Shell-shocked Hayfield collapse at Compstall

New Mills' Stuart Whitchurch in aggressive form at Dove Holes
New Mills' Stuart Whitchurch in aggressive form at Dove Holes

Division 1

Dinting maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign, with a comprehensive victory at struggling Buxton.

Hawk Green won the toss at Old Glossop and decided to bat, but they were soon in trouble as early wickets saw the Green struggling on 30-2. Enter stage left Jordan Henderson who continued where he left off last week, scoring an incredible 212 not out off just 113 balls.

The innings included 13 6’s and 21 4’s, and was the first double century ever scored at Old Glossop’s ground. It was also the highest ever-individual score by a Hawk Green batsman. Henderson has now scored 372 runs in just three innings, and he looks destined to score over 1,000 runs this season. The innings closed on 304-8. In reply Old Glossop, short of several first team players, capitulated to 139 all out.

Tintwistle stayed in touch at the top of the league with a workman-like victory against Chapel-en-le-frith. Chapel won the toss and batted first and were restricted to 162 all out, thanks to the efforts of James Poole 3-64 and Martin ‘Nipper’ Harris 5-46. Gary Pheasey was the only Chapel batsman to offer resistance, with a stoic 69.

Shock result of the day came at Hayfield where crisis club Compstall batted first and scored 157-4 thanks to the evergreen Stuart Bass 43 not out and a very unlikely 36 from skipper Paul Needham. Hayfield were shell-shocked and collapsed to just 75 all out, thanks in the main to R.Chewey 3-20 and Mark Richards 2-18.

Broadbottom slipped to their first defeat of the season. Having won the toss and chosen to bat at Hazel Grove, they slumped to 122 all out. In reply the reliable Nick Hayward scored 54 in a total of 125-7.

The other match in the division Newton made it two wins in three games when they defeated Birch Vale at home. The visitors batted first and Ash Sharp top scored with 69 out of a total 156 all out. Martin Pottage was the pick of the Newton bowlers with 5-66. Newton cruised to victory with P. Hammond scoring 48 and Andy Grant 50 not out in a total of 161-4

Division 2

Charlesworth maintained their position at the top of the league with a hard-fought victory at Mottram. Home side batted first and were bowled out for 105; Liam Wright took 6-36 as Charlesworth limped over the line, finishing 107-8.

New Mills are hot on the heels of Charlesworth after a third successive victory away against Dove Holes. The Millers batted first and scored 177 all out, S Whitchurch scored a mechanical 64, but 5-36 from Dave Cartledge ensured that the visitors were restricted to just 177 all out. J Gregory battled valiantly with 52, but the ever reliable M Birchenall took 3-51 and ensured that Dove finished on 171-8, just 8 runs short of a famous victory.

Woodley continue to impress after annihilating Whaley Bridge. Woodley travelled to Whaley and the home team were bowled out for just 83. Pete Coffey took 4-47, and A Chadwick 5-25. Woodley struggled to reach the required target and it was left to Jamie Kay with 37 to secure the points as Woodley finished on 84-5.

High Lane entertained Hadfield and came off second best. The visitors batted first and scored 165-7 in the allotted 45 overs. Andy Nicholson top-scored with 36, and the pick of the High Lane bowlers was Ravi Patel with 3-42. High Lane responded with gusto, and George Whitney led the way with 52, but 5-46 from J Squires, and 3-22 from Rick Ball ensured that Hadfield went home with a much-needed victory.

In the other game in the division, Hollingworth played hosts to Buxworth.

The home side were asked to bat first and duly scored 175-7. Runs were equally shared between the batsmen, and M Drabble bowled 22 overs and finished with figures of 6-87. In response Buxton were always ahead of the run rate, and 60 from I Walker was enough to see the visitors home, finishing on 179-5.