Glossop CC 1XI (193/9 – 50.0)
Heywood CC 1XI (156/10 – 46.5)
51 from Cameron Ball and 4/27 from Oliver Kenyon helped Glossop CC 1XI to a 37-run victory against Heywood and their second GMCL Division 1A win of the season.
Having chosen to bat first, Glossop started well on a difficult track before Dale Pennington and George Dyson fell in quick succession.
Steve Bates and Ball came together and steadily built a 50-run partnership to put the visitors in a strong position, but it was brought to an abrupt end when the former was forced to retire hurt having scored 21*.
Alex Browne joined a composed Ball, who by this point had reached a gritty, vital half-century for his side.
The professional’s stay was brief, though, striking a quickfire 14 before he was caught off the bowling of Jack Morley, and when both James Eyre and Ball followed a few overs later, Glossop were on the brink at 138/5.
However, a couple of quick lower order contributions from Joe Moss (12) and Alex Coates (23) helped Glossop add 55 in the final 8 overs and reach a more than respectable 193/9, with Bates unable to return to the field.
James Kettleborough and Bobby Cross applied themselves well early on for the hosts, but Glossop did an excellent job of containing the flow of runs, eventually resulting in Ball removing the latter for 12.
The visitors continued their good work as Will Hargreaves removed Morley early in his spell, while Rob Adderley accounted for former Test player Faisal Iqbal without scoring to reduce Heywood to 60/3.
Kettleborough’s resolute innings eventually ended when he was bowled by Adderley (2/49) for 40 just after halfway, but the hosts rebuilt well.
Andy Dawson and Sean Burrill put together a partnership of 55 in just 9 overs to put Heywood in the ascendancy, but when Hargreaves (2/45) struck to dismiss the former for a well-made 42, the floodgates opened.
Kenyon entered the attack and claimed three wickets in the same over, including that of the potentially dangerous Burrill (22), to reduce Heywood to 141/8, having been 134/4.
The Glossop skipper claimed his fourth just a few overs later, while Ball (2/34) returned to the attack and wrapped up the final wicket to seal an important win.