CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH remain bottom of Division One – but close the gap between themselves and safety to just 11 points – following a thrilling victory at home to Newton on Saturday in the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League.
The visitors batted first and made a respectable 188-3, thanks to a fine 77 not out from Andy Grant.
In a game reduced to 39 overs, Chapel were up against it, but J Hawtin (76) and A Hibbert (70 not out) saw the home side pull off an unlikely victory to reach 189-6.
Birch Vale hit a massive 245-5 after being invited to bat at Hazel Grove. Tom McIlveney bludgeoned 110, ably backed up by Luke Kennedy (45).
Geoff Noden (32) and Nick Hayward (45) responded for Hazel Grove, but an excellent spell of bowling from Tim Johnson (5-94) saw the Grove finish on 202-6.
Broadbottom continue to climb the table after a rain-affected draw at home to Compstall.
Batting first, Aaron Walsh hit 72 and R Baron 65 in a total of 212-6 off 36 overs.
The Compstall reply started well through James Stanton (55) and Stuart Jackson (52), but 5-68 from J Rowbottom saw the visitors finish on a gallant 187-5, both teams picking up 15 points each.
Hawk Green played old rivals Tintwistle at home, and put the visitors in to bat.
Things did not go to plan as youngster Jason Downey bowled a 16-ball over which included nine wides and a no ball, but a hostile spell of bowling at the other end from Lee Hallas saw Tintwistle score 40-1 off nine overs before the rain ended proceedings.
Only 16 overs of play were possible between Hayfield and Buxton.
Visitors Buxton had reached 74-3 after a delayed start, with Steve Knighton smashing 52, but heavy rain prevented any further play.
The match between Old Glossop and league leaders Dinting was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
New Mills continue to impress at the top of Division Two after victory at home to Woodley.
In-form Stefan Fielding hit 65 in a Millers total of 183-5, and M Birchenall took 4-32 as Woodley capitulated to 71 all out.
Hadfield maintained their promotion assault with another victory at Hollingworth. Hadfield posted 174-6 after D Murray scored 53, while the pick of the Hollingworth bowlers was D Morris (3-28).
Rick Ball took 6-50 to leave Hollingworth in trouble, but a dogged 38 not out from S Morris saw the home side finish on 110-9.
A Benstead top-scored for Buxworth with 43 as they reached 174-5 at Dove Holes, with D Walker taking 4-57 with the ball for the hosts.
In reply, a masterful 104 from D Jones saw the home side cruise to victory for the loss of three wickets.
The matches between Whaley Bridge and Charlesworth, and Mottram and High Lane, were abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Buxton dropped into the relegation zone in Division Three of the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League on Saturday after suffering an emphatic defeat at home to fellow strugglers Hayfield.
D Belfield hit 34, but a fine spell of bowling from J Ward (5-35) saw Buxton post a below par 90-9. J Redfern scored 35 as Hayfield made light work of the run chase, reaching 95-4.
Leaders Woodley strolled to victory against bottom club Broadbottom, dismissing the visitors for a lowly 48, with D Hotson (4-18) and R Billinge (4-5) doing the damage. Woodley reached 51 for the loss of only one wicket.
Newton came out on top in a nail-biting victory at home to Mottram. Despite 43 from Graham Penny, the home side was restricted to 209-9 thanks to H Moore (7-77).
The Mottram response started brightly thanks to opener A Brown (54) and O Andrew (49), but a superb bowling spell from Josh Cragg (5-49), which included three wickets in a frantic final over, saw Mottram finish agonisingly short on 208-9.
Steve Burns hit a quick-fire 53 for Birch Vale and C Flynn took 3-42 for visitors Dove Holes, but with the score on 77-4 rain prevented any further play.
Visitors Hawk Green were put into bat on a lively wicket at Tintwistle and were dismissed for just 125. Jimmy Blackwell (4-23) did the damage with the ball, while youngster Joe Butler hit a stoic 50 for the Green.
Tintwistle were cruising to victory thanks to Rob Barrow’s 45, but child prodigy Elliott Young took 5-25 off nine overs as the home side were restricted to 104 all out.
The top versus bottom clash in Division Four didn’t last long as New Mills dismissed hosts Compstall for just 38. James Stevens took three wickets, but C Mills (6-20) stole the honours. Alistair Stevens hit an unbeaten 33 as the Millers strolled to victory for the loss of one wicket.
High Lane continued their promotion push with an emphatic victory at home to Chapel-en-le-Frith. A Crebbin top-scored with 39 not out as High Lane were restricted to 160 all out, with T Candlin taking 6-59 with the ball for Chapel. The visitors’ response stuttered to 114-9.
P Winter top-scored with 46, and 14-year-old Tom Partridge chipped in with 36, as Charlesworth scored an impressive 187-2 after being out into bat by visitors Whaley Bridge. Whaley were indebted to S Black (71 not out) as the visitors chased down the runs with relative ease, finishing on 192-4.
Hazel Grove travelled to Buxworth and thanks to A Gibbs (61) posted 205-6. The Buxworth reply was led by C Hall (39) and M Wines (36), but D Nunn (5-38) stole the show as Buxworth were all out for 162.
Hadfield must have hoped for maximum points after bowling visitors Hollingworth out for just 118. But Hollingworth had the last laugh as Hadfield could only manage 103 all out.