Another damp day greeted play in the Peak Sports Derbyshire and Cheshire Cricket League on Saturday, but despite some wet grounds and heavy downpours throughout the afternoon several games saw a result.
Birch Vale hosted New Mills in Division One and, having put the visitors into bat, soon bowled them out for 149, R Johnson taking 4-64 as J Henderson made 52. The result was never in doubt as Birch lost only one wicket in reply, Tom McIlvenny finishing with 88 while D Isherwood was 53 not out.
Hazel Grove made 270-6 at Hayfield, Andy Oldfield hitting 94 and Rick Burke 73 not out, while C Unsworth took 5-66. Hayfield reached victory as they completed their chase for the loss of five wickets. Top-scoring was R Evans (50), S Hudson (46) and D Aldridge (36 not out).
Hawk Green hosted Dinting in a battle between the two championship hopefuls. The home side batted first and made 165 all out thanks to 52 from Jordan Henderson and 47 from Craig Young, while John Coleman returned figures of 7-44.
In reply Dinting reached their target for the loss of six wickets as Gaz Gerrard hit a superb 80 and D Brightmore made 41.
Broadbottom asked Newton to bat first and the home side made an impressive 194-4 as Lennie Allsopp smashed an unbeaten 96, backed up by S Wild’s 41. In reply Broadbottom could only reach 98-8 as Lennie Allsopp completed a fine all-round display with 4-37, while bowling partner C Harris took 4-53.
There was no play between Tintwistle and Buxton or Old Glossop and Dove Holes
In Division Two, Whaley Bridge entertained Woodley and bowled the visitors out for 76, Dale Jones taking 4-43 and Eddie Ford 6-32.
After a two-hour rain delay the players could finally retake the field and Whaley soon secured victory, reaching 78-4 as Dec Ryan finished 38 not out.
Hollingworth were at home to Charlesworth and restricted the visitors to 132-7, N Bennett making 47 and George Whitney 35 as M Gibson took 4-43. Hollingworth struggled in reply and despite Tom Conway’s 47 could only reach 114 all out, D Wood taking 5-24 and J Wardle 4-23.
Compstall batted first at Chapel-en-le-Frith and had a seventh-wicket partnership of 112 between R Chew (36) and Josh Webb (77) to thank for their total of 185-8, J Jackson claiming 3-63 and J Hawtin 3-47. Chapel cruised to victory with six wickets in hand as Gary Pheasey was unbeaten on 61, Andy Hibbert scored 42 and J Hawtin made 33.
Hadfield batted first at home to Mottram and were bowled out for 62, M Scott taking 4-34 and S Grinstead 4-6. Steffan Fielding finished on 38 not out as Mottram reached their target for the loss of four wickets, Rick Tranter having taken 3-29.
Buxworth raced to 97-1 batting first at home to High Lane, Joe Hall with a brutal 66 not out, but a torrential downpour left the square underwater and the game was abandoned.
In Division Three, Cameron Malik bowled a hat-trick as Birch Vale completed a double over New Mills. Birch amassed 208, P Trueman with 86 and M Walsh 55 as S Coverley took 3-41 and C Mills 4-57.
New Mills were never in the chase largely thanks to Malik (6-38) and were dismissed for 112, with only Ben Boardman (46) offering any resistance.
Hayfield travelled to High Lane and posted a score of 173 all out, K Sharp making 44 and B Adamson 36 on a tough wicket, while Ian Halford took 3-36 and Chris Hey grabbed 5-22. High Lane had no answer to K Sharp (4-13) and S Adamson (4-25) as they struggled to 61 all out.
Old Glossop were bowled out for 109 at Dove Holes, Kev Waterhouse taking 4-73. Dove reached their target for the loss of five wickets, P Scowan hitting 35.
The matches between Woodley and Tintwistle, Dinting and Hawk Green and Mottram and Newton were all abandoned without a ball being bowled.
In-form Hazel Grove climbed to the top of Division Four with victory over Buxworth, who were restricted to 54 all out with Jake Bennett finishing with figures of 3-6.
Chapel-en-le-Frith travelled to Compstall and made 136 all out, John Theyer top-scoring with 40 as Vinnie Clarke took 6-50. It proved to be just enough as Compstall finished agonisingly short on 127 all out, Clarke (36) and Jarad Ince (34) the pick of the batsmen.
Buxton batted first at home to Whaley Bridge and made 113 all out, Tim Budd hitting 46 as Colin Wild took 3-25 and H Holden 4-11.
Whaley had no answer to the Buxton bowling trio of E Cash-Davies (3-22) Phil Bentley (3-11) and R Hawley (4-21), and fell 28 runs short.
The star performers in the game between Broadbottom and Hadfield rolled back the years as veteran Rick Ball hit 46 out of Hadfield’s 92-8, while the vastly experienced Stephen Croft took 5-14. It proved to be Ball’s day though as he then took 6-16 as Broadbottom collapsed to 65 all out.
There was no play between Charlesworth and Hollingworth.