Welsh century helps Broadbottom win top-of-the-table duel

All-rounder Ric Tranter, who hit 65 and took three wickets to help Hadfield to victory at Old Glossop.
All-rounder Ric Tranter, who hit 65 and took three wickets to help Hadfield to victory at Old Glossop.
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A sizzling century by Aaron Welsh helped Broadbottom power to a key victory over title rivals Dinting in a big match in Division One of the Derbyshire and Cheshire League.

Welsh whacked 118 and with help from Chris Cheetham-Roberts (71) and Dominic Perrin (32), the home side built a formidable total of 293-7.

In reply, Dinting were bowled out for 211, despite 55 from Matt Coleman and 38 from Jon Coleman, as Jay Riley took 3-32 and Cummins 3-46. Broadbottom now lead their rivals by nine points at the top of the table.

In third spot, a further two points behind, are Hawk Green after they scored a huge 323-6 at Hayfield, with Craig Youny hammering 89, Josh Hampson 70, Josh Unsworth 50, Jason Downey an unbeaten 47 and Jordan Henderson 36. Hayfield replied with 193, with Liam Ward-Armstrong top-scoring on 58, having earlier bagged three wickets.

Elsewhere, a total of 144 was not enough for Dove Holes at home to New Mills, for whom Dave Ward took 5-42. The visitors eased to a five-wicket win in the hands of Mills (37) and Duckworth (33no).

All-rounder Ric Tranter was the star man in Hadfield’s four-wicket vcictory at Old Glossop. He took 3-31 with the ball as the hosts were dismissed for 189, despite 45 from Matt Woodcock, and then Tranter fired 65 with the bat as Hadfield eased to 192-6, with the help also of 61 from Clegg.

Fourth place in the table is occupied by Tintwistle after an 82-run win at home to struggling Buxworth. They posted a total of 224-8, of which Ryan Nixon hit 92 and Higginbottom 63, before Martin Harris blitzed the Buxworth batting with figures of 7-22 as they were skittled for 142.

There was a thrilling game at Woodley, who squeezed past Mottram by one wicket. The visitors totalled 187-9, with Jordan Irons making 45 and Swann 42, before Woodley snatched victory off the penultimate ball of the day thanks to knocks of 50no from Paul Turner, 48 from Danny Kay and 33 from Jamie Kay.

The league’s Second Division is headed by unbeaten Compstall, who thumped High Lane by 149 runs to make it seven wins from seven matches. Despite a return of 7-58 from Josh Noel, they made 224, with Heginbotham hitting 50, before High Lane slumped to 75 all out. Whaley Bridge sit second after dislodging Birch Vale for just 69 in a ten-wicket romp.