Glossop: 139/10 [44.3]
Droylsden: 142/8 [44.3]
Glossop 2XI were, once again, left with a bitter taste in their mouth after a closely-contested game against Droylsden ended in defeat.
Batting first on a good track at North Road, Glossop began positively, looking to avenge their defeat earlier in the season on the opening day, before a quick collapse saw a swing in momentum.
Will Coates (45) top scored for the home side, and whilst Matt Kells, Steve Bates and James Eyre all made starts in the top order, none of them could capitalise and cash in.
Glossop slumped from 100/3 to 106/6 before eventually posting a sub-par 139/10.
They had Sam Dyson (17) and James Atkinson (13) to thank for that with a late flurry of runs to give Glossop something to bowl at.
Haroon Cheema starred with the ball for the visitors, taking 4/47, whilst Jamie Walker (3/45) also picked up three wickets of his own.
Glossop’s defence of their total couldn’t have started in a better fashion, however.
A staggering 15 over period of cricket, for which many of whom said it was the best they’ve ever been involved in, saw wickets tumble frequently.
James Eyre (4/31) and David Allen (3/16) reduced Droylsden to an almost unbelievable 35/7, with the game near enough in the bag for the home side.
However, Haroon Cheema, fresh from his heroics with the ball, had other ideas.
The Droylsden all-rounder hit a magnificent, unbeaten 77* from 95 balls, batting at number 7, supported by a determined Jamie Walker at the other end.
Although Sam Dyson eventually removed Walker for 17 from 71 balls with 18 required for victory, Cheema still had enough to get his side over the line, Droylsden 142/8.
Glossop were left heartbroken and wondering what more they could have done, but thankfully still stayed clear of the relegation zone with other results going their way.
This weekend brings Elton to North Road before a tough trip to table-toppers Astley & Tyldesley on Sunday.