On a gloriously warm, sunny day, fully justifying Glossop’s claims to be the sunshine capital of the High Peak, Derbyshire 2nd XI met their Lancashire counterparts in a 50-over match at North Road. The remaining dampness in the wicket, after the heavy rain earlier in the week, persuaded the visiting captain to ask the home team to bat first. Openers Durston and Slater put on a 50 opening stand before two wickets fell in the same Lilley over to restore the balance of the game. 129 runs later Durston was out for 85 and Derbyshire were in complete control. Elstone’s 108 and Poynton’s 49 took them to an impressive 297-8 after their 50 overs, just under a run a ball.
After an excellent lunch the Lancashire reply began in total disarray, three wickets falling for just 12 runs. When they lost Livingstone at 29 the game was all but lost, and, in spite of a brave 55 from captain Parry, the visitors never threatened the Derbyshire total. Lancashire all out for 151 and an impressive win for the home side by 146 runs. Wes Durston’s 85 and 5-31 deservedly won him the man-of-the-match award.
The Derbyshire spectators, fortified by the excellent range of beers from the bar and the local beef pies, were full of praise for their side and the excellent efforts of Ken Wilde and the rest of the Glossop members for their efforts in providing such excellent playing and spectator facilities and of course, the fine weather.
Next Sunday June 14th Glossop CC welcome Ramsbottom CC to North Road in the second round of the LCB KO cup – a 45 over match starting at !pm. Ramsbottom are members of the Lancashire league with an impressive recent record in cup and league competitions. In recent years their pros have included the current captains of Australia and South Afica – a real test for the young Glossop side.