Top-flight return for the Millers

Hayfield CC's Gareth Davies in action at Chapel
Hayfield CC's Gareth Davies in action at Chapel

DINTING need just 11 points from their remaining three games to be crowned Division One champions after a comprehensive victory in a reduced overs game at home to Hawk Green.

DINTING need just 11 points from their remaining three games to be crowned Division One champions after a comprehensive victory in a reduced overs game at home to Hawk Green.

Hayfield CC's keeper Sam Hudson takes a delivery at Chapel

Hayfield CC's keeper Sam Hudson takes a delivery at Chapel

The home side were in trouble after Simon O’Connor took the first four wickets, all caught behind by stand-in keeper Craig Young, but skipper Adam Wilson hit an unbeaten 84 not out, including 30 runs off the last over, to lead his side to an impressive 211-6.

Jordan Henderson (48) and Craig Young (44) battled valiantly, but Chris Wyche (4-37) and Jarrod Massey (3-20) helped dismiss the visitors for 168 all out.

Broadbottom appear to have clinched the runners-up spot after a close game at Tintwistle. The home side scored a challenging 161-6, thanks largely to a superb 72 from Martin Harris. In reply, Broadbottom kept up with the run rate, despite Martin Harris (4-77) keeping things finely balanced, but Adam Demidh (38) and Jay Riley (37) saw the visitors reach their target for the loss of six wickets and with five balls to spare.

Compstall remain firmly ensconced in the relegation battle following defeat at Birch Vale. Stand-in skipper Judd Leyland top-scored with 48 for the home side, but Danny Millen replied with 4-30 to restrict Birch to 170 all out.

Chapel's Jordan Pickering hits a ball through the slips against Hayfield

Chapel's Jordan Pickering hits a ball through the slips against Hayfield

The majority of the Compstall batsmen struggled to cope with the bowling of Rick Johnson (3-62) and Tim Johnson (3-49) and were reduced to 63-5 at one stage, but a magnificent knock of 74 from Stuart Jackson, ably assisted by Andy Jackson (36), left the visitors needing three runs off the last ball to claim an unlikely victory. Unfortunately they could only manage a single.

Chapel-en-le-Frith ensured the relegation battle would go the wire after victory at home to the inconsistent Hayfield. Chapel struggled to 153-7 after Gareth Davies took 4-49, but the Hayfield batting line-up found it difficult to cope with the bowling of James Hawtin (5-83) and J Jackson (4-25) and collapsed to 132 all out.

Martin McGrail (42) top-scored as Old Glossop were restricted to 171-9 at Newton, after Lee turner took 6-50. Mark Barnard smashed a quick-fire 62 in the Newton run chase, but Dec Hall (4-57) and Matt Woodcock (4-71) ensured the game remained finely balanced with Newton on 152-8, before rain forced a premature end to the game.

Buxton took full advantage of Compstall’s defeat after victory at home to Hazel Grove (see facing page).

New Mills CC captain Jonathan Duckworth survives a run out appeal on his way to a top score of 137

New Mills CC captain Jonathan Duckworth survives a run out appeal on his way to a top score of 137

New Mills secured promotion to Division One with victory over Buxworth - and require just two points from their remaining three games to be crowned Division Two champions.

Jonathon Duckworth (137) and Malcy Strong (58) helped the Millers reach 324-8. The pick of the bowlers for Buxworth was C Ripley (4-67). The New Mills opening attack needed just 22 overs to bowl out the home side as Dave Ward (4-20) and J Henderson (4-13) helped dismiss Buxworth for just 45.

Promotion rivals Woodley secured a comprehensive victory at second-placed Charlesworth. The home side could only post 135 all out, after Pete Coffey took 4-51, and Lee Goodwin 4-20. Skipper Danny Kaye (52) and Goodwin (60 not out) guided their side to 139-1.

Hadfield still have an outside chance of promotion following a close-fought victory at home to Dove Holes. J Gregory top-scored with 36, but 4-24 from C Martin meant Dove were restricted to 124-8. Despite K Jones taking 3-38, Rick Tranter scored 39 and Andy Nicholson 33 as Hadfield finished on 125-7.

