hollinwood 181ao Uppermill 186-2; Ashton 148ao Austerlands 213-6 ; Bolton Deane & Derby 207-9 v Edenfield 205ao; Oldham 214-8 South West Manchester 151ao ; Friarmere v Wythenshawe ; Whalley Range 2nd XI 234-8 Radcliffe 128ao.

Division 4 East

Failsworth Macedonia had the worst of the encounter with Moorside 2nd XI. They managed only 84, and had little answer to Moorside’s Saqib Mehmood, (7-20). It took only 13 overs for the visitors to reach the target.

Full results: Failsworth Macedonia 84ao Moorside 2nd XI 86-3; Saddleworth 2nd XI 162-4 Woodhouses 2nd XI 165-3; Denton 2nd XI 158-9 Heywood 2nd XI 157-7; Ashton Ladysmith 138-7 Royton 2nd XI 136ao; Heyside 2nd XI 164-7 Ashton 2nd XI 185-5; Newton Heath 70ao Hollinwood 2nd XI 121ao


Division 5 South and East

Springhead were well beaten by Thornham 2nd XI. The Springhead total of 92 proved no problem for the visitors as they won by seven wickets.

Full Results: Austerlands 2nd XI 159ao Stayley 2nd XI 87ao; Thornham 2nd XI 93-3 Springhead 92ao; Uppermill 2nd XI 239-9 Shaw 2nd XI 74ao

By Martin Frost