Glossop 1XI suffered another disappointing defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers, Bury CC.
Although things don’t look good at present, the 1XI will be looking to try and emulate the 2XI’s recent success which has seen them rise off the bottom of the Division 2 table and gain some much-needed momentum after a poor start to the year.
The North Road side had a poor batting display to blame for their shortcomings once again, but they at least salvaged some pride from the game with a more commendable fight.
Things had started well for the home side with Bury struggling for the most part, an impressive performance from the Glossop attack leaving them reeling at 110/6
A crucial, battling century from Jon Wiggans (101) helped the visitors post more than they probably should have given the circumstances.
In addition to Wiggans’ ton, late contributions from Walters (23) and Nasir (25) meant Bury racked up 206/8 from their 50 overs.
Stephen Hunt starred with the ball for Glossop taking an impressive 4/50 after three quality spells throughout the innings.
Will Hargreaves (2/53) and Chris Tipper (2/43) claimed the remaining wickets, each with braces.
Unfortunately, though, despite their best efforts in the field, Glossop’s batting line-up faltered again.
Nasir’s brilliant opening spell saw him remove openers Dan Eyre (14) and Lee Dale (0) inside the first six overs.
Chris Tipper (0) was unlucky in his dismissal, chopping on to his stumps off the equally impressive Breckin, before Dale Pennington became Nasir’s third victim, caught at slip without scoring.
Joe Moss and Jak Megram looked to have started to rebuild from 28/4 but it wasn’t long until another Glossop man fell, Megram (9) this time bowled by the spin of Casmond Walters.
Daniel Senior joined Moss at the crease, briefly, before the latter was caught off Nasir for a fighting 13.
Senior followed soon after caught off the bowling of Walters for 10, Glossop struggling at 58/7 in what was becoming an all too familiar sight.
George Dyson and Will Hargreaves showed the rest of the batsmen how it should be done, though, with a brilliant 8th wicket partnership.
Dyson (42) and Hargreaves (33) had put together 74 before Dyson offered a return catch to Breckin which was expertly taken by the Bury opener.
Hargreaves’ important knock came to end shortly after when Jamal took an excellent catch off Nasir (5/31), followed by the final wicket of Stephen Hunt as Breckin (3/49) picked up his third of the day.
The loss leaves Glossop 8 points adrift of Bury in 11th and 13 points off safety as the season approaches the halfway mark. Flixton (A) is the last fixture before the rounds begin again.
Cricket is a funny game, but a couple of wins is all it takes to restore belief into the camp. The season is by no means over and the squad is more than talented enough to avoid relegation.