DOVE HOLES pushed last year’s Division One champions Dinting all the way in a thrilling match at Simmondley Lane on Saturday.
Batting first, newly-promoted Dove made 158-7 from their 45 overs, A Critchlow hitting a fine 87 while D Brightmore (4-47) was the pick of the bowlers.
At 144-9, Dinting may have felt second favourites, but a superb last-wicket partnership carried them over the finishing line, with G Harwick scoring 44 and T Wyche 43, while K Jones took 6-58.
Newton batted first at home to Hayfield but were soon all out for 123, with D Higginbottom finishing with figures of 8-51. R Evans was exquisite in the Hayfield reply, finishing on 85 not out, ably supported by Shane Furness (30 not out) as Hayfield reached their target without losing a wicket.
New Mills took first knock against visitors Hazel Grove and reached 149 all out, thanks to Malc Strong (44) and J Duckworth (60), as Luke Bennett returned figures of 6-40.
In a tight reply, Hazel Grove came up just short on 141-9 with A Oldfield hitting 74, while Dave Ward returned from second team duty to bowl 22 overs and finish with 6-76.
Broadbottom were put into bat by Buxton and made 164-8, before bowling the visitors out for 74.
Hawk Green made an imposing 263-8 against Tintwistle, with Jordan Henderson (76), brothers J Blackhurst (42) and M Blackhurst (47), and Paul Needham (44 not out), all doing their part. The visitors struggled in the face of fine bowling from Henderson (5-46) and were all out for 122.
Birch Vale hosted Old Glossop and made 163-9, Tom McIlveny (53) and Rick Johnson (33) doing the damage as fifth change bowler Rob Adderley showed the others how to do it with 5-56. Old Glossop couldn’t find the runs to chase down their total and were bowled out for 137, Rick Johnson bagging 7-61 as L Allsop made 44.
In Division Two, Buxworth batted first at home to Hollingworth and reached 232 all out, thanks to S Leatherbarrow (70) and Joe Hall (81), while Sean Morris took 4-75. Hollingworth could only make 145 in reply, with Hall (4-38) again the star and Ryan McNee scoring 39.
M Slack (83), C Holden (89) and Neil Woolley (61 not out) all contributed as Whaley Bridge made 268-4 at Chapel. B Hardings’ 44 couldn’t prevent Chapel closing their innings 100 runs short on 169 all out.
Woodley made 214-7 at Mottram, Jamie Kay top-scoring with 77 and S G Jones hitting 38 and Danny Kay 30. Ayrton Fielden took 3-38 for Mottram, who in reply had no answers to the bowling of Danny Kay (5-17) and P Harris (3-19) as they fell to 90 all out.
Charlesworth were all out for 80 at Hadfield, Jamie Squires bagging 4-26. Hadfield only lost two wickets chasing down their target, with R Murray scoring 44.
High Lane’s miserable start to 2012 continued at Compstall. Put into bat, the visitors could only score 101 all out, with R Chew finishing with 4-30. No bowler could make a breakthrough as openers D Bailey and S Jackson hit 46 and 49 respectively in a total of 104 without loss.
Hayfield batted first at home to Newton in Division Three and were 217-8 after 45 overs, J Redfern and J Coverly scoring 61 and 58 not out respectively, as T Bennett took 4-67. Newton were never in the chase despite A Stone’s 32, as J Redfern took 4-42 and J Adamson 6-42 in a total of 138.
Dove Holes hosted Dinting and made 213-6, A Scowen (71), M Turner (52 not out) and C Neblett (52) doing the damage. Dinting could only muster 70 in their reply, finding bowlers Kevin Waterhouse (3-15) and C Flint (5-38) too hot to handle.
Tintwistle won the toss and invited Hawk Green to bat first as J Butler (53) and Murray Hill (51) hit half centuries to propel the visitors to 149 all out, J Poole taking 5-56 and Kevin Nield 4-54. S Higginbottom hit an unbeaten 50 as Tintwistle won with four wickets to spare, B Littler taking 3-40.
Mottram travelled to Woodley and after winning the toss invited their hosts to bat first. Dave Hotson hit 49 and T Bartlett 36 as Woodley finished on 159-7. Despite 45 from P Broscombe, Mottram could only reach 145-9, T Bartlett capping a superb all-round display with 3-39.
Heavy overnight rain rendered the High Lane outfield dangerous to play on so their game against New Mills was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
In Division Four, Chapel were the visitors to Whaley Bridge and made 211-5, courtesy of Nick Pearson (56) and Max Newiss (49 not out). The one-man response from Whaley came from Derbyshire Over-50s star Mike Madden, who despite serious injury hit 114 not out in a total of 151-7 as the points went to Chapel.
There was a thrilling match at Charlesworth who posted 154 all out, with J Cryne scoring 37 as Liam Doyle took 4-32 and J Hollingworth 3-30. Hadfield took their reply through to the last over but fell agonisingly short as they were bowled out for 150, G Winterbottom making 65 as T Bates took 3-34 and S Marren 4-60.
In a clash between last season’s relegated sides, Broadbottom took first knock at Buxton and made 154-5, J Walsh starring with 73 not out. Buxton were never in the chase and faltered to 81 all out, with D France taking 4-16.
Buxworth were soon 58 all out at Hollingworth as Saj Mohammed grabbed 6-22, supported by R Gibson who snaffled 3-1 off just seven balls. The evergreen Pete Morris ensured Hollingworth cruised to victory with 45 not out in their total of 60-1.
Compstall chose to bat away at Hazel Grove and were 116 all out, J Abbott and Jarrad Ince scoring 33 and 32 respectively while M Clayton took 4-40. A Tomlinson ensured victory, and the Groves’ first batting point of the season, as he scored 81 not out in a total of 117-7.