McIlvenny’s masterful ton sees Birch Vale cruise to victory

Dove Holes CC v Hadfield, Dove's Matt Baldwin loses his wicket
Dove Holes CC v Hadfield, Dove's Matt Baldwin loses his wicket

CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH suffered a comprehensive drubbing at the hands of local rivals Hayfield on Saturday, in Division One of the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League.

Hosts Hayfield posted 233-3 after fine knocks from Shane Furness (54) and C Hudson (55), while Will Gratton picked up a couple of wickets for the visitors. In reply, Tom Kelly top-scored with 34, but D Aldridge (2-33) and David Platt (5-26) reduced Chapel to 105 all out.

Dove Holes CC v Hadfield, Dove's Kieran Jones edges to slip.

Dove Holes CC v Hadfield, Dove's Kieran Jones edges to slip.

Dinting extended their lead at the top of the table with a win at Hawk Green.

The visitors reached 259-9, thanks to Greg Harwick (85) and skipper Adam Wilson (77), while Jason Downey (4-29) and skipper Mike Hudson (3-38) hit back, and keeper Graham Bowden took four smart catches.

Jordan Henderson bludgeoned 102 off 55 balls in reply, and Craig Young hit a valiant 34, but it was all in vain as John Coleman (3-55) and Jarrod Massey (3-39) dismissed Green for 232.

Buxton visited Hazel Grove and went home with a much-needed victory (see back page report).

New Mills CC v Buxworth, Mark Drabble bowling for the visitors

New Mills CC v Buxworth, Mark Drabble bowling for the visitors

Compstall scored an impressive 195-6 at home against visitors Birch Vale, thanks to James Stanton (58) and skipper Paul Needham (50). J Kennedy (3-43) was the pick of the Birch bowlers. In reply, Tom McIlvenny scored a masterful century as Birch cruised to victory, finishing on 201-4.

Broadbottom moved into contention at the top of the table after victory at home to Tintwistle. Richard Baron top-scored for the home side with 83, but another fine spell of slow bowling from Nipper Harris (6-62) saw Broadbottom dismissed for 172. The Tintwistle reply was hampered by Jay Riley (4-16) as the visitors were all out for 84.

Closest game of the day came at Old Glossop, who entertained Newton. The home side batted first and posted 194-7, thanks to Jonathon Wright (72), while Andy Grant and Lee Turner both chipped in with three wickets a piece for Newton.

In a topsy turvey run chase, Dec Hall took 3-41 for Old Glossop, but 41 from Andy Grant and 43 not out from Alan Barnard saw Newton creep over the winning line to reach 197-9.

New Mills CC v Buxworth, Millers opener Stuart Whitchurch

New Mills CC v Buxworth, Millers opener Stuart Whitchurch

New Mills remain on track for promotion in Division Two after victory over struggling Buxworth. Miles Palmer Williams (38) top-scored for the Millers, but the bowling of M Critchlow (3-47) and M Drabble (5-37) reduced the home side to 147 all out. Dave Ward (4-30) and Jamie Henderson (3-14) reduced Buxworth to 13-6, but a superb rearguard action from C Reynolds (42) and Daniel Gilbride (35) saw the visitors finish the day on 120 all out.

Charlesworth stay on course for promotion after victory in a low-scoring game at Woodley. The visitors struggled to 142-9, with Andy Pannett (3-38) and Neil Bradford (3-30). P Littlewood (4-43) saw Woodley’s reply splutter to 127 all out.

Hadfield remain in contention at the top after a regulation win at Dove Holes. The home side was restricted to 137 all out thanks to excellent bowling from C Eyre (4-64) and M Hockey (3-23). M Johnson was the only batsman to trouble the scorers with 44. Hadfield’s Lee Martin (32) top-scored as the visitors finished on 138-5.

D Morris (53) and C Leech (65 not out) helped Hollingworth to 164-5 at home to Mottram. M Scott (3-34) was the pick of the bowlers. Mottram were reduced to 101-9 in reply, thanks to S Morris (3-51) and D Morris (4-57), but a magnificent 55 from C Clayton put on 58 for the last wicket as they reached 159 all out, six runs short of victory.

