This page of the round-up looks at the Saturday Premier Leagues - Tiers 1 & 2 of GMCL
GMCL Premier League
Prestwich blew away former leaders Clifton to return to the Prem summit as the title race remains wide open going into the final third of the season.
Sub pro Sachithra Serasinghe (72) was well supported by Jack Doyle (56) as the home side posted 278-7 from their 50 overs in the Prestwich sun. Nathan Bailey's opening spell did most of the damage in the second innings, taking 6/42 in 12 overs as Clifton were bowled out for 68 inside 25 overs.
Flixton picked up an important 5 points in an enthralling game at home to Woodbank. A last wicket partnership between Stephen Holt and Subtain Raza Shah worth 38 pulled Woodbank upto 105 all out after Kamran Basharat and Saqar Trivedi had ripped through the top and middle order. The run chase was far from straight forward, and ultimately it was again the last wicket partnership that proved to be crucial, with Basharat finishing on 22* to see Flixton over the line by 1 wicket.
Astley & Tyldesley won for the 4th time this season with a 74 run win over Glodwick. Chathura de Silva (98) and Marcus Stables (51) both passed 50 in A&T's 265 - Muhammad Mohsin (5/65) and Imran Asghar (4/54) with the wickets. Glodwick started well and reached 113-1, largely thanks to Mohsin's 85 but James Cutt (5/47) and James Park Johnson (4/59) ensured Glodwick ultimately fell well short of the target, all out for 191.
Egerton overcame Heyside in a low scoring game at Blackburn Road to close to within 4 points of their opponents in mid table. Egerton were bowled out for 137 with more than 11 overs left - 3 wickets each for Tom Avery and Chirag Khurana. However only one Heyside batsman made it to double figures as they were all out in 27 overs for just 51 with 5 for Janith Liyange and 3 for Will Halton.
On Sunday, in a rearranged game, Woodbank bounced back from Saturday’s narrow defeat to pick up 6 points at home to Glodwick. Daniel Stock top scored with 63 for the visiting side in their 181 all out, Stephen Holt taking 3/24 in just 3.3 overs. Woodbank’s run chase was led by pro Imran Mirza (73*) and they reached the target with 3.1 overs remaining.
Adam Holt (Clifton) still leads the batting with 779 league runs @70.82 with Joe Smith-Butler now close behind on 610 @67.78. Steven Bliss (Roe Green) still leads the way in the bowling with 35 victims and now leads the averages with @ 14.60, Glodwick's Arkam Zeer is noe one behind on 34. In the MVP stakes it is Gareth Cross (Clifton) who moves further ahead on 186.05, 42 clear of Arkam Zeer.
At the end of the 2021 season
Prestwich v Clifton, Nathan Bailey 6 for 42 170721
Egerton v Heyside wickets tumbling 170721
Gareth Cross led the way for Clifton with 58 and 4 for 34 and Adam Holt continued his fine form with the bat to add another half century. Clifton posted 230 for 5 in their 48 overs. In reply DSL never got going and were in difficulties at 55 for 5 but Ben Tighe came in and top scored with 64 but no one else could build a score and the visitors fell 56 short.
Roe Green's progress was halted after 36 overs of the first innings and the game was abandoned whilst fourth placed Prestwich were winners at Astley & Tyldesley defending 156 by bowling out A&T for 133, Sam Holden's 76 and Alex Taylor's 4 for 15 did the damage with only de Silva starring for A&T with 3 for 22 and 54. The top four are now separated by just 6 points.
Heyside moved into a clear 5th with a 7 wicket win in a hurry at Greenfield, chasing down 234 with 80 from Chris Gill. Chirag Khurana led with the ball for Heyside taking 5 for 66. Alcindo Holder hit a swashbuckling 70 for Heyside with 6 6s and 7 4s in 43 balls but Ryan Barnes (45^) and Jack Avery (46*) finished the game off with 17 overs to spare.
In the middle of the table Woodbank brought themselves to within 3 points of Egerton with a close win with Dave Hamnett's 63* helping Egerton to 207 for 9. Woodbank made it home with one over and two wickets to spare despite pro Liyanage's 5 for 38 where he claimed the top 5 Woodbank batsmen however Gavin Nicholl (82) and Jack Wynn (59*) held the innings together and led Woodbank home.
