BIRCH Vale came out on top against Broadbottom in the game of the day in Division One of the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League on Saturday.
Visitors Birch chose to bat first and reached an impressive 226-7, thanks to Rick Johnson (62), L Kennedy (43) and M Walsh (42).
Broadbottom’s reply got off to a flyer through Aaron Walsh (44) and Richard Baron (68), but superb bowling from veteran J Bradshaw (6-59) and P Bannister (3-32) saw Broadbottom all out for 225, just two runs short of victory.
Impressive knocks of 91 from Greg Harwick, and 102 off Gareth Gerrard from just 50 balls, saw unbeaten league leaders Dinting set title contenders Tintwistle a massive target. B Higginbottom took 5-76 with the ball for Tint, as Dinting reached 322-8.
Rick Harris replied with 69 not out, but the remainder of the Tintwistle batsmen could not cope with the bowling of John Coleman (4-29) and Jarred Massey (2-30) and were bowled out for 138.
Hawk Green moved into second place after winning a low-scoring game at home to Newton.
Green soon regretted the decision to bat first, as superb bowling from Andy Grant (5-51) and Stuart Nugent (4-67) reduced them to 37-5 and 91-8, but tailenders Jason Downey and Josh Granite both chipped in with 30s as their side reached 157 all out. In reply, Newton collapsed from 43-2 to 71 all out as Lee Hallas took 6-32.
Compstall won the battle at the foot of the table at home to relegation rivals Buxton (see report right).
Shane Furness led the way with 61 not out as Hayfield reached a creditable 166-7 at Old Glossop, before a hostile bowling spell from David Platt (5-35) reduced the hosts to 97 all out.
Chapel-en-le-Frith earned a much-needed victory at Hazel Grove. The home side batted first and scored a workmanlike 168-6. Stalwart Geoff Noden held the innings together with a superb 99 not out. In reply, Gary Pheasey top-scored with 34 as Chapel reached their target with three wickets to spare.
New Mills won the battle for supremacy at the top of Division Two with victory at home to title rivals Charlesworth & Chisworth.
Ashley Burgess (6-42) and Mike Birchenall (3-30) reduced Charlesworth to 136 all out, before Jonathon Duckworth (42) and old warhorse S Whitchurch (32) helped the home side reach 138-4.
Woodley moved into contention following a hard-fought victory at home to High Lane.
The visitors scored a creditable 146-8, with J Trowsdale taking 4-32. In reply, Woodley limped over the finishing line, with Neil Bradford (50) helping his team to 148-8. Tyler Eiselt (5-45) and C Hanson (2-38) bowled well.
A superb spell of bowling from Hadfield’s M Hockey (6-24) saw Buxworth all out for 78. Rick Tranter then scored an excellent 59 as the visitors cruised home on 84-1.
Dec Ryan hit an unbeaten 106, and Darren Crompton added 45, as Whaley Bridge declared on 202-3 against Hollingworth. A Holliday hit a defiant 54 for the visitors, but Eddie Ford (6-56) and Dale Jones (4-70) saw Hollingworth bowled out for 152.
Dove Holes fell to a shock defeat at home to struggling Mottram. Chasing 196 to win, Rob Jones top-scored with 42, but M Scott (5-28) and L Wright (4-50) saw Dove all out for 133.
In Division Three, Woodley remain unbeaten at the top of the table after riding roughshod over Buxton.
Woodley scored 151-8 after a gutsy 56 from Steve Richards. In reply, Buxton were humbled for just 31 all out, after Dave Hotson and Dave Nelson took six and four wickets respectively.
Dinting moved into second place after a comprehensive victory at home to Tintwistle. A Jarrett took 4-45 on a bowler-friendly track as Dinting were restricted to 148 all out.
But Darren Acomb (7-20) saw Tintwistle capitulate to 44 all out.
Newton totally dominated a one-sided affair at home to Hawk Green.
Newton smashed 225-4, thanks to Graham Penney (92 not out), Pete Woodward (68) and some abject fielding. Sam Batho then took 7-38 as Green were dismissed for 78.
Birch Vale emerged victorious in a low-scoring game at home to Broadbottom. David Stelfox took 6-29 for the visitors as Birch were bowled out for just 124.
In reply, Jay Riley scored a quick-fire 40, but Tim Johnson (4-45) and B Truman (3-31) did the damage as Broadbottom were all out for 104.
Dove Holes won a nail-bitter against Mottram. Put into bat, Paul Scowan scored a sublime 92 not out as Dove reached 179-8, with youngster Oliver Andrew taking three catches and 4-42 with the ball.
Brave batting from skipper John Marsden (30) and Oliver Andrew (39) was in vain as 3-37 from Kevin Waterhouse restricted Mottram to 171-9.
Winless Hayfield collapsed at home to Old Glossop. J Wright took 5-29 as Hayfield were all out for 75, and Paul Eyre’s regimental 42 not out guided the visitors to 76-3 in reply.
In Division Four, New Mills lost their 100 per cent record at Charlesworth. J Stevens (4-42) and C Mills (4-49) restricted Charlesworth to 168-9, but a man of the match performance by Steve Leech (5-35) saw New Mills bowled out for 166, three runs short of victory.
John Theyer was again the hero as Chapel-en-le-Frith moved into second place with a win over Hazel Grove.
Theyer took 4-39 as Hazel Grove reached 160-7, and the Chapel captain then bludgeoned 84 not out as his side reached 161-2.
Hollingworth remain third after winning at home to Whaley Bridge. S Mohammed took 7-39 as Whaley were all out for 133, before Hollingworth made comparatively light work of the run chase, finishing on 135-4.
Habib Choudhury top-scored with 81 not out, supported by James McCarthy (40) and Fred Barlow (40 not out), as High Lane made 207-2 against Compstall, who in turn were restricted to 169-9. Skipper Jarred Ince led the way with 86, but Ian Halford took 5-47 for High Lane.
Buxworth took the spoils in a low-scoring game at Hadfield, who were bowled out for 73, thanks in part to Terry Dodds (6-26).
In reply, Liam Doyle (4-16) took four wickets in four balls but Buggy hung on to finish on 75-7.