HAWK Green’s title defence in the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League got off to the worst possible start when they were demolished by Division One new boys Broadbottom.
New skipper Mike Hudson won the toss and put Broady in to bat, and thanks to a hard-hitting 59 from Chris Cheetham-Roberts and a belligerent 63 from Jay Riley they reached 257 all out. Jordan Henderson was the pick of the Hawk Green bowlers with 6-47 off eight overs. Despite an opening first-wicket stand of 50 by Mike Shenton and Sam Messih, Hawk collapsed under the bowling of J Rowbottom and G Whitney (3-41) to 156 all out, with extras top-scoring with 48.
New signing A Wilson top-scored with 79 and M Lawson hit 52 as Dinting secured an emphatic victory at Chapel. In reply to 252-6, Chapel capitulated to 87 all out.
Hayfield came out on top in a closely-fought game against neighbours Birch Vale. Hayfield batted first and posted 220-9, with Sam Hudson (61) and Dave Aldridge (64 not out) starring with the bat and Dave Bradshaw finishing with bowling figures of 4-92. A defiant 54 from N Kennedy was not enough to save Birch, who had no answer to the bowling of D Platt (4-85) and Dave Aldridge (3-45). The visitors finished on 198 all out.
Compstall were soundly beaten at Hazel Grove. In reply to 187-6 - Nick Hayward and Alan Oldfield both scored 36, while Mark Richards finished with figures of 3-65 - Compstall were bowled out for 110, with only Rob Bradley’s stoic 27 offering any resistance to the bowling of Ian Hayward (3-33) and A Rogers (6-26).
Newton entertained newcomers Buxton and came out on top in a tight contest (see match report).
Matt Robinson top-scored with 49 as Tintwistle made 192-6 at Old Glossop. Damien Weatherhead chipped in with 43, while new signing Mark Allan (3-43) was the best of the Glossop bowlers. In reply, Steve Allcock (38) and Martin McGrail (31) helped Old Glossop across the finishing line, reaching 193-8.
In Division Two, New Mills put aside last year’s heartache by winning a one-sided encounter over High Lane. New signing Stefan Fielding top-scored with 49, and along with D Coverley (41) took the score to 218-7. High Lane struggled against the guiles of Malcy Strong (3-11) and Mike Birchenall (3-16) and were humbled for just 83 all out.
Relegated Whaley Bridge got off to a disastrous start at home to Buxworth. The visitors batted first and scored a creditable 262-8. Youngsters Sam Hall (54) and Tom Littler (41) did the damage with the bat, while Dale Jones (3-41) was the best of the Whaley bowlers. Despite 68 from Zeb Ryan, Whaley were always behind the run rate, and Sam Hall finished an excellent days work, finishing with 4-55 in a total of 205-7.
Brian Nixon top-scored for Mottram as they posted 218-7 against Hadfield, with Rick Tranter (4-71) and M Hockey (3-59) the pick of the bowlers. Despite a defiant 55 from L Martin, a great spell of 5-67 from Liam Wright saw Hadfield finish on 211-9.
Charlesworth won a low-scoring match at Hollingworth. D Morris (32 not out) and Gareth Evans (3-30) starred as Holingworth stumbled to 143-9. M Fitzgerald (65 not out) steered Charlesworth to victory in a total of 145-6.
The other game in the division saw Dove Holes entertain Woodley. In a one-sided affair, the home side rattled up 265-6 as Lee Goodwin took 5-90 for the visitors. Opening bowler P Coffey top-scored with 35 as Woodley were bowled out for a woeful 143, D Walker (4-69) doing most of the damage.
Division Three champions Broadbottom were comprehensively beaten at newly-promoted Hawk Green.
Hawk opener Craig Young’s belligerent 85 was upstaged by 16-year-old Jason Downey who bludgeoned a magnificent 125 off just 71 balls in a total of 329-9. D France (6-104) was the pick of the bowlers. M Holme (3-54) and 15-year-old Sam Clarke (3-20) ensured victory.
Reigning Division Four champions Woodley got off to a flying start at home to Dove Holes. Dave Hotson (59) top-scored for Woodley in their innings of 174 all out, with Dave Buckley finishing with 4-32. Dave Nelson (3-33) and Dave Parry (3-3) ensured maximum bowling points as Dove reached 112 all out.
Kevin Neild took 7-34 as Old Glossop slumped to 112 all out at Tintwistle. Jason Matthews (47 not out) and Sam Hird (31 not out) saw Tintwistle reach 133-4.
Kevin Taylor (78), Martin Parker (77) and Sam Elliot (66) helped Dinting reach 312-5 against Mottram. A Hilton then top-scored with 56, but 3-8 for John Coleman saw the visitors restricted to 200-7.
Buxton tasted defeat at home to Newton. The Bucks could only manage 114 all out, Phil Bentley top-scoring with 46, while S Basso took 4-46. The visitors made 120-9, despite J Frohwein’s 4-29.
Birch Vale and Hayfield locked swords at Hayfield Road. Steve Burns (72) and Tom Bannister (52) made 236-8 for Birch Vale, with Andy Coax (3-38) the pick of the Hayfield bowlers. A battling 60 from T Hudson was never enough, and tight bowling from Aslam (4-43) and Will Freedman (3-46) saw Hayfield dismissed for 188.
In Division Four, Dan Gilbride (62) and Steve James (58) saw Buxworth finish on 261 all out against Whaley Bridge. In reply, Mike Madden (33) was the only innings of note, as Alan Reynolds (4-36) and Nathan Critchlow (4-22) saw Whaley bowled out for 99.
Hadfield thrashed Chapel at Newshaw Lane. The visitors won the toss and batted first, but J King (34) was the only batsman to offer any resistance as they were all out for 118. Liam Doyle took 4-24 and R Hurst took 3-21. Hadfield strolled to victory, thanks to the efforts of Paul Barlow (36 not out) and Danny Redmond (38 not out).
Jamie Henderson (2-22) helped New Mills bowl High Lane out for 127, despite the efforts of Keith Tysall (37). New Mills struggled with the bowling of Habib Choudhury (4-30) and Daniel Richardson (3-33), but crept over the winning line to reach 128-8.
S Conway (60) top-scored for Hollingworth as they finished on 220 all out against Charlesworth. S Marron hit 53 in reply, but excellent bowling saw Charlesworth reduced to 188 all out. In reply to Compstall’s innings of 188 all out, Hazel Grove were dismissed for 100.