DIVISION One leaders Dinting enjoyed a regulation victory at home to out-of-form cup finalists Tintwistle.
The visitors were restricted to just 153 all out after the ever-reliable John Coleman took 4-41, while Damien Weatherhead hit a gutsy 51. Matt Robinson took 4-48 in reply, but Danny Brightmore (39) and Sam Elliot (36 not out) steered Dinting to 157-4.
Broadbottom consolidated second place with a comfortable victory at Birch Vale.
Tom Isherwood bludgeoned a quick-fire 83, and Matt Kennedy chipped in with 55, to leave Birch on 208-4, before paceman Jay Riley (7-22) took six wickets in 14 balls as Birch capitulated to 217 all out.
Despite losing early wickets, a superb partnership between R Baron (120 not out) and Chris Cheetham-Roberts (70 not out) saw Broadbottom reach 218-2.
A depleted Hawk Green side made 155 all out at Newton, thanks to Sam Messih (40) and Lee Hallas (26 not out), while Martin Pottage took 3-63 and Mark Barnard an excellent 6-38.
Newton were pegged back by the bowling of skipper Craig Young (3-58) and Sam Messih (4-18), but Mark Barnard came to the rescue with a stoic 47 not out, and keeper Mike Hyde smashed 20 off the penultimate over as the side made 158-7.
Hayfield continue to make inroads into the top half of the table after victory at home to Old Glossop. Matt Woodcock (36) and A McGrail (46) helped the visitors to 159 all out, with Josh Unsworth (3-50) and Gareth Davies (3-16) the top Hayfield bowlers. Despite some early setbacks, Davies (40) and Dave Aldridge (38) steered Hayfield to victory for the loss of four wickets.
Compstall’s relegation worries eased after their third consecutive win, this time away at fellow strugglers Buxton (see Buxton match report below).
Meanwhile, the writing appears to be on the wall for basement side Chapel-en-le-Frith, who could only manage 125 all out against Hazel Grove. D Nunn took 4-24 and Geoff Noden cleaned up the tail with 3-10. In reply, Nick Hayward hit 51 out of a total of 126-4.
The top two clashed in Division Two when Charlesworth entertained leaders New Mills, who bowled out the hosts for 134. Rob Povey top-scored for Charlesworth with 51, but that was overshadowed by a magnificent spell of bowling from Dave Ward, who returned figures of 18 overs, 13 maidens, four wickets for just seven runs. His first seven overs were consecutive maidens.
In reply, Andy Holmes top-scored with 48, but Gareth Evans (7-50) was Charlesworth’s bowling hero as previously unbeaten New Mills collapsed to 121 all out.
Hadfield stayed in the promotion hunt following a hard-fought victory at home to bottom of the table Buxworth. A masterful 92 from J Hall saw the visitors post 175-7, but Lee Martin (68) and skipper Andy Nicholson (48) steered Hadfield to 177-5.
M Baldwin (5-27) and D Watts (4-38) helped visitors Dove Holes dismiss Mottram for 84. But in reply, A Burke (4-16) and L Wright (4-10) saw Dove bowled out for 70.
Bottom of the table Hollingworth, entertaining Whaley Bridge, scored a creditable 176-9, with A Halliday (52) top-scoring and Ed Ford taking 5-38. D Ryan (65) led from the front for Whaley, but L Davey (6-37) won the game for Hollingworth as the visitors finished on 161 all out.
George Whitney scored 40 as High Lane collapsed to 79 all out against Woodley, after fine bowling from Pete Coffey (5-29) and L Goodwin (3-12). Woodley wasted no time in knocking the runs off for the loss of just two wickets.
The race for the Division Three title is really hotting up after the top three teams all won.
Woodley batted first against bottom club Buxton and amassed a match winning score of 237-5, thanks to Dave Hotson (76), Neil Bradford (67) and Lewis Medina (45). Hotson (3-24) completed a fine days work as Buxton capitulated to 68 all out.
Tintwistle scored 166 all out against Dinting, with Darren Acomb (3-26) the pick of the bowlers. Matt Coleman (35) got the Dinting reply off to a solid start, but Jimmy Blackwell (4-38) and Kevin Neild (5-46) hit back. It was left to M Parker (32) to guide Dinting to 166-9.
Newton recovered from 20-3 to post an impressive 199-7 at Hawk Green, thanks mainly to number nine J Mercer (38 not out). Hawk Green had no answer to the bowling of S Batho (3-43) and J Koria (5-49) as they finished on 109 all out in reply.
Broadbottom boosted their hopes of survival after victory at home to Birch Vale.
Will Freedman hit 60 and Steve Croft took 5-36 as Birch were restricted to 155 all out. The Broadbottom reply was led by M Greenhalgh (63), and though wickets fell at regular intervals, the home side knocked off the runs for the loss of eight wickets.
Resurgent Hayfield travelled to Old Glossop and hit a mammoth 255-7. Ed Yardley (86) led the way, supported by J Spencer (82), while J Cannon (4-29) was the pick of the Old Glossop bowlers. Cannon then smashed an impressive 97, but after Andy Ney took four wickets the target proved too much for the home side as they were bowled out for 230.
Mottram were skittled out for 94 at Dove Holes, with S Flint taking 3-31 and the almost unplayable K Waterhouse finishing with 5-18. Dove made relatively light work of the run chase, M Scowan hitting 38 as they cruised to victory for the loss of four wickets.
New Mills’ push for promotion in Division Four continued after a comprehensive win at home to Charlesworth. The visitors could only manage 135-8 on a bowler-friendly track, but in reply Sonny Shah smashed an unbeaten 64 in a total of 138-2.
Highflying High Lane batted first when they visited Compstall and posted a score of 182 all out. J McCarthy top-scored with 61, and Habib Choudhury chipped in with 41, while 14-year-old Frazer Higginbottom was the pick of the Compstall bowlers with 3-17. Elder brother Brad Higginbottom then smashed 72 when Compstall batted, including six sixes in one over.
However his efforts were in vain as A Gaskill took 3-26 and the home side were bowled out for 175, just eight runs short of victory.
The other promotion candidates Chapel-en-le-Frith had a great day with the bat, smashing 205-8 after batting first at Hazel Grove. D Wagstaffe top-scored with 60, and S Critchlow and L Spencer both hit half centuries. M Southern was the best Grove bowler, returning figures of 4-27.
The home side had no answer to the bowling of veteran Martin Cooper, who took 4-15 in 12 overs as Hazel Grove collapsed to 90 all out.
Wooden spoon candidates Buxworth batted first at home to Hadfield but could only manage 135 all out after T Barnett took 6-42 for the visitors. In spite of a few early scares, J Nicholson top-scored for Hadfield with 69 in reply, and it was left to Johnny Hollingworth with a mature innings of 48 not out to secure victory for the visitors as they finished on 136-5.
Whaley Bridge played host to Hollingworth, where the visitors won the toss and chose to bat first. J Miller top-scored with 44, but accurate spells of bowling from C Wilde (4-25) and A Gibson (3-39), saw Hollingworth dismissed for just 125. The outcome was never really in doubt as Nigel Morton scored 41 and 14-year-old Harry Bold struck 23 in a total of 127-5.