The highly-anticipated, biggest weekend of the season so far, finally arrived with Glossop playing at The Heys, ground of league leaders Prestwich. The away side knew that a win would move them to joint top spot with their opposition, and potentially Denton West depending on other results. Glossop won the toss and elected to bat, and despite losing pro Lee Dale early on (13), made a promising start through Dale Pennington (46) and Oliver Kenyon (27) before the former was dismissed in the 21st over. George Dyson entered and along with Kenyon, the pair took Glossop up to the 100 mark before Oliver became Andy Bradley’s (6-31) second victim. Dyson, with a resilient 14 in the circumstances, stuck around but witnessed a disastrous collapse from the other end. The visitors capitulated, going from 100-2 to 113 all out in a staggering turn of events.
Glossop had Ryan Stanbury run out without facing in the second over, but it was still going to prove a tough ask to defend such a small total against a strong Prestwich side. Keeper James Wharmby hit 23 before Hunt had him bowled, but a watchful 32* from professional Walters and an impressive unbeaten half-century off 30 balls from all rounder Sam Holden ensured that Prestwich won at a canter with only 16 overs needed to reach 117-2.
At North Road, the 2XI threw away good positions on two occasions as they too were defeated by the Bury outfit. Having won the toss, skipper David Wilde put Prestwich into bat on a characteristically flat Glossop wicket. High class opening spells from Jack Leyland (1-12) and Tim Rogers (2-38) brought about immediate success, and when Will Coates took a wicket in his first over the visitors were reeling at 31-4. Glossop continued to take wickets through Daniel Senior (2-56) and Will Coates (3-36) with Prestwich struggling at 106-8. Unfortunately the home side couldn’t make the most of their advantageous position with late hitting from Cheshire (42), eventually removed by Wilde (1-39), and Williams (38*) proving to be their downfall. After faltering early on, they had somehow made their way to a competitive 185-9.
David Wilde (14) and Tim Rogers (5) fell early in the Glossop chase, but Will Coates and Cole Turner began the rebuilding job as they moved the home side to 115-2 before Turner was bowled for a fluent 37. Coates departed soon after for a determined 53, quickly followed by Tim Malkin with the score now 122-5. Jak Megram (31) and Daniel Senior (12) looked to be on course to guide Glossop home, passing the 150 mark before Senior was bowled by fellow spinner Cheshire (6-50). The game quickly slipped away as four quick wickets in another collapse meant the North Road side were bowled out for 165 with 4 overs still left; a disappointing loss from such a commanding position.