DCCL Week 21: Report and pictures

Dove Holes v Buxworth.'Buxworth's Sam Hall in batting action.
Dove Holes v Buxworth.'Buxworth's Sam Hall in batting action.

Matters of champions, promotion and relegation were decided in the DCCL in the penultimate week of the season.

In Division One, the top two met at Buxton as Mottram continue to have their ground drainage revamped.

Dove Holes v Buxworth.'Sam Critchlow in bowling action for Dove Holes.

Dove Holes v Buxworth.'Sam Critchlow in bowling action for Dove Holes.

Visitors Dinting were looking to consolidate their place at the top but were bowled out for 147 as Mike Scott (3-29) and Ryan Fitton (3-35) did the damage.

In reply Mottram reached their target for the loss of six wickets with A Metcalfe and Josh Smith both making 37, meaning they leapfrogged Dinting ahead of the final weekend.

Elsewhere, Rick Baron hit an unbeaten 99 for Broadbottom in a total of 191 all out against visiting Tintwistle. Si Barrow then hit 44 not out but Christopher Cheetham-Roberts took 4-26 and R Blythe 3-7 as Tintwistle went for 149.

Old Glossop slumped to just 93 at Compstall, S Bass with an excellent haul of 7-33. David Bailey then smashed 71 not out to lead Compstall to 96-2.

Dove Holes v Buxworth.'Buxworth's Mike Edwards in batting action for Buxworth.

Dove Holes v Buxworth.'Buxworth's Mike Edwards in batting action for Buxworth.

Hawk Green were in fine form with the bat as they hosted Hadfield and hit an impressive 278-7, Jordan Henderson stealing the plaudits with 115 not out. Hadfield then saw Jonny Tranter hit 86 but Mark Richards’ 5-59 reduced the visitors to 183 all out.

Hayfield had to beat New Mills to have a chance of staying up, and they put on 174-5 as Gareth Davies hit 54 and G Wood 48.

It wasn’t to be enough however as New Mills closed on 177-9 to secure a one-wicket victory, with Malc Strong hitting 64 to send Hayfield down.

In a crucial match at the bottom, Whaley Bridge entertained Woodley with the hosts finishing 126 all out as P Coffey took 6-35. Woodley then collapsed to 87 all out as Eddie Ford took 6-31.

In Division Two, Buxworth travelled to Dove Holes knowing they had to win well to secure promotion.

Batting first the visitors went on to make 209-8, Chris Ripley with 55 and Mike Edwards finishing unbeaten on 49 as Sean Critchlow took 5-74.

Buxworth then secured promotion as they dismissed Dove Holes for 178, Dan Gilbride taking 3-11 and Dave Marchington 3-40 in a result that also confirmed Dove Holes as champions.

Offerton travelled to Birch Vale and were 133 all out, as J Bannister took 4-37. I Sadaqat then took 4-26 and J Thelwell 4-37 as Birch Vale slumped to 67.

High Lane made the trip to Chapel and scored 197-8, Jonny Marshall continuing his fine form with 87. Chapel then saw B Harding hit 68 but 6-30 from Josh Noel ensured the host went for 137.

Newton were dismissed for just 81 against Charlesworth, as Gaz Evans took 6-27. In reply C Saycell (37) and Phil Elliott (30) were both unbeaten to see their side home on 84-3.

Hazel Grove won the toss and elected to bat at Hollingworth, going on to make 260-3 as Nick Hayward scored a superb 97. Hollingworth made an excellent effort of the chase but ultimately finished short on 239-6, Mike Knight carrying his bat for 94.

In Division Three, Hayfield were crowned champions at home to New Mills.

The visitors put on 177-6 when pitched in first, J Cooper smashing 68 for the Millers.

However, it wasn’t enough as Hayfield reached 179-7, with Steve Farmer’s unbeaten 78 sealing the win.

Dinting batted first at home to Mottram and posted 160-8, M Colman hitting 69. Mottram could not reach their target as Steven Garlick took 3-26 to help limit the visitors to 150-8.

Hawk Green scored 194-6 at Hadfield, Craig Young with 63. Rick Ball then hit 65 and Ian Morten 65 not out as Hadfiled closed on 200-4.

Broadbottom travelled to Newton and were bowled out for 159, A Watts making 49. Rowbottom then took 5-28 as the hosts went for 115.

Old Glossop batted first at home to Dove Holes and were 176 all out as Lenny Allsopp hit 47. Dove Holes had no answer to the bowling of either Ivan Twist (5-17) or J Wright (5-19) as they were all out for just 41.

Hollingworth could only make 117 at Woodley, who saw Chris Wilson’s 66 not out earn them a nine-wicket win.

In Division Four, Charlesworth jumped to second as they beat champions Tintwistle, with D Redfern’s unbeaten 109 sealing a 121-run win.

Elsewhere, Hazel Grove saw their promotion push falter as they lost heavily to visiting Whaley Bridge.

There was also wins for Compastall, High Lane and Birch Vale.