This page of the round-up looks at the Saturday Championship Divisions - Tiers 3,4 & 5 of GMCL
Edenfield won for the first time in in league this season in dramatic circumstances at Winton. The home side's bowlers kept it very tight whilst taking regular wickets as Edenfield were bowled out for 66 in 34 overs. However, remarkably that proved to be a winning total - Winton lasted less than 16 overs with Dan Jenkins taking 7/10 from his 8 overs to give Edenfield 5 points at the 12th attempt in 2021.
Brooksbottom extended their winning run to move further clear at the top of the Championship. Ash Gowers top scored with 68* as the league leaders scored 205-8 - a personal score that Whalley Range didn't match as they were bowled out for 52 in just 18.3 overs, with Mohsin Iqbal taking 6/23 and Stephon Ramdial with 4/24.
Swinton Moorside moved above Shaw into second after beating them in a much tighter game. Brad Palmer took 4 wickets as Swinton Moorside restricted Shaw to 181 all out, and Karl Taylor's unbeaten 70 was the key innings as the visitors won by 2 wickets with 6 overs remaining.
Heaton moved level with Shaw after a comfortable run chase at home to Friarmere. Oliver Sutcliffe finished not out on 72 as the home side reached the target of 165 with more than 17 overs remaining. Westleigh also closed the gap to the top 3 with a 26 run victory at the Pingot against Stayley. Jameel Stuart hit 77 in Westleigh's 230-5 but Stayley looked on course for victory at 193-5 with 5 overs remaining. The scoreboard pressure proved too much for the Stayley lower order and Westleigh took the remaining 5 wickets for 11 runs to seal the 5 points.
In the individual tables Tilaksha Malshan (Heaton) has 529 runs @ 75.57 and leads the way from Westleigh's Jameel Stuart (462 runs). Brox' Moshin Iqbal continues to dominate the bowling and now has 52 wickets @ 7.69 and he also leads the MVP by 100 points on 263.38
At the end of the 2021 season
Brooksbottom defeated Stayley by 177 runs to go top as Shaw faltered. Most of Brooksbottom's top order chipped in with Michael Rawlins and Mohsin Iqbal both scoring half centuries as they posted 242 all out. Faisal Zeeshan had taken 5 for 45 but the runs flowed throughout the 45 overs used. In reply Stayley struggled to get going and were all out for just 65 as Mohsin added 2 wickets but Stephon Ramdial took 6 for 29 off 10 to take Brox top of the division.
Shaw fell to local rivals Friarmere with Ali Rizvi taking 7 for 27 off 11.4 to bowl Shaw out for 49. Friarmere lost 4 wickets in response taking 18 overs to win by 6 wickets.
Elton fell 8 runs short in their run chase at home to Winton despite pro Asif Zakir's 84 as Adnan Ghaus, Will Driver and Mike Seenan shared the wickets. Tejas Rao had scored 63 for WInton, This defeat allowed Swinton Moorside and Heaton to create a gap above Elton as they both won. Swinton's David Flatley had led from the front with 90 to post 179 but the weather intervened and DLS came into play meaning Westleigh needed only 153 off their 35 overs and they were just 15 short as the Swinton bowlers all chipped in with wickets.
Heaton's trip to Edenfield followed a similar path but the hosts were 37 short of the DLS adjusted targeted. It looked a difficult track as no batter scored 30 or more and both sides used 4 bowlers and all 8 bowlers got 2 or 3 wickets.
The weather in the south was clearly fairer as Whalley Range had a real "Six pointer", actually a "Twelve pointer" against 2nd from bottom Uppermill. The Rangers are now just a couple of points below the middle table teams to greatly improve their chance of safety. There were runs throughout the team as they posted 185 all out with Kyle Hogg's 4 for 29 off 10 helping to restrict the home side. Uppermill's batsman all got a start but no one could build a big innings as Patrick Roberts and Rahul Vaghmaria bowled tightly to take 3 wickets apiece as Uppermill were 62 runs short.
