CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH may be favourites for relegation from Division One, but proved against Old Glossop on Saturday that they were not going to go down without a fight.
Hosts Old Glossop scored a massive 308-8, with skipper Matt Woodcock (101) leading from the front, ably supported by Martin McGrail (89). J Radcliffe (4-36) was the pick of the Chapel bowlers.
In reply, Andy Hibbert scored 93 for Chapel, but Woodcock took 5-56 as the visitors were finally bowled out for a gutsy 273.
Buxton improved their chances of survival after a comfortable victory at Hawk Green (see back page report).
League leaders Dinting travelled to Compstall and came away victorious, but not without a major scare.
The home side was bowled out for a paltry 99, with John Coleman (4-13) doing the majority of the damage.
In reply, Dinting were 6-4 after Mark Richards (5-32) took the first four wickets, but recovered to finish on 100-8 thanks to an impressive 50 not out from Adam Woolaston.
Broadbottom strengthened their grip on the runners-up spot after victory at home to Hayfield.
The home side posted 160 all out, and in reply Hayfield collapsed to 106 all out.
Newton moved away from the relegation zone following a comfortable win away at Hazel Grove.
The Grove were restricted to 141 all out thanks to Jay Koria (5-45). Mark Barnard (70) and Andy Grant (38) saw Newton stroll to victory, finishing on 145-2.
Tintwistle’s poor run continued as they suffered a defeat at home to Birch Vale.
The visitors could only manage 129 all out against the bowling of Nipper Harris (4-15) and James Poole (5-48). Rick Johnson then took 5-40 as the home side capitulated to 104 all out.
Fresh from their Bissenden Cup glory, New Mills continue to dominate Division Two following a regulation win at home to Hollingworth.
Alistair Stevens (77) and Stuart Whitchurch (37) starred in a total of 229-6. Hollingworth had no answer to the bowling of Mike Birchenall (7-30 off 13 overs) and were skittled out for just 79.
Charlesworth travelled to Buxworth and scored an impressive 250-4 thanks to E Morley (87), M Hollin (68) and J Abbott (51), while the pick of the home bowlers was A Benstead (3-46).
Buxworth struggled against the bowling of E Wood (4-25) and T Littlewood (5-23), with Dan Gilbride (48) top-scoring as they reached 136 all out.
Woodley continue to impress following another victory at home to Hadfield.
Skipper Danny Kaye (108) and Lee Goodwin (52) helped Woodley post an impressive 258-6. R Tranter and C Eyre took three wickets apiece.
C Eyre hit a dogged 36 not out for Hadfield, but Pete Coffey (3-30) and Danny Kaye (3-32) ripped the heart out of their batting line-up as they surrendered to 149 all out.
Dove Holes’ outside chance of promotion was strengthened after the annihilation of bottom club High Lane.
Kieran Jones (4-19) and Matt Baldwin (3-18) helped reduce High Lane to 53 all out. Danny Jones (41 not out) wasted no time in helping Dove reach 54-1.
Lee Jones (69) top-scored for Whaley Bridge as they hosted Mottram, but A Burke and S Grinstead took three wickets apiece as the home side was restricted to 182-9.
Wickets fell at a steady rate as D Jones took 4-84, but it was left to A Metcalfe (64) to steady the ship as Mottram crept over the line on 183-8.
The race for the Division Three title is really hotting up after second placed Dinting entertained leaders Woodley.
The home side scored 183-9 thanks to Tom George (54), while Dave Nelson (5-96) was the pick of the Woodley bowlers.
In reply Tom Bartlett top-scored for the visitors with 34, but excellent bowling from Darren Acomb (3-28) and Zak Goddard (3-21) saw Woodley fall nine runs short on 175-9.
Newton remain in the title race after victory at home to Dove Holes. Mark Turner (40) top-scored for the visitors as Dove posted 170-7. Despite the bowling of C Flint (4-86), M Stevenson (61) steered the home side to 171-6.
Broadbottom moved out of the relegation zone after a comprehensive win at Hayfield.
The visitors were restricted to 150-7 after Andy Ney took 3-37 in 15 overs. But Hayfield had no answer to the guile of Steve Croft (4-29) as the home side collapsed to 60 all out.
Birch Vale entertained Tintwistle and scored 208 all out, thanks in the main to K Sharp (67) and Judd Leyland (55). Kevin Neild (5-96) was the pick of the Tintwistle bowlers.
Despite a stoic 42 not out from M Hussain, the visitors had no answer to the bowling of K Sharp (4-22) and E Noblett (3-15) and capitulated to 95 all out.
Buxton remain at the foot of the table despite a rare victory at home to fellow strugglers Hawk Green. Captain Murray Hill top-scored with 67 for the visitors, but M Eyre (4-38) and Phil Bentley (4-17) saw the Green collapse to 146 all out. Tim Budd (68) made light work of the run chase as Buxton finished on 147-3.
Old Glossop scored a creditable 197 all out when they travelled to Mottram, thanks to Tom Wright (69) and Janie Carron (60 not out). A Kromolicki (3-22) was the pick of the Mottram bowlers. The ever-youthful Ivan Twist (8-46) then destroyed the Mottram batting line-up as they were dismissed for 127.
New Mills moved a step nearer to promotion from Division Four after victory in a low scoring game at Hollingworth. Scott Mills top-scored with 58, but the visitors were restricted to 124 all out after J Miller took 4-22. In reply, J Stevens then took 4-21 for New Mills as Hollingworth collapsed to just 95 all out.
High Lane stay second after outplaying visiting Hazel Grove. High Lane scored 181-8 thanks to Habib Choudhury (43), while J Leech (4-46) was the best of the Grove bowlers. The Grove had no answer to the bowling of K Eiselt (3-9) and struggled to 92 all out.
Chapel-en-le-Frith remain in contention after a regulation victory at home to Whaley Bridge. A Atkins top-scored for the visitors with 67, but 4-30 from James Hawtin and 3-24 from John Theyer saw Whaley restricted to 144 all out. Lee Bradley (83) made light work of the run chase in a total of 146-4.
Hadfield just about got the better of Compstall in a low-scoring game at Newshaw Lane. Compstall managed 118-8 on a bowler-friendly track after T Barnett took 4-24. A patient 64 from John Nicholson then saw Hadfield edge over the line, finishing on 119-7.
Charlesworth were indebted to Steve Marren (58 not out) and Dave Whitney (57) as they scored 202-7 at home to Buxworth. In reply, bottom of the table Buxworth battled bravely, but Adam Radcliffe took 3-20 as the visitors finished on 200-9, just three runs short of victory.