Glodwick's woes continued as Moorside won well and they moved clear of the bottom three. It wasnt for lack of performance though as Goldwick's Arkam Zeer took 7 for 52 to record the day's best bowling performance but Snyman (88) and Wilkinson (75) were on form again to help Moorside to a good total. Mark Whitehead (52) held the Glodwick innings together but he was 8th man down with just 113 on the board and the visitors fell well short.
Next weekend sees 4th play 1st and 2nd place host 3rd, fireworks expected.
Adam Holt (Clifton) now has 779 league runs @77.90 after another half century and in the bowling it is still Steven Bliss (Roe Green) who leads the way despite not bowling this weekend, with 35 victims in 11 @ 14.60, but Gareth Cross now has the better average with 32 @14.19. In the MVP stakes it is Gareth Cross (Clifton) who leads the way with 179.77 points, 35 clear of Arkam Zeer (Glodwick).
At the end of the 2021 season
Gavin Nicholl 82, Woodbank v Egerton 100721 selected boundaries
Gareth Cross 58 and 4 for 34, Clifton v Denton St Lawrence 100721 Runs & Wickets
Alex Taylor 4 for 15, A&T v Prestwich 100721 Wickets
Moorside 6 hits, Moorside v Glodwick 100721
Denton St Lawrence remain 4 points clear of CLifton as they look for back to back titles.
Astley & Tyldesley fell just 4 runs short of Denton St Lawrence's 191-8 in a 38 over game. Alex Heaton hit 79 but A&T were bowled out just shy of their target. Woodbank and Roe Green played a game the same length - Will Turner hit 80 in Woodbank's 218/5 but Roe Green came home by 2 wickets.
There were tons for both pros at Glodwick as Chirag Khurana's 130* saw Heyside chased 238 after Mohammed Mohsin's 111.
A 42 over game was managed at Prestwich and it was the home side who took the points, defending 252-6 at home to Moorside.
In shorter games, Egerton and Clifton both took home the points. Egerton chased 143 against Greenfield after Chris Gill's 81, and Clifton defended 155-5 from their 20 overs against Flixton
Adam Holt (Clifton) has 724 league runs @80.44 and heading towards a huge total for the season and in the bowling it is Steven Bliss (Roe Green) who leads the way with 35 victims in 11 @ 14.60. In the MVP stakes it is gareth Cross (Clifton) who leads the way with 154.20 points, 32 clear of Arkam Zeer (Glodwick).
Prestwich v Moorside 6 shooters 030721
DSL v A&T Wickets Tumbling 030721
Roe Green v Woodbank Joe Smith-Butler (65) boundaries 030721
Denton St Lawrence lead the table at the half way point as they bid to defend their title.
DSL chased 206 at home to Moorside, with Scott Kirwin starring with 5 wickets and 75 runs. Clifton moved up to second ahead of Roe Green after defeating them by 117 runs, despite Stephen Bliss’ 6/66, Clifton posted 246/8 and Gareth Cross took 5 wickets as Roe Green were bowled out for 129.
Heyside ended their winless run with an impressive 98 run win at Prestwich, scoring 276 in the first innings and comfortably defending it with 5 wickets for Chirag Khurana. Egerton moved into the top half with a 4 wicket win at Glodwick chasing 191, and Woodbank moved up to 7th after defending 238/8 at home to Greenfield, who fell 26 short. Astley & Tyldesley picked up an important win at Flixton, chasing 209 with 3 wickets remaining.
Roe Green v Clifton S Bliss 6 for 66 (5 wkts shown) 260621
DSL v Moorside Scott Kirwin Wickets & Runs 260621
Prestwich v Heyside Chirag Khurana 5 for 40 260621
Woodbank v Greenfield Six Hits 260621
Moorside v Flixton VA Wilkinson 111 not out boundaries 190621
Prestwich v Greenfield Prem 6s compilation 120621
Cifton v A&T Adam Holt 100* selected boundaries
Roe Green v Moorside Shahid Mahmood 69* boundaries 120621
GMCL Premier League 2
Bradshaw pulled off a sizeable run chase at home to Glossop, chasing 224. Adam Hayes’ 90 had helped Glossop to 223/7 from their 50 overs, with 4 wickets for Ross Dickinson, but Cian Dickinson’s 94* and Brad Yates’ 63 meant that Bradshaw reached the target with 21 balls remaining. Denton West recorded another win after bowling out winless Monton for 71, who were 35/0 at one stage. Sub pro Sachithra Perera came out with astonishing figures of 12-6-12-9. The run chase wasn’t straight forward, Ali Nawaz taking 4 wickets, but West came home with 5 wickets remaining.
