Frustration as rain affects fixture list

Dove Holes CC v Whaley Bridge, Keiran Jones opens the attack for Dove
Dove Holes CC v Whaley Bridge, Keiran Jones opens the attack for Dove

Dinting continue to lead the way in Division One of the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League after getting the better of Broadbottom in a rain-affected draw.

Broadbottom won the toss and put the visitors into bat, and thanks to a superb 101 from run machine Adam Wilson, scored 238-8. In reply Broadbottom were struggling on 144-8 when the heavens opened.

Tintwistle slipped up at home to Newton. Tint batted first and scored a respectable 192-5. K Davies top-scored with 50.

In reply Newton eased to victory, with a fine 73 from Allcock the highlight in a total of 194-5.

Buxton moved up the table with a win at Birch Vale (see back page report).

Chapel-en-le-Frith emerged victorious in a bottom-of-the-table clash at home to Compstall, who could only manage 154-5 in their allotted overs. J Taylor top-scored with 44.

The Chapel batsmen strolled to the target finishing on 160-2 Tom Kelly top-scored with 59 not out and J Hawtin also scored a half century.

Due to a shortage of players, John Richards played for the first team, and became only the second person (after Billy Higginbottom) to have played in every decade since the league’s inception in 1952.

Hazel Grove were on top in a rain-affected draw at home to Old Glossop.

The Grove batted first and thanks to the usual suspects, N Hayward (81) and Geoff Noden (45), scored 164-7. Matt Woodcock was the pick of the Old Glossop bowlers with 3-35.

Andy Rogers with 4-23 ensured Old Glossop were always on the back foot in the run chase. They were 78-6 when thankfully the rain came.

Hawk Green won the toss at home to Hayfield and chose to bat, and a fine opening partnership of 147 from Sam Messih (90) and Mike Shenton (76) saw Hawk Green score 212-7 when a tropical thunderstorm brought a premature end to the game.

Charlesworth remain top of Division Two after a rain-affected draw at home to High Lane. The visitors batted first and scored 152 all out.

D Wood produced a magnificent spell of bowling and finished with figures of 6-36. Charlesworth were 73-2 when the rain came.

New Mills were also frustrated by the elements at home to Hadfield. The Millers batted first and new signing Stefan Fielding top-scored with 81 not out in a competitive total of 209-6.

Mike Hockey was the pick of the Hadfield bowlers with 3-70. Once again the rain intervened.

Hollingworth remain rooted at the bottom of the table after scraping a rain-affected draw at Woodley.

The home side batted first, and a superb 109 not out from N Bradford saw Woodley post a potentially match-winning score of 245-5.

J Trowsdale took 3-31 and Andy Pannett 4-9 as the Hollingworth batsmen stumbled to 82-9, but the rain came frustratingly for Woodley.

Mottram travelled to Buxworth and scored 214-8 thanks to a sparkling 95 not out from D Elliott. M Drabble was the pick of the Buxworth bowlers with 4-49. Enter stage left, the rain.

More of the same at Dove Holes, who entertained Whaley Bridge.

The visitors scored 211-6 with Darren Crompton scoring 79 before rain brought about a premature end to the game.

In Division Three, Woodley maintained their undefeated start to the season with a hard-fought victory at Mottram.

The visitors batted first and scored 190-8, Steve Richards showing the way with 84 not out. Mottram battled bravely, but Dave Nelson (4-48) and R Billenge (4-34) saw the home side capitulate to 143 all out.

Dinting remain close on Woodley’s heels after destroying Broadbottom at home. A Logan took 5-27 as the visitors were skittled out for just 74. Glen Draper hit a quick-fire 55 not out as Dinting sailed past the target without losing a wicket.

The rain left Newton frustrated when they played host to Tintwistle. The home side were 151 all out, with J Blackwell taking three wickets for just 27 runs.

The Tintwistle reply was stumbling along on 80-5 (S Nugent 2-11) when the rain rescued them.

Buxton and Birch had to settle for a rain-affected draw. Birch batted first, and the ever-reliable Steve Burns scored a masterly 128 in a total of 225-5. In reply, Tim Budd hit 50 not out in a total of 106-3 before the rain came.

The matches between Hayfield and Hawk Green, and Old Glossop and Dove Holes, were abandoned without a ball being bowled.

New Mills top Division Four after another comprehensive victory, this time away at Hayfield. The home side batted first and were bowled out for just 126 after J Stevens had taken four wickets.

New Mills piled on the runs, as Alistair Stevens (63 not out) and S Shah (59 not out) saw the Millers cruise to victory.

Compstall restricted visitors Hollingworth to 185-6 in their allotted overs. Pete Morris (73) and Ryan Moore (49 not out) were the stars with the bat for Hollingworth.

Compstall had no answer to the bowling of Saj and Naseer Mohammed, who took 3-14 and 4-23 respectively, and were bowled out for the lowest score of the season, finishing on 41 all out.

Chapel remain in second place after a close finish at home against Buxworth.

Chapel batted first, and thanks largely to Jordan Pickering (49) scored 128-8. T Dodds took 5-12 and Chris Dodds also took 3-20 with the ball for Buxworth. In reply Buxworth struggled to cope with the bowling of Todd Candlin, who took 6-65, but Buxworth held out and finished on 112-9.

Charlesworth are struggling at the foot of the table, and could only pick up six points at High Lane. Charlesworth batted first and were bowled out for 127.

S Monks’ knock of 53 was the only innings of note. S Roscoe was the best of the High Lane bowlers, and he took 4-25. High Lane were grateful to H Chowdhary who scored 34 in a winning total of 131-6.

Mike Madden was in fine form with the bat when Whaley Bridge entertained Hazel Grove. He smashed 88 in a total of 192-9. Luke Bennett was the cream of the Grove bowlers finishing with 4-35; unfortunately the inclement weather brought a premature end to the game.

* During Whaley Bridge 2nd XI’s win at Compstall on May 7, Andrew Atkins scored his maiden half century, including hitting the winning runs.