Division Two now beckons for Chapel

Buxworth's young spinner Nathan Critchlow floats through his delivery stride, bowling against Dove Holes
Buxworth's young spinner Nathan Critchlow floats through his delivery stride, bowling against Dove Holes

DIVISION One champions Dinting were deservedly presented with the league trophy and the flag after their match at home against Old Glossop on Saturday.

The champions-elect won the toss and asked Old Glossop to bat. Andy Dwyer (40) and Martin McGrail (46) threatened a good score, but Greg Harwick (3-11) and Jared Massey with two wickets saw the visitors restricted to 163 all out.

In reply, Old Glossop took early wickets but it was left to captain fantastic Adam Wilson (60 not out) to save the day. Aiden Woolaston chipped in with 37 not out as Dinting romped to victory, finishing the day on 166-4.

At the other end of the table, it was a sad day for the once unbeatable Compstall. Only two years ago they won the DCCL for a fifth consecutive year, but now have to endure the embarrassment of relegation to the lower echelons of the league following defeat to up-and-coming Broadbottom.

G Whitney (5-35) and J Rowbottom, who took five wickets in seven overs for just three runs, saw Compstall collapse from 40-0 to 124 all out. In reply, opener Aaron Walsh (66) and P Rowston (25 not out) guided Broadbottom to victory.

Newton played host to bottom of the table Chapel-en-le-Frith who won the toss and asked the home side to bat. Mark Barnard scored 50 and brother Alan top-scored with 54 in a total of 194 all out. Will Gratton (4-33) was the pick of the Chapel bowlers.

In a match that Chapel had to win to give them an outside chance of avoiding relegation, Jordan Pickering top-scored with 56, but wickets fell at a steady rate and Mark Barnard bowled a match-winning 6-49 to see Chapel finish on 188 all out, agonisingly seven runs short of victory.

Buxton, at one time odds on for the drop, completed a remarkable escape with their fourth consecutive victory, this time at home to Hayfield.

A depleted Hawk Green travelled to Tintwistle and in-form Justin Blackhurst top-scored with 57, but The Green were restricted to 163-9 after Martin Harris took 6-46. Simon O’Connor (5-47) and Sam Messih (3-15) saw the home side capitulate to 113 all out.

Birch Vale’s in-form openers Tom Mcllveney (40) and Lloyd Kennedy (80) helped their side to post a score of 242-9. The Hazel Grove run chase never got out of the stalls as brothers Tim and Rick Johnson sent the first six Grove batsmen back to the shed with just 35 runs on the board. Tim finished with 4-43, and it was left to Dan Bradshaw (3-13) to mop up the tail.

The promotion battle in Division Two is really hotting up after Woodley held on to second spot with victory at home to already promoted New Mills.

The visitors batted first and flattered to deceive when opener Jonathon Duckworth top-scored with 31, but Pete Coffey (4-42) and Connor Cranwell (4-16) saw the Millers dismissed for 116.

In spite of a few early scares, when M Birchenall took 3-11, skipper Danny Kaye steadied the ship with 37 and S Jones steered the home side to victory, top-scoring with 42 in a match winning total of 119-6.

Hadfield kept the pressure on after a regulation win at home to bottom of the table Hollingworth. The visitors were skittled for just 83 after Rick Ball took 4-26 and Jamie Squires finished with 6-15. Lee Martin then smashed 43 as Hadfield completed a seven-wicket victory, finishing on 86-3.

Charlesworth also stayed in contention with an emphatic victory at home to Whaley Bridge. On a difficult batting track, Gareth Evans top-scored with 27 not out, and D Whitney ably supported him with 21, as Charlesworth posted 131-6. Whaley were soon in trouble when they batted as Gareth Evans took 4-22 and John Wardle 4-15, and eventually were dismissed for just 83.

Dove Holes piled on the runs when they travelled to struggling Buxworth. Daniel Jones’ 66 was upstaged by J Gregory (110) in a total of 257-7. C Ripley and J Hall both chipped in with three wickets apiece for the home side. In reply, C Reynolds hit a consolation 64, but Matt Baldwin (4-50) and K Jones (3-16) ensured Buxworth finished the day on 150 all out.