Flowery Field went big in their first innings at home to Royton. Mike Finan’s 81 from 55 balls set the tone, before Owen Feakes (72) and Ben Mason (69) continued the assault – Flowery all out in the last over for 353. Only two men made double figures for Royton, with Adam Bardsley (4/2) and Declan Feakes (3/40) doing most of the damage to see Flowery win by a massive 282 runs. Bury rose back upto 4th in the standings with a 32 run win at Heywood. The visitors were in trouble at 0-2 after the first over, but the innings was recovered by Dom Morris (63) and Alex Breckin (53) – Caleb Grant the pick of the Heywood bowlers with 3/25. Heywood looked to have recovered from 62-5 in their reply, captain Sean Burrill hitting a quick 41, but 4 wickets apiece for Breckin and Ahmed Matloob ensured Heywood fell short of their target. Stand picked up an important win over Woodhouses to move above their opponents. Woodhouses bowled out Stand for 147 – with 3 wickets for Alex Spender and Sam Whitehead, but the home side could only manage 106 in reply with Adam McGladdery taking 5/20.
In the individuals tables it is Ben Gorton (Bury) who has the most runs - 448 @44.80 but Harry Dearden leads the averages with 421 @60.14. There are now 4 bowlers with 30 wickets after Josh Butler's 6 for Woodhouses @11.93 with Chris Williams, (Stand),Amar Ullah (Heywood) and Alex Breckin (Bury) also up there but Will Hargreaves (Glossop) still leads the everages with 28 @10.86. Josh Butler now leads the MVP fpr the Division with 127.41.
At the end of the 2021 season
Liam Watkinson 93, Royton v Edgworth 100721, boundaries
Adam Bardsley 4 for 35, Bury v Flowery Field 100721, wickets
Denton West maintain their 9 point lead over Bradshaw.
Denton West and Walshaw both won entertaining games by 2 wickets against Flowery Field and Stand respectively - despite Stuart Catterall scoring 41* and taking 5/22.
Royton fell just short of a sizeable run chase against Woodhouses, a 7 run win for the latter - a result which pulls them out of the bottom 3.
Monton looked to be on course for their first win of the season, but Brad Yates (97*) saw Bradshaw home by 7 wickets with 3 balls remaining in the 23rd over. Joe Kershaw hit a quickfire ton in the first innings. Edgworth recovered from 40-6 to defeat Bury by 4 wickets to move 6 points ahead of their opponents.
In the individuals tables it is Ben Gorton (Bury) who has the most runs - 437 @48.56 but Harry Dearden leads the averages with 421 @60.14. The bowling in Prem 2 is much tighter with Ahmed Matloob and Alex Breckin (both Bury) leading the way on 28 each but Will Hargreaves (Glossop) leads the everages with 27 @11.15. Alex Breckin leads the MVP fpr the Division with 115.10.
Denton West won the battle of the top two to go 9 points clear at the summit at the halfway point as they bid to return to the Premier League.
It is Bradshaw in second after they defended 149 at Heywood, Zaid Patel taking 6/56. Bury won a tight game at Woodhouses, defending 226, to pick up their 6th win – a result which sees Woodhouses slip into the bottom 3 following Stand’s heavy victory over winless Monton.
Walshaw won at home to Royton by 10 wickets with Adam Stansfield and Saif Bhojani seeing them home to chase 141. Glossop passed 300 at home to Flowery Field on their way to a 6 point win, with Harry Dearden top scoring with 112.
Bury v Walshaw Ahmed Matloob 8/56 (5 shown) 190621
Royton v Stand catches galore 190621
Royton CC v Bury CC Ben Gorton 131* Boundaries 120621