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After a delayed start due to the coronavirus outbreak, the local cricket seasons got underway last weekend.

We captured some highlights of Denton Cricket Club's defeat to local rivals Denton St Lawrence, Dukinfield's victory over Droylsden, and Ashton's defeat to Hadfield St Andrews.

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WATCH: The Greater Manchester Cricket League made its return on Saturday with safety measures being practice during the afternoon by players and supporters. Here are some clips from Denton St Lawrence Cricket Club's win at Denton Cricket Club, Hadfield St Andrews CC victory at Ashton Cricket Club, and Dukinfield Cricket Club's win over Droylsden Cricket Club. Full report in next week's Reporter.

Posted by Tameside Reporter on Sunday, July 26, 2020

The Greater Manchester Cricket League has been structured into mini-leagues of six teams, with travel minimised, leaving local games in a 10 game programe, which will see cricket until late September. There were some outstanding performances, and locally there were centuries for Matt Sonczak, (Denton SL); Jonny Forrester, (Micklehurst); Daniel Mulkeen, (Springhead); Imran Khan, (Moorside), and, leading the way, was Ben Holt, (Heyside), who piled up an impressive 156.  With the ball there were 5 wicket hauls for Liam Doyle, (Hadfield), Ahasan Shahzad, (Ashton), and Hamza Hussain, (Oldham).  Both Mottram and Hadfield, who have moved from the DCCL, had a winning start in the GMCL.


Div A

The Denton derby started sensationally, with Denton SL falling to 4-2 after 10 balls.  That was the last success for the Egerton Street club, as a magnificent unbroken partnership of 180 between Adam Hawley, (60*), and Matt Sonczak, (102*),  set Denton 185 for the win.  They were never in it though, falling to 10-5, before Sonczak rounded off an outstanding day, taking 4-5, as the home club fell for 45.

Over at North Road, Mike Finan picked up where he had left off in 2019, hitting 71 in Flowery Field’s 157-8.  Glossop fell 32 short, being dismissed for 125, after tumbling to 36-6.  Declan Feakes took 4-38 for Flowery.

Woodhouses got off to a winning start after posting 208-7 at Denton West., (Hashan Gunathilaka 64).  It proved too many for West, despite 42 from Aaqib Uppal, as Josh Butler pegged them back, taking 4-48.

Denton 45ao  Denton SL 184-2; Denton West 152-7 Woodhouses 208-7; Glossop 125ao Flowery Field 157-8


Div B

It was a winning start in the GMCL for both Mottram and Hadfield.  At Rayner Lane, in a low scoring game, Hadfield must have feared the worst after struggling to 73ao, (Ahasan Shahzd 5-15).  Two wickets from the first two balls of the innings for Liam Doyle, (who finished with 5-11), blew Ashton away and they were humbled, falling to 40ao.  Mottram took on Werneth, and were indebted to Oliver Andrew, (60), after they fell to 12-3.  A final total of 160-9 was too many for Werneth, who reached 91ao, with Daniel Brightmore, (5-14), starring with the ball.  At Higher King Street, Droylsden managed a moderate 124-8, which was no problem for Dukinfield as an unbroken 3rd partnership of 101, (Jake Fenton 56*), took them home by 8 wickets

Ashton 40ao Hadfield 73ao; Mottram 160-9 Werneth ; Dukinfield 125-2  Droysden 124-8


Div C

It was a great start for Micklehurst skipper, Jonny Forrester, as he hit a fine century, (finishing with 125), as the Richmond Hill Club piled up 248-5.  Saddleworth put up a decent effort in reply, with half centuries for Steve Howard and Muhammed Faisal, but the task was too much and Micklehurst won by 41 runs

In a real local derby at Austerlands, Springhead were indebted to Daniel Mulkeen, (104), for their total of 205ao.  That was 58 too many for the hosts, despite a half century from Andy Young.

Hamza Hussain took 5-8, (and then hit an unbeaten 43*), as Uppermill were dimissed for 78 against Oldham, who strolled home by 7 wickets.

Austerlands 147ao Springhead 205ao; Uppermill 78ao Oldham 79-3; Micklehurst 248-5 Saddleworth 207-8

Div D

The start performance came from Ben Holt, who hammered 156, (including 14 maximums), as Heyside reached a mammoth 373-4 against Royton.  He was assisted in an opening stand of 192 by Jack Avery, (75).  Royton were under the cosh from the start of their reply, and limped to 73ao, and defeat by 300 runs. , Moorside trounced Greenfield, after reaching an imposing 246ao. Imran Khan, (104) starred with the bat, despite 4-41 from Andrew Cadd.  The Greenfield reply never threated Moorside, as the wickets aere shared around a 5 man attack, which dismissed the home side for 80, leaving Moorside winners by 166 runs. In a low scoring game at Shaw the home side fell 11 short of Glodwick’s 122ao, (Farukh Shaghir 54, Daniel Poole 5-28).

Greenfield 80ao  Moorside 246ao; Shaw 111ao  Glodwick 122ao; Heyside 373-4  Royton 73ao


Div E

Prestwich 2nd XI  Friarmere 193ao; Clifton 2nd XI 81ao Littleborough Lakeside 86ao; Milnrow  Thornham 164-6 

 Milnrow 98ao  Thornham 164-6


Div F

Radcliffe 85ao  Bolton Indians ; Deane & Derby  United Stars 155ao; East Lancs PM 51-6 Daisy Hill 50ao,  Radcliffe 85ao  Bolton Indians 71ao ; Deane & Derby 156-8  United Stars 155ao; 


Div G

Whalley Range 168-8  Winton ; Westleigh  Monton 194-5; Stretford 85-0  Swinton Moorside 84ao


Div H

Hindley St Peters A-A SW Manchester; Worsley 153ao  Wythenshawe 195-8 ; Irlam 72ao  Roe Green 2nd XI 77-6


Div J

Astley & Tyldesley 54ao  Clifton 230-8; Stand 124 Prestwich 124-9, (tie)


Div K

Greenmount A-A Walshaw; Woodbank 84ao  Edgworth 96ao; Egerton 76ao  Bradshaw 134-5


Div L

Brooksbottom 182-9 Heywood 159-8 ; Unsworth 67ao Tottington 68-4; Edenfield 44ao Bury 203ao


Div M

Ashton Ladysmith fell to defeat at the hands of Friends Sporting, whilst Blackley won a thriller, with 9 balls to spare, against Failsworth Macedonia.  Blackley were chasing 244 for the win, and fell to 7-4, before Darren Brown, (53), and Fraaz Ahmed, (90), gave them the platform for the win. Newton Heath were no match for Friends United and went down by 105 runs chasing the visitors 165.

Ashton Ladysmith 92ao  Friends Sporting 162-9; Failsworth Macedonia 243ao Blackley 246-7 ; Newton Heath 60ao  Friends United 165ao

Report by Martin Frost


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