WINS at the weekend over Hawk Green and Broadbottom saw Dinting move to within three points of retaining their Division One title in the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire Cricket League.
They chased down Hawk Green’s 99 all out on Saturday as M Coleman made 44 not out and G Harwick 51 not out.
On Sunday, Dinting made 210-7 batting first at home to Broadbottom, Harwick continuing his fine form with 38 as Adam Wilson made 44 and J Massey 56 not out, while H Roters took 3-67 and R Dooley 3-42. P Rowston made 67 in reply, but 5-77 from J Coleman limited the visitors to 180-9.
At the other end of the table Buxton were relegated following defeats to Tintwistle and Birch Vale.
Against Tintwistle, they could only make 92 all out (G Jones 4-13) chasing 224-6, B Higginbottom having made 82.
Buxton then travelled to Birch Vale on Sunday who set 233-3 with J Marshall making 120 and Tom McIlvenney 62. Buxton could only make 197 all out in reply as B Marsden made 50 and S MacKenzie 49, as J Marshall took 4-64.
Hazel Grove moved to within three points of safety with wins over title hopefuls Hayfield on Saturday and relegation-haunted Newton on Sunday. They set Hayfield 160 all out thanks to N Hayward (55) and Andy Oldfield (53), as D Platt (7-40) took a hat-trick. S Furness then hit 53 as R Hayward took 6-61 with Hayfield finishing just short on 153-9.
At Newton on Sunday, Hazel Grove posted an imposing 216-5, Geoff Noden hitting 90 while J Koria took 4-57. Newton were bowled out for 165, despite the best efforts of Mark Barnard (75).
Hayfield got over their Saturday defeat by amassing 304-4 against Dove Holes, thanks to G Davies (102), S Furness (80) and J Burgess (55 not out). Dove Holes had no answer to D Platt (3-28) or D Aldridge (3-2) as they were bowled out for 122.
Hawk Green’s title challenge derailed as they lost on Sunday to New Mills. Having been set 187 all out thanks to 77 from Andy Holmes, Malc Strong then took 3-17 as Hawk Green slumped to 155 all out.
Dove Holes suffered defeat on Saturday. Having set Old Glossop 200-7, thanks to D Jones (66) and T Forder (54), Andy Nicholson smashed 73 to see Old Glossop home for the loss of four wickets.
New Mills also suffered defeat on Saturday at the hands of Birch Vale. Batting first, they made 154-8, R Johnson taking 4-57 as M Birchenall hit 46. L Kennedy then made 65 not out and J Marshall 52 not out as Birch Vale cruised to a nine-wicket win.
Newton’s poor weekend began with defeat at Broadbottom, who chased down Newton’s 184-8 (A Grant 96 not out) to secure a two-wicket win thanks to A Demidh’s 48 and 68 not out from P Rowston.
Old Glossop and Tintwistle played out a thrilling encounter as Tintwistle racked up a huge 336-7 with centuries from M Harris (118) and M Knight (101). Old Glossop fell short, finishing on 205 all out, with M McGraill hitting 50 as M Harris took 3-29.
Mottram secured the Division Two championship and promotion with wins against Hadfield on Saturday and Hollingworth on Sunday.
They bowled Hadfield out for 111, M Scott taking 6-20 as Lee Martin hit 53 not out. J Nixon then hit 54 to secure a seven-wicket win.
Hollingworth set Mottram 165-8 on Sunday, M Knight top-scoring with 77 as M Scott took 3-22 and L Wright 3-23. But J Irons hit 60 not out as Mottram reached 167-6.
Compstall and Whaley Bridge will take the battle to join Mottram into the final Saturday as both teams recorded a pair of victories.
Whaley Bridge saw off the challenge of Woodley on Saturday, surpassing 193-6 with one wicket in hand.
Danny Kay (76) and Gary Picken (37) had done the damage for Woodley earlier in the day.
Whaley then scored 203-6 against Charlesworth on Sunday, S Milner making 68 and L Jones 69 not out. Eddie Ford was the hero with 4-35 as Charlesworth fell to 183 all out.
Compstall, meanwhile, recorded a nine-wicket win over Chapel-en-le-Frith on Saturday, surpassing Chapel’s 147-9 for the loss of only one wicket, P Jackson (64) and D Bailey (51) both unbeaten.
