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Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 16th July 2018 @ 12:40 by Mark Phillip

After weeks where bowlers had suffered, with huge scores being posted throughout the GMCL, maybe the rain on Friday evening affected pitches and redressed the balance to a degree. In the top two divisions, there were nine teams who failed to reach the 100 mark. Most notable were Premier Division leaders Flixton who fell for 61, allowing Woodbank, who beat Denton West, to get within five points and open up the race for the title. Locally, the top-of-the-table Division 1A game at the Paddock went the way of Greenfield as the prolific Royton batting line-up folded for 70. Moorside maintained their lead at the top of Division 1B as did Uppemill in Division 2B, and both now look well set for promotion, with eight and nine games left respectively. T20 finals day was on Sunday, with Greenfield missing out in the final with Flixton, after beating Edgworth in the semi-final.

Premier Division

Woodhouses made it three wins in a row and lifted themselves out of the relegation spots, with a crushing defeat of Edgworth. The seeds of the victory were sown in an opening partnership of 157 between Matty Taylor, (88), and Lewis Johnston, (65). They built on this with 82 in the last 11 overs to finish on 239-7. In reply Edgworth simply had no answer to Alex Spender, (5-19), who together with Taylor and Josh Butler, who got a couple of wickets each, routed the opposition for 49. A continuation of recent form will see Woodhouses avoid the drop

Elsewhere, leaders Flixton lost to Prestwich, allowing Woodbank, who beat Denton West to get within five points and open up the race for the title.

Full results: Greenmount 90ao Denton St Lawrence 94-3; Edgworth 49ao Woodhouses 239-7; Heywood 116ao Egerton 57ao; Prestwich 169-9 Flixton 61ao; Roe Green 201-6 Clifton 197-8; Woodbank 104-2 Denton West 103ao


Division 1A

On paper the game of the day was at Royton, where the table toppers met second placed Greenfield. But the spectators were left with an early finish, as the visitors thrashed the home team. Royton pro Chirag Khurana, (with nearly 500 runs in the previous fortnight), fell to the 15th ball of the game, and aside from Ryan Carruthers, (36), not a single batsman got into double figures. The destroyers for Greenfield were Michael Bird, (4-20) and Jake Caudwell, (4-27), as Royton folded for 70. It took the visitors just 51 balls to secure the win, for the loss of a single wicket. Greenfield now lead the table by four points, and will be looking to maintain this as they face strugglers Stretford this weekend.   Heyside, after a couple of defeats, got back to winning ways as they overcame Bury, in third place before the game. They were set 221 for the win, and a second wicket partnership of 96 between Ben Holt, (64), and pro Semile Seyibokwe, (69), provided the platform. There were 15 overs left when they got over the line, and now in eighth place with a 15 point lead over ninth placed Brooksbottom.

Full results. Heyside 221-6 Bury 220-9; Whalley Range 158-3 Brooksbottom 157ao; Stayley 77-3 Astley & Tyldesley 76ao; Royton 70ao Greenfield 77-1; Stretford 218ao Flowery Field 249-8; Walshaw 210-4 Denton 208ao



Division 1B

Moorside made it nine wins in a row, with a 17 run win as they visited Swinton Moorside. It was one of the higher scoring games of the day in the GMCL. Moorside had a consistent display all the way down the order. Nobody got more than 30 but all of the top nine reached double figures, and helped by 38 extras they totalled 259-9. In the Swinton reply they reached 171-4 with 11 overs left, and pro Amzat going well, the game was in the balance. With wickets being shared around the Moorside attack, they contained the hosts to 242-8, picking up the winning points. Saddleworth had a very comfortable win at Winton. Sadaquat Zaman ran through the home team. His 7-27 ended with Winton managing only 63, and left him with 32 wickets this year, and it was the fourth time he has captured five or more wickets in a game. Saddleworth strolled to victory in 15 overs, and they now stand third. Glodwick were the odd side out in the 11 team division leaving them with an idle day.

