Millers given a scare by Whaley Bridge in thriller

James McIlvenny, Birch Vale CC
James McIlvenny, Birch Vale CC

FOLLOWING last week’s shock defeat, Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League Division One leaders Dinting returned to winning ways away at Birch Vale.

Tom Isherwood (50) was the only batsman to offer any resistance to excellent bowling from the ever-reliable John Coleman (4-49) and C Wyche (3-22) as Birch were restricted to 153 all out. After losing early wickets in reply, Danny Brightmore (85 not out) steadied the ship in a match-winning total of 156-5.

Dinting's Chris Whyche at Birch Vale

Dinting's Chris Whyche at Birch Vale

Hazel Grove slumped to another defeat at home to a resurgent Hayfield, who were buoyed by the return of prodigal son Gareth Davies. Nick Hayward (53) top-scored for the Grove in a below-par total of 155-7. A Rogers took 4-39 for the Grove, but Sam Hudson (51) and Davies (77) guided Hayfield to 156-4.

In-form Broadbottom crashed to a shock defeat at home to Old Glossop. Matt Woodcock took 4-59 as Broadbottom were bowled out for 147. In reply, Johnny Wright (51 not out) and skipper Woodcock (53) helped Glossop to 152-2.

Tintwistle warmed up for the Bissenden Cup final with a comprehensive victory at home to Buxton (see report left).

Hawk Green batted first at home to struggling Chapel-en-le-Frith and smashed 268-6, in part thanks to Sam Messih (48), Craig Young (46) and Paul Phillips, who bludgeoned 69 at the end of the innings off just 31 balls. Chapel recovered from 33-4 thanks to a fine 75 from keeper Andy Hibbert, but this wasn’t enough against the bowling of Simon O’Connor (6-45) and skipper Mike Hudson (3-46).

Tom Isherwood, Birch Vale CC

Tom Isherwood, Birch Vale CC

Compstall entertained fellow strugglers Newton and were bowled out for a meagre 127, Andy Grant (4-40) doing most of the damage. Richard Chew (3-20) and Josh Webb (3-24) then helped reduce the visitors to 69 all out.

In Division Two, promotion favourites New Mills edged a thriller at home to Whaley Bridge. Jonathon Duckworth (85) led from the front, ably supported by Stefan Fielding (64), while Dale Jones took 3-108.

The visitors’ reply started positively, with veteran Darren Crompton top-scoring with 79, but spinner Malcy Strong (4-94) and Mike Birchenall (3-54) took wickets at a steady rate. Sam Slack smashed a rapid 41 off just 17 balls, but his efforts were in vain as the Whaley innings finished on 247-9, just nine runs short of victory.

Charlesworth remain in second place after victory at home to promotion rivals Hadfield. Knocks of 42 from E Morley and 40 from R Povey saw Charlesworth score a challenging 180-7. J Squires (4-50) was the pick of the Hadfield bowlers.

New Mills CC v Whaley Bridge, Stefan Fielding hits out for the Millers

New Mills CC v Whaley Bridge, Stefan Fielding hits out for the Millers

In reply, Rick Ball scored a defiant 45, but that was negated by J Wardle (4-32) for the home side, and Hadfield ended the day on a valiant 161-9.

Bottom of the table Hollingworth travelled to Dove Holes and were promptly bowled out for 60. K Jones did much of the damage with 4-12. The game was all over by 4pm, after Dove knocked the runs off for the loss of just one wicket.

Buxworth played host to High Lane in a bottom-of-the-table clash. The visitors batted first and scored 213-9. T Whitney top-scored for High Lane with 66, while M Drabble (5-69) was the cream of the Buxworth attack. The Buxworth response never got off the ground, and a superb spell of bowling from Andrew Bellieu (7-57) saw the home side humbled to 96 all out.

Andrew Burke returned career-best figures of 9-67 from 16 overs as Mottram restricted Woodley to 196 all out. Skipper Danny Kay top-scored with 52. On a bowler-friendly track, Mottram were soon in trouble and only A Metcalf (33) offered any resistance as Danny Kay took 3-59, and Pete Coffey 7-50, in a total of 125 all out.

New Mills CC, Stefan Fielding

New Mills CC, Stefan Fielding

Buxton remain rooted to the bottom of Division Three after a heavy defeat at home to Tintwistle.

S Barrow top-scored with 65, as Tintwistle finished on 183 all out. Buxton had no answer to the bowling of Kevin Neild (4-18) in a total of 75.

Match of the day was at Newton, who entertained leaders Woodley. A Turner and Stuart Nugent scored 67 and 35 respectively in a total of 183 all out for the home side, with Tony Hayes (4-43) the pick of the Woodley bowlers. The visitors were always up with the run rate, Luis Medina scoring 45, but Darren Bennett (4-19) and Turner (4-52) helped dismiss Woodley for 182, with two balls remaining and two runs shy of victory.

Dinting slumped to defeat at home to Birch Vale. The visitors batted first and scored 193-7, and in turn Dinting collapsed to 146 all out.

Relegation candidates Broadbottom visited Old Glossop and scored 169-9, this was after being reduced to 80-6 when Ivan Twist took 5-33. But R Blythe gave the innings an air of respectability hitting 40 at the end. A valiant effort from the Broadbottom bowling attack saw Old Glossop struggling, but a patient 77 from Steve Jones saw the home side edge to victory finishing on 171-7.

Hawk Green are now involved in the relegation battle after defeat away at Mottram. The home side batted first and opener A Brown scored a masterful 100 out of a total of 215-4, while M Nixon hit a fluent 50 before being bizarrely run-out while acknowledging his team-mates applause.

New Mills CC, Stefan Fielding

New Mills CC, Stefan Fielding

Hawk Green were soon in trouble at 32-3, but Josh Granite (48) and Elliot Young (35) gave Green hope. When Granite was run-out, it was left to Mike Hawkin (6-57) as the lower order collapsed to 147 all out.

Hayfield continue to climb the table after victory at home to Dove Holes. The visitors were skittled out for 78 after Andy Ney and Andy Cox took four wickets apiece. Despite some poor shot selection at the top of the order, Hayfield recovered to reach 79-5.

New Mills’ promotion challenge in Division Four gathered momentum after another victory away at Whaley Bridge. Knocks from P Jackson (82), Alistair Stevens (52) and Scott Mills (41) saw them post an impressive 241-4. In reply, Whaley batted bravely but in vain after S Coverley took 3-24 and James Stevens 3-28 in a total of 155-9.

High Lane demolished Buxworth. High Lane were thankful to Habib Choudhury (46) as the home side were bowled out for just 150. Mark Varley then took 7-12 as the visitors were dismissed for 30.

Chapel-en-le-Frith slipped to defeat at home to Compstall. The home side scored 165-7 thanks to the efforts of Todd Candlin (47 not out). A Webb (4-37) was the pick of the Compstall bowlers. After a lengthy rain interruption, Rob Bradley (43) and P Jackson (76 not out) guided Compstall to 167-3.

Luke Bennett took 9-62 for Hazel Grove as Hollingworth were bowled out for just 137. In reply, skipper Chris Glennon scored 52 as the Grove eased to victory, ending the day on 138-4.

Hadfield were bowled out for just 130 at home to Charlesworth. Tom Partridge then scored 48 for the visitors as they proceeded to knock the runs off for the loss of four wickets.

Whaley's Dale Jones bowling at New Mills

Whaley's Dale Jones bowling at New Mills