On Sunday, Compstall posted 186-8 at Hadfield thanks to S Bass (45) and D Millen (40) as Rick Tranter took 3-43 and C Eyre 3-48. In reply, Tranter hit 55, but 5-43 from R Chew ensured Hadfield were bowled out for 166.
It was a battle of the bottom clubs on Saturday as High Lane hosted Buxworth. High Lane set just 114 all out, and when opener Joe Hall raced to 34 many thought the game was over. However when he fell to H Choudhury (5-10) a collapse ensued leaving Buxworth 84 all out.
They made amends on Sunday, racking up 254-7 at home to Woodley, J Hall with 56, A Benstead 54 and Sam Hall 67 not out, while J Trowsdale took 4-111. Joe Hall then took 5-51 as Woodley were dismissed for 162.
High Lane, meanwhile, travelled to Chapel and saw the hosts set 184 all out thanks to D Wagstaffe (55), while Danny Richardson took 4-48. Ryan Eiselt hit 39 in reply but High Lane succumbed to J Jackson (7-40) to leave the visitors 149 all out.
In Division Three, New Mills were crowned champions with a game to spare, following victories over Birch Vale on Saturday and Hawk Green on Sunday.
On Saturday they chased 106, losing six wickets in the process, while on Sunday they romped past Hawk Green’s 127 all out for the loss of two wickets.
At the other end of the table, High Lane were relegated following defeat at the hands of Hayfield and Newton. On Saturday their 139 all out (S Roscoe 43) was passed by Hayfield thanks to 58 from E Yardley, while Sunday saw a three-wicket defeat as Newton chased down 166, R Hussain with 45 as S Morris recorded 30 in reply.
Newton also registered a win on Saturday. Dismissed for 99, they bowled Mottram out for 86.
Mottram made amends on Sunday as they passed Dinting’s 177-8 for the loss of six wickets, S Fazackerley top-scoring with 48.
Dinting won on Saturday, defeating Hawk Green who had posted 178 all out, with 13-year-old Elliott Young making 69. Dinting had A Wollesson (60 not out) and A Worrall (56) to thank as they finished on 179-4.
Dove Holes eased their relegation fears with two comprehensive victories, bowling Old Glossop out for 57 on Saturday before knocking the runs off for the loss of only one wicket. They then posted 280-7 against Hayfield (M Turner, 98) before restricting the visitors to 109-9 (K Waterhouse 5-25).
Tintwistle won two low-scoring games. Having bowled Woodley out for 71 (K Nield 6-15) on Saturday they used nine wickets in reaching 72.
On Sunday they could only make 77 all out against Old Glossop, for whom J Wright took 6-25. However 5-19 from S Barrow and 4-24 from K Nield saw Old Glossop capitulate to 43 all out.
Woodley bounced back from defeat on Saturday to pass Birch Vale’s 94 all out for the loss of four wickets, T Bartlett finishing on 35 not out.
It’s all to play for still in Division Four, with top side Hazel Grove losing on Saturday to Buxworth after failing to chase down 93-9. However on Sunday they set a challenging 168-9 against Chapel, J Leech making 53 as Jon Theyer took 6-70. They then bowled Chapel out for 106, despite 46 from B Candlin.
Hadfield are hot on their heels despite suffering defeat on Saturday against Broadbottom. They bounced back on Sunday to record a 22-run win over Compstall, Rick Ball making 71 and son Cam Ball taking 4-26.
Compstall also suffered defeat on Saturday as Chapel chased down 125 all out, losing just three wickets as Nick Pearson hit 56 and M Newiss 50.
Broadbottom moved into third position with victory over Hollingworth on Sunday. They set 257-3 (R Blythe 121, D Perrin 98 not out) and saw Hollingworth fall short on 236-8.
Hollingworth won on Saturday, however, as they made 177-7, thanks to 47 not out from A Talbot. Pete Morris then took 5-32 to see Charlesworth all out for 95.
Charlesworth did manage a win on Sunday as they lost just two wickets to chase down Whaley Bridge’s 108 all out. Whaley also suffered defeat on Saturday, this time at the hands of Buxton who chased down 129 all out for the loss of six wickets.
Buxton meanwhile had failed to chase 160-8 set by Buxworth on Saturday, finishing well short on 129-8.