New Mills CC's Malcy Strong at Buxworth

New Mills CC's Malcy Strong at Buxworth

High Lane moved off the bottom of the table after defeating visitors Whaley Bridge. Despite 31 from Darren Crompton, Whaley slumped to 110 all out after Tyler Eiselt took 4-18 and Carl Hanson 4-36. High Lane were 33-5 at one stage after Dale Jones took 4-34, but a match-winning knock of 44 not out from Fred Barlow saw the home side ease to victory on 111-6.

Mottram played host to Hollingworth, who batted first and had scored 55-2 before rain brought a close to proceedings.

Woodley remain four points clear at the top of Division Three after an emphatic victory at home to Birch Vale.

Jake Hounslow scored a superb 88 out of a Woodley total of 181-8. A depleted Birch Vale had no answer to the bowling of Dave Nelson (4-24) as the visitors collapsed to 76 all out.

Dinting registered maximum points after a narrow victory at Hawk Green. Dinting posted 175-8, with Elliott Young (3-40), Logan Jeffs (2-53) and Joe Dalby (2-18) all starring in a fine all-round bowling performance where all the bowlers were under the age of 17.

Despite losing two early wickets, Dave Wilks led the revival with an overdue 74, but when skipper Murray Hill needlessly ran out Elliott Young for 46, the writing was on the wall, and Josh Acomb (4-14) mopped up the tail as the home side were bowled out for 158.

Newton were left frustrated after the elements robbed them of a certain victory at Old Glossop. Andy Turner took 5-21 as the home side were humbled for just 63 all out.

In reply, Newton were 7-0 when the heavens opened and no further play was possible.

Broadbottom and Tintwistle played out a rain-affected draw.

Tintwistle managed to score 99-8 after D France took 5-30, but following more rain, and in spite of another five-wicket haul for Jimmy Blackwell, Broadbottom hung on, ending the day on 76-8.

Mottram travelled to Hayfield and scored a creditable 192-9. Runs were shared equally among the batsmen, but Simon Waddington took 4-40 and J Redfern returned figures of 3-60 for Hayfield.

The home side started well enough, with Steve Farmer bludgeoning 41 and Huw Davies scoring 47, but Mottram prevailed and bowled out the home side for 151.

Bottom club Buxton pulled off an unlikely victory away at local rivals Dove Holes.

The home side were put into bat and were bowled out for just 75.

In reply, Buxton cruised to victory winning by nine wickets after they finished on 76-1.

New Mills are almost guaranteed to win the Division Four title next week after the annihilation of bottom club Buxworth at home. Craig Mills (5-20) and T Shah (3-7) helped dismiss the visitors for 67.

The Millers made light work of the run chase, winning by nine wickets as Sonny Shah hit 30 not out.

High Lane are in joint second after travelling to Whaley Bridge and coming away victorious.

D Richardson took 4-22 as the home side was restricted to just 119-9.

C Wild then took 4-28 for the home side, but High Lane completed a relatively easy run chase, finishing on 120-6.

Nick Pearson (6-48) was the star of the show for Chapel-en-le-Frith as they dismissed Hollingworth for 100.

Pearson then led the onslaught with the bat as he hit 78 not out in a winning total of 102-3.

Compstall’s blend of youth and experience was evident when they entertained Charlesworth.

The visitors were bowled out for 108 after veteran warrior Neil Cooper took 5-29.

In reply, opener Rob Bradley and young skipper Jarrod Ince hit 40 not out and 43 not out respectively as Compstall won by seven wickets.

In the other game in the division, Hadfield travelled to Hazel Grove and posted 160-9. R Maniak top-scored with 55 for the visitors, and Jake Bennett (5-40) was the pick of the Grove bowlers.

Hazel Grove struggled with the bat, and 12-year-old Cameron Ball took 5-20 as the home side were dismissed for 140.