Hayfield and Whaley Bridge played out a thriller in the opening weekend of the PS DCCL, with the visitors narrowly edging the Division One clash.
Whaley hit 299-9 from their 45 overs, Matt Slack starring with 87 not out as Gaz Davies took 5-20. Davies then plundered 118 but tight bowling saw Hayfield finish six runs short, with H Holden posting figures of 5-58.
Newly-promoted Hadfield hosted Compstall and reduced the visitors to 48-6 before S Bass’ 67 helped their side to 156-8, Rick Tranter taking 4-33. Jonny Tranter then made 80 as the hosts reached 159-7 despite 3-31 from J Stanton.
Last year’s champions Hawk Green made a terrible start to their defence as they saw visiting Broadbottom amass 259-7, A Walsh smashing 92. Hawk Green then saw J Longhorn make 52 but H Roters’ 3-38 helped restrict the hosts to 227 all out.
Old Glossop elected to take first knock at home to Mottram and made 279-9 as Martin McGrail hit 61 and M Scott took 5-59. A Metcalfe then hit 85 and for the visitors, but D Hall took 6-70 as Mottram closed on 235-9.
Newly-promoted New Mills went to Tintwistle and were bowled out for just 106, with P Higginbottom taking 5-27. M Birchenall then took 5-21 but it wasn’t enough as Tintwistle closed on 108-6.
Dinting travelled to Woodley and reached 214-9 in their first innings of the season, Matt Blood with 87. Rudolph Liebenberg then bowled brilliantly to take 5-11 as Woodley were reduced to 48 all out.
In Division Two, Buxton batted first at home to Hollingworth and found S Morris (5-35) and D Morris (4-17) in fine form with the ball as they were 118 all out.
Nick Smith then took 6-39 but it all proved in vain as Hollingworth limped to 119-9.
Birch Vale posted 145-7 at Buxworth thanks to 39 from R Johnson. Buxworth, chasing their first victory over Birch in 25 years, had an unbeaten 68 from Mark Drabble to thank for their winning total of 147-8.
Charlesworth batted first at Chapel and were bowled out for 111 as K Hallam took 5-24. In reply the hosts could only manage 102 all out as J Wardle took 5-22.
Hazel Grove played host to league newcomers Offerton and made 238-3 as Andy Thurston hit a fine 128 and Geoff Noden 56 not out. P Smith then struck 48 but 5-50 from Mark Clayton saw Offerton all out for 136.
High Lane returned to the league and hosted Dove Holes, who closed on 164-9 thanks to 63 from D Cartledge. J Gregory then took 5-57 as High Lane were dismissed for just 93.