PHOTO GALLERY: Hayfield leapfrog title holders into top spot

Chapel-en-le-Frith paceman Jimmy Hawtin produced a promising opening spell in their match against Hollingworth.
Chapel-en-le-Frith paceman Jimmy Hawtin produced a promising opening spell in their match against Hollingworth.

A HALF century from D Aldridge helped Hayfield inflict on reigning Division One champions Dinting their first defeat of 2012.

Table-topping hosts Dinting scored 185 all out, S Elliott top-scoring with 44 while J Unsworth took 5-97.

Hayfield passed their target for the loss of eight wickets thanks in part to Aldridge (54), while average leading bowler D Brightmore took 3-37.

Hawk Green hosted Birch Vale who batted first and posted 215-7 as Nate Kennedy scored 68 and Tom McIlvenney 84. Hawk chased their total down with ease, losing only two wickets in the 26 overs it took to score 216, Jordan Henderson finishing on 74 not out and Sam Messiah scoring 77.

Hazel Grove recorded their first win of the season with victory over winless Buxton. Grove finished on 181-6, A Oldfield with 47 and A Gibbs 50 as N Smith took 3-44. Buxton could only reach 168-9, despite 33 from P Breegan and 30 from M Poole, while D Haywood took 3-46.

Newton also collected their first victory of the year at home to Old Glossop.

Matt Woodcock hit 51 as Old Glossop made 209-7, with A Allcock bagging 4-80. Knocks of 61 from Allcock and A Grant then helped Newton home for the loss of five wickets.

Batting first at Broadbottom, Tintwistle made a formidable 237-5 as S Higginbottam scored 36 and Martyn Knight recorded a superb 102.

Eight overs were lost to rain, meaning Broadbottom’s 160-5 was enough to secure a draw, Chris Cheetham Roberts top-scoring with 47.

In Division Two, Buxworth had no answer to the bowling of Jamie Squires (7-17) as they were bowled out for 133, Joe Hall hitting 51. The unstoppable Rick Tranter smashed his way to 60 not out in reply, assisted by 32 from Ryan Murray, as Hadfield cruised to an eight-wicket win.

High Lane made 178 all out at home to Woodley, Tom Whitney continuing his fine form with 53, while Jamie Kay was again among the wickets with 5-35. S Jones scored a well-crafted 81 not out and C Cranwell finished on 43 not out as Woodley won by six wickets.

The game of the day was at Chapel-en-le-Frith where visitors Hollingworth made 228-7, A Halliday with 83 and K Akram 55, while first-team debutant L Greenwood took 3-48.

With the scores level and two wickets in hand, victory seemed assured for the hosts, however Holligworth had other ideas, bowling Chapel out to record a dramatic tie.

Mottram scored a huge 283-4 at home to Whaley Bridge, with knocks from A Hilton (48), A Metcalfe (52), Jordan Irons (52) and Stefan Fielding (109).

Whaley Bridge were struggling on 184-8 in reply, but having discovered his form in the second team Sam Slack hit 52, supported by N Woolley’s 33, as the rain forced a draw. M Scott took 6-43 with the ball for Mottram.

Compstall were set 146-8 by Charlesworth, who then saw run machine D Bailey hit 70 not out, with opening partner S Bass contributing 33, in a winning total of 147-5.

The lowest total of the day was recorded in Division Three by High Lane at Woodley. They capitulated to 52 all out, D Hotson claiming a five-wicket haul. Woodley completed the rout, losing only one wicket as they reached 53.

Sensing rain, Birch Vale declared on 218-6, and with five overs to go, against Hawk Green, with John Spencer (56), Luke Antony (58), H Wassam (43 not out) and Josh Bannister (35) all doing their bit with the bat. Ben Littler took 3-33.

The declaration wasn’t early enough however, as the rain came with Hawk Green on just 51-0, Murray Hill unbeaten on 31.

Batting first at Newton, Old Glossop scored 156-8 thanks to G Penney (48), as Ivan Twist took three wickets for just 42 off 23 overs and Mark Sierotko 4-64.

Old Glossop were just five wickets down as they passed their target, 17-year-old Joe Taylor (65) hitting his first senior half century.

Tintwistle made 179-8 at home to Mottram, K Davies hitting 74 and H Moore taking 3-30. Mottram were bowled out for 154 in reply, having been 92-8 at one stage. J Marsden scored 38 as J Patel took 5-36 and J Matthews 4-53.

Ben Boardman (73 not out) and C Mills (50) helped New Mills to 179-9 at Dove Holes, with C Flint (4-60) and P Buckley (3-31) the best of the bowlers. S Coverley (5-50) and C Mills (3-30) did the damage with the ball as Dove could only make 106 in reply.

Hayfield and Dinting fell foul of mother nature, Dinting having made 201-8 with J Brotherton making 51 and A Worrall 46 as J Adamson took 5-66. Having had time in the middle reduced by the rain, Hayfield closed on 182-9, with P Coverley on 54 not out and J Coverley scoring 31.

In Division Four, Buxton stumbled to 80 all out as Hazel Grove’s bowling attack again ran riot, M Clayton (7-50) and Jake Bennett (3-15) doing the damage. Hazel Grove lost just one wicket chasing victory as M Clayton top-scored with 47 not out.

G Winterbottom top-scored with 48 in a total of 253-9 for Hadfield, as Aaron Benstead took 3-56 for Buxworth. The hosts were all out for 198 in reply, Terry Dodds making 53 while Rick Ball (5-55) was the pick of the bowlers.

Hollingworth batted first at home to Chapel-en-le-Frith and scored 204-5, J Miller top-scoring with 64 and Pete Morris hitting 58 as J King took 3-65. Chapel chased down their target, largely thanks to J King (60) who completed a fine all-round display.

The Sky TV cameras were in attendance to film umpire Charlie Fenton at work in the Charlesworth versus Compstall match, where Compstall recovered from 20-2 to post 227 all out. Liam Millen top-scored with 51 and Vinny Clarke scored 39, while Tom Bates bagged 5-59.

Missing injured skipper S Monks, Charlesworth could only muster 113 all out, Vinny Clarke’s 5-12 meaning J Cooper’s unbeaten 32 was in vein.

Broadbottom travelled to Whaley Bridge and made 228-7, J Welsh (38) and M Greenhalgh (34) the pick of the batsmen. Despite C McIlveen making 38, and 30 from R Hill, D France’s 4-62 and 3-14 from S Croft saw Whaley Bridge collapse to 151 all out.