STEVE Burns hit a fine century as Birch Vale secured victory at Tintwistle in Division One of the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League on Saturday.
Burns scored 103 not out as Birch made 186-9, with P Higginbottom taking 4-68. Tintwistle finished just short on 177 all out, S Davies making 45 and Martin Harris 54, while Rick Johnson took 4-54 and Dan Isherwood 4-55 for the visitors.
New Mills hosted Broadbottom and, after asking the visitors to bat, dismissed them for 76, Dave Ward taking 6-21 and J Stevens 3-26. New Mills lost only two wickets in reaching 77, with Jon Duckworth and Andy Holmes finishing on 29 not out and 34 not out respectively.
Hawk Green travelled to Buxton and were asked to bat first, making a challenging 204 all out. Justin Blackhurst scored 77 not out as M Hill took 3-45. Buxton couldn’t keep up with the required rate and eventually finished well short on 135-8, Jordan Henderson the pick of the bowlers with 3-17.
Second-placed Hayfield looked to maintain their title challenge at Old Glossop and dismissed the hosts for 130, J Wright top-scoring with 54 as Gaz Davies took 3-30 and A Edwards 4-25. In reply, S Hudson (47 not out) and Julian Burgess (52 not out) ensured victory as Hayfield reached 132-2.
Newton batted first at Dove Holes and had Mark Barnard’s 55 to thank for reaching 150-9, M Baldwin taking 7-56. Dove Holes struggled with the bat, and thanks to 6-47 from M Pottage were bowled out for 133.
Table-topping Dinting travelled to Hazel Grove and bowled the hosts out for just 107, Geoff Noden making 42 as B Thompson took 4-29 and D Brightmore 5-38. Ian Hayward took 4-26 in Dinting’s reply, but the league leaders made it home with three wickets in hand.
In Division Two, Woodley were dismissed for 91 at home to Chapel-en-le-Frith, L Greenwood taking 4-48 and P Jones 3-13. Chapel then had 44 to thank from P Arden in their winning total of 93-4.
Hollingworth were asked to bat first by visitors Whaley Bridge and made 161-7, thanks to Mike Knight (31) and Craig Leech (40 not out) as Matt Slack took 3-57. Whaley had no answer to Naz Mohammed (5-24) or Sean Morris (3-15) as they were dismissed for 60.
Buxworth travelled to Charlesworth and posted a modest 113 all out, Joe Hall making 62 as John Wardle took 5-32 and Phil Elliott 5-23. This proved more than enough as Joe Hall (7-23) completed an excellent day by helping dismiss Charlesworth for 50.
Mottram could only make 98 all out batting first at Compstall, J Smith top-scoring with 32 and Danny Millen taking an astonishing 7-3 off eight overs. Compstall reached 104 for the loss of four wickets.
The game between High Lane and Hadfield was abandoned due to a waterlogged outfield.
Division Three leaders New Mills travelled to Mottram and posted 209-9 with Ben Boardman making 63, J Ratcliffe 37 and D Stansfield 36, while Oliver Andrew took 4-41. C Mills then took 4-44 as Mottram were bowled out for 188.
Tintwistle batted first at Birch Vale and were bowled out for just 63, J Spencer taking 3-19 and K Malik 3-17. This total proved to be enough as S Barrow took 6-18 and J Patel 3-26 to see Birch Vale slump to 46 all out.
Old Glossop made 207 all out at Hayfield, S James scoring 90 as A Ney took 6-35. In reply Ivan Twist took 5-42 as Hayfield could only make 92 all out.
Dove Holes travelled to Newton and were soon all out for 92, A Turner taking 4-40 and Jai Koria 4-8. S Morris smashed 53 as Newton reached 93-2 and victory.
Hawk Green batted first at home to Woodley and were 177 all out, Sam Messiah taking 51 and Gaz McHenry 38 while D Hotson took 5-69. Woodley were bowled out for just 114 in reply, Sam Messiah taking 5-54 and Jack Needham 3-21.
Dinting were asked to bat first by visitors High Lane and made 181-7, thanks to P Bridge (38) and Zac Goddard (62 not out).
After 37 from Greg Knowles and 50 from skipper James McCarthy, Keith Tysall smashed a six off the last ball to secure a one-wicket victory, A Worrall finishing with 3-69 and S Garlick 4-58.
Division Four leaders Hazel Grove travelled to Hadfield, who amassed 150-9, G Winterbottom with 43 as Jason Leech took 4-29. Hazel Grove’s batsmen had no answer to the bowling of Rick Ball, who took 7-9, as they finished on 81 all out to consign the visitors to their first defeat of 2012.
Charlesworth made 169 all out at Buxworth, B Smith finishing with 65 as Terry Dodd took 4-32. Ian Walker’s 52 wasn’t enough, as Buxworth were bowled out for 129, J Clyne taking 4-41.
Chapel-en-le-Frith batted first at home to Buxton and made 223 all out, Jason King top-scoring with 75 with support from J Spencer (44) and Nick Hibbert (44), A Slater taking 4-22 and E Cash Davies 4-49. T Wood made 55 for Buxton but John Theyer’s 5-71 ensured a Chapel victory as the visitors finished on 182 all out.
Broadbottom were bowled out for 95 at home to promotion-chasing Compstall, John Abbott taking 4-13. However Compstall saw hopes of victory evaporate as Danny France took 6-31 and Steve Croft 3-7 in a total of 63 all out.
No play was possible between Whaley Bridge and Hollingworth.