Glossop started well with the ball as Mark Usher removed Long in the first over without scoring, but the visitors were made to wait and work hard for another wicket, despite the seemingly helpful playing conditions for the bowlers. They were made to rue missed chances with a number of regulation chances going down before George Dyson eventually brought about some success with the much needed run out of Green for 49. Unsworth looked to be in a commanding position at 140-2 with 12 overs left, but a handful of wickets in quick succession from Gionne Koopman (3-68) and Will Hargreaves (2-47) left them struggling at 165-7 as they entered the latter stages of their innings. The home side seemed to be on course for a score in excess of 200, but their efforts were halted when Oliver Kenyon (3-30) took 3 wickets in the last over to dismiss the Bury-based outfit for 198.
Chasing more than they would have liked, Glossop started well as Koopman and Pennington played with great maturity to negotiate the opening bowlers and see off the new ball without suffering any casualties on a testing wicket. Pennington was first to fall for 20, followed by Kenyon for 15 shortly after, but Koopman was looking strong at the other end and had passed yet another half century for his new side. Matt Sonczak joined the South African at the crease and the pair took the game away from the home side with a brilliant partnership worth a run-a-ball 73. Koopman was eventually dismissed for a classy knock of 89 and really deserved to reach his century, but the hard work had already been done and Glossop were edging towards the finishing line. It wasn’t all plain sailing though as Dyson entered and went cheaply, whilst Sonczak was caught behind for 49 with just 1 run needed to win, but the visitors got there eventually, winning by 5 wickets and securing an important 5 points.
Friday 24th June sees the Glossop Lions play the Hadfield Heat in the Natwest Under 19’s 2020 competition at Hadfield St Andrews Cricket Club. It promises to be a good game between two sides that rarely have the opportunity to play each other. Make sure you get yourself down to Hadfield CC for the 6pm start.