Just six points separate top-two in title battle

Buxton's Bob Marsden opening the batting at Dove Holes
Buxton's Bob Marsden opening the batting at Dove Holes
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HAYFIELD took advantage of Dinting’s shock defeat at Newton on Saturday to close the gap between themselves and the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League Division One leaders to just six points.

Reigning champions Dinting travelled to Newton, who made 153 all out on a sticky wicket, with Mark Barnard top-scoring on 42 as G Harwick took 5-43. Newton then bowled Dinting out for 140 with L Turner taking 5-29 as M Coleman made 36.

Buxton's Tom Griffin opening the batting at Dove Holes

Buxton's Tom Griffin opening the batting at Dove Holes

Hayfield batted first at home to New Mills and made 285-7, with J Unsworth making 91, S Hudson 77 not out and B Higginbottom 66. New Mills struggled in reply and were all out for just 108, Unsworth capping a fine all-round display with four wickets.

Hazel Grove posted a challenging 175-4 at Tintwistle, Geoff Noden hitting 44, R Burke 34 and A Gibbs a quick-fire 46 not out, while M Harris took 3-65. Harris then made 51 and M Knight 37, but 4-59 from I Hayward and 3-16 from L Bennett ensured the home side were bowled out for 164.

Birch Vale batted first at home to Broadbottom and could only make 106 all out, Tom McIlvenney scoring 42 not out as D France took 4-53 and H Roters 3-20. In reply, Broadbottom lost regular wickets, R Johnson taking 4-38, but they reached victory with two wickets to spare.

Dove Holes asked local rivals Buxton to bat first and with 54 from Bob Marsden and 51 from T Frohwein saw them make 170-4. D Jones then hit a superb 81 as Dove Holes cruised to 172-3 to claim victory.

Hayfield's Russ Evans batting against New Mills

Hayfield's Russ Evans batting against New Mills

Old Glossop batted first at home to Hawk Green and made 246-9, Jon Wright (47), M McGrail (41), A Dwyer (43) and A King (31) all contributing with the bat, while S O’Connor took 3-67. In reply, Hawk Green capitulated to 65 all out as M Woodcock took 5-36.

In Division Two, Whaley Bridge kept alive their promotion ambitions with an eight-wicket win over High Lane.

Visiting Lane made a boundary-free 34 all out off 33 overs, with Dale Jones taking 5-13 off 16 overs and M Slack 3-12. Whaley Bridge reached their target with ease for the loss of two wickets.

Chapel-en-le-Frith were asked to bat first at home to Mottram but were soon 65 all out, A Burke taking 6-17 and M Scott (2-34) claiming his 50th wicket of the season. Mottram then reached 71-3 to claim victory.

Hayfield's Shane Furness

Hayfield's Shane Furness

Woodley were bowled out for 91 at Charlesworth, S Jones making 50 as P Littlewood took 6-61 and J Wardle 4-17. Charlesworth then lost eight wickets on their way to victory, P Harris claiming 4-25.

Hollingworth batted first at home to Hadfield and made 132-9 thanks to 34 from M Knight and 55 from J Miller as C Eyre took 3-46. Hadfield then struggled in reply as J Miller took 3-24, S Morris 3-32 and D Morris 3-16 to see the visitors all out for just 93.

Buxworth batted first at home to Compstall and set 226-7 thanks to 80 from I Fairley and Joe Hall’s 44. It wasn’t enough though as S Bass hit 101 and D Millen 51 to lead Compstall to 227-7, D Gilbride taking 4-61 and Joe Hall 3-81.

Hawk Green batted first at home to Old Glossop in Division Three and made 230 all out. Thirteen-year-old Elliott Young again impressed with 101 as A Littler made 59, with I Twist taking 7-74 for the visitors.

New Mills' Jamie Henderson bowling at Hayfield

New Mills' Jamie Henderson bowling at Hayfield

Old Glossop were bowled out for 200 in reply with Young taking 4-62 and Jack Needham 4-29 as D Donnelly made 53.

Dinting batted first at home to Newton and made 173 all out, M Blood top-scoring with 79 as D Bennett took 3-31 and J Mercer 3-28. S Morris then made 31 for Newton but 5-44 from S Galick and 3-42 from I Butterworth saw the visitors bowled out for 143.

Birch Vale started the game at Mottram with eight men but still posted a formidable 314 all out, A Sharp hitting 128 and J Leyland 86. In reply Mottram could only make 114 all out, P Truman with 3-21 and M Aslam 3-33.

Hayfield travelled to New Mills and having been asked to bat made 115-9, P Coverley making 33 as Josh Stevens took 4-27 and brother James 4-46. Ben Boardman then entertained the crowd with a spectacular 41 not out and J Rhodes was unbeaten on 30 when New Mills reached 117-2.

Dove Holes travelled to Woodley and could only post 47 all out, D Nelson taking four wickets. On a tough wicket Woodley lost five wickets before reaching the target.

Tintwistle batted first at High Lane and made an impressive 232-6, R Peters with 44, S Barrow 47 and S Higginbottom 50. High Lane then had no answer to J Acomb (3-15) or S Barrow (3-8) as they were bowled out for just 103.

New Mills' Jamie Henderson bowling at Hayfield

New Mills' Jamie Henderson bowling at Hayfield

In Division Four, Hollingworth travelled to Hadfield and could only make 74 all out, J Hollingworth taking 4-34 and Rick Ball 3-13. M Osborne then took 3-26 for the visitors but it wasn’t enough as Hadfield made it to 75 for the loss of five wickets.

Buxworth travelled to Compstall and having been asked to bat first made 210-7, A Reynolds making 53 and C Hammond 46 as A Parry took 4-23. Compstall’s batsmen then had an afternoon to forget as they were bowled out for only 12, N Schofield taking 4-4 and T Dodds 4-8.

Broadbottom batted first at home to Chapel-en-le-Frith and made 134-9 thanks to 47 from J Welsh. R Blythe then took 3-15 as Chapel were bowled out just short on 122.

Charlesworth travelled to Buxton and were 122 all out as P Slater took 7-65. It proved to be enough as T Bates took 4-25 and S Marren 4-34 to leave Buxton 79 all out.

Whaley Bridge travelled to table-topping Hazel Grove and having been asked to bat were soon 69 all out, J Leech taking 4-20 and J Bennett 4-22.

Hazel Grove lost four wickets in reaching 70 as P Gibson made 30, with B Stokes taking 3-6.