Glossop continued their poor run of form in the GMCL Premier Division as they lost to the bottom side, Edgworth CC, to leave them sitting in a precarious 7th position as the season enters the business end.
Batting first, Glossop started much better than they had been in previous weeks, with Gionne Koopman and Dale Pennington putting on 61 for the first wicket before the latter fell in the 18th over for 24. It soon became clear after they lost Kenyon, Sonczak and Moss in quick succession, that Koopman had a big part to play in the innings. The South African reached his half century- by no means one of his best- but there was little help from the rest of the middle order as Glossop continued to struggle and lose wickets regularly. When Koopman was dismissed for 51, the home side were up against it at 119-7, but thankfully a late flurry of runs from Will Hargreaves (18*) and Stephen Hunt (15) saw Glossop post a somewhat respectable total of 160-10.
The defence of their target began well, Koopman removing Smith and Fallows inside 5 overs as Edgworth slipped to 2-2. However, a good partnership from opener Syddall and number 4 Watkinson started steering the visitors in the right direction. Syddall was eventually removed for a gritty 32 in Koopman’s last over, the spinner finishing 3-29 from 16 overs, but the danger man, Watkinson, was still there and well set. Panda joined Watkinson and added a quick 26 before Hunt had him caught by Kenyon, but his contribution looked like it would be enough to see the away side through to a much needed victory. Late drama though saw the game back in the balance, Ernst, Watkinson (62) and Read all falling within 2 overs to leave Edgworth needing 10 from 18 balls. Unfortunately for Glossop, despite their best efforts, Edgworth crossed the line with 4 balls to spare, finishing 164-7.
Glossop are in real danger of entering a relegation scrap at this stage of the season; something that seemed a long way off just a few weeks ago. It doesn’t get any easier when they travel to top of the table Egerton next week.