A SIX-WICKET haul by Andrew Holmes saw Division One New Mills on their way to victory over Old Glossop in a low-scoring affair at Church Road on Saturday.
The visitors batted first and, despite 33 from M Woodcock, were dismissed for 82, with Holmes finishing with figures of 6-27. Holmes then contributed 27 not out with the bat as New Mills reached their target for the loss of four wickets.
In the local derby at Birch Vale, the hosts won the toss against Hayfield and made 211-9. Tom Isherwood (67) and Steve Burns (49) top-scored for Birch, with J Unsworth (4-50) and Gaz Davies (3-49) starring with the ball. In reply, Hayfield reached 72-4 before heavy rain forced the match to be abandoned.
Dove Holes won the toss at Hawk Green and made 194-7, Dave Cartledge top-scoring with 64. In reply, Craig Young hit 89 and Justin Blackhurst scored 38 not out as Hawk Green made 195-4 to claim victory.
Buxton travelled to Dinting and, having batted first, were bowled out for 148, I Betts top-scoring with 33 as C Wyche took 3-32 and B Thompson 3-20. Dinting lost only two wickets in reaching 149-2, Danny Brightmore finishing 58 not out and Ped Seville 49 not out.
Hazel Grove travelled to Broadbottom and amassed 201-7 thanks to Nick Heywood (41) and Rick Burke (39 not out), while Adam Demidh took 3-46 and J Rowbottom 3-70.
Andrew Grant (57) and Andrew Allcock (33) contributed to Newton’s 181 all out at home to Tintwistle, with P Higginbottom taking 6-49. Martin Knight then hit a magnificent 97 for Tintwistle as they made 184-3 to reach victory.
Victory for Mottram at home to High Lane moved them to the top of Division Two. Mottram declared on 233-9, thanks to knocks from Steffan Fielden (61) and J Smith (62), while Danny Richardson took 5-25. High Lane then had no answer to the bowling of Mike Scott (5-31) or A Burke (3-25) as they were skittled for just 55. Compstall played host to Hollingworth and made 161 all out, S Jackson making 65 as Dave Morris took 6-34. In reply Hollingworth had reached 108-4 before the rain intervened, J Leach on 45 not out.
Woodley travelled to Hadfield and made 198-8 in their 45 overs, C Wilson making 64 and N Bradford 31 not out as Bob Hirst took 4-57. Hadfield had reached 45-3 when the weather halted proceedings.
Andy Hibbert made 88 as Chapel-en-le-Frith reached 200-7 at home to Charlesworth. Rain again forced an early end to the match, with Charlesworth on 64-3.
Whaley Bridge travelled to Buxworth and finished on 195 all out, with Neil Woolley making 40 and Lee Jones 34, while N Critchlow made 3-44. Joe Hall smashed 75 in reply, but 5-27 from Ed Kitchen helped dismiss Buxworth for 127.
In Division Three, Mottram batted first at High Lane and made an impressive 225-3, M Nixon with a superb 97 as J Marsden made 37 and S Turnbull 39. In reply, Ian Halford hit 45 as High Lane reached 94-6 before rain intervened.
Hayfield batted first at home to Birch Vale and made 209 all out, C South making 35 and A Ney 38 while S Caldwell took 4-51. In reply Birch Vale could only reach 150 all out, J Spencer top-scoring with 60 as A Ney took 5-49.
A century from Josh Stevens (106) and 48 from Martin Cooper put league leaders New Mills in the driving seat at Old Glossop. The Millers made 290-8, with Ivan Twist taking 3-61. Old Glossop were 80-2 in reply - J Taylor scoring 46 - when the heavens opened.
Tintwistle batted first at home to Newton and were dismissed for 135, J Koria taking 7-35 for the visitors. Newton had no answer to S Barrow (5-27) or J Patel (3-32) as they were bowled out for 68.
Hawk Green made just 74 at Dove Holes, Corey Flint taking 6-34 and Kev Waterhouse 4-30. Dove Holes lost five wickets chasing their target, finishing on 76-5.
Woodley hosted Dinting, but despite Dave Hotson hitting 38 they were bowled out for 126 as S Garlick and Zach Goddard both took 4-35. J Brotherton made 57 for Dinting as they reached 127 for the loss of just one wicket.
In Division Four, J Wood finished on 111 not out as Chapel-en-le-Frith smashed their way to 257-6 away at Charlesworth, S Marren taking 4-76. John Theyer then took 8-26 as Charlesworth collapsed to 67 all out.
Broadbottom travelled to Hazel Grove and were skittled out for 55, Jake Bennett taking 4-13. In reply, Hazel Grove reached 56-5 to claim victory, Danny France having taken 3-17.
P Cleams (68), L Broad (39) and I Marginson (31) all starred as Hadfield made 221 at Buxton, E Cash-Davies taking 6-50. Buxton struggled to 76 all out in reply, Tim Budd finishing on 34 not out as J Hollingworth took 6-33.
Compstall made the trip to Hollingworth and finished on 225 all out, D Higginbottom hitting a fine 132 as R Gibson took 4-39. Hollingworth were 189-8 before the rain arrived, Andy Tindall having made 59 and J Abbott taking 4-65.
A magnificent 116 by Mike Madden, supported by Callum McIlveen (69) and Stuart Milner (36), helped Whaley Bridge score a huge 239-5 at home to Buxworth. D Bedworth took 3-41. Buxworth were struggling at 84-8 before they were saved by the rain.