In the individual tables Tilaksha Malshan (Heaton) has 517 runs @ 75.57 and leads the way from Shaw's Lincoln Roberts (458 runs). Brox' Moshin Iqbal is storming the bowling and now has 47 wickets @ 8.13 and he also leads the MVP with an 88 point lead on 244.16
Shaw and Brooksbottom continue to set the pace
2nd placed Brooksbottom defeat 3rd placed Swinton Moorside by comfortably defending a sizeable 255-4 in a 37 over game. Top beat bottom as Jack Pilling hit 81* in Shaw's 6 wicket win over Edenfield. Friarmere defeated Westleigh after passing 200 in their 42 overs, Westleigh falling some 69 runs short of their target.
Uppermill picked up an important win at the bottom of the table, as they look to kick-start the second half of their season. Winton were bowled out for 110 chasing Uppermill's 179-5 in 32 overs.
In the individual tables Tilaksha Malshan (Heaton) has 517 runs @ 86.17 and leads the way from Shaw's Lincol Roberts (458 runs). Brox' Moshin Iqbal is storming the bowling with an impressive 45 wickets @ 7.89 and he also leads the MVP with an 88 point lead on 234.97
Shaw are beaten in a tight game at home to Elton (Tom Booth took 3 wickets and scored 89 for the visitors) to see their lead at the top cut to just 2 points with Brooksbottom and Swinton Moorside both completing run chases in similar fashions.
Westleigh defeated winless Edenfield after posting 218 – Jameel Stuart scored 62 before taking a five-fer. Winton moved further ahead of opponents Whalley Range after bowling them out for just 78.
GMCL Division 1
Dukinfield were replaced at the top of the table after suffering a narrow 12 run defeat to Golborne. Syd De Silva took 6/33 to bowl out Golborne for 147 but his 48 in the second innings was one of only two scores above 13, and his side were bowled out for 135 with 5 overs remaining. Mottram returned to the summit with a comfortable victory over bottom of the table Milnrow. Liam Tongue hit an unbeaten ton in Mottram’s 257/7, and Milnrow’s run chase never gained momentum. Stretford also moved ahead of Dukinfield, on net run rate, with a win over Austerlands. Matthew Armstrong hit 98 before Ryan Williams took 5/51 on their way to victory.
Kamran Hussain put on a batting display for his Adlington side at Huyton Road – which ended up being the difference between the 2 sides. He hit 182* from just 78 balls including 9 fours and 17 sixes – the winning margin being just 1 run more than his personal total. Sajawal Khan took a five-fer as Oldham were bowled out for 152. Prestwich 2s picked up another important win in the second half of the table, winning at Denton by 4 wickets – despite Usman Malik’s 101 for the home side. Wicketkeeper Daniel Ahern was Prestwich’s star with the bat, finishing with 82 from 78 balls. South West Manchester moved 6 points clear of opponents Droylsden with a maximum point 8 wicket win. Najeeb Ahmad took 3 wickets before hitting an unbeaten half century, and Mrinal Dasgupta top scored with 66 in the run chase..
In Division 1's individual scores it is Austerlands Pro Imran Rafiq still leading the way in the batting with 627 runs @89.57 from Adlington's Kamran Hussain (507 runs). Adlington have the top two in the bowling with Sajawal Khan 35 @15.86 and Kamran Hussain 33 @13.42 Not surprisingly it is Kamran Hussain leading the MVP on 175.67.
At the end of the 2021 season
Stretford led at the start of the day but were defeated by former leaders Mottram and Dukinfield and Thornham took advantage to go first and second respectively. There are 5 points separating the top 4.
