Roe Green 2XI (208/4 – 50.0)
Glossop CC 2XI (209/7 – 46.4)
Will Coates’ unbeaten 63* helped Glossop CC 2XI to a nail-biting second league win of the 2019 GMCL season at North Road.
With the hosts bowling after winning the toss, Roe Green somehow survived an onslaught from Glossop’s openers, Stephen Hunt and Kevin Pescott, who will likely never bowl as well again without taking a wicket.
The pair conceded just 17 runs in the first 14 overs of their hugely entertaining opening spell of premium fast bowling, in which they consistently beat the bat or hit the pads.
Will Coates’ direct hit from close range to run out Dan Farr gave Glossop an important breakthrough, but taking wickets continued to be an issue for the bowlers.
Having done the hard work, Liam Needham and Tom Hughes settled in and scored at a steady rate, putting together a 140-run partnership for the second wicket and registering half-centuries to help Roe Green into a strong position.
Despite the lack of wickets through the middle overs, Glossop fought back well towards the innings’ conclusion.
Matt Kells (3/40) removed Needham (63), Alastair Roberts (6) and, eventually, Hughes for a well-made 88 from 110 balls as Glossop restricted their opponents, who at one stage looked like scoring 240+, to just 208/4.
Glossop set off rapidly in their reply, with Stephen Hodgkinson hit out of the attack just three overs into his spell after a brutal boundary-hitting assault by skipper David Wilde.
The left-hander gave his side a brilliant start, amassing 43 from just 35 balls before both he and fellow opener Kells were caught in quick succession to bring Dan Eyre and Will Coates to the crease.
The former continued his captain’s positive approach, striking five boundaries, including a huge six, in a run-a-ball 29 before he was bowled by Gareth Williams.
Daniel Senior came and went in a matter of balls, caught behind off Jones to leave Glossop 89/4, but Coates stood firm and formed a brilliant partnership with Steven Wood.
The pair added 59 vital runs together, with Wood – who registered a highest score of 28 from 40 balls – looking good until a loose shot saw him caught off Williams with the hosts still needing 60 from the final 12 overs.
A couple of profitable overs, in which Glossop benefited from loose bowling and excellent batting in equal measure, saw the run rate reduce dramatically as Coates brought up a composed half-century and John Stopford hit two quick boundaries in his brief stay at the crease.
A now well-set Coates was joined and supported by Dave Allen (11), and although he fell with four runs still required, the former held his nerve to secure a remarkable 3-wicket win for his side, finishing with a season-best 63* from 98 balls.