South West Manchester: 179/10 [48.4]
Glossop: 171/9 [44.4] (D/L)
In a similar fashion to the 1XI, Glossop 2XI clinched a thriller of a contest against South West Manchester to record their third win of the season.
Bowling first, Glossop produced a much-improved bowling and fielding performance compared with last week’s shambolic showing at Prestwich.
Rob Adderley starred with 4/42 and a brilliant piece of athleticism to claim a run out as he continued his wonderful form in 2017.
James Eyre was also excellent value for his 3/37 at both the start and end of the innings, whilst Daniel Senior (2/37) picked up a couple of wickets of his own.
Muhammad Rao and Mohammad Nana were the only South West Manchester batsmen to really trouble the Glossop bowling attack.
The pair hit 55 and 35 respectively during a profitable period in the middle overs, helping the visitors to post 179/10.
Glossop began positively in reply before a brief rain break interrupted their progress.
The game was shortened to 45 overs, and Glossop’s target reduced, very slightly, to 171.
David Wilde mistimed one the first ball after the break and was caught for 12, but Will Coates, now fully back from injury, was looking good at the other end.
The young left-hander seemed back to his best, piercing gaps and accumulating runs with ease at the top of the order.
With a half-century seemingly on the cards he was bowled, though, falling victim to Ahmad for 44.
Once again, a Glossop collapse began.
Steve Bates came to the crease and watched at the other end as Matt Kells, Daniel Senior and Sam Elliott all perished in quick succession during a disastrous period.
Glossop had slumped from 65/1 to 81/5, the game swinging back in their opponent’s favour.
Bates and James Eyre put together an important partnership, though, adding 41 before Eyre became Nana’s third victim for a quick-fire 28.
John Stopford looked composed at the crease, but after he was on the receiving end of a rather suspect LBW decision, and James Atkinson was bowled a few balls later by Ahmad (4/56), the game looked up for Glossop.
With the score 135/8, Dave Allen joined Bates, who was still going strong, needing 36 from 12 overs.
Carefully, the pair began to make strides towards the target, as well as avoiding giving South West Manchester any chances.
As the game approached the final few overs it was still anyone’s game.
With 8 balls left, a four through mid-wicket from Allen brought about a huge cheer from the Glossop players as the scores drew level.
The drama wasn’t over, though, as he was bowled the very next ball for 16, meaning the game would enter the final over with Bates on strike, Glossop 170/9.
The first ball went straight to a fielder and, after a bit of panic, remained a dot ball.
The same happened with the second, and then the third. The tension was unbearable and rose as each dot ball passed.
Akram sent the fourth ball down, this time a wide half-volley after three tight deliveries, and Bates’ eyes lit up.
The left-hander smashed the ball through cover to give Glossop the run the needed.
Cue scenes, and plenty of fist-pumping.
Remarkably, Glossop had won and claimed another big scalp, adding to that of Swinton Moorside, with Steve Bates the hero ending 46*.
The 2XI are on the road twice next week as they face a struggling Hindley St Peters side, and Brooksbottom, who currently sit in third place.