Dukinfield had bowled out bottom of the table Milnrow for just 83, Glynn Middleton picking up 4 for 13 off 9.2 with the other wickets shared two each. It was an 8 wicket win as Dukinfield required just 16 overs to reach their target. Thornham took all 50 overs to reach their 131 for 9 helped by a 33 run 10th wicket partnership from Paddy & Kev McMahon which as it turned out would be the winning factor. Bobby Hirst had a splendid 5 for 18 from 15 for Hadfield St Andrews. Only one HSA batsman reached double figures and they were all out in 33 overs as the Thornham attacj shared the wickets, Muhammad Kashif's 3 for 18 off 14 being the best.
Mottram posted a very useful 266 for 6 with Oliver Andrew, Stefan Fielding and Jordan Irons all scoring half centuries. Jordan Swann took 6 for 57 as Stretford were limited to 217 in response with only Adam Saynor reaching 50. Golborne beat Prestwich 2s thanks to Declan Mulvey's 67 to go above Austerlands who lost at Oldham with Saddam Baig scoring 116 to take Oldham to victory.
At the lower end of the table Denton and Droylsden both picked up much needed wins and there are now just three points separating the 5 teams above Milnrow.
Martin Leech 91 and Callum Clayton 86 helped Denton amass 257 for 8 although Saj Khan took 5 for 76 for Adlington. In reply Adlington were 60 short as they were 197 all out with the Denton attack sharing the wickets. For Droylsden the middle order came good and Patrick Muthu (49) and Silvastar Rajiv 45* were the highest scorers. The Doylsden attack all got wickets but Mike Schofield's 4 for 38 was the pick as South West manchester were a long way short..
In Division 1's individual scores it is Austerlands Pro Imran Rafiq still leading the way in the batting with 564 runs @94.00 and he also currently leads the MVP. The leading wicket taker is now Liam Doyle (Hadfields St Andrews) with 31 wickets @ 16.06 but currenty leading the averages is Muhammad Kashif (Thornham) with 28 @9.79.
Jordan Swann 6 for 57, Mottram v Stretford, 100721, wickets
Declan Mulvey 67, boundaries, Prestwich 2 v Golborne, 100721
Stretford go top by 1 point
Stretford moved to the Division 1 summit after beating former leaders Mottram by 22 runs. Dukinfield move up one to second with their 8 wicket win at Adlington. Prestwich 2s continued their impressive season in the 4th tier with a 36 run victory over Golborne. Hadfield St Andrews and Austerlands both chased high targets with plenty of wickets in the shed - Euan McDonald scoring 84 for Austerlands.
Thornham bowled out Droylsden for just 42, and South West Manchester move out of the bottom 4 with a 4 wicket win over Denton.
In Division 1's individual scores it is Austerlands Pro Imran Rafiq leading the way in the batting by some distance with 564 runs @94.00 and he also currently leads the MVP. The leading wicket takers are Kamran Hussain (Adlington) & Liam Doyle (Hadfields St Andrews) both with 30 wickets but currenty leading the averages is Thomas Cuulson (Stretford) with 27 @9.41.
Hadfield St Andrews v Oldham Doyle (59) & Tranter (56) sixes 030721
Mottram won a thrilling top of the table game away at Thornham by 2 wickets to be the halfway leaders.
They are level on points with Stretford who made light work of Adlington by bowling them out for 96.
Austerlands and Droylsden both had outstanding individual performances to help them on their way to victories. Imran Rafiq scored 180* for Austerlands and Sai Prasanna Kumar produced a record-breaking 191 for Droylsden. Dukinfield and Hadfield St Andrews both picked up maximum points batting second with wins against Oldham and Prestwich 2s respectively. Trevor Hyde took 6 wickets for Dukinfield.
Hadfield St Andrews v Prestwich Richard Tranter 52* and six to win 260621
Mottram v Denton Oliver Andrew 143* boundaries compilation 190621
Prestwich 2s v Oldham Muhammad Choudhry 5 for 26 190621
Hadfield St Andrew's v Mottram Liam Doyle 126, Boundaries 120621
Hadfield St Andrew's v Mottram R Ball 5/43 (4 wickets captured) 120621
GMCL Division 2A
Roe Green 2s have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season after being turned over by Daisy Hill this weekend.
