PS Derbyshire & Cheshire League: week 21

Hayfield CC v Woodley, Jamie Kay of Woodley

Hayfield CC v Woodley, Jamie Kay of Woodley

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The penultimate weekend of action saw a number of promotion and relegation issues settled in the PS Derbyshire & Cheshire League.

In Division One, Hawk Green clinched the championship after a narrow win at mid-table Broadbottom.

Hayfield CC v Woodley, Jamie Kay of Woodley is run out by a direct hit

Hayfield CC v Woodley, Jamie Kay of Woodley is run out by a direct hit

Andy Bickley’s 65 was partly to thank for the visitors’ winning tally, although a superb knock of 117 from A Walsh ran the champions agonisingly close in a total of 241-8.

The result ensures Hawk Green go one better than 2013, when they finished second.

Birch Vale batted first at Tintwistle but could only post 96, Will Freeman top scoring with 46 as Matt Robinson took a splendid 8-45.

Tintwistle surpassed their target for the loss of six wickets.

That result, combined with Whaley Bridge winning away at Old Glossop, confirmed Birch Vale’s relegation.

Last year’s champions Dinting came up short away at Compstall, who amassed 164-9 when pitched in first.

Despite 50 from Martyn Knight, Dinting failed to beat their target as they remained third.

Woodley batted first at second-placed Hayfield and scored 180-7, Jamie Kay impressing with 63.

Gaz Davies then struck 77 for the hosts, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 25 runs short on 155-9 to end their title charge.

Mottram smashed 259-4 batting first at home to relegated Dove Holes, Jordan Irons smacking 80.

Dove then collapsed in reply, Mike Scott taking 6-19 in the rout.

In Division Two, New Mills secured the title by virtue of walkover against High Lane, who exited the league earlier in the campaign.

Hadfield knew that a win away at Buxton would seal their promotion and they started by bowling out the hosts for 125, with Rick Ball steaming to 8-40. In reply R Tranter was unbeaten on 30 as Hadfield reached 131-5 with relative ease.

Buxworth batted first at Chapel and had no answer to the bowling of K Hallam (4-42) or J Jackson (5-35) as they went for 91. Chapel then reached 92-5.

Newton batted first at Hazel Grove and saw Sam Stephens hit 102 in a total of 206, though the hosts went on to win by six wickets.

Charlesworth limped to a narrow win at home to Hollingworth.