Declaration sets up thrilling win

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DESPITE the wet weather, reigning Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League Division One champions Dinting were able to reclaim top spot with victory over Newton.

Visiting Newton scored 81-9 from 26 overs, after the match was reduced due to the weather, with Jon Coleman taking 6-21. Gaz Gerrard’s 47 not out then saw Dinting home for the loss of just one wicket.

Some play was possible at Hazel Grove where visitors Tintwistle reached 117-9 from 33 overs, L Grey making 38 as D Haywood took 4-57 and T Jarvis 4-55. Hazel Grove had reached 40-4 when the heavens opened and the match ended in a rain-affected draw.

In a 25-over game at Hawk Green, the home side scored 164-7, Jason Downey top-scoring with 58 and Matt Woodcock making 39 not out. Old Glossop were 8-0 when the rain intervened.

The games between Broadbottom and Birch Vale, Buxton and Dove Holes, and New Mills and Hayfield were all abandoned without a ball being bowled.

There was a thrilling finish in Division Two at High Lane. Having been put into bat, visitors Whaley Bridge were 176-9 when an intelligent declaration from their captain left all results still possible. Lee Jones (63) and Sam Slack (36) top-scored for Whaley, while P Shaw took 6-49.

A rain-affected draw looked certain after further overs were lost in the second innings, however the mercurial Eddie Ford (7-34) had other ideas as he took the last wicket to force victory in the final over.

Hadfield cruised to victory at home to Hollingworth, the visitors managing just 69-8 in 25 overs, with Jamie Squires taking 3-31 and Bob Hirst 3-15. Rick Tranter was again in fine form as his 32 not out saw the home side to victory for the loss of just two wickets.

Compstall batted first at home to Buxworth and made 169-3, P Jackson (66 not out) and S Bass (44) the pick of the batsmen. Buxworth were struggling on 95-6 when the match was abandoned after a further downpour.

Charlesworth made 121-8 at Woodley, Elliot Morley top-scoring with 27 as Jack Trowsdale took 3-29 and Connor Cranwell 3-32. Woodley were just 22-2 when play was ended and both teams had to settle for a draw. There was no play between Mottram and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

In Division Three, the game between Dove Holes and Woodley was abandoned with the visitors on just 29-0 in the first innings.

The only other play in the division was at Speedwell where Tintwistle entertained High Lane, who were dismissed for 117 in their allotted 30 overs, Chris Ryles making 39 as J Patel took 4-28 and Kevin Nield 4-31.

The home side were 93-6 when the rain arrived with three overs to go. This denied both sides a chance of victory, leaving S Barrow on 41 not out and Andy Gaw with figures of 3-24. The games between Hayfield and New Mills, Birch Vale and Mottram, Newton and Dinting and Old Glossop and Hawk Green were all abandoned without a ball being bowled.

The only play possible in Division Four was at Buxworth where visiting Compstall were 102-2 (J Abbott 33 and J Taylor 47) when rain brought an early conclusion.

There was a 30-over match at Charlesworth, who entertained Buxton. The visitors made 83-1, with G Holder finishing not out on 39. In reply, Charlesworth passed their target for the loss of four wickets, with M Elliott on 29 not out.

No play was possible between Whaley Bridge and Hazel Grove, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Broadbottom, and Hollingworth and Hadfield.