Glossop 1XI lost back to back league games for the first time this season as old rivals Denton St Lawrence recorded a league double over the North Road side.
The home side had started well with Mark Usher claiming two early victims in Adam Hawley and Mark Dillnutt with the visitors 14-2, and the left-armer was in the wickets again shortly after as he removed Matt Hawley in the 16th over. Some resistance from the middle order meant wickets were proving hard to come by, but runs were also at a premium; Glossop eventually getting another breakthrough when Gionne Koopman had Scott Kirwin caught by Joe Moss with the score 80-4 after 30 overs. The run rate began to increase as the innings neared its conclusion with helpful 20’s from Keoh, Marsh and Williams, but so did the rate at which wickets were being taken with Steven Hunt picking up 3-30 and Will Hargreaves taking 2-47 as Glossop restricted DSL to 167-10.
Glossop lost Dale Pennington early on when he was caught behind off the bowling of Williams, but Oliver Kenyon and Gionne Koopman looked solid as they kept the score ticking over and the team passed 50. Koopman eventually fell for 35, and when George Dyson followed shortly after Glossop looked to be wobbling slightly on 69-3 at just over halfway. Kenyon and Joe Moss began rebuilding and put together a great partnership, the former reaching an important half century, and looked to be seeing the home side across the line. Kenyon was eventually caught for an impressive 60 with Glossop needing 21 to win from the final 4 overs, 6 wickets in hand. Remarkably Glossop ended 7 short, despite the best efforts of Joe Moss (40*), as a result of some good death bowling and 3 run outs in the same over, to finish 160-8 and hand DSL the 5 points.
A tough defeat to take, but Glossop will be looking to bounce back next week away at Greenmount with the 2XI at home to the same opponents.
Sunday sees Glossop Lions, the U19 T20 team, in action against Whaley Bridge at North Road with a 2pm start. There will be music, food and a great atmosphere in the biggest beer garden in Glossop so get yourself down to support the lads.