HAZEL Grove kept themselves in contention at the top of Division One of the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League following a straightforward win at Hayfield on Saturday.
The visitors batted first and scored 207-5, with Burke top scoring with 52. Chasing the runs, Hayfield were all out for 162, thanks to Ryan Hayward (3-39) and M Clayton (3-44).
Hawk Green, visiting Chapel-en-le-Frith, were struggling at 91-5, but an excellent 57 from all-rounder Lee Hallas saw Green post a competitive 209 all out on a bowler friendly pitch. Chapel youngster J Jackson (6-50) bowled two superb spells of bowling.
A devastating spell of bowling from Hallas and O’Connor saw Chapel reduced to 10-4. Gary Pheasey then hit a dogged 92 not out as they reached 178-9.
The closest finish of the day came at Old Glossop, who entertained Broadbottom. Set 205 to win, Broadbottom fell four runs short of victory.
Tintwistle travelled to Buxton and destroyed the home side in a one-sided affair (see back page report).
Phil Hammond (44) was the pick of the batsmen for Newton as they reached 173-8, while Liam Millen took 3-19 with the ball.
Andy Grant (3-28) and Martin Pottage (6-52) saw Compstall capitulate to 91 all out.
Visitors Birch Vale were swept aside by leaders Dinting. The home side batted first and scored 220-6, thanks to Matt Blood (59) and Greg Harwick (52). Ped Seville (5-21) and all-rounder Harwick (4-18) saw Birch humbled for 44 all out.
Charlesworth continue to lead the way in Division Two after a relatively routine victory at Hadfield. The visitors batted first and an impressive 65 from J Abbot saw Charlesworth score 192-8. C Eyre (3-29) was the star with the ball.
The home side could not cope with the bowling of J Evans (4-44) and D Wood (3-29) and were skittled for 131 all out.
New Mills remain in second place following a nail-biter at Whaley Bridge. The Millers were heading for victory after dismissing the home side for just 99, thanks to M Birchenall (6-35). But Dale Jones took a superb 6-36 as New Mills limped over the line for the loss of seven wickets.
Dove Holes stay in contention after victory at Hollingworth. Dove batted first and rattled up an impressive 247-5. D Cartledge top-scored with 94, ably assisted by M Goulding (59).
A defiant 37 from M Knight was in vain as Hollingworth were bowled out for 176, with S Cartledge and M Baldwin taking four wickets apiece.
Entertaining Woodley, Mottram chose to bat first and were bowled out for just 84. Adam Wilson then impressed with the bat for Woodley, finishing with 57 not out in a total of 85-2.
High Lane’s improvement was again evident as they defeated visitors Buxworth.
Andrew Bellieu (60) helped the home side score 160-5. Buxworth fought valiantly, and M Drabble top-scored with 51, but hero of the hour Bellieu took 5-28 off 11 overs as Buxworth were all out for 138.
Woodley sit proudly at the top of Division Three following a hard-fought victory at home to Newton.
Steve Richards (57) top-scored for Woodley in a total of 158 all out, while S Nugent (5-40) continued his fine form with the ball. Newton were always in the hunt, and K Handforth scored 42, but 3-27 from P Harris and 4-22 from veteran skipper Tony Hayes saw Newton dismissed for 133.
Tintwistle stayed in contention after annihilating Buxton at home, with M Hubbard (70) and Damien Weatherhead (87) top-scoring in their innings of 265-3, In reply, Rob Barrow (7-26) was almost unplayable as Buxton were all out for 47.
Judd Leyland (123) and Steve Burns (105) top-scored as Birch Vale posted 290-6 at Dinting. In reply, an aggressive 59 from Steve Garlic and 50 from E George was never enough as Dinting finished on 235 all out.
Highest score of the day came at Hawk Green, who entertained Mottram. Craig Young (51) got Green’s innings off to a flyer, and was followed by 16-year-old Jason Downey (174), who hit 34 off one over to equal the league record for the most runs in an over. Green declared on 319-7, and in reply Mottram collapsed to 113 all out. Top bowlers were Mike Holme (3-28) and 12-year-old Elliott Young (5-26).
Broadbottom were given a cricketing lesson at home to Old Glossop. Batting first, Broadbottom were reduced to 93 all out, with Steve James taking four wickets. Old Glossop then eased to victory, finishing on 97-3.
In the other game in the division, Hayfield travelled to Dove Holes and scored 151 all out. A Cox scored 57, but Jack Buckley took 5-26 with the ball. In response, Dove crept over the winning line, with Kieran Jones (44) top-scoring in a total of 155-8.
New Mills maintained their stranglehold at the top of Division Four with a regulation win at home to Whaley Bridge. The visitors batted first and were all out for 100, with Josh Stevens taking 5-25. Not to be outdone, dad Alistair scored 45 not out as the Millers cruised to victory for the loss of two wickets.
Chapel-en-le-Frith stayed in touch with the leaders after an amazing game at Compstall. The visitors batted first and struggled to 161 all out, with S Blackburn (4-48) the pick of the bowlers. In reply, Compstall were bowled out for 26, with John Theyer taking all ten wickets. He finished with figures of nine overs, four maidens, ten wickets for just five runs. Six batsmen were clean-bowled.
Hollingworth remain in touch with the leaders after victory at Hazel Grove. Tom Conway hit a superb 107 not out as the visitors reached 184-7. Luke Bennett scored 45 in reply, but Grove were bowled out for 134.
Charlesworth put visitors Hadfield in to bat and they were all out for 129, in part thanks to Tilaq Bhojani (4-46). The reply was something of a Partridge family affair, with father and son knocking off the runs for the loss of just two wickets.
S Roscoe top-scored with 86 and Dan Gilbride took 6-17 as High Lane posted 180-8 at Buxworth. In reply, Buggy were bowled out for just 130, with M Choudhury (7-49) starring.