‘Bankers’ Cash in on North Road!

Cole Turner
Cole Turner

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Woodbank: 290/8 [50.0]

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Glossop: 193/10 [41.1]

Glossop were unable to make it back-to-back wins as they were outclassed by a strong Woodbank outfit.

 Having won the toss and elected to bat first, Woodbank found themselves in a spot of bother early on, though.

An eventful first 20 overs saw the visitors slump to 85/5. Glossop had brilliant spells from Mark Usher (2/33) and Cole Turner to thank for their excellent start.

The tables turned, though, soon after Turner had claimed the wicket of Read, his third of the day so far, for just 18.

Woodbank’s professional, John Whitehead, set about taking control of the situation and rebuilt the innings single-handedly to devastating effect.

At the other end, Hargreaves removed Ingham to leave the ‘Bankers’ 131/6, but a breath-taking display of hitting followed from Whitehead.

Supported by Murphy, Whitehead dismantled the Glossop attack with aplomb as he passed a composed half-century, then a brilliant century later in the piece.

However, Whitehead’s explosive batting display didn’t stop there, notching up 151 off 142 balls before Turner eventually dismissed him. His mammoth total included 20 x 4’s and 3 x 6’s and will be remembered for a long time.

The carnage calmed down somewhat after his dismissal and Turner claimed his fifth wicket, ending with excellent figures of 5/51, but a late flurry from the impressive Murphy (47*) helped Woodbank to 290/8 from their allocation.

Glossop began in relatively positive fashion in reply, but Murphy (3/45) claimed the wickets of Dale Pennington, Oliver Kenyon and Lee Dale in quick succession to leave the home side 56/3 after 14 overs.

Joe Moss joined the in-form Chris Tipper at the crease and the two complemented each other brilliantly as they guided Glossop out of a potentially difficult situation.

The pair passed drinks safely, but when Moss (27) was stumped off Nick Kennedy, another collapse began.

Tipper brought up his third half-century in as many games with another fine attacking display, but he fell in the same fashion for 61 off 54 balls.

At this point, Glossop required 160 from the final 20 overs. It was in fact, the exact same situation that Woodbank had been in earlier, but it soon became apparent that it was a stretch too far for the North Road side.

Despite the best efforts of Cole Turner (26), Glossop’s lower order crumbled under the pressure of Kennedy (4/56) and Read (2/54) as the home side finished 97 runs short, 193/10 with 9 overs still unused.

Next week sees the first double weekend of the season. Saturday brings a trip to the home of the 2016 champions, Egerton, who currently sit second bottom in the GMCL Premier League after a faltering start to their campaign. On Sunday, Glossop travel to face Ramsbottom in the first round of the Lancashire KO Cup.

CricHQ score card here

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