Mottram travelled to High Lane and, in a low scoring game, the home side were restricted to 106 all out after R Benstead took 3-19, and Andy Burke took 5-11 off ten overs.

In reply, Andy Bellieu responded with 4-39 for High Lane, but a match-winning knock of 41 not out saw Mottram edge home, finishing on 107-6.

The race for the Division Three title is wide open after leaders Dinting slipped up at Old Glossop.

The home side scored a mammoth 247-9 when they batted first, thanks in the main to Jamie Cannon (102), while Steve Jones chipped in with a cameo 54. Steve Garlic was the most successful Dinting bowler, returning figures of 5-71 off 17 overs.

James Brotherton top-scored with 55 when the visitors batted, but Ivan Twist took 6-72 as they were bowled out for 184.

Woodley moved back to the top of the table after a comprehensive win at relegation-threatened Broadbottom. The visitors amassed 215-5 after Andy Wilson hit 46, Mercer 54, and Luis Medina top-scored with 61 not out. D France and R Dooley both claimed two wickets apiece.

Broadbottom were reduced to 56-7 after Dave Hotson took 4-41, but a superb rearguard action from Steve Croft (61) and James Oliver (34) gave the home side some hope. However, the introduction of Ryan Billinge (3-10) brought a speedy conclusion to the game, his figures including a hat-trick.

Newton travelled to struggling Mottram and restricted the home side to 136-9. Oliver George top-scored with 30, but there were three-wicket hauls for Sam Batho, Turner and Jack Mercer. In reply, Newton collapsed to 117 all out.

Hayfield are now poised perilously in the relegation zone after defeat at home to bottom of the table Buxton.

Hawk Green did their survival chances the world of good when they entertained Tintwistle. J Matthews (52 not out) and M Ingham (16 off three balls) helped Tintwistle reach 152-9, with 12-year-old Elliot Young taking 6-45 from 22 overs. In reply, J Matthews took 3-42 as the Green were reduced to 48-3, but a 90-run partnership between father and son Craig Young (61) and Elliot Young (38) saw the home side reach 156-5.

Steve Burns took his run tally for the season to 868 when he top-scored for Birch Vale with 54 at Dove Holes. Will Freeman also scored a half-century, but P Scowan took 4-77 to restrict Birch to 212 all out. Kieran Sharp (3-19) and Burns (3-25) then saw the home side crumble to 78 all out.

New Mills were crowned Division Four champions in a bizarre game at home to Compstall. The home side were bowled out for the lowest score of the entire season, 15, with J Stevens taking 3-5 and C Shaw 2-0. The Millers duly knocked the runs off for the loss of just one wicket.

Second-placed Chapel-en-le-Frith entertained third-placed High Lane in a battle for the other promotion spot.

The visitors were put into bat on a green wicket and posted a creditable 152-9 thanks to skipper J McCarthy (50). Todd Candlin was the pick of the Chapel bowlers, bowling 22 overs and taking 5-63. In reply Nick Pearson top-scored with 33 for Chapel, but K Eiselt responded with 3-12 for High Lane, and the home side collapsed to 99 all out.

Basement side Buxworth travelled to fellow strugglers Hazel Grove. N Schofield took 3-21 as The Grove were skittled for just 49 all out. Buxworth then cruised to only their fourth win of the season, recording an eight-wicket victory.

In another low scoring game, Hollingworth were put into bat by visitors Hadfield and were promptly bowled out for just 62.

Twelve-year-old Cameron Ball took the honours with bowling figures of five overs, five maidens, three wickets for no runs. I Morton made light work of the run chase, scoring 31 not out in a total of 63-2.

Charlesworth were dismissed for just 90 when they batted first at Whaley Bridge. Callum McIlveen took 4-16, and Colin Wilde chipped in with 3-8. Despite a few early scares, McIlveen turned in a man of the match performance, scoring 33 not out for the home side out of a total of 91-7.