2nds Edge Cup Thriller v West

Sunday cup action returned to North Road once again, this time in the 2XI Hulme Trophy with Glossop hosting a Denton West side who were undefeated in the league and looking to build on their good form. Glossop bowled first, as they have done so often this season, and made a tidy start through Jack Leyland and the returning Tim Rogers although wickets were hard to come by as West reached 34-0 after 14 tight overs. Matt Kells and Daniel Senior were introduced into the attack and the former brought about immediate success with the help of some sharp work behind the sticks from keeper Jak Megram, stumping Ginwalla for 16. Kells and Senior continued, bowling their full allocation of 10 overs straight through with plenty of chances created, but none that could be taken by a desperately unlucky Glossop side. West looked in a commanding position with two settled batsmen after 34 overs at 107-1, but David Allen quickly removed McAllister for a patient 42. Gareth Senior, West skipper, continued to make the fielding side chase leather as he reached an impressive 100 at just over a run a ball; the visitors 180-3 with 8 overs left when he eventually departed for 102 thanks to a caught and bowled from Leyland, back on for his second spell. After some early tap, Allen (4-63) and Glossop fought hard to bring the game back into their favour and give themselves a fighting chance in the second half. They restricted the visitors to 224-9 after it looked like they might have posted 260 earlier on in the day.

Batting second had proved to be Glossop’s downfall on many occasions this year, failing to chase down a number of relatively simple targets wherever they went, so 225 was going to be a tough ask. The left handed duo of captain David Wilde and Will Coates, a pair who have given Glossop so much success in the past, set off in a controlled yet positive manner, both bringing up their half centuries before Coates was dismissed for 50 with the game in the balance at 117-1 after 27 overs. Glossop lost another wicket soon after when Matt Kells was run out but Cole Turner entered at 4 to ensure any potential wobble was put on hold, or at least from his end. Wilde reached a determined yet classy century at less than a run-a-ball before he was caught for 109 with 10 overs left and 35 still required for the home side. Turner watched Liam Bottomley and Tim Malkin enter and depart in quick succession but saw Glossop home with a composed, fluent 42* and 3 overs to spare. It was a terrific win for the home side and their highest run-chase of the season by a long way which will no doubt give them plenty of hope leading into the semi-finals at home to Denton St Lawrence on July 19th.

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