Glossop CC 2XI (148/10 – 43.1)
Prestwich CC 2XI (133/10 – 44.0)
Glossop CC 2XI elevated themselves to 7th place in GMCL Division 2A with an important win on the road against Prestwich.
Batting first on a testing track, Glossop were made to work hard for their runs by a youthful Prestwich attack, who bowled with commendable precision and discipline.
Despite Alex Taylor (2/58) and Mohammed Arif taking early wickets, Matt Kells and Daniel Senior stood firm for Glossop, putting together an important partnership through the middle overs.
However, when Kells’ (35) resilient innings was ended by a superb one-handed diving catch from Luke Prescott, and Senior (35) followed shortly after, Prestwich began to fight back.
Glossop were eventually restricted to 148/10, with Arif (2/33), Tom Robinson (1/14) and spinner Aaryaman Roy (5/14) all producing impressive spells of bowling.
The hosts’ reply started poorly when Taylor fell to Kevin Pescott inside the first over, but Adam Taylor (30) and Lewis Smith (31) grafted hard, weathering a storm of aggressive bowling from Pescott and Stephen Hunt to put their side in a position of strength.
Much like in Glossop’s innings, though, breaking an established partnership proved key, so when Jarrod Holmes (1/18) found Taylor’s edge and Hunt (1/27) trapped Smith LBW almost immediately after, wickets began to tumble.
87/3 quickly became 88/7 with a wicket for Kells, two scalps for Dave Allen (2/23) and a run out courtesy of skipper David Wilde, but the game was far from over.
Robinson (16*) and Matthew Korab (14) played with confidence to take their side past the 120 mark as an element of doubt crept back into Glossop minds, but when Holmes held on to a fantastic high catch to remove the latter, the visitors edged back into the ascendancy.
Amidst the drama, with 27 runs required and 2 wickets remaining, there was still time for one more remarkable turn of events.
Glossop’s youngest player, Wyatt Barlow, suffered a nose bleed in the field and was replaced by a sub fielder; none other than Will Hargreaves – no stranger to unexpected nose bleeds himself – who had arrived at the ground just two balls earlier after having helped the 1XI to victory at North Road.
Almost inevitably, Hargreaves immediately had a huge impact on the game, taking a stunning diving catch at cover to remove Dylan Kane (6) to give Kells (3/27) his third of the afternoon. Pescott (2/35) picked up the final wicket in the very next over to seal a vital 15-run victory, and Hargreaves sloped off back to his car – via the scorebox to take credit for the catch, of course – having made his first 2XI appearance for over a decade.