Fortuitous Furness is too hot to handle

Woodley's Neil Bradford at Buxworth
Woodley's Neil Bradford at Buxworth

A RAIN-AFFECTED game at Birch Vale on Saturday saw the hosts claim maximum points against reigning Division One champions Hawk Green in the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League on Saturday.

Luke Kennedy (59) and Tom Isherwood (41) helped Birch reach 222-5.

Buxworth CC's Joe Hall charges in against Woodley

Buxworth CC's Joe Hall charges in against Woodley

The visitors only had to survive 34 overs to receive the seven points for a rain-affected match, but capitulated to 123 all out. Jordan Henderson top-scored with 41, but following his dismissal Ash Sharp (3-15) and Rick Johnson (3-28) saw Birch to victory.

It was business as usual for table-topping Dinting as they hosted Hazel Grove. Matt Blood hit a sublime 142 as the league leaders made 261-4. Ian Hayward (3-75) was the pick of the Grove bowlers.

Geoff Noden (46) and R Burke (73) got the visitors’ reply off to a good start, before John Coleman stole the show with figures of 6-56, which included a hat-trick, as Grove finished on 190-8.

Compstall’s run of good form continued when they travelled to Tintwistle. Skipper Paul Needham hit another fine 50 as the visitors made 179-8, with James Poole taking 3-61.

Chapel's Andrew Hibbert in action against Broadbottom

Chapel's Andrew Hibbert in action against Broadbottom

Reduced to 14-4 in reply, Dinting recovered thanks to Matt Robinson (47) and Nipper Harris (50). But Mark Richards (5-66) and Danny Millen (3-44) always had the upper hand as Tintwistle were bowled out for 148.

Buxton fell agonisingly short in their run chase against visitors Old Glossop (see back page report).

Visiting Hayfield were put into bat at Newton and made 157 all out, with Shane Furness scoring a fortuitous 53 after being dropped eight times. Lee Turner (5-28) and Jay Koria (4-35) did the damage with the ball.

In reply, A Ebbrell took 5-50 as Newton ended the day on 106 all out.

Broadbottom's John in action at Chapel

Broadbottom's John in action at Chapel

In the other game in the division, Chapel-en-le-Frith were all out for 117 against Broadbottom, thanks to H Roters (6-31) and Jay Riley (2-18). A Walsh (34) and A Rowston (42) then helped the visitors sail past their target for the loss of six wickets.

New Mills’ Division Two promotion assault continues to gather momentum after a hard-fought victory at Mottram. M Birchenall (4-47) restricted the hosts to 149-9, despite the efforts of Joe Lyons (42). The Millers’ reply spluttered along until Stefan Fielding hit a superb 69 not out in a total of 150-7

High Lane capitulated to just 83 at home to Hollingworth, with Martin Knight taking four wickets for six runs. Hollingworth then cantered to victory for the loss of three wickets.

In another low scoring game, Whaley Bridge were dismissed for 53 at Hadfield, with M Hockey taking 4-13 off 11 overs. In reply, Ed Ford took 5-13 as Hadfield limped over the finish line with two wickets to spare.

Joe Gregory (64) and brother Jack (43) helped Dove Holes reach 177 all out at Charlesworth, despite a fine spell of bowling from P Littlewood (5-55). John Abbot then top-scored with 40 in reply, but 5-37 from Dave Cartledge and 3-48 from S Cartledge saw Charlesworth bowled out for 138.

D Inglefield and S Bowers took three wickets apiece as Woodley were all out for 232 at Buxworth, Paul Cox top-scoring with 52. M Drabble (43) and I Walker (46) got the Buggy reply off to a good start, but P Coffey (4-41) and J Trowsdale (3-36) reduced the hosts to 188 all out.