Luke Schofield top-scored with 36 for Whaley Bridge as they were bowled out by visitors High Lane for 137, thanks to Tyler Eiselt (4-37) and Tim Pearson (4-32). Despite the efforts of Ed Ford (4-63) and Dale Jones (3-41), opener C Hanson hit 25 not out as High Lane edged to victory, reaching 141-8.

Woodley strengthened their position at the top of Division Three after annihilating Birch Vale.

The Stockport visitors scored a respectable 206-8, thanks to Phil Harris (62) and T Bartlett (39 not out), while the pick of the Birch bowlers was E Noblett (5-72). In reply, Birch capitulated to 83 all out as Dave Hotson took 6-29.

Dinting remain in second place after a comfortable victory over Hawk Green. The home side scored 229-6 in a rain-reduced 41 overs, with Martin Platt (53), Matt Coleman (62) and Jim Brotherton (40) the notable contributors. The Green responded brightly through Murray Hill (42) and Dave Wilks (47), but Adam Worral took 5-72 as Green were bowled out for 150.

Buxton are struggling at the bottom of the table after defeat at home to Dove Holes. Buxton put Dove in to bat and were rewarded when they bowled the visitors out for just 138. S Cartledge made a dogged 44, but the rest of the batsmen had no answer to the bowling of M Eyre (5-29) and Phil Bentley (4-28). Buxton’s elation, however, was short lived as R Jones (5-39) ripped through the batting line-up as they stumbled to 85 all out.

Aaron Broadley (49) top-scored for Broadbottom at Tintwistle, but the visitors could only manage 149-7. In reply, the prolific Sam Bird hit 61 during a match-winning total of 153-5.

Mottram scored their first home victory of the season against Hayfield. Oliver Andrews (58) and John Marsden (34) helped Mottram post 156 all out, with James Redfern (5-51) doing the damage with the ball for Hayfield. The visitors were always on the back foot, and had no answer to the bowling of Harry Moore (4-35) and Matthew Kromolicki (3-33) as they were bowled out for 120.

Old Glossop came out on top at Newton. The home side batted first and thanks to C Handforth (40) and Stuart Nugent (46) scored 179-9. Veteran Ivan Twist (3-30) was the best of the Old Glossop bowlers. The hosts lost wickets at regular intervals in reply, but Steve Jones (62) and A Parker (49) saw them chase down the runs to reach 182-7.

New Mills continue to dominate proceedings at the top of Division Four with a comfortable win away at Buxworth. The home side were bowled out for just 119, with Josh Stevens (3-36) and Craig Mills (4-32) doing the damage. Brother Scott hit 38 not out in reply, and Tom Streets reached 52 not out in a total of 120-2.

High Lane moved into the promotion chase after beating Whaley Bridge at home.

Fourteen-year-old Joe Chorlton top-scored with 54, while A Gibson took 5-65 for Whaley. Chris Hey took 3-6 as Whaley slumped to 93 all out in reply.

Liam Millen, dropped from the first team, responded magnificently as Compstall rattled up 244-5 away at Charlesworth.

Millen hit a masterly 135 not out, ably supported by James Webb (49 not out). Millen then took 5-33 as Charlesworth struggled to 163-9.

Josh Radcliffe also had a good day. He took 5-52 for Chapel-en-le-Frith at home to Hollingworth, but Ryan McNee (43) and J Miller (48) allowed the visitors to post a respectable 156-9.

Saj Mohammed responded by taking three Chapel wickets for 42 runs, but Jim Wood (45) and man of the match Radcliffe (66) saw Chapel ease home finishing on 157-6.

Hadfield were bowled out for just 63 at home to Hazel Grove. Luke Bennett returned career best figures of 11 overs, six maidens, seven wickets for just seven runs. Grove were 37-1, but then lost nine wickets for just seven runs, when Alex Ball took an amazing six wickets for five runs. The visitors collapsed to just 44 all out.