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Weekend Review Greater Manchester Cricket League
Monday 6th August 2018 @ 09:51 by Mark Phillip

After rain affected games the previous week the sun returned and there was a full programme locally.  In  terms of silverware Uppermill are well on the road to the Division 2B title, and know that a win this weekend will give them promotion. Austerlands are firm favourites to get promoted with them.  Greenfield look well set for promotion to the Premier Division from Division 1A, and Royton will be hoping to join them.  Also aspiring for top level status are Moorside and Saddleworth, who hold the top 2 spots in Division 1B.

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.  Woodhouses have had some good results recently but are still in danger of the drop as they are one of the 8 teams, (3 of which will go down), separated by only 11 points.  Denton West already look doomed.  Woodhouses went to 3rd placed Prestwich and did their hopes of beating the drop no harm at all, as they won a tight game by just 6 runs.  Batting first they totalled 187ao, with Ryan Sloan, (72), being the major contributor.  In the reply Josh Butler, (6-24 off 15 overs), ran through the Prestwich order and at 148-9 the game looked secure for Woodhouses.  Prestwich put up a good rearguard action and a last wicket partnership of 23 took them within sight of the target, which ended when Alex Spender captured the vital wicket.

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

Barely a week goes by without a mention of Royton pro Chirag Khurana.  At home to Brooksbottom he got 199 –  his 10th century of the season which sees him with over 1,500 runs.  A 247 run 2nd wicket partnership with Liam Brown, (77), left Brooksbottom on the wrong end of a total of 372-5.  The shell shocked visitors had no answer to the Royton attack and tumbled to a massive 234 run defeat.  On Sunday Royton contested the Derek Kay Cup Final against Greenmount and that man Khurana was at it again.  However despite yet another ton, (132 this time), Royton went down by 6 wickets.

Not too far away from the Paddock at Heyside, the visitors on Saturday were leaders Greenfield, who bounced back from the loss to Walshaw with a 76 run win.  Greenfield totalled 249-8, with a good all-round display which saw all the top 8 contributing.  Former Micklehurst man Jake Caudwell was the key for the visitors in the Heyside reply.  He picked up 6-32, leaving him with 34 wickets at an average of 12 this year.

Greenfield look well set for promotion, and in all likelihood the title, but there is definitely a race for the second promotion spot with only 9  points separating 5 clubs.  With the win Royton are in 2nd place.

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

A defeat for Stand at the top enabled Saddleworth to move into 2nd place and with Moorside also falling to defeat the gap was closed.  Saddleworth went to Dukinfield and ran through the home team, who managed only 108ao. Pro Kashif Naveed, (5-35), was the major destroyer.  Saddleworth struggled in reply, and at 49-5, with Naveed gone, the game was definitely in the balance.  They eventually limped over the line for the loss of 7 wickets.  Moorside went down to a surprise defeat at Unsworth.  The normally prolific batting line-up misfired as they fell for 134.  Unsworth have struggled this year, and are in danger of relegation, but they managed to reach the target, albeit that Moorside made them fight for it, taking 7 wickets.  Glodwick had an encouraging win over Thornham, having run up 258-8.  It was a good recovery from 127-7, thanks to James Chadwick, (61), and Numaan Aslam, (57*).  Five wicket returns for both pro Mohammed Mohsin and Arkam Zeer saw off Thornham and gave Glodwick the win by 135 runs.

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

Werneth’s improvement continued as they visited Elton.  After tumbling to 61-6 the Coppice team recovered to 153ao, largely thanks to Ali Muzaffar, (64).  With tight bowling from Werneth the Elton reply was a long drawn out affair, which lasted 48 overs.  They eventually were dismissed for 128, with 3 wickets each for Kervon Christmas; Rashid Khan and Muzaffar. Werneth now sit comfortably in mid-table.  Shaw’s challenge at the top is faltering.  Without Marques Ackerman and Justin Watson, after the attack on them 9 days previously they went down by 5 wickets to Prestwich 2nd XI.  Tom Needham, (68), featured in Shaw’s 170ao.  The visitors got home by 5 wickets.

Droylsden lead the table and are looking favourites for the title with 6 games remaining.

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

Another win for Uppermill, (over Radcliffe), saw them within a win of securing promotion.  They can assure themselves of the rise when they make the short trip to Friarmere this weekend.  And with a 19 point gap to 2nd placed Austerlands three maximum points wins will give them the silverware.  They are already preparing for the move to the higher level with news that pro Ayaz Tazawar will be with them for the next two years.  His contribution this year has been a feature of the Uppermill performance, but it has been far from a one-man show.  This showed again on Saturday as they recovered from a below par 144 to rout Radcliffe for 43 with five wicket hauls for both David Roberts and Andrew Jones.  Earlier in the day it was Paul Thompson, (51) who had featured with the bat for Uppermill.  Austerlands consolidated 2nd place by running through visitors Wythenshawe for 66, (Lee Milner 6-19).  They reached the target for the loss of a single wicket inside 9 overs.  Friarmere overcame Hollinwood, and after a good run have moved up to 4th place.  They got 209 against Hollinwood, after recovering from 74-5 with decent contributions from the middle to lower order. Hollinwood had no answer to Friarmere’s overseas man, Jamie King.  He finished with 8-53, and now has 37 wickets this year, as Hollinwood folded for 110. Oldham went down at Ashton.  Having managed only 139 they made the Reyner Lane team fight for their first win in a long time, capturing 8 wickets.

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

Failsworth Macedonia successfully chased Heyside 2nd XI’s 215 for the loss of 5 wickets.  Paul Rigney, coming in at no, 6 made 55* and took Macedonia to the win in an unbeaten 6th wicket partnership of 86 with Jordan Wood.

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

Springhead ran up an impressive 322-4 against Brooksbottom 2nd XI.  Joe Rawlinson with 161* was the star.  Brooksbottom clearly decided that the target was far too many and batted through 45 overs for 134-6.

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