Denton St Lawrence 280 all out
by Paul Scott
With a place in the semi-final of the Walkden Cup at stake, Denton St Lawrence and Glossop both pulled out the stops in a classic.
Electing to bat first, Glossop made a rapid start, scoring at almost 5 an over before Dave Wilde was caught behind off Mike Batty for 22. 2 overs later Batty had Steve Bates caught by Alex Marsh and the match was well balanced.
Joe Moss joined Lee Dale and, in less than an hour, they put their side on top. Dale slipped effortlessly into top gear, reaching his 50 from 62 balls, and then began peppering the boundary. However, on 97 and with a century seeming a certainty, he skied a ball from Murtaza Ali and Batty took the catch. Moss followed the over after for 22 but, with 20 overs remaining and the score on 158-4, the opportunity was there for a big total.
The Glossop batsmen took full advantage of their postion. Oliver Kenyon (40), Alex Coates (19), Will Hargreaves (33) and John Stopford (16) all attacked the bowling and lifted the total to 292-9 from 50 overs.
Saints didn’t panic in the face of such a mammoth total and got off to an equally good start. Liam Garnett and Scott Allen took the score to 87 before Garnett was bowled by Hargreaves for 30. Allen was looking in excellent form, but soon after reaching his 50, he got a leading edge and was caught and bowled by Coates for 55.
With the requied run-rate spiralling, Mike Batty was promoted up the order to score quickly, and had rewarded his side with 33 from 25 balls, when he was also bowled by Hargreaves.
Mark Dillnutt (24) and Jonny Remers (15) scored at better than a run a ball and a thrilling finish was on the cards as Ben Tighe was regularly finding the boundary at the other end. However, Tim Rogers accounted for Tighe (44) with 3 overs remaining and the visitors finally wound up the innings with 3 balls remaining and 12 runs required.
After a thrilling quarter-final, Glossop now face Woodbank on June 30th for a place in the final.