STAND went to town at basement club Radcliffe as they sealed the Greater Manchester Cricket League Division Two title in fine style.

Stuart Catterall's men had to win on the final day to be sure of keeping challengers Denton at bay and they made no mistake with an emphatic 205-run victory.

The batsmen laid the foundation, plundering 270-5 from the reduced 42 overs after the start was delayed due to bad weather.

Openers Dave Taylor and Chris Thomas put on 122 for the opening wicket.

Thomas hit five sixes on his way to 70 from 81 balls before he was finally dismissed, while Taylor managed to stick around for his half century before being caught off the bowling of Jordan Booth (4-57) for 51.

The rate of scoring only intensified after the opening duo's departure, as club pro Ali Azmat hit 31 from 32 balls and Matthew Curphey plundered 31 from 23.

Alex Beirne (31 not out from 26 balls) and Luke Davison (22no from 16) saw Stand set an imposing target.

Radcliffe only managed one victory from their previous 21 games and were never expected to add to their tally in the season's finale.

But Stand's bowlers ensured they never got a sniff of an upset.

Azmat, fresh from his impressive hitting with the bat, added four wickets for the cost of just eight runs from 3.5 overs.

Danish Ateeq joined in with 4-34 while Noman Ahmed took 2-14 as the Radcliffe innings was wrapped up inside 21 overs to start the party early.

As well as securing the Division Two title in the inaugural GMCL season, Stand have also won promotion.

They will join local sides Greenmount, Unsworth and Heywood in Division One following their relegation from the Premier League.