Cup holders coast to opening-round victory

In the opening round of the Bissenden Cup on Sunday, Compstall hosted New Mills and were soon bowled out for 48, J Stevens taking 4-10 before New Mills coasted to 49 without losing a wicket.

Broadbottom won the toss at home to Mottram and batted first, making 189-9. Mottram’s chase fell agonisingly short as they closed on 186-9, Steffan Fielding hitting 92 while L France took 3-33 and J Rowbottom 3-27.

Charlesworth batted first at Hollingworth and made a solid 149 all out, D Morris taking 4-7. In reply Hollingworth could only make 75, D Wood the pick of the bowlers with 3-24.

In a repeat of Saturday’s league game, High Lane travelled to Hadfield, won the toss and put the home side into bat.

It was then a case of déjà vu as Rick Tranter again went to town against the High Lane attack, surpassing his previous effort by making 137 as Hadfield made 247-9, Jamie Squires also making 36 as Joe Chorlton took 4-27.

High Lane’s reply started brightly, but Tranters 3-7 made sure High Lane were well short when bowled out for 117.

Woodley batted first at home to Chapel-en-le-Frith and made an imposing 197-8, D Kay (57), J Kay (47) and P Cox (43 not out) top-scoring, with J Jackson taking 3-32.

Chapel were never in the chase and struggled to 116 all out, C Cranwell taking 4-42.

The final tie of the round pitted Hazel Grove against Buxworth. Buxworth made 177-8, thanks to J Hall (31) and D Gilbride (41).

Hazel Grove passed their target with five wickets to spare as Nick Hayward (51), Rick Hayward (45), and G Lee (31) chipped in to the total of 179-5.