Only nine points separate the top three teams in the First Division after rain wreaked havoc with the latest round of fixtures in the Intersport Monkhouse Derbyshire and Cheshire League.
Leaders Hawk Green were saved from possible defeat when a weather-affected match came to a halt at New Mills. They restricted the hosts to 157-8, with Jordan Henderson taking 3-35, but they were struggling on 65-6 in reply when the overs ran out and the game was declared a draw.
In contrast, second-placed Broadbottom were denied probable victory at home to bottom-of-the-table Compstall, who were 44-5, in reply to the home side’s 206-4, when stumps were drawn. Three players, Chris Cheetham-Roberts (59), Ryan Welsh (51) and Dodd (51), struck half-centuries for Broadbottom.
The third team still chasing the title, with three matches to play, are Dinting, who also had to be content with a draw after bossing their game at Hadfield. They totalled 188-7, with Bleakley hitting 53, before reducing the home side to 111-8 as Greg Harwick took 6-26.
Elsewhere, in one of the few matches to reach a definite conclusion, Joe Hall took a hat-trick in figures of 5-23 to lead Old Glossop to a 109-run victory at home to Buxworth. They made only 144, but it proved more than enough as Hall and Dan Gilbride (5-11) blew Buxworth away for just 35.
Tintwistle almost recorded a similar win at home to Dove Holes. After being bowled out for 141, they had the visitors hanging on at 89-9 at the close.
Rain also played a major impact on the Second Division programme, but runaway leaders Woodley continued their march towards the title by dominating bottom team Offerton. After declaring on 200-8, of which Paul Turner struck 74, they restricted the hosts to 100-5 in reply.
Woodley’s closest rivals, Hazel Grove, couldn’t even finish their innings before the rain fell at Hollingworth. They were on 108-5 at the time.
In other games, Birch Vale posted a six-wicket win at home to Charlesworth, whom they skittled for 111.