Frustration as weather hits weekend fixtures

The players shelter in the pavilion as rain beats down at Dove Holes Cricket Club
The players shelter in the pavilion as rain beats down at Dove Holes Cricket Club

THE RAIN played havoc with last weekend’s fixtures in the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League.

The only match to be completed in Division One saw hosts Chapel-en-le-Frith cruise to victory against Birch Vale.

Having won the toss and decided to bat, Danny Isherwood (39) was the only batsman to offer any resistance as the visitors were bowled out for 108, with Rob Jones and James Hawtin taking 5-27 and 4-32 respectively. Hawtin (69) and T Kelly (22 not out) then guided Chapel to victory for the loss of only one wicket.

Newton v Dinting, Hazel Grove v Hawk Green, Old Glossop v Compstall and Broadbottom v Buxton were all abandoned without a ball being bowled.

No games were completed in Division Two, with New Mills scoring 54-0 at Charlesworth before their match was abandoned.

Woodley elected to bat at High Lane and scored 140-7, S Jones top-scoring with 48, but unfortunately the weather brought a premature end to the game.

A half century from D Morris (55) helped Hollingworth post a total of 172-7 at Dove Holes. M Baldwin (3-25) was the pick of the Dove bowlers.

The game was evenly balanced, with Dove reaching 137-4 in reply thanks to Jack Gregory (59 not out), before the rain intervened.

Hadfield scored 191 all out at Buxworth in a rain-reduced match of 41 overs. L Marsden (65) and R Tranter (39) starred with the bat, while N Critchlow took 4-69 and M Drabble 4-50 with the ball for Buxworth.

The home side were in trouble at 116-6, Joe Hall top-scoring with 63, before the game was called off.

The match between Mottram and Whaley Bridge was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

In Division Three, P Bridge (59 not out) and Tom George (45) helped Dinting to 113-3 off 23 overs against Newton before the rain came.

Steve Burns smashed a quick-fire 104 not out, and M Kennedy hit 64, as Birch Vale declared on 212-2 off just 24 overs against Mottram. The visitors had reached 38-2 in reply before the match was abandoned.

Hayfield visited Tintwistle and scored 120-7, thanks to a knock of 44 not out from A Cox.

Unfortunately his efforts were in vain as rain once again interrupted proceedings.

Broadbottom recorded back to back wins after victory in a low-scoring game at Buxton.

Steve Croft (5-43) and D Stelfox (5-47) dismissed the home side for just 95, with Tim Budd top-scoring with 33. A Watts hit 39 in reply as Broadbottom strolled to a much-needed victory, ending the day on 97-6.

Hawk Green v Dove Holes and Woodley v Old Glossop were abandoned without a ball being bowled.

New Mills remain top of Division Four following a rain-affected draw at home to Charlesworth. The Millers batted first and were indebted to Scott Mills (60) in a total of 152-9.

Steve Marren (7-57) had a superb day with the ball for Charlesworth. Unfortunately no further play was possible.

Fellow promotion hopefuls Chapel-en-le-Frith travelled to Whaley Bridge and restricted them to 167-9, John Theyer (4-70) once again being the pick of the bowlers. Once again rain stopped play.

Hollingworth v Hazel Grove and Hadfield v Buxworth were abandoned without a ball being bowled.