Gareth Williams took 8/72 but still ended up on the losing side with Roe Green falling 60 short of their 213 target. However, their 12 point lead was maintained as 2nd placed Worsley were thrashed by 3rd placed Radcliffe by 118 runs. James Kilner took 5 wickets but his Worsley side could only score 41 in response to Radcliffe’s 159. East Lancs Paper Mill won a thriller away to Elton 2s – winning by 1 wicket. Andrew Ryan took 5 wickets in the second innings for Elton but numbers 10 and 11 saw ELPM over the line under extreme pressure.
Tottington St Johns made light work of defending their 125, bowling out Hindley St Peters for 55. Michael Burns was the star of the show, taking 8/19 from his 8.5 overs. Deane & Derby were also bonus point winners with a 7 wicket win over Stand 2s. Matt Holt scored 87 for Stand, but his total was bettered by Umar Farook Patel (91*) as Deane & Derby won with 26 overs remaining.
Roe Green 2s' Gareth Williams still leads the wickets takers with 38 @9.74, now 11 clear of Tom Rawding of Worsley but the Worsley man leads the batting tally with 474 @39.50 although the best average is with Asif Fazl of Daisy Hill with 50.43. Unsurprisingly Tom Rawding is smashing the MVP with 154.92 points.
At the end of the 2021 season
Roe Green lose but stay in first place
Roe Green's winning streak of 7 was ended abrupltly at Bolton Deane & Derby, bowled out for just 93 in 19 overs as Moeenuddin Saiyed took 6 for 28.
This was the only game completed in the division as we got everything thrown at us with Covid, weather, forfeits and no scorcard uploaded.
Roe Green have 3 of the leading wicket takers with Gareth Williams top of the pile with 30 @ 9.93 but team mate Tom Hughes leads the averages with 23 @8.30. Worsleys Tom Rawding is second in the bowling with 26 wickets @10.69 and still leads the runs table with 469 @42.64 but Ashley Williams (Roe Green) has the better average with 342 at 48.96. It is no surprise that Tom Rawding leads the way in the MVP with 153.13 points.
Daisy Hill pulled off a 135 run win over Radcliffe – there were 5 wicket hauls for Neil Tong and H Fazal as Radcliffe were bowled out for 91.
Tottington St Johns won a thriller at Elton 2s, as the hosts fell just 2 runs short of TSJ’s total of 228. Worsley and Hindley St Peters both won at home batting first – Tom Rawding scored 119 in Worsley’s win over Irlam and Ellis McLaughlin took 6/28 at Hindley but his Stand 2s side fell well short of the 223 target. Roe Green 2s’ lead at the top grew further after they bowled out East Lancs Paper Mill for 41.
GMCL Division 2B
Saddleworth continued their superb 2021 with a 71 run win over Whalley Range 2s. Sam Holt (70) and Peter Skuse (63) passed 50 as the visitors scored 249 and comfortably defended it, however William Morris did take 6/66 and score 50 runs. 2nd placed Werneth survived a scare against Denton West 2s in a low scoring affair. Dildar Shahzad took 5/37 as West were bowled out for 89, but Werneth lost 8 wickets before eventually reaching the winning line.
Both the bottom 2 secured rare victories with strong first innings bowling performances. Springhead bowled out Glodwick 2s for 77 – 7 wickets for B Wallayat and Ashton bowled out Glossop 2s for 115 – 6 wickets for Ahasan Shazad. Micklehurst stayed well in the promotion hunt with a heavy 6 wicket win over Denton St Lawrence, chasing 195 with more than 16 overs remaining. Wythenshawe came out on top in a low scorer against Littleborough Lakeside – the home side bowled out for 79 when chasing 130. Sam Grant took a majority of the wickets, with 7/44 in 13.1 overs.
