Austerlands CC 1XI (166/9 – 50.0)
Glossop CC 1XI (121/10 – 43.3)
Glossop’s promotion hopes were dealt a blow with a disappointing 45-run loss against Austerlands at North Road.
Although Cameron Ball and Rob Adderley (1/18) both struck early with the ball, stand-in sub professional Ur Rehman and Michael Lockett recovered well for the visitors with an excellent partnership.
97 runs and 25 overs later, George Dyson (1/12) finally removed the latter, bowled for 30, but Ur Rehman remained at the crease and looked increasingly dangerous.
The paid man would eventually fall for a brilliant 95 from 125 balls; his dismissal part of one of the most unbelievable overs so far this season, courtesy of Will Hargreaves.
Inexplicably, Austerlands slipped from 149/3 to 149/7 in the space of six remarkable balls, Hargreaves picking up a rare quadruple-wicket-maiden and a hat-trick.
Further wickets for Hargreaves (5/48) and Ball (2/27) at the death ensured the visitors were restricted to 166/9 from their 50 overs.
Unfortunately for Glossop, their chase started disastrously, the hosts limping their way to 49/7 from 25 testing overs with Lockett and Peter Higginbottom (2/36) doing most of the damage.
Through all the wickets, Joe Moss, having come in at number 3, had stood firm and watched on from the other end, and when he was joined by skipper Oliver Kenyon, Glossop’s fortunes began to change.
Moss reached an impressive half-century as the pair added 68 for the 8thwicket, before Kenyon was removed for an impressive 30, Glossop still 50 runs short of their target in the 42ndover.
Despite Moss’ (59) best efforts, the final two wickets fell in quick succession as he and Adderley were dismissed by Lockett (4/18) and Ur Rehman (2/27) respectively, Austerlands the victors by 45 runs.