Dale (7-44) dents Dove Holes’ promotion challenge

Dale Jones in action for Whaley Bridge in their match against Doveholes.
Dale Jones in action for Whaley Bridge in their match against Doveholes.

DINTING’S unbeaten record came to an end as the top two went head-to-head in Division One of the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League on Saturday.

D Brightmore (59) and Ped Seville (56) led Dinting to an impressive total of 240-9 at home to Broadbottom. In reply, the visitors were never in trouble and a masterful 127 not out from Aaron Walsh saw them cruise to victory, ending the day on 242-5.

Doveholes batsman Shaun Cartledge drives the ball for four in their match against Whaley Bridge.

Doveholes batsman Shaun Cartledge drives the ball for four in their match against Whaley Bridge.

Third-placed Hawk Green scored 242-6 at Hayfield thanks in the main to Sam Messih (59) and Craig Young (80). Josh Unsworth (3-92) was the pick of the Hayfield bowlers. Hayfield were cruising in reply thanks to an opening partnership of 187, but Sam Messih took four wickets in quick succession to leave the home side in trouble at 236-9 with one over to go. But thanks to four byes and two no balls in the last over, Hayfield crept over the line with just two balls to spare.

Hazel Grove posted a respectable 196-8 away to Old Glossop, despite 4-44 from Matt Woodcock. In reply, J Wright top-scored with 52, but a fine spell of bowling from M Clayton (5-67) saw the home side bowled out for 189, just eight runs short of victory.

Tintwistle stumbled to another defeat at Newton. M Barnard took 6-42 in a total of 128 all out for Tintwistle. Andy Grant then hit a quick-fire 58 not out as Newton reached 132-3 off just 25 overs.

Chapel-en-le-Frith are rooted to the bottom of the table after defeat at home to fellow strugglers Compstall. Despite an unbeaten 57 from Gary Pheasey, the home side could only manage 123 all out after Mark Richards took 3-36 and junior J Webb 4-16. Stuart Jackson (57 not out) steered Compstall to a much-needed victory in a total of 124-3.

Doveholes batsman Matt Baldwin returns to the pavilion after being caught out by Sam Slack in their match against Whaley Bridge.

Doveholes batsman Matt Baldwin returns to the pavilion after being caught out by Sam Slack in their match against Whaley Bridge.

Buxton also picked up precious points at home to Birch Vale.

New Mills maintained their 100 per cent record in Division Two after another decisive victory away at Hadfield. The Millers rattled up an impressive 251-6 after knocks from Ash Burgess (63) and Stefan Fielding (65). M Hockey (3-29) was the pick of the Hadfield bowlers. Ash Burgess took 3-22 in reply, but a stoic rearguard action from Ryan Murray (76 not out) saw Hadfield end the day on 179-5.

Charlesworth moved into second place after outplaying hosts High Lane. The visitors scored an impressive 173-7 on a historically bowler-friendly track, with E Morley (56) top-scoring and T Eiselt finishing with figures of 3-41. High Lane had no answer to the bowling of Gareth Evans (7-32) as the home side capitulated to 78 all out.

Basement side Hollingworth could only manage 155 all out at home to Woodley after Danny Kay (5-14) ripped through the home side’s batting line-up. Woodley strolled to victory after S Jones scored 53 not out in a total of 157-2.

Buxworth slipped to another defeat at Mottram. Liam Wright took 7-54 as Buxworth collapsed to 134 all out. Mottram lost early wickets, but A Metcalf (42 not out) steadied the ship and Liam Wright (44 not out) completed a fine all-round performance in a total of 135-5.

Promotion candidates Dove Holes lost ground after defeat at Whaley Bridge. Dove were bowled out for just 148 after Dale Jones took 7-44. Dec Ryan then hit 66 as Whaley cruised to victory, finishing on 151-3.

Buxton still look favourites to be relegated from Division Three despite an unlikely victory at Birch Vale on Saturday.

Josh Bannister (41) led the Birch charge, but C Davies took 6-61 as the hosts were bowled out for 162. In reply, the visitors lost early wickets, and it was left to C Holden (48 not out) to guide them to 166-6.

Woodley’s promotion assault is back on track after a comprehensive victory at home to Mottram. Woodley scored 200-8 after 16-year-old J Hounslow top-scored with 78, while A Brown took 4-47 for the visitors. In reply Mottram were never at the races, and Tom Bartlett took 4-11 as Mottram collapsed to just 104 all out.

Dinting kept up the pressure by claiming maximum points away at Broadbottom. Dinting scored 238-6, with A Worrall (36) top-scoring. In reply, I Fielding top-scored with 64 for Broadbottom, but D Acomb responded with 6-55 as the home side were dismissed for 208.

Newton stay third after the annihilation of Dinting away. A Turner (6-33) helped dismiss Tintwistle for just 68, before Johnson hit an unbeaten half century to guide Newton to victory on 69-3.

Hayfield came out on top in a high-scoring game at Hawk Green. Skipper Murray Hill (79) and 12-year-old Elliott Young (48 off 30 balls) helped Green post a respectable 229-9. Steve Farmer batted aggressively from the start and Hayfield were always up with the run rate, but four wickets for Young saw Hayfield under pressure. It was left to A Cox with some hard-hitting to steer the visitors to victory, ending the day on 230-6 with five overs to spare.

In a one-sided game at Dove Holes, Old Glossop were bowled out for just 94 after M Wagstaffe and K Waterhouse took 3-24 and 3-14 respectively. P Scowan (56 not out) made light work of the target, as Dove reached 95-1.

New Mills continue to dominate proceedings in Division Four after victory at home to Hadfield. Veteran Alistair Stevens hit a superb 115 not out, and Scott Mills struck 59, in a total of 247-7. J Stevens (4-29) and Craig Mills (4-43) helped dismiss Hadfield for 119.

Bottom club Buxworth entertained Chapel-en-le-Frith and scored 176-9 in their allotted overs. C Pike top-scored with 55, while Mike Pheasey took 4-65. In reply, Nick Pearson scored a sublime 112 not out in a total of 177-1.

High Lane remain in third place following a hard-fought victory at Charlesworth. Despite a defiant 65 from Steve Marron, the home side was restricted to 164 all out after J McCarthy took 3-15 and H Choudhury 4-28. High Lane wickets fell at a steady rate, but knocks from Habib Choudhury (77) and Andy Quesin (50 not out) saw High Lane take maximum points, ending the day on 168-7.

Compstall continued their improvement at home to Hollingworth, posting 206-8. Higginbottom contributed with 57 and Phil Jarvis slogged a quick-fire 56 not out at the end. Hollingworth struggled in reply, with only M Osborne (36 not out) contributing, while veteran Neil Cooper took 5-17 as the visitors were bowled out for just 98.

In a low-scoring game at Hazel Grove, visitors Whaley Bridge made 123 all out, with A Gibson top-scoring with 35. The Grove struggled in reply, but an excellent 48 not out from Luke Bennett saw the home side storm to victory, knocking the runs off for the loss of seven wickets and with ten overs to spare.