Heavy Friday rain meant there were some interesting wickets for the final round of games in the Derbyshire & Cheshire Cricket League
Champions Hawk Green ensured an unbeaten season with victory over Mottram. Hawk Green won the toss and having elected to bat amassed 316-5, Josh Hampson with 78, Pete Richards 120 and Dylan Heginbotham 46. In reply Stefan Fielding hit 97 but it wasn’t enough as his side were all out for 225, Jack Needham taking 5-52 and Josh Unsworth 3-34. Congratulations Hawk Green on an excellent season, their first XI unbeaten in all competitions, everyone in the DCCL wishes them well as they leave to take on the Cheshire pyramid. Broadbottom entertained Tintwistle and were 289-4 from their 45 overs, Aaron Walsh with 41 with Chris Cheetham-Roberts (115) and Dom Perrin (72) both unbeaten. Tintwistle were then all out for 144, Andy Tomlinson with 44 as Seb Croft took 5-28. Hayfield scored 305-6 batting first at Dinting, Russ Evans with 185 and Gareth Davies 31 as Damien Stringer took 4-78. Dinting were then 176 all out, Damien Stringer with 35 while Hershelle Poggonpoel took 4-35. Dove Holes elected to bat against travelling Woodley but were bowled out for 124, Ciaren Hayes taking 4-35 and Conor Cranwell 4-21. Cranwell then hit 51 not out to steer his side to 125-6 and victory.
New Mills secured the second Division title as they won against Newton. The visitors could only manage 93 all out as Michael Birchenall took 5-27 and Ricky Di Claudio 3-19. Callum Firth then hit an unbeaten 53 as New Mills won by 8 wickets. It was a low scoring affair at Hadfield where Whaley Bridge were the visitors, having been put in the home side were all out for just 55, Matt Slack taking 4-38 and Dale Jones 5-9. Whaley also struggled with the bat but limped to 60-4, Alex Ball taking 4-23. Hazel Grove were asked to bat by visiting Buxworth and were 145-9 from their 45 overs, Joe Wilkinson with 33 and Andy Tomlinson 38. Alan Reynolds then anchored the Buxworth reply as he carried his bat for 52, Buxworth securing a 1 wicket win in the final over despite 6-22 from Dominic Nunn.
Birch Vale were asked to bat as they hosted Stalybridge, Jack Linskey making 46 and Nat Kennedy 61 as Birch finished on 243 all out, Richard Wright taking 3-34 and James Brady 4-28. Junaid Mahmood then hit 92 and Rob Mallett 33 as Stalybridge were 245-8 in reply, Matt Kennedy taking 3-49. Chapel were 143 all out batting first at Charlesworth, Toby Emmett with 43 as Phil Elliott took 5-26. Gareth Evans then hit 45 not out as Charlesworth struggled to 136-7 to claim a 3 wicket victory, Nick Smith taking 3-31.
Hawk Green travelled to Mottram and were bowled out for 92, Chris Head with 32 as Peter Broscombe took 4-21 and Paul Marks 4-11. Broscombe then struck 31 as Mottram stumbled to 96-6. Newton claimed the Division 4 title with victory over New Mills, bowling the visitors out for 118 despite 42 from M Ruffell as Charlie Barnard took 6-33. Barnard was then 56 not out and Jan Maden 48 not out with the Newton openers seeing their side home. In a tense game at Tintwistle the home side were all out for 96 against Broadbottom, T Gull taking 3-16. Broadbottom then lost 7 wickets as Dan Robinson took 5-22 but eventually limped over the line at 97-7. Woodley entertained Dove Holes and smashed 263-4, Paul Scully with 78, Chris Wilson 62, Jack Trowsdale 40 and Harry Rippon 43 not out, Peter Johnson taking 3-43 for the visitors. Rob Hawkes then hit 63 for Dove but it wasn’t enough as the visitors were bowled out for 207
Birch Vale amassed 216-7 batting first at Stalybridge, Steve Burns finishing unbeaten on 125. He then took 3-32 as the home side were limited to 175-7 despite 34 from Alex Wilde and 47 from Khalid Akram. Dinting batted first at Hayfield and scored 295-5, Matt Coleman with 67 and Glen Draper 122. It wasn’t to be enough as Hayfield raced to 299-7, Joel Coverley with 9, Dave Aldridge 118 and Max Richardson 39.
Hollingworth were all out for 177 at Buxworth, Mike Osborne with 66 and Richard Osborne 38. In reply Ross McCormack hit 50 as Buxworth finished on 135-7, R Osborne taking 3-26. Charlesworth were all out for 64 batting first at Chapel, John Theyer taking 5-15 and Josh Lomas 4-11. Chapel then secured promotion by reaching their target for the loss of just 3 wickets, Yasir Khan taking 3-20. Hadfield posted 150-9 batting first at Whaley Bridge, Peter Crowley taking 3-40. Whaley Bridge were then 65 all out with Rick Ball taking 3-20 and Jonny Hollingworth 5-33.