Full results. Dukinfield 97ao Glossop 110ao; Swinton Moorside 242-8 Moorside 259-9; Stand 195ao Thornham 150ao; Winton 63ao Saddleworth 67-2; Unsworth 158-5 Monton 157ao

Division 2A

Shaw had an easy win at Littleborough Lakeside. The writing was on the wall fairly early on for the hosts as they fell to 13-4, and managed only 77. Tharsan Tayalan, (4-30) was at the heart of the Shaw attack. It proved no problem for Shaw as they romped home by eight wickets, to cement third place. Werneth, after a good run throughout June, were well beaten by Droylsden the previous week, and they failed to bounce back visiting Glossop 2nd XI. The home team ran up 295-5, with only Ali Muzaffar, (3-44) making much impression with ball for the Coppice team. A target of six runs an over was a stiff challenge for Werneth, but at 171-2 with 19 overs left and Abdul Ghaffar, (86), and Muzaffar, (81) going well hopes must have been high. Four wickets then fell for 15, and with them went Werneth’s hopes as they fell 52 short.

Full results: Littleborough Lakeside 77ao Shaw 79-2; Glossop 2nd XI 295-5 Werneth 243ao; Westleigh 135ao Droylsden 138-2; Elton 202ao East Lancs PM 166ao; Clifton 2nd XI 177ao Micklehurst 269ao; Elton Vale 35ao Prestwich 2nd XI 37-2

Division 2B

The top two, Uppermill and Austerlands, cemented both their places and hopes of promotion with wins and news that third placed Hollinwood had gone down to SW Manchester. Uppermill had an easy afternoon, dismissing Edenfield for 106, David Roberts, (7-47), ensured that the leaders had a target of 107 for the win. Darren Shadford, (71), made short work of things, as Uppermill coasted home by seven wickets inside 20 overs. Austerlands had a similarly comfortable afternoon. Whalley Range 2nd XI were the visitors, and Syed Hasan, (6-34), made it as miserable trip as they made only 95. Austerlands triumphed by eight wickets. Hollinwood would have been hoping to put pressure on the top two but after dismissing SW Manchester for 212 failed to meet the challenge and fell 48 short. The margin of defeat would have been greater but for a last wicket partnership of 53 between Sajid Ali and Abid Hussain. In a local derby at the Pollards Oldham slipped up to Friarmere falling five short of the visitors 189, in which Ishtiaq Hussain top scored with 63. Nobody really seized the initiative in the Oldham reply, perhaps emphasised by “extras” top scoring with 40!

Full results. Uppermill 107-3 Edenfield 106ao; Austerlands 99-2 Whalley Range 2nd XI 95ao; Oldham 184-9 Friarmere 189ao; Bolton Deane & Derby 192ao Radcliffe 145ao; Ashton 66ao Wythenshawe 190-8; Hollinwood 164ao SW Manchester 212ao


Division 4 East

Sam Wright picked up 5-71 as Failsworth Macedonia limited Royton 2nd XI to 139. This proved to be no problem as Macedonia cruised to a nine wicket win with Liam Maddocks, (75), and Peter Marriott sharing an opening partnership of 137.

Full results: Moorside 2nd XI 127ao Heywood 2nd XI 149ao; Woodhouses 2nd XI 252-7 Newton Heath 177so; Ashton Ladysmith 117-0 Heyside 2nd XI 115ao; Denton 2nd XI 118ao Hollinwood 2nd XI 121-3; Saddleworth 2nd XI 181ao Ashton 2nd XI 295-3; Failsworth Macedonia 141-1 Royton 2nd XI 139ao


Division 5A

Full results: United Stars (conceded) Friends Sporting (win); Worsley (conceded) Staley 2nd XI (win); Thornham 264-9 Tottington St Johns 202ao

Division 5B

Full results; springhead 42ao Austerlands 2nd XI 252-9; Brooksbottom 2nd XI 120-3 Bolton Indians 116ao; Droylsden 2nd XI 137ao Hindley St Peters 2nd XI 142-6

Division 5C

Full results: East Lancs PM 2nd XI 131ao Uppermill 2nd XI 122ao; Milnrow 3rd XI 203-7 Edenfield 2nd XI 62ao

By Martin Frost