It's tight at the top of the batting and now just 12 runs separates the top 3 and Rizwan Hussain (Micklehurst) leads the averages with 429 @ 71.50. It is close in the bowling too with the top 6 all averaging in the teens, Werneth's Dildar Shahzad is currently pipping them with an average of 12.69 and he leads the MVP by 30 as well, a good week for Dildar.
At the end of the 2021 season
Saddleworth lost to local rivals Micklehurst but remain top. The home side were bowled out for 175 with Mick's Rizwan Hussain picking up 5 for 33 and he completed his heroics with 102 not out off 64 balls coming in at 7 after Micklehurst had lost 3 wickets with the score on 4 .
Werneth are second after a 128 run win over Glossop 2s, Abdul Sattar (68) and Dildar Shahzad (59) led the way as Werneth hit 255 for 9. Glossop could only muster 127 in reply with Mehmood ul-Hassan taking 5 for 59 and Joe Burston 4 for 25. Lakeside leap frogged DSL 2s to go 4th by winning at Sycamore Park, Farooq Shah's 4 for 36 helping to restrict DSL to 149 all out. the Littleborough Lakeside batters all chipped in to lead them home with overs to spare.
Wythenshawe were able to go above Denton West whose game against Glodwick was cancelled for COVID, Wythenshawe bowled out Springhead for just 124 with Martin Leonard picking up 5 for 18 and he then added a run a ball 53 to lead his team to a 7 wicket win in just 21 overs.
Whalley Range 2s won at Ashton despite being bowled out for 91 in 32 overs. Dan Hawthore 4 for 29, but Ashton also had a bad day as they were bowled out for 73, Masna Khan 4 for 27 having lost 4 wickets with thescore on 43 and then the innings ended with the loss of 4 wickets for just 1 run.
Saddleworth's Asad Ali leads the run chase in the individual awards with 430 @53.75 although Rizwan Hussain (Micklehurst) after this week's efforts now leads the averages with 388 @ 64.67 and in the bowling it is Amir Shahzad (Micklehurst) with 34 @17.24 who is the leading wicket taker but Saddleworth's Harommn Cheema leads on average with 28 @12.25. MVP in this division is currently Dildar Shahzad at 2nd placed Werneth with 155.69 points.
Rizwan Husssain 5 for 35 and 102*, wickets (only 1st Innings recorded) Saddleworth v Micklehurst, 100721
Unbeaten Saddleworth extend their lead further to 16 points
Saddleworth picked up a 4 wicket win in a low scoring game at Littleborough Lakeside where Aqeel Ashraf took 6/45 for the home side.
Werneth reach 200 in 34 overs on their way to beating Ashton and Micklehurst bowled out Whalley Range 2s for 124 with Lewis Daniel taking 5/28 in their win. Glossop 2s and Denton West 2s perform well with the bat to win by 9 wickets in shortened games – Ebrahim Ginwalla fell on 99 for Denton West 2s.
2nd to 5th is covered by just 4 points as DSL, Werneth, Micklehurst and Lakeside battle it out for the promotion places.
Saddleworth's Asad Ali leads the run chase in the individual wards with 401 from just 9 innings @57.29 and in the bowling it is Amir Shahzad (Micklehurst) with 34 @16.26 who is the leading wicket taker but Saddleworth's Harommn Cheema leads on average with 26 @11.62. MVP in this division is Dildar Shahzad at 3rd placed Werneth with 145.98 points.
There were wins for each of the top 5 this weekend.
Saddleworth beat Springhead after bowling them out for 65, Denton St Lawrence 2s beat neighbours Denton West 2s (captain Kyle O’Reilly taking 5 wickets),Lakeside restricted Whalley Range 2s to 100 with Ashraf taking 5 for 48, Werneth chased 124 against Glodwick 2s and Micklehurst bowled out Ashton for 99. Wythenshawe won for the 3rd time in 2021 with a 5 wicket win away to Glossop 2s.