Battling Dove secure place in top-flight

Michael Birchenall batting for New Mills against High Lane
Michael Birchenall batting for New Mills against High Lane

IT WAS business as usual on the final weekend of the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League for Division One champions Dinting – a different team, but the same result.

Dinting travelled to Hayfield and bowled the home side out for just 104, thanks mainly to Greg Harwick (4-12).

Hayfield's Sam Hudson batting in the rain against Dinting

Hayfield's Sam Hudson batting in the rain against Dinting

The visitors then cruised to victory, knocking the runs off for the loss of just two wickets.

Relegated Chapel-en-le-Frith completed a successful run chase against visitors Buxton.

Old Glossop won the toss and elected to bat at home to Birch Vale. J Wright hit an impressive 49 not out, but with the score on 69-2, the heavens opened and no further play was possible.

The matches between Hawk Green and Compstall, Hazel Grove and Tintwistle, and Broadbottom and Newton were abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Dinting's John Coleman towers over the umpire at Hayfield. Hayfield's depleted team lost two wickets before scoring a run.

Dinting's John Coleman towers over the umpire at Hayfield. Hayfield's depleted team lost two wickets before scoring a run.

In Division Two, champions New Mills entertained High Lane.

Batting first, the Millers made an impressive total of 294-6, thanks to Stefan Fielding (63), M Birchenall (68) and Callum Firth (66).

Ian Halford (4-87) was the pick of the High Lane bowlers.

High Lane lost wickets steadily throughout their innings, due to the efforts of Dave Ward (3-34), Malcy Strong (3-61) and the rejuvenated Stuart Whitchurch (3-27), but a superb rearguard action from G Whitney, who carried his bat for a stoic 69 not out, saw High Lane at least finish on 131-9.

Dinting keeper Gareth Gerrard takes a catch at Hayfield.

Dinting keeper Gareth Gerrard takes a catch at Hayfield.

The race for the second promotion place, with no fewer than four teams involved, was reduced to two after rain washed out the games between Hollingworth and Charlesworth, and Mottram and Hadfield without a ball being bowled.

That left fifth-placed Dove Holes entertaining second-placed Woodley. Despite a fine half century from Jack Gregory, Lee Goodwin took 3-64, and Danny Kay 5-49, to restrict Dove to 173-9.

The game was delicately balanced at 55-2, but Matt Baldwin took 6-23 and veteran Dave Cartledge 4-23 as Woodley capitulated to 65 all out, meaning Dove captured the elusive second promotion spot.

Whaley Bridge put visitors Buxworth into bat and were rewarded when the visitors could only manage 160-9. Dave Inglefield top-scored with 46, but Ed Kitchen (3-34) responded for Whaley.

Dinting's Ped Seville in action at Hayfield.

Dinting's Ped Seville in action at Hayfield.

The home side’s poor end of season form continued as they collapsed to 129 all out, Mark Drabble taking 5-51.

It was a thrilling climax to the season in Division Three, with no fewer than five teams involved in the relegation battle, and Woodley and Dinting fighting for the title.

S Garlic took 3-41 for Dinting as visitors Hayfield were restricted to 167 all out. In a must-win match, Glen Draper smashed an amazing 113 not out, and Jim Brotherton hit a cameo 39 not out, as Dinting recorded a nine-wicket victory.

In a rain-affected game, Woodley batted first at home to struggling Hawk Green, and thanks to Dave Hotson (49) posted a competitive 182-8 declared. Craig Young (5-47) was the pick of the Hawk Green bowlers. Wilks and skipper Hill started positively for the Green, but when four wickets fell with just 40 on the board the signs were ominous. With the visitors only needing to bat out the overs, Craig Young smashed a superb 72.

With the score on 142-7, with just three overs left, Young was bowled and juniors Brad and Sam Holme were unable to cope with the bowling of Hotson (4-30) and Dave Nelson (3-29), as the visitors were bowled out for 149 with just seven balls remaining, handing Woodley the title.

Bottom club Buxton entertained Mottram and, in difficult batting conditions, O Andrew (48) top-scored for the visitors in a total of 143-3. In a close game, junior T Griffin top-scored with 35, but Buxton were unable to chase down the runs, finishing ten runs short on 133-6 and thus being relegated to Division Four.

New Mills' explosive Stefan Fielding

New Mills' explosive Stefan Fielding

Broadbottom, who have spent the majority of the season in the bottom two, were left frustrated and despondent after their match at Newton was abandoned without a ball being bowled, consigning them to a season in Division Four.

Birch Vale batted first at home to Old Glossop, and Matt Kennedy and Michael Walsh both scored 36, but Ivan Twist took 3-51 to restrict them to 144 all out. However, Josh Bannister took 5-27 as Old Glossop collapsed to 110 all out.

The game between Tintwistle and Dove Holes was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

In Division Four, champions New Mills travelled to promotion hopefuls High Lane and capitulated to just 62 all out, after M Farley had taken 4-33. In reply, the consistent Habib Choudhury hit 31 not out in a match-winning total of 63-2.

Hadfield’s match at home to Chapel-en-le-Frith being abandoned, with Chapel on 36-1, ensured that High Lane were promoted.

Whaley Bridge were restricted to 121 at Buxworth, thanks to I Mills (3-24) and Chris Hall (3-27). In reply, John Ryan top-scored with 36, but J Noblett (4-25) and Andy Gibson (3-18) ensured Buxworth finished on 105-9 in a rain-affected draw.

At Charlesworth, Pete Morris top-scored for visitors Hollingworth with 50 not out in a total of 78-1, before rain brought a premature end to the game.

New Mills' Mike Collinge is out, top edging to point

New Mills' Mike Collinge is out, top edging to point